The ‘platform’ tier in the middle of cloud computing’s architecture is
being squeezed, folded and reshaped beyond recognition. Even with continued
investment, can it survive the transformative pressures forcing down upon it
from the software/application layer above, or the apparently inexorable
upward movement from the infrastructure layer upon which it rests?
To look at recent investments and enthusiastic headlines, it would be easy to
assume that Platform as a Service (or PaaS) is on the up. RedHat recently
trumpeted the launch of OpenShift Enterprise — a ‘private PaaS,’
whatever that might be. Eagerly tracked super-startup Pivotal pushed
PivotalOne out to the world, strengthening the position of the Cloud Foundry
PaaS offering upon which it sits. Apprenda, a PaaS that almost predates wider
recognition of the term, secured an additional $16 million to continue
Cloud computing is great, right? As a way to get something up and running
quickly, affordably, and with a minimum of fuss, it can rarely be beaten.
But some of the most compelling attributes of the public cloud are best
suited to ephemeral or (relatively!) short-term use cases. You can spin up a
cloud server in minutes. You can scale a cloud-based application to cope with
the peaks and troughs of demand. You can control all of this through a web
console, with no more than a credit card and a laptop. Silicon Valley, SoMa,
Silicon Alley, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Allee, Silicon Wa... (more)
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Twitter is aflutter once again this morning, this time over a Wall Street
Journal suggestion that ‘IBM in talks to buy Sun.’ I am not able to
comment on the veracity of the rumour itself, but it’s clear that Sun needs
to do something in order to strengthen its position in a competitive market.
Selling to IBM is certainly one route, but an easier one might be the
provision of a more complete Sun-badged proposition.
Elsewhere on WSJ.com this morning, in news that seems extremely unlikely to
be unconnected, Don Clark reports on Sun’s
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Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the
Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting
code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the
creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s EC2. You’ve
probably also read RightScale’s announcements with respect to Ubuntu, and
heard that Sun Microsystems were also making supportive noises about
EUCALYPTUS and the EC2 API before their recent change in circumstances.
Earlier today I spoke with Simon Wardley of Canonical (... (more)
John Sheridan’s role as Head of e-Services at the UK Government’s Office
of Public Sector Information (OPSI) places him at the heart of this
country’s enthusiastic drive toward increasing visibility of Government
As we discuss in this podcast, the programme is ambitious but eminently
achievable, and builds upon a tradition that has actually been a lot more
open than it may sometimes appear.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on their Nodalities blog.
John describes work at OPSI and elsewhere in the UK Government, and also... (more)