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Sunday
Jul202008

De-nebulating "Cloud Computing"

While catching up on my reading (which is pretty daunting when Google Reader tells me that my "high priority" collection of virtualization and utility computing feeds is over 1000 new posts), I came across Alistair Croll's nine sector view of cloud computing.

Taking a look at that post, prompted me to revisit John Willis' post from February and the wealth of high quality comments he elicited. John's post, and now Alistair's, represent great "locations" in the blogosphere at which knowledgeable advocates and the loyal opposition convene to bring clarity to the conversation. What I also enjoy is that I've had and continue to have the privilege of knowing personally and working with so many of the participants.

I'm struck, as well, by what seems to be a gap ... or maybe several ...
in their lists. And, being an amateur taxonomist and incorrigible entrepreneur, I view a gap as a puzzle to be solved and a potential market to be served. I'll take the time over the next few days to reflect on the gaps, and then pose a couple of questions and see if I can add to the fun. I'll be gratified if the result adds to the conversation established by John and Alistair, as well as those raised by James Urquhart, Greg Ness, Bert Armijo, Dave Durkee, and Rich Wellner (among others). (I'm most appreciative of Bert's most recent posts as well as the fun poked at the Cloud Computing Expo's Twenty Experts Define Cloud Computing piece.)

Inside the Cloud: 9 Sectors to Watch - GigaOM

There’s already a ton of activity taking place in the cloud computing space, so much so that it can be hard to know who to watch. In many cases, it’s too early to pick winners. But there are distinct sectors of the IT industry that are particularly well suited to the on-demand, pay-as-you-go economics of cloud computing. Here are eight segments — and one company that’s a segment all its own — that we’re tracking closely.

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Cloud computing is also responsible for a cool trend of people pubishing "database community websites" which are similar to wikis in that the database content on the site is provided by the users themselves.

Here are two examples of database community sites:

www.PhotoEnforced.com

www.GasPricesCentral.com

They are 100% free to use - search and post data. Besides that the information is freely made available to anyone.

For a more centralized cloud data resource, www.OpenDatabase.info is an experiment in open databases in the cloud. It is like a search engine for data content. Again, it is free for anyone to use, both search and post data.

These trends are exciting for the masses, and made possible by cloud computing.
Jul 20, 2008 at 11:26AM | Unregistered Commenteramuletc

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