Private clouds are real. It’s well past time to grow up and accept this.
Not every IT workload is most logically run in a cloud, now or in the future.
But, for those workloads where cloud is advantageous, it seems likely that
public cloud will eventually supplant both private cloud and hybrid cloud
deployments. Public clouds are getting cheaper, they are addressing legacy
regulatory hurdles, and they are increasingly meeting every valid concern
that IT buyers and users might have about entrusting mission critical cloud
workloads to them.
However, in 2014, there are still workloads or situations which are suited to
a cloud-like treatment but more suited to a private or hybrid cloud
deployment than to a public cloud. This may be because of the sometimes
prohibitive cost of running steady workloads for long periods of time in a
public cloud. It may be because of exist... (more)
Hewlett Packard used its Discover event in Frankfurt last week to reassert
the company’s cloud credentials. Public, private, hybrid; HP is painting
pictures that encompass them all, whilst seeking to protect hardware revenues
and reassure conservative executives at some of its largest and most
profitable customers. But HP has been here before, making bold claims and
telling people what they wanted to hear about an HP cloud upon which
enterprises could depend. This time, will the company deliver?
Earlier this year, satirical news site The Onion took a cruel but funny swipe
at HP’... (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)
I was in Manchester yesterday, having been invited over by Paul Collins to
speak at Vision+Media‘s final Transmissions workshop. The topic was
‘Towards a Web of Data,’ and the other speakers were Bill Roberts of
Swirrl and Liz Turner of Iconomical.
Bill’s slides are here, and mine are embedded below.
Thanks to Paul for the invite, and to the audience for braving an
intermittently (very) wet Manchester evening to spend a few hours discussing
Linked Data, the Semantic Web, and related topics; it was fun.
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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)