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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...
I recently read the Open Cloud Standards incubator charter proposed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), and I think this is a great effort to propel the cloud computing effort forward (read the charter here). In the interest of disclosure, I’m not just saying this because ...
I was recently looking at Google's trends & insights tool and noticed something very interesting has happened over the last month or so. For the first time the term "cloud computing" has surpassed "virtualization" in terms of search popularity. What is all the more interesting is it to...
What happens when your cloud provider has multiple datacenters and has the ability to move your code around based on their need (read: not your need)? One thing that any enterprise IT buyer knows how to say is “who’s throat do I choke?” When you have a composited application, who exact...
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period. Here is the only information available to email administ...
Elasticity of the cloud computing is a wonderful idea. You can get an instance of networked computer exactly when you need it and you only pay for the time when you actually use it. But while the virtual memory and hard disk is a “clean slate” created specifically for you, ...
I’m just finishing up a book on cloud computing and SOA, and found the process of writing the book to be a great catalyst for thinking through the issues surrounding cloud computing, as well as assisting my clients with their cloud computing strategies. As I found, there are a few issu...
"The McKinsey report, as presented, seeks to be the 'other voice' and offer a contrarian view of cloud computing. The first thing we noted was the statement, on slide 7, that 'Cloud computing can divert IT departments’ attention from technologies that can actually deliver sizable benef...
Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s E...
This is a blog post about the importance of service elasticity in cloud computing.
There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about Microsoft's Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing...
There’s been a new round of noise in what I like to call the “What is the Cloud?” discussion.  It never ceases to amaze me that so many people seem stuck on this one question, despite the fact that having an answer to it is not the asset people seem to think it is.  The [...]...
There was a report released April 15th by McKinsey called “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing.”  The premise of the report was that the cloud was actually quite a bit more expensive for large corporations than running their own datacenters.  While it allows a nod to small to...
Booz Allen Hamilton Principals Mike Cameron and Rod Fontecilla offer their views on the March 2009 McKinsey & Co. report titled "Clearing the air on cloud computing"
Watch the beautiful blue Ohio River disappear under the weight of the brown Mississippi at the point where they merge. It looks like the Oracle-Sun merger! What does this mean, then, for Cloud Computing? Will Cloud providers be subject to the same vendor lock-in that companies are tryi...
There, I said it. I wasn't the first--a couple of guys funded by Google speculated in March 2009 that cloud computing "could be" bigger than the Intertubes. And I'm sure there are hundreds of you out there, if not more, who have voiced this opinion to colleagues, in a blog, or maybe in...
Finally coming to grips with cloud means coming to grips with its high-level potential. This thing is bigger than the Internet, probably not bigger with fire, but maybe on a par with electricity.
The idea that a few providers will control the world's IT resources is a scary one. The good news is that cloud computing is forcing the IT and business sides to communicate effectively for the first time ever...and the nightmare scenarios are unlikely, right?
McKinsey announced a report on Cloud computing, claiming that the economics only made sense for small and medium sized companies but not for enterprises with their own data centers. The analysis then compared the cost of using Amazon's service with the cost of a typical data center. ...
In a recent conference, analyst William Forrest says that large companies could end up paying more than twice as much by using cloud based services. According to a Forbes.com report, Apr. 17, 2009 07:00 PM EDT  Reads: 21,209
Cloud computing is not the savior of IT. It's nothing but a way to deploy your enterprise architecture in such as way that has the potential to be more productive and cost effective. In essence, it's a tool, not a way of life. It's not magic, it's not even new, but if approached correc...


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