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
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)
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’.
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)
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)
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
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 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)