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Zenny's Cloud Links #61 - Open Source Everything, Cost of Downtime, Big Data

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Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on IT Operations, Cloud Computing, DevOps, Virtualization and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of June 18th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!

Increasingly, Clouds Are Built the Open Source Way by Joe McKendrick | Forbes

Today’s cloud computing landscape has no clear leading vendor; but rather is a mosaic of services. While the commercial opportunities are enormous, open source clouds are beginning to dominate the private cloud side of the market.

GigaOM: Cloud creating 'trickle-down' effect for employees at all levels by Rachel King | ZDNet

Cloud computing is becoming less hype and just part of the norm as more business employees learn to trust it and depend on it for difficult workloads.

The Big Data Landscape [Infographic] by Dave Feinleib | Forbes

With the recent IPO of Splunk (currently valued at just over $3 Billion), a lot of attention has turned to Big Data. Problem is, it’s tough to keep track of all the companies involved in the space.

Cloud Downtime's Cost: $70M Since 2007, Give or Take... by Mike Barton | Wired.com Cloudline

The International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency found and reported on Monday that a total of 568 hours of downtime at 13 cloud service biggies had since 2007 caused an economic impact of more than $71.7 million, reports said today.

Born-again Cloud Advocates Finally See the Light by David Linthicum | InfoWorld

Let me tell you, back in 2004, selling cloud computing in San Francisco was no easy task. Doors were slammed in my face more often than not, and I heard over and over again how dumb it was to assume that anyone would ever place their core data and business processes in Internet-linked systems.

Cloud-powered Services Deliver New Revenus and Core Business Agility for SMB Travel Insurance Provider Seven Corners by Dana Gardner | ZDNet

When you make a promise and you deliver on it, on or ahead of schedule and under budget people begin to believe, they’re willing to participate and actively suggest other possible uses with technology that maybe you didn’t think of. So you end up with a great technology-business relationship.

10 innovators changing the game for Internet infrastructure by Stacey Higgenbotham | Gigaom

The world of information technology is always changing. But over the last six years it has started to change more rapidly with the genesis of cloud providers, the growth in the number of giant webscale companies, and the widespread use of virtualization in enterprise environments. A new era is upon us.

Open Source, the Fuel for Cloud Disruption by Jiten Patil | Cloud Computing Journal

While some apprehension still exists around open source use, there is a shift in attitude as enterprises look to capitalize on efficiency and technologies like virtualization and cloud computing as these become highly essential components in IT architecture.

Cloud Computing: Raining Down Profits by George Liu | Forexpros

Recently, a study sponsored by enterprise software giant SAP showed that cloud-computing could save U.S. businesses as much as $625 billion over five years. Moreover, this study also showed that existing cloud-computing companies such as Salesforce, Fusion-IO and F5 Networks are projected to grow revenues by an average of $20 billion per year for the next five years.

Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy and DevOps 2.0 by Dave Roberts | ServiceMesh

DevOps is a lot like trying to build and operate a Star Trek transporter. The primary DevOps goal is to create a process and tools that can deconstruct a modern enterprise application on the development side of the universe and transport it over into the operations side of the universe. The application has to remain intact and ready to run when it gets there — reliably and on demand, as required.

Making Your Public Cloud, Private by Dave Meizlik | Dome9

If you’re like most today, you’re looking to the cloud with cautious optimism to help make your enterprise more efficient and agile. I say “cautious” concerns for security, cost, and complexity in the cloud run rampant. Will my infrastructure be more or less secure? How much will the cloud really save me? What do I have to do (or give up), and what will it get me? These are just a few of the questions you’re likely mulling over.

Cloning Amazon Is a Dead End, Says Cloud Rival Rackspace by Robert McMillan | Wired – Enterprise

Does the rest of the cloud computing world really need to clone Amazon Web Services in order to succeed? Probably not, says Lew Moorman, the president of Rackspace, the San Antonio, Texas, company that plays second fiddle to Amazon in the cloud game.

Understanding the Cloud’s Effect on Facilities Teams by Bill Kleyman | Data Center Knowledge

Over the past few years, the standard data center model has truly evolved into something new. Centralized data center environments are no longer the norm as data is seen being distributed along numerous points on a global data center grid. The modern data center infrastructure now resembles a distributed platform capable of handling today’s “data-on-demand” society.

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