NASA's Next Mission: Cloud Computing
As NASA prepares for the return of space shuttle Endeavour and, beyond that, its next-generation Aris moon rocket, NASA's IT experts are thinking about what's next for the agency's data centers. An early adopter of cloud computing, NASA could play a central role in the U.S. government's move to virtualized, on-demand IT resources.
SaaS Under A Cloud Of FUD
Cloud computing is still a long way from becoming a mainstream technology because of persistent fears about security and reliability that are stoked by entrenched vendors at every opportunity.
The Fear of Multitenancy
In the world of SaaS and cloud computing there is one single word that will send chills up the spines in IT: Multitenancy... It's the sharing part that gets many concerned... But the chances that data and processes will somehow intermingle... is right up there with lighting strikes and lottery wins.
Amazon Still Mum On Web Services Revenue
Financial analysts looking for details on Amazon Web Services in the second quarter were left unsatisfied yesterday. Amazon CFO Thomas Szkutak said AWS is growing "very nicely," but didn't provide any information on the size or growth rate of the company's cloud computing business.
Amazon Web Services Secrets Revealed
Amazon.com exercises tight control over information related to its cloud computing business, a source of frustration to anyone trying to get a complete picture of Amazon Web Services. So I went in search of information from other sources. Here's what I found.
Is Your Cloud App Ready For 100,000 Users?
Ninety percent of companies don't put their Web applications or sites through performance tests, according to Tom Lounibos, CEO of cloud testing specialist Soasta. Which companies have taken that extra step? Soasta is introducing a certification program to sort out the testers from the non-testers.
U.S. Agencies Think About Establishing Cloud Nodes
Tim Grance, program manager for cyber and network security at National Institute of Standards, says standards are essential to cloud computing. And among those standards must be additional standards for moving virtual machines from cloud to cloud, something we still lack.
Five Key Developments In Cloud Computing
Google News offers thousands of headlines on the topic of cloud computing. With so much happening in this emerging market, which developments are the ones that really matter? Here are a handful of recent events with long-term implications.
Video: Google Chrome OS Isn't Challenge To Microsoft
The significance of Google's Chrome OS announcement is not the OS itself -- remember, it's not an actual product yet. Rather, it spotlights the shift away from laptops to netbooks and smartphones. Laptops are still corporate tools. But once applications and data are in the cloud, enterprises will ditch the costlier computers and get with true lightweight platforms.
Groups Seek Cloud Computing Standards
A number of bodies jointly seek standardization in areas including security, management frameworks, data exchange formats, and cloud taxonomies and reference models.
Beware the Dreaded Cloud Pirates!
I think the rise of cloud computing will leave many openings for criminals to take advantage of this paradigm shift. While many are concerned about malware and other types of attacks, the real money is to be made by fronting somebody else's intellectual property as your own, selling it "as a service."
Microsoft Beats Amazon By A Whisker In Cloud Pricing
Microsoft has disclosed pricing on its forthcoming Windows Azure services, and in one small but significant way, Microsoft has undercut rival Amazon on pay-per-use fees. Amazon charges 12.5 cents per hour for a bare bones Windows Server instance; Microsoft's list price is 12 cents.
Cloud Computing Joins Pop Culture
Last week, PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer reported on cloud computing, even attempting (not quite successfully) to describe a multi-tenant architecture. Yesterday, my 67-year-old mother-in-law explained to me this concept she read about called "cloud computing." It's finally happened: Cloud computing has entered pop culture.
VMLogix Gets Ready For The Hybrid Cloud
Sameer Dholakia of VMLogix is not the most prominent spokesman for virtualization. But his firm's product, LabManager, supplies a strong core function--provisioning the virtual server. Furthermore, VMLogix doesn't care whether it's a VMware, Citrix or Microsoft virtual machine, making Dholakia one of the few CEOs with a vision of a multi-hypervisor future.
The Canonical-Eucalyptus Private Cloud Combo
A few months ago, Canonical and Eucalyptus Systems aligned their product development to create an integrated cloud-software-on-Ubuntu-Linux stack. The startups are now collaborating on service and support, giving IT departments a new option for creating internal cloud computing environments.