Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

September 22, 2008  1:02 PM

Overheard: Windows 7 is just Vista with new shade of lipstick

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
sjvn_with_dog.jpg Microsoft really is losing it. I can’t help but notice that the evil empire keeps making one business mis-step after another since Bill has left. May I suggest firing Ballmer once more? It really is for your own good.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still Vista

September 18, 2008  7:51 PM

Overheard – The new vocabulary of cloud computing – glossary

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Have you ever wanted to make up a word? Now’s the time. Just make sure it has something to do with a cloud. Play a little Rolling Stones and get those neurons firing (Hey, hey, hey, hey — get off of my cloud)

I just want to jot these down before I forget. Seems like every day I stumble across more newly-coined cloud terms. Did you know how cloud computing got its name? From flow charts, where a cloud is used to represent the Internet.

cloud app –  a software application that is never installed on a local machine — it’s always accessed over the Internet.

cloud arcs – short for cloud architectures. Designs for software applications that can be accessed and used over the Internet.  (Cloud-chitecture is just too hard to pronounce.)

cloud bridge – running an application in such a way that its components are integrated within multiple cloud environments (which could be any combination of internal/private and external/public clouds).

cloudcenter – a large company, such as Amazon, that rents its infrastructure.

cloud client – computing device for cloud computing. Updated version of thin client.

cloud enabler – vendor that provides technology or service that enables a client or other vendor to take advantage of cloud computing.

cloud envy – used to describe a vendor who jumps on the cloud computing bandwagon by rebranding existing services.

cloud OS – also known as platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Think Google Chrome.

cloud portability – the ability to move applications and associated data across multiple cloud computing environments.

cloud provider – makes storage or software available to others over a private network or public network (like the Internet.)

cloud service architecture (CSA) – an architecture in which applications and application components act as services on the Internet

cloud storage – (just what it says) Sometimes compared to leasing a car – you’ll have monthly payments but hopefully you’ll always have the lastest/greatest technology. You’ll never own the technology though.

cloudburst – what happens when your cloud has an outage or security breach and your data is unavailable.

cloud as a service (CaaS) –  a cloud computing service that has been opened up into a platform that others can build upon.

cloud-oriented architecture (COA) – IT architecture that lends itself well to incorporating cloud computing components.

cloudsourcing – outsourcing storage or taking advantage of some other type of cloud service.

cloudstorm – connecting multiple cloud computing environments. Also called cloud network.

cloudware – software that enables building, deploying, running or managing applications in a cloud computing environment.

cloudwashing – slapping the word “cloud” on products and services you already have.

external cloud – a cloud computing environment that is external to the boundaries of the organization.

funnel cloud – discussion about cloud computing that goes round and round but never turns into action (never “touches the ground”)

hybrid cloud – a computing environment that combines both private and public cloud computing environments.

internal cloud – also called a private cloud. A cloud computing-like environment within the boundaries of an organization.

personal cloud – synonymous with something called MiFi, a personal wireless router. It takes a mobile wireless data signal and translates it to wi-fi.  It’s pronounced ME-fi, as in “the personal cloud belongs to me — but if you’re nice I’ll let you connect.”

private cloud – an internal cloud behind the organization’s firewall. The company’s IT department provides softwares and hardware as a service to its customers — the people who work for the company. Vendors love the words “private cloud.”

public cloud – a cloud computing environment that is open for use to the general public.

roaming workloads– the backend product of cloudcenters.

vertical cloud – a cloud computing environment optimized for use in a particular vertical industry

virtual private cloud (VPC) – similar to VPN but applied to cloud computing. Can be used to bridge private cloud and public cloud environments.

Have you run into a cloud word that’s not on this list or have an addition/correction to my notes above? Drop a comment below or write to me —  mrouse at techtarget dot com.

September 17, 2008  7:12 PM

Overheard: Excuse me, is that a supercomputer under your desk?

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cray_cx1.jpg The CX1 is Cray’s new personal supercomputer. The unit is small — it’s meant to fit beside a desk — and it can be plugged into a wall socket on standard office power.

