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Cloud Wars, Part I: Framing the Standardization in Cloud Computing
Cloud Wars, Part I: Framing the Standardization in Cloud Computing
by Tuomas MT Nurmela & Alex Krikos
This article frames the international cloud SDO environment and process, categorizes cloud standards, and provides an example of the use of categorization.
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Cloud Computing Technology with BPOS and Windows Azure
Cloud Computing Technology with BPOS and Windows Azure
by Nidhi Bansal
We see cloud computing offerings today that are suitable to host enterprise architectures. But while these offerings provide clear benefits to corporations by providing capabilities complementary to what they have, the fact that they can help to elastically scale enterprise architectures should not be understood to also mean that simply scaling in this way will meet twenty-first-century computing requirements.
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How Cloud Computing Paradigm Can Meet the Challenges of Adaptive Security Systems?
How Cloud Computing Paradigm Can Meet the Challenges of Adaptive Security Systems?
by Irina Neaga
The cloud computing model should drive and potentially apply for the design and development of the next generation of adaptive security systems. This essay shows some conceptual ideas and directions based on systems engineering methods and architecting principles.
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 Azure Scalability:- Use “Queues” as your Bridges
Azure Scalability:- Use “Queues” as your Bridges
by Anshulee Asthana
Windows Azure Queue allows decoupling of different parts of a cloud application, enabling cloud applications to be built easily with different technologies and to scale with traffic needs. This description is full of some very important keywords: .decoupling, different technologies, scale with traffic needs. All are very important to make a scalable and extensible application.. Lets see how queues help in all these aspects.
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 Cloud Computing - Design Considerations
Cloud Computing - Design Considerations
by Tinniam V Ganesh
One of the key principles to keep in mind while designing for the cloud is to ensure that the application is composed of loosely coupled processes, preferably based on SOA principles. This story discusses designing for the cloud in more detail.
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Seeding the Cloud
Seeding the Cloud
by Alex Krikos
It’s no secret that product development managers advance their most compelling features and functionality to get a leg up on the competition. But even with the utmost of due diligence, these same managers often overlook other important considerations in prioritizing features and functionality that translate into a competitive performance advantage. These considerations focus on making a distinction between “component” and “architectural” feature improvements (1,2). While component and architectural improvements are relative, not absolute terms, component improvements address incumbent markets and customers, whereas architectural improvements enable new markets and customers.
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Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
by Eric Burgener
Because storage makes up such a large part of the costs of any cloud-based infrastructure, it is an obvious place to look for cost reductions. System Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a King of Prussia, Pa.-based IT solutions provider, took that advice to heart in building MySecureCloud, a hosted infrastructure solution targeted at small and medium businesses (SMBs).
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Why Multi-Tenancy is Key to Successful and Sustainable Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Why Multi-Tenancy is Key to Successful and Sustainable Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
by Larry Aiken
As traditional on-premise independent software vendors begin to realize they must transform their products to the new “cloud” business model, they may rush to bring Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings to market prematurely. This article describes two architectual approaches to a moving to a SaaS deployment model: virtualization and multi-tenancy.
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Is the Cloud Broken?
Is the Cloud Broken?
by Vince Vasquez
The underlying architecture chosen by first-generation cloud providers borrows heavily from the server consolidation and virtualization era. The major difference is that the pools of compute cores are now being deployed as public-facing services, versus running the previous generation of siloed applications. Unfortunately, the resulting inefficiencies prevent full realization of the cloud promise of truly low-cost, high-performing, elastic computing. In response, Joyent has emerged as a second generation provider, rethinking fundamental cloud architecture, and ushering in the era of what they call “Smart Computing.”
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Making the Cloud Secure for the Enterprise
Making the Cloud Secure for the Enterprise
by Ellen Rubin
Security issues associated with third-party cloud environments continue to prevent organizations from taking advantage of the cost savings and flexibility that the cloud can offer. Today, using a public cloud means moving from an internal environment where a company has complete control of data and processes to an environment where that control belongs to someone else, and is often opaque. Within the cloud, applications run in a multi-tenant environment sharing virtual machines with other customers. Companies considering moving an application to a cloud have legitimate concerns about data being compromised or stolen, including unauthorized access by cloud administrators, exposure in the Internet or rogue employees using the cloud to corrupt or leak sensitive information.
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Demanding Linux Deployments in the Cloud
Demanding Linux Deployments in the Cloud
by Shai Fultheim
The challenge for evolving cloud computing architectures is that there have been and always will be a significant number of applications that can’t easily serve existing compute nodes. These demanding workloads require either a large number of processing cores or large memory (RAM) footprints that are beyond the scale of normal cloud computing resources. For end users who have been increasingly disaggregated from the compute nodes and trained to think of compute resources as on-demand, this is both frustrating and challenging, as they have to differentiate workloads that can run in the cloud from those that continue to need dedicated, expensive and purpose built hardware.
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NoSQL vs SQL, Why Not Both?
NoSQL vs SQL, Why Not Both?
by Alaric Snell-Pym
There’s no doubt that SQL is getting old. It was developed in the early 1970s, by IBM - in an age where computers were large centralised things; a very different world from today. Indeed, in IBM’s 1974 paper on SEQUEL (as it was then known) in Communications of the ACM, it was designed not only for use by programmers to access a database, but also for “accountants, engineers, architects, and urban planners”. Clearly, either standards of user-friendliness have improved over the past thirty-five years - or our standards of friendly users have dropped. So what about this new “NoSQL” idea?
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A Flexible and Interoperable Cloud Operating System
A Flexible and Interoperable Cloud Operating System
by Ignacio M Llorente
Future enterprise data centers will look like private clouds supporting a flexible and agile execution of virtualized services, and combining local with public cloud-based infrastructure to enable highly scalable hosting environments. The key component in these cloud architectures will the cloud management system, also called cloud operating system (OS), being responsible for the secure, efficient and scalable management of the cloud resources. Cloud OS are displacing “traditional” OS, which will be part of the application stack.
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Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
by Eric Burgener
Because storage makes up such a large part of the costs of any cloud-based infrastructure, it is an obvious place to look for cost reductions. System Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a King of Prussia, Pa.-based IT solutions provider, took that advice to heart in building MySecureCloud, a hosted infrastructure solution targeted at small and medium businesses (SMBs).
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Windows Server 2003 End of Support: an opportunity to move to the cloud
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

