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Bill McColl

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The spectacular predictions for cloud revenue growth over the coming decade depend critically on the success of cloud providers in persuading major enterprise customers to deploy many of their mission-critical systems in the cloud rather than in-house. Today's cloud users are overwhelmingly web companies, for whom the low cost of cloud computing, together with simple elastic scaling are the critical factors. But major enterprises are different. In looking at the cloud option, their first major concern is security. This is well documented, has been discussed to death in cloud blogs and conferences, and is certainly a real problem. However, I think we can be very confident that the cloud vendors will be able to quickly overcome the concerns in this area. The reality, although not currently the perception, is that many/most in-house systems are no more secure than clou... (more)

25 Years of Big Data: From SQL To The Cloud

Cloudcel on Ulitzer Back in 1985, the world was pre-web, data volumes were small, and no one was grappling with information overload. Relational databases and the shiny new SQL query language were just about perfect for this era. At work, 100% of the data required by employees was internal business data, the data was highly structured, and was organized in simple tables. Users would pull data from the database when they realized they needed it. Fast forward to 2010. Today, everyone is grappling constantly with information overload, both in their work and in their social life. Most ... (more)

Is This the End of Enterprise Software?

The future of enterprise software is the platform. No software company has all the smart people in the world on its payroll. Apple recognized this and created the App Store. Google are now doing the same. These new cloud platforms will unleash unprecedented innovation and creativity throughout all areas of business and the web, with thousands of new apps being created that will revolutionize IT. Enterprise software has always been unpopular - it has always been expensive, slow, complex and clunky. The only people who actually like it are the software vendors who sell it, and the... (more)

The Intercloud

Within five years we will have dozens of public clouds and thousands of private clouds. The intercloud is now taking shape and will be the infrastructure on which the next generation of apps and services will be built. At Cloudscale we have been developing the first intercloud platform - a platform for the world’s realtime apps, with seamless integration from desktop or mobile clients to realtime intercloud analytics. As more and more major systems vendors launch public clouds, and private clouds rapidly proliferate via “Private Azure”, Eucalyptus and other offerings, it will b... (more)

The Intercloud: Coming to a Desktop or Mobile Device Near You

Twenty years ago, the work of Tim Berners-Lee gave birth to the WWW and ushered in the internet revolution. Now, in 2009, we stand on the threshold of another major disruption in computing, as computing begins to move to a worldwide network of clouds, the Intercloud. At Cloudscale we're preparing for the public launch, later in the year, of the first Intercloud service, a platform for the world's realtime apps. In response to a number of requests for information, here is a brief overview of what we have been developing. The Cloudscale platform can handle all types of realtime dat... (more)