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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 happened over the last week or so. The U.S Federal Government has indicated they have hired Patrick Stingley as federal cloud CTO (Federal Cloud Czar). The White House unveiled a Cross-Cutting Programs Document that outlines the administration's 2010 budget requests including pilot projects that id... (more)

Virtualization & Cloud Computing: Perfect Together

Reuven Cohen's Blog Recently I've been asked about the benefits of cloud computing in comparison to that of virtualization. Generally my answer has been they are an ideal match. For the most part virtualization has been about doing more with less (consolidation). VMware in particular positioned their products and pricing in a way that encourages you to use the least amount of servers possible. The interesting thing about cloud computing is it's about doing more with more. Or if you're Intel, doing more with Moore. At Intel's core, they are a company driven by one singular mantra, ... (more)

Creating a Common Cloud Computing Reference API - Part Two

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog So it would seem my cloud standardization post has hit a nerve with a few. So I would like to post a some follow on ideas I've had, since writing it. First of all I'm also not totally sold on the whether or not cloud computing is ready for a cloud standard just yet. What I do think we need is a reference implementation (Platform & Infrastructure) and common extensible API - "CloudVirt" This API may someday form the basis for a standard, but in the meantime gives us a uniform API to work against, so whether you're using Google App Engine or Force.... (more)

Cloud Computing: CDI - Desktops in the Cloud

Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog Over the last few weeks we have seen a noticable spike in desktop centric cloud computing inquires. What's more, this spike has been from a particular market segment, that of ISPs and telecoms who all seem to have had a sudden and dramatic increase in interest in this area. For those of you who don't know about CDI (Cloud Desktop Infrastructure) or what I like to call desktops in the cloud, it's an Internet-centric computing approach to desktop management and deployment that combines the traditional thin-client, utility hosting, and cloud storag... (more)

Enabling an Infrastructure for Cloudbursting

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog How do you effectively enable a kind of cloud overflow in a secure yet efficient manner? Jeff Barr from Amazon Web services has come up with a great new term to describe the need to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand by enabling a hybrid cloud computing model which combines both private data center resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon EC2. He called this model "cloudbursting". This term seems to be quickly becoming the preferred way to describe a major problem in the emerging cloud computing space - or for some the perfect ... (more)