The Interface Between the Worlds of Cloud Computing and the Semantic Web

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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)

Talking about Microsoft’s Windows Azure with Amitabh Srivastava

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)

Juan Carlos Soto Reaffirms Sun Microsystems’ Commitment to the Cloud

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)

Eucalyptus Project Closes $5.5 Million Series A with Benchmark

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 Barbara. “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)

More Linked Data and RDF

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 might... (more)