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As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure,'s CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide cloud computing momentum continues to grow. Amid all the change, I asked some leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come. Contributors include's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces, Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Germany. PETER COFFEE Director, Platform Research - Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK from 1989 through 2007, after spending the prior... (more)

Innovating our way out of the recession

An op-ed by my friend Reid Hoffman, in the Washington Post this morning about Startup Stimulus with some great concrete suggestions-- microlending for small businesses, and removing the cap on H1-B visas (hooray!), funding it through a payroll tax. It's absurd to think there is no "stimulation" being applied to the small businesses and startups struggling to get off the ground in the most capital efficient ways, while money is being plowed into enormous businesses that the market has already deemed dead. From out here in Silicon Valley and environs, it seems ludicrous. This is t... (more)

Are Humans Really Necessary for Maintaining SLAs in the Cloud?

Eric Novikoff's Blog Are humans really necessary for maintaining SLAs? In today's cloud computing deployments, especially with systems like Amazon's EC2, the users' application is responsible for both measuring and taking action on application performance issues. This complicates deployment and coding, as well as tying your application to a particular cloud provider. However, I believe that the next generation of cloud deployment frameworks will be able to do this automatically, by integrating general-purpose monitoring applications with policy-based cloud management engines.  Wh... (more)

Politics 2.0 Meets Web 2.0

Paul Brennan, CEO of Zeus Technology, the company that powered Barack Obama's online fundraising efforts, reflects on the new President's online campaign and explains why the UK political scene has a lot to learn. Barack Obama's Presidential campaign has been widely praised for its use of social media and online tactics. Some have even gone as far to say that he would not have been as successful if it wasn't for the Internet. The results speak for themselves. In just a few months, President Obama raised over $200m in online donations, mobilized over 850,000 social networking parti... (more)

Google's Power in Cloud Computing Could Lead to a "Repeat of Microsoft"

Bloomberg has been rooting around the historical quotes of Christine Varney, Barack Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's antitrust division, and found a doozy from eight months ago calling Google a "monopoly in Internet online advertising" that could spell trouble for the US economy. What's more she said that Google's gathering market power in cloud computing could lead to a "repeat of Microsoft." She foresees the day when companies complain that Google won't let them interoperate with Google's product. She made these observations last June at an American Antitrust Instit... (more)

Government IT Expo: eGov and Open Standards

When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information. The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act's dollars will be spent. As chief technology officer for the District of Columbi... (more)