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What can these things possibly have in common?  In a word - relativity.  I'm reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the other says, "What are you doing?  We can't swim faster than a shark", the other replies, "I don't need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than you." Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.  Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing model.  Let me get this out of the way so that there is no misunderstanding, yes, I agree with most on the need for better security in the cloud, and rest assured, the cloud service providers are motivated to work on it.  That being said, lets move on.  Security, while a very real and legit... (more)

The New Gold Rush Is On "Demand"

All aboard the Cloud Express.  Next Stop, Gold Country! Ok, I'm a bit biased, I live in gold country (educational link for our global friends), and no, for this gold rush you won't need picks, pans, and shovels, but you will need an Internet connection and a browser, or as in this case, help support the sellers of the picks and shovels - The Cloud Service Providers. With today's announcement of CA (NASDAQ: CA) and Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) partnering to leverage and support Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) with CA's Enterprise IT Management (EITM) offering, we are witnessing th... (more)

Cloud Talk with Peter Coffee: What's Next for the Cloud?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.  Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud computing. Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a non-response.  Hey, I gave it a shot. Then the real discussion of our meeting began.  The economic advantages of the cloud computi... (more)

What Cloud Flavor Will You Choose?

Vanilla, Chocolate or a Swirl?  Rocky Road may be next as it looks like a bumpy ride ahead. The popular kids on the cloud computing block are the public types, which makes sense to me, particularly at this early junction of the industry.  Though a common opinion by industry insiders is that we will see many different approaches as existing technology companies seek to position themselves in this segment. Some of those potential alternative arrangements (at least in theory) are described below. Cloud Computing Models - Public: Off Premise.  Pay for service designed, built, and ... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Pl... (more)