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Cloud Talk Debrief: Impromptu Session

by dave on February 17, 2009


Yesterday, I held a rather impromptu “Cloud Talk” session with some of the Twitter community that has expressed an interested in cloud computing, cloud storage, etc.  I’m happy to report that given the rather abrupt beginning of the session, I still was able to sit down and talk with seven individuals (sorry, Stu 😉 ) that had some interesting thoughts and ideas about what the cloud is and isn’t.

The common theme that was discussed (suprisingly) was about the role of what I’ve deemed “middleware;” that is, the specific “connectors” that tie an internal set of applications and their data, processing, security capabilities to one or more cloud services like GoGrid, Nirvanix, Mosso, and S3. This would also be know as “PaaS” (Platform as a Service) or “IaaS” (Infrastructure as a Service).  Admittedly, everyone has their own spin on this and the overall taxonomy for the cloud is really still under development by all parties, but the general consensus was tied to this absolutely crucial connection piece.

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Cloud Talk: March 16th, 2009

by dave on February 17, 2009


Join me on March 16th, 2009 for another exciting “Cloud Talk” session.  We’ll be kicking this off in two slices: One for those in other countries (EMEA and APJ/AUS) and one for those in the Continental US.  The international call will be at 630AM Eastern Standard Time and the Continental US call will be at 1130am that same day. The call is slated for 1 hour (appropriate for a standard lunch) and we’ll cover such topics as “cloud security,”  “cloud file systems,” “private clouds,” and others.

Stay tuned for conference call lines and passcodes!

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Private Clouds & Storage: Considerations

by dave on February 13, 2009


One of the current “hot” topics within the IT industry these days is the concept of cloud computing.  While there is a level of ambiguity around what cloud computing actually is, there is a definite trend towards looking at what these cloud services and storage can do for the commercial and enterprise.

Private Cloud Challenges

In a previous posting, I talked about the concept of a common cloud file system or cFS.  Some folks responded on Twitter that perhaps IBM‘s GPFS filesystem (as a part of their SOFS strategy) could indeed fulfill that role for the cloud.  As an additional twist, PaaS “connectors” such as SnapLogic, et. al. that seek to tie front-end processes or applications to underlying cloud services could simply provide a API hook to entities like Nirvanix, GoGrid, Amazon S3, etc. for handling discrete storage functions (with the obvious implications of data access/protection SLAs being separate and distinct from the middleware providers).  The provision for this changes when you start talking about privatizing the cloud.

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Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions: Part 3b – Service Level Agreements

February 12, 2009

In Part 3a of the Cloud Optimized Storage Solution series, I covered the concept of data tiering within the COSS solution.  In this particular post, I’m going to start the conversation on how SLAs may tie into the overall concept of data tiering as well as infrastructure access SLAs. This particular post is more of […]

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COSS: Neural Networking Sneak Peek Audio

January 15, 2009

For those of you who think you can stand listening to me prattle on for 36 or so minutes (completely unpolished, I might add), here’s an audio clip for you that I recorded this morning.  You’ll see the content of this recording show up sometime soon as another article in the COSS (Cloud Optimized Storage […]

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