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Last Week in Performance Industry - April #3 Edition

OpenStack - What Will It Become?

With the OpenStack Summit just finished, David Linthicum comments on the state of the OpenStack: "While OpenStack clearly has the momentum, it’s not seeing a large number of installations yet, certainly not up to the levels of AWS and VMWare." OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing project that is a free open source software released under the terms of the Apache License. Some of the prominent users of OpenStack include NASA, CERN, Rackspace, AT&T. "The objective of the OpenStack organization is to keep companies in-line around API compatibility," Linthicum continues and brings a thorough summary of what is OpenStack's commitment now, what will it be in the future, and what are their current promises. "Keep in mind that the very players that OpenStack will have to police in the forthcoming years, fund OpenStack," Linthicum reminds us but concludes: "I suspect that it [OpenStack] will become a family of strong cloud computing technologies."

Find full article, graph and reviews at GigaOm.


Joseph Turian: The pros and cons of using a Hadoop

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The state of the Hadoop market has recently been much discussed at GigaOm. Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications, licensed under the Apache license. Many large organizations are using Hadoop today to run large distributed computations, e.g. Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, LinkedIn, Last.fm. Jo Maitland, for GigaOm, interviews Joseph Turian, a consultant on data monetization and machine learning, on the state of Hadoop. Their full talk is recorded and available in one GigaOm podcast episode. Turian answers to Maitland's questions, such as:

  • What's the latest buzz on Hadoop, in particular all the noise around SQL on Hadoop and why this is an important trend.
  • What companies think about when they consider implementing Hadoop in the context of existing systems like Enterprise Data Warehouses.
  • Do we think the writing is on the wall for purpose-built, expensive data analytics boxes like Oracle Exadata?
  • Is Hadoop yet another silo for IT operations to manage and what are the solutions to this?
  • Is analytics on streaming data something we will all be doing at some point?

Listen to the podcast here.


Cisco and Microsoft: Virtualizing Data Centers

Cisco's Unified Computing System technology is to be combined with Microsoft cloud computing technologies to offer new products. "Cisco is combining its Unified Computing System (UCS) converged data center solution with Microsoft’s Fast Track 3.0 architecture offerings to give businesses integrated solutions that will make it easier for them to provision, deploy and manage their data center environments, according to the two companies. In addition, Cisco is offering new Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 packages that can leverage options from either EMC and its year-old VSPEX integrated virtualization solution or NetApp and its FlexPod technology," as reported by Jeffrey Burt for EWeek.

Satinder Sethi, vice president of data center solutions at Cisco, said in a statement: "Alliances like the one we have with Microsoft allow us the opportunity to jointly develop innovative and integrated solutions to help drive out data center complexity, in turn delivering simplified operations, and improved information technology productivity and data center utilization for our partners and customers.”

“Microsoft’s Cloud OS approach, based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, gives customers a comprehensive platform for implementing their infrastructure on premises, with a hosting service provider, and in the cloud,” Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center, said.

Cisco and Microsoft, besides offering new products, are together developing a go-to-market strategy for channel partners that resell both Cisco data center and Microsoft Cloud OS technologies.

See some additional comments on the Cisco-Microsoft partnering up, at Datamation.


The Wired: States Taxing the Cloud

"It seems that politicians are finally starting to realize that this cloud computing “thing” is actually generating a lot of revenue," writes Robbie Wright for The Wired. They want their slice of the pie, he is fully aware.

While at this task, among other things, Wright asks, do The States consider:

  • Where, exactly, do you tax the cloud?
  • What do you do with the mobile user who is potentially consuming services across many geographies?
  • Does cloud taxation discourage technological advancement?

Overall, he concludes, tax codes haven't caught up with cloud technology yet, and it is questionable whether they ever will. Yet, legislators keep pursuing applying the taxation to web-based services (e.g. Massachusetts)

He further tries to deconstruct some logic of the cloud economy: "Implement the tax, and the cloud service cost goes up." However, the cloud taxation doesn't change much from a ROI perspective, e.g. "Gartner projects spending on public cloud services will grow at nearly 19% and that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will grow at about 41% from 2011 to 2016. So, does a 4.5% increase in the cost of cloud really impact that equation if the cloud total cost of ownership is literally less than half of the on-premise solution?"

Read the full article by Robbie Wright at The Wired.


Beyond the Hype: Is Cloud Computing the New Normal?

Sunil Jose, vice president of applications at Oracle, Sanket Atal, CTO of Makemytrip.com, Sanjeev Prasad, CIO of Genpact, and Biswajeet Mahapatra, research director of Gartner, explain in a video all about cloud computing and why is it getting more important for companies to consider incorporating cloud-enabled platforms.

Watch the full show at NDTV.

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