IBM and Canonical have announced a fully-virtualized version of IBM's DB2 Express-C
According to Canonical, this is a pre-packaged virtual machine, a DB2 stack, designed to run on Ubuntu's Eucalyptus-powered cloud platform. So download Ubuntu, install a cloud, download the virtual machine and away you go.
GoGrid adds a heavy hitter
Netscape alumnus and veteran CIO Mark Worsey has joined GoGrid as CIO and executive vice president of technology. Worsey will be responsible for GoGrid's technology architecture and "operating strategies" for the cloud provider. Worsey said that GoGrid has a better handle of ROI for customers and its own bottom line than competitors, but he would hardly be expected to say otherwise.
New cloud management firm Skydera enters the fray
Startup (or upstart) Skydera has announced its cloud management software with some interesting claims. The company says its product is "differentiated" by support for all the major cloud providers, as well as internal cloud architectures, which readers may find puzzling, considering that's what pretty much all the cloud management tools out there do in various interpretations; it's practically the definition of cloud management.
Skydera founder and developer Lecole Cole reports on the company blog that he took a flyer at his own company working out of hi-tech hippie commune The Hacker Dojo and helped by The Founders Institute business seminars, which does not list Skydera on its companies page.
Skydera has at least one fan in SIOS Technology's Jim Kaskade, according to the press release. Kaskade claims that Skydera is "ahead of systems like IBM Tivoli, CA Spectrum Automation Manager, and BMC's BladeLogic Suite," which is also interesting because those products don't really compete in the cloud management marketplace; that's Skytap, RightScale and enStratus, by most accounts.