A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and
emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud
applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and
Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a
Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so
that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of
‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of
abstraction to our personal data across all the social networks we use. This
refers to a distributed (Cloud) storage service that is used to store
personal user data for social networks, rather than the social sites holding
The standard I am more familiar with is the OASIS XDI protocol, w... (more)
One of our next upcoming white papers is Openstack Solution Ecosystem.
Openstack is an open source Cloud platform that vendors augment with
additional plug-in products and value add services, and the goal of this
white paper is to showcase what is currently available.
For example Cisco is one vendor who offers an Openstack implementation, on
their UCS platform. This blog from Omar Sultan explains how it fits into
their existing product strategy, including their existing Cloud components
like Intelligent Automation and newly acquired Virtuata and vCider.
An esse... (more)
One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of
synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and
relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and
Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy for listing what these
different technology camps are, so here is a first draft approach for this
that is now included as the guiding framework in our IoT Technology Roadmap:
Wearable Computing - The smartphone will remain as the central control unit
but it will be "Wearables" that ge... (more)
The EU recently published a significant document marking their ambitions and
plans to become a world leader in the field of Cloud Computing, their Trusted
Cloud Europe program.
This features a white paper as the backbone to the program, a document which
calls for a Cloud best practices framework to be wholly adopted across
Europe, as a means to drive the EU to become a world leader in the ICT
They have identified 5 million jobs and €1 trillion of economic benefits
and are setting out to achieve them by pioneering this initiative to bring
together stakeholders acros... (more)
Of course Microsoft has their own Cloud hosting services, Azure, but there
are still other scenarios where Microsoft software can be Cloud deployed, and
these offer a fertile product development area for web hosting providers.
These 'Microsoft Cloud Services' (MCS) offer the ideal way to move into more
of an MSP mode, providing a fuller range of IT outsourcing services and
growing recurring revenues accordingly, but without having to stretch too far
from their core web hosting product set.
Most organizations already have apps like Sharepoint and Exchange deployed
internally, so h... (more)