Cloud News: DoD “Save Millions with Cloud”, India Looks at the Cloud & SOA Intersects the Cloud

December 4th, 2009 by - 2,558 views

More fun scraping the layers of Cloud Computing news. Here is what caught my interest today:

  • DoD: Cloud Will Save Us ‘Hundreds of Millions’
    “Moving the U.S. military’s IT operations to a cloud computing model hasn’t been easy. But the payoff is clear, according to Henry Sienkiewicz, who oversees the Department of Defense’s cloud computing platform, known as the Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE).” (source: Data Center Knowledge)

    • Commentary: The Obama Administration has been very forward thinking when it comes to Cloud Computing. I’m encouraged to see the tremendous efforts being made across the board by the monolithic sectors of government to embrace or at least seriously consider the Cloud as a feasible and substantial IT strategy. Obviously, not everything within Government can be “cloud-enabled” to gain all of the professed efficiencies. There are data and security concerns, many of which are shared by the Enterprise, however, in-roads are being made to gain adoption across the board. Here at GoGrid, we host some Government clients and have plenty of Enterprise customers. IT managers and C-level execs are now being pushed from multiple angles to implement cloud strategies. 2009 was a year of “research and understand” Cloud Computing as a potential alternative. 2010 will be the year of implementation and wider adoption across the board.
  • Cloud Computing, a cost and time effective solution: experts
    “If used smartly, cloud computing –a process by which computing tasks can be carried out on third party internet servers on a payment for use of IT infrastructure basis –can be very cost-effective, speakers at a seminar on “Demystifying Cloud Computing” organised here on Friday by the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) said.” (source: thehindu.com)

    • Commentary: This article provides a generalized overview of Cloud Computing. The sole reason I’m listing it is to showcase how other worldwide governments (in this case, the FICCI – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) are, like the US and others, truly marching forward with this IT strategy in hand. I’m not sure if it is just me, over-analyzing the article, but it seems that some of the discussion points are ones that were already talked about this year ad nauseum, but of course, I live in a “cloud bubble” and already expect IT professionals to have a firm understanding of the concepts. But there are definitely some good points here, specifically “it works best if you know exactly the amount of process you are planning to run and the duration.” However, the example cited is the over-played NYTimes example of digitizing all of the 11 million articles. This one-time use of Cloud processing is but one of many types of possible uses of Cloud Computing. Hopefully, meetings similar to what the FICCI had will explore the Cloud much deeper.
  • Where SOA and cloud computing intersect: the loosely coupled business
    “One of the things we talk about here is how service orientation is enabling the rise of the “loosely coupled” business — an organization that acts as a broker of services, focusing on its core business and serving its markets while relying on services brought in through third parties (or internally). SOA and cloud computing are bringing this about, and I’ve encountered an example of this new loosely coupled business model in action.” (source: ZDNet)

    • Commentary: This is an interesting case study of M-Dot, a digital coupon processing service, who utilized Cloud Computing to launch as a startup back in November 2008. The mere fact that startups have to worry a bit less on their IT infrastructure and focus more of their human capital and money on the development of a product and service goes a long way this day and age. It is simply “smart business.” Outlined within the article is the discussion of a “hybrid cloud model” which utilizes the benefits of the public cloud coupled with a private cloud to maintain data security. At GoGrid, we realized this importance quite a while ago when we announced Cloud Connect (“Hybrid Hosting”), a means to physically join the GoGrid Cloud infrastructure with our ServePath physical dedicated server infrastructure, all via a private dedicated connection. I’m happy to see that this type of model is starting to get coverage within the Tech Media space.

Hope your weekend is (physically) cloud-free but your IT is “cloudy!” (sorry, bad pun).

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

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