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)
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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)
‘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)
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)
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)