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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.)

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.

Corporate America, Pull Up Your Socks
Christine Crandell - Serial CMO, author, speaker and blogger at NBS

The opportunity I see to drive economic growth is tremendous. Granted it’s scary but the alternative is even more frightful. As my dad used to say, “time to pull up your socks and get moving.”

What's the Big Deal About Cloud APIs?
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

APIs for cloud are important. Based on the number of writings, conference sessions, and Twitter blasts endorsing the cloud API movement, I think this is something on which we can all agree. However, I sometimes get the feeling that we just accept the fact that the API movement is important without really stopping to ask a very basic question: ‘Why are APIs for cloud important?'

Cloud "Devops," and "Shadow IT"
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

There is a growing gap between the culture and practices of organizations that have embraced cloud as a primary IT model, and those that are trying to fit the cloud into their existing practices. The former has become very development and application driven, while the latter remains focused on infrastructure and data center operations models.

Capacity Aggregation: Cloud's Great Experiment
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

There is a facet to the cloud story that is very exciting right now: innovation on the core technical and operational models that form the basis of distributed computing. Cloud has made new ways of acquiring and consuming infrastructure, platforms, and applications readily available to an increasingly broad market of potential users. The financial model makes failure much cheaper and the ease of access and experimentation makes cloud a new tool for technologists trying to solve new problems that weren't possible before.

Why The Obama Administration’s Innovation Agenda Is Off Target
Christine Crandell - Serial CMO, author, speaker and blogger at NBS

Obama and his new innovation czar – former AOL chief Steve Case – make references to America’s history in inventions like the lightbulb, the automobile and the telephone in the same breath as more recent innovations like Facebook and the iPad. But there are distinct differences.

Cloud Computing for Research PDF
Jeff Barr - Senior Manager, Cloud Computing Solutions at, Inc

An Amazon Web Services educational presentation by Jeff Barr.

Mark Shuttleworth on UEC and OpenStack
Barton George - Cloud Computing & Scale-Out Evangelist at Dell

Mark Shuttleworth, the ever gracious founder of Ubuntu, stopped by Dell this morning to talk to various folks about various subjects. Barton was able to grab some time with him between meetings and get his thoughts on a few topics.

Research Challenges in Cloud Computing
Ignacio M Llorente - Full Professor & Head of Research Group at Complutense University of Madrid

In a recent keynote at the 3rd EU-Japan Symposium on Future Internet and New Generation Networks we presented our view about the key research challenges in cloud computing. We briefly covered the state of the art and the open challenges in the main cloud layers that provide the tools and the infrastructure to develop and to run the applications in the Future Internet of Services. Here is a summary of the main points of the presentation.

3 Steps to a More Effective Voice of the Customer Program
Christine Crandell - Serial CMO, author, speaker and blogger at NBS

A well run voice- of-the customer (VoC) program can be a formidable source of ideas for new products, enhancements to existing products and untapped uses for underlying technologies. However, despite a genuine desire to effectively incorporate customer voice into product decisions, the execution is often where the obstacles lie.

Do you need a cloud strategy - Part II
Kamesh Pemmaraju - Leading Research on Cloud Computing & Independent Cloud Computing Consultant at SandHill

In Part I of "Do You Need a Cloud Strategy?", I described three inter-related steps that you will need to think through to develop a business-focused enterprise cloud strategy. In this post, I will discuss how to plan and implement your cloud computing strategy and roadmap through the lens of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA). Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a holistic management discipline and a way of planning, controlling, and aligning your IT organization with the needs of the business. Notionally, it includes everything from how you manage your services, data, and applications, to how you manage governance and people. Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA) is a subordinate concept to EA that adds an element of agility to the architecture. In essence, SOA defines a service abstraction layer on top of the infrastructure and platform layers and allows you to deal with system changes much more effectively in response to emerging business needs without having to constantly re-architect and re-design these systems.

OpenStack: Will it Prevent the Cloud Mono Culture?
Kamesh Pemmaraju - Leading Research on Cloud Computing & Independent Cloud Computing Consultant at SandHill

This article provides insights into evolution of cloud standards and how OpenStack can position itself to be the open source, open standards based alternative for proprietary stacks like Amazon, Microsoft etc. Randy Bias of shared his perspectives on where OpenStack is going.

