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October 7, 2011
The thinness of detail about the Foundation is probably a good sign, because it means that Rackspace and its partners are seeking input from the community about important parameters.George Reese
August 9, 2011
The argument for EC2 as a defacto standard is, at some level, the same as it is for any defacto standard: through the EC2 API, you eliminate the need for others to learn some custom API and you can leverage the existing, sizable ecosystem. But there is no such thing as the EC2 API. EC2 is actually many different APIs and adopting the EC2 API as a standard ultimately implies supporting all of those APIs.
Strata Week: How Facebook moved 30 petabytes of Hadoop data - Facebook migrates to a new datacenter, Ex-NASA CTO launches NebulaAudrey Watters
July 28, 2011
In the latest Strata Week: Migrating 30 petabytes of Hadoop data, democratizing cloud computing, and "liking" library metadata.
Nebula looks to democratize cloud computing with open source hardware - By combining OpenStack with Facebook's OpenCompute project, Nebula could bring cloud computing to everyone.Alex Howard
July 27, 2011
Newly launched Nebula will combine open source software with open source hardware developed into an appliance. If Nebula succeeds, its "cloud controller" could enable every company to implement cloud computing.George Reese
June 4, 2011
I've never seen a perfect REST API. But I have seen some of the most horrible mistakes repeated over and over again by people building heavily consumed APIs. Here's a list of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of REST API design.Andy Oram
May 16, 2011
Percona's goal is to bring MySQL expertise out of the Silicon Valley and build community around MySQL in many locations.George Reese
April 23, 2011
So many cloud pundits are piling on to the misfortunes of Amazon Web Services this week as a response to the massive failures in the AWS Virginia region. If you think this week exposed weakness in the cloud, you don't get it: it was the cloud's shining moment, exposing the strength of cloud computing.
Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer - The era of "bring your own computer" could soon be upon us.Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
April 20, 2011
Cloud computing could reduce asset management costs by allowing more employees to use their own equipment in the workplace.George Reese
April 16, 2011
In my discussion of the Whole Cloud, I assumed as fact that a mature cloud computing infrastructure leverages all kinds of clouds. Given the amount of energy put into arguments on the subject, it's obviously not a given to most people. Today, I want to talk about how these different "pieces of cloud" can be integrated together from a decision-making perspectiveGeorge Reese
April 15, 2011
A few companies are currently well positioned to create a view of cloud computing that encompasses all aspects of cloud from IaaS to SaaS, public cloud and private cloud, internal and external. A mature cloud infrastructure, however, will be made up of all pieces of the cloud puzzle.
Wrap-up of 2011 MySQL Conference - Key themes from MySQL 2011. Plus, what you sacrifice when you use a NoSQL solution.By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011
Two dominant themes emerged at MySQL 2011: Mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.Andy Oram
April 13, 2011
By now, the popular APIs for IaaS have been satisfactorily emulated so that you can move your application fairly easily from one vendor to another. But until now, the PaaS situation was much more closed.George Reese
April 2, 2011
The cloud ecosystem needs a mechanism besides polling that enables monitoring, management, and automation tools to learn about changes in the state of cloud resources. This proposal attempts to define a simple protocol for notifying those tools through a push notifications system rather than polling.George Reese
December 31, 2010
Based on the work I have been doing in cloud computing Europe, Asia/Pacific, and North America, people have been regularly asking me the questions, "How are attitudes towards cloud computing different in Europe?" and "How has cloud adoption differed in Europe from it's adoption in the United States?" In the spirit of attempting to provide some useful insight, I have decided to attempt to write a blog entry and answer those questions as 2010 comes to an end.George Reese
December 22, 2010
In spite of all the innovation that's happened in the recent years in the cloud, cloud networking remains in the dark ages. I expect that 2011 will prove to be the year of the network in the cloud.
Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds - Part 5 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"By Andy Oram
December 22, 2010
The merger of free software with cloud and web services is a win-win. The transition will take a buy-in from cloud and SaaS providers, a change in the software development process, a stronger link between computational and data clouds, and new conventions to be learned by clients of the services. (Part 5 of a 5-part series.)Nat Torkington
December 21, 2010
Cash Cow Disease -- quite harsh on Google and Microsoft for "ingesting not investing" in promising startups, then disconnecting them from market signals. Like pixie dust, potential future advertising revenues can be sprinkled on any revenue-negative scheme to make it look brilliant. (via Dan Martell) Your Apps Are Watching You (Wall Street Journal) -- the iPhone apps transmitted more...
Why web services should be released as free software - Part 4 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"By Andy Oram
December 20, 2010
Let's put together a pitch for cloud and web service providers. We have two hurdles to leap: one persuading them how they'll benefit by releasing the source code to their software, and one addressing their fear of releasing the source code.
Why clouds and web services will continue to take over computing - Part 3 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"By Andy Oram
December 17, 2010
My long-term view convinces me we all will be in the cloud. The advantages are just too compelling. But what can we do to preserve freedom in the cloud? (Part 3 of a 5-part series.)
Defining clouds, web services, and other remote computing - Part 2 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"By Andy Oram
December 15, 2010
Technology commentators are a bit trapped by the term "cloud," which has been kicked and slapped around enough to become truly shapeless. So in this section I'll offer a history of services that have led up to our cloud-obsessed era, hoping to help readers distinguish the impacts and trade-offs created by all the trends that lie in the "cloud."
Resolving the contradictions between web services, clouds, and open source - Part 1 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"By Andy Oram
December 13, 2010
A "free software cloud" may seem to be an oxymoron. But I believe that free software and remote computing were made for each other; their future lies together and the sooner they converge, the faster they will evolve and gain adoption. (Part 1 of a 5-part series.)
December 10, 2010
Cloud computing's fear factor: Acknowledge, reduce, move on - If cloud computing has so much potential, why are many organizations afraid of it?Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 1, 2010
A combination of negative messages and concerns about readiness have made cloud computing the most feared of the big technology innovations. There are legitimate reasons to approach the cloud with care, but we should not be consumed by irrational fear.
Four short links: 29 November 2010 - Rethinking Education, Printing Roads, Outsource Security, and Designing PhonesBy Nat Torkington
November 29, 2010
Building a New Culture of Thinking and Learning (Vimeo) -- interesting farewell lecture from a university physicist disillusioned with the state of teaching. He went on to work on skateboarding video games. (via Kevin Marks) The Road Printer (BLDGBLOG) -- a machine that lays cobblestone roads, looking remarkably like a printer as it does so. Not the future, but...Nat Torkington
November 18, 2010
Predictable Web of Data -- a chapter of a book that never happened, this chapter covering the wonderful YQL. Symbian: A Lesson on the Wrong Way to Use Open Source (GigaOm) -- Open source can be used to inspire and complement successful products. It can accelerate momentum. What it can’t do is resurrect dying technology products. SpotCloud -- a...
5 cloud computing conundrums - CIOs will need to unravel some challenging near-term puzzles to succeed in the cloud.By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
November 3, 2010
While every business needs to consider public cloud computing in the context of its own needs and risk profile, I've identified a sample of puzzles that most CIOs will likely need to address.
Four short links: 26 October 2010 - NoSQL Experience, Connected Future, Hacktivism, and Mobile UI GuidelinesBy Nat Torkington
October 26, 2010
12 Months with MongoDB (Worknik) -- every type of retrieval got faster than their old MySQL store, and there are some other benefits too. They note that the admin tools aren't really there for MongoDB, so "there is a blurry hand-off between IT Ops and Engineering." (via Hacker News) Dawn of a New Day -- Ray Ozzie's farewell note...
ECPA reform: Why digital due process matters - The shift to cloud computing puts Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform in the spotlight.By Alex Howard
September 23, 2010
Academics, technology companies, and privacy and civil liberties advocates are in agreement: the laws governing electronic privacy need an update. In these video interviews, four professors and the ACLU counsel reflect on "digital due process."Andy Oram
September 21, 2010
Microsoft's Azure design interfere with running multiple MongoDB servers. Map/Reduce works, but not as fast as it should. MongoDB continues to grow in features and popularity.
