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As the year winds down, I thought it would be a good time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Let’s face it. A lot of us come up with New Year’s Resolutions each year. Sometimes we see them through, and sometimes we don’t. I don’t think it would be very interesting to blog about my ...
There is a myth going around about virtualization and cloud computing. It’s expressed in a variety of ways, but the takeaway is always the same: “Public clouds are big virtual server clouds.” Sounds good, but untrue once you look under the covers. For good reason, since virtualization ...
Comparisons between Scale-Out and Enterprise clouds, while sometimes tempting (especially in the Google vs. Microsoft case), are rather useless. They serve different purposes, often for completely different audiences, and enterprise IT organizations would do better to focus their effor...
I recently successfully imported a physical line-of-business (LOB) server into Hyper-V. In other words, replacing a physical server with a virtual machine. That migration is a procedure that lots of businesses, small and large, will be encountering for reasons similar to my own.
If a user can use distant computers to process local jobs, s/he is working with cloud computing. (Cloud computering?) As we consider the various definitions for “cloud computing,” it may be useful to consider it as the next logical step in moving from the cave to the hive mind.
Cloud computing isn’t about doing anything new, instead it’s about applications that run in the web rather than your desktop. Some technology experts define CLOUD as follows: Common, Location-independent, Online Utility provisioned on-Demand.
I see this whole cloud computing movement as nothing more than a reincarnation of the classic mainframe client-server model. People want painless access to their data and applications from wherever they are, from whatever electronic gizmo they happen to be using.
IaaS standards will enable a market place in which workloads can be moved from cloud to cloud according to price, capacity, and feature criteria. A few companies are jockeying for the pole position in the race to provide the arbitrage for this meta cloud.
There have been multiple white papers and articles written by analysts - Is Cloud Computing Ready for the Enterprise? The question is asked so many times now - Is Cloud Computing ready for the enterprise? So, I have to ask - Is the enterprise ready for Cloud Computing? I’ll start this...
In the last couple of weeks of 2008, IT departments and CIOs need to think carefully about the cloud and how it can be used within their organizations - ahead of the business units. Develop, distribute and educate staff on policies around Information Protection and data loss prevention...
Cloud computing promises to change much of how we as developers, designers, and architects currently design and build web applications. For one, concurrency is big issue that need to be addressed if the apps of the next decade are going to scale on this cloud infrastructure.
Enterprises normally move slowly to new technologies but when the price advantage is close to 10x, enterprise decision makers can and will move more quickly. The weak economy provides yet a stronger push. It won’t happen at once and it won’t happen instantly but I’m convinced that in 7...
Once we cut through the cloud-hype and start looking at the practicalities of implementing things like workload portability, I think the lessons of the past will re-assert themselves, this time with things like security and L4-7 services.
Although cloud computing vendors are not explicitly trying to lock-in customers to their platform, the fact is that today if a customer has heavily invested in either platform then there isn't a straightforward way for customers to extricate themselves from the platform and switch to a...
Yesterday I was hanging out at the Microsoft office in Los Angeles for an “Architecture Council” meeting on the new Cloud Computing platform. We discussed what Microsoft considers cloud computing, the trade-offs between “on-premises” and cloud appsYou can find the slide materials on th...
Steve Bobrowski wrote an interesting whitepaper about the Force.com Multitenant Architecture. He describes multitenancy as a design approache to improve the manageability of SaaS applications and metadata-driven architecture as the choice to implement multitenancy.
In most discussions about scalability, we often approach the topic as a pure technical/architecture challenge, and ignore cost issues. The problem is that when we truly scale our application, and want to benefit from economies of scale, we're going to end up with scale limitations, not...
As described in Part One of this series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cl...
The advent of cloud computing is bringing a new dynamic to the way companies are managing their infrastructure. One of the fall-offs from a move to the clouds is the potential ability for companies to reduce headcount within its infrastructure and application development groups.
First there was the service bureau, then the application service providers (ASP), after that came software as a service (SaaS) and now its time for Cloud Computing. Basically we have one single concept which is as old as IBM Mainframes. Every generation seems to rediscover it, and crea...
Sun's role in enabling Cloud Computing is not widely recognized today. However, did you know Sun is playing a big role in this space? Check out Sun's Cloud Computing porfolio below and stay tuned for more to come from Sun in this space.
How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts...
I was at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo last week preparing for my talk and observing my fellow attendees. Interesting stuff. The gentlemen seated on either side of me at the last talk were Japanese. As I fumbled around with my Blackberry and iPhone while...
Paraphrasing Einstein, the future will not be created at the same level of thinking which created the past and the present. In Hugh Macleod's 'The Cloud's Best-Kept Secret' he writes: "...Nobody's saying that one day a single company may possibly emerge to dominate The Cloud, the way G...
The slides from last week's session are available on SlideShare. This session was almost ridiculously jam-packed, with standing room overflowing into the hallway. I think it went well -- thank you all for attending.
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where thi...
SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo will take place in San Jose. Seems like everyone is coming in to the Bay Area for this one, so I am looking forward to meeting a lot of the folks active in cloud computing at this event. There is also talk of another Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum...
A few months ago a number of us came together to create "The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum". The purpose of this group is to discuss the creation of a common cloud computing interface. The group is made up of a some of the largest cloud related vendors and startups who all sha...
Months ago, 3tera unveiled our Cloudware architecture. But rather than try to convince the world that there is only a single architecture that works and ours is it, we emphasized that Cloud architectures need to be open. Not only need they interoperate with all sorts of hardware and so...
In a recent report, Gartner made some bold predictions around the near-term future of SaaS. In essence they are endorsing that the SaaS model has increasing leverage over existing software models as the IT spending tightens - worldwide software-as-a-service revenue in the enterprise ap...
The problem with the notion of “Windows for EC2” is that it perpetuates the broken, legacy model of tying your application to the infrastructure upon which it runs. In the legacy model, applications became artificially tied to the physical server upon which they ran, and server utiliza...
The term “Cloud Storage” has become en vogue in the past 18 months, pushing the hype curve into the red. While industry buzz and news around this technology has increased, definitions have failed to root any sensibility and meaning as to what it really is and what can differentiate ser...
The cloud is coming of age. Amazon took another huge leap forward when it announced that EC2 is now out of beta, together with an SLA that is evidence of Amazon’s commitment to provide top-notch service. Their uptime has been stellar, and they are now standing behind their offering con...
For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce, Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit ass...
The biggest problem we have is trying to figure out what to leave out, because we simply have too much to present. Attendees are going to get a real hands-on feel for how they can utilize the world of on-demand computing. It won't be a sit-back-and-listen day, it's a true hands-on, sle...
Considering that the price tag for state-of-the art data centers is now reaching $500M, cloud computing is an arena for big players. I don’t expect small players to stay competitive for long in this game. Cloud frameworks are very diverse, and switching from one cloud to another is goi...
The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing. Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing. This is not a political ...
Recently, so much ink has been spilt on our VC-backed brethren racing for the cash-conserving hills. Why they weren’t shooting for revenue and profitability from day one is beyond us. Joyent believes when a company is built to be profitable from day one, market context is much less mea...
It's been an interesting week for Salesforce.com Chief executive Marc Benioff. The Salesforce chief called for the creation of cloud interoperability standards for moving data between applications in rival clouds. Which on the surface appears to great step forward. Problem is he was ve...
Cloud Computing represents both a fundamental and universal change from a desktop- to network-centric software model. The key to understanding cloud computing is that its infrastructure — network, storage and other services – is abstracted away from users to point that it “just doesn’t...


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