Archive for May, 2009


Press Release: GoGrid and AppZero Partner to Ease Movement of Windows Server Applications to the Cloud

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 by

This morning we announced our technology partnership with AppZero. With AppZero, GoGrid users can easily move applications within the GoGrid infrastructure and elsewhere. For a quick summary of what AppZero can do for GoGrid users, please review the AppZero partner page. The full press release is below as well as online.


GoGrid and AppZero Partner to Ease Movement of Windows Server Applications to the Cloud

Using AppZero, companies can now seamlessly move Windows Server Applications within the GoGrid cloud, enabling previously unseen efficiencies.

San Francisco, CA, May 19, 2009 – GoGrid, the Cloud Computing Division of ServePath, LLC, and AppZero, pioneer of server application virtualization today announced a technology partnership to make it easy for enterprises and independent software vendors (ISVs) to move their server-based Windows applications from the datacenter to the GoGrid cloud. The GoGrid and AppZero solution allows enterprises to instantly provision complex server-based applications to use the GoGrid cloud as a cost-effective approach for running applications. Many enterprises utilize cloud computing for provisioning and running development environments, as well as for low utilization applications and business continuity fail-over – most often in a hybrid (cloud/datacenter) model for spiky or burst- oriented applications. AppZero’s application mobility technology allows IT organizations and ISVs to move Windows server applications to the cloud risk-free and without violating Windows licensing requirements.

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Press Release: ZacWare & GoGrid Partner to Deliver Jentla Content Management System in the Cloud

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 by

Today we announced our partnership with ZacWare and their Jentla Multisite Content Management System (CMS) running in the GoGrid cloud. The full press release is below and the Press Release is available on PRWeb.


ZacWare and GoGrid Partner to Deliver the Revolutionary Jentla Multisite Content Management System in the Cloud

Managing 2 to 1,000′s of websites within the GoGrid cloud is easy with ZacWare’s Jentla Multisite CMS.

San Francisco, CA–(May 12, 2009) – Today, GoGrid, the Cloud Computing division of ServePath, LLC, and ZacWare, a leader in true multi-site CMS solutions, announced a new technology partnership to provide a product and service offering for organizations needing to host, manage and maintain 2 to over 10,000 individual websites from one central management system. Jentla, ZacWare’s best-in-class multisite CMS based on Joomla,  allows the development community to rapidly build, scale and maintain sophisticated websites, increasing profitability through efficiencies of Cloud hosting and CMS management in the process.

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Peer-to-Peer is NOT “Cloud Computing” But…

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 by

I just read an article in ITworld titled “P2P bill could regulate browsers, cloud computing” by Grant Gross that got my brain churning a bit. Is Peer-to-Peer really considered “Cloud Computing?” And, if it is, how would it be classified? Cloud Application? No. Cloud Platform? Nope. Cloud Infrastructure? Uh…No.


After reading the P2P Bill, what concerns me is the extremely broad and loose definition of a “peer-to-peer sharing program”. H.R. 1319 (otherwise known as the “Informed P2P User Act”) does not seem to clearly define this term. (You can view the full text of the Bill here.) The definition of a “peer-to-peer file sharing program” is defined within the Bill as proposed as:

(2) the term ‘peer-to-peer file sharing program’ means computer software that allows the computer on which such software is installed–
(A) to designate files available for transmission to another computer;
(B) to transmit files directly to another computer; and
(C) to request the transmission of files from another computer.

In a response delivered to Representative Bono Mack, the sponsor of H.R. 1319, the CCIA (Computer & Communication Industry Association), the NetCoalition, TechAmerica and the Internet Commerce Coalition stated:

“As currently drafted, however, H.R. 1319 would broadly apply to many different applications and Web sites that appear to be beyond the intended scope of the bill.

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McKinsey’s McCrazy! Flying through the Clouds with Eyes 1/2 Closed

Friday, May 1st, 2009 by

half-closed plane windowThe recent McKinsey reportClearing the air on cloud computing” has caused quite a bit of stir within the cloud community, and I can see why. While it definitely brings a good deal of analysis to the table, I feel it is somewhat generalized, makes assumptions and does overlook some key points.

First and foremost, this article is NOT going to be an analytical discussion of the cost of running or setting up a datacenter vs. an Amazon EC2 Windows instance. I’m not a financial analyst. Honestly, calculating the Total Cost of Assets (TCA) or Total Cost of Operations (TCO) causes my eyes to roll back into my head leaving me gasping for air. Don’t get me wrong, it seems like some good effort was made analyzing data and formulating conclusions. The problem is, I feel that they were on a jetliner, shooting through the clouds with the shades 1/2 down.

Before I start with my own analysis and commentary, I would like to reference a few responses I have read that somewhat chastise McKinsey.

Three “Rebuttal” Articles to Read

The first comes from CIO IT Drilldown’s Virtualization site. In his articleMcKinsey Cloud Computing Report Conclusions Don’t Add Up,” Bernard Golden does the major lifting for me in terms of analysis. I have highlighted some key points from the article that I viewed to be particularly important (my highlighted version of the article is here). I particularly enjoyed Golden’s rebuttal to the analysis of cost calculations, namely use of EC2 Windows instances, headcounts that don’t add up and other “less visible” capital expenses for facilities and other assets. Also as Golden points out, McKinsey proposes that better efficiencies and savings can be realized through virtualization within the organization. To me, the McKinsey recommendation seems a bit counter-intuitive: “Don’t go with a vendor whose expertise IS virtualization, hardware, infrastructure, et al. Instead, DO try to do it yourself, with tremendous CapEx & OpEx expense.” Hmmm, makes sense to me, NOT! Lastly, I particularly liked Golden’s 3 recommendations (quoted from article):

  1. Review your portfolio of applications to understand what cloud computing means to you.
  2. Create a viable financial model for assessing the true costs of internal hosting.
  3. Evaluate the potential for an internal cloud even if the numbers don’t work with an external cloud provider.

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