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Ernest de Leon

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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 Computing Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors and expo floor was visited by more than 2,250 delegates in Santa Clara, CA Prior to the release of VMware’s vSphere, which consists of ESX 4.0 and the accompanying management platform, the big names in the cloud computing space were G... (more)

True Value of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer As the fog slowly lifts with respect to defining cloud computing, enterprises must now decide where the value proposition lies within the platform. For most large enterprises, the IT department typically offers services internally to various departments. These services are mostly at the infrastructure level such as maintaining existing servers or provisioning new servers. Some enterprises allow developers to build out their own platform while more organized enterprises keep tight control over the platform, only allowing developers to work within a tight... (more)

Cloud Computing: It’s all about the Software

While I have probably beat the definition of cloud computing to death, I want to spend some more time on where the magic really lies in Cloud Computing. Without going into a Ballmerellian rant, the key to unlocking the full potential of the cloud is developers, developers, developers. More specifically, software is what will define not only what cloud is, but also what cloud is capable of. The faster that CIOs and CTOs come to this realization, the better it will be for their organizations. Figuring out ways to distribute applications across infrastructure is a difficult task th... (more)

Cloud Computing Vision Necessary to Succeed in the Cloud

As cloud computing adoption increases, many enterprises are not developing a full vision for their cloud computing efforts. Most of the projects being deployed in the cloud are more for testing and proof of concept than actual production, but there are projects that show such success in the cloud that they are left there permanently. I am not one to discourage enterprises from 'testing the waters' of the cloud in whatever fashion they deem proper, but I do highly recommend that an overall 'cloud computing vision' be developed when the cloud is to be officially adopted as a produc... (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,, 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 Well, 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)