On July 14, 2015 Windows Server (WS) 2003 will reach the end of extended support. This means no more patches or security fixes without a custom support agreement in place. The security and uptime implications of your applications are about to be refactored in a dramatic way. Many compliance requirements, especially in regulated industries, state that applications have to run on a supported Operating System (OS). On the surface, date-driven deadlines mandating remediation can be viewed in two very different lights. The first: A glass half empty, a tax that must be paid to continue business as usual. The other: A glass half full, an opportunity to change out old systems and reinvent the business on an agile platform that provides a competitive advantage. The question: How do you deal with the inevitable? To learn about your options, register to attend a complimentary webcast with Microsoft and AppZero on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 am (EST). (The webcast will be recorded for those in other time zones.)


Enable CloudFront for Your Application’s Non-Dynamic Content
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

CloudFront is Amazon’s Content Delivery Network, a service that aims to speed up delivery of content to users in different geographies. It gives developers access to a worldwide infrastructure that minimizes latency by serving content from the edge location closest to the end user. This article describes two basic use cases utilizing a CDN for non-dynamic content in a typical web application, and provides CloudFront-specific configuration examples.


Infrastructure Management and Monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Environment PDF
Komal Gohil - SSE at iGATE

In today’s scenario, enterprises are using diverse technology platforms for their application portfolios, and as part of their Cloud journey, they are adopting multiple Clouds. This paper provides an approach for unified management and monitoring of enterprise’s infrastructure, platforms, and applications deployed in a hybrid environment comprising of Public and Private Cloud platforms offered by different vendors.


Infographic: Demystifying Amazon Web Services
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the biggest public cloud around, yet what goes on behind the scenes remains a mystery.For heavy users, such as enterprise level CIOs, AWS’s “Reserved Instances” are a cost effective model to scale their cloud activity and benefit from the full service offering that Amazon provides.


Prepare for the next cloud outage: Analyze and Improve
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

It happened again… this was the second AWS outage in the same month. Did you fail to protect your service online? Don’t forget – you can’t pass your liability onto your IaaS vendor. You can find a great amount of knowledge resources with regards to AWS cloud High Availability architectures in Newvem’s resources center, starting from Best Practice for High Availability Deployment all the way to knowing more about how to maintain availability for your specific environment, such as how to maintain a failover to MSSQL DB server, or a case study on how to replicate PostgreSQL DB Between AWS Regions.


Test driving Apache Hadoop: Standalone & pseudo-distributed mode
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

Getting your arms around Apache Hadoop and getting started.


Upgrading IBM Service Delivery Manager (ISDM) 7.2.1 to 7.2.2: An overview
Aditya Thatte - Software Engineer at IBM Research

An overview of the IBM Service Delivery Manager Cloud platform upgrade process.


Federated Identity Management in Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Senior Software Engineer at iGATE Patni

“Identity” consists of a “set” of information based on context, allied with a definite entity (End User or System). Identity Management should include: Identity Provisioning, De-Provisioning, Identity Information Security, Identity Linking, Identity Mapping, Identity Federation, Identity Attributes Federation, Single Sign On, Authentication and Authorization. With the adoption of cloud services, the organization’s trust boundary has become dynamic. It has moved beyond the control of IT. Identity & Access Management is a critical requirement considering data sensitivity and privacy of information have become increasingly an area of concern in cloud.


Eliminating the performance drag
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

Identifying bottlenecks and squeezing out performance from your application,


Virtualization and its Advancement
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Visualization has been investigated since the early days of computing. In the 1960′s, time sharing systems were pursued as an alternative to batch processing systems. Hardware architectures for providing virtualized memory systems and privileged software execution were developed. Visualization emerged as a means to more fully utilize hardware resources and facilitate time-sharing systems.


To Hadoop, or not to Hadoop
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

The article discusses on where and when Hadoop makes most sense.


Orchestration -Amazon Simple Workflow Service and Microsoft System Center 2012 – Orchestrator
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Orchestration describes the automated arrangement, coordination, and management of complex computer systems, middleware, and services. This usage of orchestration is often discussed in the context of service oriented architecture, virtualization, provisioning, Converged Infrastructure and dynamic datacenter topics. AWS has announced Simple Workflow Service to build scalable and resistant applications.


Cloud Computing Research: International conferences on cloud computing
Aditya Thatte - Software Engineer at IBM Research

A brief look at cloud computing from a research point of view.


