Virtualization and cloud computing are promising to change the way in which
IT services are delivered and, in effect, transform computing as we know it
today. I think the promises are likely to come true, if and only if
critical technology issues are addressed.
Nicholas Carr told a recent audience at IDC Directions that "Cloud computing
has become the center of investment and innovation." While he is not a
technologist, his sometimes shocking insight into the transformation of IT
have been prescient, even if he doesn't sweat the details of how complex IT
infrastructures can morph into the equivalent of today's public utilities.
To his credit Carr has predicted the rise of the cloud computing press
release, multiple cloud conferences and panels and even the SaaS
repositioning exercise. He also foresaw the rise in Amazon and Google cloud
announcements, perhaps year... (more)
Greg Ness's Blog
Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet
underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network
that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call
this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating
pressures on an already tired network infrastructure.
Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing
power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible
series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the cr... (more)
While the press and blogs are buzzing about cloud computing, VMware has made
probably one of the most significant cloud-related announcements ever made;
and with : vShield Zones has added even more distance between rivals when it
comes to data center and cloud security.
Last year at VMworld in Cannes, VMware announced the VMsafe VMware security
partner ecosystem. The virtualization security "industry" had been notably
silent (other than a colorful row between security blogger/expert Chris Hoff
and Citrix CTO Simon Crosby) for the rest of 2008. Virtualization expert Rich
Miller ... (more)
Before we get to carried away with the cloud computing dream lets talk about
the fundamental challenges in the network (manual labor and kludge) that may
have a substantial impact on the shape of cloud computing, at least in the
Newspapers were originally fed on presses manually one sheet at a time.
Telephones were once connected via legions of operators connecting callers
(one at a time) with cables and plugs; and today computer networks are still
managed by legions of manual administrators who configure network appliances
and manage IP addresses as endpoints are a... (more)
I recently posted about the Dizzying Economics of Cloud Computing when it
occurred to me that the technological barriers must be equally mystifying for
many. So I thought I would initiate a discussion about the barriers to the
adoption of cloud computing by the enterprise.
At stake are the valuations of a gathering storm of public companies in
technology, from Cisco, Juniper, F5 Networks, VMware, IBM, VMware, Microsoft
and Citrix to advertising player Google and bookseller Amazon. The shape of
adoption and growth will be impacted by how these barriers are addressed.
As I mentione... (more)