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On Cloud Computing Standards and Definitions

When I go to the gas station these days, I am never certain how much I am going to be charged per gallon; however, I am always certain that I won't be cheated on the volume. If the pump reads four gallons, I never question whether I actually got four gallons. While I never have actually gone to the office in any high rise I have visited to view the elevator certification on file, I have checked calibration certification on the side of the pump at the gas station.

In Information Technology, there are on-going debates on the use and need for standards. If cloud computing is indeed the new paradigm, wouldn't it be really nice if there was a standard definition for cloud? But wait....there is: the NIST definition SP 800-145. Read the full article.

Cloud News

  • VMware launched a hosted Platform-as-a-Service offering called Cloud Foundry for the development of applications in Java and Ruby on Rails. Read more details in this Information Week article, which describes how the move puts VMware in more direct competition with Microsoft Azure and Google AppEngine. GigaOm analyst Derrick Harris writes about the crowded PaaS space, commenting that PaaS startups face two choices: get purchased or perish.
  • Dell announced plans to spend $1 billion in new data centers to support public and private cloud computing initiatives. Read more in this eWeek article.
  • IBM rolled out an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering called SmartCloud Enterprise, which comes with a 99.5% uptime service level agreement. Later this year, IBM plans to roll out SmartCloud Enterprise+ with a 99.9% guaranteed availability, according to this article in The Register.
  • The former chief architect of NASA’s Nebula cloud computing platform is now the CEO and co-founder of Piston Inc, a startup focused on building software and services on top of OpenStack for customers for "big data" applications. Read more in this Network World article.
  • Cisco proposed a design for a Network-as-a-Service offering to the OpenStack group, described in this CNet article.
  • Microsoft announced it will be developing a SaaS version of its Microsoft Dynamics ERP applications, but left a lot of the details unclear, according to this CRN article.

Cloud Views

  • In this CNet blog, James Urquhart comments on how cloud is disrupting the market for VARs and systems integrators. He describes five types of services that represent growth opportunities for these channel companies (each of which would require a disruption of existing skill sets and business models).
  • Revenue for managed security services jumped 12 percent in 2010 and is expected to hit $17 billion by 2015, according to recent research from Infonetics. The growth is largely due to cloud and SaaS-based offerings. Read this CRN article for more detail.
  • In this Network World article titled “What the cloud really costs: do you know?’ author David Carr identifies some of the often-overlooked factors that must be taken into account in a financial comparison between internal IT and public cloud computing.
  • In this Yankee Group blog, George Hamilton writes about The Next Battle for Eyeballs: The Enterprise App Store.

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