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 peering location for Tier 1 ISPs, as well as
being the home of the "E" root name servers. Basically you can't find a
better location to put a cloud then the birth place of the internet.
NASA also put out a request for "Computonauts" through the TESS Community
Observer program which will allow... (more)
Reuven Cohen's Blog
Recently I've been asked about the benefits of cloud computing in comparison
to that of virtualization. Generally my answer has been they are an ideal
match. For the most part virtualization has been about doing more with less
(consolidation). VMware in particular positioned their products and pricing
in a way that encourages you to use the least amount of servers possible. The
interesting thing about cloud computing is it's about doing more with more.
Or if you're Intel, doing more with Moore.
At Intel's core, they are a company driven by one singular mantra, ... (more)
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 qu... (more)
Ever get one of those random phone calls in the midst of your work day that
makes you think, huh -- interesting idea? Well earlier today I had one from a
guy looking to learn more about cloud computing platforms. Although it ended
up he wasn't specifically looking for an elastic computing platform, he did
ask a few very thought provoking questions.
What he asked was if there is a simple way to compare the performance,
security and quality of various cloud computing providers? He went on to say
that when comparing traditional hardware vendors it was easy for him to
understand the ... (more)
I'm still digging through a backlog of news & links sent to me during from my
vacation. One of which is an interesting new project announced a couple weeks
ago called CloudLoop. The project is described as a universal, open-source
Java API and command-line tool for cloud storage, which lets you store,
manage, and sync your data between all major providers.
According to the announcement Cloudloop aims to solve cloud storage related
problems by putting a layer in between your application and its storage
provider. It gives you one simple storage interface that supports a full