As I pointed out last week, cloud computing does not need traditional consensus-committee standards, at least not yet. The inherent flexibility and programmability of cloud platforms and applications lends a certain flavor of openness to cloud computing that reduces the requirement for (and thus impact of) standards. Furthermore, the amazing creativity currently being applied … [Read more...] about Zend Simple Cloud API = Freedom!
Archives for September 2009
Championing "open" and calling for standards has become the first stalling action by late-movers in technology spaces. They see opportunity passing by and try to hold back progress and FUD the market by yelling about proprietary solutions, vendor lock-in, and a lack of standards. Many well-intentioned IT folks follow along: After all, who doesn't want openness, standardization, … [Read more...] about We Don’t Need Cloud Standards (Yet)
Next week I will be returning to Storage Decisions after missing the last few in 2009. Although I've presented at dozens of TechTarget's storage shows, this will be the first time I will be representing a vendor (Nirvanix) with a show floor booth. Although my dislike for certain aspects of trade shows (especially booth babes and chotchkies) are well documented, I'll be … [Read more...] about What’s All This About Cloud Storage? Ask Me At Storage Decisions
I don't usually excerpt large amounts of text from other blogs. But this is just too cool. UNIX nerds and Mac OS X weenies alike will either shake their heads and jump out a window or laugh out loud at one of the under-reported changes in Snow Leopard. See, Snow Leopard's version of HFS+ allows per-file compression using three very creative filesystem hacks. … [Read more...] about Bizarre HFS+ Tricks in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
With one of my two Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 USB drives starting to squeal, I needed a new home storage solution. Although the Drobo "storage robot", essentially a friendly home RAID enclosure, has long impressed me, it never fit my laptop-oriented lifestyle. With most of my data on the biggest disks I could cram into my MacBook Pro, it was hard to justify the expense of a … [Read more...] about Drobo: First Impressions