"Spontaneous collaboration" and other lessons from the private sector - Padmasree Warrior on the tools and technology governments should harness.By Alex Howard
September 6, 2010
In this wide-ranging interview, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior weighs in on smart cities, how the signal-to-noise ratio of social media can be managed, and why open government -- if done right -- can improve the speed and quality of decisions.Andy Oram
August 24, 2010
What I found particularly interesting is their performance monitoring. It offers quite fine-grained reporting.George Reese
August 7, 2010
The perennial debate on private cloud vs. public cloud continues to flare up anywhere cloud computing is being discussed. One of the most often repeated myths favoring private cloud deployments is that they are "more secure" than public clouds. It's complete nonsense.Andy Oram
August 6, 2010
DebConf 2010 was held in New York City. This blog covers several interesting presentations and some general observations about the Debian community.
How to use UIAutomation to create iPhone UI tests - What's new in O'Reilly Answers: iPhone UI tests, beautiful code, Objective-c, cloud computing, CS5, and much more.
July 21, 2010
One of the more useful (from a developer standpoint) features coming in iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) is the UIAutomation tool. This lets you run an automated set of tests against an application, and test to see if they had the expected results. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there is minimal documentation for the tool, so here's a quick walkthrough of how to use it. Read more. More from O'Reilly Answers: Examples of Beautiful CodeHow to use protocols in Objective-cOpen source cloud computing with Eucalyptus and UbuntuHow to install Photoshop CS5 Share knowledge, ask questions on O'Reilly Answers today.Kevin Shockey
July 21, 2010
Whether you think your organization is ready, or not, cloud computing is a reality.Andy Oram
July 20, 2010
When Rackspace and NASA announced OpenStack, I thought of it as either a PR or yet another attempt to impose some pet project on the world as a standard. But it may actually a newsworthy intervention into the furiously evolving cloud industry.
Mobile, desktop or cloud: Where does the future of open source lie? - Stormy Peters on her biggest cloud concerns and how mobile will shape open source.By James Turner
July 7, 2010
In this Q&A, OSCON speaker and GNOME foundation executive director Stormy Peters discusses the risks of cloud computing, the continued importance of desktop computing, and the interesting relationship between new mobile form factors and free software adoption.George Reese
July 1, 2010
Getting your brain around all of the components of cloud computing is a huge challenge. There are so many players, and a number of them are performing functions entirely new to IT. A few months ago, I put together a mind map of the cloud computing space I use to help people understand this space. It's reached a level of maturity that I now feel it appropriate to share it with a wider audience.Andy Oram
June 22, 2010
Mickos responds to such questions as whether private clouds are needed, whether they are too hard to manage, and whether the Amazon API is the best foundation for Eucalyptus.
On the performance of clouds - A study ran cloud providers through four tests. Here's some of the results.By Alistair Croll
June 21, 2010
Bitcurrent and Webmetrics ran five cloud providers through a series of tests: a small object, a large object, a million calculations, and a 500,000-row table scan. Here's some of the results and lessons learned.
Gov 2.0 Week in Review - Closing the IT gap, looking back at PDF, considering cloud computing and looking ahead to DC Week.By Alex Howard
June 13, 2010
Will the Department of Health and Human Services make community health information as useful as GPS or weather data?
Cloud computing saves L.A. millions in IT costs - Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin on why her city moved into Google's cloud.By Alex Howard
June 9, 2010
Nobody will end up with a completely SaaS model, says Randi Levin, at least not in the next couple of years. "What I do see is that most organizations are going to end up in a hybrid world where you have some on-site infrastructure; you have some hosted infrastructure, and you have some SaaS."Andy Oram
June 4, 2010
At a VMware forum, a sense of expectancy about cloud computing seemed to be expressed more by speakers than by attendees.Peter Drescher
June 3, 2010
Gameplay parameters are sent up to the server, the application running in the Cloud mixes the appropriate beeps and booms into the audio output buffer, which then streams the game soundtrack to your device. The data being transmitted up is small, the server has all the CPU power, memory storage, and data bandwidth you could ask for, and the download stream is like listening to a digital radio station.
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