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    Monday
    Feb012010

    What does a Cloud Computing Data Center look like? Comparison version 1

    There are a flood of cloud computing content out there.  As a thought experiment I start comparing conceptually what cloud computing is versus the existing data centers.  Many take the approach of building data centers to be solid as a rock which interesting enough is an opposite of clouds.  Rock is Earth.  Clouds are water and air, and electricity (lightning).

    Below is a first version of thinking about how there are differences between cloud computing data center vs. a Rock data center.

    When you start thinking about Cloud Computing as the future, what kind of data center fits business needs? 

    I am having some conversations with data center designers on this concept.  Cover up the right side, and only look at the left side.  When I look at the left, who doesn’t want this?  Except maybe those who may their money on the right side.

     

    Cloud Data Center Rock Data Center
    Water + Air + Energy = Clouds with lightning Earth = building built in a capital intensive redundant manner
    Business Alignment to current conditions Over-provisioned for the unknown future, but ironically many times limit businesses
    Speed is an advantage for less resources and changing business (minutes) You have no choice so you move at our pace (weeks/months)
    Systems integrated to reduce costs for business services Silos of self-optimization are used to prove efficiency
    Pay as you go service use Costs are not transparent or directly related to what you use
    Virtualized servers, storage, and network abstract discussions to capabilities for business Staff discusses specifications of servers, storage, and networking
    Energy efficient and high utilization are standard discussions Energy is viewed as a small cost paid for by someone else
    Commodity hardware Specialized hardware
    Healthy, growing vendor ecosystem Static ecosystem that is growing slowly, maybe even declining
    Exponential growth currently, innovation Declining as users migrate to Cloud, maintenance mode, cost reduction

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    Monday
    Feb012010

    Are multi-taskers the high tech version of Emperor New Clothes? PBS show digital_nation: life on the virtual frontier

    PBS Frontline has a show “Digital Nation: Life in the Virtual Frontier”, showing Feb 2, 2010

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    Going through the synopsis I found this interesting discussing bright students and multitasking.

    "I teach the most brilliant students in the world," says MIT professor and clinical psychologist Sherry Turkle, who describes the challenges of teaching students who are surfing the Internet and texting during class. "But they have done themselves a disservice by drinking the Kool-Aid and believing that a multitasking learning environment will serve their best purposes. There are just some things that are not amenable to being thought about in conjunction with 15 other things."

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    A multitasker herself, Dretzin travels to California to the Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab, where Stanford professor Clifford Nass has been studying the effectiveness of self-proclaimed multitaskers. After taking one of Nass' tests, Dretzin is shocked by her poor results. "It turns out multitaskers are terrible at every aspect of multitasking. They get distracted constantly. Their memory is very disorganized. Recent work we've done suggests they're worse at analytic reasoning," Nass tells Dretzin. "We worry that it may be creating people who are unable to think well and clearly."

    Which brought up an interesting observation of multi-taskers.  We all know people who are proud how of how many things they can do at the same time.

    But, are they living in an illusion, like The Emperor’s New Clothes

    An Emperor who cares for nothing but his wardrobe hires two weavers who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or "just hopelessly stupid". The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position or stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they dress him in mime and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects. A child in the crowd calls out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.

    Douglas Rushkoff makes the point of fooling ourselves.

    So what does it mean if we multitaskers are actually fooling ourselves into believing we're competent when we're not? "If multitasking is hurting their ability to do these fundamental tasks," Nass explained matter-of-factly, "life becomes difficult. Some of studies show they are worse at analytic reasoning. We are mostly shocked. They think they are great at it." We're not just stupid and vulnerable online—we simultaneously think we're invincible. And that attitude, new brain research shows, has massive carryover into real life.

    If you believe this, then the next step is to think what is a better way than being an obsessive multitasker.  One place to look is Matthieu Ricard a famous Tibetan monk.

    Matthieu writes on dealing with stress and anxiety, and interesting enough he quotes the same Stanford research.

    Tip #2: One thing at a time
    If you have many things to do, do them one at a time. You will work faster and better this way. Recent studies conducted at Stanford University revealed that multitasking actually reduce people’s ability to concentrate and even slows down the capacity to switch between several tasks. Multitaskers perform worse and non-multitaskers in all attention tasks that have been studied. In other words, multitasking takes us more time to achieve worse results.

    The other two tips are:

    Tip #1: Do away with your worries
    If there’s a solution, then there’s no need to worry. If no solution exists, there is no point to worry.

    Tip #3: A bit of meditation
    If you are gripped by anxiety, pause for a moment and simply try to be aware of this anxiety. As you «examine» your anxiety with the eye of mindfulness, it will loose its potency. Why? Because the part of you mind that is aware of the anxiety is not itself anxious. It is simply aware. As mindfulness expands, the anxiety that upset you will gradually fade and make way for renewed inner peace.

    Are you going to spend more time muiltasking or meditating?

