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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 attracted more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors and expo floor was visited by more than 2,250 delegates in Santa Clara, CA If you just do some casual research, it is easy to see that the largest and most heavily trafficked sites on the web are written in languages such as PHP, Ruby on Rails ... (more)

The Five Layers within Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer As a preface to the series of articles I will be writing on the Value Proposition and Business Cases for Cloud Computing, I wanted to discuss the layers below and within the cloud. It is important to understand what each of the layers is composed of, what the intended function of that layer is, and how these layers interact with each other. By simplifying the cloud computing concept into layers, it is easier to define the roles within the overall structure and explain where your business fits into the model. Let me start by introducing a graphic I whippe... (more)

Development of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to Incorporate Major Changes

The Ubuntu team has decided to take a different approach to development for the next Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu. Lucid Lynx, which is slated for an April 2010 release, will benefit from these changes through increased stability, more focused agile development and a tighter synchronization with the main Debian development cycle. According to the Ubuntu LTS Wiki, the overall aim of an LTS release is to be more enterprise focused with increased hardware compatibility and more overall testing. What is not intended for an LTS release is cutting edge package inclusion nor... (more)

Corollary Benefits of Cloud Computing to Large Enterprises

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Lately, there has been so much focus on cloud computing that we often forget what corollary benefits arise as a result of deploying a private cloud or using a public cloud. I won’t get into the definition of cloud computing or the various types of clouds since I have already done that at length in other posts. For the sake of this article, let’s just assume that you have already deployed both the cloud and the applications that lie in it. Let’s also assume that these applications are web-based and that they scale automatically on the back-end. This is,... (more)

GSA Becomes First Federal Agency to Move E-mail to the Google Cloud Agencywide

According to a recent news release, the GSA has become the first Federal Agency to move e-mail to the Google Cloud agency wide. The subheading on this news release reads "Cloud-based e-mail to save $15 million over five years." This is an amazing bit of news on several levels. First of all, the GSA has identified that cloud based solutions save a ton of money. This isn't news to the commercial world, but we all know things move a little slower in the government space. As a U.S. tax payer, I'm elated to see that the GSA will be cutting cost (e.g. waste.) and streamlining their op... (more)