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    Jan192010

    Google search results for “cloud computing review” #9 with one post

    Part of what drives me to blog daily is knowing that what I write gets high google search results. It would be hard to explain how my blog achieves this, but all you readers are a big part of it as I get traffic that Google sees what I write as relevant.  Thanks!

    I wrote this one post on Where to look for Cloud Computing Review?

    Checking this morning, my one post made it to Google Search #9 of 9,670,000.

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    1. Latest Cloud Computing Reviews, News, Articles, Pictures ...
      - Jan 19

      Sep 30, 2008 ... Browse Cloud Computing articles on Geek.com for the latest reviews, news, pictures, information about downloads and pricing, ...
      www.geek.com/articles/tagged/cloud-computing/ - Cached - Similar -

    2. Technology Review: Computer in the Cloud
      - Jan 19

      Cloud computing--the idea of relying on Web-based applications and storing data in the "cloud" .... Sign Up now for the Technology Review Daily Newsletter » ...
      www.technologyreview.com/communications/19397/ -

    3. Technology Review: Vulnerability Seen in Amazon's Cloud-Computing
      - Jan 19

      Oct 23, 2009 ... New research reveals how to find would-be victims within cloud hardware.
      www.technologyreview.com/computing/23792/ -

      Show more results from www.technologyreview.com

    4. Cloud versus cloud: A guided tour of Amazon, Google, AppNexus, and ...

      Jul 21, 2008 ... Latest Reviews; InfoWorld's 2010 Technology of the Year Awards ... Cloud computing offerings differ in depth, breadth, style, and fine print ...
      www.infoworld.com/.../cloud-computing/cloud-versus-cloud-guided-tour-amazon-google-appnexus-and-gogrid-122 - Cached - Similar -

    5. Year in review: The 'cloud' soars - CNET News

      Dec 30, 2008 ... Cloud computing takes off in 2008, with enterprise companies and consumers along ... Click here to review our Terms of Use. Comment reply ...
      news.cnet.com/...review...cloud.../2009-7345_3-6248570.html - Cached - Similar -

    6. Cloud Computing: “Be Prepared” (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE

      Stories like these have raised the interest in cloud computing to what one analyst recently characterized as "DEFCON 2 on the hype scale. ...
      www.educause.edu › ... › Volume 44, Number 4, July/August 2009 - Similar -

    7. Year in Review, 2009: Cloud computing struggles with data schemes
      - Jan 19

      Dec 11, 2009 ... A look back at how companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and others have shaped the cloud computing database story over the past year.
      searchsoa.techtarget.com/news/.../0,289142,sid26_gci1376713,00.html - Cached -

    8. Top Cloud Computing Providers | onCloud Computing Reviews
      - Jan 19

      Get Customized Solutions from Recommended Cloud Computing Providers. Our Experts will compile the Report Highlighting Pros and Cons of different providers, ...
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    9. Where to look for Cloud Computing Review? - Green Data Center Blog

      Jan 19, 2010 ... You run a Google Search on “cloud computing review” and you won't find what you are looking for a site that has a review of the cloud ...
      www.greenm3.com/.../where-to-look-for-cloud-computing-review.html?... -

    10. G.ho.st Review: Cloud Computing For Everybody

      What is cloud computing? Basically, it's when you're operating system and applications are hosted on some remote server, instead of on your local computer.
      www.brighthub.com/.../green-computing/reviews/29093.aspx - Cached - Similar -

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      Tuesday
      Jan192010

      Where to look for Cloud Computing Review?

      You run a Google Search on “cloud computing review” and you won’t find what you are looking for a site that has a review of the cloud computing offerings from the various vendors.

