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This Week In Cloud Computing

Here are some interesting headlines from the open source and cloud computing news.

* From the Concrete To The Hypervisor: Compliance and IaaS/PaaS Cloud – A Shared Responsibility | Rational Survivability

"A cloud provider can achieve compliance (such as PCI — yes v2.0 even) such that the in-...

Here are some interesting headlines from the open source and cloud computing news.

  • From the Concrete To The Hypervisor: Compliance and IaaS/PaaS Cloud – A Shared Responsibility | Rational Survivability

    "A cloud provider can achieve compliance (such as PCI — yes v2.0 even) such that the in-scope elements of that provider which are audited and assessed can ultimately contribute to the compliance of a customer operating atop that environment. We’ve seen a number of providers assert compliance across many fronts, but they marketed their way into a yellow card by over-reaching…"

    Chris's commentary on IaaS security.
  • Google Contributes Two Projects To Eclipse Foundation Valued At $5 Million

    "Back in August, Google acquired a Java/AJAX tool-developer called Instantiations. The company made a number of popular premium applications used by developers to help streamline production of their Java apps, particularly on Google Web Toolkit. And soon after the acquisition, Google rebranded and released these applications free of charge.  Today, Google is announcing that it’s doing itself one better: it’s open-sourcing most of the assets acquired in the deal, so that third parties can continue building out their feature-sets. "

    According to Eclipse Executive Director Mike Milinkovich Christmas comes early for Java developers.
  • The Rise Of Managed Cloud Services

    "The rise of Managed Cloud Services is inevitable as the industry transitions from the traditional hosting world to a more cloud based world. Those who see their business model shaken up by cloud computing would try to adopt to the changed circumstances. Whether this makes sense in the long term is something that is open for debate. Even though self service is supposed to be in the DNA of cloud computing, there are many organizations who are completely clueless about what is in store for them in the cloud."
  • Salesforce Acquires Ruby Cloud Platform Heroku for $212 Million

    "Salesforce has announced that it has acquired Heroku, a popular cloud platform for Ruby web apps, for $212 million in cash.That says a lot on how Salesforce values the Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS) market. Still these PaaS users will still need an underlying infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) currently Salesforce partners with VMware to deliver VMForce for java developers I suspect that there will be other providers who use alternative virtualization and IaaS products to develop their own PaaS offerings."

    An astounding price for Heroku, luckily for us PaaS providers will still rely on Cloud.com for their IaaS needs.
  • Netflix: Why we use and contribute to open source software

    "We benefit from the continuous improvements provided by the community of contributors outside of Netflix. We also benefit by contributing back the changes we make to the projects. By sharing our bug fixes and new features back out into the community, the community then in turn continues to improve upon bug fixes and new features that originated at Netflix and then we complete the cycle by bring those improvements back into Netflix."

    Interesting to hear why Netflix donates back to the open source community. Some of the projects they contribute back to are Hudson, Hadoop, Hive, Honu, Apache, Tomcat, Ant, Ivy, Cassandra, HBase.
  • “Careless Computing” And The Cloud: Richard Stallman Warns Against ChromeOS

    "GNU creator Richard Stallman is speaking out against ChromeOS. His basic premise, that cloud computing is dangerous because it places your data in the hands of companies that neither care about you or your data, is sound. As is his threat that when the police come knocking on your cloud provider’s door asking for your data, Google is far more likely to give it up than you are. These are fine and good reactions to the slow erosion of privacy that comes from the rise of cloud computing."

    For those who share Richard's concerns I highly recommend taking a look at CloudStack, it's open source (GPL) which allows you to control your cloud in a private setting hosted on open source software and have ultimate control of all your data.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 17:22
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