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Bill McColl's "Cloud N" Blog This is an incredibly important time for the cloud computing area. But let’s try and move the discussion of it in the press along from an obsession with new datacenter buildings located by power stations, with the total server numbers at Microsoft and Google, and with Amazon’s hourly pricing for EC2. Interesting though those aspects of cloud computing appear to be to journalists, they hardly represent what is really industry changing about cloud computing. What are some of the new directions in the massively parallel cloud computing space? I’ll mention four that I’m particularly interested in, that are exciting and challenging, and that I think will have a huge impact on the industry. If you have others in mind, then feel free to add your ideas. Here are my four areas for what they’re worth: Cloudbursting. Seamlessly and automatically migra... (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)

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)

Got Excel? Go Cloud in 2010

Cloudcel on Ulitzer At the recent Hadoop World conference, Doug Cutting, Hadoop Project Founder, remarked that "The Dream" was to provide non-programmers with the power of parallel cloud computing tools such as MapReduce and Hadoop, via simple, easy-to-use spreadsheet-like interfaces. With Cloudcel, the non-programmers of the world (and the programmers too!) can "live that dream" today. Not only can you develop and launch massively parallel MapReduce/Hadoop-style cloud computations, simply and seamlessly from within the standard Excel interface, you can also go way beyond tools ... (more)