Tokenization for Cloud Data Protection
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

This paper offers a high-level overview of tokenization as a data protection and obfuscation technique in the cloud. It also discusses the PCI Data Security Council’s tokenization standards.


Is the Hosted Virtual Desktop the Way of the Future?
Joey Widener - Sr. Product Evangelist at AT&T Hosting & Cloud Services

In today’s environment there are so many user types, it’s hard to imagine a situation where a hosted virtual desktop will be a fit for everyone. I firmly believe the hosted virtual desktop is the way of the future, but I am also clear that they will sit alongside the traditional laptop/desktop for many years to come.


The Pop-Up Cloud
Joey Widener - Sr. Product Evangelist at AT&T Hosting & Cloud Services

How the cloud can support your limited life application needs!


Managing multi-region deployments
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

Considerations while deploying application that straddle multiple geographical regions.


Design principles of scalable, distributed systems
Tinniam V Ganesh - Founder & Owner at INWARDi Technologies

Key principles of highly scalable, distributed systems


NIST-National Institute of Standards and Technology and Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

NIST’s Role is to provide guidance to industry and government for the creation and management of relevant cloud computing standards allowing all parties to gain the maximum value from cloud computing. NIST’s role in cloud computing is to promote the effective and secure use of the technology within government and industry by providing technical guidance and promoting standards.


SAS 70 & Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

The Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) has become the ubiquitous auditing report by which all cloud computing service providers are judged. So how did this financial auditing report become the standard by which we examine cloud service providers? How much can we trust this report as a true representation of the security controls in place?


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Open Cloud as a Set of Tools, Standards, and Community
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

The CTO at Rackspace, John Engates, discusses open cloud as a set of tools, standards, and community at the SIIA All About the Cloud Conference.


VDC&CI Student Interview: Charlton Barreto
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

Intel's Charlton Barreto, Ph D, talks about his experience in the alpha delivery of EMC's Cloud Architecture certification-aligned Virtualized Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Course.


Software as a Service, Cloud Computing, and Software Education
Armando Fox - Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science at UC Berkeley RAD Lab

The Adjunct Professor and Co-Author of Above the Clouds, Armando Fox, discusses how they leverage the combination of cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS), with its emphasis on productively creating well-tested, maintainable, reusable code, to let teams of Berkeley undergrads design, develop, test, and deploy their own SaaS applications. He talks about how iteration-based agile development rewards regular progress, test-first design results in students actually enjoying testing, and cloud computing showcases deployed projects to friends, colleagues, and future employers, all while students absorb big ideas such as higher-order programming and metaprogramming. He also discusses other uses of cloud computing at Berkeley from lower-division through graduate CS courses.


PHP Office Hours
Jeff Barr - Senior Manager, Cloud Computing Solutions at Amazon.com, Inc

An Interactive session with Amazon's Sr Evangelist where he covers how-to tutorials and addresses questions from a technical audience.


Cloud Computing in PHP With the Amazon Web Services
Jeff Barr - Senior Manager, Cloud Computing Solutions at Amazon.com, Inc

Learn how to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) including the Elastic Compute Cloud, the Simple Storage Service, and the Simple Database Service to create a scalable application in PHP. This presentation shows how easy and fun it is to build and run an application in the cloud.


The Promise of OpenStack
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

The CTO at Rackspace, John Engates, discusses OpenStack and Cloud Computing.


High Performance Computing on AWS
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

The CTO, Werner Vogels, and Sr Business Development Manager, Deepak Singh, at Amazon Web Services discuss how businesses and researchers can easily fulfill their high performance computational requirements with the added benefit of ad-hoc provisioning and pay-as-you-go pricing.


Cloud Computing is Enabling Innovation and Faster Time to Market
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

The CTO at Amazon.com talks about how cloud computing is helping boost business in this market.


NASA CTO Talks About Openstack and Cloud Computing
Chris C Kemp - Chief Technology Officer of IT at NASA

The CTO of IT at NASA, Chris Kemp, talks about cloud computing at NASA and their participation in the Openstack project.


GenieDB is Powered by Oracle's BerkeleyDB Database
Jack Kreindler - Founder at GenieDB
Company Profile: GenieDB

GenieDB's Immediate consistency technology enables total NoSQL + SQL interaoperability for the first time. Scale-out in the cloud without rewriting your app.


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Infrastructure Management and Monitoring in Hybrid Cloud Environment PDF
Komal Gohil - SSE at iGATE

In today’s scenario, enterprises are using diverse technology platforms for their application portfolios, and as part of their Cloud journey, they are adopting multiple Clouds. This paper provides an approach for unified management and monitoring of enterprise’s infrastructure, platforms, and applications deployed in a hybrid environment comprising of Public and Private Cloud platforms offered by different vendors.


Federated Identity Management in Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Senior Software Engineer at iGATE Patni

“Identity” consists of a “set” of information based on context, allied with a definite entity (End User or System). Identity Management should include: Identity Provisioning, De-Provisioning, Identity Information Security, Identity Linking, Identity Mapping, Identity Federation, Identity Attributes Federation, Single Sign On, Authentication and Authorization. With the adoption of cloud services, the organization’s trust boundary has become dynamic. It has moved beyond the control of IT. Identity & Access Management is a critical requirement considering data sensitivity and privacy of information have become increasingly an area of concern in cloud.


Tokenization for Cloud Data Protection
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

This paper offers a high-level overview of tokenization as a data protection and obfuscation technique in the cloud. It also discusses the PCI Data Security Council’s tokenization standards.


