Paul Miller's Blog
For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost
exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on
top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce,
Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption
that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data
center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is
value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing,
and the various *aaS movements, have finally brought us to a place where the
fiercely guarded and tightly delineated boundaries between the organisation
and those outside it may become permeable in ways that should benefit the
organisation rather than threaten it.
It is a quite remarkable feeling to watch as the pieces fall into place and ... (more)
Image by DBegley via Flickr
Long known for their dominance on the desktop, Microsoft is now making a
concerted effort to carve out a space of its own in the Cloud with Windows
Azure. Amitabh Srivastava, the company’s Corporate Vice President with
responsibility for Azure, spoke with me this week and the result has just
been released as one of my podcasts.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on their Nodalities blog.
Amitabh talks about the company’s aspirations for Azure, and reports on the
success of the current ‘Community Technology ... (more)
As I noted at the time, Sun’s recent announcements with respect to Cloud
Computing were sadly rather overshadowed by the torrent of interest around a
piece on the Wall Street Journal site the same day, which broke the news that
acquisition talks were allegedly underway between Sun and IBM.
Much has changed since then and we now know, for example, that Oracle has
supplanted IBM as suitor for the Santa Clara company.
Amidst the distractions of a market obsessed with the next twist in the
ongoing acquisition saga, Sun appears as committed as ever to delivering on
their vision for Cl... (more)
It’s only a few short weeks since I last spoke with Rich Wolski, Director
of the open source EUCALYPTUS Project at the University of California, Santa
“EUCALYPTUS — Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your
Programs To Useful Systems — is an open-source software infrastructure for
implementing Elastic/Utility/Cloud computing using computing clusters and/or
workstation farms. The current interface to EUCALYPTUS is
interface-compatible with Amazon.com’s EC2 (arguably the most commercially
successful Cloud computing service), but the infrastructure is designe... (more)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to share a wide range of views in
response to yesterday's post in its comments, on Twitter, and out on your own
blogs. Although reduced to silence throughout the day because of other
commitments, I have been reading and learning from all of you. And, despite
the sometimes intemperate language of my original post, your contributions
have all been thoughtful, measured, and informative.
Several comments raised the duality of RDF; RDF the model and RDF the format
(which can itself be expressed in more forms than the RDF/XML of which most