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Private Clouds Brighten the Post-McKinsey Gloom

You have to give McKinsey & Co. credit — its report questioning the cost efficiency of cloud computing has legs. It has been more than two weeks since the report was released, and the hits just keep on coming. The report has raised the hackles of public cloud supporters (rightfully so), and it has raised the profile of private clouds, which McKinsey summarily dismissed when it suggested virtualization as the on-premise alternative to the cloud.…

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VMware, Oracle-Sun Dominate the Headlines

It will take a long time before we really can take stock of the respective successes of this week's two huge events -- VMware releasing its vSphere cloud operating system, and Oracle buying Sun Microsystems -- but that didn't stop copious amounts of speculation. And why should it have? While both announcements promise to have profound effects, they also leave plenty of unanswered questions.…

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VMware’s vSphere4 Announcement: A Critical Perspective

VMware just announced a major refresh of its server virtualization product line, renamed vSphere4. VMware vSphere 4 aims to aggregate and manage large pools of infrastructure — processors, memory, storage and networking — as a seamless, flexible and dynamic operating environment. As the company's biggest announcement in almost three years, vSphere4 marks a big step forward. This note examines the primary objectives of the relaunch, as well as the implications for VMware's market position relative to competitors Microsoft and Citrix.…

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The Debate Over Definitions Rages On

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the debate over the definition of cloud computing has reared its ugly head again. From panelists at the recent VoiceCon event to GigaOM guest contributor (and AT&T VP) Joe Weinman, everyone's trying to define the cloud to meet their purposes. The venture capital community has jumped into the fray as well, and a new report from McKinsey added fuel the fire. Derrick Harris rounds up the various definitions at play this week, and points to some of the problems they present.…

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Infrastructure Wrap-up: Q1 2009

The first quarter of 2009 went pretty much as planned in the cloud computing and web infrastructure market. The sector continued to mature, with new announcements by big players such as Sun, Google and Amazon, as well as new entrants to the space. Enterprise adoption of cloud services fueled interest in cloud standards, openness and security, while private cloud services took shape, with new offerings aimed at boosting utility and cutting costs. Hardware trends continued to focus on energy-efficient offerings, with non-x86 architectures gaining popularity for specialized offerings. Increased attention and adoption continued to boost the volume of data, supporting further efforts around MapReduce and data mining activities, as well as content delivery and storage. The quarter was capped by a proposed acquisition of Sun by IBM.…

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