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Archives for March, 2009


“Open Cloud Manifesto” or “Private Cloud Manifesto”?

by David M. Smith  |  March 28, 2009  |  6 Comments

I’ve been travelling this week visiting over a dozen companies talking about cloud computing. So while my mailbox and phone have been filling up and ringing off the hook with people asking me what my take is, I finally have time to write down my first thoughts on the subject. Originally I was going to [...]

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My research at Gartner

by David M. Smith  |  March 23, 2009  |  Comments Off

Those of you reading this blog may be interested in what I am working on for Gartner clients. The following is a good place to start (Many are group efforts.): Recent Cloud Computing research: Cloud Computing Services: A Model for Categorizing and Characterizing Capabilities Delivered From the Cloud Key Attributes Distinguish Cloud Computing Services Global Class: [...]

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Browsers in the Cloud?

by David M. Smith  |  March 19, 2009  |  Comments Off

Taking in all the news and ambiance at MIX09, one thing struck me as I was watching the first day keynote. The first actual product or tool discussed was something called Expression SuperView, a tool that allows web developers to view their pages in multiple browsers side-by-side. Eventually it will support other browsers, but for [...]

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Humor: If Sarah Palin were part of the cloud debate…

by David M. Smith  |  March 13, 2009  |  5 Comments

Those of you who know me know I have a somewhat unique sense of humor. Yes, I know, I should keep my day job.  I wish I had the cartoon talent of my colleague Daryl Plummer, whose g-men strip is taking the interclouds by storm.  But, I don’t. So I will settle for continued attempts [...]

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Cloud, Carpet and Tiles

by David M. Smith  |  March 6, 2009  |  1 Comment

Well, this title no doubt will get your attention. No, it’s not about magic carpet rides in the clouds. It’s yet another attempt to try to explain some of the nuances behind cloud computing. This idea came about an internal research discussion with a bunch of us cloud analysts pondering the meaning of life and [...]

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Whatever…

by David M. Smith  |  March 2, 2009  |  Comments Off

There comes a time in the evolution of IT industry buzzwords when I inevitably throw up my hands and say “whatever”.  In order to get past it, I usually offer a “common sense” definition that works 90% of the time and captures the “zeitgeist” of the term. And then I end with standard advice that [...]

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