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Okay, maybe it's petty and I'm just tooting my own horn, but I found this old article I wrote for Upstream CIO's October issue (written in July '05).  In rereading this article today, I surprised myself how aware I was of the forthcoming Cloud & SOA convergence. The popularity o...
Back in the old good days of enterprise software, we did not need to worry about our customers. We delivered bits on DVDs – it was up to the customers to struggle with installation, integration, management, customization and other aspects of software operations. We collected all ...
I spoke this morning with the cloud evangelist for a hardware manufacturer. Not surprisingly, they come at cloud from the iron up, so for them cloud is mostly about virtualization with a little more buzz.While I can understand this viewpoint, if today's cloud is just yesterday's server...
Some of the key things to think about when putting your application on the cloud are discussed below. Cloud computing is relatively new, and best practice is still being established. However we can learn from earlier technologies and concepts such as utility compute, SaaS, outsourcing ...
Amazon is adding a new feature which significantly improves the flexibility of EC2’s Elastic Block Store  (EBS) snapshot facility. You now have the ability to share your snapshots with other EC2 customers using a new set of fine-grained access controls. You can keep the snapshot ...
Like everything else in the cloud, software as a service (SaaS) is most commonly delivered in a Web browser and paid for based on usage; the more you use software, the more it tends to cost. However, the economic benefits of SaaS really fall into two categories. The first category is t...
Following on from my last post, Securing Applications on the Amazon Elastic Cloud, One of the biggest questions I often see asked is “Is Amazon EC2 as a platform secure”? This is like saying is my vanilla network secure? As you do to your internal network you can take some steps to ma...
Tier1's Phil Shih get's it right (as usual): "...Yahoo is also set to unload Zimbra, which Yahoo has had little success leveraging across its small business customer base, although it continues to grow. T1R does not agree that Zimbra had (or has) no hope within Yahoo because it is a so...
I just read the rumors that Yahoo is trying to unload Zimbra, which it acquired 2 years ago for a whopping $350 million. Why? Maybe because technology matters. "..Yahoo bought the company to goose that business, whose main rival has been Google (GOOG)–along with using Zimbra technology...
As many of you may know, I work for EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure Group as part of the Atmos solution team. In this role, I’ve been blessed with getting a closer look at where the future of cloud storage is going as well as some of the drivers that will get it there. In [......
There’s more than one way to address the rapid rate of change in infrastructure supporting a dynamic environment. We spend a lot of time talking about how software and systems and standards are the ultimate solution to addressing the rapid rate of change in the association between ap...
Recently there has been a lot of talk about private clouds, public clouds and inter clouds and the problem in attempting to define their key attributes. The problem facing all the various cloud terms is the apparent lack of quantifiable characteristics. In contrast most other areas of ...
Since my last blog post on Intercloud, I have been rather busy working on related topics such as SLA instantiation, registry functions, security, and resiliency. However, I did attend the IETF 75 meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden. The Internet Society’s Standards & Technol...
It seems there is a continual push and pull in the technology world between centralizing and consolidating technology vs. distributing and diversifying. We've asked ourselves this question often of whether our clients will be better served with a single technology to support their nee...
The Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) announcement of the Virtual Private Cloud ( VPC ) offering has just made Cloud Computing more attractive to the enterprise. Most companies I talk with are interested in the “Cloud”, but beyond a few SaaS apps and perhaps some dev/test they are not ready...
With virtually every vendor/provider on the planet jumping on the Cloud Computing bandwagon, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting, outsourcing, AS...
As a general rule, I am happy to count Salesforce.com as a cloud computing company.  They really made the SaaS market what it is today, and their Force.com platform-as-a-service was a great innovation.  They are not an infrastructure cloud provider like Amazon, Rackspace or others, but...
In a recent article by Treff LaPlante, CEO at WorkXpress, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, Treff points out the rising importance of the business analyst in the cloud computing paradigm. “Using a 5GL PaaS an entire company can be automated from scratch in just a matter o...
Next in the complexity chain are distributed systems. In a distributed system, there are multiple databases and multiple applications. In order to maintain data integrity in a distributed system, transactions across multiple data sources need to be handled correctly in a fail-safe mann...
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.In a recent post by AWS Evangelist, Jeff Barr outlined the new functionality stating that "using a workflow simila...
Without processes the cloud is not a cloud   So you’ve virtualized your application infrastructure using VMware or Microsoft or the “virtualization solution de jour.” You probably also virtualized the application access via an application delivery solution so you can provide scalabi...
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...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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...
Oui, je sais, encore un acronyme en aaS ! Par curiosité j’ai fait une recherche "Praas" sur Bing et Google, actualité oblige ! Le moins que l’on puisse dire, et que les résultats obtenus sont ... très différents ! Pour ceux que cela intéresse, je vous conseille d’utiliser l’ou...
In the same vein as the article on BPMS, have you considered a SaaS based IT PPMS (Project and Portfolio Management Systems) tool for your next project? If you are in that process now, you're in luck as Gartner has recently released their review of those tools. The report can be [......
Data as a Service can empower your business, or help you develop great web apps quickly and easily. Not everybody believes in the validity of the term “data as a service,” but these opinions seem to be held mostly by academics and niche bloggers who are resistant to “yet another –aa...