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I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Cloud Computing recently, the infrastructures, the architectures, and the clients. While reading various  websites, white papers, and the like, I came across a blog post at DonorPerfect that really made me think about “The Clouds” and the future. The title of this blog post is what really caught my attention – “Cloud Computing – Is It Raining?” DonorPerfect employs a private cloud strategy, where they take care of the software management and let PEER 1 handle the hardware and network. So my first thought after all my findings is, “What the hell is cloud computing? Has anyone defined this yet? Will anyone ever come up with one solid definition?” No. Everyone is making the attempt to, but there just isn’t any clear definition of it. DonorPerfect’s version –

The ability for organizations to rent computer time and space from the “cloud computing” services such as those from Amazon and Google. It is generally viewed as an alternative from either hosting your own infrastructure yourself, or even outsourcing your infrastructure, but managing it yourself (in essence, a private “cloud”).

Some say it’s a cure-all for all that ails the computing world. Eric from ENKI, a Cloud Computing services provider says –

Some expectations I’ve seen from potential customers include, in no particular order:
– cost
– reliability
– scalability
– pay-as-you-go billing
– live phone support
– a vendor that cares about their success
– SLA (service level agreement)
– availability of knowledgeable consultants or outsourced operations services on the platform
– suitability to their existing application
– built-in high availability or DR architecture
– availability of add-on services such as monitoring, performance testing, backup, security audits
– certification compliance (such as SAS70)
– flexibility and/or partnership orientation of the cloud vendor as a long-term business partner
– vendor lock-in issues
– level of access to control logic
– hands-off operation of the cloud

And others have their own definitions and expectations of The Clouds. Stacy Higginbotham over at GigaOM posted an interesting article back in July titled, “10 Reasons Enterprises Aren’t Ready To Trust The Cloud.” In this article she gives some pretty valid reasons such as security or not being platform agnostic (forcing you to rely on a single platform or host only one type of product), just to name a couple from her list. Aside from the two I’ve mentioned, one very important reason Stacy lists is reliability (#9). This is something that DonorPerfect mentions in their blog post as well and it’s something I’m seeing more and more of.

I’m going to end my findings here. I am not discrediting Cloud Computing by any means simply because I cannot grasp what it is, wrap my head around it completely and see the full benefits. Perhaps those of you who read this blog can share your thoughts and your own take on it. I also recommend reading DonorPerfects post on this subject as well as Stacy’s post, I’m curious to see your thoughts after reading both.
I look forward to reading your responses.

Walmart has been selling Linux computers for quite a few years now at a pretty reasonable price. Now, they’re taking orders online for a new system they’re offering called the Green gPC, made by Everex of Taiwan and they’re offering it at $199.00. They say it’ll be available in approximately 600 stores as well as online.

According to a news article I read this morning, “The variant of Linux on the gPC is called gOS and is derived from the popular Ubuntu variant. It’s heavily oriented toward Google’s Web sites and online applications, like YouTube, Gmail and the company’s word processing program, all of which can be used only when the computer is connected to a broadband line.”

Another article describes this as a Google-friendly PC, but to me it sounds like it may be the first GooglePC. People have been talking about Google trying to edge in on Microsoft territory with their online applications, but they don’t have any penetration in the market for PC hardware. Today, you can buy a $200.00 PC that doesn’t need to have software on it to be useful. It’s a realization of Google’s ubiquitous computing.

Hmm…Google stock over $700.00 a share, Google phone coming out soon. Coincidence?

Erica Sadun has posted a great article about ‘running out of Application space on your iPhone or iTouch. It seems you have the ability to fool your iPod or iPhone into thinking that you’ve added a Widgets folder by creating a symbolic link.

It’s interesting that people are running out of space for Widgets even though Apple hasn’t officially opened the platform for development. It’s pretty obvious that people are just itching to start working on applications for these devices, so we can expect a lot of cool stuff once Apple releases the official SDK (supposedly in Feb 2008).

There are a lot of voicemail applications out on the market, most with useful features sets or something that just plain rocks. While reading around online this morning I stumbled across the website BizOrigin – The Art & Science of Startups. They have an article posted today that lists a few voicemail applications, descriptions of each, along with the strong points and weaknesses.

I try to keep up with these applications since I can’t seem to find anything worthwhile that fits my needs. I generally wind up with an application that doesn’t translate the voice mail to text very well and leaves me struggling to figure out what the call was about – CallWave is the worst from my experience. For example, I had a voicemail that translated the text saying, “bet no about a hunch.” Now I’m thinking, what the hell?? So I return the phone call and ask just that. Come to find out, the person left the voicemail actually saying, “lets go out to lunch.”

For those of you looking for the voice to text mail applications or just looking for something new to try, check out the list on BizOrigin.

Social Networking.

What once was ‘ridiculous’ is now used for so many things in todays world. Remember when the idea of meeting someone that you met online was crazy, absurd, and just plain weird? Today these social networking sites are aiming to create tools to allow ordinary people and large businesses create social web sites tailored for their own customers, friends, fans and employees.

Many social networking sites today are too restrictive, limiting what you can and can’t do and do not have much flexibility. Some (most) don’t let people build and design their own online worlds, which is the nature of what people want to do. Popular sites today, such as MySpace and FaceBook cannot cater to, adapt, or bend to the needs of individual brands.

One of the challenges today is getting users to join new social networks. Is it user-friendly? Does it have the tools that you want or need to create your site? Does the social networking site that you plan on using draw enough traffic to get your site noticed or too much traffic that you’ll never been seen? I stumbled across a program yesterday that I found to be pretty slick and thought I’d share.

Meetro, from a Chicago-based company called Meetroduction. Meetro is a location-aware, instant-messaging service, that displays photos and profiles of nearby users based on their proximity to you.

“Ten years ago, the idea of dating people you met off your computer was ridiculous, but now it’s commonplace,” Bragiel said. “Ours is the next bump. People right now are meeting over computers and plan to meet each other. Meetro is dynamic, so if someone shows up in your local area, you can meet up in 10 minutes because they are less than a quarter-mile away.”

Read more about this program at http://www.meetro.com/.


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