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The Hole in VMware's Whole Cloud Strategy

By George Reese
June 30, 2012

Microsoft and Google moving into the IaaS space is the clearest signal the market has seen that Platform as a Service just isn't ready for the big leagues yet. These moves may even indicate that PaaS isn't the grand future of cloud everyone has been predicting, but instead just a component of a cloud infrastructure. At VMware, however, PaaS is their answer to AWS and the various cloud platforms competing with vCloud. If the world isn't ready for PaaS, then VMware has a huge hole in its cloud strategy because vCloud just doesn't cut it for cloud-scale infrastructure.

Synching Up Your Life

By Kevin Shockey
June 25, 2012

You never now when you're an accident or failure aware from disaster. Having a multiple layer backup and recovery strategy is merely standard operating procedure.

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Four short links: 23 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 23, 2012

How's That Three Strikes Thing Working Out? (Paul Brislen) -- The rights holders in New Zealand put together an ad campaign based on the destruction of value of New Zealand content, yet it hasn’t defended a single New Zealand artist. USTR Telling You Where To Stick Your Data -- A number of US companies had expressed concerns that various...

MySQL in 2012: Report from Percona Live

By Andy Oram
April 14, 2012

Contrasting deployments at craigslit and Pinterest, trends, commercial offerings, and more

Medical imaging in the cloud: a conversation about eMix

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2012

It's a situation crying out for networked transfer, but HIPAA requires careful attention to security and privacy.

Medical imaging in the cloud: a conversation about eMix

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2012

It's a situation crying out for networked transfer, but HIPAA requires careful attention to security and privacy.

Can Maryland's other "CIO" cultivate innovation in government?

By Alex Howard
January 11, 2012

Maryland's first chief innovation officer, Bryan Sivak, is looking for the levers that will help state government to be smarter, not bigger. From embracing collective intelligence to data-driven policy, Sivak is defining what it means to be innovative in government.

Can Maryland's other "CIO" cultivate innovation in government?

Can Maryland's other
By Alex Howard
January 11, 2012

Maryland's first chief innovation officer, Bryan Sivak, is looking for the levers that will help state government to be smarter, not bigger. From embracing collective intelligence to data-driven policy, Sivak is defining what it means to be innovative in government.

OpenStack Foundation requires further definition

By Andy Oram
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.

OpenStack Foundation requires further definition

By Andy Oram
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.

The EC2 API as a Defacto Standard

By 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

By Audrey Watters
July 28, 2011

In the latest Strata Week: Migrating 30 petabytes of Hadoop data, democratizing cloud computing, and "liking" library metadata.

Strata Week: How Facebook moved 30 petabytes of Hadoop data

Strata Week: How Facebook moved 30 petabytes of Hadoop data
By Audrey 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

Nebula looks to democratize cloud computing with open source hardware
By 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.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of REST APIs

By 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.

The AWS Outage: The Cloud's Shining Moment

The AWS Outage: The Cloud's Shining Moment
By 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

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer
By 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.

The Whole Cloud, Part II: Suitability for the Cloud

By 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 perspective

The Whole Cloud

By George 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

By Andy Oram
April 15, 2011

Two themes: mix your relational database with less formal solutions and move to the cloud. This may actually be the best environment MySQL has ever enjoyed.

What VMware's Cloud Foundry announcement is about

By 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.

A Proposal for Cloud State Notifications

By 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.

Cloud Culture: How Cloud Attitudes Differ in Europe and North America

Cloud Culture: How Cloud Attitudes Differ in Europe and North America
By 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.

Cloud 2011: The Year of the Network

By 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

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.)

Four short links: 21 December 2010

By 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

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

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

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

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.)

Four short links: 10 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 10, 2010

Let it Snow -- bookmarklet from David Flanagan that makes Javascript snowflakes fall. Awww. (via Mike Loukides) You Can Work on Great Technology at Startups -- There are more innovative database startups at various stages in their life than I can remember right now. So true--waiting for the inevitable amalgamation, thinning out, etc. (via Nat Friedman on Twitter) Dropbox...

Cloud computing's fear factor: Acknowledge, reduce, move on

Cloud computing's fear factor: Acknowledge, reduce, move on
By 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

By 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...

Four short links: 18 November 2010

By 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

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

By 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

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."

Mongo Boston: fast progress, with hitches in the cloud, Map/Reduce

By 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

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.

Makara deploys virtualized applications, tracks session activity

By Andy Oram
August 24, 2010

What I found particularly interesting is their performance monitoring. It offers quite fine-grained reporting.

The Delusion of Private Cloud Security

The Delusion of Private Cloud Security
By 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.

Report from Debian Conference

By 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.

Cloud Summit

By Kevin Shockey
July 21, 2010

Whether you think your organization is ready, or not, cloud computing is a reality.

OpenStack offered as Rackspace's answer to calls for an open cloud

OpenStack offered as Rackspace's answer to calls for an open cloud
By 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?

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.

The Cloud Computing Mind Map

By 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.


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