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Over the past several years, many IT departments have committed to virtualization as an antidote to the spiraling costs and inflexibility plaguing corporate data centers everywhere. By running applications on virtual servers and consolidating underutilized hardware, data centers can ge...
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...
The cloud computing landscape is evolving rapidly, with more and more players introducing cloud products and services of all kinds. Most recently we’ve seen the announcements by VMware partners including Terremark, BlueLock and others, as well as the introduction of Rackspace’s Cloud S...
Microsoft's Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is an effective framework for implementing services as well as service consumers. Whenever you deal with WCF communication objects you need to pay attention to the disposal of the resources that these objects hold. However, these dispo...
After several years of companies industry-wide combining Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM), the results are mixed. Some companies have had substantial benefits moving to SOA, while others have had average results. All these companies used the app...
The Department of Defense (DoD) leadership understands the importance of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs), Cloud computing, Software as a Service (SaaS), and other emerging technological methodologies, standards, and practice. Historically, information has been restricted to small...
Today Amazon released its answer to SQL Azure, the hosted cloud database offered by Microsoft. The newest service form Amazon, the Amazon Relational Database Service, or Amazon RDS for short, now in beta, makes it easier for you to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in th...

This post is part of a series examining the issues involved when moving applications between internal data centers and public clouds.

The true challenges in storage and data management in the cloud result from the diverse and often unfamiliar processes and infrastr...

Moore's Law states that computer system performance/price ratio will double every two years. And that was very much my expectation when Good Data started using Amazon Web Services almost 2 years ago. But I had to wait until today to see Moore’s Law at work: Amazon announced 15% d...
I have been so busy getting ramped up on GoodData that I haven’t had a minute to post here in over a week.  On Friday, I am headed out to
There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share? Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our ...
Today I am delighted to introduce Mr. Rick Gordon, Managing Director at the Civitas Group, as Competitive Business Innovation’s first guest blogger.  I am honored to have him blogging with us. The Civitas Group is a consulting firm specializing in the field of homeland and natio...
Amazon have released a slew of new features and products for their cloud. But as usual, the devil is in the detail. I go into some of the issues and discover that this may not be for everyone
Randy Bias of CloudScaling.com has posted a 5-minute scene-setting presentation about Cloud Computing. He mentions an example where one company subdivision had such a long lead-time to get delivery of a server from another subdivision of the same company, they went to an outside provid...

Vertical scalability used to require optimizations inside the application, at the code level. Cloud computing changes the nature of vertical scalability and, one hopes, will lead to a new model of scalability based on the capabilities of Infrastructure 2.0 and increasingly granu...

I wanted to spend a little time sharing some good news with you. I am going to be Technical Evangelist for a relatively new company called GoodData. As evangelism means "bringing the Good News" to the world, this is truly a match made in Heaven for yours truly, as I will now be bringi...

The Web 2.0 summit just wrapped up in SFCA this past week. There are some noteworthy observations and content on their web site and in particular Oct. 25, 2009 08:28 PM EDT  Reads: 4,944

You might be thinking, pfft, I'm never going to need to use Binary Serialization...that's old school. And you might be right, but think about this: Azure Storage charges you by how much you're storing and some aspects of Azure also charge you based on the bandwidth consumed. Do you wan...
Cloud computing really took off when companies started using it for applications like HR and CRM. The next step is cloud-based business transactions. Moving your e-commerce systems to the cloud has implications beyond IT -- it actually speaks to the fundamentals of your business.
Some of the concerns I've heard repeatedly is the potential barriers to entry for participation in this type of association. The last thing this association should be is an inclusive club for a few select technology vendors and insiders. It needs to be available to all and should foste...
When we started talking with a wide range of IT managers and companies in early 2008, we quickly encountered a fascinating dichotomy – Cloud Computing is really easy / Cloud Computing is really hard. What made this so interesting is that the casual users were saying cloud computing wa...
About 3 weeks ago, I wrote this article about the Kindle, and mentioned how I thought that for various reasons attached to the Kindle, I was actually going to be reading more. Shortly thereafter, I got a ping on Facebook from someone I didn’t know. His name is Brad Stone, and he ident...
Actually, I quite agree with Beil's assertion. As far as acronyms go, IaaS is about as bad as they get. The fact that your infrastructure is provided "as a service" is an obviously important aspect, but in reality it's not the only or most important driver when looking at implementing ...
There seems to suddenly be a lot of focus on “data” and the ability for users consumers to pack up their data and take it wherever they want. Except for people attached to their i-Thing. I think users of i-Things were approached about the concept but were unable to get past the revelat...
I’d like to refer all interested in the topic of Cloud Computing to the blog of Reuven Cohen.  Reuven blogs at http://elasticvapor.com He can also be found on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ruv Although I’ve been a long distance follower of Reuven for a while, I was parti...
Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter. Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing model. Let me get this out of the way so that there is no misunderstandin...
Mary Hayes Weier wrote an interesting article in this week’s edition of InformationWeek on "Alternative IT: CIOs are more receptive than ever to new software models". What is great about her article is how she captured the divergent views on IT models (such as SaaS, clou...
Everyone talks about using software to automate their business, but few actually are doing it. Even fewer are doing it well. The problem is that automating processes with software seems like a daunting task. Not only do you have to dive into the details of your business process, but...
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.


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