Is it too late for OpenStack?

Amid all the OpenStack news this week, there is a feeling in some quarters that two years after Rackspace and NASA launched this attempt to counter Amazon Web Services and VMware, it may be too late for the effort to take hold.

HP ups its cloud bet on OpenStack — and KVM

Hewlett-Packard is putting more of its chips on OpenStack as a key foundation for its upcoming public, private and hybrid cloud implementations. HP says its Converged Cloud will amalgamate existing HP technologies and OpenStack so applications can be managed uniformly across cloud types.

5 takeaways from the CloudStack-OpenStack dustup

Now that at least some of the smoke has cleared from the blockbuster news that Citrix is putting its CloudStack technology into the Apache process to compete with former partner OpenStack, here are 5 takeaways emerging from the latest cloud kerfuffle.

2012: Cloud computing hits adolescence for better or worse

Here’s hoping 2012 will be the year we separate the wheat from the chaff in cloud computing. At the very least, more businesses will know about the potential benefits and pitfalls of cloud computing so they can differentiate the real from the bogus.

Today in Cloud

Over at InformationWeek, Charles Babcock reports on yesterday’s presentation by James Staten of Forrester. Babcock paraphrases Staten’s words and incorporates aspects of Joe Weinman’s 10 Laws of Cloudonomics, writing that “the way to get the benefit of the cloud is to use it when you need, shrink your use as demand decreases, and shut it off when demand has gone away.” Whilst there’s obviously a lot more to the cloud, this is worth remembering; you only have it or pay for it whilst you need it and are using it. Now isn’t that better than all those idle servers, whirring away in the basement?