The future cloud should fend for itself
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

It is fascinating the ways in which the world of computing can be made easier, thus creating opportunity for new complexities - usually in the form of new computing technologies. It's happened with programming languages, software architectures, computer networks, data center design, and systems virtualization. However, nothing has raised the bar on that concept like IT automation.

A Challenge to Enterprise Architects: Think Innovation
Melvin Greer - SOACloud Computing Chief Architect & Sr Research Engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp

When someone mentions enterprise architecture, innovation is not one of the first thoughts that come to mind. Enterprise architecture conjures images of blueprints and schematic charts that show relationships among business processes and information technology systems. But Melvin Greer is trying to get the message to government that enterprise architecture can indeed be a catalyst for innovation, especially in areas of cloud computing and cybersecurity. Greer talks about enterprise architecture and innovation, cloud computing, and service-oriented architectures.

Does OpenStack Change the Cloud Game?
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

The Rackspace Cloud, in conjunction with the NASA Nebula project, open sourced some of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud software. This initiative, called "OpenStack", should have a dramatic impact on the dynamics for building cloud computing infrastructure. Previously there have been two major camps: Amazon API and architecture compatible and VMware's vCloud. Now there is a third that could not only be a viable alternative to these two approaches, but more importantly, a fantastic option for service providers and telecommunications companies that face unique challenges.

OpenStack -- Advancing Cloud Computing in the Open
John Considine - Founder & CTO at CloudSwitch, Inc

An infrastructure that has actually been deployed and scaled to cloud size has real value to everyone trying to build a cloud. So when a company that has been in the cloud business for a long time in "cloud years", like Rackspace, decides to open up and share their software, you have to stop and look.

The intersection of open source and cloud computing
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

Cloud computing and open-source software have been intertwined since the early days of the cloud. Vendors such as, SugarCRM, Rackspace, and many others, utilized open-source choices for everything from virtualization to data stores to user interfaces.

Overcast Show - The LAMP Cloud
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc
Geva Perry - Founder & Blogger at Thinking Out Cloud

In this show James and Geva talk with Krishnan Subramanian of CloudAve about the LAMP Cloud. Geva started the conversation in a GigaOm post, Who Will Build the LAMP Cloud?, and James responded with, Does Cloud Computing Need LAMP?. In an indirectly related post, Krish wrote about the Relevance of Open Source in a Cloud Based World. Now they discuss whether it makes sense, who needs it, and what's the role of open source software in the world of cloud computing? They also discuss the adoption of Platform-as-a-Service and more.

Contributions Results for Developers: Research & Development

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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.

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, 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, Inc

The CTO at 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.

OSCON 2010: Cloudy Operations
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc

The VP of Services at Opscode Discusses Open Source and the cloud.

OSCON 2010: Panel Discussion Open Source and the Cloud
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc
Marten Mickos - CEO at Eucalyptus Systems, Inc

Panelists include: Rick Clark - Rackspace Cloud, Neil Levine - Canonical, Marten Mickos - Eucalyptus Systems, and James Urquhart - Cisco Systems, Inc

NASA Nebula's Chief Architect on Cloud Computing
Joshua McKenty - Project Lead, Nebula Cloud Computing Platform at NASA

Dell's cloud evangelist, Barton George, talks to NASA Nebula's Chief Architect at the inaugural OpenStack design summit.

Learn How to Connect Java to the Cloud with jclouds
Adrian Cole - Founder at JClouds

The founder of jclouds, Adrian Cole, explains how to connect Java apps to the cloud. His open-source framework makes it possible to write cloud-portable apps for Amazon, VMWare, Azure, and Rackspace.

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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.

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

By Rajkumar Buyya, Suraj Pandey, and Christian Vecchiola

High-Performance Cloud Computing: A View of Scientific Applications PDF
Company Profile: University of Melbourne

By Christian Vecchiola, Suraj Pandey, and Rajkumar Buyya

Cloud Reference Architecture PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

Architecting Software as a Service for the Enterprise is an Intel white paper that describes how Intel IT has opportunistically taken advantage of external offerings of software as a service (SaaS) applications. In order to prepare for broader SaaS adoption, we've designed a SaaS architecture that will enable Intel to shift to a more strategic view and facilitate faster, more standardized implementations. This paper shares key artifacts in Intel's SaaS Reference Architecture.

