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Attention Span 2009.04.30 (Morning Edition)

What caught my attention today this morning:

Is Social Media a Hostile Work Environment

There is a very real danger in making the use of social media an “official” part of a person’s role within the organization without guidelines and expectations. When one chooses to interact via social media they bear the responsibility. They can follow and unfollow at will, and they can always decide it’s too hostile for them and choose not to interact.

Beyond Using Open Source

Coté at Redmonk recaps a recent presentation given at the Free Open Source software License Insight Conference in Korea. It's a great consolidation of the issues involved in corporate use of OSS, but more importantly makes the point that corporate "use" is best accompanied by corporate "contribution."

For an organization, open source offers the chance to of not only lower costs, more open communities to draw from, and, in the best case, innovative software. Ultimately, moving beyond simply “using” open source into being involved with and supporting open source affords the organization a better chance to share control over the ongoing life of software it depends on. This translates into more overall control of an organization’s own destiny, which is clearly a highly desirable outcome for any strategic decision, such as becoming more involved in open source.

Surgient revs fake server headache pill

In my continuing search for virtual systems management vendors that are succeeding in the current environment, Surgient continues to show up as one of the few pure VSM plays that's doing well.

..the Surgient tool has grown up into a self-service kiosk of sorts for physical and virtual servers that takes away a lot of the headaches of - and for some, perhaps the paychecks of - system administrators who have to set up, test, and deploy iron (physical or virtual makes little different) to run applications.

Akamai: We're a Cloud Provider, Not a CDN  

During yesterday's first-quarter earnings call, Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) CEO Paul Sagan might have signaled a shift in describing the company as a cloud computing provider, moving away from dreaded term "CDN" (content delivery network).

According to the transcript of yesterday's call you'll find only about 10 mentions of "delivery" or "content delivery," some of which are tied to the description of what other competitors have to offer. But do a search for "cloud" or "cloud computing" and you'll see that Sagan mentioned those terms 14 times.

Analyzing The Cloud

Mike Schaffner of Forbes on the affinities for cloud computing that naturally occur within small- to medium-enterprises (SMEs) and the possible diseconomies for large enterprise pointed out by the McKinsey 'Clearing the air on cloud computing' report. It's still an over-simplified argument, and definitely does NOT take into account the distinction between cloud services and internal cloud computing.

(Will) Forrest (of McKinsey & Co.) contends that the labor savings of going to the cloud are not as significant as perceived as it relates primarily to "touch labor" roles of the data center. This analysis is basically a traditional "make vs. buy" supply chain analysis, and therefore, it is not surprising that some large enterprises could have equal or better economics by keeping the data center in-house.

If you agree with Forrest's analysis, it would be logical to expect cloud computing to make inroads within SMEs but not large enterprises. This is the exact same conclusion we came to earlier but from an entirely different approach.

Cloud Security Needs Its Rainmaker

George Hulme assesses the announcement of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), picks a few nits, may have even picked a few legitimate fights.

If you think it's tough managing identities, devices, malware, exploit attacks, mitigating software vulnerabilities, and conducting meaningful audits today -- you haven't seen anything yet compared to what's coming with the hyper-connected nature of data, people, infrastructure, devices, and applications in "The Cloud."

Explaining and selling this important fact to business leaders, IT vendors, service providers, and convincing corporations that they're better off to pay a little now for much better security -- than to pay much more later on for much less security -- is perhaps the CSA's most important and ambitious task.

I ask you to join the debate on Twitter hashtag #csaguide

Power corrupts. Imaginary power corrupts obsoletely

What he said...

Could it be that Twitter has become the gin cart of our time - not in all cases, but in enough to constitute a kind of methadone for TV addicts? Just a thought.

My point, however, isn’t about TV or Twitter, or SEO, or obsessive posting for its own sake. It’s about being constructive. Because I think life is a constant series of choices. Either we put our shoulder to a wheel, or we just take a ride. Either we build something, or we just occupy a space.

What's Mad Cloud Disease (MCD)?

People are found sitting in a meeting and starting to mumble strange words like scalability, capex, opex, Amazon, EC2, S3, EBS, SimpleDB, AppEngine, Salesforce, or Azure.

Beware, those men and woman are infested with a newly discovered illness: the Mad Cloud Disease (MCD)

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