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APIs for cloud are important. Based on the number of writings, conference sessions, and Twitter blasts endorsing the cloud API movement, I think this is something on which we can all agree. However, I sometimes get the feeling that we just accept the fact that the API movement is impor...
Hot on the heels of Amazon Web Service’s prolonged outage late last month, Bloomberg has revealed that hackers used AWS as a launch pad for their high profile attack against Sony. In a thousand blogs and a million tweets, the Internets have been set abuzz with attention-seeking specula...
Some blogs percolate for a while, waiting for a good day to be put to paper. For this one - about the cost of reliable cloud - that day was April 21, the day a network mishap caused an outage at Amazon Web Services taking down more than 100 customers, many of which cloud providers them...
Diversify yourself across multiple availability zones, and even better, across multiple providers. You'll sleep better at night and will reduce the chance of showing up on the "is down" list. So this morning the big news is that AWS is having issues affecting customers in US-EAST-1. ...
When an article regarding cloud performance and an associated average $1M in loss as a result appeared it caused an uproar in the Twittersphere, at least amongst the Clouderati.There was much gnashing of teeth and pounding of fists that ultimately led to questioning the methodology and...
Last year I embarked on a blog series, lead by my trusty advisor CloudFucius, that evolved into an exploration of the numerous cloud computing surveys, reports, statistics and other feelings about the technology. At the time, 4-5 surveys a week were being released covering some aspect...
I read an article that lays out how to ensure your data is protected when you’re running IT on the Cloud. It brought up a few good points that I think can be added upon. For one, it urges organizations to select service options such as performance and capacity levels that best suit t...
Over the past year we've had the pleasure of working with Terremark as a partner, as we jointly engage with enterprise customers who want to leverage hybrid clouds. For these customers and prospects, hybrid means the flexibility to combine their traditional data centers, new private cl...
Yesterday, I read the latest post on James Urquhart’s Wisdom of Clouds blog. As I often do, I found myself nodding my head as I read James’ latest thoughts on cloud. In this particular post, James provided some thoughts on the types of applications for which we would see growing cloud-...
The new multiplicity-based world of cloud-enabled networks means you can augment yourself and your company's assets in ways that change the shape of your industry. I recently looked back at some significant papers that had influenced my thinking on cloud computing as part of a review ...
Gartner recently shared their top technology predictions. They said that increased transparency -- and the need to drive business value -- are bringing disruptive change to IT organizations in 2011 and beyond. One of their key findings: cloud computing will enable many organizations to...
When at all possible, I like getting my information straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth. There is no better source of information, and I can avoid the intention and unintentional biases interjected by intermediaries. When it comes to my day job, the source of truth for me is tho...
Over a year ago, I posed a simple question in a post: ‘Should developers care about cloud computing?’ In the post, I went on to assert that developers should indeed care about what was at that point a little more of an emerging trend. Not that this was ever a controversial issue, but i...
When I go out and chat with different users about cloud computing, we usually end up discussing characteristics and associated benefits of the approach. As one may expect, rapid provisioning and increased asset utilization typically dominate the discussion. Users can draw a more or les...
Anyone familiar with enterprise-class infrastructure and servers knows that lights-out management is a must-have; not just in the event of a failure but also in the face of any event that compromises the ability of an admin or operator from accessing the machine. Lights-out management ...
Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going far beyond the plain vanilla elastic, pay-as-you-go variety of database and storage services that have come to the market in the past few years. Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going fa...
Cloud computing is being influenced by consumer and very large cloud implementation examples – by user experience and innovative cloud architecture respectively. Enterprises could be led to leverage Amazon by some high profile example of success like Netflix described here. A lot of f...
I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out...
Over the last two weeks, I have fully immersed myself in the world of cloud. Thanks to conference keynotes, breakout sessions, customer briefings, and ad hoc discussions, I have not had much time to not think or talk about cloud. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I do have to ...
Back in the day (when they still let me write code) I was contracted to a global transportation firm where we had just completed the very first implementation of an Internet-enabled tracking system. We had five whole pilot customers and it was, to say the least, a somewhat fragile syst...