Experiences on Processing Spatial Data with MapReduce PDF
Company Profile: Florida International University

Experiences on Processing Spatial Data with MapReduce

Cloud rEvolution Vol 2: The Art of Abstraction
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

Abstraction, long used in IT to mask complexity, is an essential ingredient for cloud computing. It's the secret sauce that sets up hardware and software to be delivered as a service from the cloud. Cloud rEvolution: The Art of Abstraction shows clients how to mix the sauce for their specific needs. Abstraction includes the many variations of virtualization, as well as services and multitenancy. In addition to enabling new combinations of IT components, abstraction helps the enterprise reduce cycle times. With abstraction, we can do in minutes what used to take days or weeks. Further, we can match IT demand to supply far more accurately, doing away with excess IT inventory.

CloudViews: Communal Data Sharing in Public Clouds PDF
Company Profile: University of Washington

By Roxana Geambasu, Steven D Gribble, and Henry M Levy. Abstract: This paper focuses on a new opportunity introduced by the cloud environment: specifically, rich data sharing among independent Web services that are co-located within the same cloud. In the future, we expect that a small number of giant-scale shared clouds – such as Amazon AWS, Google AppEngine, or Microsoft Azure – will result in an unprecedented environment where thousands of independent and mutually distrustful Web services share the same runtime environment, storage system, and cloud infrastructure. One could even imagine that most of the Web will someday be served from a handful of giant-scale clouds. In particular, we argue that co-location creates an auspicious environment for Web service composition, which in turn spawns immense opportunities for simplifying Web service construction. Three key technological features differentiate the shared-cloud world from the traditional in-house datacenter and enable these opportunities: (1) free, efficient, and plentiful network bandwidth that supports tighter and larger-scale Web service integration than is possible over wide-area networks; (2) a shared storage system that can provide powerful abstractions for convenient, efficient, and large-scale inter-service data sharing; and (3) the potential for a rich runtime ecosystem consisting of many “utility” Web services that act as building blocks for other services and facilitate their implementation greatly. This paper is divided into two parts that describe the opportunities for collaborative Web services in the new cloud world. It also examines the three technological features described above and both the potentials and the challenges that they bring. Section 3 presents CloudViews, a cloud storage system we are developing to facilitate collaboration through protected inter-service data sharing. CloudViews is one example of the kinds of functions public clouds must offer to facilitate Web service development. Overall, our goal is to provide a high-level glimpse of the potential impact of co-location on low-level cloud infrastructure and service development.

Colocation Games and Their Application to Distributed Resource Management PDF
Company Profile: Boston University

By Jorge Londono, Azer Bestavros, and Shang-Hua Teng. Abstract: We introduce Colocation Games as the basis of a general framework for modeling, analyzing, and facilitating the interactions between the various stakeholders in distributed/cloud computing environments, where resources are offered in an open marketplace to independent, rational parties interested in setting up their own applications. Virtualization technologies enable the partitioning of such resources so as to allow each player to dynamically acquire appropriate fractions of the resources. When all the components are under the control of a single administrative domain, this leads to an standard optimization problem, but when infrastructure providers make available their resources in a marketplace, and from there customers acquire the resources, the global optimization framework is no longer appropriate. Rather, in this paper we use a game-theoretic framework in which the assignment of players to resources is the outcome of a strategic ”Colocation Game”. Although we show that determining the existence of an equilibrium for colocation games in general is NP-hard, we present a number of simplified, practically-motivated variants of the colocation game for which we establish convergence to a Nash Equilibrium, and price of anarchy bounds. In addition to these analytical results, we present an experimental evaluation of implementations of some of these variants. Experimental evaluation corroborates our analytical results and also illustrates how colocation games offer a feasible distributed resource management alternative for self-organizing systems, in which the adoption of a global optimization approach would be neither practical nor justifiable.

