Cloud Building: Trusted Multi-Tenancy Requirements


There are two primary actors in a cloud deployment, the customer of the cloud (Tenant) and the provider of the cloud (Provider). They represent a standard client / server relationship requiring a strong contract and visible performance against that contract. I believe that there are a set of key capabilities required in order to maximize the adoption [by Tenants] of [Provider] cloud infrastructure. They are detailed as follows. Flexibity The…

Project Razor: EMC and Puppet Labs


Today EMC and Puppet Labs are releasing via open source community contribution, a key module that serves to ground the last mile of the DevOps process. Project Razor is a tool that I've personally been looking for, for years. Razor is a service oriented (RESTful), model based, and policy driven "Operating System provisioning tool"¬†which use their native installers for hardware compatibility. During the project design meetings, we determined that we…

Big Data Exchanges: Of Shopping Malls and the Law of Gravity


Working for a Storage Systems company, we are constantly looking at both the technical as well as social/marketplace challenges to our business strategy. Leading to the coining of "Cloud Meets Big Data" from EMC last year, EMC has been looking at the trends that "should" tip the balances around real "Cloud Information Management" as opposed to "data management" which is really what dominates todays practice. There are a couple of…