Delegate responses to a survey undertaken at the International Supercomputer Conference (ISC) show that demand for private cloud computing has stayed steady from last year -- 28% still say they want to change some of their infrastructure to more closely match the capabilities and efficiencies of services like Amazon Web Services.
Everything else in the survey was par for the course these days, with security considered a headache, cost and agility the main motivators, and grumpy old codgers a main barrier to adoption. Attendees of the ISC are presumably involved in grid or supercomputing to some extent, and in the industries that use them (geological resource extraction, banking, insurance and academia), so it is interesting to juxtapose this survey against another poll that claims insurance industry pros see dubious value in cloud computing as a whole.
Amazon making too much news this week
Not content with selling a supercomputer by the hour, AWS rolled out a raft of new announcements this week. Simple Notification Service (SNS) now supports Amazon S3, so you can hook your files to your messaging bus and get notified when something happens to your files without having to run a server to do that for you. Amazon's CloudFront CDN service now supports a primitive kind of query tracking feature so you can see where requests for data come from.
Far more important than those bits of news is that AWS VPC now supports some pretty basic networking features, like the ability to assign IP addresses and the ability to generate config files for a couple of standard enterprise routers. That brings AWS VPC almost on par, features-wise, with a $100 NETGEAR ProSafe router. Additionally, AWS now supports booting directly to a Linux kernel, meaning you do not have to load an entire AMI, just enough of an operating system to run, say, a hypervisor or a boot loader. Jeff Barr politely requests that anyone who can make EC2 boot an operating system off the base kernel that AWS does not currently support, drop him a line, because you are amazing.