Improving the Live Migration Process of Large Enterprise Applications
Benoit Hudzia - Sr Researcher at SAP Research

By Stuart Hacking & Benoit Hudzia. Recent developments in virtualisation technology have resulted in its proliferation of usage across datacentres. Ultimately, the goal of this technology is to more efficiently utilise server resources to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by abstracting hardware and consolidating servers. This results in lower equipment costs and less electrical consumption for server power and cooling. However, the TCO benefits of holistic virtualisation extend beyond server assets. One of these aspects relates to the ability of being able to migrate Virtual Machines (VM) across distinct physical hosts over a network. However, limitations of the current migration technology start to appear when they are applied on larger application systems such as SAP ERP or SAP ByDesign. Such systems consume a large amount of memory and cannot be transferred as seamlessly as smaller ones, creating service interruption. Limiting the impact and optimising migration becomes even more important with the generalisation of Service Level Agreement (SLA). In this document we present our design and evaluation of a system that enables live migration of VMs running large enterprise applications without severely disrupting their live services, even across the Internet. By combining well-known techniques and innovative ones we can reduce system down-time and resource impact for migrating live, large Virtual Execution Environments.

Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing PDF
David Patterson - Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley RAD Lab
Armando Fox - Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science at UC Berkeley RAD Lab

Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing

Capacity Leasing in Cloud Systems using the OpenNebula Engine PDF
Borja Sotomayor - Haizea Developer, Research Assistant & Lecturer at University of Chicago

Capacity Leasing in Cloud Systems using the OpenNebula Engine

The Evolution of Enterprise IT
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

This report focuses on the evolution and eventual shape of the corporate IT function, as clients continue to tell us that they need a vision that can define how their organization will change and what sort of future state will eventually emerge. This selection of articles is representative of the broad range of research projects currently underway. The articles encapsulate many of the key ideas and concepts we have identified and are now assessing.

The Innovation Issue
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

Innovation is back on the business agenda. After four long years of post-bubble caution and skepticism about IT, companies are once again looking to technology as an important source of value creation and competitive advantage. This report focuses mostly on practical steps we can all take, whether it is how to improve collaboration via technologies such as videoconferencing, inject more innovation into outsourcing partnerships, or simply how to better think about, plan for, and manage this often fuzzy and intangible topic. Companies are once again recognizing the importance of innovation, but they want to do a better job of delivering it. We hope this series of articles will help.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Image Super-Resolution Using Trillions of Examples
Company Profile: University of Virginia

Imagine continuously zooming into an image from your personal photo collection. Unlike the modern image processing software, however, this zoom operation would reveal details missing from the original image. Foe example, zooming into someone's shirt would eventually show a high-resolution image of the threads that compose it. A research team at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia plans to develop techniques for intelligently enlarging a digital image that uses a database of millions of on-line images to find examples of what its components look like at a higher spatial resolution.
Indexing Geospatial Data with MapReduce
Company Profile: Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) researchers are leveraging cloud computing to analyze aerial images and objects to help support disaster mitigation and environmental protection. Specifically, the CLuE effort at FIU relates to its TerraFly project, which is a web-service of 40 terabytes of aerial imagery, geospatial queries and local data. Students and researchers will now be able to precisely code these images in real-time.
Integrated Cluster Computing Architecture (INCA)
Company Profile: Carnegie Mellon University

This research project funded by the NSF CluE program is focused on developing the Integrated Cluster Computing Architecture (INCA) for machine translation (using computers to translate from one language to another). Open-source toolkits make it easier for new research groups to tackle the problem at lower costs, broadening participation. Unfortunately, existing toolkits have not kept up with the computing infrastructure required for modern big data approaches to machine translations INCA will fill this void.
Melbourne CLOUDS Lab
Company Profile: University of Melbourne

The Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory, formerly GRIDS Lab, is a software research and development group within the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The CLOUDS Lab is actively engaged in the design and development of next-generation computing systems and applications that aggregate or lease services of distributed resources depending on their availability, capability, performance, cost, and users' quality-of-science requirements. The lab is working towards realizing this vision through its two flagship projects: Gridbus and Cloudbus.
Multi-Tier Indexing for Web Search Engines
Company Profile: Carnegie Mellon University

Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University are using cloud computing to characterize the topicality of web content to more effectively process web searches.
Scaling the Sky with MapReduce/Hadoop
Company Profile: University of Washington

Astrophysics is addressing many fundamental questions about the nature of the universe through a series of ambitous wide-field optical and infrared imaging surveys. New methodologies for analyzing and understanding petascale data sets are required to answer these questions. This research project is focused on developing new algorithms for indexing, accessing and analyzing astronomical images. This work is expected to have a broad range of applications to other data intensive fields.
Trustworthy Virtual Cloud Computing
Company Profile: North Carolina State University

Abstract: Virtual cloud computing is emerging as a promising solution to IT management to both ease the provisioning and administration of complex hardware and software systems and reduce the operational costs. With the industry’s continuous investment (e.g., Amazon Elastic Cloud Computing, IBM Blue Cloud), virtual cloud computing is likely to be a major component of the future IT solution, which will have significant impact on almost all sectors of society. The trustworthiness of virtual cloud computing is thus critical to the well-being of all organizations or individuals that will rely on virtual cloud computing for their IT solutions. This project envisions trustworthy virtual cloud computing and investigates fundamental research issues leading to this vision. Central to this visi ....
Virtual Computing Lab
Company Profile: North Carolina State University

NCSU provides a remote access service that allows you to reserve a computer with a desired set of applications and remotely access it over the Internet. This service is powered by the Apache Software Foundation's Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) software. You can also use all of your favorite applications such as Matlab, Maple, SAS, Solidworks, and many others. Linux, Solaris and numerous Windows environments are now available to all NC State students and faculty. Development of The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) started as a joint venture of the College of Engineering (COE) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to efficiently use hardware investments and to provide remote access to a wide range of advanced compute requirements by NCSU students, faculty, and researchers. NCSU do ....
Where the Ocean Meets the Cloud
Company Profile: University of Washington

