Alan Williamson on Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has arrived and no one has more resources to make it happen than Sun. Sun's Lew Foster and David Douglas at CommunityOne East have articulated Sun's cloud computing strategy. Sun is building the cloud on open-source platforms ranging from ZFS and Crossbow, to MySQL and Glassfish, which will reduce costs. Jonathan Schwartz has a detailed explication of where Sun is headed.

For a thoughtful and lively discussion of cloud computing, check out my interview with Alan Williamson, who probably knows as much about the subject as anyone. Williamson, the UK's first Java Champion, is also the first to offer a day-long cloud computing boot camp, and now edits the Cloud Computing Journal.

He makes many good points.

    -- Contrary to the beliefs of some that cloud computing will hurt open-source software, Williamson believes that "the complete opposite will be the case, as people will demand checks and assurances that they can indeed trust their infrastructure to the cloud provider."

    -- 2009 will be the year that companies will look at the cloud as a serious alternative as it moves out of the early adopter phase

    -- The biggest problem with cloud computing? "Overexpectations and underdelivery. People are being sold the idea that the cloud will solve all their problems. It won't -- it merely moves the problem to another domain."

    -- JMX is a great way to keep an eye on your system and deal with the monitoring challenges of the cloud.

I'm also at work on an interview with Java Champion and Java EE expert Adam Bien in which he makes the case for Java EE and cloud computing.

We've got a new motto: Behind every cloud, you'll see the Sun.

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