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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
Articles by John Foley
posted in August 2008
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.
Austhink Software of Australia has developed an application that it says can help employees not just work smarter, but become smarter. This isn't your typical business intelligence app, but intelligence software that applies "brain mapping" to the goal of better decision making.
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.
InformationWeek recently invited our readers to vote for their favorite technology startups, and the results are in. The leaders represent a cross section of technologies that are interesting to IT pros, much of it software and appliances that run in data centers, including four commercial open source products. Next, the startups face a bigger test--a handful have been invited to make their business pitch in front of our panel of CIO judges.
Corporate data centers take a best-of-both-worlds approach, adopting technologies and practices of public cloud infrastructures from the likes of Amazon.com and Google.
PacketTrap, a network management startup with about 40,000 users, is coming out with a new platform that CEO Steve Goodman says will compete with CA Unicenter and IBM Tivoli. You read that right: little PacketTrap versus the two behemoths of systems and network management. Goodman may be crazy, but he's not stupid.
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.
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.
KACE, a startup that makes systems management appliances, has come out with a virtual appliance for pushing operating systems to remote offices. But KACE doesn't expect the product to be used much for Windows Vista rollouts. Its data shows Vista demand waning.