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Like many readers of this blog I had, of course, heard of Eucalyptus; the
project to provide an open source Cloud infrastructure that behaves a lot
like Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud.
Until I had the opportunity to hear Project Director Rich Wolski speak
enthusiastically at TTI/Vanguard in San Diego last month, I hadn’t realised
that ‘Eucalyptus’ was actually an acronym. My pride at having contorted
words to arrive at PORTAL as the name of a project studying institutional
portals took a severe knock!
Keen to share some of Rich’s insight and experience with a wider audience,
I was delighted when he agreed to participate in one of my ongoing series of
Cloudy podcasts, and the result has just been released.
Show notes for this podcast are available on Talis‘ Nodalities blog.
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Twitter is aflutter once again this morning, this time over a Wall Street
Journal suggestion that ‘IBM in talks to buy Sun.’ I am not able to
comment on the veracity of the rumour itself, but it’s clear that Sun needs
to do something in order to strengthen its position in a competitive market.
Selling to IBM is certainly one route, but an easier one might be the
provision of a more complete Sun-badged proposition.
Elsewhere on WSJ.com this morning, in news that seems extremely unlikely to
be unconnected, Don Clark reports on Sun’s
“plans to offer its own cloud... (more)
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Long known for their dominance on the desktop, Microsoft is now making a
concerted effort to carve out a space of its own in the Cloud with Windows
Azure. Amitabh Srivastava, the company’s Corporate Vice President with
responsibility for Azure, spoke with me this week and the result has just
been released as one of my podcasts.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on their Nodalities blog.
Amitabh talks about the company’s aspirations for Azure, and reports on the
success of the current ‘Community Technology ... (more)
The supply of vertical search solutions tailored to particular business
niches remains a lucrative and important area, even in these days of
Google’s apparently unstoppable growth in generic search market share. Many
of the products and companies involved are almost invisible to the general
web user, either surfacing only inside the firewalls of large enterprise
customers or styled to appear a seamless part of the navigation experience on
an e-Commerce site.
FT Search, part of Pearson’s Financial Times Group, recently released the
public beta of an interesting new search engine ... (more)
Towards the end of last year, David Linthicum and I joined GigaOM’s Adam
Lesser on a skype chat to take a look back at cloud successes and failures in
2012, and forward to cloud opportunities in 2013.
GigaOM released the conversation as a podcast this morning. Amazon,
Rackspace, Google, OpenStack, DropBox, and more get a look-in during a
wide-ranging conversation about various ways in which the cloud is shifting
consumer, small business, and enterprise attitudes and behaviours.
Have a listen, and let us know if you agree with our analysis and predictions
for the coming year.