This is a new technology that will virtualize the network. I think I need to see an example so I can understand what this means, but I think it may allow applications to look at the network in an abstract way that will be very powerful. Probably can’t even grok the impact of this yet.
Now I’m getting really off topic. But, what was the topic anyways?
I used to be a programmer and had a spin-out company from Queen’s University in early 1980s where we had designed and implemented an awesome and mathematically robust parallel programming language, Nial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nial.
Listen, this was a loooong time ago – there was a bit of a Unix micro-computer bubble and the IBM PC arrived around 1982. Our research group was sponsored by IBM back then.
Anyways, the article below talks about how difficult distributed programming is. But, there is a new kind of application layering going on now with the cloud. I understand that it’s not easy to design a scalable application for the cloud, but I don’t think you have to worry so much about the grotty details that you do when distributed systems programming. I think you can achieve a tremendous amount by working primarily at the application layer and letting the virtualization and load-balancing do a lot of the auto-magic. I do know something about load balancing distributed systems as I wrote my Master’s on it and I also know that there is still a lot of promise that isn’t quite yet delivered in the cloud.
On the other hand I am not a programmer any more, so if it is still very very difficult, it’s not my problem!
A Canadian company that is one of the largest solar panel producers in the world are part of this international Green IT project.
US based company that does power management in the cloud.
Day 2 of the national cloud conference’s morning panel on corporate change was the most entertaining and thought-provoking for me. A big discussion was whether to start a separate group with cloud skills and migrate the enterprise to the new group, or on the other hand, to have champions within the existing structure. It was felt that the cloud is a new way of doing business, definitely not just a new technology.
Some of my tweets from the conference:
“bite the elephant one bite at a time” = transition to the #cloud is a journey, good IT, once on the journey will never look back
If IT doesn’t provide it, then the users will go around IT -> reason IT depts must move to #cloud
Winners are often pioneers, but most pioneers fail – First mover paradox. Canada can still be first mover in #cloud
The #cloud is the perfect storm. It is not hype. It will deliver faster, cheaper, better
Bring your own device is the new way of business and security has to deal with it
Public clouds may in fact be more secure than private #clouds as they have the best IT expertise and it is their core business