    Confession: I”ve been mediating since I was fourteen.  So, I am biased on this subject. :-)

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    Monday
    Feb012010

    Religion of Apple, Steve Jobs says Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra is ‘Bullshit,’

    Being an Apple user is a religious experience for some, believing surrounding yourself with iPhone, iPods, iTunes, Quicktime, MacBook, and Apple TV will make you a better person.  Seriously, I’ve seen this many times.  I worked at Apple from 1985 – 1992, and joined “at that time” evil Empire Microsoft 1992 – 2006.  Now I am independent of these religious views, and watch as many technologies are debated on almost a religious level.

    The Economist has a cover story on “The Book of Jobs”

    The Economist print cover

    Tablet computing

    The book of Jobs

    It has revolutionised one industry after another. Now Apple hopes to transform three at once

    Jan 28th 2010 | From The Economist print edition

    Illustration by Jon Berkeley

    APPLE is regularly voted the most innovative company in the world, but its inventiveness takes a particular form. Rather than developing entirely new product categories, it excels at taking existing, half-baked ideas and showing the rest of the world how to do them properly. Under its mercurial and visionary boss, Steve Jobs, it has already done this three times. In 1984 Apple launched the Macintosh. It was not the first graphical, mouse-driven computer, but it employed these concepts in a useful product. Then, in 2001, came the iPod. It was not the first digital-music player, but it was simple and elegant, and carried digital music into the mainstream. In 2007 Apple went on to launch the iPhone. It was not the first smart-phone, but Apple succeeded where other handset-makers had failed, making mobile internet access and software downloads a mass-market phenomenon.

    The religious tone of the article continues as the author discussed the Power of Jobs.

    As rivals rushed to copy Apple’s approach, the computer, music and telecoms industries were transformed. Now Mr Jobs hopes to pull off the same trick for a fourth time. On January 27th he unveiled his company’s latest product, the iPad—a thin, tablet-shaped device with a ten-inch touch-screen which will go on sale in late March for $499-829 (seearticle). Years in the making, it has been the subject of hysterical online speculation in recent months, verging at times on religious hysteria: sceptics in the blogosphere jokingly call it the Jesus Tablet.

    The enthusiasm of the Apple faithful may be overdone, but Mr Jobs’s record suggests that when he blesses a market, it takes off. And tablet computing promises to transform not just one industry, but three—computing, telecoms and media.

    Preacher Steve makes another claim that is caught in Wired Magazine – Google’s “Don’t be Evil” Mantra is Bullshit.

    Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra is ‘Bullshit,’ Adobe Is Lazy: Apple’s Steve Jobs (Update 2)

    Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-is-bullshit-adobe-is-lazy-apples-steve-jobs/#ixzz0eIsdbKCy

    On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bullshit.” Audience roars.
    Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-is-bullshit-adobe-is-lazy-apples-steve-jobs/#ixzz0eIsnUlct

    Then there is an Adobe statement about Flash which reminds of the Adobe Type Manager’s problem in the Mac OS.

    About Adobe: They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.
    Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/googles-dont-be-evil-mantra-is-bullshit-adobe-is-lazy-apples-steve-jobs/#ixzz0eIsw6YKj

    The Economist closes on death and resurrection.

    If Mr Jobs manages to pull off another amazing trick with another brilliant device, then the benefits of the digital revolution to media companies with genuinely popular products may soon start to outweigh the costs. But some media companies are dying, and a new gadget will not resurrect them. Even the Jesus Tablet cannot perform miracles.

    It looks like Steve Jobs is rallying his troops to fight a Holy War of Mobile – Google and Flash are his enemies.

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    Sunday
    Jan312010

    Mike Manos is Nokia’s New VP of Service Operations, competes against GOOG, AAPL, RIMM, and MSFT

    I wrote a post asking “is Mike Manos Crazy?”, knowing full well he has a plan.

    Is Mike Manos Crazy? Makes a job change in less than 9 months leaving Digital Realty Trust for where?

    Mike Manos just announced he was leaving Digital Realty Trust.

    A Digital Adieu

    January 29, 2010 by mmanos

    Those who follow the news from Digital Realty Trust closely may have recently read that I have decided to leave the company to focus a bit more on some personal work/life balance issues.  With this move comes a new role that I will talk more of in the coming days and weeks.

    Mike Manos just announced his new job at Nokia as VP of Operation Services worldwide.

    Rolling Clouds - My Move into the Mobile Cloud
    As many of you saw in my last note, I have officially left Digital Realty Trust to address some personal things.   While I get those things in order I am not sitting idling by.   I am extremely happy to announce that I have taken a role at Nokia as their VP of Service Operations.  In this role I will have global responsibility for the strategy, operation and run of infrastructure aspects for Nokia’s new cloud and mobile service platforms.

