Introducing Company Profiles: Highlighting Today's Cloud Computing Leaders

Cloud computing is defined as much by the companies delivering these new services, as it is by technology or anything else. Our company profiles highlight the leaders in this emerging market, with new ones added weekly.

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Cloud Computing: What everyone should know

Cloud computing is an evolutionary step in the delivery of information technology as a service. This transformation will impact every organization. And make no mistake, its time is here.

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Featured Article: The "Cloud" Is Not Outsourcing

Cloud computing is much more than outsourcing. Moreover, internal clouds are where some of the biggest game-changing will be this year. In short, internal clouds will allow CIOs to remain relevant.

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Exalogic, EC2-on-OVM, Oracle Linux: The Oracle Open World Early Recap

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - William Vambenepe

Among all the announcements at Oracle Open World so far, here is a summary of those I was the most impatient to blog about.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Shopping the Cloud: Performance Benchmarks

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - Geva Perry

As cloud computing matures -- meaning it is being used by increasingly larger companies for mission critical applications -- companies are shopping around for cloud providers with requirements that are more sophisticated than merely price and ease-of-use. One of these criteria is performance.

Performance has consistently been one of the main concerns enterprise buyers have had about cloud computing, as indicated from the chart of the responses to a survey conducted by IDC in Q3 of 2009.

P2C: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Cloud

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - Ellen Rubin

As IT organizations move forward with their virtualization initiatives, consolidating operations and shrinking provisioning times, the cloud has come along as an even more compelling option. In the cloud, companies can build capacity on-demand without having to own or manage the computing infrastructure. As companies review their application portfolios, they’ve started to realize that many of their not-yet-virtualized apps could easily be run in the cloud.

Do VMs Still Matter in the Cloud?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - John Considine

There’s a long running debate about the true role of Virtual Machines (VMs) in cloud computing.  In talking with CTOs at the large vendors as well as the “Clouderati” over the last two years, there seems to be the desire to eliminate the VM from cloud computing.  A colleague of mine, Simeon Simeonov

Multi-Tenancy Requires More Than Just Isolating Customers

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - Lori MacVittie

Multi-tenancy encompasses the management of heterogeneous business, technical, delivery, and security models.

Last week, during what was certainly an invigorating if not agonizingly redundant debate regarding the value of public versus private cloud computing , it was suggested that perhaps if we’d just refer to “private cloud” computing as “single-tenant cloud” all would be well.

Rackspace Open Sources Its Cloud Platform: OpenStack

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - Geva Perry

Today Rackspace announced it is open sourcing its cloud platform and releasing it as a project called OpenStack together with others. The code should be available for download (if not now then in a few hours) on http://OpenStack.org. From the official press release:

Introducing the Oracle Cloud API

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - William Vambenepe

Oracle recently published a Cloud management API on OTN and also submitted a subset of the API to the new DMTF Cloud Management working group. The OTN specification, titled “Oracle Cloud Resource Model API”, is available here.

Does OpenStack Change the Cloud Game?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - Randy Bias

This week Rackspace Cloud, in conjunction with the NASA Nebula project, open sourced some of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud software. This initiative, dubbed ‘OpenStack’, should have a dramatic impact on the current dynamics for building cloud computing infrastructure. Previously there have been two major camps: Amazon API and architecture compatible and VMware’s vCloud.

Rumor Mill: Google EC2 Competitor Coming in 2010?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - Randy Bias

I’ve heard from a somewhat reliable source that Google is working on their Amazon EC2 competitor. Yes, some kind of on-demand virtual servers. I would have been the last person to guess that Google would take this direction[1], but you have to admit it makes a certain sense from their perspective. Consider:

APIs and the Growing Influence of Developers

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Geva Perry

On June 17 I gave a lightning presentation at the Open API Meetup, along with Evan Cooke of Twilio and Oren Teich of Heroku. It was a really nice event, well-organized by Sam Ramji and Shanley Kane of Sonoa/Apigee, and hosted at Twilio's beautiful new digs.