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Over the last couple days I've been doing some research into the various options for cloud centric virtual machine packaging formats & standards. I have come to a somewhat obvious conclusion; There is really only one option -- the Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF).
As the fallout from the economy takes its toll: staff layoffs, reduced capital expenditures, dwindling revenue, etc., enterprises of all sizes are looking for opportunities to trim back on their fixed costs and move toward business models that are more agile, scaling up AND down with d...
Random Thought. With the rise of chip level virtualization form Intel and AMD and the sudden interest in Netbooks (just enough computer), is the need for a full blown OS required any longer?
Daryl Plummer an analyst at Gartner has written a great piece on what he's calling, On-Demand Overspending. I love the term. Plummer is quickly becoming one of my favorite Gartne...
We'll be taking on this topic in depth on Thursday, April 30th, with "Tackling the Last Mile of IT Process Automation," a webinar rPath is hosting with Forrester Research, Novell and BlueLock. You'll learn how this approach to automation can take the cost, risk and delay out of applica...
At first the concept of Amazon's Reserved Instances didn't really make any sense to me. But then it suddenly became clear what Amazon is doing with its new Reserved Instances feature. Simply, they are going after the web hosting space.
For some the biggest buzz word so far in 2009 is “cloud”, for Cisco it’s “unified”. Today Cisco announced a new server centric strategy which is underpinned by the use of a “unified computing” methodology. This new unified approach to computing represents a radical shift in how we as a...
Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage "you'll never get fired for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold a...
Federal agencies are now officially exploring cloud computing as an option for some of their IT requirements. Until now most of these efforts have been quietly pursued under existing contract as exploratory pilots. Programs of record are now looking to take cloud computing into the ma...
Whether you’re a small business considering cloud services or an enterprise contemplating public or private cloud services, it pays to understand some of the technical challenges and players likely to have a significant impact on the availability, security and costs of those services. ...
Cloud Computing Wargame pits multiple teams against each other in an effort to accumulate the most "mission value points". During FOSE, about 6 wargame sessions were held, with 30-50 people in each session divided into 4-6 agencies. While the wargame can in no way be used to predict or...
The publication of the Open Cloud Manifesto is positive. The Cloud, driven by virtualization, is surfacing at the right time in the market and can advance computing in this generation. The concept of "openness" is necessary for innovation to thrive. Publishing an open view with multip...
Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified t...
One topic that keeps reoccurring in my various conversations is the sudden interest in cloud centric M&A activities thanks in part to the recent IBM / Sun rumors. Being that I continuously find myself in the midst of a lot of the back room, off the record type conversations I thought I...
I arrived in New York City to attend the Cloud Computing Expo for the next three days. SYS-CON folks invited me on Sunday for the taping of the Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel which was taped at the Reuters Studios in Times Square. The live taping of the show was a blast. I met the pa...
There are some restrictions in this Tech Preview so be sure to check out the iPhone Community pages we have set up for requirements, tips and forum discussions. If you want to set up a separate test environment to test your apps over 3G we have a preconfigured XenApp Virtual Appliance ...
It is with an eye toward an open future that we address the many apt criticisms levied at the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) and the difficult circumstance in which this community finds itself.
Let's put this into perspective for a moment. Regardless of what the manifesto says (If you follow the CCIF forum or read my blog you've got a pretty good idea). The goal of the open cloud manifesto is to bring wide scale industry attention to open interoperable Cloud Computing. In thi...
I want make a quick point of clarification on the Open Cloud Manifesto and my involvement. I am not the "leader" or "instigator" of the manifesto. I am among a broader group of supporters & co-authors of this document, all of which have had equal involvement. Some of the recent med...
Now that cloud computing is seen as a viable technology for the government marketplace, management consulting leader Booz Allen Hamilton is now providing cloud transition guidance. In his article "Cloud Computing: A Transition Methodology", BAH Principal Rod Fontecilla offers a two pha...
On Tuesday I was in San Diego at the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) Workshop. SISO is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of modeling and simulation (M&S) interoperability and reuse for the benefit of a broad range of M&S communities. SIS...
