May 2011

Cloud computing in the public sector - best practice

Grazed from Computer Weekly.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services" where different departments share a single source of function. For example, in the UK, a concept for a government cloud (G-Cloud) has been proposed to provide the shared services described by Sir Peter Gershon in his 2004 report - but this may have to be revisited under the current government spend reviews.

Big Data Is on a Collision Course with the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Where Is the Public Cloud 2.0?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Cloud computing is no longer just the “next big thing.” It has arrived in the consciousness of the mainstream with industry buzz, TV commercials showcasing its power, and the real promise of revolutionizing computing as we know it. But for those of us dancing on the ground trying to make clouds appear out of the clear blue sky, the next generation public cloud is still just over the horizon.

Rethinking IT Security in the Age of the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

There’s obviously a lot of concern when it comes to the security of public cloud computing services. But there’s also a lot of opportunity to right the mistakes of the past as IT organizations move to embrace what amounts to a fundamentally new approach to enterprise computing.

Data Analysis Is Creating New Business Opportunities

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Lee Gomes.

The explosion of data analytics tools is being spurred by a fundamental economic truth: the plunging cost of memory technologies. “Enterprise disk” refers to large storage drives used in data centers.
Credit: Credit Suisse and Gartner

What Amazon and Its Customers Must Learn From Last Week’s Outage

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Paul Miller.

16 G Fibre Channel Heading to the Enterprise

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.
The cloud is driving new levels of storage performance, which is proving to be a boon for native Fibre Channel installations following years of erosion by Ethernet-based protocols. The first trickle of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel is starting to hit the channel, with expectations that large enterprises and cloud service providers will flock to the technology in order to accommodate expected increases in storage traffic.

Cutting Data Center Energy As Easy As Containing Cooling

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

Amazon says poorly executed, planned upgrade caused massive cloud outage

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jon Brodkin.

It took about a week, but Amazon has fully recovered from its most serious outage in the five-year-history of the Elastic Compute Cloud, offered an explanation of what went wrong and revealed a new roadmap for preventing future problems.

VMware suffers second outage while repairing first

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Jon Brodkin.

VMware's attempt to recover from an outage in its brand-new cloud computing service inadvertently caused a second outage the next day, the company said.

VMware's new Cloud Foundry service - which is still in beta - suffered downtime over the course of two days last week, not long after the more highly publicised outage that hit Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.

Microsoft drafts .NET chief to lead Azure cloud war

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Gavin Clarke.

.NET fan favorite Scott Guthrie has been elevated in a Microsoft reorg intended to "sharpen its focus" and win greater support among developers for the company's push into the cloud.

Private investors pile into data centres

Grazed from The Register.  Author: John Oates.

Private investment firm Matterhorn Capital is spending £250m to build two new data centres in the south-east of England.

Matterhorn Capital Data Centres, part of Matterhorn Capital, is spending the money in Bury Green, Hertfordshire and Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

The Chesham site has on-site power – which Matterhorn claims makes it unique in the UK. The site at Bury Green is still negotiating with power suppliers.

Together the two data centres will offer 180,000 square feet of space.

Xerox Intros eConcierge Cloud Solution to Help VARs Boost Revenue on Print Supplies

Grazed from Channel Pro SMB.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Xerox is helping VARs capture post-sale revenue with eConcierge powered by Xerox—a new cloud-based solution that makes it easier for customers to order supplies directly from their reseller partner.

Currently more than 90 percent of desktop and multifunction printer (MFP) customers who purchase their products from a VAR buy supplies on a transactional basis, according to Xerox. eConcierge powered by Xerox gives resellers a multi-branded e-commerce platform to sell supplies without having to continually check in with the customer or keep supplies inventory on site.

Failure Cascading Through the Cloud

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erica Naone.

Recently two major cloud computing services, Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and Sony's PlayStation Network, have suffered extended outages. Though the circumstances of each were different, details that the companies have released about their causes show how delicate complex cloud systems can be.

How a Snapshot of a Green Data Center Can Be Misleading

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

Another SSD Hardware Startup Gets Cash. When’s the Shakeout?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Adapteva Pitches A Supercomputer For Your Phone

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Red Hat Debuts CloudForms and OpenShift for Cloud Deployment

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author:  Sean Michael Kerner.

Red Hat Launches IaaS, PaaS Cloud Offerings

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

With 3-D Transistors, Intel Keeps Moore’s Law Ticking

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Intel has managed to keep pushing Moore’s Law by developing a 3-D transistor that allows the chipmaker to deliver ever smaller chips that will be more powerful, yet consume less energy. The race to build ever smaller chips to meet Moore’s Law ensures our electronics get more powerful and still decrease in costs every 18 months to two years. However, shrinking our chips has become more and more difficult and expensive, and people worried that we had reached a plateau. On Wednesday, Intel proved them wrong — for a few more years at least.