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I was at the Cloud Computing Conference in Prague earlier this week and there were a lot of great sessions - along with some very interesting new perspectives. Stephen Foskett has done a great report and rather than repeat that, here are my main discussion points. 1) Is the lack of ...
With the rise of virtual appliances as a software delivery and deployment model, people are beginning to talk about the idea of cloud computing app stores (a la iTunes) where admins can find virtual appliances and then easily deploy them onto a cloud or a server in their data center. A...
Microsoft is set to deliver Windows Azure to the public by the end of this year, with an imminent announcement at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles on November 17, 2009. 
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Nothing tends to solidify a community more than a cause that hits each of us at our base element: our physical being.  In this case, we've seen a massive explosion of support within the storage community with folks from NetApp, HDS, HP, IBM, and EMC (amongst many) coming to the aid of ...
The idea of distributed computational computing isn't new, if anything it is one of the oldest concepts within computing. Recently there has been a renewed buzz within the world of computational computing with the release...
Yesterday I spoke at the first Cloud Computing Expo Europe and I enjoyed the conference very much. Here is my presentation: PS. This presentation was featured today as one of the Top Presentations of the Day by Slideshare… Tagged: Cloud Computing Expo keynote, Europe
Global networking giant Cisco unveiled Unified Service Delivery (USD) last week, following up on the company’s enthusuastically welcomed Unified Computing System (UCS) hardware announcement back in March. Taken together, these announcements shed light on the company’s stra...
A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a chance to meet Mr. Vivek Kundra at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in downtown Washington, DC. Needless to say, I was honored to be given the opportunity. Although I was clear on my own views of how the Federal government could use cloud ...
Dave discusses the recent Forrester report, warning companies about cloud computing. Also, the recent Google outage. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Just a quick reminder that it's the Cloud Computing Expo next week in Prague and my session is on The Darker Sides of Cloud Computing: Security and Availability. Cloud computing is definitely the buzzword for 2009 and so it will be great to hear other peoples' opinions along with some ...
The cloud hosting & service provider market seem to be becoming the key battle ground for cloud enablers formerly known as virtualization vendors. Following upon recent announcements from VMware and Cisco, Citrix has announced a Service Provider Program aimed squarely at service/hostin...
It seems like just about every cloud computing discussion with a development audience results in the same question being asked: “Why does this matter to me?” As cloud computing first appears to be primarily an operational-centric paradigm, it is easy to understand the reason this is as...
As someone who has been following cloud computing since the start, there have been a few key moments in the progression of cloud computing from a fringe term to main stream concept. Among these include August 2006 with the private beta launch of Amazon EC2, June 2008 with what is now d...
The consensus seems to be, at least from the myriad surveys, studies, and research, that cloud as a model is the right answer, it’s just the location that’s problematic for most organizations. Organizations aren’t ignoring reality; they know there are real benefits associated with clou...
Just finished reading a very enlightened post titled "Is The Stream What Comes After the Web?" by Nova Spivack, twine.com founder. In his post he describes a unique theory called "the stream"
According to a press release the new Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution is optimized to enable virtualization within the data center, between data centers and across the Next-Generations Networks (NGN). Like VMWare, Cisco is trying to tap into their existing ecosystem of partners ...
I'm happy to be able to disclose today that the Federal Government of the United States released its cloud computing RFI earlier this afternoon. Enomaly was fortunate to have been included in recent consultations with the government, and we've been impressed by the vision of this admin...
For nearly as long as the internet has been around there have been private subnetworks called the darknets. These private, covert and often secret networks were typically formed as decentralized groups of people engaged in the sharing of information, computing resources and communicati...
Cloud computing and virtualization are promising more dynamic systems with unprecedented cost savings; and network industry leaders are promising more dynamic networks capable of keeping up with the increased rate of change (with these systems). In order for the benefits to be delivere...
It seems the phrase “in the cloud”, sadly, has become a marketing-hyped euphemism for “the Internet.” I say sadly because the use of cloud to refer to every and any service delivered over the Internet dirties up the cloud.

