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Interesting post over at the interoperability @ Microsoft blog on viewing public government data with Windows Azure and PHP. The post outlines a functional example of a governmental cloud interoperability scenario using REST. The demo is part of Microsoft's Open Government Data Init...
Last night Amazon announced the most significant cloud development of 2009 – the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The AWS Developer Blog version is here.  The importance of VPC cannot be overstated.  It will literally change how enterprises think about public cloud providers a...
Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica. One of the bigger objections to cloud BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission critical data to a public insecure cloud? With Amazon VPC no...
SQL Azure Migration Wizard helps you migrate your local SQL Server 2005 / 2008 databases into SQL Azure. The wizard walks you through the selection of your SQL objects, creates SQL scripts suitable for SQL Azure, and allows you to edit / deploy to SQL Azure. The SQL Azure Migration Wiz...
We expect that the way the clouds are built will be refined for more and more enterprises over time. The early goal is gaining the efficiency, control and business benefits of an everything-as-a-service approach, without the downside and risks.

When deploying on EC2 even though Amazon provides the hardware infrastructure, you still need to tune your instance's operating system and monitor your application. You should review your hardware/software requirements and review your application design and deployment strategy

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For anyone interested, VMware has launched their vCloud API specification. They describe their new "open" vCloud API as an interface for providing and consuming virtual resources from the cloud. It enables deploying and managing virtualized workloads in internal and external clouds. Th...

This week in San Diego, CA the US Navy held the initial planning conference for Trident Warrior ...
I thought I'd try and interesting experiment by preforming a find & replace of the word "Cloud" with the word "Internet" using the Draft NIST Working definition of Cloud Computing. The results sheds some interesting light on some of the key problems facing the term cloud computing ...
Although version 7.0 of the Enterprise version of GigaSpaces XAP contains much more than just DataGrid or Caching, for many customer the need for reduced latency and increased performance as well as contention reduction is pressing and for these customers these needs are often a pre-cu...
There are arguments that digital signage already uses so-called cloud computing through SaaS services that do the hosting for DS networks. But the more precise definition for cloud computing is that of facilities and services that host applications that scale up or down on demand, can ...
Tim Berners-Lee has been amongst those rallying to the cause, and working with Governments here and overseas to realise the opportunities in — first — simply getting data out and — second — ensuring the structure and linkages required if Government data is to form a useful foundation u...
Twelve years ago, I was working for an ISP and one of my jobs was to vet Perl and ASP scripts for security holes. If the ISP let a customer host an insecure script, who was to blame? Or does it even matter who to blame, after the damage is done? If the script could tie up resources on ...
Vordel, the XML networking management company, today announced at the Burton Catalyst Conference the general availability of Vordel 5.2, its suite of application networking products. Vordel 5.2 enables enterprises to connect their applications to Cloud services such as Amazon Web Servi...
Recently a friend of mine showed me Heroku, an "instant Ruby platform". Basically what you can do with Heroku is build your Ruby application and the deployment to the remote Heroku site is not only brainless, painless, and simple, but it can be done entirely from the command line (whic...
Today, we are an early cohabitant of “The Cloud”, thanks in no small part to our adoption of all of the cool cloud enablers mentioned above. But to understand how cool cloud computing really is, you first have to understand that the cloud is still in its infancy, and already, it’s a c...
Our conversation continues about the optimal mix of technology to support business process. In our last TechWise blog, "Living IT, QuickBase Leads The Way", we discussed the concept of Living IT and why organizations should plan for changing and dynamic technology. To elaborate furth...
A recent survey from F5 indicates that the cloud computing movement is making significant headway despite what some may see as mere fluff and hype. The survey comprised of employees from large enterprises (2500+ employees), indicated that 82% of respondents are in some stage of public ...
Lots of discussion recently on the the topic of Cloud standards and a potential Cloud standards war emerging. Thought I'd give you a quick run down.

