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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...
The Ubuntu team announced one month ago their plan to offer a set of new software packages related to cloud computing in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), due to be released in April 2009. One of the target packages, the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine, is available for download...
I have officially come full circle from my position last summer regarding the reality of Cloud Clomputing in which I presented a skeptical view of Cloud's potential to actually materialize.  It is now quite apparent to me and increasingly to my clients and readers, that Cloud is real a...
I just read an interesting paper called "A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing" and had random thought. In reading this paper, it occurred to me that the very nature of cloud computing, like the Internet itself is based on that of subjectivity or a particular subject's perspective, partic...
One of the great things about cloud computing is in its ability to virtualize everything. The cloud is a kind of "multiverse" where the rules of nature can continually be rewritten using quarantined virtual worlds within other virtual worlds (aka virtualization). The need for a traditi...
Here's a great example where an agreed-upon taxonomy of Cloud Computing terminology would really be helpful. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is fairly-well understood from both a business and delivery model perspective; that is, if we agree that SaaS is software hosted external to the use...
It's been an interesting year so far for cloud computing "enablers" such as my firm Enomaly. It's certainly not what I was expecting. The mood for big business investing in large enterprise "cloud" infrastructures has all but disappeared. But there is another market segment quickly pic...
In a follow up to my October 23rd post on Arista Networks attempting to copyright / trademark the term "Cloud Networking" The companies CEO Jayshree Ullal has stated that they will no longer be attempting to trademark the term. (Mission accomplished) In a recent post she shed some ligh...
CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged you to share your thoughts...
John M. Willis has pointed me to a new research paper by Lamia Youseff (University of California, Santa Barbara) Maria Butrico, Dilma Da Silva (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), have created titled “Toward a Unified Ontology of Cloud Computing.” The paper lays out a proposed Cloud Comp...
Interesting release from Google today, they've released a hybrid OpenID OAuth Extension which they describe as a mechanism to combine an OpenID authentication request with the approval of an OAuth request token. In case you're not familiar with oAuth, it is an open protocol, initiated ...
The core ECP data module has many new features as well as many bug fixes. Several subtle but detrimental object retrieval issues have been resolved. This alone fixed several issues that were thought to be GUI related in previous ECP versions. The new features include added flexibility ...
Great post by Benjamin Black the current VP, Research at Joyent and former manager of Website Engineering at Amazon.com. In his post he gives an interesting insight to how Amazon Ec2 came to be. Black outlines a backstory which takes place in early 2004, "i was told jeff was interested...
I love reading stupid headlines from stupid articles, I won't point specifically to them because we've all read them. In particular I've read a few lately that have pointed out that "cloud computing" isn't ready for primetime, it's too new, it's only for early adopters, trailblazers an...
The CCIF and it's members have recently focused on creating a common cloud taxonomy and ontology. I find it's starting to sound a lot like semantics, Cloud Semantics. We are in a sense defining what cloud computing is by describin...
Cisco is planning to start building servers. To be precise, servers equipped with virtualization software. A fascinating article in the New York Times expresses some surprise at this move, but it seems terribly obvious now that the news is out. After all, there is already a move afoot ...
Cisco is getting into the server business, says NYTimes.com. One could argue that the writing was on the wall when Cisco announced their Nexus virtual switch platform complete with deep VMware networking integration, but now there are few doubts that Cisco has clear designs on owning a...
When thinking about what Cloud Interoperability truly means, for me it's all about the API. There is much talk of ID / Authentication, storage, networking, system management and so forth. The one problem that all these various aspects share is that point of programmatic access / contro...


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