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Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime) cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point. And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0, Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight. So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform runtimes in a wormy bundle. In the process it was lumped together, variously, with Google Gears, Mozilla Prism, Sun JavaFX and Microsoft Silverlight in the Air coverage. Sure, AIR has something to do with each of them, but it is more important than any of them. It may be a primary salvo in a user experien... (more)

AT&T CEO: Cloud Is "Very, Very Important To Us" - And It's Just Like Outsourcing

In an outtake from a sweeping interview in the Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson tipped his hand just a bit, providing a peek at where the telecom giant might be headed with cloud computing and more than a peek at what might follow the end of AT&T's iPhone exclusivity - hint: it starts with "A" and ends with "ndroid". These days, every telecom carrier has a cloud angle.  Within the past week, we have seen cloud computing announcements from Verizon in the US and SingTel in Singapore, with many more to come, no doubt.  (For an interesting persp... (more)

Cisco/EMC/VMware Triad Lets Orange Play With Its VBlocks

Like d'Artagnan joining the Three Musketeers, Orange Business Services has teamed up with the VCE Coalition triad of Cisco, EMC and VMWare in a thing called Flexible 4 Business, to provide VBlock-based cloud infrastructure solutions to enterprise customers.  VCE's VBlocks are pre-configured, pre-tested "infrastructure packages" that come in three sizes - "moderate", large, and "massive" - and comprise Cisco's Unified Computing System blade servers and Ethernet switches, EMC's storage systems, and VMware's VSphere virtualization software. For its part in the Flexible 4 Business e... (more)

Brocade Wants to Kill Your Cloud Buzz

Providing a remarkable contrast to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's exuberant "I got your big honkin' cloud right here" demonstration of his new vertically-integrated Exalogic Elastic Cloud server at OpenWorld, Brocade CMO John McHugh, speaking  at the NetEvents 2010 EMEA Press Summit in Istanbul, took a different, decidedly downbeat view of cloud computing, calling it "overhyped" and predicting that it "is going to get adopted and embraced much more slowly than people believe." In his talk, which was subtitles, an industry visionary seeks gold amongst the chaos of change, McHugh, rat... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Channel Conflict - Deja Vu All Over Again

When Microsoft announced their new cloud-based Office 365 service yesterday, the press release didn't say much about how it would actually be deployed.  But, from what their executives said at the announcement event, the take-away was that customers would get at the new on-line versions of Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync through a Microsoft-run public cloud.  So I thought and thus reported, but that was only the less interesting half of the story. Fortunately I am read in Redmond, and this morning someone from Microsoft who works in the area of "hosting, telecommunication... (more)