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Amazon Cloud on Ulitzer Their economy of scale will be difficult to match. What about Microsoft - they are constrained by the fact that they have to defend their desktop business - which will prevent them from following optimal cloud strategy! Cloud Computing Service Service provider with large number of networked computer systems Allowing you to use a slice of that processing power and storage Shielding your program and data from others sharing the same service, and Charging you for your actual usage Value Proposition of Cloud Computing Elastic Capacity - Pay for what you actually use Economy of Scale - Of hardware, Infrastructure and Management Comparison between Amazon EC2 and Google GAE Though different cloud service providers are following different strategies, these are the two uniquely different approaches. Others either are similar to one of these or fall somewhere ... (more)

Consumer Watchdog Files White House FOIA Request For Ex-Googler’s Email

Google on Ulitzer Consumer Watchdog  filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking copies of email between Internet Policy chief Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google Inc. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group made the request after an online publication printed an article showing that McLaughlin's "Buzz" profile revealed that many of his most frequent email correspondents were Google employees. Before being appointed the OSTP's Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, McLaughlin was Google's head of Global Public Policy, its top global lobbyist. Consumer Watchdog opposed McLaughlin's appointment by President Obama saying that it violated the intent of the Administration's ethics rules meant to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. "The ... (more)

The Cloud’s Hidden Costs

Surveys say…and many companies believe...that moving architecture, resources or other IT infrastructure pieces to the cloud will save them money.  That’s been one of the biggest selling points of cloud computing – pay as you go, metered service, pay what you use – the internet as a utility offering.  And while simple deployments can be cost effective, complete architectural maneuvers often put pressure on the cloud’s main value proposition according to a recent Information Week article. Burning through metered service when you think most everything is off can easily happen, as any of us are aware with lights, water, electricity and gas in our own homes.  In the IT world, a development team may have spun up some servers for testing and forgot to decommission; another group may have commandeered some servers for a specific campaign; or, the overflow/burst/DR model we... (more)

How Government Early-Adopters Use Cloud Services

What are the best practices for deploying managed cloud services? Case studies have now confirmed that cloud services can be a better, faster, less expensive and less risky way to source Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions, according to the latest market study by Ovum. Results from recent research conducted by Ovum details the experiences of five public sector organizations that have successfully deployed cloud services -- either with Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Highlighting the known benefits and the catalysts that empower organizations to embrace the cloud service delivery model, Ovum says they have developed a framework to assist government agencies in understanding the organizational factors associated with early adoption of managed cloud services. Moving Beyond Analysis Paral... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Amazon Price Cut on RDS Multi-AZ & More

Last week, the cloud world seems to have received lots of new offerings and releases from various providers. There were new releases from CloudStack, Google, StackMob and MongoHQ. There was also a new feature release from Amazon. Microsoft has published an article on choosing the best SQL database solution in Windows Azure. Plus, an acquisition news from VMware and an analyst report on fourth quarter result of Rackspace are also in the offing. Early last week, IaaS leader Amazon has introduced a new Route 53 DNS Failover feature. This feature pairs well with Amazon S3’s website hosting to create a simple, low-cost and reliable way to deploy a backup website. Thus, directing customers to a backup site when the primary website goes down. Next, they have announced price reduction of a relational database Multi-AZ deployment model from 15% to 32%. This model helps create... (more)

Salesforce.com and Google Clouds Get Cozier

Salesforce.com, which used to be just a chi-chi SaaS house until it realized that identifying itself with cloud computing would make it even more fashionable, has expanded its alliance with Google. It’s come up with Force.com for Google App Engine, described as a new set of tools and services for application development in the cloud. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It mates the Salesforce Force.com widgetry with Google App Engine, connecting the two cloud platforms. Both Salesforce and Google claim it will create "entirely new Web and business applications." Under this new regime Force.com web applications get native access to Google App Engine's Bigtable data and App Engine programs can leverage the enterprise data stored in Force.com complements of Google favorite language Python. Force.com for Google App Engine creates Python libraries that... (more)

