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)
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)
Within five years we will have dozens of public clouds and thousands of
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)
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)
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)