The recent announcement from Amazon of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
represents the next big advance in the evolution chain for cloud computing.
Enterprises can now integrate their IT infrastructure with Amazon's vast
computing and storage resources, using a VPN connection from their data
center to their own virtual private cloud which then looks like part of their
Until the release of VPC, companies were left to build applications and
utilize the cloud as a separate and somewhat siloed portion of their
computing environment. In addition to the VPN connection, VPC allows cloud
users to control their IP addressing within the Amazon cloud (previously IT
addresses were assigned randomly). This may sound trivial, but it solves some
tricky problems that made it hard to integrate cloud and internal resources.
Prior to VPC, every time you started a serv... (more)
Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer
The talk at the 4th Cloud Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about
enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so,
who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are
To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of its own somewhat
out-of-control hype cycle. Since so much has been written and discussed about
the cloud in 2009, there is now a growing impatience for actual results. The
fact that 2000 people showed up at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week
(double the number from las... (more)
I recently read a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report about cloud computing,
and they described private clouds as "old wine in a new bottle." I think they
The report points out that a typical private cloud set-up looks much the same
as the infrastructure components currently found in a corporate data center,
with virtualization added to the mix. While the virtualization provides
somewhat better server utilization, the elasticity and efficiency available
in the public cloud has private clouds beat by a mile.
In short, the term "private cloud" is usually just a buzzword... (more)
Cloud Expo 2010
Analysts, bloggers and mainstream media have spent 2009 promoting cloud
computing as “the next big thing” that will revolutionize the way
companies buy and use computing power.
But beyond the hype and the C-level interest in an exciting trend, there’s
value to the cloud that appeals to the pragmatic, “show me” nature of
The two main drivers for cloud computing are the same ones that have always
motivated enterprise IT: save money (do more with less) and be more
responsive to business needs. These goals are typically in conflict with each
other, s... (more)
Cloud Expo New York
As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday
parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.
This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early
December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed
their Windows pricing for cloud servers.
Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had
to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the
version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather
un-cloudlike, where we want ... (more)