Gordon Haff wrote an insightful column today about "skeuomorphic
virtualizaton," in other words the notion of thinking of virtual servers as
having the same look and feel of the physical machines lying underneath. The
upshot is that virtualization ends up just being a form of partioning; users
view virtualized instances as no different from a single physical server.
Gordon urges the end of skeuomorphism's reign of terror (my words, not his)
now that containers are (back) in the news.
So don't simply stuff "a hodepodge," as Gordon says, of operating systems
versions along with your app and all that goes with it (web server, database,
storage, comms) into a container as if it's just another virtualized machine.
Instead, he writes that it's time to think of "containerized operating
systems, container packaging systems, container orchestration like
Kubernetes, DevOps pra... (more)
I followed a meetup last night in Austin presented by Michael Cote of 451
Research and CloudCamp co-founder Dave Nielsen. John provided a review of the
past five years of cloud computing and Dave talked about some current
strategies in using PaaS. The overall program provided a nice and thorough
review of where we've been and where we are.
The global nature of the cloud reaches to most nations. In the modern era,
enterprise IT evolves at a similar pace worldwide, rather than in North
America and Western Europe first, as in days past. Depending on what
particular aspect you're ex... (more)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently identified four keys areas in
which to focus for the next 15 years: Health, Farming, Banking, and
Education. Bill himself holds forth on a regular basis about the challenges
facing many billions of people in the world, particularly in Africa, as well
as the opportunities to save lives and change lives.
He does not seem naïve about the enormity of the challenges, and does not
offer technology as a simple panacea to what ails the world. He also seems
committed to respecting national sovereignty in implementing programs,
difficult as t... (more)
Appcore Leverages Apache CloudStack for Private Cloud
Appcore aims to simplify private cloud through Apache CloudStack solutions.
Nate Gordon (pictured below) serves as the Des Moines, IA-based company's
Director of Technology, in its effort to enhance Apache CloudStack and Citrix
CloudPlatform for its customers. We had a few questions for him, and this is
what he told us:
Cloud Computing Journal: What have your customers found to be the advantages
of using Apache CloudStack?
Nate Gordon: Appcore understands that there are a lot of orchestration
platforms in the market to chose ... (more)
I'll be hosting an SAP HANA Cloud webinar at 11am eastern time, Wednesday,
October 29. You can sign up now.
Featured speakers will be Allan Adler, Managing Partner, Channel Cloud
Consulting, and Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP.
Attendees will learn about
• Cloud economics, hybrid cloud strategy, market size and opportunity
• Introduction to SAP HANA Cloud Platform and how to:
- Build new next-generation applications
- Extend on-premise solutions non-disruptively through extensions in the
- Extend existing cloud solutions and building customized business processe... (more)