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Why Amazon's current cloud domination helps us all

Amazon's cloud dominance has been driven by user needs and a lack of dynamism from legacy vendors.

By December 11, 2011


A final thought from The Wisdom of Clouds

As the cloud market matures, James Urquhart changes companies and changes his focus from infrastructure to applications. It's time to say goodbye to one of his great passions, he says.

By November 2, 2011


All cloud roads lead to applications

How has our perception of cloud-computing services changed over the last few years? Where do we go from here? The answer relies on one key principle of cloud computing: it's all about the applications.

By June 30, 2011


Capacity aggregation: Cloud's great experiment

One of the interesting things about cloud computing as a disruption to "traditional IT" is the experimentation and innovation it encourages. Take the new cloud aggregators.

By March 3, 2011


Securing the public cloud

Security is paramount when it comes to enterprise data in public clouds. Encryption, intrusion detection and ID management all need to be part of the evaluation and deployment processes.

By April 27, 2010


James Hamilton on cloud economies of scale

The Amazon.com vice president and distinguished engineer gives what may be a hallmark presentation on the economics of scale in data centers.

By April 28, 2010


Understanding cloud and 'devops'--part 2

With an apps-centric operations model, how does cloud computing begin to converge developer and operations staff interests? How is the task of IT operations changed by the advent of cloud computing?

By March 27, 2010