Applying ITIL to Cloud Operations
Komal Gohil - SSE at iGATE

Modern Enterprises entail many challenges like scalability, availability, agility, shorter time to market, increasing complexity, etc. Enterprises are adopting cloud to handle these challenges as well as derive business benefits by cost transformation and increased revenue. With cloud gaining momentum enterprise now have to manage applications in different environments namely on-premise and cloud. ITIL is a standard process that organizations follow in managing their data centers. They need to now see how ITIL can be applied to cloud operations without impacting the current on-premise set-up. This paper is our experience report on making ITIL services cloud aware. We have come up with a platform for managing hybrid environment. We have configured ITSM tool to add cloud elements as configuration items and implemented the complete life cycle for various manageable items. We close this paper with a note on related work like Continuous delivery, DevOps and Behavior Driven Operations and how this platform is a step towards achieving these goals and helping business become more agile.


Intel Cloud Builders Guide to Cloud Design and Deployment on Intel Platforms
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

Cloud on-boarding with CloudSwitch. For enterprise IT organizations who are looking to securely utilize public clouds and existing data center infrastructure, the decision to use a cloud for the delivery of IT services is best done by starting with the knowledge and experience gained from previous work. This reference architecture outlines how to extend the data center into the cloud using CloudSwitch software with Intel Xeon processor 5600 series servers. This paper, which includes detailed scripts and screen shots, should significantly reduce the learning curve for building and operating your first cloud computing infrastructure.


IaaS Builder's Guide - Network Edition PDF
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

This new technical whitepaper is a follow on to Cloudscaling’s IaaS Builder's Guide and talks at an architectural level about building scalable networking for infrastructure clouds. Infrastructure clouds are complex and challenging engineering problems. Covering the topic in detail would take years and several books. Meanwhile, the best practices and state-of-the-art proceeds apace. This 30 page technical piece goes into some of the details while remaining broad to share information and foment discussion.


Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery PDF
Richard Dolewski - CTO & VP of Business Continuity Services at WTS

Many corporate IT departments have used tape technology for data backup and recovery for years. It may be time for a change. Terms such as backup service, cloud backup and data vaulting describe the process of electronically sending data off-site, where it can be protected from hardware failure, unplanned downtime, loss, and other systems risks. In today’s business environment, continuous access to corporate data is a vital step to supporting your external customers and internal users. Gaining access to and providing availability of this data is crucial to support your business continuity plan in the event of a disaster.


Using the Cloud for Enterprise Applications
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

How Hard Is It Really? By providing an easy, reliable way to run applications in the cloud, CloudSwitch opens up new possibilities for IT organizations trying to increase agility and reduce capital costs. This paper puts the CloudSwitch breakthrough in perspective by examining current barriers facing IT departments that want to run current applications in a public cloud. It focuses on four key steps that are often responsible for delaying or even blocking many cloud adoption projects:
  • Rebuilding the application stack within the cloud
  • Setting up the network
  • Adding end-to-end security
  • Managing the application in a separate environment



Domain 10: Guidance for Application Security V2.1 PDF
Alex Meisel - CTO at Art of Defence GmbH
Company Profile: Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

Picking up from the latest Cloud Security Alliance papers, Domain 10: Guidance for Application Security V2.1 explores some of the challenges that organizations have encountered with application security for cloud computing. Domain 10 provides an upfront analysis, covering the traditional aspects of managing information confidentiality, integrity and availability, as it is central to documenting the classification of data handled by the application and will influence many of the design decisions. It also elaborates on situations for existing applications that are migrated to the cloud, as it can serve as an opportunity to address outstanding fundamental problems that have been overlooked or underrepresented during their development.


Joyent Smart Architecture for Cloud Computing
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

This paper examines the broad architectural differences in cloud computing products, the drawbacks to more generic approaches in cloud delivery, and the Joyent philosophy of constructing cloud computing infrastructures. The paper then describes the Joyent Smart Technologies cloud architecture from server and operating system through data center and software development platform.


Performance and Scale In Cloud Computing
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

This paper discusses both the theory behind designing applications for scaling and performance and the practical implications of architectural decisions. Special attention is paid to the focus that cloud computing has placed on horizontal scale, and the implications that may have on application performance.


Joyent Smart Technology Datasheet
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

A two-page overview of the Joyent Smart Technology stack providing information on SmartMachines, SmartDataCenter, and SmartPlatform.


Joyent Cloud Hosting Services Datasheet
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

A two-page overview of the Joyent hosting services with pricing information, background on our physical data centers, and a comparison with Amazon EC2.


NCOIC Analyses Cloud Computing with SCOPE PDF
Kevin Jackson - Engineering Fellow at NJVC, LLC
Company Profile: Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)

As an analysis tool, the Systems, Capabilities, Operations, Programs and Enterprise (SCOPE) model is used to characterize interoperability-relevant aspects of a system or capability in terms of a set of dimensions. Organized hierarchically, these dimensions (and possible sub-dimensions) represent specific aspects of a system or its surrounding environment. This process enables a quantitative and/or qualitative interoperability assessment of the target system or capability. With the development of a cloud interoperability best practice as a goal, the NCOIC CCWG is working to identify all significant cloud computing dimensions.