I have received no less then 100 emails and voicemails about the Microsoft blog post this morning. Let me say, we've been in active discussions with Microsoft about the open cloud manifesto which has literally come together in the last couple weeks. It is unfortunate they feel this w...
I'm happy to announce I will be presenting "10 Steps to Unified Cloud Computing" at the SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, Wednesday April 1, at 9:25 - 10:10 am. This presentation will examine the opportunities for unified cloud computing in order to create an open and standa...
If you don't know how to fly a plane, would you try to solo? Of course not, yet every day we hear cloud failure stories. Learn from those who have mastered the cloud and you'll see the true value of this tremendous tool. Learn how to use monitoring to enhance the uptime and quality ...
It is quickly becoming apparent that new weapon of choice for modern conflicts is not in the traditional battle field. Instead many nation-states are increasingly employing cyber warfare to attack other states or entities in an effort to disrupt or disable critical technological infras...
Cloud computing promises to provide seamless access to unlimited computing resources. Could it also provide the basis for a private government cloud? By developing and implementing appropriate standards and protocols for the government-wide, federated SOA layer, the National Office for...
It's that dreaded time of the month again, the time of the month that we, the 400,000+ Amazon Web Service consumers await with great anticipation / horror. What I'm talking about is the Amazon Web Services Billing Statement sent at beginning of each month. A surprise every time. In hon...
VMware continues to make noise around its forthcoming vCloud API initiative. According to an announcement last week VMware has developed a new API aimed at offering service providers with the ability to easily migrate between public and private VMware-based clouds.
Over the last few months there has been a growing amount of momentum around cloud interoperability. Lately it seems that a few in the industry have gotten a little confused on the differences between Cloud Compatibility, Portability and Interoperability. So I thought it might be time t...
Formed by CNRS/LAL, GRNET, SixSq Sàrl, and UCM, StratusLab is an informal, open collaboration that focuses on the use cloud technologies in research and commercial environments and on the management of cloud resources in those environments.
Just looking at a cloud storage product called ZumoDrive and noticed a little TM next to their usage of Hybrid Cloud. I couldn't find any trademark filing to backup their claims. According to their website , ZumoDrive is a product of Zecter, a Silicon Valley startup creating technology...
Haizea is an open source lease management architecture that OpenNebula can use as a scheduling backend. Haizea can also be run in simulation, providing a platform for experimenting with scheduling algorithms that depend on VM (Virtual Machine) deployment or on the leasing abstraction. ...
In announcing the next version Ubuntu (9.10, “Karmic Koala”) the founder of the Ubuntu Open Source operating system effort had a lot to say about cloud computing. Mark Shuttleworth declared: "Wouldn’t it be apt for Ubuntu to make the Amazon jungle as easy to navigate as, say, APT?" ...
The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears t...
Great post over at the Computer World blog on the subject of cloud API standardization. In the post, Jeff Boles says "there only needs to be standardization around a few core "activities" that are targeted more at interoperability than uniform services and structure" He goes on to say ...
How do you plan for cyclical surges in user activity? Depending on your business area, this could be a critical area of planning. Take, for example, the retail sector. We just came out of the end-of-year holiday spending season where retail stores typically see more foot traffic and ...
If you've been following the CCIF discussions, a group of us have come up with the concept of creating an open unified cloud interface specification and test harness. One of the key drivers of the unified cloud interface is to create an api about other api's. A singular programmatic po...
In a rather lackluster announcement today Red Hat has indicated they have signed a reciprocal agreement with Microsoft to enable increased "interoperability" for the companies’ virtualization platforms. Both companies said that they would offer a joint virtualization validation/certifi...
Unless you have been under a rock (hiding from the depressing economic news, no doubt), then you know that the industry is buzzing with interest around Cloud Computing.  Due to the extraordinary degree of interest and constant questions regarding Cloud that I have seen from my clients,...
In describing my theory on the Cloud Multiverse, I may have missed the few obvious implications of using the prefix "multi" or consisting of more than one part or entity. Although the Cloud Multiverse thesis suggests there will be more then one internet based platform or cloud to choos...


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