In the competitive world of cloud-based computing infrastructure, Amazon
remains top dog. It’s highly visible, its footprint is almost global, it
incrementally adds features or cuts prices to keep competitors on their toes,
and it generally manages to meet most people’s needs, most of the time. It
may not always offer the lowest prices, or the best support, or the fastest
processing, or the friendliest management console, but it consistently
manages to meet customer demand with an offer that is more or less ‘good
It is a convenient choice, and it’s the standard against which its
multitude of competitors will typically be measured. Amazon is Asda or
Carrefour or WalMart to the competition’s Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Fortnum &
Mason, Whole Foods, and neighbourhood deli.
Amazon is not, of course, the only game in town. Far from it. Rackspace comes
a close secon... (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)
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 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)
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)