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Image by DBegley via Flickr 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 Preview;’ effectively a beta programme for Azure ahead of its formal launch towards the end of this year. We also discuss the nature of Azure, digging into the question of where Azure will be deployed, and the extent to which it will interact with desktops and data centres beyond Microsoft’s... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Far More Than Just Cutting Enterprise IT Costs

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)

True Knowledge Not a Google Killer – and That’s Good

Every time a new search engine pops up, bloggers, journalists and analysts get all worked up about its potential (or otherwise) to be a ‘Google Killer.’ I’ve written about this before, and really can’t understand the apparent obsession with ‘killing’ a company that’s continuing to do remarkably well at meeting the needs of millions. It’s not perfect, of course, and there’s always room for more innovation/competition, but does Google need to die in the process? It was therefore something of a relief to talk with William Tunstall-Pedoe, and to hear his talk of ‘complementing’ the ... (more)

Juan Carlos Soto Reaffirms Sun Microsystems’ Commitment to the Cloud

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)

David Eaves Talks About Vancouver’s Open Data Initiative

Back in May, ReadWriteWeb reported on a Motion put before legislators in the Canadian city of Vancouver. Duly passed, the Motion commits the city to three closely related ‘open’ agendas; the City of Vancouver will move as quickly as possible to adopt prevailing open standards for data, documents, maps, and other formats of media; the City of Vancouver, when replacing existing software or considering new applications, will place open source software on an equal footing with commercial systems during procurement cycles; the City of Vancouver will freely share with citizens, busine... (more)