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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)

Introducing Semantic Cloud Abstraction & The UCI Working Group

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)

Thank You Microsoft

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)

Oops, GSA Backs Away From Federal Cloud CTO Appointment

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)

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)