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John Considine

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Here we are on July 12, mid-summer when you think most people are wondering about going to the beach in 90 degree weather, and instead we have big cloud news. Early this morning we were greeted with the announcement that Citrix is buying Cloud.com for more than $200M.  After the initial congratulations to Sheng and the team at Cloud.com, the twitter-sphere and blogosphere went wild with thoughts and deal analysis.  At the same time, everyone was waiting to hear what VMware was going to say in their “Cloud Infrastructure Launch” webcast. I’ll start with some thoughts on the Cloud.com acquisition.  Rather than go into the rationale and size of the deal, I’d like to focus on what this acquisition means to Citrix, OpenStack, and Rackspace. It’s clear that Citrix has been a major supporter of OpenStack and that support makes sense since it’s a great way to compete agains... (more)

Cloud Computing Standards – Not This Year

I started out writing a blog about the state of cloud computing to review how things have evolved in the cloud space over the last year (2010 was a good year for cloud computing) but I got sidetracked thinking about how clouds are converging, or in reality, not converging. It’s clear that end users of cloud computing would like to see true interoperability.  Companies want the freedom to pick a cloud that meets their needs, without worrying that choices made today will cost them big in the future or lock them in.  Interoperability would mean that a company could choose a cloud fo... (more)

Opinion: "Cloud in a Box" Gets Boxed In

Just a week after our blog post on the telcos, we find another big company joining the cloud computing tsunami – Oracle’s announcement of its “cloud in a box” offering as well as new offerings of Oracle software running on Amazon’s EC2. For a company whose leader shunned the term “cloud” last year, this is a lot of cloud announcements in one week.  Oracle’s new Exalogic Elastic Cloud is perhaps the first “cloud in a box” solution that is actually delivered in a box (of hardware).  Unlike the offerings we have seen from Eucalyptus, Nimbula, Azure, and VMware, the Exalogic product... (more)

Image Conversion and VM Imports in Amazon

Amazon has announced another important tool in their ongoing platform innovation for EC2 – the VM Import tool. This converter allows you to “bring your VMware images to the cloud.” As we’ve seen extensively at CloudSwitch, this is a primary use case for most enterprises – the ability to take images you’ve already built (likely in VMware) and migrate them into the cloud. It’s great to see Amazon continue to innovate around these gaps in their offering, as this continues to drive the overall market growth and enterprise adoption. But it’s important to understand what this means f... (more)

CloudFormation – Cool, But Who Is It For?

A few weeks ago Amazon released a new feature for Amazon Web Services (AWS) called CloudFormation.  This allows a user to organize the process for provisioning and operating resources in the AWS environment and is an evolution of the AWS model of “some assembly required.”  We have often viewed the features and functions within AWS as a box of parts, from which users are left to build their own creations.  This model is highly biased towards developers, the kind of people who like to have a box of parts and are willing to put in the effort to build new and interesting creations fr... (more)