Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has revealed plans to build a massive cloud computing infrastructure to support all of the government's IT systems. Tentatively called the Kasumigaseki Cloud, the new infrastructure will be built in stages from now until 2015. The goal of the project is to consolidate all government IT systems into a single cloud infrastructure to help improve operational efficiency and reduce cost.The Kasumigaseki Cloud will "enable various ministries to collaborate to integrate and consolidate hardware and create platforms for shared functions. Efforts will be made to efficiently develop and operate information … Read more
Gmail may not yet have the same footprint as Microsoft Exchange, but megadeals such as a recently announced 30,000-seat installation at Valeo prove that large enterprises are comfortable running applications in the cloud.
Valeo, an "independent industrial group fully focused on the design, production, and sale of components, integrated systems, and modules for cars and trucks," is deploying Google Apps, supported by Capgemini, in a phased approach throughout 2009 ultimately serving the 193 Valeo entities in 27 countries. The adoption of Google Apps among those units is part of a program to reduce administrative expenses.
As a … Read more
Last week's announcement of enhancements to Citrix Cloud Center (C3) at Citrix Synergy 2009 was one that made me sit up and take notice. Awhile ago, I proclaimed that the era of the "cloud OS" had begun, and I called out VMware vCloud, Citrix, C3 and 3TERA AppLogic as examples of what would eventually become cloud operating systems.
Strangely, however, Citrix (and the former XenSource team) has been strangely silent since that post. Yeah, there have been one or two "announcements" that basically positioned existing Citrix technologies as being cloud infrastructure, but all in all … Read more
Networking company Cisco has introduced a package of data center tools for carriers wishing to deliver cloud services over next-generation IP networks.
The Unified Service Delivery package, announced on Tuesday, combines Cisco's existing Unified Computing System technology with its Nexus 7000 switch--an updated, data center-optimized version of its CRS-1 router--and the company's next-generation IP products.
The combination will make delivery of video and data services more efficient and lay the groundwork for the delivery of business applications to any place, according to Cisco.
"The unification of the data center and the IP next-generation network is a natural … Read more
Update: Corrected Reuven Cohen's title and added link to Chris Hoff's post.
Update 2:The NIST has added a Web page with links to the definition, and an email address where one can send comments.
Reuven Cohen, CTO of cloud infrastructure vendor Enomaly, recently posted a review of his trip to Washington, D.C. to speak to a variety of federal officials about the potential for cloud computing in government. Reuven points out that the enthusiasm with which the federal government is pursuing the cloud may in fact be putting the private sector to shame.
And it makes … Read more
Earlier, I talked through the three key categories of cloud interoperability as I see them, and the promise that each holds for increasing the agility and value of IT. One of those categories was Image/Data interoperability, which I defined as follows:
This is the one that most people assume when they say "cloud interoperability." How do you define a virtual server image, or a Java application, or a customer relationship management (CRM) database, such that it can be deployed on another host, often a competitive host, without modification?
In reality, Image/Data interoperability can be further divided … Read more
New research commissioned by Savvis shows that infrastructure outsourcing and cloud computing efforts are being taken very seriously by CIOs. IT leaders appear to be more oriented to reduction in infrastructure spending, where other industries such as media and retail, focus on staff reductions.67 percent of all IT leaders are under pressure to do more with reduced budgets. (I would have expected an even higher percentage.) 52 percent of IT executives noted that the greatest cost savings will emanate from reducing infrastructure costs, reducing staff levels (49 percent) and a virtualization strategy (44 percent) 72 percent of IT executives believe cloud computing will play an important role in the future of IT in helping companies gain efficiencies and reduce cost.
One immediate way IT execs could save money on infrastructure costs would be through the use of open-source alternatives, but the research questions were geared toward outsourcing and not software alternatives. Interestingly, financial services respondents reported that virtualization would provide their biggest cost savings.
Top cost savings in 2009 by industry:Financial services--virtualization strategy Media--reducing staff levels Health care--reducing infrastructure costs & standardizing IT infrastructure solutions Business & Professional services--standardizing IT infrastructure solutions Retail--reducing staff levels Manufacturing--reducing infrastructure costs Public sector--infrastructure consolidation
Who would you work for if not for the company that currently employs you?
For many right now this is a somewhat pointless question: with so many people unemployed, the answer is, "I'd work for anyone that could cut me a paycheck every other week."
Bad as things may be at present, however, they will get better. As the economy heats up, and it eventually will, which software companies are poised to make the biggest impact on the industry for the coming five, 10, and 50 years?
HP CloudPrint for BlackBerry Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando, Fla., lets users print e-mails, photos, documents, and Web pages from their BlackBerrys to the nearest printer, regardless of the printer manufacturer, HP said in a statement: "The service is printer-agnostic and driverless, and requires simple Internet access.", a Web-based technology slated to be shown at this week's
HP Operations Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, also released Monday, is … Read more
The announcement by the Distributed Management Task Force (a systems management standards group) that they were going to build an "incubator" to research and develop interoperability standards for cloud-computing management is just the latest step in an accelerating effort to unify "the cloud." Everyone is getting involved, from virtualization vendors to public cloud providers to the major enterprise IT systems vendors.
But what exactly is cloud interoperability, and what exactly are each of these efforts addressing? Where are the standards going to be created, or (perhaps more importantly) where is the technology going to come from?… Read more