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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The 4th Wave of computing.... is a (cirrus) cloud

The recent Xconomy Forum - The Realities of Cloud Computing, brought together thought leaders from all aspects of IT advancement: Big companies and startups; investors and educators; scientists and authors; and we discussed and debated the realities of commodity reliable infrastructure to serve the needs of all businesses and consumers.

The cloud, driven by four big things, none of which are hype, and all of which are changing the way we compute.

  1. Power and cooling are expensive. Today, it costs far more to run computers than it does to buy them in the first place. To save on power, we’re building data centers near dams; for cooling, we’re considering using decommissioned ships. This is about economics and engineering.
  2. Demand is global. Storage itself may be cheap, but data processing at scale is hard to do. With millions of consumers using a service, putting data next to computing is the only way to satisfy them.
  3. Computing is ubiquitous. We’ve lost our desktop affinity. Most of the devices in the world that can access the Internet aren’t desktops; they’re cell phones. Keeping applications and content on a desktop isn’t just old-fashioned — it’s inconvenient.
  4. Applications are built from massive, smart parts. Clouds give developers building blocks they couldn’t build themselves, from storage to authentication to friend feeds to CRM interfaces, letting coders stand on the shoulders of giants.
Many parallels have been drawn between the dawning age of cloud computing, and Bill Gates retirement from Microsoft last week. One era passes to the next: the 3rd wave of computing, which was dominated by heavy client server applications and a legacy IT mindset, is now shifting to the 4th wave, which is embracing on-demand infrastructure and applications that deliver just-in-time functionality at a reasonable cost. This is the beauty and the promise of cloud computing to solve more and more IT pain points. All the while preserving security and reliability to the satisfaction of more and more enterprises looking to leap ahead of the status quo.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sonian is your cloud-compute data fortress

Cloud computing is here. The hype is turning into reality. The key to harnessing the power of the cloud is to create a moat around your data silo and know only you have access to the information. Enterprises should use services that surround your data with a security blanket. In the Sonian case, the "security blanket" is a combination of SSL and AES technologies. Think of Sonian as a virtual extension of your own data center in the cloud. This is the best of both worlds: Get the benefit of cloud computing reliability and scalability without the concerns of losing control of your data.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Visit Sonian at Enterprise 2.0 Conference

Sonian will be discussing Enterprise 2.0 Hosted Email Archive trends at the Amazon Web Services pavilion during the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston this week. Please stop by and see a demo and learn more about harnessing cloud compute power and reliability to manage your hosted email archiving needs.

We're giving away a pair of Red Sox tickets each day at 2:30, so come on by and we look forward to seeing you at the Amazon booth.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

MITX Technology Awards Panel Dicusssion

This evening I participated in a panel discussion at the annual MITX Technology Awards. This years "What's New, What's Next" theme was all about cloud computing and the future of ad-supported software services. There is increasing interest from SaaS customers to be offered a choice in how they "pay" for their software-as-a-service subscriptions. There are many indications, from Microsoft and others, SaaS vendors will begin to offer advertising supported subscription models to help price sensitive groups afford enterprise-class services. This will be an interesting trend to follow.