Oct. 21: What We’re Reading About Infrastructure

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Amazon released its third-quarter earnings today, and if you’re wondering why the “Other” category keeps growing, look no further than Amazon Web Services. We saw why that is today, with details emerging about NASDAQ’s S3-based data-as-a-service offering, and AWS’s inclusion among IaaS providers for the government’s Apps.gov site.

NASDAQ Puts Market Data in the Cloud (From SearchCloudComputing) As the cloud makes it easier to store mountains of data and companies realize the value of all that data, these types of Data-as-a-Service options will become the norm. I can hear Hadoop developers drooling.

GSA’s Apps.gov Cloud Store to Add Storage, Virtualization and Web-hosting (From Government Computing News) Finally, the government’s cloud marketplace actually gets cloudy. It’ll be worth checking out the pricing models to see how the government contract affects it. AWS and Microsoft are among the providers.

VMware and Google Advance Cloud Computing (From Market Wire) These are just some more ways to improve Spring apps running atop Google App Engine. The tighter the integration, the better, as far as developers go.

Ready for a Cloud Computing Brokerage? (From ZDNet) Gartner is really behind this idea, but I can’t quite figure out the business model. The traditional broker model appears too rigid for the cloud, and adds an intermediary. What about the RightScale model?

Server Virtualization: The IT Holding Pattern (From NetworkWorld) It is a bit interesting to be part of a discussion that’s seven steps beyond where companies are today. When they actually begin implementing IaaS-like capabilities, who knows what vendors will be working on.

For more cloud-related news analysis and research, visit GigaOM Pro.

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Martin Perlin

You raise a good point about how this section of GigaOM is dedicated to the promise of cloud, while the NetworkWorld article raises the (harsh) reality of the state of virtualization. It will be interesting to explore what the ongoing obstacles confronting the virtualization movement and how that impacts cloud.

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