Archive for 2009

 

Cloud News: OpenSource and the Cloud, 48-Core Clouds & 2010 Cloud Attacks

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 by

I’m going to try something new here. Cloud Computing news breaks all of the time. While in the past, I have focused mainly on GoGrid product announcements and lengthy commentary on articles that talk about Cloud Computing, I have realized that there is so much happening within the atmosphere that sometimes it is hard to keep up.

So, I’m going to try (emphasis on try) to scour the daily news and blogosphere for anything related to Cloud Computing that I see as relevant, timely and/or interesting post a link to the article and write my 2 cents (shots from the peanut gallery) about it. I would appreciate getting any links of consolidated Cloud information. Feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet on either the GoGrid twitter account or my account.

Without further ado…onto the Cloud News!

  • Open source: The money is in the cloud
    “For those entrepreneurs looking to make a living from open-source software, Index Ventures general partner Bernard Dallé has some advice: get thee to a cloud strategy. The cloud isn’t simply a clever way to provide social-networking services, either. As Dallé suggested in a phone interview on Wednesday, cloud computing may well be the best way to monetize enterprise-facing open-source software.” (source: cnet)

    • Commentary: I couldn’t agree more. There are so many fantastic OpenSource solutions in the market that you are hard pressed to go wrong. One thing you need to consider, though is the support around it. Many OpenSource companies do provide premium support for their products. When you couple OpenSource with the Cloud, you really enable your business to keep your spending lean and mean. This is one of the reasons, for example, that GoGrid has partnered with BitNami as they provide easy-to-deploy OpenSource software stacks that are baked into predefined GoGrid server images.
  • Intel hopes 48-core chip will solve new challenges
    “Pushing several steps farther in the multicore direction, Intel on Wednesday demonstrated a fully programmable 48-core processor it thinks will pave the way for massive data computers powerful enough to do more of what humans can. The 1.3-billion transistor processor, called Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) is successor generation to the 80-core “Polaris” processor that Intel’s Tera-scale research project produced in 2007. Unlike that precursor, though, the second-generation model is able to run the standard software of Intel’s x86 chips such as its Pentium and Core models.” (source: cnet)

    • Commentary: Intel has really been pushing the envelop lately with advances in their various chipsets. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how GoGrid’s Cloud will be powered by the new Nehalem chipset. While neither the Nehalem nor this new 48-core chip will solve all of a Cloud hosting provider’s problems or bottlenecks, it is a dramatic step forward in terms of baking efficiency and power down to the lowest level of infrastructure as possible. I expect that as things get smaller, faster, more energy efficient and (hopefully) less expensive, there will be little or no difference between Cloud and Physical Infrastructures.

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Come Hear David Weekly (PBWorks/Hacker Dojo) at StartUp SF on December 2nd

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 by

I’m pleased to announce that we have a new StartUp SF (version 2.2) coming on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009. This event is just around the corner (I’m just so “good” about planning in advance) so be sure that you register now and share this event with your friends and co-workers.

For your learning pleasure, we have none other than David Weekly, founder of PBWorks (“online collaboration that just works” – formerly PBWiki) and Founding Director of Hacker Dojo (a community center for hackers & thinkers to meet, discuss, learn and create).

David’s presentation is titled “Give Your Ideas Ex-Lax“. Just the title alone is intriguing! He describes the theme as “you should find an uncomfortably quick way to launch your idea and iterate on it instead of building grand designs.

Ticket are now on-sale! Scroll down for info and GoGrid blog readers get a special discount.

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Microsoft, 835 Market Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $10 (online) or $20 (at the door)

As with every StartUp SF, our goal is to help startups begin, grow and become successful. The format is simple, for an hour, you network with technology peers, entrepreneurs, VCs, and other like-minded professionals, then you hear short “elevator pitches” from a few select Demo Companies. After the pitches, a Guest Speaker gives you first-hand experience on the Do’s and Don’ts of kick-starting your startup. Once the speaker has finished, there is a Question & Answer session and then more time for networking. We provide food, drink and engaging conversation.

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Video: Understanding GoGrid’s November 2009 Product Release

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 by

Last week, I published the November 2009 GoGrid Customer Update newsletter on the GoGrid blog. In it, I highlighted the important changes that were included in the recent deployment of GoGrid, including our new GoGrid CDN, the GoGrid Exchange, new RAM Hour & Bandwidth plans, new Windows Server base images and some other items.

To follow up with that newsletter, which was sent to GoGrid customers by Mario Olivarez (VP of Products), I thought that it would be useful for those interested in GoGrid to learn a bit more. So, I spent a few minutes interviewing Mario about these recent changes and what they mean to our customers.

This video is also available on the GoGrid Facebook page as well as our GoGrid YouTube Channel.

If you have any questions about what you heard or saw on the video or GoGrid in general, please leave a comment on this post or ask us on Twitter (@GoGrid). Stay tuned for more updates and videos coming your way.

Rapidly Develop, Test & Deploy Windows Azure Applications using the GoGrid Cloud

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 by

goGrid_azure_Lifecycle_3Just in time for the Microsoft PDC 2009, GoGrid is excited to showcase an integrated solution for Windows Azure™ developers, using the GoGrid Cloud for seamlessly building and deploying applications for Windows Azure. Our solution interoperates with the existing GoGrid infrastructure and includes preconfigured development environments which allows developers to build applications and publish them to Windows Azure.

GoGrid’s VP of Engineering, Paul Lappas, narrates the video below demonstrating the interoperability between GoGrid Cloud Infrastructure and the Windows Azure Platform:

GoGrid provides infrastructure services in the cloud allowing customers to rapidly deploy load-balanced and hybrid servers without purchasing costly hardware.

With the release of the Windows Azure™ platform, GoGrid wanted to extend its services and enable its customers to develop, test, deploy, and back up Windows Azure applications efficiently and cost-effectively.

The Windows Azure Application Lifecycle Management Service interoperates with the existing GoGrid infrastructure. With this pairing, Windows Developers enjoy a variety of advantages. For example:

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Newsletter: GoGrid Customer Update – November 2009

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 by

A few days ago, the GoGrid newsletter was delivered to our customers. As with the past newsletters, we want to be sure that all interested parties, whether you are a customer or not, are informed of our important updates. We have a wide variety of items that are covered in this November 2009 newsletter so be sure to read on. If you want to get these updates and others regularly, I encourage you to subscribe to the GoGrid RSS feed, follow us on Twitter (@GoGrid) and become a fan of us on the GoGrid Facebook Fanpage.

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Below is the entire GoGrid Newsletter (November 2009):

Hello Michael,

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