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How do you go from virtualization and automation to the cloud? The cloud and its many definitions is one of the hottest topics of discussion in technology today. It is expected to have a tremendous and “game-changing” impact on how IT is delivered in the future. Almost everyone wants t...
During this week Federal Executive Forum, FAA CIO Dave Bowen mentioned protection against software vulnerabilities, wireless intrusion and website vulnerabilities as his top cybersecurity priorities.
As the Assi...
Steve Herrod (VMware CTO) announced today that VMware is intending to acquire SpringSource, a 5 year-old company rapidly becoming a leader in enterprise and web application development and management.
Hot on the heals of SpringSource's recent acquisition of Hyperic, VMware today announced their intention to acquire SpringSource. At first glance this move may seem puzzling, why would VMware want to buy an open source enterprise application development platform? Could it be for Hyperi...
Most data centers are now hitting their teens when it comes to age. How do I know this? I used to work for Exodus, The Data Center Company back at the turn of the century (actually wearing an old EXDS t-shirt as I write this.) The ‘heyday’ of the Co-Location. ‘Daddy, what was the dat...
Which would you rather have? A compute job that gets done over a 12 hour period on a Supercomputer with the catch that you need to wait 7 days until the job actually runs? Or a job that runs over a 60 hour period on a lower performance public cloud infrastructure that can start immedia...
Twenty years ago, the work of Tim Berners-Lee gave birth to the WWW and ushered in the internet revolution. Now, in 2009, we stand on the threshold of another major disruption in computing, as computing begins to move to a worldwide network of clouds, the Intercloud.
A major SaaS vendor such as NetSuite, says Rauch, can squeeze much higher utilization out of its servers while sticking to a high up-time pledge (Netsuite guarantees 99.5 percent up time). NetSuite runs one large data center for its 6,600 customers, using highly efficient servers from ...
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Is anyone breaking through? There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of categories, calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others focused around 3 main customer segments. 1. Individual / Family 2. Comm...
For the rest of your applications it may be the case that some are better suited to an SaaS environment than a PaaS, and in some cases IaaS is going to be your best option. It isn’t all or nothing, but rather it’s about choosing the environment that’s right for the application. Doing o...
A realtime data explosion is underway throughout business, finance, government, health, media, science, sensors and the web. Individuals and organizations that had only recently figured out how to cope with thousands or millions of events per day are now drowning in billions of realtim...
I was an early advocate to get the company on the Internet, and during that time had the opportunity to work with Chan Suh, now CEO of Agency.com, and Joel Maloff, an Internet consultant at the time. The most fascinating conversations (for me) were not with the very knowledgeable Ch...
…with the Ace Frehley lighting bolts flying out?  We still draw those clouds but now they are smaller, there are more of them and sometimes hover over a single, private entity.  Well, the Clouds have accumulated and an umbrella isn’t going to help. Nicholas Carr (author of Does IT Mat...
Analysts should love hype – it lets them jump into a hot area and be the thought leaders who everyone has to consult to make any sense out of what is going on in the area. “Cloud” is probably the most hyped word in the industry these days and everyone has a definitio...
Within five years we will have dozens of public clouds and thousands of private clouds. The intercloud is now taking shape and will be the infrastructure on which the next generation of apps and services will be built. At Cloudscale we have been developing the first intercloud pl...
Just in time for the new Federal Cloud Computing Storefront, Sevatec, Inc. is announcing the development of a toolkit to help federal agencies transform their enterprise architectures to cloud computing more effectively and seamlessly. With last week's General Services Administration (...
The RFQ also sheds some light on the potential usage of cloud based infrastructure with the US federal Government. The Federal Cloud Computing initiative is a services oriented approach, whereby common infrastructure, information, and solutions can be shared/reused across the Governmen...
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ecosystem grow as fast as the Cloud Computing Ecosystem. It’s both a great challenge and a hell for product marketeers who constantly have to stay up to date with the market. I just browsed Jeremy Geelan of Sys-con’s list of 150 Cloud companies. In 6 ...
Skytap announced today a Windows 7 cloud-based testing solution for ISVs and corporate developers. Testing is one the oft-cited use cases for cloud computing in the enterprise.  For many companies the cost of provisioning and managing testing infrastructure can be very expsnsive.  With...
The past two years saw a significant increase in large scale attacks with the January 2007 TJX breach starting the massive flurry. As of October 2007, TJX said that more than were 94 million accounts affected at a cost of over $256 million. At the time it was the largest data loss in...