Cloud Computing Use Cases V3.0 PDF
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM
Sam Johnston - Founder & CTO at Australian Online Soultions
Patrick Stingley - CTO at US Bureau of Land Management
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc
Company Profile: Cloud Computing Use Cases Discussion Group

The Cloud Computing Use Case group brought together cloud consumers and cloud vendors to define common use case scenarios for cloud computing. The use case scenarios demonstrate the performance and economic benefits of cloud computing and are based on the needs of the widest possible range of consumers. The goal is to highlight the capabilities and requirements that need to be standardized in a cloud environment to ensure interoperability, ease of integration and portability. It must be possible to implement all of the use case described in this paper without closed, proprietary technologies. Cloud computing must evolve as an open environment, minimizing vendor lock-in and increasing customer choice. Version 3 has additional security scenarios, requirements and use cases.


Model-Driven Application Deployment for Cloud Computing Environments PDF
Jason Carolan - Director of Cloud Solution Development at VMware, Inc

The accepted best practice for creating packages for cloud computing environments is to create a hand-crafted golden master image of the application or service. This golden master can then be versioned, executed, and replicated as determined by the deployment model. While this has been generally accepted as the most efficient approach, it is not. This paper examines this best practice and demonstrates how a model-based approach can be more efficient, less prone to error, and more secure. This paper was made possible through the efforts of Jason Carolan and Steve Gaede. The authors would like to thank Glenn Brunette, Robert Holt, Mikael Lofstrand, and John Stanford for helping to develop and refine the concepts presented in this paper. paper paper paper paper paper amazon amazon amazon amazon


The Future of Cloud Computing: Opportunities for European Cloud Computing Beyond 2010 PDF
Ignacio M Llorente - Full Professor & Head of Research Group at Complutense University of Madrid
Company Profile: Seventh Framework Programme

This document provides a detailed analysis of Europe’s position with respect to cloud provisioning, and how this affects in particular future research and development in this area. The report is based on a series of workshops involving experts from different areas related to cloud technologies. In more detail, the identified opportunities are: (1) Provisioning and further development of Cloud infrastructures, where in particular telecommunication companies are expected to provide offerings; (2) Provisioning and advancing cloud platforms, which the telecommunication industry might see as a business opportunity, as well as large IT companies with business in Europe and even large non-IT businesses with hardware not fully utilized. (3) Enhanced service provisioning and development of meta-services: Europe could and should develop a ‘free market for IT services’ to match those for movement of goods, services, capital, and skills. Again telecommunication industry could supplement their services as ISPs with extended cloud capabilities; (4) provision of consultancy to assist businesses to migrate to, and utilize effectively, clouds. This implies also provision of a toolset to assist in analysis and migration.


GenieDB Technology Overview White Paper PDF
Alaric Snell-Pym - Chief Software Architect at GenieDB
Company Profile: GenieDB

Over the past few years, "scaling" and "availability" have come to vie with "cutting costs" and "delivering new features" as major headaches for the CTOs of online businesses. With Moore's Law starting to lose steam, existing applications can no longer be scaled by simply buying faster hardware each year; instead, scaling an application has become an exercise in rebuilding it to utilize techniques such as sharding or non-SQL databases, while struggling to keep the existing live system going despite rising load, before users start leaving in frustration.


Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v2 PDF
Alex Meisel - CTO at Art of Defence GmbH
Company Profile: Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

The Cloud Security Alliance's initial report, outlining areas of concern and guidance for organizations adopting cloud computing. The intention is to provide security practitioners with a comprehensive roadmap for being proactive in developing positive and secure relationships with cloud providers. Much of this guidance is also quite relevant to the cloud provider to improve the quality and security of their service offerings. As with any initial foray, there will certainly be guidance that we could improve upon. We will quite likely modify the number of domains and change the focus of some areas of concern. We seek your help to improve this guidance to make version 2.0 of this document an even better asset to the security practitioner and cloud provider. We will be kicking off numerous online activities and in-person regional events to share our findings and connect with experts to increase our knowledge base.


Cloudbus Toolkit for Market-Oriented Cloud Computing PDF
Company Profile: University of Melbourne

By Rajkumar Buyya, Suraj Pandey, and Christian Vecchiola


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A Comparative Study of Approaches to Cluster-Based Large Scale Data Analysis
Company Profile: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

This is a collaborative study being conducted by MIT, University of Wisconsin, and Yale University. These three universities are using a National Science Foundation CLuE grants for a comparative study of approaches to cluster-based, large-scale data analysis. Both MapReduce and parallel database systems provide scalable data processing over hundreds to thousands of nodes, yet it's important for researchers to know the differences in performance and scalability of these two approaches to know which is more suitable when designing new data-intensive computing applications. This project is engaged in systems research, much of which requires the ability to change the operating environment. Since this is not possible on the IBM/Google cluster, the project is also hosted on the Cloud Computi ....
A Hadoop Toolkit for Distributed Text Retrieval
Company Profile: University of Maryland College Park

Text search is a technology that is vital for modern information-based societies. Today's systems face the daunting challenge of handling quantities of text previously unimaginable. Cluster computing is the only practical solution for addressing the issue of scale. This project leverages the MapReduce framework (via the open-source Hadoop implementation) to tackle issues of robustness and scalability in processing large amounts of data for information retrieval applications.
A Unified Reinforcement Learning Approach for Autonomic Cloud Management
Company Profile: Wayne State University