Whilst I did not visit all sessions that were offered, some constrained by time others by choice, sessions that stood out were those by GoGrid, Unisys, Rackspace, Amazon & SAP. Of course as a technologist I expected more from Amazon; however SAP true to its reputation had a renowned r...
Hypothetical question: If a big ISV were to fall in love with AppZero technology but turn out to be a VMware sibling, do I have a.) a great opportunity, b.) a giant time sink, or c.) a competitive trap on my hands? I love talking with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) about how V...
With all the attention being paid these days to VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) and application virtualization and server virtualization and virtualization it’s easy to forget about network-based application virtualization. But it’s the one virtualization technique you shouldn’t ...
For years companies that had to store or process data about EU citizens only wanted to do it inside the EU. In some countries like Germany, the laws can be even tighter and hard to understand, so companies kept their data inside the "Bundesrepublik" to avoid any issues. The "Safe Harb...
David Linthicum published a recent article in eBizQ noting the Rise of Cloud Governance. As CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, Dave is in a good position to see industry trends take shape. Lately he’s been noticing a growing interest in cloud management and governance tools. In his own words: ...
Too often software design patterns are overlooked by network and application delivery network architects but these patterns are often equally applicable to addressing a broad range of architectural challenges in the application delivery tier of the data center. The “High Sc...
I was 25-26 years old when I worked at IBM. Steve was not much older. IBM, like many companies, plots a career path for every new employee it hires. It moves them from job to job grooming them from their first day on the job until their retirement. Whenever I took an elevator with Mill...
Normalizing deployment environments from dev through production can eliminate issues earlier in the application lifecycle, speed time to market, and gives devops the means by which their emerging discipline can mature with less risk. One of the big “trends” in cloud computing is t...
Today's IT organizations face a dual challenge of "keeping the lights on" while providing "new services" at unprecedented rates with reduced investment support from the business. At the same time, the very business model of IT is changing – how applications, content, information, and i...
I heard it said the other day, regarding the OpenStack announcement, that “the world does not care about APIs.” Unpossible! How could the world not care about APIs? After all, it is APIs that make the Web (2.0) go around. It is APIs that drive the automation of infrastructure from sta...
In the data center of the future, you are going to need to be able to bring up new instances of an application, have them fully functional without any user intervention, and when they’re no longer needed they should clean up after themselves and quietly go away. Five years ago this was...
SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) seems to be the buzzword everywhere!!! SOA will solve all the problems, everyone wants SOA -- or so I hear. Anyway, I remember similar claims when CORBA was coming to town. It was supposed to change the way IT does business. To me SOA is XML/SOAP bas...
What is the values proposition for allowing employees access to web 2.0 resources such as social networks? Every other day, we hear about the risks. Compromised Twitter accounts, phishing via LinkedIN,  malicious Facebook apps were only a sample of an every growing landscape. Most ente...
Almost every definition of cloud, amongst the myriad definitions that exist, include the notion of multi-tenancy, a.k.a. the ability to isolate customer-specific traffic, data, and configuration of resources using the same software and interfaces. In the case of SaaS (Software as a Ser...
In the 1990s community of interest networks (COINs) emerged to take advantage of rapidly developing Internet protocol technologies. Cloud computing supports the idea of a COIN, as companies can not only build their “virtual data center” within a Platform as a Service/PaaS model, but a...
The ongoing saga of everything cloud is entertaining, if nothing else. I have a couple of areas of interest that aren’t really burning up the electrons, one of them is cloud databases. Let’s face it, while “the cloud” is interesting in an application sense, for IT it is relatively usel...
One of the benefits of cloud computing, and in particular IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is that the infrastructure is, well, a service. It’s abstracted, and that means you don’t need to know a lot about the nitty-gritty details of how it works. Right? Well, mostly right. While t...
Welcome to the spring 2010 edition of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) news letter. This edition follows the inaugural issue (Winter 2010) incorporating feedback and suggestions as well as building on the fantastic responses received from recipients. A couple of enhancements ...
On March 16th I participated in the STKI summit by the local analysts company STKI. The company headed by Dr. Jimmy Schwarzkopf is focused on the Israeli market. The theme of this year conference was: Finding the Right Balance: Standardize vs. Innovate. Presentations were based o...