      Results 1 - 10 of about 9,670,000 for cloud computing review. (0.34 seconds)

      Search Results

      1. Latest Cloud Computing Reviews, News, Articles, Pictures ...
        - 9:35pm

        Sep 30, 2008 ... Browse Cloud Computing articles on Geek.com for the latest reviews, news, pictures, information about downloads and pricing, ...
        www.geek.com/articles/tagged/cloud-computing/ - Cached - Similar -

      2. Technology Review: Computer in the Cloud

        Cloud computing--the idea of relying on Web-based applications and storing data in the "cloud" .... Sign Up now for the Technology Review Daily Newsletter » ...
        www.technologyreview.com/communications/19397/ -

      3. Technology Review: Vulnerability Seen in Amazon's Cloud-Computing

        Oct 23, 2009 ... New research reveals how to find would-be victims within cloud hardware.
        www.technologyreview.com/computing/23792/ -

        Show more results from www.technologyreview.com

      4. Cloud versus cloud: A guided tour of Amazon, Google, AppNexus, and ...

        Jul 21, 2008 ... Cloud computing offerings differ in depth, breadth, style, ... InfoWorldreview: The Dell Precision M6500 is a true workstation in a ...
        www.infoworld.com/.../cloud-computing/cloud-versus-cloud-guided-tour-amazon-google-appnexus-and-gogrid-122 - Cached - Similar -

      5. Year in review: The 'cloud' soars - CNET News

        Dec 30, 2008 ... Cloud computing takes off in 2008, with enterprise companies and consumers along ... Click here to review our Terms of Use. Comment reply ...
        news.cnet.com/...review...cloud.../2009-7345_3-6248570.html - Cached - Similar -

      Above are the top 5 entries all from 2007 or 2008, except for the one that is from 2009, but it is there because the publication is Technology Review, published by MIT.

      Why are not all the top 5 entries from 2009? 

      Why is there not a site with keywords for cloud computing review?

      The professional analysts should have something, but maybe not.  There will be some information, but the way the industry analysts work is you need to pay to have your technology in the reports.  The Cloud Computing is anti-corporate IT, so why pay to marketed by the analysts community.  Also, the technology is moving so fast, if you don’t use a blogging style update, you’ll be out of date as as you format the professional looking PDF.

      Part of the problem discussing cloud computing is the complexity of what it takes to provide cloud computing services.  I haven’t met a media person who I think could understand the complexity, let alone interview someone who does.

      In many ways, it is like you were asked to review the CIO’s services and their ability to meet its users demand.  Yet, the CIO doesn’t even understand how their systems work to provide a cloud computing type of service.

      DataCenterKnowledge references a post by GigaOm on creating a cloud computing exchange.

      Hedging Your Options for the Cloud

      By Joe Weinman Dec. 13, 2009, 9:00am

      With the second decade of the millennium now just weeks away, I thought I’d offer up some possibilities for the cloud computing market as it continues to evolve. Cloud services — whether infrastructure, platform or software — share similarities with other on-demand, pay-per-use offerings such as airlines or car rentals. But what’s past in those industries may be prologue for the cloud. Here are some key aspects of those services that could become integral to the cloud in the coming decade:

      Without a site to review the technical capabilities of the different cloud computing sites, it will be tough for people to judge the value based on the price.  Commodity trading works because it is a commodity.  Are cloud computing services a commodity?  Not yet, and let’s hope there isn’t some gov’t agency who takes it on as a task to define the unity of cloud computing to be traded.

      One site found is onCloudComputing which had a bunch of news aggregated, and looks like a sales lead system.  After a bunch of probing on the site it appears this is a front end marketing engine for http://www.appirio.com/  but it is tough tell who onCloudComputnig is running onCloudComputing.

      onCloudComputing focuses on advising businesses how to use Best of Technology to meet their business aims. In addition to providing advice, onCloudComputing also implements, deploys, and administer CloudComputing systems on the behalf of its clients. If you are planning to launch a cloud we can help you in attaining the same matching your plan and budget.  Contact onCloudComputing Now

      If anyone knows of a cloud computing review site, please comment, and I’ll be happy to write a blog post and credit the discovery.

      Click to read more ...

      Tuesday
      Jan192010

      Is Elastra one of Amazon’s Cloud Computing infrastructure tools? An awesome PDF to understand a better approach to infrastructure management

      I plan on having a meeting with Elastra next week when I am in the bay area.  I wrote about their tools last week.

      Elastra’s Cloud Computing Application Infrastructure = Green IT with a Model approach

      Elastra connects the power use in the data center to the application architects and deployment decision makers.

      Plan Composer function lets customers set their own policies based on application needs and specific power metrics (such as wattage, PUE, number of cores, etc.). Therefore, if an application requires 4GB of RAM and two cores for optimal performance, and if the customer is concerned with straight wattage, Elastra’s product will automatically route it to the lowest-power 4GB, dual-core virtual machine available.

