Late last year I received a phone call from McKinsey & Co in regards to
helping provide some insights into the cost benefits of moving to a cloud
computing environment. For one reason or another we were not able to connect
to complete the discussion, which after the last couple days seems like a
shame because that very report has been generating a tonne of buzz.
The McKinsey & Co. report titled Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing was
recently made public and has been causing quite the uproar. Forbes, The Wall
Street Journal, The New York Times and others have all written pieces quote
the report saying "clouds are NOT very cost-effective"
According to the Forbes article, they (McKinsey & Co) conclude that
outsourcing a typical corporate data center to a cloud service would more
than double the cost. Its study uses Amazon.com’s Web service offering as
the price of outs... (more)
Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog
Over the last few weeks we have seen a noticable spike in desktop centric
cloud computing inquires. What's more, this spike has been from a particular
market segment, that of ISPs and telecoms who all seem to have had a sudden
and dramatic increase in interest in this area.
For those of you who don't know about CDI (Cloud Desktop Infrastructure) or
what I like to call desktops in the cloud, it's an Internet-centric computing
approach to desktop management and deployment that combines the traditional
thin-client, utility hosting, and cloud storag... (more)
As someone who has been following cloud computing since the start, there have
been a few key moments in the progression of cloud computing from a fringe
term to main stream concept. Among these include August 2006 with the private
beta launch of Amazon EC2, June 2008 with what is now described as the "Week
of Cloud" in San Francisco which included the launch of CloudCamp as well as
several key cloud conferences. I believe this week is one of those times with
the U.S Government's formal and vocal adoption of cloud computing.
I'd like to recap a few of the important things have happe... (more)
Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog
Over the last few weeks I've been engaged in several conversations about the
need for a common, interoperable and open set of cloud computing standards.
During these conversations a recurring theme has started to emerge. A need
for cloud interoperability or the ability for diverse cloud systems and
organizations to work together in a common way.
In my discussion yesterday with Rich Wolski of the Eucalyptus project he
described the need for a "CloudVirt" API similar to that of the Libvirt
project for virtualization. For those of you that don't know... (more)
This message was posted on the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum today,
it's meant to be a kind of "state of the union" address outling a vision and
direction for the group.
Considering the myriad of great discussions recently on the CCIF, we figured
it was time to bring everyone up to speed on some of the things going on
behind the scenes. First we'd like to thank everyone for your enthusiasm,
participation, support. It's been amazing to see how quickly the cloud
interoperability movement has taken off.
A few have pointed out that the CCIF appears to be the act of one person,... (more)