The End Of The IT Department – Is It In The Cloud?

  Shadows of Nick Carr’s “Does It Matter?” in his Computer Weekly piece but thankfully the hyperbole is only in the title of an otherwise informative post on cloud computing. Tom Austin from Gartner has plenty of wise advice noting of cloud computing that:   “it’s probably the single biggest magnitude wave of change that…

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Tour Microsoft Data Centers

Mike Manos on Data Centers Manos has been getting out a fair bit over the last month or two and it’s a good thing – this guy helps manage data centers that support 500m unique users per month using 100’s of thousands of servers. This video shows an animated tour of a data center around…


Cloud Computing in one graph

From: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2008/05/lots-of-bits.html   Wow…that one steep curve AWS is on and whilst you can’t draw definitive conclusions just from that data, it’s another useful asset to point to the change in computing – and book companies. James Hamilton offers his usual insight and this part caught my attention regarding Animoto’s use of AWS   They…


What is Cloud Computing?

Really nice find by Jas Dhaliwal – I was asked this exact question by the BBC yesterday during a filming with them and wish I’d had this to refer to. Much more eloquent than I was 🙂

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Microsoft’s cloud jigsaw

[photo credit: NY Times] I enjoyed Bobbie Johnson’s piece in The Guardian yesterday about cloud computing and Microsoft’s lack of strategy here. Well, lack of visible strategy I would say and though Bobbie goes down the Yahoo route to look for answers, that’s a bit of a red herring in my opinion. Sure, Yahoo would…

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Data center economics

Typically you hear about the cost of data centers, their energy consumption and such. It’s was good to read a more down to earth view from Computerworld in their Building-block data centers may reshape IT post. With these massive utility computing factories coming online, they quote Gartner analyst David Smith who estimates that it costs…


Utilitising Amazon

Looks like Wired will be a good read again next month – now if only I could find somewhere to subscribe to it at a reasonable price in the UK! Nicholas Carr obviously had an advance copy and gives us an insight to a story about AWS and their growth. I think the whole Amazon…

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Announcing C3PO – The Cloud Computing Conference

  Well, not really….it was just a joke in my earlier post and I wanted to be the first to announce a Cloud Computing Conference as it’ll be all the rage next year. Consider that term copyrighted kids, along with the C3PO acronym 🙂 O’Reilly, you can have it for £100!

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What Cloud Computing Really Means

Groovy, the NY Times sorts it all out for us in What Cloud Computing Really Means. It is indeed the phrase du jour so you should be liberally dropping this in to conversation now in the same way we did last year with Web 2.0 and the year before with blogs and blogosphere. I predict…


Cloud Programming for Dummies

Well I love their logo for a start… 🙂 Richard McManus offers his usual insight over at ReadWriteWeb and one suspects this is the first salvo in a new era of computing. Well, Amazon fired the first salvo and has been doing incredibly well and I personally find this whole area fascinating. I’d love to…