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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...
A General Services Administration (GSA) representative is now scheduled to provide a briefing on the agency's cloud computing initiative during a "Aug. 13, 2009 03:00 PM EDT  Reads: 15,534
As a member of the virtualization startup ecosystem, it was good to see one of our own (Springsource) get picked up by VMware for a cool $400MM+ this week.  The private market and public market (really any market) are terrible right now so it is encouraging to see one of the tech indus...
For some the biggest buzz word so far in 2009 is “cloud”, for Cisco it’s “unified”. Today Cisco announced a new server centric strategy which is underpinned by the use of a “unified computing” methodology. This new unified approach to computing represents a radical shift in how we as a...
Would it be true to suggest that a product only truly comes of age when it can be re-packaged, re-labeled or re-purposed in a simple to manage context that boosts its proliferation and sales potential? Would it also be true to suggest that cloud computing...
VMware’s proposed $362 million acquisition of SpringSource is all about getting serious in competing with Salesforce.com and Google App Engine as the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud with the technology that everybody already uses. This acquisition was a means to an end, pairing two ...
In a Federal Executive Forum interview, Robert Lentz, Chief Security Officer for the US Department of Defense, highlighted the departments cybersecurity priorities. Mr. Lentz is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance (CI&IA) in the Offic...
How do you go from virtualization and automation to the cloud? The cloud and its many definitions is one of the hottest topics of discussion in technology today. It is expected to have a tremendous and “game-changing” impact on how IT is delivered in the future. Almost everyone wants t...
During this week Federal Executive Forum, FAA CIO Dave Bowen mentioned protection against software vulnerabilities, wireless intrusion and website vulnerabilities as his top cybersecurity priorities.
As the Assi...
Steve Herrod (VMware CTO) announced today that VMware is intending to acquire SpringSource, a 5 year-old company rapidly becoming a leader in enterprise and web application development and management.
Hot on the heals of SpringSource's recent acquisition of Hyperic, VMware today announced their intention to acquire SpringSource. At first glance this move may seem puzzling, why would VMware want to buy an open source enterprise application development platform? Could it be for Hyperi...
Most data centers are now hitting their teens when it comes to age. How do I know this? I used to work for Exodus, The Data Center Company back at the turn of the century (actually wearing an old EXDS t-shirt as I write this.) The ‘heyday’ of the Co-Location. ‘Daddy, what was the dat...
Which would you rather have? A compute job that gets done over a 12 hour period on a Supercomputer with the catch that you need to wait 7 days until the job actually runs? Or a job that runs over a 60 hour period on a lower performance public cloud infrastructure that can start immedia...
Twenty years ago, the work of Tim Berners-Lee gave birth to the WWW and ushered in the internet revolution. Now, in 2009, we stand on the threshold of another major disruption in computing, as computing begins to move to a worldwide network of clouds, the Intercloud.
A major SaaS vendor such as NetSuite, says Rauch, can squeeze much higher utilization out of its servers while sticking to a high up-time pledge (Netsuite guarantees 99.5 percent up time). NetSuite runs one large data center for its 6,600 customers, using highly efficient servers from ...
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Is anyone breaking through? There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of categories, calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others focused around 3 main customer segments. 1. Individual / Family 2. Comm...
For the rest of your applications it may be the case that some are better suited to an SaaS environment than a PaaS, and in some cases IaaS is going to be your best option. It isn’t all or nothing, but rather it’s about choosing the environment that’s right for the application. Doing o...
A realtime data explosion is underway throughout business, finance, government, health, media, science, sensors and the web. Individuals and organizations that had only recently figured out how to cope with thousands or millions of events per day are now drowning in billions of realtim...
I was an early advocate to get the company on the Internet, and during that time had the opportunity to work with Chan Suh, now CEO of Agency.com, and Joel Maloff, an Internet consultant at the time. The most fascinating conversations (for me) were not with the very knowledgeable Ch...
…with the Ace Frehley lighting bolts flying out?  We still draw those clouds but now they are smaller, there are more of them and sometimes hover over a single, private entity.  Well, the Clouds have accumulated and an umbrella isn’t going to help. Nicholas Carr (author of Does IT Mat...
Analysts should love hype – it lets them jump into a hot area and be the thought leaders who everyone has to consult to make any sense out of what is going on in the area. “Cloud” is probably the most hyped word in the industry these days and everyone has a definitio...
Within five years we will have dozens of public clouds and thousands of private clouds. The intercloud is now taking shape and will be the infrastructure on which the next generation of apps and services will be built. At Cloudscale we have been developing the first intercloud pl...
Just in time for the new Federal Cloud Computing Storefront, Sevatec, Inc. is announcing the development of a toolkit to help federal agencies transform their enterprise architectures to cloud computing more effectively and seamlessly. With last week's General Services Administration (...
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ecosystem grow as fast as the Cloud Computing Ecosystem. It’s both a great challenge and a hell for product marketeers who constantly have to stay up to date with the market. I just browsed Jeremy Geelan of Sys-con’s list of 150 Cloud companies. In 6 ...
The RFQ also sheds some light on the potential usage of cloud based infrastructure with the US federal Government. The Federal Cloud Computing initiative is a services oriented approach, whereby common infrastructure, information, and solutions can be shared/reused across the Governmen...
Skytap announced today a Windows 7 cloud-based testing solution for ISVs and corporate developers. Testing is one the oft-cited use cases for cloud computing in the enterprise.  For many companies the cost of provisioning and managing testing infrastructure can be very expsnsive.  With...
The past two years saw a significant increase in large scale attacks with the January 2007 TJX breach starting the massive flurry. As of October 2007, TJX said that more than were 94 million accounts affected at a cost of over $256 million. At the time it was the largest data loss in...

The concept of a server needs to go the way of the dodo

One of the reasons I enjoy Twitter is that quite frequently – if you’re following the right people – you’ll see a tweet that is absolutely profound Aug. 3, 2009 09:00 AM EDT  Reads: 6,298

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - When a SaaS solution should or should not be considered Cloud? http://bit.ly/cj4mo (via @CloudExpo) - RT @JohnTreadway EXCELLENT post by @ghaff on CloudCamp Boston + observations made ...


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