Posts with tag "IBM"

Those Clouds Are Getting Pretty Thick

Cloud Computing - the next minefield Back in July I did a Discussion Point podcast that talked about how the OS War could be heading into the clouds as all the major players stake their claim on this new computing platform that has everyone running around like crazy. I followed that up with a full post on the cost and the dominance factor in the cloud computing arena but it seems that there isn’t a week that goes by where someone else announces that they are jumping in as well.

I realize that competition can be a great thing however I wonder if in this case this everyone in the pool idea is such a good thing. First off lets take a look at the companies currently involved with cloud computing and those who have announced their intention to join the party. After a quick search this is some of the companies that I found to add to the ones I already knew of:

It is easy to tell from even this cursory list that this field is becoming the next Internet gold rush with everyone looking to get their slice of the proverbial pie in the sky. The problem is that all these different companies all have different ideas of how cloud computing should be implemented, how the platform should be structured and how it should be accessed. Potentially this could make the OS war that we are use to know seem like a walk in the park on a sunny afternoon.

Something that should in theory provide a level computing playing field for us the users could end up being just another minefield of protocols, access method and program interoperability – you know … those things that have been haunting our current computing life. I know I could be wrong about this worry and I hope I am – really I do – but history has shown us otherwise.

What do you think – will having all these companies (with more to come most assuredly) make the adoption of cloud computing easier or harder?

From the Pipeline – 4.12.08

My will to stay out of this weekend’s bitchmeme is slowly ebbing away as I see more and more being written that is just making me down right cranky. In the meantime here’s a few things that caught my eye in today’s FriendFeed pipeline.

Era of blogger’s control is over :: Robert Scoble – as far as Robert is concerned the time where a blogger has any control over their content and what is done with it or discussions around it is long gone.

7 Interesting and Useful Things to do with your USB Pen Drive :: Killer Tech Tips – just trying to do my part on passing along helpful tips

Sorry, I’m Not Buying This New Touchy-Feely Approach To The Music Tax :: TechCrunch – apparently Michael thinks that Ethan Kaplan’s post today is nothing more than trying to get all touchy-feely about having a music tax

IBM creates super-fast memory :: CrunchGear – a post about a new type of digital storage from IBM being referred to a ‘Racetrack’ memory

If Robert Scoble Is Right, Then Web 2.0 Is Dead :: profy – apparently Cyndy isn’t to hot over the idea that Robert Scoble thinks blogger control of their content is a dead issue

Are Pageviews Still Relevant for Bloggers? :: Mark Evans – just had to get one post from this weekend’s bitchmeme in and this one from Mark looks at the issue from a slightly different perspective.

Processor & Memory as one

c|net is reporting on one of the features of the IBM 80-core processor that seems to have been over shadowed by the actual processor news. The feature; or tech, is call Through Silicon Vias, or TSV; which is a fancy term of having memory wedded to the processor cores. IBM is stating that this would effectively do away with the need for separate memory.

The memory wedded to the processor cores could constitute the entire memory needed for a computer, Intel CTO Justin Rattner told News.com in an interview during the Intel Developer Forum. TSV could be used in a variety of chips, not just the 80-core monster. As a result, computer makers, when building a system, would get their memory when they bought their processors from Intel. They would not have to obtain memory chips separately from other companies like they do now.
“You could buy it as a block,” he said.

Full c|net article