No Blueprint Yet For Private Clouds
Many people don't like the concept of "private clouds," including my colleague John Foley and Sam Johnston ("The case against 'private clouds' "), since by definition cloud computing involves letting people plug into shared IT services in data centers that aren't their own. As oxymorons go, though, private cloud computing doesn't st
Micosoft's SQL Strategy For Massive Data Sets
Cloud computing service providers like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo are all hard at work on a new generation of parallel data processing tools that will make it easier for each company to store and analyze enormous data sets such as search logs and click streams.
CIOs On Cloud Computing
The recent rash of outages at Amazon, Citrix, and Google were a warning sign to CIOs contemplating the move to cloud computing, but service availability is just one of the things to worry about. Privacy, data security, and vendor lock-in are on their watch list, too.
As Google Goes Down, Private Clouds Go Up
I've already made the point that there's no such thing as "private clouds." It's an oxymoron because cloud computing, by definition, happens when people plug into IT services offered from data centers that aren't their own and that are shared by others. That said, cloud architectures will indeed be popular in corporate data centers, even if we disagree on what you call them.
Oops, Gmail And Google Apps Did It Again (Malfunctioned)
Reinforcing the notion that August 2008 may be the month that the cloud went down, GMail (which had problems just last week) is apparently having problems again. Upon my attempt to send an email, the Gmail part of Google Apps responded with "Oops.... the system encountered a problem (#796)." Then, in the below sc
OK, I Take It Back. Maybe It's The Month The Cloud Went Down
OK, my apologies. Last week, between parts of Google's Gmail and Google Apps services going down and Citrix's GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar experiencing failures as well, I wondered whether it was the week that the cloud went down. Apparently, the cloud is still sputtering this week, this time with the lights going out at LinkedIn.
The Week The Cloud Went Down? First GMail, Then Citrix's GoToMeeting
The upside of being the 800-pound gorilla of cloud computing (Google) is that every time cloud computing gets good press, you get mentioned and you get a tad more traction and credit for being one of the "cloud computers." The downside is that when part of your cloud computer goes down like a part of Gmail and Google Apps did on Wednesday of this week (Aug. 6), everyone is quick to pile on. But Google wa
Cloud Computing And The Data Center Of The Future
"Cloud computing is the evolution and convergence of many seemingly independent computing trends," Sam Charrington, VP of product management and marketing at Appistry, told a standing-room only LinuxWorld Expo session today. A laundry list of these trends includes commoditization, Internet delivery, virtualization, grid computing, SOA, data center automation, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, DaaS, utility computing, distributed computing, Web 2.0, IT outsourcing, and storage.
Amazon Invests In Cloud Specialist Elastra
Elastra, a fast-moving startup I've written about twice in recent weeks, has just closed $12 million in Series B funding from investors including Amazon.com. Elastra's Cloud Server can be used to develop and manage applications in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud. The company is developing a version of its software for VMware-based "private clouds" in corporate data centers.
Why Google And Microsoft Are Building Data Centers In Iowa
In deciding to locate new data centers in Iowa, Google and Microsoft are benefiting from incentives offered for years to manufacturing companies like John Deere, which has 10 manufacturing plants in the state. It turns out that, in addition to plentiful land and affordable electricity, the Hawkeye state gives hefty tax breaks.