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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 example of this is contained in this NIST “essential characteristic” of cloud computing: Location independent resource pooling. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve all consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and re... (more)

Skytap Does Window 7

Skytap announced today a Windows 7 cloud-based testing solution for ISVs and corporate developers.  Testing is one the oft-cited use cases for cloud computing in the enterprise.  For many companies the cost of provisioning and managing testing infrastructure can be very expsnsive.  With Windows 7 due in a few months, and many reviewers giving it big thumbs up over Vista, there may be a huge opportunity for Skytap to help companies get ready for this conversion. If you are an ISV or corporate development organization needing to support Windows 7, you should check out Skytap. ... (more)

Cloud Computing and Open Source

Any new technology market has its own lifecycle and rhythm.  From mainframes, through smartphones, there’s the early years, the rapid growth, some slowing down and inevitably a decline.  Some technologies never go away completely (e.g. mainframes), while others never really get a foothold (insert your own example here). Open source was a software movement that began as an idea and now dominates how many new software offerings are marketed and sold. Open source is not a technology, but a business and legal framework within which technology is propogated.  Still, the biggest compa... (more)

Disclaimer & New Job

For those of you who didn’t catch it on Twitter, I have recently taken a position at Unisys as the Director, Cloud Computing Portfolio.  Great company, people and opportunity to participate in the cloud revolution taking over this large and storied IT vendors. The opinions expressed on this blog and in related Twitter, Facebook or other feeds are mine alone and do not reflect the opinions of my employer – Unisys – or anyone else for that matter including but not limited to current, former or future clients, dogs and cats in my neighborhood, or the toad that keeps finding its way... (more)

Private (Internal) Clouds

I’ve been doing a lot of work on private (internal) clouds lately – it’s a result of my new job with Unisys.  Part of that work has been spending time with customers on their plans for cloud computing — internal and external.  There’s some very interesting work going on in the private cloud space, and the solutions available to enterprises to build their clouds are many. Note – I make the (internal) distinction for a reason.  The term “private cloud” is now starting to morph from purely internal, to internal and external clouds controlled closely by IT.  Amazon’s Virtual Priva... (more)