Sep 28, 2008

Is IT of the Future Firmly Rooted in the 'Cloud'?

This is NOT my title. Here is an article, which talks about Cloud Computing & Enterprise IT-
Is IT of the Future Firmly Rooted in the 'Cloud'?

Sep 24, 2008

Cloud Computing & ISP

In my earlier blog, i talked about the impact of cloud computing on the sw/hw/network infrastructure and need for a new architecture. I got lot's of good feedback for it...

This one is about the cloud computing impact on ISP's.

I recently went to my favorite Peet's in Cupertino and after i made the payment for coffee, i got a small paper. As usual I told them that no need for receipt. But cashier told me, "no sir, it's for your 2 hr free internet -password for wifi". It was handy even though i used it for 15mins before my friend came...Easy to get connected.

Then, few days back on the gym i was watching TV. If i remember correctly, I think I saw the ATT Internet advertisement and it talked about how their internet service is "mobile". You can use it anywhere... I really like it.

Then happened an interesting situation for me. My wife asked me to buy some school uniform from a speciality store in Saratoga and I left my office little earlier in the evening. Only after I drove out of the office campus, i realised that i need the exact address in Saratoga downturn. Even though, i been to several times, can't remember it. Then, I have to drive back to office campus and open my laptop in parking lot to use the wifi to find out the address.

The above incident brought the memories of ATT Internet advertisement & Free Peet's internet.

Now, I am now wondering why should I pay close to $45.00/month for Comcast which offers internet only to my home? Why can't i take my internet with me?

The cloud applications are now part of our life - both from personal(consumer) perspective & business(employee) perspective. The ISP has to go mobile. It can't be just physically attached to a place.

I am one of the early customers of cable- @Home, ATT and Comcast. I am now seriously wondering why can't subscribe to some thing like ATT so that i can be connected all the time!

Sep 3, 2008

Cloud Computing & Infrastructure Impact

It's been a while, i wrote a blog entry. It was a busy summer with vacation, back-to-school, new 1.0 product releases,etc... Hopefully, I should be able to write regularly here onwards, as the trees started shedding leaves!

I was thinking hard about "CC" & II(cloud computing & infrastructure impact) in the summer and thought of sharing some of my experiences!

There is no better time than today to blog about it, as we all just started using the Google's new browser.

Why Chrome? What is the II of CC? Is there any fundamental architecture changes needed? What about security? What about reliability?

There are so many questions... IMO, Cloud Computing does have great impact on the old infrastructure.

The simple reason is that Web1.0 was built on "Client/Server" architecture with a browser front end. It was the same client/server infrastructure which was built 20 years back and modified to spit out HTML/HTTP to the browsers. This thin web layer created ton's of patches & proprietary agents in the under lying infrastructure. It's funny that even the widely-used web server got the name from " a patchy" server to NCSA HTTPD. (Apache)

In the current generation, whether you call it as Web 2.0 or Cloud Computing or what ever buzz word, you like...these patches & proprietary agents are replaced with "true" web scale computing. For example OpenID.

So, it's NO MORE just HTML/HTTP to the browsers. It's more than's about any-type of applications talking to any-type of interface to applications...SLA over web is becoming critical...transaction-oriented business applications in addition to the consumer apps...SaaS is becoming mainstream...2 way web with blogs & wiki's...service oriented communications....platform as service...scale, security & reliability becomes critical...the list goes on & on.

The old client/server infrastructure is getting replaced by the new real web infrastructure and is laying foundation for the next 10 years of Cloud Computing.

It's an interesting time in the web infrastructure space, to support the evolving cloud computing.