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A few of the more interesting tidbits included, the discussions around the future of the Open Grid Forum. It seems that the OGF is currently going through a major transition as the Grid world is quickly distancing itself from the stigma surrounding the use of the term Grid or High Perf...
I’ve been doing a lot of work on private (internal) clouds lately – it’s a result of my new job with Unisys. Part of that work has been spending time with customers on their plans for cloud computing — internal and external. There’s some very interesting work going on in the private ...
What’s really positive is that the top-down service perspective that says virtualization is great, but the end point is the service. On top of that virtualization, what do I need to do to take it to the next level? And, for many people now, that next level they are looking at is the cl...
Rackspace has been in the mainstream hosting business for over a decade, and was amongst early entrants into the utility computing market with the launch of Mosso back in 2006. Now rebranded as The Rackspace Cloud, the company’s Cloud Computing offering is one of the most widely ...
We know all about these loose ecosystems of Barney-loving, hand-holding, kumbaya-singing companies who promise a full solution to help you take advantage of the next overwhelming wave of technology...for a fee. In the past, vendor ecosystem announcements indicate a vague intention on t...
The notion of Elastic Load Balancing, as recently brought to public attention by Amazon’s offering of the capability, is nothing new. The basic concept is pure Infrastructure 2.0 and the functionality offered via the API has long been available on several application delivery controlle...
Well, everyone knew it wouldn’t be long before cloud computing got thrown under the proverbial bus after the latest Sidekick failure. Observers point at this specific failure, as they have with Gmail, Amazon, and other cloud provider outages in the past, as a broader problem. Some like...
The SQL Azure October CTP 2 was released. This CTP represents the complete feature set that will be available in the SQL Azure at PDC. The October CTP has been deployed to one of Microsoft’s go-live production clusters. This production cluster is significantly larger and more powerf...
I think language is a big issue here. I've always found it interesting that in German, the words for "security" and "certainty" (sicherheit, literally "sureness") are the same. In French, the words for "safety" and "security" are also the same (sûreté, again literally "sureness"). So, ...
My previous post about the Sidekick failure seems to have whipped up a bit of a frenzy around whether or not the Sidekick platform is an actual cloud service. On one side you people saying it isn't a cloud because it's not redundant or distributed or api accessible or whatever. On the ...
Jeanne Kelly, a partner at the law firm Mason Hayes + Curran is speaking about Law and the Cloud at VordelWorld.
The thing that Dave and I both took away from PeopleSoft is that you have to stay on top of innovation, and that's what Workday is doing. We are innovating where the large ERP vendors have stopped.
This November, I am presenting at SYS-CON's International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2009 West. I welcome any opportunity to speak about my favorite subject: cloud storage, and how the cloud storage segment is providing a viable road map for how to create a profitable cloud comp...
There are many types of data loss including loss of accessibility or availability along with flat out loss. Let me clarify, loss of data availability or accessibility means that somewhere, your data is still intact, perhaps off-line on a removable disk, optical, tape or at another site...
Medical processing is a very good use case for Cloud Computing, since it requires significant processing power. It also has clear and obvious governance requirements, concerning secure access to information. David Brossard from BT is speaking at
The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008. As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones. Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many ph...
Okay, maybe it's petty and I'm just tooting my own horn, but I found this old article I wrote for Upstream CIO's October issue (written in July '05).  In rereading this article today, I surprised myself how aware I was of the forthcoming Cloud & SOA convergence. The popularity o...

Cloud offers an appealing “pay only for what you use” that makes it hard to resist. Paying on a per-usage hour basis sounds like a good deal, until you realize that your site is pretty much “always on” because of bots, miscreants, and users. In other words, you’re paying for 24x...

As infrastructure 2.0 is turned on it will represent an irreversible transformation in the way IT services are delivered.  The timing of product releases, investments and deployments could make all the difference for a range of companies and organizations.    Those who could be impac...

 It is great enthusing about the benefits of Cloud Computing, but what are the consequences when it goes wrong ? Of course, there are different levels of  ’going wrong’. We have often publicised outages from the likes of Oct. 13, 2009 11:45 AM EDT  Reads: 6,970

Spectacular “cloud” failures over the past few weeks have raised the hue and cry for portability and interoperability across clouds for data.The problem is that the cry is based on the false assumption that a “cloud service” is the same as an “application service.”

