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Cloud Lab

Getting started with OpenStack in your lab

Having recently finished building my new home lab I wanted to put the second server to good use by installing OpenStack (the first is running VMware ESXi 5.0 with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8 Server and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS virtual machines). I figured many of you would benefit from a detailed walkthrough so here […]

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Cloud

Simplifying cloud: Reliability

The original Google server rack Reliability in cloud computing is a very simple concept which I’ve explained in many presentations but never actually documented: Traditional legacy IT systems consist of relatively unreliable software (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Oracle, etc.) running on relatively reliable hardware (Dell, HP, IBM servers, Cisco networking, etc.). Unreliable software is not […]

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Cloud

Cloud computing’s concealed complexity

James Urquhart claims Cloud is complex—deal with it, adding that “If you are looking to cloud computing to simplify your IT environment, I’m afraid I have bad news for you” and citing his earlier CNET post drawing analogies to a recent flash crash. Cloud computing systems are complex, in the same way that nuclear power stations […]

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Cloud

John McCarthy: Father of cloud computing dies

“If computers of the kind I have advocated become the computers of the future, then computing may someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility… The computer utility could become the basis of a new and important industry.” — John McCarthy (speaking at the MIT Centennial in […]

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Cloud

VDI: Virtually Dead Idea?

I’ve been meaning to give my blog some attention (it’s been almost a year since my last post, and a busy one at that) and Simon Crosby’s (@simoncrosby) VDwhy? post seems as good a place to start as any. Simon and I are both former Citrix employees (“Citrites”) and we’re both interested in similar topics — […]

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Cloud

Citrix OpenCloud™ is neither Open nor Cloud

I’ve been busying myself recently establishing the Open Cloud Initiative which has been working with the community to establish a set of principles outlining what it means to be open cloud. As such Citrix’s announcement this week that they were “expanding their leadership in open cloud computing“(?) with the “Citrix OpenCloud™ Infrastructure platform” was somewhat […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Trend Micro abandons Intercloud™ trademark application

Just when I thought we were going to be looking at another trademark debacle not unlike Dell’s attempt at “cloud computing” back in 2008 (see Dell cloud computing™ denied) it seems luck is with us in that Trend Micro have abandoned their application #77018125 for a trademark on the term Intercloud (see NewsFlash: Trend Micro […]

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Cloud

Introducing Planet Cloud: More signal, less noise.

As you are no doubt well aware there is a large and increasing amount of noise about cloud computing, so much so that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to extract a clean signal. This has always been the case but now that even vendors like Oracle (who have previously been sharply critical of cloud computing, in […]

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Australia Cloud

Press Release: Cloud computing consultancy condemns controversial censorship conspiracy

SYDNEY, 24 December 2009: Sydney-based Australian Online Solutions today condemned the government’s plans to introduce draconian Internet censorship laws in Australia. Senator Stephen Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) recently announced the introduction of mandatory Internet Service Provider (ISP) level filtering of Refused Classification (RC)-rated content as well as grants to encourage […]

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Cloud

Cloud or Not?

As it seems people still just don’t get what is, and what is not (coughSidekickcough) cloud computing, I’ve put together a (tongue-in-cheek) flowchart to help you decide: