Let me start by asking this question – what differentiates a platform from
a product? A product is typically targeted at consumers and the only metric
to measure the success of a product is the number of consumers using the
product or the market share. But what is a platform? A platform is a product
that goes beyond the consumers and builds a thriving ecosystem around it.
Majority of this ecosystem consists of developers and other product companies
that embrace and extend the original product. Facebook is undoubtedly a
platform. That is because there is a very healthy ecosystem around Facebook
that literally brought everything from the digital storefronts to the
commercial e-learning services into Facebook platform. The other example is
Amazon.com, which is one of the early companies that realized the advantage
of building a platform and not just an online ecommer... (more)
Many industry experts analyzed and predicted the Cloud Computing trends for
2012. Here is a list of what I think is in store for the Cloud this New Year.
SSD-based Cloud Storage – I was hoping to see the Cloud storage vendors
offering SSD-based storage options in 2011. But, for some reason that did not
happen. 2012 will see a surge in the SSD based Cloud storage offerings. This
will also alleviate the concerns of running high I/O tasks on the Cloud. EBS
on AWS and Azure Drive suffer from the same throughput issues. SSD will be a
big boost for moving I/O intensive workloads to the ... (more)
Citrix has announced that it is submitting the popular CloudStack platform to
Apache Foundation. This comes as a surprise as Citrix has acquired Cloud.com
only last year by investing a few hundreds of millions of dollars!
With this, Citrix is also dumping its own distribution of OpenStack called
Project Olympus. This move has shaken the industry and the analysts. Till
now, OpenStack enjoyed all the attention and is aiming to become the Open
Source Cloud monopoly. Though Eucalyptus has been around for a while, it
failed to garner as much industry support as OpenStack. With CloudStac... (more)
OpenStack gets one of the most crucial endorsements as HP goes into the
public beta on May 10th. I got the private beta access a couple of months ago
and I tried a few scenarios. Though it has a long way to go, HP Cloud looks
complete in its approach and is ready to take Amazon head on!
HP Cloud has three major components in its current form:
HP Cloud Compute that provides on demand compute instances as well as custom
instances to handle workloads. HP Cloud Compute also enables the addition of
new instances through RESTful APIs based on industry standards for quick
HP ... (more)
At the WPC, Microsoft has announced that it is now bringing a subset of
Windows Azure features to Windows Server to enable hosters offer Cloud
capabilities to their customers. With Cloud competing with hosting business,
is there a scope for the traditional hosters to sustain their business?
Businesses are now overwhelmed with the hosting options that are available to
them. They can choose from a variety of options from running their web
applications in a tiny VM offered for free by many IaaS providers.
Organizations with IT teams that are confident of managing the infrastructure ... (more)