Jan. 4: What We’re Reading About the Cloud


Among the most interesting cloud discussions around the web today were those about what we learned about cloud computing in 2010, how bigger-picture issues (i.e., Net Neutrality) will affect the delivery of cloud services and what cloud providers presently offer the most-complete portfolios for companies looking to move large amounts of tasks to the cloud.

‘Go to’ Clouds of the Future, Part 1 (From CNET) Because they offer a wide array of both cloud infrastructure and applications, Microsoft and Google are the most complete offerings right now. But providers like AWS and Oracle are just a few moves from being in the discussion.

Net Neutrality and the Cloud (From The Virtualization Practice) This post lays out (albeit in a somewhat unclear manner) some interesting considerations about how forthcoming Net Neutrality regulations could affect the price cloud providers are forced to pay.

Visual and Graphical Abilities Are Latest Computer Metric (From the New York Times) This is nothing new in the server world, where GPUs have been gaining major ground. Of course, the difference is that consumer devices actually want graphics capabilities and not just parallel processing.

Whamcloud Staffs Up for Brighter Lustre (From InsideHPC) It looks like there’s some murkiness in the Lustre community, now that Oracle technically owns it but key personnel have left to push the HPC file system elsewhere.

5 Most Surprising Things about the Cloud in 2010 (From NetworkWorld) Depending on who you ask, these things might or might not be surprising. Also, they depend on who you ask — users, IT departments or cloud providers.

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

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