Ian Miller, as quoted in Cray Unveils Personal Supercomputer

Lots of buzz about the Cray CX1 this week, although the idea of an office supercomputer is nothing new. NEC is probably the leader on that front. What’s different about this announcement is that Cray teamed up with Microsoft and these little babies come pre-installed with Windows HPC Server 2008.

September 17, 2008  5:37 PM

Overheard: CRUD

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crud.jpg The single most depressing thing for me in IT is how many applications are really just Mainframe data processing solutions with better screens.

Steve Jones, CRUD is Crap

Steve says:

Looking at the latest raft of .NET, Ruby, Java and the like CRUD “tools” really is pretty depressing, not so much that they are bad (they aren’t) but because people seem to be still insisting on coding this dull and uninteresting crap and looking for yet more ways to “optimise” their code for a task that should be tooled.

Doug Justice posted something interesting (and positive) on CRUD tools.

September 16, 2008  6:34 PM

Overheard: NBAR is a powerful application-layer firewall

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

ddavis.jpg NBAR is a very powerful application-layer firewall that you may already have installed on your Cisco router. While traditional firewalls can only recognize traffic based on IOS Layers 3 or 4, Cisco’s NBAR can go all the way to Layer 7.

David Davis, What can Cisco’s Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR) do for you?

September 15, 2008  5:14 PM

Overheard: Chrome is Window’s fork?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
scott_hanselman.jpg Take a look at the Terms and Conditions for the “Chromium” project up on Google Code. There are 24 different bits of third party software involved in making Chrome work, and one of them is WTL, the Windows Template Library, which was released as Open Source in 2004.

Scott Hanselman, The Weekly Source Code 33 – Microsoft Open Source inside Google Chrome

September 15, 2008  5:00 PM

Overheard: Berkeley software development

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jeremy_anderson.jpg “There are two major products that came out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t believe this to be a coincidence.”

Jeremy S. Anderson

Be sure to read our three-part series: The future of Unix.

September 15, 2008  2:55 PM

Overheard: Open source forks

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
sam_nurmi.jpg A benefit of open source software is the ability to take the code base of an application and develop it in a new direction. This is, as most of you probably know, called forking, and is very common in the open source community.

Sam Nurmi, 10 interesting open source software forks and why they happened

Interesting list! One of the commenters, Dingo Jones, said that Mac OS X is an Open BSD fork.  That’s the second time I’ve read that.  I guess it makes sense — especially now that we know Google Chrome has Microsoft as one of its ancestors.

September 9, 2008  4:31 PM

Overheard: Explaining IT to the business side – marketecture

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jason_bloomberg.jpg It seems that every presentation has that one attractively drawn diagram that purports to illustrate how the vendor’s product fits into their customers’ IT environments. Such diagrams, however, rarely have any technical detail since they are not intended for consumption by developers or architects. Rather, they are typically created by marketing people to communicate to analysts, prospective customers, investors and the press. Yes, I’m talking about marketecture.

Jason Bloomberg, What is the shape of a service-oriented architecture?

Ok. So marketecture is the basically a buzzword for explaining things to the business side.  Jason does a good job analyzing the use of diagrams in SOA marchitecture. All of them look sufficiently confusing to me.

 Now, marketecture (“marketing” plus “architecture,” in case you haven’t figured that out yet) serves an important purpose. We’re talking about fairly complex concepts such as distributed computing architectures, and no matter how you cut it, such architectures have a lot of different pieces that talk to each other in numerous different ways. Every vendor must come up with effective approaches for simplifying their message so that people other than hardcore techies can understand it.

September 9, 2008  3:58 PM

Overheard: Hadron and F-BS

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charles_king.jpg I believe that much of the public reaction to the Large Hadron Collider is grounded in a kind of ignorance that might be called ‘Faith-Based Science,’ or F-BS for short.

Charles King, as quoted in Excitement and Fear Abound Over Super Collider

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