Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog
Recently I've been frequently asked; "Is virtualization...cloud computing?"
So this next bit may sound a little odd coming from someone who has built a
cloud computing platform on the basis of server virtualization. Although
virtualization is an ideal building block for a cloud environment, saying
that "virtualization" is the only basis for cloud computing is wrong. Notably
Google uses little to no virtualization technology and is seen as the poster
child for the cloud computing movement. They recognized that cloud computing
is about the move away from the desktop to a network-centric software model.
The key to cloud infrastructure is abstraction to the point that it "just
doesn't matter." Your infrastructure is always available and completely fault
tolerant. Think more along the lines of the iPhone application delivery model
(App ... (more)
The CCIF and its members have recently focused on creating a common cloud
taxonomy and ontology. I find it's starting to sound a lot like semantics,
Cloud Semantics. We are in a sense defining what cloud computing is by
describing its "components" and their relationships to one another. One that
is capable of expressing cloud computing and its subsequent parts in terms of
a consensus data model.
So in this effort we may actually be defining a dynamic computing model that
can, under certain conditions, be 'trained' to appropriately 'learn' the
meaning of related cloud & infrastruc... (more)
Let's put this into perspective for a moment. Regardless of what the
manifesto says (If you follow the CCIF forum or read my blog you've got a
pretty good idea). The goal of the open cloud manifesto is to bring wide
scale industry attention to open interoperable Cloud Computing. In this goal
we have succeeded even before the manifesto has been published.
In one move, Microsoft has provided more visibility to our cloud
interoperability effort then all our previous efforts combined. For this
reason alone we need thank Microsoft. Moving forward I believe Microsoft will
continue to ... (more)
Interesting article on InformationWeek today in which the GSA is backing away
from a recent appointment of Patrick Stingley as Federal Cloud CTO. Less than
a month and a half after the announcement as federal cloud CTO position,
Stingley has returned to his role as CTO of the Bureau of Land Management,
with the General Services Administration saying the creation of the new role
came too early.
According to the statement by GSA CIO Casey Coleman "It just wasn't the right
time to have any formalized roles and responsibilities because this is still
kind of in the analysis stage, Onc... (more)
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)