Very interesting developments today from the U.S. federal government on cloud computing. Bob Marcus at the OMG has sent me an overview of a White House Cross-Cutting Programs Document released earlier. The document outlines the administration's 2010 budget requests. According to the...

President Obama's 2010 Budget (pp. 157-158) has highlighted cloud computing as a key tool for improving innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in Federal IT.

" Cloud-computing is a convenient...
SaaS has been around for many years - first known as ASP (application service provider) in the 1990’s. The most famous has been Salesforce.com’s CRM/SFA application suite. In fact, any application delivered over the internet and hosted remotely can be called SaaS - including ADP’s ho...
I recently posted about the Dizzying Economics of Cloud Computing when it occurred to me that the technological barriers must be equally mystifying for many. So I thought I would initiate a discussion about the barriers to the adoption of cloud computing by the enterprise. At stake...
OVF (Open Virtualization Format) apparently just isn’t getting enough mindshare out there in the discussions of cloud computing that focus on portability and interoperability. The goal of OVF is to provide a portable, interoperable non-vendor specific meta-data that describes an applic...
This blog offers an overview of the capabilities of the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. It touches on the three main components of the cloud lifecycle as supported by this offering.
The free CloudLayer iPhone application is now live at the iTunes App Store. You can click on this link to take you right to it in either iTunes or on the iPhone directly.  This will allow you to register for...
Static networks are already costing enterprises more on a per unit basis as they grow, per this Fall 2008 Computerworld survey. Increasing network costs will only reduce funds available for network automation. This recent TCO comparison between Google and Microsoft is just the begin...
Interop has always been about, well, interoperability and networking. Those terms have come to mean more and encompass a broader set of technologies than the ones on which they originally focused. It’s no longer enough that your routers and switches seamlessly route and forward packets...
Dave talks about his trip to IBM's Impact Conference, including coverage and commentary around IBM's cloud computing strategy. [This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!]
As fellow blogger Reuven Cohen mentions in his post, Federal cloud computing is indeed heating up:
Vivek Kundra held a US Federal Government Cloud Computing Summit yesterdayThe Federal CIO Council is officially studying effective us...
Chander Kant is Founder and CEO of Zmanda, a provider of Open Source backup solutions that exploit the capabilities of Cloud storage services (such as Amazon’s S3) to supplement the traditional on-premise backup practices of their business customers. I spoke with Chander recently...
When Gray Hall and I launched this blog, our first entry included this statement: "this phenomenon called cloud computing represents both an exciting opportunity and a significant threat to the IT service provider industry." Not all service providers possess the... Steve...
Amazon just keeps on amazing me. Jeff Barr from Amazon Web Services has just told me that they have releases Influenza Virus (including updated Swine Flu sequences) using their Public Data Sets utility. This data set includes database and sequence data from the NIAID Influenza Genome S...
Lately I see many medium to large companies asking wether they should build their own “private cloud” (a.k.a. ‘datacenter’) or go with one of the cloud computing providers. Especially now with the adoption of Eucalyptus, rumors that next version of Ubuntu (Karmi...
Since starting Enomaly almost 5 1/2 years ago we've learned a lot about the bootstrapping, building and management of an open source business. Over that time the open source model for application development and marketing has grown from a fringe approach to mainstream model being used ...
The relationship between IP addresses and web applications to most end-users is much like the metaphorical language of the Tamarians in Star Trek: The Next Generation “Darmok”. It is incomprehensible without the proper foundational concepts; to anyone who lacks the proper context. In t...
Wolski is quick to stress that Eucalyptus Systems is an open source company; there is no intention to start charging for software that is freely available for download today, and this will be actively maintained and developed moving forward. A point release is expected ‘in about a week...
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), today announced that it has formed a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to develop a set of informational specifications for c...


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