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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer As a preface to the series of articles I will be writing on the Value Proposition and Business Cases for Cloud Computing, I wanted to discuss the layers below and within the cloud. It is important to understand what each of the layers is composed of, what the intended function of that layer is, and how these layers interact with each other. By simplifying the cloud computing concept into layers, it is easier to define the roles within the overall structure and explain where your business fits into the model. Let me start by introducing a graphic I whipped up real fast. In the diagram below, you see that the cloud is basically a pyramid of technologies stacked in a certain order. I believe that a pyramid best illustrates the conceptual ’size’ of each layer and it also conveys the message that each layer is based upon the previous layer. So... (more)

RDBMS as a Service? In the Cloud? Yes!

There are many amazing things emerging out of Dreamforce 2010 (I really regret that I couldn't make it) and thus far, one of the biggest may be Salesforce's new RDBMS as a Service offering. I don't suppose Salesforce could have purchased a better domain name, Database.com, but the prospect of having an RDBMS in the cloud is very appealing to a broad range of developers. So what is all the hoopla about with Database.com? Well, Database.com is essentially an enterprise grade database that is offered as a service in a utility billing context. That means that you only pay for what y... (more)

Cloud in a Box Brings Power and Simplicity to the Private Cloud

When companies make their first inquiry into the cloud, they are trying to solve some common problems with traditional IT. Traditional IT is complex; both in terms of management and in terms of procurement. Traditional IT is slow. It can take months to take a product to market. Traditional IT is also expensive in terms of project turn around time, power, cooling and the plethora of hardware devices (from servers to load balancers) needed to remain operational. Every CIO and IT manager will tell you that traditional IT can be a huge headache. In discussions I have had with many C... (more)

Cloud Computing Can Revitalize Your Career as Software Developer

Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in the developers willing to create on that platform. Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers, developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now the cloud, this is becoming even more important. 4th International Cloud Computing Expo ... (more)

Why Defining ‘Cloud Computing’ Is Important

It seems like every major vendor out there from hardware to software has a different definition of what cloud computing is. I’ve dabbled a little with the definition on here before, but it still seems like there is a general lack of consensus when it comes to definition. With that said, does the definition matter much? Isn’t the business value of the cloud more important than the strict definition? Of course the value is more important, but the definition can have implications with respect to understanding and quantifying that value for your business. 4th International Cloud Comp... (more)