Cloud Computing, unlocked by virtualization, is emerging as an increasingly important service-oriented computing paradigm. The goal of this project is to develop a unified learning approach, namely URL, to automate the configuration processes of virtualized machines and applications running on the virtual machines and adapt the systems configuration to the dynamics of cloud.
Aneka
Company Profile: University of Melbourne

Aneka is a market oriented Cloud development and management platform with rapid application development and workload distribution capabilities. Aneka is an integrated middleware package which allows you to seamlessly build and manage an interconnected network in addition to accelerating development, deployment and management of distributed applications using Microsoft .NET frameworks on these networks. It is market oriented since it allows you to build, schedule, provision and monitor results using pricing, accounting, QoS/SLA services in private and/or public (leased) network environments.
AppScale
Company Profile: University of California Santa Barbara

AppScale is an open-source implementation of the Google AppEngine cloud computing interface from the RACELab at UC Santa Barbara. AppScale enables execution of GAE applications on virtualized cluster systems. In Particular, AppScale enables users to execute GAE applications using their own clusters with greater scalability and reliability than the GAE SDK provides. Moreover, AppScale executes automatically and transparently over cloud infrastructures such as the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Eucalyptus, the open-source implementation of the AWS interfaces. ....
Cloud Computing Center
Company Profile: University of Maryland College Park

The Cloud Computing Center at the University of Maryland, which started in the fall of 2009, consists of individuals drawn from multiple disciplines interested in collectively shaping the future of cloud computing through research, education, and outreach. Their work focuses on applications of cloud computing, cloud architectures and infrastructure, as well as broader societal issues.
Cloud Standards Coordination Overview and Contributing Organizations
Company Profile: Cloud Standards Coordination

Cloud-standards.org is a Wiki site for Cloud Standards Coordination. The goal of the wiki is to document the activities of the various SDOs working on Cloud Standards. Cloud-standards.org is an initiative for editing and sharing a general cloud computing standardization positioning, in which more relevant cloud standardization initiatives can be seen and related. The first informal proposal of the positioning can be seen at cloud standards positioning.
Cloud-Computing Infrastructure and Technology for Education (CITE)
Company Profile: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

This project will support the development of middleware that will enable numerical models to be run on commercial compute farms via cloud computing and exploited in ongoing and future classroom educational activities. The intellectual merit of this work derives from two linked parts: (1) development of technology that would be suitable for many educational scenarios, including providing access to parallel computing resources in classrooms (K-12 on to university). Students and teachers would be able to run and interact with numerical models developed by leading researchers without the overhead of supporting software distributed to desktops in a school or the logistical headache of maintaining a cluster resource. Commercial compute farms would be exploited in which the technical `nitty-g ....
CloudSim
Company Profile: University of Melbourne

Cloud computing focuses on delivery of reliable, secure, fault-tolerant, sustainable, and scalable infrastructures for hosting Internet-based application services. These applications have different composition, configuration, and deployment requirements. Quantifying the performance of scheduling and allocation policy on a Cloud infrastructure (hardware, software, services) for different application and service models under varying load, energy performance (power consumption, heat dissipation), and system size is an extremely challenging problem to tackle. The use of real test beds such as Amazon EC2, limits the experiments to the scale of the testbed, and makes the reproduction of results an extremely difficult undertaking, as the conditions prevailing in the Internet-based environments are beyond the control of the tester.
CloudStor: Performance Evaluation of On-Demand Provisioning of Data Intensive Applications
Company Profile: University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to researchers at SDSC to explore new ways to manage extremely large data sets hosted on massive clusters, which have become known as computing “clouds”. This research will use the LiDAR topography data hosted by OpenTopography as a test case and will focus on how cloud computing can aid the management and processing of massive spatial data sets. The project will study dynamic strategies for provisioning such applications by doing a performance evaluation of alternative approaches for serving very large data sets. The cloud platforms that will be used in the project will be the Google-IBM CluE cluster and the HP-Intel-Yahoo cluster, Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Testbed, at the University of Illinois, both of which have been assemble ....
CloVR
Company Profile: University of Maryland at Baltimore

CloVR is a virtual appliance that integrates satate-of-the-art genomic tools on Cloud Computing platforms in a robust, user friendly, and automated package. By providing a set of push-button pipelines for applications in viral, prokaryotic, metagenomic and eukaryotic sequencing projects, CloVR will facilitate the further integration of genomics into environmental and biomedical research.
Commodity Computing in Genomic Research
Company Profile: University of Maryland College Park

This NSF CLuE project focuses on developing parallel algorithms for analyzing the next generation of sequencing data. Scientists can now generate the rough equivalent of an entire human genome in just a few days with one single sequencing instrument. The analysis of this data is complicated by their size - a single run of a sequencing instrument yields terabytes of information, often requiring a significant scale-up of the existing computational infrastructure needed for analysis.
Data-Intensive Text Processing
Company Profile: University of Maryland College Park

The NSF CLuE initiative is funding a machine translation project that promises to bridge the language divide in today's multi-cultural and multi-faceted society. Systems capable of converting text from one language into another have the potential to transform how diverse individuals and organizations communicate.
DMTF Open Cloud Standards Incubator
Company Profile: Distributed Management Task Force DMTF

DMTF's Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on standardizing interactions between cloud environments by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats and security mechanisms to facilitate interoperability. DMTF is working with other SDOs on coordinating Cloud standardization efforts at cloud-standards.org.
Eager Maps and Lazy Folds for Graph Structured Applications
Company Profile: Purdue University

