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In recent weeks, folks have suggested that cloud computing will cause the demise of the IT department. From an apocalyptical viewpoint, one could see this future. Others take a perspective of denial. The truth lies somewhere between…and unfortunately trending negative. But that can cha...
Recently, Canada’s CTO Jirka Danek gave a speech where he highlighted the opportunities in cloud and green IT for Canada. Bill St. Arnaud’s blog carried the details. The arguments for Canada include: Well positioned to become a world leader in Cloud Computing IT investment...
Stemming from the Microsoft Sidekick Data Loss event, some are highlighting the dangers of cloud computing. Of course there is also the contrarian view too. But the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Is cloud computing dangerous? As with many things, it depends on how you approach it....
Rackspace, a popular hosting provider in the cloud, suffered a significant outage on June 29, 2009. Apparently, a power interruption caused their Dallas (DFW-Grapevine) data center to go offline. Rackspace has posted a copy of the incident report here: http://www.rackspace.com/download...
Rackspace, a popular hosting provider in the cloud, suffered a significant outage on June 29, 2009. Apparently, a power interruption caused their Dallas (DFW-Grapevine) data center to go offline. Rackspace has posted a copy of the incident report here: http://www.rackspace.com/download...
Cap and trade is a relatively new threat to data centers. However, the concept is not new; having been around for decades. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emissions_trading The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a website dedicated to their programs. http://www.epa.gov/captrade/...
Cap and trade is a relatively new threat to data centers. However, the concept is not new; having been around for decades. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emissions_trading The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a website dedicated to their programs. http://www.epa.gov/captrade/...
This week’s announcement of Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) acquisition of Virtual Iron caused a bit of a stir. Oracle’s press release is a bit vague and financial terms were not disclosed: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535 The acquisition acknowledges an architectural shift toward...
This week’s announcement of Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) acquisition of Virtual Iron caused a bit of a stir. Oracle’s press release is a bit vague and financial terms were not disclosed: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535 The acquisition acknowledges an architectural shift toward...
Google suffered an outage this week that left 14% of their users headed to sites in China rather than the US. As such, a traffic jam between the US & Asia ensued. Google’s SVP of Operations posted an update to their blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/this-is-your-pilot-sp...
For years, the magazines on aircraft have played a significant role in the direction of technology. Many an executive have returned from a flight brim with interest in an article they read in the airline’s complementary magazine. For years, the business world has used the Big Mac Index...
I had the opportunity to attend Google’s Data Center Efficiency Summit. During the summit, Google took some of the mystery of their data center operations. In addition to a number of presenters, Google displayed one of their custom server models. It is an interesting approach whe...
Cloud computing significantly changes the strategic playing field. Core to this change is both a philosophical and physical change to how infrastructure is managed. One doesn’t have to look far to see similarities in other industries where this transformation has taken place. Paramount...
What is a data center fabric? Can this be related to how electric generation started? What about the electric grid? Can we expect to see a compute grid develop? Where do classical operating systems come in? If there is a migration process for companies from IaaS to PaaS (and to SaaS), ...
Everyone is ‘in the cloud’ today. But what does this mean and how will it help? First, a common way to talk about cloud computing is needed. We need a way to further define how to look at cloud services. First, what is cloud computing and how does it differ from a traditional model? Cl...
First a quick primer on private vs. public clouds… Private clouds are, in many aspects, similar to their public big brothers. However, a private cloud is essentially a pooling of resources within an organization. The limit to the economies of scale is limited to the size of the organiz...
Is storage in the cloud a failure? I’ll answer that further down…read on. It started with a story in the Boston Globe on March 21, 2009: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/03/21/data_backup_firm_sues_2_hardware_suppliers/ That spawned a series of thread...
I’m in the process of setting up this blog. Expect more information along with presentations, links and thoughts on IT strategic issues including: Cloud Computing Death of the Data Center
First a quick primer on private vs. public clouds… Private clouds are, in many aspects, similar to their public big brothers. However, a private cloud is essentially a pooling of resources within an organization. The limit to the economies of scale is limited to the size of the organiz...
Google suffered an outage this week that left 14% of their users headed to sites in China rather than the US. As such, a traffic jam between the US & Asia ensued. Google’s SVP of Operations posted an update to their blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/this-is-your-pilot-sp...
For years, the magazines on aircraft have played a significant role in the direction of technology. Many an executive have returned from a flight brim with interest in an article they read in the airline’s complementary magazine. For years, the business world has used the Big Mac Index...
I had the opportunity to attend Google’s Data Center Efficiency Summit. During the summit, Google took some of the mystery of their data center operations. In addition to a number of presenters, Google displayed one of their custom server models. It is an interesting approach whe...
Cloud computing significantly changes the strategic playing field. Core to this change is both a philosophical and physical change to how infrastructure is managed. One doesn’t have to look far to see similarities in other industries where this transformation has taken place. Paramount...
What is a data center fabric? Can this be related to how electric generation started? What about the electric grid? Can we expect to see a compute grid develop? Where do classical operating systems come in? If there is a migration process for companies from IaaS to PaaS (and to SaaS), ...
Everyone is ‘in the cloud’ today. But what does this mean and how will it help? First, a common way to talk about cloud computing is needed. We need a way to further define how to look at cloud services. First, what is cloud computing and how does it differ from a traditional model? Cl...