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New Cloud Commons Community

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

New Cloud Commons Community Helps IT professionals to learn and engage with peers.  This new community will help them figure out how to best use cloud computing in the world we live in.

“We are helping to develop a set of business-centric measures, mixing quantitative and qualitative data, that will provide chief information officers with a standardized method for comparing cloud services from internal or external providers,” Jane Siegel and Jeff Perdue, both senior scientists at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, said in a statement.

Among the key components of the site will be:

  • A marketplace of cloud computing service offerings. This marketplace is expected to include vendor service ratings to enable participants to compare service options.
  • An area that will allow participants to provide feedback on their experience with third-party cloud services.
  • Features that will encourage: peer collaboration and networking, commentary on content posted on the site, and the sharing of cloud best practices.
  • Articles from industry analysts and subject matter experts, blog feeds from industry leaders, as well as white papers and stories on experiences from IT professionals.

Questions that they help IT cloud professionals answer:

  • What is cloud computing?
  • How is cloud computing different from hosting and outsourcing?
  • Why has cloud computing emerged now?
  • What are the benefits of cloud computing?
  • What are the risks of cloud computing?
  • What workloads should we run in the cloud today? What shouldn’t we run in the cloud?
  • Should we move to a private cloud as a steppingstone to the public cloud?
  • What three questions should we ask a cloud computing provider?
  • How should we get started with cloud computing?
  • Is cloud computing a revolution or an evolution?

“Today, there is no comprehensive, unbiased source that solicits and aggregates the most current and relevant knowledge about cloud computing and the accumulated, actual experiences that organizations are having with the cloud,” said David Hodgson, senior vice president of the Cloud Products & Solutions business line at CA Technologies. “Cloud Commons will address this need — providing IT professionals with situational awareness and visibility into what is possible with the cloud.”  This should help our world to develop a standard for cloud hosting.  This will help everyone to be on the same page.

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New Community for Cloud Users launched by Compuware

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
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Compuware has launched a dedicated service for cloud computing users.  Their cloud technology (known as Cloudsleuth) will help “assess response times from various cloud providers.”

“We’re going to be adding features between now and the official launch,” said Richard Stone, Compuware’s solutions manager for cloud computing.  Stone said that one of the key aspects of the site was to demonstrate that the Internet was not some sort of flat terrain, with the same level of accessibility for everyone.”The Internet is not flat, and you don’t get the same sort of experience everywhere you go.

Apparently it helps to determine load speed and location “It’s not quite real-time, it takes a couple of minutes to re-load,” he said, “but it’s near enough. But it also provides location-based reports from where you actually are.”

Later Stone added that the site will be free, adding that Compuware will not be collecting any identifiable personal information. “We want to encourage people to sign up – the whole purpose of the community is that the community builds it.”

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