This project is investigating linguistic extensions to MapReduce abstractions for programming modern, large-scale systems, with special focus on applications that manipulate large, unstructured graphs. This will impact a broad class of scientific applications.
Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE)
Company Profile: European Grid Initiative (EGI)

Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) is Europe's leading grid computing project, providing a computing support infrastructure for over 10,000 researchers world-wide, from fields as diverse as high energy physics, earth and life sciences. In 2009 EGEE is focused on transitioning to a sustainable operational model, while maintaining reliable services for its users. The EGEE project brings together experts from more than 50 countries with the common aim of building on recent advances in Grid technology and developing a service Grid infrastructure which is available to scientists 24 hours-a-day. The project provides researchers in academia and business with access to a production level Grid infrastructure, independent of their geographic location. The EGEE project also focuses on attrac ....
eSSENCE
Company Profile: Umeå Universitet

The overall goal of eSSENCE is to create a digital research community and environment with unprecedented research capabilities by providing excellence and scientific solutions at all stages of the eScience process. eSSENCE’s vision is to develop Swedish e-science research to the highest international level and create a research environment where the interplay between different e-science competences will open up the field for novel applications, more realistic simulations, and new scientific solutions, models and methods.
ETSI Technical Committee GRID (TC GRID)
Company Profile: European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

The goal of ETSI TC GRID is to address issues associated with the convergence between IT and Telecommunications. The focus is on scenarios where connectivity goes beyond the local network. This includes not only Grid computing but also the emerging commercial trend towards Cloud computing which places particular emphasis on ubiquitous network access to scalable computing and storage resources.
FutureGrid
Company Profile: Indiana University

This project provides a capability that makes it possible for researchers to tackle complex research challenges in computer science related to the use and security of grids and clouds. The project team will provide a significant new experimental computing grid and cloud test-bed, named FutureGrid, to the research community, together with user support for third-party researchers conducting experiments on FutureGrid.
Hierarchically-Redundant, Decoupled Storage Project (HaRD)
Company Profile: University of Wisconsin, Madison

