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Mention cloud computing to a business hack and you’re more likely to be given a restraining order than an interview. “Not cloud computing,” they’ll groan. “But while you’re on the phone, does your client have a life-threatening illness and live in the North-West?” Or something like...
The ability to orchestrate processes and create new solutions using the same tools – virtual machines, unified application delivery infrastructure, management systems, and the network – means that no two cloud computing architectures, like SOA, will look the same. They are tailored to ...
There has been a lot of good discussion lately about the semantics of private vs. public clouds.  The general issue revolves around the issue of elasticity.  It goes something like this: “If you have to buy your own servers and deploy them in your data center, that’s not ve...
Amazon Web Services announced today a limited public beta of Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), a service that makes it possible for customers to create their own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances to connect to their existing network over a secured VPN connection. With th...

Cloud changes how we deliver applications but we’re still delivering applications

With all the hype around cloud it’s easy to get caught up in deployment models and architectures and how much money it is/is not going to Aug. 27, 2009 04:45 PM EDT  Reads: 5,226

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is announced in limited beta. Lots of interesting features and once again, they have moved the cloud world forward

Secure, optimized tunnels to a remote site, e.g. the cloud. Haven’t we been here before?

In the continuing discussion around Business Intelligence i...

The Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) announcement of the Virtual Private Cloud ( VPC ) offering has just made Cloud Computing more attractive to the enterprise. Most companies I talk with are interested in the “Cloud”, but beyond a few SaaS apps and perhaps some dev/test they are not ready...
As massive historical data sets and torrential realtime data streams flow into public and private clouds around the planet, the intercloud becomes essential to support new applications and services that are able to run across these clouds.
The wildly popular "Cash for Clunkers" auto program is so successful that the government spokesperson suggested that the computer system was overrun and crashed due to high demand.
Like so many others, The Open Group has been busy for the past year figuring out our place in the cloud. With the great work already being done by industry groups like the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum, CloudCamp and the Cloud Security Alliance, we have given great thought and...
In the excitement of witnessing the dawn of a new era in computing, we often overlook the fact that while many of us understand the benefits of cloud computing, there are many more that are just beginning this exciting journey. For those just getting started, here’s a few quotes...
MD speaks with Playfish co-founder Sebastien de Halleux about how the cloud-based social gaming company has managed to distribute over 100 million games via Facebook and other social networks in less than 2 years.
In conjunction with GS1 Canada, HP announced a product recall process Monday that straddles many participants across global supply chains. The pressures in such multi-player process ecologies can mount past the breaking point for such change management nightmares as rapid food or produ...

The real power behind cloud is processes, and those don’t come out of a box

VMworld, in case you’ve been out of touch, is approaching fairly quickly. As with any trade show/conference there’...

Rich Bruklis wrote an excellent essy on how the government ...
A stealth start-up called InfiBase has published some very interesting data on their blog recently. It makes me want to know more about them, so if you have the scoop let me know. First, they have put out two posts on sites using Amazon EC2, with other cloud providers included in the...

Survey says IT still doesn’t agree on the definition of cloud – private or public – but everybody is doing it

Every organization with a stake in cloud computing’s predicted billions of dollar market is interested in understanding what it is IT wants – and Aug. 24, 2009 04:00 PM EDT  Reads: 14,402

With virtually every vendor/provider on the planet jumping on the Cloud Computing bandwagon, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting...
Sam_Gross: Listen to the archived Webinar, Moving Apps to the Cloud - Determining What Apps Make Sense for Your Business: http://tinyurl.com/mrpl9b

Just what is the bandwidth of a van full of hard drives traveling 300 miles at a speed of 65 mph?

After a short Twitter discussion based on Aug. 22, 2009 11:45 AM EDT  Reads: 6,887

I’ve been off the radar in recent weeks as things around 6fusion have been busy, but few weeks ago we blogged about the Profiler application we’ve been working on. I’ve just come up for a bit of air on the project but while I was in the thick of things we unearthed a...
As a general rule, I am happy to count Salesforce.com as a cloud computing company.  They really made the SaaS market what it is today, and their Force.com platform-as-a-service was a great innovation.  They are not an infrastructure cloud provider like Amazon, Rackspace or others, but...
In a recent article by Treff LaPlante, CEO at WorkXpress, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, Treff points out the rising importance of the business analyst in the cloud computing paradigm. “Using a 5GL PaaS an entire company can be automated from scratch in just a matter o...

Idle resources will always need to exist, especially in a cloud architecture

With IT focused on efficiency – for reduction in operating expenses and in the interests of creating a greener computing center – there’s a Aug. 19, 2009 05:00 PM EDT  Reads: 9,223

Amazon EC2 and S3 are no more or less safe than they were last week despite hype around PCI compliance admission

The recent admission / announcement that “Amazon EC2 is not PCI compliant” (this is not exactly true, but we’ll get to that later) has set off a rush of ...

I was recording a podcast last week on the subject of cloud with an emphasis on security and of course we talked in general about cloud and definitions. During the discussion the subject of “private cloud” computing was raised and one of the participants asked a very good question: ...

If you’ve got a SAN, that’s going to mean training. If you have a ton of NAS’s, then it’s going to mean a headache for whomever is responsible. This is the part where I plug File Virtualization products like our ARX, which can aggregate security policy on your many NAS boxes into one c...
Cloud computing (the convergence of many of these pre-existing technologies), through its service providers, makes these technologies accessible to small and medium business in a simple, cost effective manner, without the need to have a deep understanding of these technologies. So how...
Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supp...
The Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) is a multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle, specifically designed as the preferred source of information technology (IT) services for the majority of the Department of Homelan...
Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and issues like trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl, and dependencies, a...
The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group. According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a s...
Cloud Computing is one of the many things enterprise CIOs, CTOs and other engineers will master in delivering capability.  I believe in the power of new Cloud Computing technologies and concepts and think we should all continue our focus there. I have said, and still say, the same thi...
Amazon Web Services has announced a new AWS Import/Export feature. A potentially huge step forward for data portabilty when using the Amazon Cloud computing infrastructure.

Aug. 16, 2009 05:00 PM EDT  Reads: 18,185

Without processes the cloud is not a cloud

 

So you’ve virtualized your application infrastructure using VMware or Microsoft or the “virtuali...

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complem...

Cloud computing is all about new technology, right? Well, perhaps that depends upon your poin...

Simultaneously one of the best use-cases for cloud as well as the worst. What’s IT to do?

David Linthicum,

The question of VDI use cases, customer awareness, and Desktop Virtualization has been a hot topic lately at Citrix. Harry Labana's blog post did a great job describing the differences in Desktop Virtualization and Server Virtualization. In addition to the positive reviews a few commen...


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