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Image via Wikipedia Like many readers of this blog I had, of course, heard of Eucalyptus; the project to provide an open source Cloud infrastructure that behaves a lot like Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud. Until I had the opportunity to hear Project Director Rich Wolski speak enthusiastically at TTI/Vanguard in San Diego last month, I hadn’t realised that ‘Eucalyptus’ was actually an acronym. My pride at having contorted words to arrive at PORTAL as the name of a project studying institutional portals took a severe knock! Keen to share some of Rich’s insight and experience with a wider audience, I was delighted when he agreed to participate in one of my ongoing series of Cloudy podcasts, and the result has just been released. Show notes for this podcast are available on Talis‘ Nodalities blog. Related articles by Zemanta 5 Cost-efficient, Flexible Open-Source Resource... (more)

Sun, IBM, and the value of a comprehensive proposition

Image via Wikipedia Twitter is aflutter once again this morning, this time over a Wall Street Journal suggestion that ‘IBM in talks to buy Sun.’ I am not able to comment on the veracity of the rumour itself, but it’s clear that Sun needs to do something in order to strengthen its position in a competitive market. Selling to IBM is certainly one route, but an easier one might be the provision of a more complete Sun-badged proposition. Elsewhere on WSJ.com this morning, in news that seems extremely unlikely to be unconnected, Don Clark reports on Sun’s “plans to offer its own cloud... (more)

Talking about Microsoft’s Windows Azure with Amitabh Srivastava

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 ... (more)

Discussing Business Search with Robin Johnson, CEO of FT Search

The supply of vertical search solutions tailored to particular business niches remains a lucrative and important area, even in these days of Google’s apparently unstoppable growth in generic search market share. Many of the products and companies involved are almost invisible to the general web user, either surfacing only inside the firewalls of large enterprise customers or styled to appear a seamless part of the navigation experience on an e-Commerce site. FT Search, part of Pearson’s Financial Times Group, recently released the public beta of an interesting new search engine ... (more)

[Some of] what you need to know about the cloud for 2013

Towards the end of last year, David Linthicum and I joined GigaOM’s Adam Lesser on a skype chat to take a look back at cloud successes and failures in 2012, and forward to cloud opportunities in 2013. GigaOM released the conversation as a podcast this morning. Amazon, Rackspace, Google, OpenStack, DropBox, and more get a look-in during a wide-ranging conversation about various ways in which the cloud is shifting consumer, small business, and enterprise attitudes and behaviours. Have a listen, and let us know if you agree with our analysis and predictions for the coming year. Ima... (more)