A lot of attention this week has been focused on comments made in an interview with Barclays Bank on how their use of Linux allowed them streamlined and focused development environments and how use of Linux and Open Source confirmed their internal strengths to get to first base quicker and faster, saving a huge amount of budget in the process.

Barclays are a thought leader, they're a great company who understand how changing the ethos and supporting their people to deliver the platforms and technologies allows them to be one step ahead of many in the same vertical industry. It's one reason Red Hat work with them and why we put so much effort into supporting their ambitions.

So if Barclays can harness Cloud openly and benefit by association can other businesses use it for transforming not just their architectures but also the underlying ethos that glues IT processes and practices together ? Allowing the adoption of Open Cloud to re-invent or re-imagine what they are able to achieve. Agility has always been a cornerstone of Cloud, elasticity goes beyond availability but also describes methodologies of provisioning to fit both governance and appetite. Using Open Cloud to develop hybrid methodologies to build new structures around your internal capabilities may yet be seen as the smartest move yet for shrewd CIOs facing the ever increasing needs from both internal and external facing customers.

OpenShift has given voice to Red Hat’s ability to work with forward thinking developers at every level across every business vertical. To be able to demonstrate openly with three clicks how you break through existing barriers to Cloud application deployment and management. Tie in JBoss (the underlying glue behind OpenShift) and you have an agile structured development environment world class and ready for application deployment as well as those organisations who are realising that migration from WebLogic and Websphere makes JBoss a more advantageous platform than just being a JRE stablemate.

Barclays aren’t the first, they may be one of the most vocal and supportive, but the world is waking up to the fact that if you are sensible, if you understand business process and bottom line effects on your business – you avoid vendor lock in, and you think Open.

We’ve worked very hard over the last five years to build a solution set of technologies as part of engagement at the customer level to get existing enterprise customers often drowning in older legacy less flexible legacy platforms to start thinking openly. The Red Hat Pathways engagement model is proven to work and is a great starting point when you are starting to consider how you re-imagine and re-focus your business process methodology around harnessing the best of Open Source. This is never more critical when it comes to the decision making around Cloud. The video below gives you a brief snapshot of what it is and how it can be engaged with.

Below you'll also find two more online resources to help you think about why being Open can dramatically increase your agility and flexibility at every level of your business using Red Hat Open Hybrid Cloud.

Red Hat - Get more out of your Open Cloud

Red Hat - Enterprise PaaS

So this has been the "quiet" week post Christmas / New Year where the tech world mostly downs tools and scatters to the ends of the earth to celebrate and spend time with friends and family. Makes podcasting a tad tricky as you can't get hold of anyone to record with but that doesn't put us off - oh no we had a backup plan.

This is where fortune actually coincided with the fact I've been really ill since just before New Year and have only just found voice to record the intro and master this recording for release so as backup plans go this was on the money.

So this weeks podcast is a re-release (and re-master) of two of the most popular podasts I recorded in 2012 with our very own RHEV God Rhys Oxenham and former Red Hatter Tim Marston talking NoSQL and 10gen. Both got a lot of downloads (about 9000 between them on the old static downloads section).

So why go back to the well and re-release ?

Since I re-launched the podcasts on LibSyn and syndicated on iTunes, Stitcher and Podfeed over 80%+ of listeners are new entirely to the podcast channel. Not existing listeners and there is a complete lack of click throughs to the older content which surprised me as I really expected it to be picked up and listened to. So it seems a real shame to not have this great older content from the autumn re-released after a clean up and re-master for a new generation of listeners. Content is still current - still authoritative so for those of you who've heard it remember that the podcast audience now is global and more people are finding my content from directories and RSS feeds than from this blog now. So if I'm selling out - apologies - it's called evangelising and getting thought leadership and it's hard work.

Come back later in the week for new podcast content and some AMAZING guests over the next five weeks that will reinforce just why CloudEvangelist is now one of the fastest growing media downloads anywhere.

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I've been promising to record and release this quick podcast on my take on our acquisition of ManageIQ. I don't speak for Red Hat on this nor do my views or opinions matter in any way. I look at things from a technology adoption and technology abstraction layer and how it impacts and enhances our abilities in Cloud.

If you're not aware of ManageIQ I'm presuming you've had your head buried in the sand for the last three years.

Needless to say when I found out about ManageIQ becoming part of Red Hat (subject to all the usual shareholder stuf) I was beaming from ear to ear. ManageIQ are an amazing group of people who really understand the granularity of cloud, the flexibility you need to demonstrate when dealing with elastic architecture but the need to get under the hood and deliver. Quite simply they demonstrate maturity in depth and excellence of the highest order when it comes to engineering solutions across heterogeneous cloud platforms and technologies.


Combine that with a virtualisation layer(RHEV/KVM), a storage platform (Gluster - Red Hat Storage), a PaaS platform (OpenShift) and CloudForms and you are effectively delivering an entire orchestration piece that no other vendor, VMWare included, can currently compete with. Seventy two hours on to the minute I am STILL smiling.

Here's my take on it - listen now on iTunes or Stitcher or click the link to the podcast to listen to it in your browser.

