The Cloud's Proliferating Open Source APIs
In June, Red Hat moved its Deltacloud open source project into the Apache Software Foundation's incubator. In July, Rackspace made its Cloud Files code open source and will collaborate with partners in the OpenStack project. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator at the DMTF is producing another set. Isn't this just too much open source?
Army Plans Private Cloud
APC2, the Army Private Cloud, will be a cornerstone of a broader data center consolidation initiative that aims to reduce the number of Army data centers from 200 to less than 20.
Defense Agency Expands Cloud Computing
Platform-as-a-service, Microsoft Office, and SharePoint may be delivered to military agencies from the Defense Information Systems Agency's private cloud.
Google For Government Signals Long Cloud March Ahead
Google's announcement Monday that it was formally releasing a version of its application suite for government doesn't just represent a Google sales push, but in some ways also indicates that although the federal government is stepping up its cloud computing push, much work remains.
Google Docs Gets Smartquote Controls
Google on Tuesday is adding two new features to Google Docs: The ability to translate documents into one of 53 languages and the ability to remove smartquotes.
Rackspace's OpenStack: Where Do We Go From Here
There's a new kid in town when it comes to open source code in the cloud. It's Rackspace's OpenStack, based on both Rackspace's and NASA Nebula's existing cloud engines. Wasn't there already sufficient open source code in play? Why do we need this initiative on top of those already afoot? Actually, we need 3-4 such initiatives.
NASA Evaluates Nebula Cloud Platform
Data center outsourcing services RFPs totaling $1.5 billion have been placed on hold while the agency assesses the Nebula cloud computing platform for providing compute power to several large-scale applications.
With VDI, Local Disk Is A Thing Of The Past
Last week I read a few interesting articles about storage in desktop virtualization, VDI in particular. The consensus is that this storage belongs on local disk, not the SAN. One industry expert even says you can use SSDs locally and still get away for less money. I beg to differ.
Building The Open Source Cloud
Despite the fact that most of the underlying technology of cloud computing is based on open source, much of the current wave of cloud computing platforms are closed. But a new open source initiative is hoping to fully open up cloud computing.
UK Company Adopts Google Apps, Gmail To Collaborate
A UK pest control company with an international presence has standardized on Google Gmail and Google Apps as a way to tie together a diverse company in 50 countries. "This was never about cost reduction. It was about collaboration," said CIO Bryan Kinsella at the Cloud Computing World Forum in London.
Primary Storage In The Cloud, Ready For Prime Time
Fast, inexpensive primary storage that can store all your files and host all your applications that you don't have to have in your data center sounds like nirvana, but it may be coming sooner than you think. In some situations it is ready now.
UK National Health Service Sees Savings In The Cloud
The National Health Service in Britain isn't universally admired for its IT efficiency. But Miles Gray, the urbane hardware solutions architect for the NHS, said at the Cloud Computing World Forum in London that if carefully implemented, the cloud can help the service gain effectiveness and save expenses.
New But Familiar Look In Firefox 4 Beta
The recently released beta of Firefox 4 shows off some new features and boosted HTML 5 support. But the biggest surprise is how much the redesigned Firefox interface looks like Google Chrome.
USA.gov Adds Mobile Apps
The federal government looks to engage citizens in new ways with an enhanced site including Microsoft Bing-powered search.