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John Considine

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Just a week after our blog post on the telcos, we find another big company joining the cloud computing tsunami – Oracle’s announcement of its “cloud in a box” offering as well as new offerings of Oracle software running on Amazon’s EC2. For a company whose leader shunned the term “cloud” last year, this is a lot of cloud announcements in one week.  Oracle’s new Exalogic Elastic Cloud is perhaps the first “cloud in a box” solution that is actually delivered in a box (of hardware).  Unlike the offerings we have seen from Eucalyptus, Nimbula, Azure, and VMware, the Exalogic product contains the control software as well as the hardware components to make a virtualized resource pool.  The other vendors have focused on delivering a software solution that can be combined with the users’ choice of servers, storage, and networking gear to build a cloud. Oracle, powered by ... (more)

Legacy Apps Make the Case for the Cloud

We often talk about CloudSwitch moving legacy applications to the cloud in a simple and secure way; this raises the question of what exactly we mean by “legacy.”  To be more specific, we mean a broad range of apps—including third-party, custom and customized off-the-shelf applications—basically any application that has been developed in your current environment without specific design for a cloud. It turns out that these existing applications are very important in cloud computing. When we started building CloudSwitch, we were focused on the hybrid cloud computing model; that is,... (more)

IaaS and PaaS: Getting Closer All the Time

Happy New Year! In this first post of 2011, I’d like to explore one of the primary ways the cloud landscape is evolving. Two of the pillars of cloud computing, Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) and Platform as a Service (PAAS), are showing some interesting trends as cloud providers adapt to meet the needs of their customers. Over the coming year, we may see these familiar models evolving into something new since the ideal solution for most enterprises is not one approach or the other but some combination of both. Traditionally these two methods of cloud computing have been quite ... (more)

Buying the Cloud

Here we are on July 12, mid-summer when you think most people are wondering about going to the beach in 90 degree weather, and instead we have big cloud news. Early this morning we were greeted with the announcement that Citrix is buying Cloud.com for more than $200M.  After the initial congratulations to Sheng and the team at Cloud.com, the twitter-sphere and blogosphere went wild with thoughts and deal analysis.  At the same time, everyone was waiting to hear what VMware was going to say in their “Cloud Infrastructure Launch” webcast. I’ll start with some thoughts on the Cloud... (more)

Cloud Computing Standards – Not This Year

I started out writing a blog about the state of cloud computing to review how things have evolved in the cloud space over the last year (2010 was a good year for cloud computing) but I got sidetracked thinking about how clouds are converging, or in reality, not converging. It’s clear that end users of cloud computing would like to see true interoperability.  Companies want the freedom to pick a cloud that meets their needs, without worrying that choices made today will cost them big in the future or lock them in.  Interoperability would mean that a company could choose a cloud fo... (more)