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 brought us to a place where the
fiercely guarded and tightly delineated boundaries between the organisation
and those outside it may become permeable in ways that should benefit the
organisation rather than threaten it.
It is a quite remarkable feeling to watch as the pieces fall into place and ... (more)
‘Big Data’ has a problem, and that problem is its name.
Dig deep into the big data ecosystem, or spend any time at all talking with
its practitioners, and you should quickly start hitting the Vs. Initially
Volume, Velocity and Variety, the Vs rapidly bred like rabbits. Now we have a
plethora of new V-words, including Value, Veracity, and more. Every new
presentation on big data, it seems, feels obligated to add a V to the pile.
Gartner stands by the original three, stating earlier this year that
Big Data are high-volume, high-velocity, and/or high-variety information
assets that ... (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)
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)
I’ve written and spoken before about a recent upsurge in enthusiasm for
exposing data from Government in ways that facilitate use and re-use, and
will doubtless be returning to this topic in the ‘Government Data’ panel
session at the Linked Data Meetup in London on Wednesday.
Tim Berners-Lee has been amongst those rallying to the cause, and working
with Governments here and overseas to realise the opportunities in — first
— simply getting data out and — second — ensuring the structure and
linkages required if Government data is to form a useful foundation upon
which others reall... (more)