Cloud Building: Trusted Multi-Tenancy Requirements


There are two primary actors in a cloud deployment, the customer of the cloud (Tenant) and the provider of the cloud (Provider). They represent a standard client / server relationship requiring a strong contract and visible performance against that contract. I believe that there are a set of key capabilities required in order to maximize the adoption [by Tenants] of [Provider] cloud infrastructure. They are detailed as follows. Flexibity The…

Project Razor: EMC and Puppet Labs


Today EMC and Puppet Labs are releasing via open source community contribution, a key module that serves to ground the last mile of the DevOps process. Project Razor is a tool that I've personally been looking for, for years. Razor is a service oriented (RESTful), model based, and policy driven "Operating System provisioning tool" which use their native installers for hardware compatibility. During the project design meetings, we determined that we…

Big Data Exchanges: Of Shopping Malls and the Law of Gravity


Working for a Storage Systems company, we are constantly looking at both the technical as well as social/marketplace challenges to our business strategy. Leading to the coining of "Cloud Meets Big Data" from EMC last year, EMC has been looking at the trends that "should" tip the balances around real "Cloud Information Management" as opposed to "data management" which is really what dominates todays practice. There are a couple of…

Big Data Universe: “Too Big to Know”


I was surfing to WGBH on Saturday when I came across a lecture by with David Weinberger (surrounding his new book Too Big to Know). I was sucked in when he eluded to brick and mortar libraries as yesterdays public commons, and pointed to discontinuous and disconnected nature of books / paper. The epitaph may read something like this "book killed by hyperlink, the facts of the matter are whatever…

The Greenplum “Big Data” Cloud Warehouse


The Data Warehouse space has been red hot lately. Everyone knows the top tier players, as well as the emergents. What have become substantial issues are the complexity of scale/growth of enterprise analytics (every department needs one) and increasing management burden that business data warehouses are placing on IT. Like the wild west, a business technology selection is made for "local" reasons, and the more "global" concerns are left to…

SOA + SOI = VOA?


So there has been much ado from commercial technologists, analysts and press about the emergence of SOA as a silver bullet in the defining of a common Enterprise / Inter-Enterprise Service model, and in an approach to the re-factoring of existing legacy systems. Though there are almost as many approaches to SOA as there are articles defining and re-defining the terms, one of the critical lessons is that SOA will…