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)
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)
In big data computing, and more generally in all commercial highly parallel
software systems, speed matters more than just about anything else. The
reason is straightforward, and has been known for decades.
Put very simply, when it comes to massively parallel software of the kind
need to handle big data, fast is both better AND cheaper. Faster means lower
latency AND lower cost.
At first this may seem counterintuitive. A high-end sports car will be much
faster than a standard family sedan, but the family sedan may be much
cheaper. Cheaper to buy, and cheaper to run. But massively ... (more)
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)
First it was just about documents, then about collaboration, now it's all
about data. Office software is changing, and changing fast. It's moving to
the cloud, and moving to the age of big data.
Data is growing exponentially everywhere. With this relentless data deluge,
every enterprise from global Fortune 50 companies down to SMBs, every
government agency, and every R&D lab, now needs a "big data office" solution
to ensure that everyone in the organization has instant access to all the
information they require, at all times.
We're now entering the third generation of office soft... (more)