In about 25 years from now I can imagine having a conversation with my kids that goes something like this.

"Son, back in my day we used to store all our data on a single computer." My son in turn says, "Dad, that's crazy, I have every song I've ever listened to and every mov...
I’m a glutton for BI information to the point of addiction. Aday rarely goes by without my “scanning” three hundred or so feeds, blogs, twits,websites and other news and information sources pertaining to businessintelligence.  I did the same thing
I have a thesis I would like to try on you. In the IT world, like in many other human endeavors, the things that get measured get improved. And the things that don't get measured are easy to ignore.  So, when the world's largest IT enterprise (the US federal government) starts measurin...
Yesterday during the first annual Government IT Conference and Expo, tactical cloud computing was cited as a critical component within this new paradigm. Joining me to address the issue were:Kartik Mecheri, the Chief Technologist for a large government contract for Unisys Federal Divi...
What happens when you promise end-users a persistent connection to data, applications and services regardless of the device they’re using? Mobile cloud computing aims to deliver just such a promise. Mobile access to popular web-based services such as Facebook and Gmail, combined with n...

When an admin brags they can do some task with their eyes closed there may be hidden process inefficiencies that orchestration can uncover. But the orchestration in a public cloud is effectively done for you, with little opportunity to design based on your organization’s operati...

I was quite brazen at first, I just logged straight in not fully understand the ramifications. No thought of what could happen if.......? Within Days I was affiliated in magazines, aggregated on global sites, people were creating RSS feeds of my content, the whirlwind grew as my page ...
This week I had the honor of organizing and hosting the first in a series of Global Government Cloud Computing Roundtables. This first event was held in Ottawa, Ontario and was coordinated in partnership with Jennifer Meacher of Canada's Foreign Affairs and International Trade(DFAIT) a...
In a 15-page complaint to the FTC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic) said recent reports suggested Google did not adequately protect the data it obtained. It cited vulnerabilities that revealed users’ data in its Gmail webmail service, Google Docs online word processing ...
Following the translations in Japanese and Spanish, the Connecting to the Cloud series of articles, which I wrote for IBM DeveloperWorks, is now available in Chinese. The series introduces cloud platforms such as Force.com and Amazon SQS, including code samples in Java, and governance ...
It's my fourth year going to Monte Carlo for the Monaco Media Forum. The MMF is an invitation-only get together of about 350 digierati from the media and marketing worlds. Groupe Publicis (the number 4 advertising holding company but number 1 in digital revenue) and HSH Prince Albert I...
Cloud Computing gives you access to completely different levels of scale and economics in terms of the ability to scale very rapidly and to operate IT systems more cost-effectively than previously possible, as we can see by the results of the following poll:

Take a look at the various data storage offerings called "cloud" and your head will start to ache. How can so many things all bear the "cloud storage" name and yet be so totally different? The answer is obvious to long-time industry observers: Each provider has t...

Steve (apparently yes, we are on a first name basis) offers up his thoughts on developing APIs for the Cloud in “A Cloud Tools Manifesto.” While the inclusion of the word “manifesto” in the ti...

Been doing some thinking around some of the opportunities for cloud providers to provide the seemless ability to utilize other "compatible" cloud service providers capacity as a kind of "cloud overdraft" protection. So it occurred to me, the concept already existing and is a core part ...
“If we look at cloud (service) in a global sense, not just as my service or your service, or my country or your country, then IPv6 is part of the future and the solution.” Bert Armijo understands that building an IT infrastructure in a company is difficult enough, without the addition...
In the most difficult economic climate in decades, CIOs are reevaluating their strategies and looking for new ways to reduce data center costs and overhead while improving responsiveness to business requirements. Cloud computing has emerged as a much more agile and efficient approach t...
Back in the old good days of enterprise software, we did not need to worry about our customers. We delivered bits on DVDs – it was up to the customers to struggle with installation, integration, management, customization and other aspects of software operations. We collected all ...
won’t disagree with the assessment of Ubuntu and its current state of maturity. It’s very nice, and I’m enjoying it immensely on my new laptop for a multitude of reasons and Don and I have always insisted that our children run a Linux distribution on their laptops just to minimize the ...


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