The Wisconsin Hierarchically-Redundant, Decoupled storage project (HaRD) investigates the next generation of storage software for hybrid Flash/disk storage clusters. The main objective of the project is to improve the performance of storage in a variety of diverse scenarios, including new application environments such as photo storage as found in Facebook and Flickr, high-end scientific processing as found in government labs, and large-scale data processing such as that found in Google and Microsoft.
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Cloud Computing Reference Architectures, Models and Frameworks
By: Lawrence Wilkes
Reference ‘Things’ A Reference Architecture (RA) “should” provide a blueprint or template architecture that can be reused by others wishing to adopt a similar solution. A Reference Model (RM) should explain the concepts and relationships that underlie the RA. At Everware-CBDI we then use the term Reference Framework (RF) as a container for both. Reference architectures, models and frameworks help to make sense of Cloud Computing.
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Cloud security fears outweigh savings, but perhaps not for long
By: William Jackson
Security concerns about cloud computing outweigh the potential cost savings by a 2-1 margin in a recent survey of government and industry IT professionals, but economic pressures are slowly driving a move to the cloud. Only 32 percent of those questioned in the study conducted by automated compliance auditing company nCircle said that cost savings outweigh security issues, but that is an increase of 6 percent from last year. Thirty-five percent said they are already are doing some cloud computing, up from 24 percent last year, and another third are considering the move.
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Two Open-Source Cloud Standards: What It Means to You
By: Kevin Fogarty
It's unlikely that hordes of VMware, Citrix or Microsoft Hyper-V users will flock to open-source virtualization or cloud-computing platform as an alternative to the hypervisors and virtualized infrastructure-management software they've already chosen, analysts say. So where does open source fit in the cloud world? Think lock-in and migration flexibility.
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How learning cloud computing can benefit your company
By: Oleru Chima Michael
Businesses everywhere are hearing a lot of hype about cloud computing and what it can do for their bottomlines. Although many companies have immediately learned all they can about this new technology through Cloud Computing training or enrolling in Cloud computing boot camp, many others are still skeptical. Much of the skepticism comes not from any negativity regarding cloud computing but more from lack of knowledge of what cloud computing is and it’s many benefits.
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Cloud Computing Conundrum: An Interview with Chris Moyer
By: Christopher Moyer and Matthew Heusser
Sure, cloud computing services like Amazon's EC2 can scale to support tens of millions of users. Yet how do these virtual servers actually work? Chris Moyer, author of Building Applications in the Cloud: Concepts, Case Studies, and Design Patterns, demystifies the black art of cloud computing services in this interview.
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Will the Government Push Open Clouds Over the Goal Line?
By: Derrick Harris
TechAmerica’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2) officially kicked off its three-month mission today to advise the Obama administration on cloud computing best practices, and pushing cloud interoperability is high on the commission’s list of goals. The TechAmerica Foundation is a technology trade organization aimed at educating policymakers about critical technology-related issues, and this commission aims to “make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership of the cloud in the commercial space.”
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OpenStack Cactus Advances Open Source Cloud Computing
By: Sean M Kerner
The open source OpenStack cloud project is out with a new release this week codenamed 'Cactus.' The Cactus release follows the Bexar release which debuted in February. In the new Cactus release, OpenStack is now taking the Glance image creation service, which debuted in Bexar and renaming it the OpenStack Image Service.
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Cloud computing, digital signatures speed clinical trials
By: Mike Miliard
FT. LEE, NJ – A new whitepaper has demonstrated that the use of interoperable digital identities, digital signatures and cloud computing helps accelerate the initiation of a clinical trial while lowering costs. The study, titled Research Collaboration in the Cloud: How NCI and Research Partners are using Interoperable Digital Identities, Digital Signatures and Cloud Computing to Accelerate Drug Development, shows the results of a 2010 pilot program in which researchers at the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (NCI/CTEP), the world’s largest sponsor of cancer clinical treatment trials, and Bristol-Myers Squibb used cloud-based IT to eliminate reliance on paper forms in clinical trials.
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Tilera's Chip for the Cloud Computing Age
By: Ian King and Ari Levy
It's rare for a semiconductor company to promise a chip that will deliver 10 times the capacity of Intel's (INTC) best. That's the claim Silicon Valley startup Tilera is making about a chip it intends to unveil later this year. Tilera says its design, which will pack 100 microprocessors, or cores, onto a single thumbnail-size piece of silicon, will result in faster, energy-efficient computers capable of performing more tasks simultaneously. Intel's new Xeon chip has 10 cores.
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4 Critical Cloud Computing Considerations for Developers
By: Art Sedighi
After you learn the basic concepts of the cloud, you need to assess the applicability of cloud computing for your application(s). In this article, I discuss some of the aspects of cloud computing that you must take into consideration before you start the development process and go too deep into cloud integration. I am not going to rewrite the "Gang of Four" Design Patterns book for cloud, but I will touch on some of the key aspects of a cloud environment that you need to consider:
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VMware Launches Open-Source Cloud
By: Stacey Higginbotham
VMware has entered the cloud game by offering an open-source package called Cloud Foundry, a Platform-as-a-Service that should strike fear in the hearts of its competitors, especially the likes of Salesforce.com, Microsoft and Rackspace. The platform will offer developers the tools to build out applications on public clouds, private clouds and anyplace else, whether the underlying server runs VMware or not. Like last week’s Open Compute Project from Facebook or Rackspace’s OpenStack effort, Cloud Foundry is a pretty big deal.
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Standards organisations to tackle cloud computing
By: Staff
Cloud computing has been a buzzword in the technology industry over the past two or three years and now a leading standards organisation is getting in on the act with a new Cloud Computing Initiative which aims to bring a global standardisation to cloud computing. Professional association IEEE is kicking off its efforts with the approval of two new standards development projects IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 and has also formed two new working groups around them with the aim of advancing cloud computing technologies.
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“Digital Oil” and Cloud Computing
By: Kevin L Jackson
Last week NIST held another one of its excellent government cloud computing workshops. The third of a series, the purpose of this event was to elaborate on the progress of the NIST U.S. Government (USG) Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap through the activities of the NIST led, stake-holder driven working groups that were formed during the November 2010 event. The two-day agenda included a keynote session by US CIO Vivek Kundra and Mr Alan Marcus from the World Economic Forum. Presentations and updates were also provided by each of the individual NIST working group leaders.
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Belt, braces and external security standards
By: Lucy Sherriff
If you are about to hand the day to day running of your company’s technology and handling of data to a third party, you had better be sure they know what they are doing, and that what they are doing matches your requirements. The business case for adopting cloud computing is already clear for many: it can save a lot of money, and give companies access to technologies that are otherwise be beyond their means. But for IT professionals, shifting technology and data offsite brings new challenges, especially to the smaller businesses for whom cloud computing is so useful.
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IBM Takes Leading Role in Cloud Standards Group
By: Darryl K. Taft
IBM is a founding sponsor of the Object Management Group’s new Cloud Standards Customer Council, which will focus on helping end users adopt cloud computing.
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The Cloud Storage Conundrum
By: Mike Vizard
When it comes to invoking cloud computing services, IT organizations are using the cloud to primarily address backup and archiving. IT organizations don’t really want to have to buy the IT infrastructure needed to house the data that is rarely accessed. But the problem is that moving data back and forth between on-premise systems and the cloud can be expensive. One of the ways that cloud computing providers make up for providing inexpensive storage resources is by marking up the cost of network bandwidth to access it.
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IEEE's cloud portability project: A fool's errand?
By: David Linthicum
IEEE, the international standards-making organization, is jumping with both feet into the cloud computing space and announcing the launch of its new Cloud Computing Initiative. The IEEE is trying to create two standards for how cloud applications and services would interact and be portable across clouds. The two standards are IEEE P2301, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles, and IEEE P2302, Draft Standard for Inter-cloud Interoperability and Federation.
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IEEE aims to standardise cloud computing
By: Stuart Corner
The IEEE - which now bills itself as "the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity" - is taking steps to bring global standardisation to cloud computing with what it says is "the first broad-scope, forward-looking cloud computing initiative to be put forth by a global standards development organisation."
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IEEE Targets Cloud Interoperability Standards
By: Charles Babcock
The venerable IEEE is wading into the chaotic and roiled realm of cloud computing, seeking to set standards through a cloud computing initiative launched Monday that will focus on cloud interoperability.
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AMD Aims Enterprise Chips at Cloud, Virtualization
By: Staff
Enterprise computing increasingly will hinge on cloud computing and virtualization, and Advanced Micro Devices' server chip road map dovetails nicely with that trend, according to a company executive.
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