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According to a Dow Jones Newswire report, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is bullish about perhaps using M&A to grow Google's cloud computing business - in contrast Schmidt noted that Microsoft was in his view "having trouble moving to cloud computing." According to the report, Schmidt (pictured) expects the move globally from the personal computer era to the age of cloud computing to take the next 10-15 years. Google recently acquired On2 Technologies, and of course famously has in the past bought up giants like DoubleClick and YouTube. It has even been speculated that Eric Schmidt may have coined the term "cloud computing" though opinions differ. ... (more)

Cloud Computing: Java and AJAX Over the Cloud

Morph Labs and Webtide today announced the launch of a new platform version to enable developers to deploy, deliver and manage Java applications without the time and expense of setting up and managing a web delivery environment. The Morph Application Platform for Java, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that virtualizes the application environment and leverages cloud computing resources such as the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is now in limited developer preview. Webtide, the team behind Jetty, has brought that Java web server to the Morph Application Platform. Through its developer advice and support, Webtide has played a key role in the implementation of Java into the Morph Application Platform to extend the functionality to include deploying and delivering Java applications. Based on open standards and best of breed open source technology, the Morph Applicatio... (more)

Cloud Computing - Morgan Stanley is Banking on the Cloud

Regardless of the downturn in the markets, Morgan Stanley is on track to spend more than ever on their IT budget. They seem to think that during periods of lower economic activity it gives them a rare opportunity to establish themselves in new areas of emerging technology that may give them a competitive advantage down the road. I've spent the last few days hanging out with a bunch of bankers at the annual Morgan Stanley CTO Summit in San Francisco. The invite-only event mixes the top Morgan Stanley technology personnel, emerging technology companies and key players in the venture capital world. Cloud Computing was a noticeably "hot topic" of conversation at this year's summit. My invitation to this year's event was a rare opportunity to pick the brains of the true enterprise decision-makers on the challenges as well as the opportunities for cloud computing within a l... (more)

Cloud Computing and the "Cloud Dining" Analogy

Omar Sultan's Blog I was chatting with a customer the other day who was struggling with some of the implications of cloud computing. The analogy that finally made sense to them is what I will call 'cloud dining.'  I am the cook in the house and I am tasked with feeding the family. If my 10-year old is lobbying for Italian, I am cook at home or order out. The decision may also vary from day to day. For instance, I might not have all the ingredients and have to order out, or, like this weekend, it may be 103 outside and cooking at home is not all that appealing. Now, the same can be said for supporting a given application in a cloud computing environment. In a fully implemented Data Center 3.0 environment, you can decide if an app is run locally (cook at home), in someone else’s data center (take-out) and you can change your mind on the fly in case you are short on data... (more)

Desktops as a Service (DaaS) and Cloud Computing – An Overview

Jeff Fisher's "Desktops as a Service" Blog Generally speaking, DaaS is about transforming desktops into a cloud service. However, there are already a number of different approaches to DaaS and they vary considerably. To start, I thought it would be helpful to classify the different versions of DaaS as they exist today. Cloud computing has reached an absolute frenzy in the IT media. It seems like the cloud is well on its way to displace the virtualization craze that started last summer and which has carried us through the past 12 months. As a result, I thought it would be an appropriate time to discuss how we think DaaS fits into the cloud phenomena. Generally speaking, DaaS is about transforming desktops into a cloud service. However, there are already a number of different approaches to DaaS and they vary considerably. To start, I thought it would be helpful to class... (more)

Cloud Computing: The On-Demand Model Has Been Available for a While

Jason Meiers' Blog Cloud computing is fantastic especially looking at how far Google has come in efforts to build an enormous cloud. Who wouldn't want to leverage Google's PaaS? Or throw enterprise apps onto it. Unfortunately/fortunately let's get back to reality. We may not actually run production enterprise applications on an Internet centric cloud for critical business applications. The nice Facebook app, Spam app, Twitter and WebShop was nice although it is time to get real. The good news is that the on-demand model has been available for a while in utility companies and large financial institutions. It's called z/OS on the IBM Mainframe which includes an OS built-in enterprise database DB2 that has been running secure and highly available transactions for decades. Cloud and Mainframe release management for applications are different. Update a mainframe mission c... (more)

Hummer Winblad to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Cloud computing is changing the ground rules for startup companies – both in their infrastructure choices and in the bar for technology development prior to funding. In a breakout session at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, Lars Leckie - a Principal at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - will walk through the venture capital perspective of the cloud computing market covering both consumer and enterprise usage. Leckie's session will cover the tools for cloud computing as well as the leverage that portfolio companies are achieving with cloud computing. In the spirit of the event, Leckie notes that he will be presenting from slides served from Amazon Web Services. SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo (November 19-21, 2008) is a high-octane adjunct to the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Leckie is a Principal at H... (more)

Google Chrome and Business Intelligence in the Cloud

What will Business Intelligence be like in the future? "BI in the Cloud" architecture is only going to be feasible when most of your source data lives in the cloud already, possibly in something something like SQL Server Data Services or Amazon Simple DB or Google BigTable; or possibly in a hosted app like Salesforce.com. The big news last week was of course Google's announcement of Chrome. And as several of the more informed bloggers noted (eg Nick Carr, Tim McCoy), the point of Chrome is to be not so much a browser as a platform for online applications, leading to a world where there is no obvious distinction between online and offline applications. When I think about applications I think about Business Intelligence applications, and of course thinking about online BI applications and Google I thought of Panorama - which incidentally this week released the latest ... (more)

Yahoo's Director of Grid Services Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

Increasingly, a businesses competitive advantage is gained by processing large flows of raw data into insights. "With a growth in both the volume of data and number of users, traditional tools for data analytics struggle to keep pace," says Rob Weltman, Director of Grid Services at Yahoo! and a speaker at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (November 19-21, 2008) being held next week at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Large Internet services such as Yahoo!, who face a torrent of incoming data from their click-streams, recognized these limits years ago and built cloud-based tools such as Hadoop that can scale horizontally to address this growth. Weltman's session will provide an overview of Hadoop’s map-reduce framework and will describe the analytical applications running on Yahoo!'s Hadoop infrastructure to showcase the wide-range of ... (more)

The Cloud is Coming of Age

Thorsten von Eicken's RightScale Blog The cloud is coming of age. Amazon took another huge leap forward when it announced that EC2 is now out of beta, together with an SLA that is evidence of Amazon’s commitment to provide top-notch service. Their uptime has been stellar, and they are now standing behind their offering contractually in a much stronger way, and signaling how customers can set their expectations. Read about the announcement on the AWS blog and on their CTO’s blog. The advent of Windows on EC2 is welcome news too. Even though Windows is not typically the OS used for serving highly variable workloads, it is a sign of the cloud maturing that even the more static workloads typical of Windows deployments will be more easily allocated and managed using cloud resources. (Mhh, I wonder whether the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference happening next week ... (more)

Head of Cisco's Cloud Team Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

"Cloud Computing by its very nature depends on the Network for both the construction of the Cloud as well as the delivery to users," declares David Bernstein, whose team runs Cisco's internal Cloud Computing platform. As VP and General Manager of Network Applications Infrastructure for Cisco, Bernstein has plenty of first-hand experience in this emerging category. He will be giving a breakout session called "The Network as a Cloud Fabric - Where It Is and Where It's Going" at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, in San Jose, CA - which is being held November 19-21, 2008. "Use of network facilities to enable security, isolation, and quality of service is possible today - yet is hardly used," Bernstein observes. Utilizing these features, as well as going forward advanced techniques including virtualization-aware networking and geographically distributed VLANs will enable tru... (more)