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I love it when people call me up out of the blue and start to debate whether there is such a thing as a "private cloud". Today is one of those days, I can't help but wonder if these people think that a cloud infrastructure will somehow magically create itself. Whether it's EC2 or Rackspace, Savvis or Gogrid, at some point there needs to be a single or series software components that enables the creation of the so called "cloud". Recently there seems to be a growing convergence with in the data center combining the best aspects of cloud computing including, SOA, utility, SLA, automation and virtualization into a single unified point of management. (A kind of turn key EC2) In a nutshell this is the opportunity for infrastructure cloud service enablers also know as a "private clouds" such as Enomaly. So what is a Cloud Service Enabler? The fundamental software building b... (more)

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing

The Cloud Security Alliance has released it's inaugural whitepaper called "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing". The whitepaper is being presented today at RSA, outlines key issues and provides advice for both Cloud Computing customers and providers within 15 strategic domains.  It is now available on the Cloud Security Alliance website at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org/guidance. According to Alliance co-founders Nils Puhlmann and Jim Reavis, the several months of collaboration on the white paper was worth the effort, "We would like to thank the many c... (more)

Google Jumps into the Cloud Wave

Busy day for cloud interoperability related news. Google just announced a new service called Google Wave, described as an open communication and collaboration platform & protocol based on hosted XML documents (called waves) supporting concurrent modifications and low-latency updates. In simple terms Google Wave can be thought of like an ajax spreadsheet over XMPP. According to Google, "The platform enables people to communicate and work together in new, convenient and effective ways. We will offer these benefits to users of Google Wave and we also want to share them with everyone e... (more)

Cloud Computing - Morgan Stanley is Banking on the Cloud

Regardless of the downturn in the markets, Morgan Stanley is on track to spend more than ever on their IT budget. They seem to think that during periods of lower economic activity it gives them a rare opportunity to establish themselves in new areas of emerging technology that may give them a competitive advantage down the road. I've spent the last few days hanging out with a bunch of bankers at the annual Morgan Stanley CTO Summit in San Francisco. The invite-only event mixes the top Morgan Stanley technology personnel, emerging technology companies and key players in the ventur... (more)

Cloud Computing: The Business of Building Clouds

Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog Defining what cloud computing is in itself a tough job, the lack of common cloud methodologies and best practices is making the job even harder. Trying to find experienced people with knowledge on how to build out a 30,000 machine cloud is nearly impossible, and finding someone who's deployed hundreds is proving to be almost as difficult. There is an old saying in the venture capital world that consulting doesn't scale. As an entrepreneur I'm continually walking the line between making the short term buck (consulting revenue) versus the long tail... (more)