Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
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A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
OpenNebula has just announced the beta release of its version 4.8, code named
Lemon Slice, which brings significant improvements in different aspects.
Sticking with its vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this
release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal,
designed for end users. One significant advantage of the new portal is the
ability to control flows, groups of interconnected Virtual Machines that
conform a service. Based on this Cloud View, a Virtual Datacenter
administrators view has been included (VDCAdmin View), which enables VDC
admins to easily manage the VDC users and resources.
An important highlight in this release is a bast improvement to the hybrid
model. Support for two new public cloud providers have been added, widening
the range of possibilities to offload VMs in case the local infrastructure is
RESERVOIR, flagship of European projects in cloud computing technology
coordinated by IBM, has just announced the release of its cloud stack
featuring Claudia Service Manager (Telefonica’s tool for automatic
management of service scalability), OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit and security
services for cloud federation. The RESERVOIR Cloud Stack supports the
delivery of services on an on-demand basis, across countries, at competitive
costs and without requiring a large capital investment in infrastructure.
RESERVOIR enables the migration of resources across distributed
administrative domains, maximizing resource exploitation, and minimizing
costs to the end-user with guaranteed quality of service. RESERVOIR defines
an open federated infrastructure cloud architecture and delivers a framework
of open source components you can download from the RESERVOIR website and
The OpenNebula Team has just announced the availability of a Sunstone Cloud
Testbed. Sunstone is offered on top of the OpenNebula Cloud, which offers a
virtual computing environment accessible through two different remote cloud
interfaces, OCCI and EC2, and now through a web interface, OpenNebula
It is worth noticing that these three mechanisms access the same
infrastructure, i.e. resources created by any of the mentioned methods will
be instantly available on the others. For instance, you can create a VM with
the OCCI interface, monitor it with the EC2 interface, and shut it down using
the OpenNebula Sunstone web interface.
Accounts are provided by request. More information in the opennebula.org
The OpenNebula Project has just announced the beta release of OpenNebula 4.2,
the first update of the fourth series of its widely deployed OpenNebula cloud
management platform, a fully open-source solution for data center management
and enterprise cloud computing. With a sysadmin-centric approach, OpenNebula
is the open operating system of choice in the converged data centre,
combining a powerful virtualization manager that supports traditional IT
features such as fault tolerance and failover, with the dynamic provisioning,
elasticity and multi-tenancy of the enterprise cloud.
As usual OpenNebula releases are named after a Nebula. The Flame Nebula
(catalogued as NGC 2024 and Sh2-277) is an emission nebula in the
constellation Orion. It is located about 900 to 1,500 light-years away from
OpenNebula 4.2 gives users and administrators an easy way to create, publ... (more)
The OpenNebula Project has just announced the Beta release of vOneCloud, a
CentOS Linux virtual appliance for vSphere that contains all required
OpenNebula services optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments.
vOneCloud is for companies that want to create a self-service cloud
environment on top of their VMware infrastructure without having to abandon
their investment in VMware and retool the entire stack. vOneCloud deploys an
enterprise-ready OpenNebula cloud just in a few minutes where the
infrastructure is managed by already familiar VMware tools, such as vSphere
and vCenter Operations Manager, and the provisioning, elasticity and
multi-tenancy cloud features are offered by OpenNebula.
vOneCloud is the answer to those companies looking for alternatives to
VMware vCloud. They usually report that:
vCloud is not an easy to use solution vCloud is mostly ... (more)
An entire ecosystem is evolving around cloud computing. Interface
standardization efforts, commercial products, cloud infrastructure and
management services, virtual appliance providers and open-source solutions
are filling niches in the cloud ecosystem. The role and position of a
component or a service in the ecosystem are defined by its capabilities, the
consumers of those capabilities and its relationship with other components
This article presents public and private cloud computing from the
perspective of their different application scope and interfaces.
Interfaces for Public Cloud Computing
Public or external clouds offer virtualized resources as a service, enabling
the deployment of an entire IT infrastructure without the associated capital
costs, paying only for the used capacity. Amazon EC2,ElasticHosts, GoGrid
and FlexiScale are examples of comm... (more)
Lots of discussion recently on the the topic of Cloud standards and a
potential Cloud standards war emerging. Thought I'd give you a quick run
In an article written by Tom Nolle for Internet Evolution he asks if Multiple
Standards Could Spoil Cloud Computing. In the post he says " too many
standards are worse than no standards at all, because these efforts can
stifle innovation and even implementation. In the case of cloud computing,
there’s also the big question of whether standards being pushed for private
clouds will end up contaminating the successful Internet model of cloud
Tom also gives some love to my Unified Cloud Interface concept saying "The
best hope for a unification is the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum.
Its Unified Cloud Architecture tackles standards by making public cloud
computing interoperable. Their map of cloud computin... (more)
OpenNebula Cloud on Ulitzer
Future enterprise data centers will look like private clouds supporting a
flexible and agile execution of virtualized services, and combining local
with public cloud-based infrastructure to enable highly scalable hosting
The key component in these cloud architectures will the cloud management
system, also called cloud operating system (OS), being responsible for the
secure, efficient and scalable management of the cloud resources. Cloud OS
are displacing "traditional" OS, which will be part of the application stack.
Flexibility in Cloud Operating Systems
A Cloud OS administers the complexity of a distributed infrastructure in the
execution of virtualized service workloads.
The Cloud OS manages a number of servers and hardware devices and their
infrastructure services which make up a cloud system, giving the user the
Three months after publicly starting down the road to imprint its NDA on the
cloud by establishing a large-scale open source cloud platform called
OpenStack free for anybody to use, Rackspace Hosting, its BFF NASA and a
reportedly growing OpenStack community made their first official code drop
The milestone is called Austin - they're doing this alphabetically so
presumably they have a ways to go - and it includes the all-important Amazon
EC2-challenging OpenStack Compute provisioning engine that's supposed to
blend the best of the Rackspace Cloud Servers widgetry that underlies its
public cloud offering with NASA's own home-made Nebula cloud platform.
OpenStack Compute, which has commanded most of the work these last few
months, is the engine that provisions virtual machines complements of either
Xen or KVM and basically supplies the glue that holds a clo... (more)