Something interesting happen this past weekend in the new world of cyber
warfare. More specifically, the emergence of the social web as the key tool
in what can only be described as the first cyber revolution.
Yes, I know this sounds crazy, so let me explain. Over the weekend the
Iranian opposition coordinated a series of cyber attacks that successfully
managed to prevent access to several pro-Ahmadinejad Iranian web sites,
including the President’s homepage. Currently the attack is on going with a
good portion of the key Iranian governments websites either offline or
loading very slowly.
What's interesting about these series of attacks is how they were organized
in realtime using twitter as well other social tools. The attacks rely on the
a so called people’s information warfare concept first described by Dancho
Danchev in 2007. Generally the concept goes like this; ... (more)
MIT Technology Review has published a series of Cloud Computing articles in
the July/August Issue hitting newstands. I had the honor of contributing to
several of the articles. I would also like to personaly thank the team at
Technology Review for including me in both the Key Players and Private Cloud
Companies to Watch.
To read the articles please see the following links.
» Technology Overview: Conjuring Clouds
» Industry Challenges: The Standards Question
» Market Watch: Virtual Computers, Real Money
» Companies to Watch Private, and Public
» Open Source Projects and Research Consor... (more)
I'm currently at a wedding, killing time reading various blog feeds. In that
task, I just read a generally insightful commentary thanks to particularly
ridiculous question in a post by Eric Knipp at Gartner. In the post he asks
if The Cloud Will Save The World?
Initially I didn't see where he was going with this idea, spending a little
too much time on his so called Killer [cloud] App - Application
Platform-as-a-Service (APaaS). Moving to the good stuff, he points out that
cloud computing is not "an easy button - in the abstract. Someone, somewhere,
has to do heavy lifting in any... (more)
AT&T Labs and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have published a paper
called "The Case for Enterprise-Ready Virtual Private Clouds" that continues
on my vision for a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). And they even gave me some
credit in the paper [see reference 5] -- sort of.
To recap, over a year ago I described the opportunity for what I called a
Virtual Private Cloud or a method for partitioning a public computing utility
such as EC2 into quarantined virtual infrastructure. A VPC may encapsulate
multiple local and remote resources to appear as a single homogeneous
computing ... (more)
Over the last week I've been away at my cottage on vacation so I'm trying to
catch up on my massive backlog of emails (about 5k worth). One of the more
interesting was one sent earlier in the week from Masayuki Hyugaji in Japan.
(I have a call with Hyugaji later this week, so I should be able to provide
more details afterward)
According to Hyugaji, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of
Japan has embarked in a series of new research and development activities
including launching a Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum. For those who
don't speak Japanese (my wife doe... (more)