      Gigaom has a post on Elastra’s Cloud Computing infrastructure addressing greener services.

      Elastra Makes Its Cloud Even Greener

      By Derrick Harris Jan. 12, 2010, 2:51pm 1 Comment

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      Checking out the investors, look what I found.

      Amazon

      Amazon.com, Inc.

      (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as books, movies, music & games, digital downloads, electronics & computers, home & garden, toys, kids & baby, grocery, apparel, shoes & jewelry, health & beauty, sports & outdoors, and tools, auto & industrial.

      Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS), and Amazon Mechanical Turk. www.amazon.com

      Then digging more I found this architecture PDF by Stuart Charlton.

      I like this picture from his personal site.

      better han the corporate one from Elastra.

      Stuart Charlton

      Back to his PDF.  Much of the information in the pdf is on the Elastra technology site, but I found it easier to read the PDF to understand Stu’s thinking.

      The introduction targets the use of Elastra for the architect, stating the problems.

      Reference Architecture Introduction

      In today’s age of on-demand access to applications, compute, storage, and networks, modern IT applications and service management has many complications:

      • Applications can be deployed across organizationally & geographically distributed data centers. The technology in these data centers, from virtualization platforms, to host, storage, and network infrastructure, is typically heterogeneous, and not necessarily managed with uniform policies and interfaces.
      • The performance, scalability, and availability characteristics of an application are due to a complex combination of design and operational decisions. The greatest impacts on these factors are due to decisions in the architecture and development of the application, before configuring the data center infrastructure.
      • Application and infrastructure management is complex and inter-disciplinary. It’s unlikely a system can be diagnosed and maintained by one person to keeping the system design & configuration in their head. Application design, administration, and management typically is a collaborative activity across specialists; there is no “one-size fits all” design tool, management tool or application platform.

      The design goals are right on.

      Three design goals for an end-to-end cloud design approach include:

      Separated Applications from Infrastructure, through modeling the application in terms of its architecture and infrastructure requirements, without tying the application to a specific set of underlying infrastructure

      Enabling Computer-Assisted Modeling and Control Automation, provided by a set of control agents and user-guided by graphical design tools. This could help IT architects and operators determine design constraints on the application, match the design to the underlying infrastructure, and enable goal-driven automation to deploy, scale, or recover their IT systems on demand.

      Explicit Collaboration To Enact Changes, through models that codify, relate and analyze the constraints and preferences that are appropriate to stakeholders across enterprise IT: from architects and developers, through operators, administrators, and managers.

      The document has many great ideas including the use of models.

      Declarative models are useful ways to drive complexity out of IT application design and configuration, in favor of more concise statements of intent. Given a declaration of preferences or constraints, an IT management system can compose multiple models together much more effectively than if the models were predominantly procedural, and also formally verify for conflicts or mistakes. On the other hand, not everything can be declarative; at some point, procedures are usually required to specify the “last mile” of provision, installation, or configuration.

      Here is a diagram showing VMware Virtual Center (Private Cloud Inventory)  and Amazon EC2/EBS (Public Cloud Inventory).

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      Click to read more ...

      Tuesday
      Jan192010

      The Art of the Green Data Center – Wind, Water, and Energy

      Julius Neudorfer wrote an article on Feng Shui and the Art of the Data Center.

      Feng Shui and the Art of the Data Center

      Data Center | Blog Post | Julius Neudorfer, Thursday, January 14, 2010

      Tags: Cooling Systems, Green Technology

      I am in the midst of designing a new data center for a client and have been trying to balance the requirements of costs, space limitations, maximum number of cabinets and the flexibility to meet the rising and ever-changing power density of the IT equipment loads. Of course, high energy efficiency is a given. In addition, the client is especially concerned about esthetics and how it will look when a visitor enters the room.

      My wife was reading a book on Feng Shui and suggested that I begin to incorporate it into my thinking. Not having enough time to become a Feng Shui master by the project’s deadline, I did some quick reading and found this definition:

      Feng Shui is an ancient art of placement to bring balance and harmony to a physical space. The loose translation of Feng Shui is 'wind and water.' Feng represents the wind that carries the chi (energy) throughout a space. Shui is the water that meanders underneath the earth transporting chi.

      Julius makes the connection to data centers here.

