Parlons-en Cloud 2014: some topics


Next week, Stephan Bureau and I will join a few hundred IT professionals from Québec for a day-long conference on cloud computing. We’re tackling three big themes, with panelists from both vendors and end-users, spanning small and large businesses as well as governments.

The three themes are at the forefront of technology policy today:
Transition and migration
Cloud computing is a major…

Researching cloud adoption


It’s been a few years since clouds were new. Today, utility computing is a tool in the IT toolbox, and it consists of both on-premise and on-demand components. We have strong private stacks (Cloud Platform, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, VMWare and others) and a variety of large-scale public providers at both the IaaS (Amazon, Google Compute Engine, Rackspace) and PaaS (Cloud Foundry, Openshift, A…

Clouds are like airlines

Airport shot from Stav on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license

If you’ve read Nic Carr’s book The Big Switch, you’ll have heard the analogy that cloud computing is like eletricity: we’re moving from computers to computing, just as we moved from generators to generation.

Certainly, clouds (at least, big public ones like Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine) have a lot in common with an electrical utility. They’re elastic, because you can chang…