This project is building a new infrastructure for computational oceanography that uses the CluE platform to allow ad hoc, longitudinal query and visualization of massive ocean simulation results at interactive speeds. This infrastructure leverages and extends two existing systems: GridFields, a library for general and efficient manipulation of simulation results and VisTrails, a comprehensive platform for scientific workflow, collaboration, virtualization, and provenance.
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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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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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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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, 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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Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing
By: Mark R. Hinkle
My slides from my Crash Course in Cloud Computing talk from SCALE 9x, it was my first talk on the subject and based on some feedback I think I am going to add some additional information. On the open source tools I think I am going to add RunDeck and MCollective for orchestration.
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Is the open source cloud computing dream evaporating?
By: Glyn Moody
It's hard to avoid cloud computing these days, with vendors lining up to support this latest incarnation of an idea that goes all the way back to terminals hanging off a mainframe. In many ways, that's unfortunate, since the idea of computing 'in the cloud' poses particular problems for free software.
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Gluster Pushes Storage Software to VMware, Amazon
By: Stephen Lawson
The Gluster open-source file system is following the well-worn path into virtualization and cloud computing with the introduction on Tuesday of Gluster Virtual Storage Appliances for VMware and for the Amazon Web Services platform. GlusterFS is a file system that can cluster storage systems of any type into a single virtual network-attached storage pool with a global namespace. Gluster, the company, sells service and support for GlusterFS on a subscription basis, similar to Red Hat Linux's approach to Linux.
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2011 Sees Red Hat’s Push for Better Cloud Deployment, Management
By: Vance McCarthy
As 2011 begins, Red Hat Inc. is mapping out details for how its acquisition of Makara will fuel the next generation of open source options for cloud computing. Makera, a provider of deployment and management solutions for cloud-based apps, will simplify app deployment and management, according to Red Hat execs.
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Cisco to Leverage Open Source in Cloud Computing
By: Sean Michael Kerner
The move to cloud-based infrastructure is one that is set to dominate networking discussions in 2011. One of the leaders in the move to cloud is networking giant Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), which provides servers, routing and switching infrastructure that enables cloud computing deployments. At this stage of cloud development and deployment, standards are still emerging, which is where open source software may be able to help. "We are interested in working a lot more with different open source communities as that's where a lot of the cloud activity is happening," Lew Tucker, Cisco CTO for Cloud Computing told "Open source is contributing a lot of technology to the cloud computing arena today."
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Cisco, Cloud Computing and Open Source Software
By: Sean Michael Kerner
The move to cloud-based infrastructure is one that is set to dominate networking discussions in 2011. One of the leaders in the move to cloud is networking giant Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), which provides servers, routing and switching infrastructure that enables cloud computing deployments. At this stage of cloud development and deployment, standards are still emerging, which is where open source software may be able to help.
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Intel: Why a 1,000-core chip is feasible
By: Jack Clark
Chipmaker Intel has been investigating the issue of scaling the number of cores in chips through its Terascale Computing Research Program, which has so far yielded two experimental chips of 80 and 48 cores. In November, Intel engineer Timothy Mattson caused a stir at the Supercomputer 2010 Conference when he told the audience that one of the Terascale chips--the 48-core Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC)--could theoretically scale to 1,000 cores.
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Top five cloud computing tips of 2010
By: Alexandria Hubbard
Over the last twelve months, several of our best experts offered their two cents on working with cloud computing services -- including the best way to secure data in the cloud and how to build a private cloud -- and in turn produced's top five cloud tips of 2010.
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Eucalyptus & Red Hat: The Cloud’s New Best Friends
By: Maureen O'Gara
Eucalyptus Systems and Red Hat are now partners. Red Hat has a lot of cloud ambitions and delivers the infrastructure but it doesn’t have a cloud platform. Eucalyptus has an open source-based private cloud platform that does the heavy lifting and provides the cloud’s signature elasticity.
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Cisco Wants Cloud Developers
By: Quentin Hardy
The great new businesses of cloud computing are at hand – coming to a garage near you. You know the big data center, Internet-based cloud computing thing is here to stay when we’ve moved beyond the big money conceptual arguments, standards stuff and hardware shipments, to creating ways for the little guy to get in. Moves sponsored, of course, by the big guys. Win a few thousand smart guys into your camp, get them to knock out some indispensable software that works best on your stuff, and you’ve got a much better shot at market dominance. You just have to show them a way to get rich with you.
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Microsoft plugs researchers into the cloud
By: Josh Taylor
Microsoft will provide access for the organisations to the Windows Azure cloud computing platform for three years, as well as technical support and tools to the organisations over that time period. ZDNet Australia understands that the grants are worth approximately US$3 million. Microsoft eXtreme computing group director Dr Dennis Gannon said that science was about sharing information and data with other collaborators, and that the roll-out of the NBN would also provide benefits for using cloud computing in research.
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EMC To Certify Architects For Cloud, Data Center Expertise
By: Joseph F Kovar
EMC (NYSE:EMC) on Monday unveiled two new programs to train and certify customers and solution provider partners as virtualization and cloud computing architects. The aim of the program is to help customers and solution providers, even those who do not work directly with EMC products, get the skills they need to move from virtualized environments into cloud computing, said Tom Clancy, vice president of EMC educational services. "We believe that, no matter what type of cloud you implement, whether you do it yourself or with a partner, that the virtual infrastructure is critical," Clancy said. "We are trying to provide those skills to the difference audiences we have."
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50 Open Source Apps You Can Use in the Cloud
By: Cynthia Harvey
The cloud computing boom has brought a surge of opportunity to the open source world. Open source developers and users are taking advantage of these opportunities in three key ways.
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Microsoft Supporting Cloud Open Source Code For Hyper-V
By: Charles Babcock
Cloud computing has progressed on multiple fronts over the past week, and one of the most interesting advances is the fact that Microsoft has decided to support the open source project Open Stack.
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Practices for Test and Development Cloud Projects
By: James Staten
"The hype around cloud computing is undeniable-especially regarding how it can save the enterprise money. But unfortunately, the hype paints a very generic picture of cost savings that doesn't resemble the truth. After countless client inquiries, it's become clear to Forrester that positive ROI from cloud computing can't be achieved as a blanket business case because the benefits of cloud computing vary based on the application and use case. Ultimately, this means the testing and development of new applications in the cloud becomes an ideal way to provide a business justification and to ensure the right fit between the applications, the IaaS solutions, and the right IT ops protections and processes."
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