smack.addict writes: Most of the takes on the AWS outage have been about the negative impact it's had on AWS customers and cloud computing as a whole. While the real impact on customers and the social web are real, the truth is that this incident illustrates the value cloud computing provides, not its downside.
smack.addict writes: The author of Cloud Application Architectures has posted a mind map that helps make sense of the cloud computing space. It breaks down the full cloud stack, provides insight into who the key players are, and what you need to know as you embark on a cloud computing project
smack.addict writes: Cloud computing has deluded programmers into thinking they no longer need sys admins. The cloud enables the automation of many of the tedious tasks on which programmers have traditionally looked to sys admins to support. Without those barriers, it takes just a credit card for programmer to fancy themselves as sys admins. Don't let the ease of provisioning fool you; your cloud needs a sys admin.
smack.addict writes: "Caught in the middle of the back-and forth between Microsoft and the Open Cloud Manifesto team is the question, what does it mean for the cloud to be Open?
All of the vendors in the cloud space have paid lip service to the idea of Openness in the cloud; and most everyone believes that being "Open" is a "good thing". In an environment in which few people agree on the specifics of defining the term "cloud computing", what exactly does it mean to have an Open Cloud?"
George Reese writes: "It seems a lot of people are mistaking the very valuable benefit that cloud computing enables of dynamically scaling your infrastructure with the potentially dangerous ability to automatically scale your infrastructure in real-time based on actual demand. This O'Reilly blog entry discusses why auto-scaling is not as cool a feature as you might think."