Interesting article on InformationWeek today in which the GSA is backing away
from a recent appointment of Patrick Stingley as Federal Cloud CTO. Less than
a month and a half after the announcement as federal cloud CTO position,
Stingley has returned to his role as CTO of the Bureau of Land Management,
with the General Services Administration saying the creation of the new role
came too early.
According to the statement by GSA CIO Casey Coleman "It just wasn't the right
time to have any formalized roles and responsibilities because this is still
kind of in the analysis stage, Once it becomes an ongoing initiative, it
might be a suitable time to look at roles such as a federal cloud CTO, but
it's just a little premature."
To be honest, I was a little puzzled by the appointment of Stingley to the
post of Federal Cloud CTO someone with no direct "cloud" experience. I can... (more)
Recently Andreas M. Antonopoulos wrote a story for Computer World / Network
World titled "Dark cloud computing" which seems to borrow a key concept from
a post I wrote almost a year ago. So I thought I'd go ahead and repost my
original "The Rise of The Dark Cloud" from Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Rise of The Dark Cloud
For nearly as long as the internet has been around there have been private
subnetworks called the darknets. These private, covert and often secret
networks were typically formed as decentralized groups of people engaged in
the sharing of information, com... (more)
Earlier this week NASA took the wraps off a new Cloud Computing platform
called NEBULA, or what I'm calling the (Space Cloud). Described as a way to
manage research-class computing capacity. NASA describes NEBULA as "a Cloud
Computing environment integrating a set of open-source components into a
seamless, self-service platform."
I found the location of the Space Cloud particularly interesting, The primary
NEBULA data center is at Ames Research Center, in the Ames Internet Exchange
(AIX). AIX was formerly "Mae West", one of the original nodes of the
Internet, and is still a major... (more)
This is a guest post written by Lars Forsberg, a partner and co-founder at
Enomaly. Lars manages our professional services group which focuses on cloud
related services for our enterprise customers including Intel, Best Buy, and
Orange / France Telecom among others. The post originally appears on the
In late May, Gary Koelling and Steve Bendt came to Enomaly looking for our
help to realize their latest brainchild, called "Connect". We'd previously
worked with Best Buy to develop an internal social networking site called
"Blueshirt Nation" and we were eag... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Interesting post by Nick Carr in which he points to the supposed first
published evidence of the concept of Cloud Computing.
The proof comes in the document, dated March 30, 1965 which outlines a
Western Union executive's ambitious plan to create "a nationwide information
utility, which will enable subscribers to obtain, economically, efficiently,
immediately, the required information flow to facilitate the conduct of
business and other affairs."
In a nutshell Western Union invented cloud computing.
Specifically, "Just as a number of local or regional c... (more)