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Formed by CNRS/LAL, GRNET, SixSq Sàrl, and UCM, StratusLab is an informal, open collaboration that focuses on the use cloud technologies in research and commercial environments and on the management of cloud resources in those environments.
Just looking at a cloud storage product called ZumoDrive and noticed a little TM next to their usage of Hybrid Cloud. I couldn't find any trademark filing to backup their claims. According to their website , ZumoDrive is a product of Zecter, a Silicon Valley startup creating technology...
Haizea is an open source lease management architecture that OpenNebula can use as a scheduling backend. Haizea can also be run in simulation, providing a platform for experimenting with scheduling algorithms that depend on VM (Virtual Machine) deployment or on the leasing abstraction. ...
In announcing the next version Ubuntu (9.10, “Karmic Koala”) the founder of the Ubuntu Open Source operating system effort had a lot to say about cloud computing. Mark Shuttleworth declared: "Wouldn’t it be apt for Ubuntu to make the Amazon jungle as easy to navigate as, say, APT?" ...
The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears t...
Great post over at the Computer World blog on the subject of cloud API standardization. In the post, Jeff Boles says "there only needs to be standardization around a few core "activities" that are targeted more at interoperability than uniform services and structure" He goes on to say ...
How do you plan for cyclical surges in user activity? Depending on your business area, this could be a critical area of planning. Take, for example, the retail sector. We just came out of the end-of-year holiday spending season where retail stores typically see more foot traffic and ...
If you've been following the CCIF discussions, a group of us have come up with the concept of creating an open unified cloud interface specification and test harness. One of the key drivers of the unified cloud interface is to create an api about other api's. A singular programmatic po...
In a rather lackluster announcement today Red Hat has indicated they have signed a reciprocal agreement with Microsoft to enable increased "interoperability" for the companies’ virtualization platforms. Both companies said that they would offer a joint virtualization validation/certifi...
In describing my theory on the Cloud Multiverse, I may have missed the few obvious implications of using the prefix "multi" or consisting of more than one part or entity. Although the Cloud Multiverse thesis suggests there will be more then one internet based platform or cloud to choos...
Unless you have been under a rock (hiding from the depressing economic news, no doubt), then you know that the industry is buzzing with interest around Cloud Computing.  Due to the extraordinary degree of interest and constant questions regarding Cloud that I have seen from my clients,...
The Ubuntu team announced one month ago their plan to offer a set of new software packages related to cloud computing in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), due to be released in April 2009. One of the target packages, the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine, is available for download...
I have officially come full circle from my position last summer regarding the reality of Cloud Clomputing in which I presented a skeptical view of Cloud's potential to actually materialize.  It is now quite apparent to me and increasingly to my clients and readers, that Cloud is real a...
I just read an interesting paper called "A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing" and had random thought. In reading this paper, it occurred to me that the very nature of cloud computing, like the Internet itself is based on that of subjectivity or a particular subject's perspective, partic...
One of the great things about cloud computing is in its ability to virtualize everything. The cloud is a kind of "multiverse" where the rules of nature can continually be rewritten using quarantined virtual worlds within other virtual worlds (aka virtualization). The need for a traditi...
Here's a great example where an agreed-upon taxonomy of Cloud Computing terminology would really be helpful. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is fairly-well understood from both a business and delivery model perspective; that is, if we agree that SaaS is software hosted external to the use...
It's been an interesting year so far for cloud computing "enablers" such as my firm Enomaly. It's certainly not what I was expecting. The mood for big business investing in large enterprise "cloud" infrastructures has all but disappeared. But there is another market segment quickly pic...
In a follow up to my October 23rd post on Arista Networks attempting to copyright / trademark the term "Cloud Networking" The companies CEO Jayshree Ullal has stated that they will no longer be attempting to trademark the term. (Mission accomplished) In a recent post she shed some ligh...
CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged you to share your thoughts...
John M. Willis has pointed me to a new research paper by Lamia Youseff (University of California, Santa Barbara) Maria Butrico, Dilma Da Silva (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), have created titled “Toward a Unified Ontology of Cloud Computing.” The paper lays out a proposed Cloud Comp...
Interesting release from Google today, they've released a hybrid OpenID OAuth Extension which they describe as a mechanism to combine an OpenID authentication request with the approval of an OAuth request token. In case you're not familiar with oAuth, it is an open protocol, initiated ...
