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RightScale Teams With Eucalyptus for Cloud Solutions

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| Back in June, we broke the news about Eucalyptus, an open-source (under a
| FreeBSD-style license) infrastructure for cloud computing on clusters that
| duplicates the functionality of Amazon's EC2, using the Amazon command-line
| tools directly. Now RightScale, a leader in cloud computing management and
| support, has announced a partnership with the Eucalyptus team at U.C. Santa
| Barbara to foster cloud computing research, experimentation and adoption.


Open Source Cloud Computing: RightScale Joins Forces with Eucalyptus

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| Eucalyptus, which stands for "Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for
| Linking Your Programs to Useful Systems," is an open source software
| infrastructure for implementing cloud computing on clusters. The current
| interface to Eucalyptus is compatible with Amazon's EC2 interface, but the
| infrastructure is designed to support multiple client-side interfaces.
| Eucalyptus can be downloaded for free and installed on any set of servers to
| create a private, EC2-compatible cloud computing system on those servers.



Cloud Computing: The Dark and Stormy Side

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| Richard Stallman famously called out cloud computing reecntly as "marketing
| hype" that supports vendor lock-in. While that may be true, there are other
| legitimate criticisms of cloud computing gaining an audience as well. Is the
| concept fully baked, or does the cloud need more time?


Is the end near?

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| With all the doom and gloom over the recent financial meltdown where bankers
| and stock speculators are making it difficult for the rest of us while
| getting a free ride from the government (it’s best you not get me started),
| you might think that this event alone would be a sign of the apocalypse.
| Nope.
| Here’s the real sign that the end is near: Richard Stallman and Larry Ellison
| agree on something, namely the fact that the nebulously phrased “cloud
| computing” is a farce.


Avoiding Ruinous Compromises

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| The free software movement aims for a social change: to make all software
| free so that all software users are free and can be part of a community of
| cooperation. Every non-free program gives its developer unjust power over the
| users. Our goal is to put an end to that injustice.
| [...]
| It's no use going faster by taking the wrong road. Compromise is essential to
| achieve a large goal, but beware of compromises that lead away from the goal.


Do 'Clouds' Get in the Way?

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| No one would accuse IBM senior vice president and group executive Steve Mills
| of having his head in the clouds.
| IBM's top software honcho heads up a $20B operation at one of the world's
| foremost IT players. Still, Mills maintains that clouds are getting in his
| way. More precisely, Mills was speaking this week about cloud computing --
| and the casual way most companies and users throw around the term to describe
| anything and everything that has to do with Web-based activities and
| applications.


Stallman warns against cloud computing

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| In an interview reported by The Guardian, he said, "It's stupidity. It's
| worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign."
| Stallman warns that cloud computing is simply a trap to entice users' into
| entrusting their data and computing applications to proprietary systems that
| are beyond their own control and which service providers could make more and
| more expensive for users over time. He doesn't trust the vendors.
| "Somebody is saying this is inevitable -- and whenever you hear somebody
| saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make
| it true," Stallman said.


Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman

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| Web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked,
| proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the
| free software campaigner


Cloud Computing: Perilous Pitfall or Panacea?

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| "I think Richard is right," Kevin Dean, a blogger on Monochrome Mentality,
| told LinuxInsider. Dean recently posted an article supporting cloud
| computing.
| "I sit here and type this out on my Gmail interface, but the truth is you DO
| give up some control when you place your data in the hands of other
| companies," Dean explained. "Your data is on their servers, but it's
| inaccessible if their servers crash, if they have a routing problem or --
| even worse -- vanish like several Web-driven services providers have, and
| your data is just gone. We place our trust in Web service providers to give
| us constant access to our oh-so-important data, yet we're fundamentally
| limiting ourselves by doing so."


Stallman vs. Clouds

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| Still, I think that RMS is onto something. The core promise of computing,
| even on a vast network that connects us all, is autonomy and independence.
| It's being free (as in freedom) to operate on your own, and to share what's
| meant to be shared in ways that nobody else can control, and to improve
| useful goods in ways that work for everybody. There are, in those core
| values, imperatives that seem at odds with the dependencies that "cloud
| computing" can sometimes involve.

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