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One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.”  He did reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core application” with 200 EC2 instances. Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)

Cloud BI & Amazon VPC

Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica.  One of the bigger objections to cloud BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission critical data to a public insecure cloud? With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at Amazon as they are in your data center.  Why wouldn’t you use the cloud for your BI needs? ... (more)

Amazon Adding Active Directory Support

Amazon Cloud on Ulitzer I was surprised to find an Amazon Web Services booth at the Microsoft PDC yesterday. They had nothing specific to say regarding additional Windows support or capabilities - at least not officially. What I did get was a wink-wink, nudge, nudge when I commented on Azure's integration with Active Directory and other touchpoints. "This is coming soon," I was then told. Then they saw that I had a media badge and that ended the discussion... Looks like the enterprise is the battleground - which was only a matter of time. Following the great enterprise roadmap pr... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Clouds Have Layers

For those of you getting into the Cloud Computing world, the established hierarchy of the cloud these days is as follows: SaaS has been around for many years - first known as ASP (application service provider) in the 1990’s.  The most famous has been Salesforce.com’s CRM/SFA application suite.  In fact, any application delivered over the internet and hosted remotely can be called SaaS - including ADP’s hosted payroll services, QuickBooks online, and tens of thousands of applications from thousands of vendors. PaaS is a relatively new phenomenon, popularized again by Salesforce.co... (more)

Thomson Reuters Virtualizes - Cloud Next!

Christopher Crowhurst, Thomson Reuters’s vice president and chief architect for infrastructure was interviewed for an article in The Industry Standard regarding his plans to implement storage and server virtualization on a global level. With 20,000 servers and over 6.5 petabytes of storage today, Thomson Reuters is a great candidate for virtualization.  One of his comments in this article points to an opening for cloud computing in their enterprise architecture moving forward: “I think what we’ll eventually start doing is extend this into a private cloud and move to do some self... (more)