Zoho Claims To Crush Google’s Python Hug

Zoho says that web apps created using its Creator widgetry can be automatically turned into programs that will run on Google's Python-constricted App Engine. App Engine, remember, only supports code written in Python and a particular species of Python at that. Now Zoho is saying you don't need to know Python or write a line of code in the language to run on the Google cloud - data and all. The upstart says it's layered Zoho Creator on top of Google App Engine and basically turned it into an integrated development environment (IDE) for App Engine. It warns that the new widgetry isn't perfect yet - it's still a "bit geeky" and there are feature limitations - but it's supposedly useable. It says it can do the same thing with other languages. Zoho claims over 130,000 applications have been built with Creator. Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009 10Gen, 3Leaf Sy... (more)

What Yahoo Exiting Hosting and SMB / SaaS Means to Hosters

Yahoo is unloading Zimbra and with it the whole SMB hosting business. While the Zimbra part is interesting to us here at Open-Xchange, as it also shows some technology related weaknesses, the bigger picture may be even more interesting - especially to Service Providers. Tier1's Phil Shih get's it right (as usual): "...Yahoo is also set to unload Zimbra, which Yahoo has had little success leveraging across its small business customer base, although it continues to grow. T1R does not agree that Zimbra had (or has) no hope within Yahoo because it is a solely enterprise-focused product, as some of the media commentary suggests. While Zimbra could be a bit up-market for the Yahoo Small Business base, there is no reason why the product could not have been tailored for the small business market. Or Yahoo could have at least leveraged some of Zimbra's technology and create... (more)

Meh. It's Just Data.

All the applause over Google’s Data Liberation Front announcement and blogs is making my head hurt. Or maybe that’s the lack of sleep. Either way, it’s disconcerting to me that so many bright people are choosing to make much of what is just a baby step – if that - toward a much larger, much more difficult goal. After all, data without an application to interpret and make use of it is about as useful as a Netbook without a network connection. There seems to suddenly be a lot of focus on “data” and the ability for users consumers to pack up their data and take it wherever they want. Except for people attached to their i-Thing. I think users of i-Things were approached about the concept but were unable to get past the revelation that there are other “i-Things” out there from other vendors in the first place. Regardless, the core concept appears a laudable goal and ratio... (more)

The Power of Google and the Promise of Cloud Computing

Google App Engine Platform Evans Data Corp announced that use of the Python scripting language has increased by 45% since Spring 2008 according to the most recent North American Development Survey to be released this week to subscribers. Only 13% of developers used Python before Google announced its App Engine platform in Spring 2008, which at the time only supported Python, but that number has increased to 20.3% today. Other scripting language use remained relatively constant, with only small gains or losses in popularity among languages such as Ruby, PHP, Perl and Actionscript. “Python has been around since 1989, but never had many users until recently,” said Janel Garvin, of Evans Data. “This adoption change illustrates the power of Google and the promise of Cloud Computing on which Google’s App Engine depends. As the computing landscape evolves with the Cloud... (more)

Instant Professionalism Online Despite Yourself...with Ulitzer

Personal Branding on Ulitzer I read an article by an author on Ulitzer.com and was amazed at the professional image it provided him. I immediately researched Ulitzer to see if there was yet hope for me. I am a technology blogger on the subject of mobile computing strategies.  As I was doing research I came across the author Ian Thain, a fellow mobile computing blogger, who had a very professional website on Ulitzer (www.ulitzer.com). Professional envy motivated me to investigate this thing called Ulitzer. Ian's website looked like he had spent a great deal of time and money on it - all things I am short on. I carefully studied Ian's website to see how it was set up.  It looked like an expensive industry portal with colorful graphics, animation and industry news. It had tabs that filtered articles, by most popular, by date, etc.  I have blogged for over 5 years so... (more)