The core ECP data module has many new features as well as many bug fixes. Several subtle but detrimental object retrieval issues have been resolved. This alone fixed several issues that were thought to be GUI related in previous ECP versions. The new features include added flexibility ...
Great post by Benjamin Black the current VP, Research at Joyent and former manager of Website Engineering at Amazon.com. In his post he gives an interesting insight to how Amazon Ec2 came to be. Black outlines a backstory which takes place in early 2004, "i was told jeff was interested...
I love reading stupid headlines from stupid articles, I won't point specifically to them because we've all read them. In particular I've read a few lately that have pointed out that "cloud computing" isn't ready for primetime, it's too new, it's only for early adopters, trailblazers an...
The CCIF and it's members have recently focused on creating a common cloud taxonomy and ontology. I find it's starting to sound a lot like semantics, Cloud Semantics. We are in a sense defining what cloud computing is by describin...
Cisco is planning to start building servers. To be precise, servers equipped with virtualization software. A fascinating article in the New York Times expresses some surprise at this move, but it seems terribly obvious now that the news is out. After all, there is already a move afoot ...
Cisco is getting into the server business, says NYTimes.com. One could argue that the writing was on the wall when Cisco announced their Nexus virtual switch platform complete with deep VMware networking integration, but now there are few doubts that Cisco has clear designs on owning a...
When thinking about what Cloud Interoperability truly means, for me it's all about the API. There is much talk of ID / Authentication, storage, networking, system management and so forth. The one problem that all these various aspects share is that point of programmatic access / contro...
Storage within the cloud is meaningless without a measurable level of performance that it can be compared against. Since there are no established benchmarks that determine performance of storage within a cloud infrastructure, it is reasonable to apply tiering metrics to storage based o...
To the extent that organizations use governance to harness the richness of cloud environments, they will be able to supercharge their SOA initiatives while radically improving scalability and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, the cloud arena may continue to evolve so fast over the nex...
‘The Big Switch’ elaborates on Carr’s earlier comparison of the Electricity Generating industry, at the start of the last century, and today’s Computing industry. He argues that such a move, with its massive economies of scale, was an economic necessity at the time and that today’s tec...
What are the benefits from using Cloud Computing services or platforms? Cost efficiency, shorter innovation cycles and scalability are frequently mentioned promises. However, the value proposition of Cloud Computing obviously depends on the corresponding business scenario. You cannot p...
Cloudcenters provide the same kinds of tools that all datacenter and server operators are already accustomed to, but with all the traditional advantages of cloud (i.e. self-service, pay-as-you-go, and scalability). Instead of creating completely new paradigms, cloudcenters are a method...
Cloud computing figures prominently in recently released Gartner report entitled "CIO New Year’s Resolutions, 2009." Gartner’s overall advice to the CIO is to do what is necessary to survive in ‘09, but to be sure to also invest in the future by building and preparing for what lies bey...
Am I the only one who has trouble understanding Cloud Computing? Is Instant Messenger considered cloud computing? Is my company's enterprise deployment of XenApp on XenServer considered Cloud Computing? Is the iTunes store considered Cloud Computing? Why is Cloud Computing so hard to ...
Finally, after years of providing just a command line interface to their web services, Amazon has released a web based management console. Has it been worth the wait? In a nutshell, yes. We knew this day was coming, and 8th of January was that day. Built using Yahoo's YUI framework, us...
Are humans really necessary for maintaining SLAs? In today's cloud computing deployments, especially with systems like Amazon's EC2, the users' application is responsible for both measuring and taking action on application performance issues. This complicates deployment and coding, as ...
In the next few years the a key opportunity for the emerging cloud industry will be on defining a federated cloud ecosystem by connecting multiple cloud computing providers using an agreeing upon standard or interface. There are a number of organizations looking into solving the proble...
Instead of creating a less complex environment, in many cases virtualization has made it more complex. Many business- and mission-critical applications are just not right for a hypervisor. Other software applications won't even support hypervisors even today.
With the advent of Cloud Computing and the general resurgence of computing grids, data storage has been taken for granted. However, as cloud computing’s storage and access demands continue to grow, the need for an optimized storage layer and hardware accompaniment become even more crit...


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