Cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon are putting out the technology
that the enterprise and SaaS providers need to move beyond testing the waters
and take advantage of the Cloud today. The latest, and most important from
the data storage perspective, is Amazon’s Elastic Block Store, or EBS.
Over the years we’ve witnessed a shift to hosted IT infrastructure where
all the issues surrounding the physical plant are consolidated and managed by
a specialist service. In the past six months we've witnessed the incredible
rate at which cloud computing has really taken off and is now allowing
businesses to shed the problems of ordering, racking and maintaining servers
and disk storage systems.
The public cloud is now knocking down the barriers to a broader business
audience that has seen the advantages of “pay as you go” IT and not
having to build or rent another data cen... (more)
John Gannon's Blog
How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside
from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the
other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts...
1. Management tools: The cloud hosters like Amazon are providing basic
management tools, but we can already see there is a proven market for
higher-order management and automation provided by companies like Rightscale
and 3Tera. There are also a variety of companies and products who have
figured out IT automation in the traditional datacenter (Blade... (more)
Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to
the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9,
2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program
through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to
complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including
"Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing,"
"Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in
Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track.
Because the she... (more)
RightScale announced full support for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Elastic
Block Store (EBS) cloud storage solution, providing immediate benefits of a
virtually limitless storage area network for all RightScale users, directly
from the RightScale Dashboard. RightScale customers, including users of its
free developer edition, can utilize EBS with RightScale to manage and
allocate one or more disk volumes from 1GB to 1TB each, maintain data
availability even when virtual servers are shut down, and create backups via
the snapshot feature.
Snapshotting stores the EBS volume to Amazon’... (more)
In the previous article we looked at some Cloud Security Advantages.
Now let's now look at some Cloud Challenges.
• Trusting vendor’s security model
• Customer inability to respond to audit findings
• Obtaining support for investigations
• Indirect administrator accountability
• Proprietary implementations can’t be examined
• Loss of physical control; Data dispersal and international privacy laws
• Need for isolation management
• Logging challenges
• Data ownership issues
• Quality of service guarantees
• Dependence on secure hypervisors
• Attraction to hackers... (more)
Saas Journal on Ulitzer
Until today, web developers creating SaaS apps have been faced with an ugly
choice: use proprietary development platforms like Force.com or build an open
solution from scratch.
WaveMaker released the first open cloud development platform. WaveMaker 6.0
is a visual development platform that runs in a browser.
WaveMaker makes it ridiculously easy for anyone to prototype, develop and
customize great looking web applications.
How easy you ask? Well, how 'bout:
15 second WaveMaker hello world test drive 7 minute WaveMaker multi-tenant
SaaS screencast Free open so... (more)