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Eucalyptus: An Unsung Open Source Infrastructure for Cloud Computing

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| According to Rich Wolski, some of the key features of Eucalyptus are:
| * -- It installs automatically as part of a Rocks 5 installation
| * -- It is modular and extensible, implemented entirely using open-source
| web service tools
| * -- It is interface-compatible with Amazon EC2 and uses the EC2 tools
| directly
| * -- Version 1.0 implements the EC2 features with the exception of static
| IPs address (planned for a later release)



Down To Business: As IBM Reaches For Cloud, Where Next Microsoft?

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| IBM's alignment with Google around Linux and Internet standards should have
| its longtime rival sweating sans Yahoo.


SaaS, Open Source and the Migration of Burden

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| Just the week before I had a reporter ask me how Linux is going to deal with
| the threat of cloud computing. The threat? I told her that virtually all of
| the major cloud computing initiatives (except Microsoft’s) are built on
| Linux. (There is a potential displacement there for Linux distribution
| vendors but that’s another topic.) Linux as a platform is the enabling
| backbone of software as a service and cloud computing.


Lost in the Clouds

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| Just as the open source LAMP stack created the current wave of Web 2.0
| companies, so free software will run the magic machinery keeping clouds
| aloft.


Can Microsoft be beaten in the cloud?

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| The spat seems to be over for now, but the fight with Phoenix is instructive.
| Microsoft is far smarter than we generally give it credit. The company keeps
| an eagle eye on its desktop prize, and is unlikely to allow anyone to build
| rival technology there. The only way to compete with Microsoft on the desktop
| is not on the desktop - it's in the cloud.


Microsoft’s Hailstorm reappearing in the cloud?

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| Joel calls the creators of these efforts “architecture astronauts.” They
| generate plenty of hype, not only on Microsoft’s part, but across the
| industry in general around this next permutation of Cloud Computing.
| But it’s not the hype that has Joel really ticked off — it’s the fact that a
| whole generation of valuable and highly paid software architects and
| programmers are being sucked up into this vortex, “working on hopeless and
| useless architecture astronomy.”


Why Microsoft's approach to data centers won't work

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| The problem is that each UPS, in the process of "conditioning" the power,
| also creates "harmonics" that bounce back up the supply line and can "crap up
| power for everyone else," Baker said.
| Harmonics is a well-known issue that's been managed in other contexts, so
| Baker isn't saying the problem is unsolvable. But, he argues, the extra
| infrastructure needed to alleviate the harmonics generated by 220 UPSs -- the
| number of containers Microsoft thinks it can fit inside the Chicago data
| center -- could easily negate the potential ROI from using containers.



Thoughts on JavaOne 2008 (mostly good, but lots of confusing messages from Sun)

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| Java is still the language of choice in the enterprise. Even with the rise of
| LAMP Java remains important and makes up huge swaths of the IT landscape in
| major enterprises--at least those who are not .NET. Even open source Java
| applications on Windows are popular.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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