GoGrid has gotten a lot more interesting over the last few months, going from what we had previously called Utility Computing to more of a full-on Cloud approach.GoGrid delivers true "Control in the Cloud" by combining many of the familiar features of dedicated server or managed hosting with the flexibility and scalability of cloud server hosting One of the more interesting (and I believe relatively new) aspects of the GoGrid solution is a REST-like API to programmatically control your infrastructure over the internet.
I just wrote a piece about how we use Amazon S3 to manage the downloads of Mule Enterprise. Putting a mule on a cloud: one man's battle with Amazon S3 is now up on El Reg.
We had been managing and maintaining multiple archives on multiple servers. After a while, a server crash, a disk blowout, lack of memory or some other fiasco kept reminding us why we hate computers.
This brings us to reason one for liking S3: you can stop buying and maintaining tons of machines - at least for file serving over the internet.
I've been a proponent of the Cloud and hosted applications for quite some time but today I am dramatically feeling the effects of having zero control over my infrastructure and the inability to get anything when a Cloud provider has issues.
My MacBook Air is clearly in it's death-throes just six months after purchase and today Google Docs was down for over an hour. I basically have no way to do any real work at this point as I can't use most of my applications and can't get to my documents on Google. I'm a … Read more
Sisense, a developer of business intelligence software, has introduced a new dashboard that it says will allow developers to keep better track of their Amazon S3 usage.
This is an interesting first step toward Cloud management. The big question is what happens to the emerging ecosystem if the Cloud vendors decide to shut this kind of thing down (which presumably as long as you pay they won't) or if they start offering the services themselves.
Here are seven of the specific security issues Gartner says customers should raise with vendors before selecting a cloud vendor.
1. Privileged user access 2. Regulatory compliance 3. Data location 4. Data segregation 5. Recovery 6. Investigative support 7. Long-term viability
Full article on Infoworld.
I caught a touch of food poisoning yesterday and I'm not still not totally right. While generally not a great experience, something about pulling over in the Tenderloin to hurl felt all too comfortable.
Some links for your enjoyment:10 Reasons Enterprises Aren't Ready to Trust the Cloud Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web GPLv3 One Year Anniversary Edition 06/29/08 9 Reasons Why Application Developers Think Their CIO Is Clueless
Join me and John Rowell from Opsource, Wednesday, July 9, 2008 9:00am PDT on a webinar discussing how the Cloud affects the Enterprise and vice-versa.
Learn about common concerns organizations face when incorporating SaaS applications into their growing enterprise architecture and how to make the transition from on-site to internet based applications.
As the cloud continues to emerge as a serious option, many people are starting to catch on that there are limits to what can be done outside that particular platform.
Right now there only a few options if you are a cloud or PaaS provider: 1. Cordon off virtual machines and use VM images (like Amazon.com or Joyent) 2. Allow development on some programming language (like Google App Engine) 3. Force users onto your platform (like Salesforce.com)
The applications that are built on top of a particular vendor's infrastructure are locked into that provider's way of … Read more
I can't believe it took Yahoo! this long to create a Cloud Computing division. They are easily in the top 5 most impressive infrastructures and maybe will now take advantage of it.
In order to expand its cloud computing capabilities, the Company will form a Cloud Computing & Data Infrastructure Group, charged with developing a computing infrastructure that balances scalability with cost effectiveness.
Yahoo! is making changes to its technology organization, led by Chief Technology Officer Ari Balogh, to better position the company to execute on its strategic priorities. Principal changes are developing a world-class cloud computing and storage … Read more
Nick Carr sent a message to the Structure conference audience and noted the symbolism of Bill Gates leaving Microsoft to the ushering in of computing moving from the desktop to the network.
Definitely worth a view.