The Interface Between the Worlds of Cloud Computing and the Semantic Web

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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 Cloud Computing, and I recently spoke with Juan Carlos Soto to learn more about the company’s plans. Juan Carlos is currently Vice President for Cloud Computing Marketing at Sun Microsystems, and has held a number of technical and business positions in more than ten years with Sun. Production o... (more)

More Linked Data and RDF

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share a wide range of views in response to yesterday's post in its comments, on Twitter, and out on your own blogs. Although reduced to silence throughout the day because of other commitments, I have been reading and learning from all of you. And, despite the sometimes intemperate language of my original post, your contributions have all been thoughtful, measured, and informative. Several comments raised the duality of RDF; RDF the model and RDF the format (which can itself be expressed in more forms than the RDF/XML of which most might... (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)

Security and the Cloud

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)

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)