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[News] Drupal Founder Warns Against Fog Computing

  • Subject: [News] Drupal Founder Warns Against Fog Computing
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:50:16 +0000
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Drupal Founder Critical of SaaS and its Proprietary Nature

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| Drupal's founder is calling for open 
| source in the enterprise and in the cloud. 
| This should be no surprise, coming from 
| someone like Dries Buytaert. But it is 
| still interesting, considering the source 
| and the point he makes about the actual 
| lack of open source in cloud computing.
| [...]
| Dries:
| "....they might allow you to export your 
| data, but they usually don't allow you to 
| export their underlying code. While a lot 
| of these services might be built on Open 
| Source components, they have a lot more in 
| common with proprietary software vendors 
| than Open Source projects or companies."
| It's in Dries view that this model can be 
| disrupted by open source. For example, he 
| says, the Drupal Gardens community 
| improves the overall platform by 
| contributing to it. The goal, as Dries 
| says, is for people to export their Drupal 
| Garden site in their entirety " the code, 
| the theme and data -- and move the 
| platform to any Drupal hosting 
| environment."


Is SaaS a friend or foe of open source?

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| Even where SaaS companies let customers 
| take back their data, they often donât let 
| them take the code underlying it, he wrote 
| in a blog post. Data without software is 
| useless.


Cloud and open source delivers the goods for publishing services provider

,----[ Quote ]
| A Melbourne-based publishing services 
| company is using open source and honest-
| to-goodness cloud computing for a custom, 
| core business application.



Keep Your Cloud, I'm a Customer Not a Consumer

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| The cloud hype is getting thicker and
| smellier every day. All the cloud
| excitement is coming from those who hope to
| profit from it, the vendors and breathless
| tech journalists who can't think of
| anything worthwhile to write about. They're
| working very hard to make it sound like a
| wonderful thing, a miracle of rare device
| that will transform life as we know it.
| In related news, Santa Claus, the Tooth
| Fairy, Sasquatch, Yeti, and Elvis are all
| throwing a fabulous party at Graceland and
| everyone is invited. If you don't live in
| Memphis they'll send a private jet to pick
| you up.
| The Cloud is Nonsense
| The problem with all this cloud nonsense is
| it's exactly that--nonsense. Hosted
| services are nothing new. What would be new
| and radical and transformative are
| attractive products reasonably-priced, and
| good customer service. Those are the
| missing pieces, and I predict they will
| always be the missing pieces. Because it
| seems that among the big players in tech,
| research and development are devoted
| entirely to inventing new buzzwords. If it
| weren't for the small independents we would
| have nowhere to turn.


Microsoft Cloud Services Had 5 Hour Outage [UPDATE 2]

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| On the heels of my story about the Microsoft
| (MSFT) TechNet registration servers being down
| for five days, I received an email from a
| reader claiming that Microsoft Online Service,
| the current name for its cloud offerings, had
| a five hour outage. According to the tip, that
| included the hosted Exchange email service.
| This is clearly not the sort of thing
| corporations want to hear when considering who
| to trust going forward in cloud computing.

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