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Bill McColl

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Bill McColl's "Cloud N" Blog This is an incredibly important time for the cloud computing area. But let’s try and move the discussion of it in the press along from an obsession with new datacenter buildings located by power stations, with the total server numbers at Microsoft and Google, and with Amazon’s hourly pricing for EC2. Interesting though those aspects of cloud computing appear to be to journalists, they hardly represent what is really industry changing about cloud computing. What are some of the new directions in the massively parallel cloud computing space? I’ll mention four that I’m particularly interested in, that are exciting and challenging, and that I think will have a huge impact on the industry. If you have others in mind, then feel free to add your ideas. Here are my four areas for what they’re worth: Cloudbursting. Seamlessly and automatically migra... (more)

The Intercloud

Within five years we will have dozens of public clouds and thousands of private clouds. The intercloud is now taking shape and will be the infrastructure on which the next generation of apps and services will be built. At Cloudscale we have been developing the first intercloud platform - a platform for the world’s realtime apps, with seamless integration from desktop or mobile clients to realtime intercloud analytics. As more and more major systems vendors launch public clouds, and private clouds rapidly proliferate via “Private Azure”, Eucalyptus and other offerings, it will b... (more)

Welcome To The Realtime Intercloud

In the past it was so much easier. Search engines could crawl the web at a leisurely pace, clean up the data, build indexes, and every so often provide a new, improved search experience with more web pages covered. That was the internet, the old non-realtime internet. Today it’s different! Not only are people interested in a lot more than just web pages, they want to see everything LIVE, IN REALTIME. NO DELAYS. NO LATENCY. The solutions that were fine for the old web just don’t cut it for the realtime web. It’s the same with enterprise applications and services. In the past all ... (more)

Cloud Computing for Everyone

Early Bird at CLoud Expo In computing, big revolutions happen whenever a new technology comes along that enables everyone to do something that could previously only be done by a small number of technology experts, or only by those with tons of money and technical talent. Personal computing (Microsoft, Apple), Publishing (Adobe), Search (Google), Video (YouTube), News/Journalism (blogs) are all examples of this kind of disruptive revolutionary change. What's the next big game changer? In a word - Apps! We are about to move to an era in which everyone will be able to build their o... (more)

Google Dumps MapReduce

Over the past five years, MapReduce and Hadoop have been widely used for processing big data from the web, both in-house and in the cloud. However, we are now in an era where news, search, marketing, commerce and many other key aspects of the web are becoming much more social, more mobile, and more realtime. In response to these changes, major web companies are realizing that the "big data analytics" that is driving many of their services needs to be radically changed in order to move it into this realtime era. No company sees this more clearly than Google, the company that origi... (more)