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Like d'Artagnan joining the Three Musketeers, Orange Business Services has teamed up with the VCE Coalition triad of Cisco, EMC and VMWare in a thing called Flexible 4 Business, to provide VBlock-based cloud infrastructure solutions to enterprise customers.  VCE's VBlocks are pre-configured, pre-tested "infrastructure packages" that come in three sizes - "moderate", large, and "massive" - and comprise Cisco's Unified Computing System blade servers and Ethernet switches, EMC's storage systems, and VMware's VSphere virtualization software. For its part in the Flexible 4 Business endeavor, OBS will couple the VBlock technology with some of its own software for security, communications and backup, along with its established hosting, systems integration, and professional services, into what it is calling "end-to-end [private] cloud computing services for enterprises."  ... (more)

Why Adobe AIR Is Not Google Gears, Prism, JavaFX or Silverlight

Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime) cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point. And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0, Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight. So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform runtimes in a... (more)

File Sharing, Torrent Finder, WikiLeaks, Are You Next?

When the US Government came for file sharing domains, I remained silent; I was not a file sharer. When they shut down Torrent Finder, I remained silent; I was not a Bit Torrent user. When they pressured Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, I did not speak out; I was not a leaker. When they passed the COICA bill, I remained silent; I wasn't an infringer or counterfeiter. When they came for my domain, there was no one left to speak out. ... (more)

Amazon Vets Social Mobile Cloud Apps

Amazon Web Services has announced the beta availability of new mobile software development kits for the Android and iOS platforms.   It was previously possible to write apps for those devices that could work with the Amazon cloud, but it wasn't easy.  As the announcement on the AWS blog points out: "Previously, developers either wrote their own libraries to handle the HTTP connection, request retries, and error handling, or built additional infrastructure to proxy the API requests through a server fleet." Now, though, developers can call AWS web service application programming ... (more)

Adobe Puts Flash Server in Amazon Cloud

This week, stalwart packaged applications software vendor Adobe announced the availability of its Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure.  It's a move that should be good for both companies but one that also raises a few questions. Adobe's Flash brand is worn by a number of different parts and products, including the media player client much maligned recently by His Hipness, Steve Jobs, the graphical authoring application for animation and interactive media and web sites, and the server discussed here.  The Amazon incarnation of the Flash server joins a f... (more)