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An Open Network for an Open Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The cloud takes the pressure off of server and storage resources in the hunt for more performance and capacity, but it places it squarely on the shoulders of network infrastructure.

But the more that enterprises rely on their networks (and other networks) to accelerate productivity, the more they come to realize the deficiencies of the proprietary network architectures that have evolved over the years. After all, limitless scalability and dynamic flexibility are only possible if data can smoothly negotiate the myriad pathways linking resources together.

Final Thoughts on the Five-Day AWS Outage

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Chris Preimesberger

Five full days after its largest outage hit on the morning of April 21, Amazon Web Services said it finally has restored virtually all services to its customers.

However, there still are a lot of smoldering IT managers who haven't yet cooled off completely from the outage that started at 1:41 a.m. PDT April 21 at the AWS data center in Northern Virginia.

Infosec: Cloud computing ‘explodes’ the security perimeter

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Anh Nguyen.

Cloud computing makes the argument for protecting data, rather than the perimeter, stronger, according to encryption solutions provider SafeNet.

This is just one of the issues that the cloud computing trend poses for IT professionals, who, according to a recent report from Accenture and the London School of Economics and Political Science's Outsourcing Unit, are still on the whole unconvinced by the cloud, due to security and privacy concerns.

Big data: You'll have it, but can you handle it?

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Michael Daconta.

In 1999, I was called in to troubleshoot a customer’s client/server application that had recently failed a government acceptance test by taking more than 20 minutes to complete queries during stress testing. After months of intense software redesign that included overcoming pushback from a recalcitrant software development team, we were able to increase query performance by 2,000 percent, and the system subsequently passed its acceptance test. 

Really Remote Data

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Christopher Mims.

Researchers at Cambridge University want to put data centers in places so remote they aren't on any power grid. Their models indicate that moving data-hungry computation to places such as scorching deserts, windswept peaks, and the middle of the Atlantic Ocean—all rich in sunlight and wind energy—could allow this otherwise unharvestable energy to do useful work.

Learning the Right Lessons from the Amazon Outage

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Brad Feld.

Amax Rolls Out New Cloud Appliance for SMBs

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Preimesberger.

CloudMax is an on-premises, x86-based private cloud appliance that integrates hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and dynamic management to create a private cloud environment.

Building a smart engine for multi-cloud, highly available IaaS

Grazed from CloudNod.  Author:  Scott Sanchez.

I’ve been having a conversation on twitter with @reillyusa this morning about how a “cloud of clouds” could help prevent a single point of failure like we saw take down so many sites yesterday due to issues at AWS.  One availability zone or region goes down at AWS?  No problem, as service levels started to degrade your apps/data/state/etc was moved to another zone or to Rackspace or someone else.  The engine would reduce the cost of having HA because it would make smart decisions about where, how and why to move workloads, and could even have a bunch of hot/warm instances running that are transparently shared across users to reduce the cost of having your own ‘dedicated’ instances at other clouds waiting for you to fail...

Amazon EC2 Day 2: Assessing The Damage

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Tomio Geron.

The crash of Amazon’s cloud services for web sites, EC2, is now in its second day.

The service went down yesterday at 1:42am PT, shutting down the websites of a number of start-up companies, including Foursquare, Quora and Reddit.

When the Web Went Away

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Tom Simonite.

Swaths of the Web disappeared yesterday, revealing just how heavily many of its users have unwittingly come to rely on Amazon for more than just their shopping. The retailer also rents out servers to other companies building websites, and one of the huge warehouses full of those computers began to experience problems early on Thursday with widespread effects.

CNN reported,