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)
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)
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)
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)
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)