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[News] SaaS With Free Software Benefits From "Cloud"

  • Subject: [News] SaaS With Free Software Benefits From "Cloud"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 23:05:37 +0100
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Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed

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| Known simply as "Cloud" within the company, the 
| platform is that piece of Yahoo! infrastructure 
| that serves up its online applications. In 
| short, it provides the company's internal 
| developers with on-demand access to computing 
| resources. But rather than offering raw virtual 
| machines as Amazon EC2 does, it spins up 
| "containers" of server power that are pre-
| configured for things like load-balancing and 
| security. That way, developers needn't handle 
| the load-balancing on their own.


Why open source won't prevent cloud lock-in

,----[ Quote ]
| Open APIs, not open source, will protect future 
| freedom of action -- so beware so-called open 
| source cloud offerings



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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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]

,----[ Quote ]
| 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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