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No enterprise is going to put anything important in a public cloud for a very long time. If you run the IT infrastructure for any significant-scale enterprise your current reality tends to be a bit sobering if not downright depressing.
Your data centers are a mix of many different server flavors, operating systems, application platforms, and even virtualization technologies that no cloud provider can currently support without major expense and disruption.
To consider an internal cloud, CIOs are going to have to get over a few hurdles.First, they need to know what they have in their data centers and … Read more
Gartner analyst Tom Bittman is predicting "that the future of corporate IT is in private clouds, essentially flexible computing networks modeled after public providers such as Google and Amazon, yet built and managed internally for each business's users."
While it's true that most enterprises can't replicate the economies of scale that Google and Microsoft have, most companies do have spare computing capacity that can be used as part of an internal cloud.
I've written in the past that the Cloud needs some akin to Linux package management in order for it to be more manageable and allow for easier deployment.
The guys at El Reg asked me to write up a piece for their Developer site. Here's a snippet:
For the cloud to become more like an operating system and less like an amorphous mass, and by definition more useful to business, some basic functions need to become part of the fabric.
By that, I mean seamless (and near invisible) integration with the underlying infrastructure components (operating system, virtual machine, … Read more
Could Microsoft's proprietary licensing end up hurting it in the cloud?
That's the question asked on the Cloud Avenue blog, and the answer seems to be a clear "yes." Whatever the benefit to Microsoft in a desktop and server world, proprietary licensing stands to hobble its attempts to be widely relevant in the cloud or, at least, in Amazon.com's EC2 cloud.
Why? Because Microsoft's proprietary licensing ensures it can't be a viable player in Amazon's newly announced Paid AMI (Amazon Machine Image) Support marketplace. The program allows users to "share … Read more
If the license wars aren't over, they've certainly muted.
The adoption of the new version of the General Public License, used by Linux and many other open-source projects, was a long, loud, and contentious process. But after all the sturm und drang, it's not clear to me what real impact GPL 3 will have.
Depending on whom you ask, clauses concerning ideological sticking points such as digital rights management were either narrowed in scope or defanged almost completely. And it seems entirely possible that Linux, perhaps the best-known open-source project licensed under the GPL, may never move … Read more
Today's Atmos Cloud storage announcement from EMC is more interesting then it appears on the surface. It seems that EMC has taken the Amazon AWS playbook and implemented a similar approach to distributed storage.
Besides proving my earlier statements suggesting that internal Clouds will become reality, it also shows that the AWS model of using APIs is the right way to go.
So, just what is the new Atmos software?
EMC Atmos combines massive storage capacity and scalability with policy-based information management software to automatically distribute information to anywhere, at anytime. Other features include:
* Powerful object metadata and policy-based … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The cloud was omnipresent at the Web 2.0 Summit as industry executives discussed the migration from the client to millions of virtualized servers as the information pipe.
"There is a lot of hype. We think about the cloud as the next evolution in computing," said Cisco Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior. "It's a way of abstracting the services and applications from the physical resources and using a more on-demand layer."
Warrior believes that cloud computing will evolve from private and stand-alone clouds to hybrid clouds, which allow movement of applications and services between … Read more
The on-stage chats at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday featured heavy-hitters from the realm of online applications.
Day 2's lineup at the San Francisco event included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega, and a four-executive panel of VMware's Paul Maritz, Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff, Adobe Systems' Kevin Lynch, and Google's Dave Girouard. Below are videos of their on-stage talks, courtesy of TechWeb.
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A lot of people are asking if Microsoft will prevail in the cloud. While the jury is still out, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's strategy makes more sense than even it has explained.
In a recent post, InformationWeek's John Foley provided several points showing that Microsoft should be able to win, thanks to a massive user base and nearly unlimited resources. Most agree that Microsoft's cloud efforts are not so much a strategy issue as much as an execution problem.
I am starting to agree that "Software plus services" is the right approach--at least for Microsoft. One of the most overlooked Microsoft assets is Visual Studio, and if Microsoft adds a "cloud deploy" capability into the development environment, all of a sudden, things will start to get interesting. … Read more