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Cloud Standards

Cloud Computing: Bill of Rights (aka Ten Commandments)

I am pleased to share with you (at nearly 4am) the results of consolidating efforts by James Urquhart on his blog and Rich Wellner and I offline, by way of a draft of a ‘consensus’ Cloud Computing Bill of Rights or Ten Commandments available on the brand new Cloud Computing Community Wiki (http://wiki.cloudcommunity.org/). This MediaWiki […]

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Cloud Security

Privacy and cloud computing

There has been a good deal of talk of late on the important topic of security and privacy in relation to cloud computing. Indeed there are some legitimate concerns and some work that needs to be done in this area in general, but I’m going to focus today on the latter term (indeed they are […]

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Cloud Security

The Cloud Computing Doghouse: Nirvanix (aka Streamload aka MediaMax aka The Linkup)

Although Dell have been denied the ill-fated cloud computing trademark (that’s lowercase please. hold the ™) and moved on to more interesting things, they’re yet to concede defeat and withdraw their application. Even though the double decker bus has disappeared from the moon, that leaves us with 6 months of uncertainty before USPTO consider it […]

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Cloud Software Standards

Cloud User Shell (cush) multi-call executable prototype released

After much discussion of what goes on below the water line (in the provider/enabler space), hopefully this prototype release will refocus energy and get the creative juices flowing above it (with the users themselves). The idea is to follow Unix’s example (as explained below) by seamlessly blending cloud resources into existing working environments. See examples […]

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Cloud Standards

Cloud standards: not so fast…

The rate of innovation amongst cloud computing providers is mind boggling – developments are building on each other (for example look at the ecosystem which has sprung up overnight around Amazon Web Services) and advances are being made at a furious rate. Accordingly, the recent drive for ‘cloud standardisation’, while inevitable, is ill-conceived and premature. […]

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Cloud Software

Cloud computing and Open Source software

Here is a post I just made to the cloud computing group in the ‘Power of opensource!!!’ thread. I thought was relevant for blog readers as well as it asks whether IT is still nervous about Open Source software: In terms of Open Source, I believe the vast majority of cloud computing solutions today are […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Dell Denied: ‘Cloud Computing’ both desciptive and generic

USPTO have already denied Dell’s cloud computing trademark application: A non-final action has been mailed. This is a letter from the examining attorney requesting additional information and/or making an initial refusal. However, no final determination as to the registrability of the mark has been made. This all sounds fairly harmless but the argument presented is […]

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Cloud Hardware

Cloud computing and the coming clone wars

All this talk about Dell’s place in the cloud computing ecosystem has got me thinking… I’ve been saying for a long time now that the hardware market will turn into a bloodbath, with squeezes on the server side coming from horizontal scaling/commoditised hardware, multi-core processing, virtualisation, etc. as well as on the client side from […]

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Cloud Trademarks

In defense of Dell and where to from here…

Does Dell deserve to be lynched for attempting to register the ‘cloud computing’ trademark? I guess that depends a lot on their motives (which we will likely never know). If they sought to protect their business from one of their competitors doing exactly the same thing then it is more excusable than if it were […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Sanity as a service: marketing gone mad

There’s been much ado over Dell’s (thus far unsuccessful) attempt to grab a large slice of the cloud computing landscape (‘clown computing’ is still available, thanks Dave), but it seems this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s some other gems: Web 3.0™ was registered to flowchart.com a month or two ago (maybe now […]