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By Neil McEvoy The concept of the ‘technological Singularity’ often refers to a single machine AI, like IBM’s Watson, but another popular theory is one of ‘swarm intelligence’, where instead the AI is the result of lots of small machines forming into a larger virtual self. The Conscious Web Back in 2003 I wrote an article that described the forthcoming evolution of the Cloud, and with it the development towards the SIngularity. The growing use of XML Web services would see them evolve to become intelligent agents, forming the basis for this collective. This would fit well with the vision of the ‘Internet of Things’, where lots and lots of devices of all shapes and sizes will be equipped with an IP address and some small amount of self intelligence. Cars and traffic lights that are able to interoperate to better manage themselves for example. So as the Internet expan... (more)

DevOps: Enabling Web Business Evolution

The RFP for Elections Canada provides the ideal blueprint for planning the development of Cloud provider services. It typifies the majority of potential clients that web hosting providers can address, and describes exactly the technical enhancements they're looking for to begin the move from a traditional web hosting approach to a new Cloud computing paradigm, and broader set of MSP services. Elections Canada is an ideal product development blueprint because they're atypical of the market as a whole. They launched their web presence in the mid 90's with simple HTML, and then bega... (more)

PaaS, DevOps and OpenStack for the Enterprise

In previous blog we introduced ‘Private PaaS‘ as a major segment that will drive overall Enterprise Cloud adoption. We touched on how Appscale enables a ‘Google in a Box’ for the PaaS segment, along with others like Apprenda and Cloudbees. Openstack for the Enterprise Another option is of course OpenStack and despite the VMware CEO claiming it’s not for the enterprise, it’s more likely it will become extremely popular in this space. Already OpenStack is a vibrant vendor partner community, meaning that the core platform can be extended in many different ways, such as high avail... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Services

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)

Private Cloud 2.0 – DevOps Accelerator

A principle theme of our next upcoming webinar is how to engineer an accelerated ‘DevOps’ environment. DevOps represents a fusion of the traditionally separate departments of software Development and Operations management. In short the teams who write software and those who then run the servers and hosting to run the software. Each is armed with a large foam pointing finger that says “It’s their fault” and this is how work is managed.. DevOps rides the wave by taking advantage of improving automation across internal Private Clouds as well as external hosting firms, meaning they ca... (more)