Come back in 2013 for more content - and remember I love hearing your feedback and your news. Better stories come out of collaboration. 43,000+ downloads of my podcasts since August (thats nearly 580 man days of listening if you stacked each episode end to end) is flattering but I can do better - with your help.

Happy Christmas from my family to yours. Have a peaceful festive period and thanks for listening to my work and reading my articles during 2012.

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So this week I'm really busy recording and releasing podcasts on iTunes which are replacing the directly hosted podcasts that you've been able to grab from here over the last four months or so. I'm also attending a few cloud things, most noticeably the EMEA OpenStack Conference at The Mermaid on Wednesday. I'm going to be taking some mobile recording gear with me and am recording a couple of podcasts with some people for release in short order.

So in preparation for this and also for some recording I'm doing today I was doing my reading this morning and making my notes, my handwriting at the best of times looks like your doctors. Except a doctor on opiates I'd guess. I've always found that Aspergers is a blessing in most aspects of life as a techie but in hand to eye co-ordination for note taking or any form of short hand trust me it's an utter pain. There are often times when I look back at meeting notes and wonder who wrote my notes me or a spider who has evolved a new ability to master using a ballpen.

So today I was looking at the revenue figures and estimates alike from both the Cloud gliterrati and the analysts with their "proven finger in the wind" methodologies of telling us how much one aspect of Cloud or one particular type of Cloud technology is going to contribute towards global IT spend. Makes mental note to Google where they get their crystal balls from as I am coming up stumps what to get my wife for Christmas this year.

There's one article you don't see appearing from the IT journalist community,  one byline that doesn't leave the MacBook Pro of the analyst hunched over his latest prophecy. I live in hope of one day reading it. Knowing this column does get read by journalists and others in positions of stature in the print and online media maybe this can serve as a clarion call - a call to arms if you will.

In this halcyon lucid article an analyst will pick over the realities of how the adoption of locked in building bricks of a Cloud technology platform reduces the ability of the service provider tier to make real attainable revenue. He or she will "in an almost Moses Moment" realise that the last time we were at this point in the creation of the building bricks of the internet the behemoths of the traditional computing world were trying to enforce Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange as the way to communicate. That to get to the baseline we had to sign a "licencing agreement" for every client we attached to a service. We all know where that ended up. Had the internet been entirely built on Windows rather Linux where would we be with regards to technology adoption, creativity and the services we consume and the underlying technologies that underpin them ?

Cloud as you know it, as we know it is not a virtualisation layer or a fabric architecture built around proprietary locked down standards. Cloud is Open. If you invest in proprietary locked down technologies "that also interact with open APIs and standards" what does that say about your own understanding of technology advancement or the direction you want your company or platforms to take ?. It's akin "to playing catch up". What does that say about your companies position as a thought leader or being able to get the best out of your platforms ? Not a lot in the bigger scheme of things.

I am therefore waiting for the lightning bolt of reality to strike when the analyst brave enough to stand up from the masses with hand outstretched to the heavens having clicked that Cloud is actually built of the "Lego" building blocks developed in the Open, developed and fostered by the Community, polished and honed in a supported manner by specialist organisations but evolved by everyone - including you - who provide contributions, commits, documentation and importantly credibility.

A polite note to analysts. Shrink wrapped software providers make gross revenue profit from shrink wrapped boxes that do one thing. They shrink wrap in the secrets and they form the brick walls that prevent longterm growth. Thats the case whether you're talking the secret recipe for a southern fried chicken fast food brand or a specific type of cola in a red can. Whilst being proprietary never did their sales much harm they were joined in their respective markets by other players who provided alternatives. However that is where this analogy ends.

Here's the magic bit.

In days of old innovation was secured by intellectual property and shrink wrap, EULAs and the need to maintain world order. Cloud came out of the Open Source innovation model, if we examine the components of Cloud it's actually built around the Open Source model.

The proprietary vendors whose revenue estimates or guesstimates make up the wild and crazy predictive revenue figures really do nothing for the credibility of Cloud. Are they supposed to increase our ability to want to spend or to feel braver to go to our CFO cap outstretched to make a budgetary demand for "Cloud" ? Personally they reinforce a realisation that all the time analysts are doing their whole predictive piece that the worker ants and the movers and shakers in technology are actually doing the important stuff. We are busy evolving standards openly, we are pushing the latest builds of Puppet or Boxgrinder, the latest OpenStack build, the latest OpenShift update, busy designing and releasing more mature ways of doing interoperability with CloudForms or looking at how we secure our very Cloud experience with SELinux.

Analysts whilst the Open Source community can't write cheques to pay for your conferences and justify your expenses you need to realise that the actual difference between that world of old, of proprietary being the primary world order awaiting the catch up of those copying in their wake - it's over.

The Cloud world order is the primary piece in the technological food chain and it's actually the proprietary vendors  who are playing continual catchup whilst hoping customers won't mind paying the technology adoption costs of being consumers of stuff that will forever be following the trail, not blazing it.

False prophets ? False profits - I'll let you decide on that one, I'm just the evangelist.