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In many documents and introductions to cloud computing we have been shown what the Cloud really means and what is possible to do inside it.  Things that have been covered have been what systems make up the cloud right up to applications and services running in it. This blog entry aims to covers another aspect and that is computation in the Cloud. So what does that mean? Well going back in history a bit we started off with terminology such as super computing or clustering, to do this involved using 5 or more physical computer systems linked together over a network connection running specific software to allow all machines to run as a single super computer.  The types of software used at this time were Parallel Virtual Machine or PVM and Message Passing Interface or MPI, these were the two common standards. No more metal systems Today we now have the Cloud so we no lo... (more)

Cloud computing: Vague and yet useful?

You might be looking at possibilities for your business internet infrastructure. Cloud computing crossed your mind but you want to be as far as possible from it. In your world cloud computing is inherent to complexity, insecurity and most of all it’s just a buzz-word for ‘nothing new’. Think again. Or not. Because actually, cloud computing isnʼt new. The underlying concept is quite old, but has expanded over the years to what it currently represents. However, you shouldnʼt be thinking about what cloud computing represents or what the word ʻcloudʼ does or does not mean. Instead, ... (more)

Seemingly Slow Adoption of Cloud

So what do I mean by this? Well if we take a brief look at history we have seen good ideas and new technology provided by the industry that has taken a number of years to really take a hold in the market space.  I think the most recent example of this is the slow adoption of USB. USB was first introduced in the mid to late 1990s with the 1.0 release touting faster I/O over regular serial and able to chain multiple devices. At that time we saw a small number of devices, mainly early webcams and mice keyboard combos.  But really it did not take off until the iterations through ve... (more)

Windows Azure Cloud Appliance Presented by Microsoft

During its yearly Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, Microsoft introduced Windows Azure Cloud Appliance to its partners. The appliance can be used by Microsoft partners to roll-out new cloud services in data centers. The available server capacity will be maximally utilized for the usage of business applications. The new Microsoft service combines Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure and hardware fitted for Microsoft infrastructures. The service is primarily available for developers, end-users, service providers and resellers, who run applications in a private and/or sem... (more)

Amazon’s European Cloud Struck by Lightning

Amazon’s Web Services’ European cloud suffered an outage over the weekend due to a lightning strike to the transformer at one of its power suppliers. The outage affected its European Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Service (RDS) cloud services, among others. According to the AWS status page, a lightning strike hit a transformer from a utility provider to one of the availability zones (EU-WEST-1 region) in Dublin. An availability zone is a set of hardware that supports cloud services and is independent from other zones. Due to the problem, services were ‘weake... (more)