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Cloud Slam ’09

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

For all the cloud computing enthusiasts , cloud slam ’09 was one of the most exciting and informative session which was held on April 20-24 this year , I am really late to know about the Cloud Slam and I missed it . But like it is always said “Better late then never.” , I found the event DVD on Amazon , its really worth watching , $30 for such an informative session is nothing much .

This conference is the global cloud computing event, covering latest trends and innovations in the world of cloud computing. The topics covered were

  • Technology.
  • Implementation Experiences from various industries.
  • Legal Aspects: Privacy and Compliance.
  • Business Models.
  • Research. 

They are having  Post Cloud Slam 09 Activities on
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (ET)

 can register for the event http://postcloudslam09.eventbrite.com/ , its not free $51 for online access .

Green Cloud

In todays world , “Going Green” is equally important . (Green computing is the study and practice of using computing resources efficiently. The primary objective of such a program is to account for the triple bottom line (People , Planet , Profit), an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success.)
Cloud computing is inherently green. Economics plays a part because as you pay for only what you need you use this resource only when needed. Being a shared service, capacity utilization is much higher than with enterprise computing and you do not have to set up and power hardware not being used.

 

Are my views for cloud as a “user” changing ?

I am a software developer  and at the same time I use certain applications which I have not programmed and I make use of . As I have already written in my post that as a user I am doubtful how economical and how open it will be for me to use the cloud service ?

How open ?  Now that’s not the question from user point of view actually . But yes my data wont be totally under my control , I wont be able to take the backup of my data .

 Taking  aside the two points I am stressing so much , what are the characteristics of cloud that will attract the user in me .

  •  The capital expenditure is converted to operational expenditure as the cost is highly reduced . This lowers barriers to entry, as infrastructure is typically provided by a third-party and does not need to be purchased for one-time or infrequent intensive computing tasks. Pricing on a utility computing basis is fine-grained with usage-based options and minimal or no IT skills are required for implementation .
  • Device and location independence . With cloud network , I can use my application on any supported device (Mobile , PC etc ) and from any location with just a web browser and internet access .
  • Centralization of infrastructure in locations with lower costs (such as real estate, electricity, etc.)
  • Peak-load capacity increases (users need not engineer for highest possible load-levels)
  • Utilization and efficiency improvements for systems that are often only 10–20% utilized
  • Reliability improves through the use of multiple redundant sites, which makes cloud computing suitable for business continuity and disaster recovery. Nonetheless, many major cloud computing services have suffered outages, and IT and business managers can at times do little when they are affected
  • Improved scalability , performance monitoring , more secure .

Looking at the advantages , the user in me can’t  totally neglect  the cloud . Now one can concentrate more on the operations rather than thinking about the IT infrastructure giving all the responsibilities to the cloud service provider .

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Cloud Criticism

In my readings I found a lot criticism for the cloud concept even from the father of GNU . Being an opensource enthusiast I am a big fan of Richard Stallman (Founder of Free Software Foundation) .

 According to the interview with The Guardian , Richard Stallman said

 “cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time. “

He further added that computer users should be keen to keep their information in their own hands, rather than hand it over to a third party.

Larry Ellison , founder of  ORACLE  also don’t look very excited about the concept . Larry criticized the rash of cloud computing announcements as “fashion-driven” and “complete gibberish”.       

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do,” he said. “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”    

The complete article can be found at

  http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/29/cloud.computing.richard.stallman

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Cloud – Old wine in a new bottle

“Cloud” is the latest buzzword which can be read and heard these days among Technoratis . But what exactly is cloud or cloud computing as it is termed  .

Being a software guy , the buzzword was really pulling my attention towards itself , like many others might have experienced . I was aware of Iaas , Paas , SaaS and from my initial readings on clouds I found , cloud concept incorporates IaaS (Infrastucture as a service), PaaS ( Platform as a service ), Saas ( Software as a Service )

and all recent  technologies that rely on the Internet to satisfy the computing needs of users. Cloud computing services often provide common business applications online that are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on the servers.

So is it not like the old wine in the new bottle ? Are we not redefining things that we are already doing may not be in the same way .? Well these are my views atleast at this moment of time , when I am writing this blog .

Cloud computing customers do not generally own the physical infrastructure serving as host to the software platform. Instead, they avoid capital expenditure by renting usage from a third-party provider. But here what I saw was a limiting factor where the users don’t have freedom and will have to rely totally on the cloud computing providers for what services they are willing to offer. One more thing which I did not like was this concept does not allow users to physically possess the storage of their data .

So are we buying something which is not totally under our control , which is been controlled by some one on the other side and we can just use the services which the provider is offering us and not what we want .

From a developers point of view , Yes it’s a new concept which might in near future rule the internet , I am excited .But from the user point of view I am still doubtful .

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