The concept of a server needs to go the way of the dodo

One of the reasons I enjoy Twitter is that quite frequently – if you’re following the right people – you’ll see a tweet that is absolutely profound Aug. 3, 2009 09:00 AM EDT  Reads: 6,143

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - When a SaaS solution should or should not be considered Cloud? http://bit.ly/cj4mo (via @CloudExpo) - RT @JohnTreadway EXCELLENT post by @ghaff on CloudCamp Boston + observations made ...
The Elastic Grid source code is now available for Git users too, through GitHub. The project can be found here: http://github.com/elastic-grid/Elastic-Grid/ where you’ll get instructions on how to clone the repository. This Git repository is kept in sync with the Subversion one....
If you are a big fan of Twitter, you can now follow all news related to Elastic Grid by following the ElasticGrid Twitter account.
Oui, je sais, encore un acronyme en aaS ! Par curiosité j’ai fait une recherche "Praas" sur Bing et Google, actualité oblige ! Le moins que l’on puisse dire, et que les résultats obtenus sont ... très différents ! Pour ceux que cela intéresse, je vous conseille d’utiliser l’ou...
IBM launched its CloudBurst solution last month, which the company says, will allow companies/anybody to set up their own cloud service offering in a matter of days. Well, you’ve heard of data centre in a box. CloudBurst is essentially cloud computing in a box (package?) Everyt...
Following through on a much anticipated action, GSA released their Cloud Computing Request For Quotation (RFQ) today. Cloud computing is a major part of President Obama's reform effort and this RFQ focuses on IaaS service offerings available within a public cloud deployment model. The ...
Chris Hoff has a new post over at Rational Survivability where he attempts to make sense of when a SaaS solution should or should not be considered “cloud.” In his analysis, Hoff atttempts to strictly apply NIST’s cloud computing definition to various types of SaaS offerings (say host...
In the same vein as the article on BPMS, have you considered a SaaS based IT PPMS (Project and Portfolio Management Systems) tool for your next project? If you are in that process now, you're in luck as Gartner has recently released their review of those tools. The report can be [......
Whew! The last few days have been very busy, but totally fun. Last night we kicked off the first CloudCamp event for the Greater Boston area at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. If you have not been to this facility, you should check it out. Microsft is being very generous wi...
Last weekend Chris O'Brien (San Jose Mercury News) referred an "identity crisis" at Google, which immediately reminded us of a litany of technology companies which have ended up dabbling in too many markets for their own good. Breadth ultimately undermined synergy. It isn't hard to ...
Cloud computing is such a fascinating topic because, to anybody who can get enough distance from the marketing hype, it really represents a significant departure from the way the software and the hardware industry have been operating in the last decades. In fact, cloud computing is to ...
First of all, let me say that Cloud Sherpas is made up of several former Lotus Notes Professionals. In my previous role with a large Fortune 100 company, I was responsible for the implementation, support, and day-to-day management of a 30K Lotus Notes and Domino user base. I actually h...
In a recent post to the CCIF mailing list, Bob Marcus outlined the coming opportunties and challenges facing what he described as "Government Cloud Storefronts". In the post he described Vivek...
Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies ...
After you have all of the fundamental work completed like your strategy, your current and future IT requirements, and a high level business case created, you now have the means to define the next steps on your personal path to the secure cloud. So, what do you do next?

The next thing...

Here is a link.  Worth a read if you are interested in what's going on with cloud storage (aka Storage as a Service).  This is a market that IDC predicts will hit $3 billion by 2012.  The paper was written by Storage Switzerland, but mentions by name only Bycast - so I assume it's a [....
I just had an epiphany in my never ending quest to answer one of life most delicate questions -- "what the heck is cloud computing?" My sudden realization comes in the form of a grand unified theory for the term cloud...
Yesterday another cyber security report was released and instead of new technology it suggested the problem was with us – the people – as in us humans. The study suggests that we need more educated smart folks to thwart those evil hackers and prevent nation state attacks. Oh, and embed...


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