What I would want a “cloud” to do for me: a functional view

I was on a panel at Enterprise 2.0 yesterday about “Cloud Computing” providers and wanted to take the entire definite of “what is cloud computing?” from a different perspective. As a consumer, I fundamentally want the entire technology stack for an application to Just work Just scale Just tell me everything Just works means that Continue reading What I would want a “cloud” to do for me: a functional view

Cloud Computing is actually Transparent Computing: there’s shouldn’t be anything cloudy about it

A little over a year ago Joyent was identified in a Forrester report as one of ten “Cloud Computing” companies to watch. The report was really the beginning of “Cloud Computing” being applied to those of us doing infrastructure and I think marks the point in time when the term really began to appear in Continue reading Cloud Computing is actually Transparent Computing: there’s shouldn’t be anything cloudy about it

Part 2, On Joyent and Cloud Computing “Primitives”

In the first part of this series I made a key list of some of the underlying ideas at Joyent, that we believe that a company or even a small development team should be able to: Participate in a multi-tenant service Have your own instantiations of this service Install (and “buy”) the software to run Continue reading Part 2, On Joyent and Cloud Computing “Primitives”

On Joyent and “Cloud Computing”, Part 1 of Many

With this post, I’m starting a series where we’re going to be much more explicit about what we’re thinking, what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and where we’re going. I’m not interested in any of it being thought of as impersonal “marketing material”, so I hope you’ll allow the occasional use of “I” and Continue reading On Joyent and “Cloud Computing”, Part 1 of Many

A Loving Cloud

Yesterday several members of Joyent’s team attended Structure ’08. Jason Hoffman was on a panel that produced some interesting debate about whether clouds should aim to be open. The story was even picked up by the Wall Street Journal’s Don Clark in an article entitled Finding A Friendly Cloud Jason Hoffman, founder and chief technology Continue reading A Loving Cloud

Amazon Web Services or Joyent Accelerators: Reprise

In the Fall of 2006, I wrote a piece On Grids, the Ambitions of Amazon and Joyent, and followed up with Why EC2 isn’t yet a platform for ‘normal’ web applications and the recognition that When you’re really pushing traffic, Amazon S3 is more expensive than a CDN. The point of these previous articles was Continue reading Amazon Web Services or Joyent Accelerators: Reprise