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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 to drive efficiency, productivity and control. Smart Business Services – cloud services delivered: 1: Private cloud services, behind your firewall, built by IBM. 2: Standardized services on the IBM cloud Smart Business Systems – purpose-built infrastructure 3. IBM CloudBurst: Pre-integrated har... (more)

SaaS v. Cloud Should Not Be Contentious

Chris Hoff has a new post over at Rational Survivability where he attempts to make sense of when a SaaS solution should or should not be considered “cloud.”  In his analysis, Hoff atttempts to strictly apply NIST’s cloud computing definition to various types of SaaS offerings (say hosted email vs. Salesforce.com). I think that this approach, while intellectually interesting, is perhaps a bit off the mark.  While NIST’s framework for cloud computing is generally accepted on the surface, the lower-level distinctions they make may not be so universally agreed upon.  A perfect examp... (more)

The End of Over-Provisioning

One part of the debate on cloudonomics that often gets overlooked is the effect of over-provisioning. Many people look at the numbers and say they can run a server for less money than they can buy the same capacity in the cloud. And, assuming that you optimize the utilization of that server, that may be true for some of us. That that's a very big and risky assumption. People are optimists - well, at least most of us are. We naturally believe that the application we spend our valuable time creating and perfecting will be widely used. That holds true whether the application is inter... (more)

Gartner’s Cloud Numbers Don’t Add Up (Again!)

Once again, Gartner has publicized entirely useless and (worse) misleading numbers on the global market for cloud computing services.  Their numbers from last year were disputed by me (here, and here) and several others, yet they kept to their fataly flawed methodology for the 2010 update.  This is despite at least one of the analysts who’s name appears on the report privately agreeing with me that last years numbers were “rubbish” and that they were pressured into using this methodology. The press release cited above indicates that “cloud services revenue is forecast to reach $... (more)

OpenStack First Reaction – Rackspace Open Sources Their Cloud

Late yesterday, Rackspace launched OpenStack with a reasonable community of boosters.  OpenStack aims to disrupt the cloud stack red ocean with a complete open source release of the Rackspace CloudServers compute and CloudFiles object storage systems for use by anybody. Importantly, OpenStack is released under Apache 2.0, which basically means you can pretty much do as you please with the code – including commercializing it to a degree (e.g. charge for support).  As Krish tweeted to me last night – OpenStack is kind of the Apache of cloud stacks. Lots of people are jumping on the... (more)