Vendors surprised the market this week by shutting the hell up about thought leadership and actually getting some actual work done. THIS is the real work of building a cloud computing economy. Congratulations to Microsoft, WiPro, Zetta, and Computational Research Laboratories for rolling up their sleeves and shovelling shit. It’s not as fun as writing “white papers” or Manifestos but it’s a lot more useful.
- Microsoft To Amazon: We’ll Fix Windows Licensing
Troy’s comments: This is GREAT news. Virtualization rolled through the enterprise software industry and affected licensing on a massive scale over the past few years but as we are moving from virtualized (but controlled) environments to wildly dynamic environments where servers are spun up by the thousands for short periods of time, licensing once again has to make a quantum leap forward to keep up. To their credit, IBM got in early and addressed this on Amazon. It’s great to see Microsoft following suit. Now for the rest of those laggards!
- Why ‘Private Cloud’ Computing Is Real — And Worth Considering
Troy’s comments: This is an excellent article by Charles Babcock at Information Week on the issues around private, public, and “hybrid” clouds. We agree wholeheartedly that there will be many clouds with many different performance characteristics and that they will be internal, shared, or even “public” like Amazon’s cloud services. Being able to have users and systems programatically provision and deprovision resources based on demand flexibly and instantly will take businesses a few years to figure out and this will be the massive experimentation phase where a lot of ideas and approaches are tested. To poo-poo this as “old recycled ideas” misses the larger point. Hell, all of IT goes in 10 year cycles and much of what has been done before loops back again on itself. That doesn’t invalidate it. That’s a logical fallacy (we’ve seen it before, therefore it’s not important now.) Excellent article Charles. Keep it up.
- Online Office gives Microsoft Open Web religion
- Supercomputing Takes to the Cloud
Blog source: GigaOMTroy’s comments: I agree with Stacey Higginbotham that one of the interesting segments is in moving traditional HPC (high performance computing) to the cloud. It makes sense. HPC customers have massive data sets, massive computational requirements, and who better to play with the idea of being able to spin up 20,000 (or 200,000) servers at a time to do some financial modelling? In my conversations with the various cloud vendors, we have heard of Monte Carlo simulations, aeronatic and hydrodynamic modelling, and of course animation rendering – all very traditional HPC/grid computing types of use cases. If you’re interested in these types of cases, check out The Platform Computing Company’s platforms and some of the new startups like “Render Rocket” (http://www.renderrocket.com).
- Wipro To Enter Cloud Computing Market
Troy’s comments: Welcome to the cloud Wipro! John Foley, Editor, Information Week interviewed Wipro CTO Vijaya Kumar to understand how they see the market. Their assessment? There will be many different types of clouds and the big cloud providers will not have enough vertical expertise to cover deeply complex verticals.
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BIO: Troy Angrignon, UTR conference co-chair, posted this April 27, 2009 after reading way too many press releases claiming that Vendor X has “established thought leadership” in cloud computing and thinks that more doing and less thinking would be a good idea for a while.