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This week, stalwart packaged applications software vendor Adobe announced the availability of its Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure.  It's a move that should be good for both companies but one that also raises a few questions. Adobe's Flash brand is worn by a number of different parts and products, including the media player client much maligned recently by His Hipness, Steve Jobs, the graphical authoring application for animation and interactive media and web sites, and the server discussed here.  The Amazon incarnation of the Flash server joins a family of variations comprising Development, Streaming, Interactive and Enterprise variations.  Feature-wise, it is identical to the Enterprise edition, with only one exception: the Flash Media Server on AWS does not support IP multicasting, a feature more commonly used in institutional and e... (more)

SMB Cloud Is A Hacker's Paradise

Cheaper, Easier, Scarier - Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing as an easier, cheaper alternative to in-house IT or shared and dedicated server hosting solutions. And, they are finding social media to be an accessible, inexpensive way to build brands, distribute content, and assist customers. Correspondingly, cloud services and social networking providers are increasingly targeting the SMB segment for revenue they can't get from consumers and margins they can't get from large businesses. Meanwhile, abetted by user ignorance, provider apa... (more)

Big IT Spenders Circle The Wagons To Hold Off Cloud Innovation

"People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo." - Max Eastman Last week we saw the announcement of the Open Data Center Alliance, a confederation of IT's biggest spenders dedicated to using their collective spending might to make cloud computing less of a threat to their current way of life. OK, they didn't exactly put it that way.  To hear them tell it, their goal is to "Define Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure" and to assert those requirements in the form of a "Vendor-Agnostic Roadma... (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)

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)