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So you've been posting on WordPress.com and due to lack of JavaScript support used by many popular widgets or other reasons, you're now considering having your blog hosted on Amazon Web Services' Free Usage Tier. I decided to see what it would take to move my current WordPress.com blog to AWS. After a quick Google search I found Greg Wilson's post on moving his GregsRamblings.com blog from WordPress to an AWS micro instance. His post provides an excellent description of what is involved in making such a move. I also encountered Ishan's post on how to set up a free WordPress blog on Amazon's EC2 free tier, and Ryan Geyer's post, "How to host WordPress for Free" and set up via RightScale (note: I'm a big RightScale fan). However, for many SMBs and individual bloggers this is still too complex an approach (personally, I'm looking forward to the day one can drag and drop ... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead: PaaS Carefully

We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a... (more)

Einstein, Sharks and Clouds: IT Security in the Cloud

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... (more)

Amazon, Salesforce.com, Google Continue to Lead the Cloudsphere

Early Bird at Cloud Expo Cloud computing continues to gain steam, and it has been some time since we first asked, who is gaining your mind share? As previously noted in the 4Q09 article, this list is a subjective impression of Cloud Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) on the cloud computing radar. As usual, large technology companies like AT&T, Dell, EMC, HP, Microsoft, Unisys, and others where cloud computing is a small part of their overall offering portfolio have been excluded. So here is my list of the Top 25 Cloud Services Providers gaining mind share in the first quarter of... (more)

The SaaS Sound Barrier

There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of categories – calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others focused around 3 main customer segments. Individual / Family Communities Business / Corporate While much of the functionality being delivered online is focused around individuals communities in the form of collaborative and non-collaborative communications, social and business networking, and infrastructure tools (IaaS), my main interest is in the business / corporate segment.  More specifically, the small and medium business segment and... (more)