cloud technology

Amazon CTO Details Cloud Computing Commandments

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon, has learned a thing or two over the years about what it takes to build a 21st century architecture. Speaking at the Amazon re:invent conference, Vogels detailed his commandments for modern IT architecture during a keynote session. For the CTO of Amazon, modern IT architecture is about the cloud and not being constrained by physical hardware.

Vogels admitted that he has somewhat of a love/hate relationship with physical hardware servers. He said that he has tried to hug servers to get them to do what he wanted. "Believe you and me, I've hugged servers enough in my life and they do not hug you back," Vogels said. "They hate you."...

Cloud Computing: EMC & VMware Spin Up Pivotal Initiative

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

EMC and VMware confirmed Tuesday that they're reshuffling their assets and forming a so-called cloud and Big Data "virtual organization" called the Pivotal Initiative under EMC's chief strategy officer, VMware's former CEO Paul Martiz.

VMware is contributing Cloud Foundry, SpringSource, Gemstone and Cetas. EMC is putting in Greenplum and Pivotal Labs. The move involves 1,400 employees, 600 from VMware and 800 from EMC. The companies said they "expect to formally unite these resources by Q2 2013, with a specific operational structure to be determined." So evidently for now it's being run out of EMC...

Will Cloud Computing Be To Labor What The Internet Was To Capital?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Robert Shaw.

In 1992, the CME Group launched the first electronic trading platform, which heralded a completely new age for anyone with capital to spare. Electronic trading and money transfers meant a whole new world of opportunity for potential investors.

In essence, the Internet freed wealthy (and even not-so-wealthy) investors to move their money wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, at a negligible cost. The result has been hedge funds, day traders, a huge uptick in emerging market investments, and a veritable explosion of highly complex “financial instruments.” (Plus, grandpa gets to trade stocks at home.)...

Successful cloud adoption: It's the fit, stupid

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

InfoWorld's IT advice columnist Bob Lewis reached out to me last week after my blog post "How AWS can conquer enterprise IT's resistance to public clouds" with a few ideas. He suggested we should take a page out of the early PC and Web playbooks to help readers understand how to match up the new technology with the old problems. For example, we could use Amazon Web Services -- or any cloud computing technology -- to address business problems that would be impractical to deploy on traditional IT platforms.

Indeed, cloud computing providers tend to push their technology as the solution to any and all business problems. Unfortunately, there is not a universal fit for cloud computing technology, so you have to be careful to match the business problem you're looking to solve with the technology that best addresses it. To paraphrase James Carville, the political strategist for former President Bill Clinton, it's the fit, stupid...

Cloud Technology Gets Cheaper, but at What Cost?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Bob Prince Alo.

Amazon has dropped prices on its popular cloud database servers and added a range of rentable hardware that customers can use to host cloud technology and related platforms. The cloud computing juggernaut lost some popularity in the wake of power outages that received its fair share of media coverage earlier this year. Amazon hopes to regain its market share by reducing prices and expanding product lines.

Amazon's price cuts comes amid a backdrop of increasingly steep competition from other cloud vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. Lower prices and diversified cloud products attract many small and midsize firms to cloud solutions...

Researchers find new way to perform computing tasks with cloud browsing

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud based browser could allow mobile devices like smartphones with limited computing power to perform large scale computing tasks. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have found a new way of performing large scale computing tasks through cloud based browsers.

The researchers claimed that the cloud based browser could allow mobile devices like smartphones with limited computing power to perform large scale computing tasks. Cloud browser can create a web interface in cloud though which computing tasks can be performed in the cloud instead of performing it on the devices...

Asian tech companies are eating HP, Dell and IBM's cloud lunch

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jack Clark.

Cloud computing is rearranging the datacentre infrastructure market: large server makers are seeing their dominance wane as competition grows from low-cost Asian manufacturers that sell directly to the clouds of Google, Amazon and others. HP, Dell and IBM are all struggling to ship servers due to competition from low-cost and specialist vendors, figures from Gartner shows.

The latest report by the analyst company on the worldwide server market was released on Wednesday. It paints a grim picture of the global datacentre market, with the market's overall revenues during the third quarter decreasing 2.8 percent year-on-year and overall shipments growing a measly 3.6 percent...

AWS cloud growing three times as fast as dot-comming Amazon

Grazed from The Register. Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

Retailing giant Amazon runs AWS as a subsidiary at arm's length and in a somewhat stealthy manner at that. Having AWS be a little removed from Amazon is necessary because Amazon often competes with some of the companies that want to host applications on its cloud, and the stealth is just a way for AWS to preserve some mystique in terms of just how large the cloud computing unit is and how pervasive its use is.

As the first mover and undisputed leader in cloud computing, what we want to know is exactly the kind of data that Rackspace Hosting provides in its quarterly reports: server count, customer count, employee count, revenue per customer, and revenue by category for the collection of infrastructure and platform services that are known as the AWS cloud...

Nasa Jet Propulsion Lab bets big on cloud computing

Grazed from Author: Shaun Nichols.

Administrators with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are looking to cloud computing platforms to power the administration's next generation of projects. Speaking at the 2012 re:Invent conference, Nasa IT CTO Tom Soderstrom and software engineer Khawaja Shams said that the JPL staff are using cloud platforms to power, among other things, the Mars Curiosity rover mission.

The rover, which has already made a number of historical discoveries on the red planet, uses a number of computing and storage platforms from Amazon in order to communicate with the rover and process data gathered in the mission...

Cloud’s Cruddy Deals Teach a Lesson in IPO Patience

Grazed from InvestorPlace. Author: Tom Taulli.

Cloud computing might be one of the most-hyped technologies in 2012, and that’s been reflected a bit in the IPO market, where shares of Workday (NYSE:WDAY) are up 85%, and ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) has posted a gain of 69% since coming public.

However, a swath of companies haven’t been able to push the needle since their deals — and that provides us a quick lesson about the IPO market.

A look at some of the most notable cloud flops so far this year:..