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 how significant these
concerns can be for potential customers.
In today’s conversation, Ace appeared to agree (as do I) with the frequent
assertion that Cloud providers’ own systems will tend to be more secure
than those that the majority of potential customers have in-house today.
These ser... (more)
Paul Miller's Blog
For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost
exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on
top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce,
Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption
that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data
center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is
value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing,
and the various *aaS movements, have finally brou... (more)
The CloudCamp unconference returned to London for the 14th time this evening,
regaling a capacity crowd in the Crypt below Clerkenwell’s St James Church
with several hours of discussion and debate on the somewhat elusive topic of
Rather rough notes of the proceedings follow, after the break.
LEF‘s Simon Wardley kicked proceedings off as usual, once again managing
to pepper an on-topic canter through the topic with a seemingly never-ending
stream of Flickr images of cats… and analogies to electricity. You possibly
had to be there? His core message, though? There’s noth... (more)
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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 (... (more)
John Sheridan’s role as Head of e-Services at the UK Government’s Office
of Public Sector Information (OPSI) places him at the heart of this
country’s enthusiastic drive toward increasing visibility of Government
As we discuss in this podcast, the programme is ambitious but eminently
achievable, and builds upon a tradition that has actually been a lot more
open than it may sometimes appear.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on their Nodalities blog.
John describes work at OPSI and elsewhere in the UK Government, and also... (more)