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.

The weekend review: three takes on big data

Dominated by this week’s GigaOM Structure:Data conference, the latest weekend review focuses on everything big data: what it is, how it will change our lives, and who the biggest players are.

The weekend review: the future of Hadoop and the digital music industry

Big data is still big on the minds of Pro readers — especially where Hadoop is concerned. Meanwhile, is the music biz making a comeback? Research Director David Card thinks so, and he’s betting on a few key services and companies as the future of the industry. Read about these items and more as we recap this week’s hot topics on GigaOM Pro.

Today in Cloud

GigaOM’s Barb Darrow reported in November on federal C.I.O. Steven VanRoekel’s decision to make the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) a standard and mandatory protocol for cloud computing deployments in the government. Well, more than 150 security controls in 16 categories have now been defined for the program, a move that a blog post on CIO.gov describes as the “critical first step to successfully launching FedRAMP.” From access control to contingency planning, the controls cover a broad swath of security concerns, and as the U.S. government attempts to further consolidate its data centers and trudge toward the cloud, this is an another step in addressing the fears surrounding security.
Infrastructure’s trusted curator, Jo Maitland, will return tomorrow!

The weekend review: trend watch 2012

The most popular articles on Pro this week focused on emerging trends and predictions for 2012, with a particular focus on the cloud computing, social media, enterprise and collaboration spaces.

Meet the Analyst: introducing Jo Maitland

Each week, GigaOM Pro chats with one of our analysts to find out which technologies they read about, write about and can’t live without. This week, we talk to Jo Maitland, the newest member of the GigaOM Pro team and our brand-new infrastructure/cloud curator.

Meet Jo Maitland

Last year was a great year for GigaOM Pro, and 2012 promises to be even better. Jo Maitland recently joined our team as a Research Director for Enterprise, and she will help us produce more research in the enterprise IT and cloud computing spaces.

Today in Cloud

With this week’s release of version 5, VMware has changed the way in which vSphere is licensed, and provoked a flurry of complaint. Elias Khnaser is amongst the disgruntled, and does a good job of explaining his concerns. Companies like VKernel have been quick to capitalize upon the grumbles, and competitors such as Citrix and Microsoft must be hard at work trying to work out if this gives them an opportunity to poach customers from the industry leader. VMware finds itself in a difficult position, as the company’s old pricing model was not well suited to the next generation of RAM-laden multi-core servers; customers were beginning to get more for their license dollars than VMware felt was fair. In responding, though, the company appears to have tipped the balance too far the other way and unleashed a lot of noisy criticism. It’s worth noting that VMware is still arguing that “we believe  90+% of our customers will not see a licensing cost increase,” and CTO Steve Herrod also discusses the new model on camera for CloudCover TV’s Jo Maitland. Despite Savio Rodrigues’ assertion on InfoWorld that “vSphere 5 pricing could accelerate the shift toward a mixture of commercial and open source products in the virtualization arena,” it remains possible that VMware has the pricing more or less right, that all the noise is coming from a vocal minority, and that “90+%” are just quietly getting on with it.