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I just got off our weekly Enomaly Webex in which I filled in as the host in place our product manager Pat Wendorf. I've become notorious for getting off topic when I do our Webex presentations and this week was no different. Actually doing these presentations really does help me think through some of my ideas as well as helping me get the temperature of the IaaS / hosting market of potential customers. Lately it seems that the questions have shifted from does your product have ABC or XYZ feature to how do we build a differentiated cloud service. These are the kind questions that I enjoy the most. So I'm going to explore this a bit today. One of the biggest transitions in the hosting space over the last decade has been that of Virtual Private Servers (VPS)-- a market controlled effectively by one company, Parallels. A critical problem with the Virtuozzo Containers pr... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: Getting Ready for the Zettabyte Age

Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement... (more)

Creating a Common Cloud Computing Reference API - Part One

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)

EMC Creates New Cloud Category

Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog With today's EMC announcement of their cloud optimized storage (COS) platform called Atmos, we are starting to see the first time an enterprise ready attempt at a global cloud storage system. For the most part, these types of global distributed file systems have been what Chuck Hollis at EMC described as home grown solutions built by academics or hobbyists. Personally, what I found even more interesting then the actual product release was in how they described a new cloud optimized storage market segment. EMC describes cloud optimized storage a... (more)

Introducing Semantic Cloud Abstraction & The UCI Working Group

The CCIF and its members have recently focused on creating a common cloud taxonomy and ontology. I find it's starting to sound a lot like semantics, Cloud Semantics. We are in a sense defining what cloud computing is by describing its "components" and their relationships to one another. One that is capable of expressing cloud computing and its subsequent parts in terms of a consensus data model. So in this effort we may actually be defining a dynamic computing model that can, under certain conditions, be 'trained' to appropriately 'learn' the meaning of related cloud & infrastruc... (more)