In a May 2008 report, Merrill Lynch predicted that by 2012, the annual global market for cloud computing will surge to $95 billion. In order to get to what seems an impossibly big number we need to look at what will prevent adoption.
One obvious answer comes to mind: security.
According to Jian Zhen, senior director of open platforms at LogLogic, cloud computing is currently like the "Wild West" for enterprises. He says cloud providers may not have all the information they need about threats and aren't likely to enforce widespread security until a major breach occurs. … Read more
From: Steve Ballmer Sent: Tue 10/28/2008 2:38 p.m. Subject: A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution
During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will … Read more
Hey, this sounds like a good idea! Create an artificial intelligence that's the incarnation of pure evil and immorality. You know, just to "study" it. It'll never get out. (Ugh.) So, that's happening today, along with Microsoft's announcement of its cloud OS, Azure; Chevy determines that hybrid SUVs won't make money no matter how you build them, and Wired tries to say the DMCA has been a good thing. Oh, and in addition to Oprah, Molly likes Martha.
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In his post, "What Tim O'Reilly gets wrong about the cloud," Nick Carr takes Tim to task for describing Google as an example of a business that has grown to dominance because of network effects. The basic idea behind network effects is that something gets more valuable as more people use it. The canonical example is the telephone system. With one telephone it would be pretty uninteresting. With limited penetration, only mildly interesting. With near-universal connectivity, extremely powerful. There's a lot of debate about the details, but few dispute the basic concept.
But Nick argues that … Read more
I was supposed to attend the recent DLA Piper Technology Leaders Summit, but was unable to do so due to work and family commitments. Perhaps I should take heart, however, as after reading through JasperSoft CEO Brian Gentile's commentary on the day, I may not have liked what I heard.
Gentile doesn't suggest that the summit was poorly organized or that the speakers didn't have the right pedigrees, but rather that the summit apparently broke little or no new ground. I don't fault the conference organizers for this: I fault the chosen participants, who don't get paid to innovate.
Take Ray Ozzie, for example. Microsoft's job is simple: extend its desktop dominance for as long and as profitably as it can. That's it. Anything the company says about the Web or something disruptive invariably must tie it to its existing cash cows, Windows and Office.
It's little wonder, then, that Microsoft's biggest "innovation" of the past few years is not the Surface, but is rather a content-management system called SharePoint that (gasp!) lets users connect Office documents through Windows Server(s). Microsoft has made well over $1 billion from this invention, and will undoubtedly mint billions more. No, Microsoft has nothing new to tell us.
What about the cloud vendors? This group basically consists of next-generation Microsofts that hope to do what Microsoft did, except instead of distributing packaged software they hope to centrally manage software so that customers will have even less choice than under the Microsoft regime.
Where can I buy some of that?
Where was open source in this discussion and throughout the summit? Open source, which enables the cloud and promises to topple the monopolies of yore while unwittingly enabling the monopolies of the future?
Apparently it was largely ignored until Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, took the podium. Of Schwartz's presentation Gentile writes:… Read more
LOS ANGELES--With only a couple of examples shown Monday of programs running on Windows Azure, I started to wonder just how far along things are with the cloud OS.
In an interview, corporate VP Amitabh Srivastava tried to set me straight.
"Windows Azure is at an early stage," he said, "It is real, but it is at an early stage."
In addition to the BlueHoo application shown on stage, Windows Azure was used to build Microsoft's Live Mesh and is also being used to build the next generation of Live Meeting.
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Microsoft is taking Windows into the cloud. Earlier Monday at its Professional Developers Conference, the company unveiled Windows Azure. Azure is a major change in the way software is developed for the Windows operating system. It will let developers write programs that live inside Microsoft's data centers--as opposed to on the servers of their businesses.
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LOS ANGELES--Microsoft has to do more than just convince businesses that it has the right vision with Windows Azure, its burgeoning take on cloud computing, according to Ray Ozzie, the company's chief software architect. Fundamentally, it has to get them to place a huge amount of trust in the software provider.
"Cloud computing is ultimately going to be, do you trust this provider to have more to lose than I have to lose as a company if they mess me up?" Ozzie said in an interview with CNET News here Monday at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference. … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Analysts and enthusiasts offered largely positive reaction to Microsoft's announcement of Windows Azure on Monday, impressed at the scale of Microsoft's bet on the cloud.
"I think it is very ambitious, extremely ambitious," said Gartner analyst David Smith. He noted that Microsoft is trying to span a broad range of audiences, from enterprise to consumer, and a broad range of devices.
That very ambition also means that it will take a while before Azure is ready for prime time, Smith said. Still, he was impressed at Microsoft's overall approach. "I think it's … Read more