Archive for the ‘Linked List’ Category

Follow the Money

July 23, 2012

GigaOm Pro Blog provides a list of likely trends, mostly in the infrastructure that powers cloud computing.  They don’t have a lot to say about software, which I believe will also be a critical turning point over the next few years for both public and private clouds.

How not to fail at cloud

December 11, 2010

Thomas Bittman has a great post on succeeding and failing at cloud scale. Edison faced the same issue, and deliberately built a portfolio of customers with different usage profiles.

10 Cloud Predictions For 2011

November 17, 2010

10 Cloud Predictions For 2011.

My favorite: “You will build a private cloud, and it will fail”

This one goes to zero

October 6, 2010

“just because you can code something that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.” Unless you are actually building the infrastructure (and to a large extent, even if you are), cloud computing is mostly about software.  And since this blog is about the business of cloud computing, that makes it about the business of software.  The whole article is a must-read, but Seth Godin provides a great reminder that the price of commodity software wants to be zero, so a cool idea is not enough for a business.

Dell & HP fight over 3Par

August 27, 2010

Dell tops Hewlett-Packard’s bid for cloud computing specialist 3Par | Technology | The Guardian.

The article suggests that 3Par might be useful for cloud computing, and I agree.  On the other hand, neither Dell nor HP have done much in delivering their own public clouds yet, and they both have existing enterprise storage business that is probably threatened by 3Par.

The retail value (based on Amazon Web Services pricing) of 1 TB of cloud storage sold for 3 years is just under $3K.  This means that whoever buys 3Par will have to sell 533 PetaBytes of cloud storage to pay back the 1.6B bid.  I am not exactly sure what to compare that number to, so I cannot say if that is trivially low, or impossibly large, but it seems like a lot for a company that doesn’t even have a solution in this space yet.

On the other hand, Dell and HP are both probably loosing deals every day to 3Par, especially with 3Par’s 50% reduction guarantee.

The Business of Data

August 25, 2010

Big Data seems to go hand-in-glove with Cloud Computing – here is a new relevant conference by O’Reilly: Strata 2011 – O’Reilly Conferences, February 01 – 03, 2011, Santa Clara, CA.

Not Your Father’s Storage Subsystem

August 25, 2010

Experienced cloud entrepreneur working to create better cloud storage infrastructure. I have been thinking about this problem myself.  Happy to see at least one person working on it.  (Hat tip to @doubletate)

Distance to the Cloud

August 24, 2010

Finding the closest data center using GeoIP and indexing | TurnKey Linux Blog has a nice article that talks about charting the distance to each Amazon data center from various parts of the world.  (Remember that Amazon Web Services has data centers Northern CA, Virginia, Ireland, and Singapore).

In the comments, there is also a nice image of the network cables between countries.

Amazon Releases Updated Security Whitepaper

August 24, 2010

Updated Whitepaper: AWS Overview of Security Processes

Security seems to be one of the biggest barriers to adoption of pubic clouds, so it is good to know how the leader is handling this.

Fujitsu Throwing Cash at the Cloud Market?

August 23, 2010

When old-school companies start making acquisitions in a new market, you don’t expect them to suddenly become leaders in that market, but it might signal the beginning of a boom.