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The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), today announced that it has formed a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to develop a set of informational specifications for c...
I recently read the Open Cloud Standards incubator charter proposed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), and I think this is a great effort to propel the cloud computing effort forward (read the charter here). In the interest of disclosure, I’m not just saying this because ...
I was recently looking at Google's trends & insights tool and noticed something very interesting has happened over the last month or so. For the first time the term "cloud computing" has surpassed "virtualization" in terms of search popularity. What is all the more interesting is it to...
What happens when your cloud provider has multiple datacenters and has the ability to move your code around based on their need (read: not your need)? One thing that any enterprise IT buyer knows how to say is “who’s throat do I choke?” When you have a composited application, who exact...
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period. Here is the only information available to email administ...
Elasticity of the cloud computing is a wonderful idea. You can get an instance of networked computer exactly when you need it and you only pay for the time when you actually use it. But while the virtual memory and hard disk is a “clean slate” created specifically for you, ...
I’m just finishing up a book on cloud computing and SOA, and found the process of writing the book to be a great catalyst for thinking through the issues surrounding cloud computing, as well as assisting my clients with their cloud computing strategies. As I found, there are a few issu...
"The McKinsey report, as presented, seeks to be the 'other voice' and offer a contrarian view of cloud computing. The first thing we noted was the statement, on slide 7, that 'Cloud computing can divert IT departments’ attention from technologies that can actually deliver sizable benef...
Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s E...
This is a blog post about the importance of service elasticity in cloud computing.
There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about Microsoft's Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing...
There was a report released April 15th by McKinsey called “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing.”  The premise of the report was that the cloud was actually quite a bit more expensive for large corporations than running their own datacenters.  While it allows a nod to small to...
There’s been a new round of noise in what I like to call the “What is the Cloud?” discussion.  It never ceases to amaze me that so many people seem stuck on this one question, despite the fact that having an answer to it is not the asset people seem to think it is.  The [...]...
Booz Allen Hamilton Principals Mike Cameron and Rod Fontecilla offer their views on the March 2009 McKinsey & Co. report titled "Clearing the air on cloud computing"
Watch the beautiful blue Ohio River disappear under the weight of the brown Mississippi at the point where they merge. It looks like the Oracle-Sun merger! What does this mean, then, for Cloud Computing? Will Cloud providers be subject to the same vendor lock-in that companies are tryi...
There, I said it. I wasn't the first--a couple of guys funded by Google speculated in March 2009 that cloud computing "could be" bigger than the Intertubes. And I'm sure there are hundreds of you out there, if not more, who have voiced this opinion to colleagues, in a blog, or maybe in...
Finally coming to grips with cloud means coming to grips with its high-level potential. This thing is bigger than the Internet, probably not bigger with fire, but maybe on a par with electricity.
The idea that a few providers will control the world's IT resources is a scary one. The good news is that cloud computing is forcing the IT and business sides to communicate effectively for the first time ever...and the nightmare scenarios are unlikely, right?
McKinsey announced a report on Cloud computing, claiming that the economics only made sense for small and medium sized companies but not for enterprises with their own data centers. The analysis then compared the cost of using Amazon's service with the cost of a typical data center. ...
In a recent conference, analyst William Forrest says that large companies could end up paying more than twice as much by using cloud based services. According to a Forbes.com report, Apr. 17, 2009 07:00 PM EDT  Reads: 20,944
Cloud computing is not the savior of IT. It's nothing but a way to deploy your enterprise architecture in such as way that has the potential to be more productive and cost effective. In essence, it's a tool, not a way of life. It's not magic, it's not even new, but if approached correc...
A couple of weeks ago, Krishna Sankar provided a glimpse into Cisco's cloud computing strategy in a presentation titled "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Inter-Cloud." The presentation outlined the four tenets of Cisco's cloud computing strategy:
Back in 2001 Steve Ross-Talbot wrote an article entitled A day in the Life of Ivan Eyepack. This was the story of how in 2001 someone equipped with a Compaq Ipaq would live in a connected world. The star of that story was very much the device. Now we have much more powerful devices ...
While the browser wars are back in full force, it's good to see UEM solutions like Appsense helping to make VDI a slam-dunk decision, let alone a practical one for rich enterprise app deployments. Enterprises that develop on multiple UI paradigms and standards have always been asking f...
We all know the basics of cloud computing? But what does all this really mean? To me, it means a new way of thinking about innovation, and a new way of hiring within IT organizations.
Cloud computing and virtualization are driving new forms of IT, new requirements for vendors and new career possibilities. Today more than ever, legacy tools, investments and tactics are introducing ever-increasing risks. The race between enterprises who automate their network and th...
This is a blog that proposes five distinct ways in which cloud computing solutions can strenghten the efforts of development and test teams within an enterprise.
Over the last couple days I've been doing some research into the various options for cloud centric virtual machine packaging formats & standards. I have come to a somewhat obvious conclusion; There is really only one option -- the Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF).
As the fallout from the economy takes its toll: staff layoffs, reduced capital expenditures, dwindling revenue, etc., enterprises of all sizes are looking for opportunities to trim back on their fixed costs and move toward business models that are more agile, scaling up AND down with d...
Random Thought. With the rise of chip level virtualization form Intel and AMD and the sudden interest in Netbooks (just enough computer), is the need for a full blown OS required any longer?
Daryl Plummer an analyst at Gartner has written a great piece on what he's calling, On-Demand Overspending. I love the term. Plummer is quickly becoming one of my favorite Gartne...
We'll be taking on this topic in depth on Thursday, April 30th, with "Tackling the Last Mile of IT Process Automation," a webinar rPath is hosting with Forrester Research, Novell and BlueLock. You'll learn how this approach to automation can take the cost, risk and delay out of applica...
At first the concept of Amazon's Reserved Instances didn't really make any sense to me. But then it suddenly became clear what Amazon is doing with its new Reserved Instances feature. Simply, they are going after the web hosting space.
For some the biggest buzz word so far in 2009 is “cloud”, for Cisco it’s “unified”. Today Cisco announced a new server centric strategy which is underpinned by the use of a “unified computing” methodology. This new unified approach to computing represents a radical shift in how we as a...
Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage "you'll never get fired for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold a...
Federal agencies are now officially exploring cloud computing as an option for some of their IT requirements. Until now most of these efforts have been quietly pursued under existing contract as exploratory pilots. Programs of record are now looking to take cloud computing into the ma...
Whether you’re a small business considering cloud services or an enterprise contemplating public or private cloud services, it pays to understand some of the technical challenges and players likely to have a significant impact on the availability, security and costs of those services. ...
Cloud Computing Wargame pits multiple teams against each other in an effort to accumulate the most "mission value points". During FOSE, about 6 wargame sessions were held, with 30-50 people in each session divided into 4-6 agencies. While the wargame can in no way be used to predict or...
The publication of the Open Cloud Manifesto is positive. The Cloud, driven by virtualization, is surfacing at the right time in the market and can advance computing in this generation. The concept of "openness" is necessary for innovation to thrive. Publishing an open view with multip...
Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified t...


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