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Attention Span 2009.04.29

In case you're wondering, I've been experimenting with keeping a running post of things that I encounter during the day. I now believe that putting a little running commentary / reaction in addition to a salient quote is the best approach. With any luck, there are a few of these that may find their way into a full-blown post soon.

Here's what caught my eye.

Google's Take on Cloud Computing

There's quite a bit of talk these days about corporations building a "private cloud" with concepts like virtualization, and there can be significant benefits to this approach. But those advantages are amplified greatly when customers use applications in the scalable datacenters provided by companies like Google, Amazon, Salesforce.com and soon, Microsoft. In this model, customers can leverage hardware infrastructure, distributed software infrastructure, and applications that are built for the cloud, and let us run it for them. This offers them much lower cost applications, and removes the IT maintenance burden that can cripple many organizations today. It also allows customers to deliver innovation to their end users much more rapidly.

Security simplified

Let me propose a better way to approach security.   Start with three simple rules of security.

1. Good end point security assumes the network is hostile.

2. Good network security assumes the end point is hostile.

3. Good data security assumes the user is hostile.

Applying these simple concepts is a powerful way to direct security investments, product development, and ultimately achieve better security.

SolarWinds adds IP address management to Orion

SolarWinds hopes to provide another option for IT managers looking to optimize their IP address management (IPAM) processes. The company this week announced a new add-on module for its Orion management suite as well as a free tool customers can download to get started tracking IP addresses

Reliable messaging - 'feeds meet queues'

The BBC uses AMQP/RabbitMQ as the basis for Feeds Hub. 'Some of the more high level requirements we aim to solve with Feeds Hub include giving data source owners who register feeds proper usage statistics on how and where their data is used and how effective the feed is (stats on click-throughs). ...

Tier 1 Research: Higher Prices Ahead for Data Centers

This is an interesting turn of events. Particularly because the banks (and infrastructure providers) have long-enough memories to remember the collapse of Exodus and other capital-intensive co-lo facilities. If the hosting providers -> XaaS providers start looking too much like those companies, it will be NO surprise that the banks and suppliers who might otherwise be willing to put purchases on the tab, will make it MORE expensive for those companies that are supplying the Cloud and are, in fact, capital intensive.

Demand for data center services has declined only slightly, Golding says, while the amount of new supply has been constrained by the credit crunch. The tough economy has led many many providers to hold pricing steady, but that trend won’t hold as the supply-demand imbalance continues to deteriorate in major data center markets, particularly if the economy improves.

Wolfram|Alpha ... the time approaches

Still wanting to get behind the wheel of this puppy...

Stephen Wolfram, creator of the Wolfram/Alpha search engine, on Tuesday demonstrated his much ballyhooed “computational knowledge engine” at a talk at Harvard University. Wolfram likened his effort to reproducing a global reference library and said Wolfram/Alpha will launch in “a few weeks.”

IBM's Dynamic Infrastructure and Service Management Ctr for Cloud Computing

Hmm... despite protestations to the contrary, this still seems suspiciously similar to the SOSM (Same Ol' Systems Management) from Tivoli ...

IBM Service Management helps you manage the complexities of cloud computing by delivering visibility, control and automation across your dynamic, virtualized environment:

Visibility to respond faster and make better decisions, delivering improved visibility into the performance and availability of services that span heterogeneous and virtual environments.

Control to manage risk, compliance and shared costs, providing security management across shared infrastructures and applications. Also helps you monitor shared resource usage and cost in a virtualized environment.

Automation to lower costs and build agility into your operations, enabling you to leverage automation to address the operational complexities associated with managing virtual resources.

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