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I happy to announce my appointment by SYS-CON to be the Technical Chair of the 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo. This event is a 1-day deep dive into how cloud computing is changing the way that Federal agencies leverage, procure and utiliz...
What should CIOs make as priorities in the short, medium, and long terms? How can they reduce total cost, while modernizing and transforming IT? What can they do to better support their business requirements? In a nutshell, how can they best prepare for the new economy?

There’s more than one way to address the rapid rate of change in infrastructure supporting a dynamic environment.

We spend a lot of time talking about how software and systems and standards are the ultimate solution to addressing the rapid rate of change in the ass...

In this post I will walk you through the high level of securing a normal tiered application running on EC2. First I will cover the basics of what EC2 provides and then briefly discuss how this can be used in a real life scenario. For Network security EC2 provides a security groups, s...
With all the hullabaloo about cloud computing, it is easy to get caught up in the trend of the day and miss the big picture. The big picture...
Lately I've been really intrigued by the PubSubHubbub protocol (PuSH) and its potential use as an intercloud communication protocol for monitoring and auto scaling your external cloud or internal infrastructure (or both).
Cloud computing is in fact a real phenomenon and does create great technological and business value. Simply put, cloud computing allows one to build network applications without having to worry about the network. So far, so good; but what is the catch?
Yes. That's what I said! A recent EDL Consulting article cites the rising popularity of smartphones and other advanced mobile devices as the driv...

One of our customers wanted to establish a site to site connectivity between their datacenter and  public cloud (Amazon EC2) and then have a private network within Amazon EC2 with their own custom IP addresses for their servers in the cloud.  Basically idea here is to augm...

With the announcement today that Adobe is acquiring Omniture, one of the largest web analytics firms -- something occurred to me. This is probably obvious to most, but the move to cloud based services has some pretty big potential ramific...
The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level function...

How Infrastructure 2.0 might leverage publish-subscribe technology like PubSubHubub to enable portability of applications across clouds and data centers

Sep. 15, 2009 05:45 AM EDT  Reads: 23,220

On Wednesday, 9 September 2009 the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) Technical Council formally approved the creation of a Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG). Organizationally this new working group will operate as part of the ...
The Open Group is leading some of the top efforts to make cloud benefits apply to mission critical IT. To learn more about the venerable group's efforts I recently interviewed Allen Brown, president and CEO. Standards and open access are increasingly important to users of cloud-based s...

After my earlier blog discussing the evolution of IT, I had several discussions on  the benefits and challenges of virtualization, private, and publ...

The cloud isn’t just about surface concepts like “storing all your data on S3” or “spinning up servers on GoGrid”; those things are just the beginning. What it is REALLY about is what each of those things in turn will enable! By making it easy to perform rote systems tasks, an entire...
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: 11,189  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...


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