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Cloud computing has essentially been private from the beginning. Google, for one, demonstrates that the world's most successful search engine runs not on an IBM Power, Sun Enterprise, or other massively powerful machine engineered for business by the go-to-vendors for computer solutions. More in keeping with its democratic, spare, and ubiquitous, engineering ethos Google created a "cloud" of white box computer - throw-away hardware servers running Linux. Rather than purchase software box-software or hire a large consulting firm to design and build the infrastructure, Google engineered proprietary software to enable search requests and indexing tasks to be coordinated across this white "cloud" of white box hardware. Like most innovations that somehow become synonymous with brilliance and innovation, the innovation of using large numbers of identical machines to process... (more)

Fine Arts Fraud Management: fine Arts Catalog Resonee and Provenance Coming to Force.com

Humble beginnings. But I'm glad that the platform does a lot of the heavy lifting and helps to enable features that were otherwise out of reach on my budget. If this is a true tech bubble I will receive offers from investors on the basis of this screenshot alone. And that would be smart money, but most people don't look at a simple screenshot and connect the dots so quickly unless there's a good reason to do so--like a race to fund the best and brightest new platforms. The J. Paul Getty Museum collection comes alive with Google Goggles ... (more)

Explosive Little Cloud Memo to a Customer in Financial Services

Let me break it down and at the same time preserve the “gestalt” of what’s going on in cloud today. I’m leaving a lot out, but I’m taking a lot in at the same time…. API Management / SOA Capability One of the major forces in enterprise today is the need to move to a "platform" approach to services. And a technology that may assist with the discovery, management, security, and ecosystem around a platform, is API management. Some firms you may have heard of include Layer 7 Tech (recently acquired by CA), as well as Apigee, and Mashery. Regardless of whether you expect to deploy in ... (more)

What Movers in the Cloud Stand to Win in the $444B SMB Market Space

While much discussion of the cloud assumes the needs and concerns of large enterprises will determine how the cloud evolves, in fact AAPL, MSFT, DELL, AMZN signal that the migration of the fragmented $444B annual SMB tech spend from small datacenters to the cloud will redefine the industry far sooner and on a more sweeping and final scale than presently anticipated. The move of the SMB may determine the winners and losers long before the enterprise has made a significant investment. While "smokestack" and "brick and mortar" firms remain highly susceptible to "oil price shock," e... (more)

What’s Missing from “Cloud First” in the Enterprise?

My first experience with an "inverted yield curve" was in 2000 just prior to the tech bubble bursting. I was working on a financial portal for an investment bank and one of the charts was a yield curve. It looked odd all of a sudden, so I looked it up in a book of financial terms. An inverted yield is indicated when interest rates for short-term capital are higher than interest rates for long-term capital. In other words, people are willing to pay a significant price to alleviate short-term concerns because they're focused on the now and not so concerned about one year, three yea... (more)