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John Considine

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Last week I wrote about the Cloud.com acquisition and what it means for Citrix, Rackspace, OpenStack and the industry. Next, I’d like to dig into the VMware announcement about their cloud infrastructure suite. Citrix clearly wanted to announce their news just prior to VMware’s, and for...
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 initia...
Hybrid clouds are achieving almost universal buy-in as the way enterprises use the cloud. As we’ve described previously, the hybrid model federates internal and external resources so customers can choose the most appropriate match for workload requirements. The approach is already tran...
In case you haven’t heard, last week Amazon’s Web Services had an extended outage that affected a lot of cloud users and has created a big stir in the cloud computing community. Here is my take on the outage, what it means, and how it affected both us and our customers. First, the ...
A few weeks ago Amazon released a new feature for Amazon Web Services (AWS) called CloudFormation. This allows a user to organize the process for provisioning and operating resources in the AWS environment and is an evolution of the AWS model of “some assembly required.” We have ofte...
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 ...
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 ad...
Amazon has announced another important tool in their ongoing platform innovation for EC2 – the VM Import tool. This converter allows you to “bring your VMware images to the cloud.” As we’ve seen extensively at CloudSwitch, this is a primary use case for most enterprises – the ability t...
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 whos...
While there is no “official” definition of cloud computing, I believe programmatic access to virtually unlimited network, compute, and storage resources is an essential characteristic.  Even though many users access cloud computing through consoles and third-party appl...
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—...
We have been working hard to allow you to move all of the components of your application to the cloud. With this capability, you are not adding the latency between your data center and the cloud to the interactions between the servers in the cloud. A simple example is moving both the...