      And while I don’t think that they had a data center in mind when Feng Shui was first introduced hundreds of years ago, I found a strong parallel to the data center’s infrastructure in the definition. The three elements that are mentioned, wind (airflow), water (chilled water) and energy (power), all apply to the operation of a data center and of course, we also want to bring “balance and harmony to a physical space”.

      This brings up an interesting view of the use of Wind vs Water – Air cooling vs. Water Cooling, a debate that reminds me of people arguing political views.

      What most miss is in the spirit of Feng Shui your goal is to be in balance and harmony with the physical space.  Some sites are better for wind, some for water while watching your energy use.

      If I hear someone debate air vs. water for specific site, the conversation’s are usually resolved quickly with a mutual understanding.

      Why is this debate so heated?  Many times it is fueled by equipment vendors who have proxies (people) for their technology.

      Click to read more ...

      Tuesday
      Jan192010

      100, one hundred job openings in Amazon Web Services!

      You can read many things into what it means that AWS has 100 open positions in its developer resources.

      Job Openings in AWS Developer Resources

      I'd like to highlight a few of the nearly one hundred open positions on the AWS team. If you are a software engineer, manager, technical writer, program manager, or product manager and you like to work on cutting-edge projects with world-scale impact, you owe it to yourself to look at these positions.

      Is Amazon having a hard time finding the right people?

      Is AWS growing so fast they can’t staff quick enough?

      Does this have an effect on service levels?

      The AWS posted some of their postings to get your attention.

      If you want to make it even easier for our development community to build amazing applications, I'd urge you to check out these positions:

      • Senior Program Manager – You are passionate about great customer user experiences and understand how to organize and drive distributed development projects running under tight deadlines.  You will own the process, schedule, and success of several AWS teams building rich internet applications which enable customers to use our cloud computing services through point-and-click interfaces (position 92278).
      • Senior Software Developer – You will fundamentally change the way people build, deploy, and manage cloud applications in a small team running fast to offer AWS customers a brand new service.  You will apply your experience building reliable, scalable, data driven distributed applications, knowledge of web protocols, and in-depth knowledge of several application servers, Linux tools and Java EE architectures. (position 109479).
      • PHP SDK Developer – You are an experienced PHP developer with a passion for PHP APIs and a desire to help thousands of PHP developers use the AWS cloud to build PHP-based web and Facebook applications quickly (position 110634).
      • Software Developer – You are a self-starting, self-directing Java developer who is creative and passionate about developing web-based applications which will be used by thousands of developers (position 110635).
      • Senior Development Manager – You are a dynamic, innovative, and hands-on software development manager who will lead the production of AJAX web apps that enable customers to use our cloud computing services through point-and-click, web-based interfaces.  You will be responsible for leading a central platform team of talented and nimble engineers that work with several teams across AWS to produce great developer tools and websites for our customers (position 110632).
      • Senior Technical Writer – You are passionate about making it easy for developers to get started with AWS services and to gain a deeper understanding through technical documentation.  You believe strongly in providing world-class, error-free documentation and will get your hands dirty with code samples and command line tools to validate your understanding (positions 111118, 108280).
      • Software Development Engineer / Test - You are a customer advocate and passionate about ensuring the AWS management console provides an error-free user experience which delights customers by automating testing and deployment processes (positions 111171, 110638)

      But the posting that got my attention was this Sr. Business Development Manager – AWS Federal Government.

      As a business development leader for Amazon Web Services (AWS) focusing on the US Federal Government Sector, you will have the exciting opportunity to help shape and deliver on a strategy to build mind share and adoption of Amazon's platform of infrastructure web services (Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon SimpleDB, and Amazon SQS). Your broad responsibilities will include helping to further expand AWS to key federal government agencies and partners by establishing both business and technical relationships, and managing the day-to-day interactions with these organizations. The ideal candidate will posses both a business background (with a focus on the federal market) that enables them to drive an engagement and interact at the CXO/VP level, as well as a technical background that enables them to easily interact with software developers and architects. He/she should also have a demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges for both AWS customers as well as AWS.

      It will be interesting to see the battle for cloud computing solutions in the federal gov’t sector.  This is where IBM, HP, Cisco, Oracle, and Microsoft will be fighting hard head to head.

      Click to read more ...