While I have probably beat the definition of cloud computing to death, I want
to spend some more time on where the magic really lies in Cloud Computing.
Without going into a Ballmerellian rant, the key to unlocking the full
potential of the cloud is developers, developers, developers. More
specifically, software is what will define not only what cloud is, but also
what cloud is capable of. The faster that CIOs and CTOs come to this
realization, the better it will be for their organizations.
Figuring out ways to distribute applications across infrastructure is a
difficult task that many CIOs are facing today. This is especially true in
the financial industry where legacy applications and legacy systems (read
mainframes) severely hamper flexibility and restrict high-availability. IBM
long ago roped the largest financial institutions and locked them into the
long term... (more)
For those who are big fans of Dell or Compellent (like I am), some great news
is coming out of Round Rock, TX. Dell has just closed a deal to buy virtual
storage company Compellent. I’ve heard figures ranging from $820 million to
$960 million, but the acquisition could be worth much more to Dell if they
are able to execute in the mid-market virtualized storage and cloud computing
Virtualized storage offers businesses the ultimate flexibility by inserting a
virtual layer between the blocks that are written to by attached servers and
the physical disk blocks. Anyone who has... (more)
It seems like every major vendor out there from hardware to software has a
different definition of what cloud computing is. I’ve dabbled a little with
the definition on here before, but it still seems like there is a general
lack of consensus when it comes to definition. With that said, does the
definition matter much? Isn’t the business value of the cloud more
important than the strict definition? Of course the value is more important,
but the definition can have implications with respect to understanding and
quantifying that value for your business.
4th International Cloud Comp... (more)
Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in
the developers willing to create on that platform.
Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the
platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this
better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers,
developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large
scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now
the cloud, this is becoming even more important.
4th International Cloud Computing Expo ... (more)
Virtualization on Ulitzer
Some great news came out of Sun Microsystems this week with the release of
VirtualBox 3.1.o. This is Sun’s virtualization platform, which has been at
the core of many of Sun’s newest technologies. What is great about
VirtualBox, aside from being a professional quality hypervisor based
virtualization solution, is that it is open source.
According to Sun, the newest major features added are:
Teleportation (aka live migration); migrate a live VM session from one host
to another (see the manual for more information) VM states can now be
restored from arbitr... (more)