Join Strategic Blue at Datacloud 2015 Monaco

Cloud should be traded as a commodity. Join us on June 3rd – 4th at Datacloud 2015 in Monaco as we put forward the case for cloud computing to be traded no differently from oil, gas or coal.

Kentucky University selects Strategic Blue

Kentucky University selects Strategic Blue The University of Kentucky have announced the appointment of Strategic Blue as their financial cloud brokers, following the successful completion of a competitive RFP process. We tendered for a financial cloud broker, to help us set … Read More

Cloudyn lands $4MM funding

Our cloud cost management partner, Cloudyn, just landed $4MM in Series A funding from Titanium Investments and existing investor RDSeed. Cloudyn CEO, Sharon Wagner has big plans for the additional funding, extending their services which currently focus on AWS, GCE … Read More

CloudCamp London – James Mitchell on Information Brokerage

Last week’s Cloudcamp London was all about the increasingly blurred distinction between finance companies (loosely labelled as “banks”) and technology companies.  Here are James Mitchell’s slides from his lightning talk making the point that a tech company is really all … Read More

Cars became a commodity, but price did not drop to zero

I just happened across Henry Ford’s quote on manufacturing cars: Ford pioneered not just the use of standardised components in making his cars, but also the commoditisation of the finished product itself.  After all, probably his most famous quote is: … Read More

Rackspace Exits Cloud IaaS Market

Back in May, Rackspace wheeled in Morgan Stanley to review their strategic options.  However, it would appear that the potential suitors suggested by Ben Kepes in this Forbes article have not been prepared to pay the asking price. According to another … Read More

GCE Pricing – like touching an electric fence!

We have received a steady stream of questions about Google Compute Engine and their Sustained Usage Pricing, most of them asking whether this was going to replace the “Reserved Instances” pricing structure championed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). For those … Read More

Do CIOs value their Cloud Options?

We have recently been engaged by a CIO who is looking to decommission an aging datacenter and move to the cloud, or at least to move to managed services. He had attended the CloudMarketForum summit (video here) that we ran … Read More

66% price drop in 5 years – m1.large. What about m3.large over the next 5 years?

The on-demand price for an m1.large AWS EC2 instance in US-East is now only a third of what it was 5 years ago – a 66% drop in price.  m1.large are likely to be phased out in the near future, … Read More

EU Regulation will splinter Cloud Market

The New York Times reported yesterday “Europe Aims to Regulate the Cloud”. They discuss the recent appearance of the words “Cloud Computing” in a proposed amendment to the 119 page digital privacy regulation being put before the European Commission. Amendments … Read More