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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)

US Gov't Embraces “Cloud-First” Policy

The Whitehouse Office of Management and Budget has announced that, from now on, cloud computing would be the "default approach to IT" for US government agencies.  The move comes as an element of a sweeping set of government IT reforms begun last summer intended to "close the IT gap" between the public and private sectors.  The cloud-first policy is expected to reduce a 2000+ data center infrastructure by as much as 40%, lowering costs, improving security and performance, and speeding up the deployment of new applications. Closing the "IT Gap" Last June, writing on the OMB web site... (more)

File Sharing, Torrent Finder, WikiLeaks, Are You Next?

When the US Government came for file sharing domains, I remained silent; I was not a file sharer. When they shut down Torrent Finder, I remained silent; I was not a Bit Torrent user. When they pressured Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, I did not speak out; I was not a leaker. When they passed the COICA bill, I remained silent; I wasn't an infringer or counterfeiter. When they came for my domain, there was no one left to speak out. ... (more)

Here It Is, Your Moment of zEnterprise

One of the most exciting acts in the technology rodeo for the past several years has been IBM - thundering around the ring astride its z/OS Clydesdale and AIX/Linux Crossbred, waving its Smarter Planet 10-gallon hat with one hand, roping dozens of ISVs with the other, and hollering, "Yippie yi yo kayah!" at the top of its lungs all the while.  What a spectacle!  What do they do for an encore? zEnterprise 196, that's what.  Announced in July and now ready to ship in about a week, it's a  super server, a really super server.  The zEnterprise 196 is the biggest commercial system th... (more)

Cloud Computing Journal Analysis: Microsoft's Cloud Strategy

A few days ago, Microsoft published The Economics of the Cloud, a whitepaper that has so far not gotten nearly as much attention or consideration as it deserves.  Perhaps this indifference is due to a collective freshman flashback on the dreaded "Econ 101" or, to skepticism about Microsoft's importance in the new world of cloud computing.  Either way, it is unfortunate because the paper presents some startling new data about the cloud, and, not entirely intentionally, reveals the company's cloud strategy at a level of nuance that we have not seen before. The paper is by Rolf Har... (more)