As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com'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 Salesforce.com'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.
Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com
Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK
from 1989 through 2007, after spending the prior... (more)
"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on
National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the
White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved
NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technology experts how the
computers should run under incoming President Barack Obama.
The program focused on how cloud computing technology can potentially be used
to improve government services - a much discussed topic as the new
administration moves into the White House.
Experts consulted included Google's Vint Cerf (a.k.a.'The Father of the
Internet') and Dataline's expert on Cloud Computing Security, Kevin Jackson.
Jackson discussed how cloud computing can make data and computing more secure
than traditional systems.
Cloud computing would also improve collaboration, an area that... (more)
If you are a technologist in the IT industry I would like to recommend some
reading to you.
The US Department of Commerce has unveiled a report which includes a policy
framework designed to enhance the protection of consumer privacy online while
supporting innovation and continued enhancement of functionality for
The report was developed with a broad range of stakeholders in the innovation
and technology community, and is a sound framework that I believe we should
all just move out on. However, the department is soliciting inputs if you
have other suggestions on this work.
Below I’m providing their official press release plus a link to the full
I would also like to recommend you review the charter and website of the
Internet Policy Task Force that shaped this framework. Their site is at:
FOR IM... (more)
Barack Obama’s re-election campaign became the first presidential campaign
in history to accept money via text messages, the campaign announced
Thursday. Obama supporters on most major cellular networks can now donate up
to $50 each billing cycle by texting “GIVE” to 62262. The money will be
charged to cellphone owners’ bills, the same way donations have been
collected in the past by non-profits such as the Red Cross. The Federal
Elections Commission cleared the path toward political donations over
cellphones in June after lobbying from the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns to
do so. Read the full story at Mashable.
Your website is up and running and everything is chugging along nicely. Pages
load quickly and your customers are happy and life is all rosy. You are
sitting back and taking a well deserved breathe in the normally hectic day in
IT ops. Then all of a sudden your calm is shattered by call after call from
the marketing and sales people screaming that the website is down and
customers are screaming. What could have gone wrong? After a quick look you
have determined that the normal traffic levels have suddenly doubled and the
few site visitors getting through are creeping along at a snails pace and
dropping off one after another.
Sound familiar? You would be surprised how many times we hear this exact
story and the sad part is that it is all preventable. On Black Friday and
Superbowl Sunday we hear the horror stories of the sites that crashed because
they weren’t... (more)
Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who missed out on being in Al Gore’s cabinet when
Gore lost to Bush eight years ago, will campaign for Barack Obama starting
with a panel on the economy Tuesday in Florida at which both will appear.
Schmidt’s been an Obama advisor on technology and energy and describes his
support as “personal.” Of course Google does have the little matter of
its controversial Yahoo agreement before the Justice Department right now.
The "CloudAve" Blog
The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as
promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing.
Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain
how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing.
His proposals include
Protecting the openness of Internet: In other words, supporting net
neutrality. This is crucial for innovation in the field of Cloud Computing
and it is also very important for ensuring vendor diversity. In the absence
of net neutrality, big vendors can easily crush smaller players and establish
monopoly in the Cloud Computing marketplace including the SaaS marketplace.
Safeguarding our right to Privacy: One of the biggest concerns for consumers
and businesses when it comes to Cloud Computing is the issue of Privacy. They
are worried that their data will not be safe in the... (more)
Trevor Doerksen's Blog
What is going to happen to technology companies in 2009? If Democrats are
good for technology what companies are Republicans good for - that is, what
is going to happen to non-technology companies in 2009? Here's a look at some
charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of
Have a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House
and performance of stocks. Starting with Bush Senior, a Republican, in 1988
you can see that the markets were pretty turbulent. One thing I notice over
that 4-year terms is that the the most turbulent was the technology heavy
Nasdaq stocks. Notice, that in late 1992, the same time the markets could see
Bill Clinton would be the next US President the Dow dips and the Nasdaq takes
OK, now have a look at the next chart. This one, is focused on the two terms
in ... (more)
If you have read the book "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams,
then you should not miss this new book "Grown Up Digital" by Don Tapscott.
Ten years ago, the same author wrote a book entitled "Growing Up Digital" -
and, this book is a sequel and traces how the Net-Geners have evolved.
The book was inspired by a US$4M project "The Net Generation: a Strategic
Investigation" started by the company "New Paradigm" founded by the author
and funded by large companies. With a survey of 11,000 young people, this
book looks at the new generation who have literally grown up digital, a
cultural phenomenon characterized by a few things they do: (1) texting
friends, (2) downloading music, (3) uploading videos, (4) watching shows on
YouTube, and (5) communicating via social networking platforms such as
MySpace and Facebook. If you are a practitioner of social media or... (more)
This guest post is written by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and the
cofounder of Revision3 and Pownce. Kevin, who has over 88,000 followers on
Twitter (making him the second most followed after President Obama), also
“bloggs” at kevinrose.com. He is an investor in Twitter.
Ten Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers:
Explain to your followers what retweeting is and encourage them to retweet
your links. Retweeting pushes your @username into foreign social graphs,
resulting in clicks back to your profile. Track your retweets using
retweetist. Fill out your bio. Your latest tweets and @replies don’t mean
much to someone that doesn’t know you. Your bio is the only place you have
to tell people who you are. Also, your bio is displayed on Twitter’s
Suggested Users page. Leaving it blank or non-descriptive doesn’t encourage
people to add you. As @garyvee says, “link it u... (more)
After looking for a while there like a shoe-in, Symantec's outgoing CEO John
W Thompson is NOT going to be secretary of commerce in the Obama
Instead the new president crossed party lines again and picked Republican
Senator Judd Gregg from New Hampshire.
Presumably Mr. Gregg is up to date on his taxes unlike three of Mr Obama's
other cabinet nominees, two of whom have now quit the field. Obama lost his
first choice for commerce secretary, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, to
a corruption probe related to state contracts.
Presumably the governor of New Hampshire will feel no itch to award Mr
Gregg's seat in the Senate to the highest bidder like the ex-governor of
Illinois tried to do with Mr. Obama's seat.