Feeds

A crack in the madness of clouds

Sanity check 09?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Does this concept apply to a corporate data center? Absolutely. Internal clouds will come to fruition as companies uncomfortable with the security or offsite nature of internet clouds start to figure out ways to achieve a high - if not infinite - level of scale internally. And considering that commodity hardware is cheap and often under-utilized, the cost basis won't necessarily be higher than running full-time on EC2.

While it's not realistic to build your own Amazon infrastructure - nor would you want to unless you are trying to directly compete - it will become possible to build and deploy internal clouds just as you would server clusters. You'll likely even interact with the internal cloud through APIs just as you would the external clouds.

Portability

We currently lack a standard for virtual machine portability though one is in the works. Of course that hasn't stopped many a vendor from deciding that their version is better than the standard, stifling progress.

Portability from one external cloud to another and from internal to external will get solved in several kludgey ways. For instance, I suspect that if you are running a single vendor solution such as VMware VMs and vCloud you'll be fine, but if you are running a mix of VMware and Microsoft's HyperV or the open-source Xen you're going to be unhappy.

This of course leads to a very realistic possibility of being locked-in to a single vendor. In the near term that probably doesn't matter as vendors duke it out in pricing. But sooner or later it will get you.

Capacity issues hit Amazon

Okay, this one is a little out there, but the fact is we have no visibility into how much computing power Amazon is currently using or has to offer. And considering that they are a retailer first and infrastructure provider second, I am sure they will favor themselves if a capacity issue comes to bear. This presents a potentially tricky situation mostly for new AWS customers and tool providers who are dependent on the Amazon infrastructure for their services.

Microsoft will kinda, sorta, maybe get it right

When I first read about Microsoft Azure Services Platform, I simply couldn't make any sense of it. Azure is ambitious as it is amorphous. It's a coud, it's a data center in a box, it's a piece of toast that looks like the Virgin Mary.

Here's what will work: Microsoft-oriented developers will continue to use Visual Studio and Microsoft will smoothly place an Azure deployment mechanism into the toolkit. Developers won't really care and Microsoft will get what they want: more lock-in.

This won't yet upset storage companies or other software vendors as the development and operations team will continue on business-as-usual. Sooner or later, Microsoft will make some cloud-y type system work.

It may not work for you and me, but it will certainly work for them during the next 12 months and beyond.

Dave Rosenberg is the co-founder and former chief executive of open source enterprise service bus and integration platform MuleSource. Dave is currently working on a new stealth start-up based in San Francisco.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.