Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at
SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As
someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there
are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so
on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit.
Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s
Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
A few general comments on the conference.
First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of
excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite
contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere,
how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so
This was... (more)
I knew one software company that failed their SaaS transition because they
chose to cut a few corners with the operations. Since they were software
engineers, they did not really want to spend time on such mundane tasks as
security, auditing, backups and so on. One day they let a disgruntled
employee go, the guy went to an internet cafe, logged into the hosting
account with the shared admin credentials, and deleted all customer data.
There were no backups or data replicas to bring the data back, no personal
admin accounts or procedures to prevent such an incident from happening, a... (more)
Azure Session at Cloud Expo
Pundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against
Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people
off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the
Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008
R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story.
Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange
Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory,
security and so on – now they can.
Thanks to Nicholas Carr everyone loves to talk about Cloud Computing as
electricity and how we are transitioning from own power-stations to central
grid. After a lot of discussions about "the cloud", it occurred to me
recently that there is a far better model to make cloud idea easy to
understand - and it is supermarket.
Electricity is kind of a wrong model. Not because so many folks are now
trying to get the pendulum swing back and get to solar panels and other
micro-generators, but also because software and IT services are much less
uniform than electrical current. There's no ... (more)
Systems Management as a Service (is there an acronym for this yet?) is
finally becoming a reality.
Today at Microsoft Professional Developer Conference we have announced beta
launch of Quest OnDemand our online IT management services.
This is one of the projects which have been consuming most of my time for the
last year so I am extremely excited that we reached this roadmap.
We demoed one of the services – our Active Directory backup and recovery
(Quest Recovery Manager OnDemand for Active Directory) – on stage at PDC
(will hopefully be able to post a link to the recording in a coup... (more)