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(May 7, 2009) - I've just spend the last two days in Washington DC in conversations with various US government officials regarding the opportunities for cloud computing within the federal government. During these conversations it has become very clear that the topic of "Cloud Computing" is front and center within the various departmental IT strategies going forward. All the more interesting is that the term is being mandated from the highest levels including the new federal CIO Vivek Kundra who indicated cloud computing was one of the biggest revolutions technology has seen in a long time. So why does it matter what the US federal government thinks of Cloud Computing? Simple, with an IT budget of more then 70 billion dollars a year, the US government represents the largest IT consumer on the planet. With this kind of money at stake, the influence the US government i... (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)

VMWare VDI Client Goes Open Source

In a rather sudden and bold move VMware has open sourced their client for virtual desktop infrastructure client called the VMware View Open Client (no I'm not dyslexic, that's the name). This announcement could have drastic ramifications within the VDI ecosystem. Also surprising is that it's hosted at Google Code, which could indicate something brewing between the two. The VMware VOC lets you connect from a Linux desktop to remote Windows desktops managed by VMware View. It is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1). (Personally I would have p... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Becoming a National Security Risk?

I'm back from Stockholm and starting to get caught up with my various blog reading. In one of the more interesting posts, Ken Fischer asks a very thought provoking question on his web 2.0 blog, his question is simple yet far reaching, "What would be the economic impact of Google mail going down be?" Fischer says that "In the next 5 years or so, there will be a massive shift from single server to cloud computing as well as an increasing reliance on everything being always up because of the interwoven nature of the semantic web. Websites andwebservers will no longer be individual a... (more)

NASA's NEBULA Space Cloud Computing Platform Launches

Earlier this week NASA took the wraps off a new Cloud Computing platform called NEBULA, or what I'm calling the (Space Cloud). Described as a way to manage research-class computing capacity. NASA describes NEBULA as "a Cloud Computing environment integrating a set of open-source components into a seamless, self-service platform." I found the location of the Space Cloud particularly interesting, The primary NEBULA data center is at Ames Research Center, in the Ames Internet Exchange (AIX). AIX was formerly "Mae West", one of the original nodes of the Internet, and is still a major... (more)