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Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

A Vision of the Future Cloud Data Center

A new year is often a time for reflection on the past and pondering the future.  2010 was certainly a momentous year for cloud computing.  An explosion of tools for creating clouds, a global investment rush by service providers, a Federal “cloud first” policy, and more.  But in the words of that famous Bachman Turner Overdrive song — “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” In fact, I’d suggest that in terms of technological evolution, we’re really just in the Bronze Age of cloud.  I have no doubt that at some point in the not too distant future, today’s cloud services will look as quaint ... (more)

Cloudy Implications and Recommendations in Megaupload Seizure

The FBI seized popular upload site Megaupload.com yesterday.  They took the site down and now own the servers. I am not an attorney, and I have no opinion on whether or not the MegaUpload guys were breaking laws or encouraging users to violate copyrights through illegal uploading and streaming of movies, recordings, etc.  Right or wrong, the FBI did it and now we need to deal with the fallout. The challenge is that there were very likely many users who were not breaking any laws.  People backing up their music, photos, websites, documents and who knows what else.  I highly doubt... (more)

RACI and PaaS – A Change in Operations

I have been having a great debate with one of my colleagues about the changing role of the IT operations (aka “I&O”) function in the context of PaaS. Nobody debates that I&O is responsible and accountable for infrastructure operations. Application developers (with or without the blessing of Enterprise Architecture) select platform components such as application servers, middleware, etc.  I&O keeps the servers running – probably up to the operating system.  The app owners then manage their apps and the platform components.  I&O has no SLAs on the platform, etc. In the PaaS era,... (more)

Open Clouds at Red Hat

Red Hat has been making steady progress toward what is shaping up as a fairly interesting cloud strategy.  Building on their Deltacloud API abstraction layer and their CloudForms IaaS software, a hybrid cloud model is starting to emerge. Add to this their OpenShift PaaS system, and you can see that Red Hat is assembling a lot of key components. Let’s add the fact that Red Hat has gotten very involved with OpenStack, providing an interesting dynamic with CloudForms. Red Hat is the enterprise king in Linux (RHEL), strong in application servers (JBoss), and has a lot of very large ... (more)