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Verizon to deploy cloud stacks in several foreign lands
Global telecom provider Verizon apparently has enough traction on its Computing as a Service (CaaS) cloud infrastructure service that it is rolling out clouds around the world. London, Canberra, and San Jose, Calif. are all getting deployments of Verizon's HP/3Par/VMware-powered cloud stack. Also announced are plans for additional, presumably more specifically tailored, clouds for government customers in Miami and Virginia.
The new clouds are (probably a small) part of Verizon's planned $17 billion infrastructure spend in 2010, and adoption doesn't seem to be red hot, especially since CaaS is expensive when compared to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Rackspace.
HP's Open Cirrus still plugging away, adds new sites
Open Cirrus, HP's globally distributed cloud computing research project, has gained some new participants. The China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the Spanish Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA), China Telecom's Guangzhou Research Institute (GSTA) and Georgia Tech University's Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) have all contributed computing power for experiments in widespread cloud computing.
The Open Cirrus project is HP's attempt to unify disparate, heterogeneous centers of computing power, typically between 1-5,000 nodes, and figure out the best way to make them appear to be seamless, a tricky task when the speed of light is only 299,792,458 meters per second. It may be the only work of its type that can stand next to IBM's efforts at universities and business centers to explore worldwide cloud computing in an innovative way.
SUSE Appliance Toolkit going hypervisor agnostic
Novell, which has recently been pushing cloud announcements with renewed vigor, says SUSE Appliance Toolkit and SUSE Studio 1.1 now support AWS, KVM and OVF virtual machine formats. SUSE Studio is an operating system image/virtual appliance builder that lets users pick and choose packages to put on SUSE Linux images, streamlining the process of building preconfigured images.
This will surely whet the appetites of Linux dorks everywhere, since customizing your image goes from exciting to dreary after the second time you do it. To make this catch on, all Novell has to do is make it easy to download and get started…oops, you need to submit an email request to schedule a phone call to speak with a salesperson. Oh well.