    I have a friend who is an ex-Nokia employee working in Finland and London. He talks highly of the company culture which got me thinking about Nokia’s latest move to ship free navigation SW.  Going back there is a point made by Nokia’s CEO

    Nokia Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo aims to build the world’s biggest mobile Internet services platform to protect market share and create new revenue streams. The company is trying different payment models including bundling with consumer handsets and pay-per-download. Google also has a diversified services business model, with most of its revenue coming from advertising.

    So, why would Mike Manos make the move to Nokia?  Because he gets to be the man who builds the future of Nokia's mobile cloud services.  Would Google, Apple, RIM, or Microsoft offered him that job?  And, were they organized to include the data center, applications, and operations for mobile under one VP?  Most likely not.  My bet is on Mike transforming what we think of mobile data centers. We'll see if these companies regret not being able to throw their names out there to recruit Mike to change mobile data center services. 

    I am very excited by the fact that there are some fierce competitors in this space as well. Once again I will be donning my armor and doing battle with my friends at Google. Their Droid platform is definitely interesting and it will be interesting to see how that develops. I have a great amount of respect for Urs Hoelze and their cloud platform is something I am fairly familiar with . I will also be doing battle with the folks from Apple (and interestingly my good friend Olivier Sanche). Apple definitely has the high end market here in the US, but its experience in Cloud platforms and operations is not very sophisticated just yet. On some levels I guess I am even competing against the infrastructure and facilities I built out at Microsoft at least as it relates to the mobile world. Those are some meaty competitors and as you have seen before, I love a good fight.

    So, Mike isn’t so crazy after all.  But sees something most of us don’t as most of us have discounted Nokia as mobile competitor as Google, Apple and RIM slug it out in the US. 

    Personally, some of my best stock market investments have been in the emerging market category.  So, I get Mike’s statement of growth and penetration.

    In my opinion, Nokia has some very interesting characteristics that position it extremely well if not atop the fray in this space. First there is no arguing about Nokia penetration of hand-held devices across the world. Especially in markets like India, China, South America, and other emerging Internet using populations. Additionally these emerging economies are skipping past ground-based wired technologies to wireless connectivity. As a result of that Nokia has an incredible presence already in those markets.

    Taking the leap thinking about mobile data centers reminds me of a fun discussion with ARM and what could be done with small low power data centers colocated with cell towers to change the delivery of mobile data.

    Isn’t the highest growing market mobile devices and the services for those devices?

    Ahh, so Mike switched from building colocation data centers for others who are living in the present to a future scenario where data centers look different to support a worldwide market for mobile device data services.  Who wouldn’t make the switch?

    Now I can see the reasoning behind the change and maybe it isn’t so crazy after all.  But a leap to be innovative in a company who knows they have to innovate to be successful.

    GigaOM made this point comparing Google’s map services vs. Nokia.

    In comparison, Google Maps Navigation has to download maps constantly over a network connection.  It doesn’t matter if your don’t have a 3G connection or have lost data connectivity, the basic functionality of Ovi Maps will work, Nokia claims. This low data consumption model is something carriers are going to love, Ojanperä said. Why? Because it will save them money on network costs, as explained by this image.

    Another reason why carriers are going to love Ovi Maps: It will help them sell data upgrades to voice-centric customers, even in emerging markets such as India and China where standalone GPS devices have yet to become commonplace, unlike in the U.S. and Europe. To me, this is Nokia’s big opportunity.

    Watching Nokia, Apple, Google, RIM, and Microsoft compete in the mobile data center space should be an interesting competition that is the future for each of these companies.  Losing the mobile battle is expensive.

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    Friday
    Jan292010

    Top 52 Companies reading GreenM3, based on service providers

    I just went through my Google Analytics service providers.  The vast majority of the listings are from ISP, but many visit my blog from their company websites and I see a list like below which is an interesting view of what company employees are visiting over the last month.

    My one pleasant surprise is the number of universities on the list.

    Thanks for reading. Traffic has been going up consistently since the new year.

     

    microsoft corp

    hewlett-packard company

    apple computer inc.

    intel corporation

    amazon.com inc.

    cisco systems inc.

    dell computer corporation

    american power conversion corp.

    university of western ontario

    exterme networks inc - rtp nc

    samsung networks inc.

    oxford university

    sprint pcs

    waggener edstrom

    bloomberg financial market

    blue cross blue shield of nebraska

    computer associates international

    ebay inc

    exalead

    university of missouri-columbia

    ibm

    indiana university

    accenture

    dpr construction inc.

    softlayer technologies inc.

    st- james properties

    america online inc

    bank of america

    elastra

    maryland department of transportation

    stulz air technology systems

    allstate consultants

    eagle credit union

    ibm corporation

    netscape communications corp.

    nokia group networks

    public works and government services canada

    raytheon company

    rutgers university

    salesforce.com inc.

    savvis

    stanford university

    sun microsystems inc

    universit degli studi di pisa

    university of washington

    yahoo! inc.

    areva

    cloudkick inc-091111171644

    edinburgh university local area network

    level 3 communications inc.

    morgan stanley group inc.

    national aeronautics and space administration

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