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Following upon VMWare and others, Cisco has announced a new cloud strategy focused on enablement of cloud hosting & service providers. The program called "Unified Service Delivery" focuses on service providers who want to offer cloud services publicly. According to a press release the new Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution is optimized to enable virtualization within the data center, between data centers and across the Next-Generations Networks (NGN). Like VMWare, Cisco is trying to tap into their existing ecosystem of partners to build, run and deliver new cloud services acting as a kind of intermediary rather then a direct cloud provider. In a recent GigaOM post, Simon Aspinall, senior director of service provider marketing at Cisco described "an arms dealer role -– equipping its customers to fight that battle instead of offering a platform of its own" In my ... (more)

Is Microsoft Starting a Cloud Computing Price War?

Earlier today Microsoft unveiled it's pricing model for its forthcoming Windows Azure cloud services platform. What's interesting about the pricing model is that they seem to be taking direct aim at Amazon Web Services. To recap, Amazon charges 12.5 cents per hour for a basic Windows Server instance in contrast Microsoft's stated that their price will be 12 cents.They noted that the service will remain free until November. I should also point out that it still isn't clear if comparing Windows Azure to Amazon's Windows EC2 is a fair comparison given the rather drastic differences ... (more)

Redux: The Rise of Dark Cloud Computing

Recently Andreas M. Antonopoulos wrote a story for Computer World / Network World titled "Dark cloud computing" which seems to borrow a key concept from a post I wrote almost a year ago. So I thought I'd go ahead and repost my original "The Rise of The Dark Cloud" from Saturday, July 26, 2008 ----------- The Rise of The Dark Cloud For nearly as long as the internet has been around there have been private subnetworks called the darknets. These private, covert and often secret networks were typically formed as decentralized groups of people engaged in the sharing of information, com... (more)

Cloud Computing's Watershed Week

As someone who has been following cloud computing since the start, there have been a few key moments in the progression of cloud computing from a fringe term to main stream concept. Among these include August 2006 with the private beta launch of Amazon EC2, June 2008 with what is now described as the "Week of Cloud" in San Francisco which included the launch of CloudCamp as well as several key cloud conferences. I believe this week is one of those times with the U.S Government's formal and vocal adoption of cloud computing. I'd like to recap a few of the important things have happe... (more)

CloudNet & The Case for Enterprise-Ready Virtual Private Clouds

AT&T Labs and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have published a paper called "The Case for Enterprise-Ready Virtual Private Clouds" that continues on my vision for a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). And they even gave me some credit in the paper [see reference 5] -- sort of. To recap, over a year ago I described the opportunity for what I called a Virtual Private Cloud or a method for partitioning a public computing utility such as EC2 into quarantined virtual infrastructure. A VPC may encapsulate multiple local and remote resources to appear as a single homogeneous computing ... (more)