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Amazon Cloud Journal Back in July I wrote my post about databases in the cloud.  The big surprise that I discovered at the time was that the only “Native” RDBMS offering in the cloud came from Microsoft. Microsoft SQL Azure (launching formally at the PDC in a few weeks) is a mostly-compatible SQL Server as a Service release complete with support for Transact SQL/TDS.  SQL Azure is a multitenanted DBMS with several customers running databases up to 10GB in size on a single server.  Their target is the 95% of business applications running in the enterprise that have databases with less than 5GB of data (based on their research).  Well, Microsoft is alone no more. Today, Amazon’s Werner Vogels announced the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), which is a fully MySQL 5.1-compatible database as a service offering.  Sure, Joyent launched their MySQL Accelerator in Au... (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)

Tomorrow’s IBM “Smart Business” Cloud Computing Strategy

The NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives.  I’ve posted the full release here on CloudBzz. The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where they are heading. IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail.  Here is a fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative: Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver and consume cloud services t... (more)

Azure Owns the Enterpri$e

I had a “discussion” on twitter a few weeks ago where I predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Azure would be “the one to beat” in the enterprise. It’s nice that companies are using Amazon and other clouds, but for the 80-90% of Windows/.NET applications that run your typical enterprise, Azure will be king. I’m at the PDC in LA today and in packed sessions of enterprise developers and ISVs who are genuinely excited about moving their Windows workloads to the cloud. Azure is not targeted towards the big SaaS/Web 2.0/Facebook app crowd. Instead, they are going after the enterprise use... (more)

IBM Smart Business #CloudComputing Press Release (DRAFT)

*** DRAFT - UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL JUNE 16, 2009 at 12:01AM ET Published here after NY Times broke the embargo IBM Readies Cloud for Business New Choices to Automate and Simplify IT for Inefficient Business Tasks ARMONK, NY – JUNE 16, 2009 – IBM today introduced the industry’s first set of “cloud” services and integrated products for the enterprise. This will give clients a reliable way to standardize IT functions that are rapidly becoming too costly or difficult to use. Based on nearly two years of research and hundreds of client engagements, the IBM Smart Business cloud portfolio ... (more)