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Is Gluster the answer to Scalable Cloud Storage and the Amazon Outage?

May 13, 2011
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Is Gluster the answer to Scalable Cloud Storage and the Amazon Outage?

Amazon failed because of simultaneous failure of its EBS in two Availability zones. If you were dependent on one of these (or mirrored across the two) you lost access to the filesystem from your Instances. It may be sensible to move to the use of the S3 mechanism (or some portable abstraction over it) for…

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Cloud SLAs Are Worthless But Does this Matter?

May 2, 2011
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Cloud SLAs Are Worthless But Does this Matter?

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an excellent expectations-managing mechanism, but it's important to manage your own expectations of what an SLA can realistically accomplish. Just those three words "Service" "Level" and "Agreement" is often an attention turn-off I know: SLAs are to infrastructure bods what documentation is to developers. Yet, when considering taking up…

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Technically, the Amazon Cloud didn’t actually fail

April 29, 2011
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Amazon's Service Level Agreement (SLA) is so narrowly-drawn that it could easily be argued that the recent Elastic Block Store (EBS) outage wasn't a failure of Amazon Web Services at all. Anyone using EBS in a production environment was, arguably, reaping the fruits of their own folly. Of course they don't tell you when you…

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The Cloud and the SMB: Diversified?

April 25, 2011
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I was reading the post Small Business Virtualization and that really got me thinking about Small to Medium Businesses and what part Cloud Computing will play in that market. There are plenty of small businesses in and around my area and I have a couple of friends that are the owners of a couple of…

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OpenCompute – Facebook drives Data Center and Cloud evolution

April 14, 2011
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Facebook (which had previously bought commodity servers and rented data center space) has opened up a whole new area of Open Source technology by publishing the full specification of both its new custom server and its new data center as "Open Source" at OpenCompute.org. Overall, Facebook claims that its new data centers are 38 per…

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Carrier Grade Cloud Providers – The Benefits/Issues

March 14, 2011
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In July 2009 I wrote an article entitled Cloud Computing Providers — are they content providers or carriers? and in January of 2011 Chuck Hollis wrote an article Verizon To Acquire Terremark -- You Shouldn't Be Surprised. Now with the Terremark acquisition almost complete and RSA Conference 2011 also over, at which I talked to…

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WikiLeaks – War in the Clouds

December 20, 2010
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WikiLeaks is the most serious social and political event of the emerging Cloud. It has remained alive through a "do-it-yourself" approach as the commercial Cloud was denied to it. When the dust settles, the Cloud may well emerge different, with the rights/obligations of Cloud Services providers clarified.

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MokaFive Suite 3.0

December 14, 2010
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MokeFive Suite is an enterprise desktop management platform that is used to create and administer layered virtual desktop images called 'LivePCs' which execute as guests on a type II hypervisor. LivePC images are authored using the MokaFive Creator which also serves as a test platform to simulate and end-users experience. LivePC images can be stored…

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Red Hat Acquires PaaS Cloud vendor Makara to help compete with VMware’s vFabric

December 3, 2010
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Red Hat today announced the acquisition of startup PaaS vendor, Makara, which provides a deployment platform for most of the Open Source application stacks onto most of the IaaS cloud infrastructures. Red Hat intends to use the purchased technology rather than the product itelf. It gains additional application-level management, monitoring and configuration functionality for an…

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