Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article
on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue. It rightly points out that
cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.
Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context.
His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible
system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps
(sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps
and get a cut of the “upline” commission). Nothing in the article
explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution. Remote/mobile
accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.
The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all
this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the
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... (more)
Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing
strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud
Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of
Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT
Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their
cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM.
Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and
includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a
service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and ... (more)
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?
Cloud Interoperability on Ulitzer
There has been a lot of good discussion lately about the semantics of private
vs. public clouds. The general issue revolves around the issue of
elasticity. It goes something like this: “If you have to buy your own
servers and deploy them in your data center, that’s not very elastic and
therefore cannot be cloud.” Whether or not you buy into the distinction,
pivate clouds (if you want to call them that) do suffer from inelasticity.
Werner Vogels in his VPC blog post debunks the private cloud as not real:
“Private Cloud is not the Cloud
These ... (more)