In an article written by Tom Nolle for Internet Evolution he asks if Sep. 6, 2009 03:15 AM EDT  Reads: 11,188  Replies: 1
Historically, when we take something complex and make it simple, we open up all sorts of opportunities for value. Think about the changes that happened once the Web made it simpler to buy goods and services. Consider how mobile phones and text messaging have empowered us to communicate...
Many of the concepts first proposed and extolled during the Internet hype curve in the mid-1990s are now bearing fruit. Perhaps we should think of cloud computing as less than a separate hype curve, and more as the realization of the original Internet value curve , now some 15 years in...
I’m a big fan of Dana Gardner, and he recently took a stab at discussing how organizational roles and their importance are likely to change with the growing adoption of cloud computing. Specifically Dana focuses on the role of the Enterprise Architect, and he correctly assesses their ...
Yesterday, Red Hat announced a new DeltaCloud Interoperability API Framework with the goal of enabling an ecosystem of developers, tools, scripts, and applications which can interoperate across the public and private clouds. The open source project is built using Ruby as described as a...
A fundamental challenge in creating and managing a globally decentralized cloud computing environment is that of maintaining consistent connectivity between various untrusted components that are capable of self-organization while remaining fault tolerant. In the next few years the a ke...
The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium will be holding an all day Cloud Computing Workshop on September 21, 2009 in Fairfax, VA. Open to the public, this workshop will focus on Net-Centric Standards and Best Practices for Cloud Storefronts...
Recently there has been a lot of talk about private clouds, public clouds and inter clouds and the problem in attempting to define their key attributes. The problem facing all the various cloud terms is the apparent lack of quantifiable characteristics. In contrast most other areas of ...
Recently there has been a lot of talk about private clouds, public clouds and inter clouds and the problem in attempting to define their key attributes. The problem facing all the various cloud terms is the apparent lack of quantifiable characteristics. In contrast most other areas of ...
Over the last few months, I have had a number of postings that have talked about security enhanced virtual machine images that we have made available on Amazon Web Services. The goal behind this work was to look at how we could improve baseline security in both virtualized and Cloud Co...
At Day 3 at VMworld 2009 and the “promised” announcements during the the Day Two keynote finally hit the wire. 1000+ Service Providers – including AT&T, Verizon, Savvis, Terremark – are going to offer Cloud Services based on VMWare’s Cloud OS – r...
During a lunch with Peter Coffee last May at Interop Peter made a comment that really stuck with me. He said that tech marketers are essentially anthropologists. Our conversation wandered around a bit, from our upcoming Interop panel on cloud computing to the advantages of variou...
What becomes essential in effectively moving to cloud adoption is proper cross-organizational governance. There needs to be a holistic embrace of such governance -- with a full spectrum of technologies, services, best practices, and hosting options guidance -- to manage the complexity ...

Since my last blog post on Intercloud, I have been rather busy working on related topics such as SLA instantiation, registry functions, security, and resiliency.

However, I did at...

Leveraging Java EE and dynamic infrastructure to enable a shared resource, on-demand scalable infrastructure – without server virtualization

Many pundits and experts allude to architectures that are cloud-like in their ability to provide on-demand scalability but do...

This is an emerging standard that’s being orchestrated through The Open Group, but it’s an open-source standard that is hopefully going to help in compliance and regulatory issues and in improving automation of events across heterogeneous environments. This could be increasingly import...

Well people at the Cisco booth at a recent event seem to have the answer….or not

Why would miscreants bother with other routes when they can go straight to the source?

People concerned with...

It seems there is a continual push and pull in the technology world between centralizing and consolidating technology vs. distributing and diversifying. We've asked ourselves this question often of whether our clients will be better served with a single technology to support their nee...
According to a Newtworkworld.com article, the United States Joint Forces Command (USJFC) is currently evaluating Unisys Stealth technology at the Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence (JTC-I) in Suff...
These standards are the first product in a family of standards being developed for architects by The Open Group’s SOA Work Group. Other standards currently in development for SOA include the SOA Ontology, SOA Reference Architecture, and Service Oriented Infrastructure.
I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has ...


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