Digest for August 8th, 2011
Ug, I certainly fell off the radar didn’t I. Been a crazy few weeks so I hope you’ll forgive me. Without further delay, it’s off to this week’s update! Don’t worry, I’ll keep it quick.
Updated report from Gartner stating that 40% of x86 Architecture workload have been virtualized with 5 fold growth expected by 2015.
Mary Jo Foley posted on ZDNet that Microsoft’s hybrid cloud/on-premises server for small business is available but the Office 365 cloud component won’t be available until later this fall. I also found an old (Jan 2011) post from Mary Jo regarding Concero, a new Microsoft project that is believed to be a cloud-management portal ideal for hybrid solutions. Personally, I can’t wait to see this one happen.
VMware’s vCloud Express is reportedly floundering. vCloud Express is supposed to help with VMware hosting providers offer an Amazon style management experience. Most of the early launch partners have dropped out of the program and only one new provider has been picked up. But VMware hasn’t been idle, they also unveiled their new vSphere 5 infrastructure suite.
I also found a good editorial discussing the cloud’s evolution. Several point in this one I found compelling, like homogenous vs. heterogeneous networks and the very real concern about relational vs. unstructured data stores.
TheRegister.co.uk had an interesting piece of the history of virtualization. Since it’s the predecessor to cloud, I figured maybe you should enjoy it as well.
Amazon continues its rapid expansion, this time by reaching out to an underserved market. They announced their plans to open a new datacenter in Australia.
I’ve been preaching for a while now that cloud solutions need to get industry specific. And I found yet another, LMAX, a java based platform for financial trading.
I promised I’d keep it short so I’ll be back again later this week with another update. I owe you all that much.
Until next time!