Cloud Cloudiness

Confusion Persists

Through several posts on this blog, we discussed the many aspects of confusion around the term, “Cloud Computing.”¬† After attending this year’s Cloud Expo in New York City and seeing the same three-layer stack (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) slide in fifty half of the presentations, I have to conclude that confusion still exists in the minds of the IT community trying to come to terms with the ongoing commotion over “Cloud.”¬† In this writer’s humble opinion, there is very little new food for thought that’s emerged from the Cloud conversation over the past year.*¬† ¬†The proliferation of genuine commercially available cloud services, and the proliferation of conferences and articles on cloud computing seemingly have not improved the understanding of those who are confused about what is and what isn’t cloud computing.¬† ¬†In this article, we will touch upon those old misunderstandings and some of the new ones.

Data Privacy in the Cloud

We’ve just wrapped up day-one of this year’s Cloud Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.¬† You know, it’s been nearly a year since I attended Cloud World in San Francisco, and over that period of time it surprises me how little new anyone is saying about cloud computing.¬† It borders on raining sophistry here at the cloud show, and definitions (and redefinitions) of IaaS, Paas, and SaaS are still being drilled into attendee’s heads.¬† Maybe the abundance of attendance is to be attributed to the possibility that the IT community is still sorting out architectural rationalization of cloud computing, but in my humble opinion it’s high time to move on to meatier food for thought.

It is notable to observe the number of businesses emerging to capitalize on the nuts and bolts issues that arise when an enterprise takes those first steps into a formal cloud computing scenario.¬† In that regard, one of the few “wow, now that’s cool” moments for me in the conference so far was an introduction to a company called Perspecsys.

Solar Power Incentives from US Government

We’ve talked about wind power for data centers and mission critical facilities, and often the subject of solar power comes up in those same conversations.¬† Dedicated commercial solar installations generating more than a megawatt are rare, and as such have very limited contribution as an energy alternative for data centers.¬† There is growing interest though, in the implementation of solar generating capacity for a slightly different reason.

Top Issues and Trends in the Financial Services Vertical

TelX hosted a financial services roundtable event at their Financial Business Exchange (FBX) data center in Clifton, New Jersey. The panel of industry experts (and TelX customers) was moderated by the TABB Group’s Kevin McPartland, and introduced by TelX CEO Eric Shepcaro.

Mr. Shepcaro introduced the event by giving his own personal background about why we find ourselves hosting and attending an event like this. In other words, what is it that has created this focus on the financial services vertical by so many data center providers with property in locations such as New York City, Chicago, Toronto, and London? One issue clearly is the drive toward automation (of trading and other financial transactions). Electronic automation that is commonplace today was not thought of as recently as ten years ago, even as consumer-focused online trading services were emerging. Changes in technology are also driving this interest. Technology changes at the network level, server level, and even at the silicon level are impacting what is happening within this vertical and within the data center itself. Changes from the regulatory perspective are also in play, and of course the rebounding of the global economy is fueling momentum in the financial services vertical.