Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing focuses upon how to construct, secure, manage, monitor and use public IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. Major areas of focus include barriers to cloud adoption, progress on the part of cloud vendors in removing those barriers, where the line of responsibility is drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for each of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds,|as well as the management tools that are essential to deploy in the cloud, ensure security in the cloud and ensure the performance of applications running in the cloud. Covered vendors include Amazon, VMware, AFORE, CloudSidekick, CloudPhysics, ElasticBox, Hotlink, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs and Virtustream.

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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Storage Line Up

April 15, 2010
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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Storage Line Up

I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following storage vendors: * Data Robotics where we were introduced to the new Drobo FS * EMC where we discussed stretched storage…

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VMForce – Speculation on the new Salesforce.com and VMware alliance

April 14, 2010
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VMForce is going to get announced on April 27th. Could this be a brand new cloud based upon SpringSource tc Server as a Java based Platform as a Service play for Force.com applications? This would benefit VMware, SalesForce.com, and the Force.com developer community.

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Virtualization Forensics: How different is it?

April 12, 2010
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Since coming out with VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing the Virtual Environment, I have continued to consider aspects of Digital Forensics and how current methodologies would be impacted by the cloud. My use case for this is 40,000 VMs with 512 Servers and roughly 1000 tenants. What I would consider a medium size…

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Drobo FS, Your Link to the Cloud

April 7, 2010
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Data Robotics just announced the Drobo FS. Drobo FS via Drobo Apps (which are free) will have a link to the Oxygen Cloud. This could lead to several interesting options for the small business to large enterprise with respect to data storage and accessibility. Not to mention protection.

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Developing PHP on Microsoft Azure

April 5, 2010
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PHP can run on the Azure Cloud. Microsoft has made this easier by sponsoring an Open Source SDK and Eclipse Plugin. It is not investing in Visual Studio for PHP.

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Development Tools and Application Servers for the Cloud

March 29, 2010
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Development tools like Eclipse and Visual Stuio are being built to ensur applications can be deployed in to the cloud on application servers. Key challenges include the manageability and scalability of application servers. Innovations include the use of non-java languages like Groovy and Jython and even PHP and Javascript on JVMs, and the final demise…

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VMware + Ionix Assets – Impact Upon the Virtualization Performance Market

March 24, 2010
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VMware + Ionix Assets – Impact Upon the Virtualization Performance Market

Existing VMware offerings competed in the Resource and Availability Management space prior to the acquisition of the Ionix assets, and the acquisition has done nothing to change the fact that vendors in this space face strong competition from VMware (or certainly will do so once Hyperic is integrated and ships as a VMware product). Infrastructure…

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Eucalyptus/Terracotta a scalable Java Cloud Platform?

March 18, 2010
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We recently received a presentation on a combined solution from Eucalyptus and Terracotta. Initially we were suspicious because they clearly share an investor – Benchmark Capital. Was this a PowerPoint integration dreamt up by two Venture Capitalists over a power breakfast? However, the combined solution was presented by some very plausible techies with a real-live…

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Cloud Applications Performance Management gets Serious

March 17, 2010
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Cloud Applications Performance Management gets Serious

I had the opportunity to present on Applications Performance Management for Cloud Hosted Applications at the Cloud Connect Conference in Santa Clara CA on March 15, 2010. It was an eventful presentation as I was part of panel assembled by Hon Won (former founder of NetIQ and now EVP of Business Development at Coradiant). The…

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