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Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the
Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting
code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the
creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s EC2. You’ve
probably also read RightScale’s announcements with respect to Ubuntu, and
heard that Sun Microsystems were also making supportive noises about
EUCALYPTUS and the EC2 API before their recent change in circumstances.
Earlier today I spoke with Simon Wardley of Canonical (the commercial
organisation that sells support and consultancy for Ubuntu) to hear a little
more about what those downloading Ubuntu will get… and what it might mean
for the rapidly shifting Cloud landscape.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on... (more)
As I noted at the time, Sun’s recent announcements with respect to Cloud
Computing were sadly rather overshadowed by the torrent of interest around a
piece on the Wall Street Journal site the same day, which broke the news that
acquisition talks were allegedly underway between Sun and IBM.
Much has changed since then and we now know, for example, that Oracle has
supplanted IBM as suitor for the Santa Clara company.
Amidst the distractions of a market obsessed with the next twist in the
ongoing acquisition saga, Sun appears as committed as ever to delivering on
their vision for Cl... (more)
Global networking giant Cisco unveiled Unified Service Delivery (USD) last
week, following up on the company’s enthusuastically welcomed Unified
Computing System (UCS) hardware announcement back in March.
Taken together, these announcements shed light on the company’s strategy to
strengthen its hold over the data centre, and to offer solutions tailored
toward the evolving needs of organisations keen to capitalise upon Cloud
Computing’s promise; both inside the private data centre and in
interactions with remote resources elsewhere on the network.
I spoke with Wendy Mars, Cisco’s ... (more)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to share a wide range of views in
response to yesterday's post in its comments, on Twitter, and out on your own
blogs. Although reduced to silence throughout the day because of other
commitments, I have been reading and learning from all of you. And, despite
the sometimes intemperate language of my original post, your contributions
have all been thoughtful, measured, and informative.
Several comments raised the duality of RDF; RDF the model and RDF the format
(which can itself be expressed in more forms than the RDF/XML of which most
I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace
Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security
and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of
Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging
at me for a while.
As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in
discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud.
Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on
a survey they had commissioned that suggested just h... (more)