With the weekend’s hiccup in the IBM-Sun merger taking over this morning’s news, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at this article in last week’s Economist about IBM’s so-called “Open Cloud Manifesto” (basically, an appeal to industry to make cloud computing components work together around common standards). Both IBM and Sun are well positioned to help organizations move into the cloud, but I wonder just how well understood — and embraced — this concept of virtualization really is.
Admittedly, I first started to think about how moving into the cloud benefits organizations and communities last year after reading Tom Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded” + hearing Sun’s founder — Scott McNealy — speak at a Potomac Officers Club lunch. It strikes me that cloud computing can address energy and environment issues while lowering an organization’s IT costs. And I’m not alone. Last night, I came across five short videos produced by Akami for TED.com that succinctly address cloud computing (without once uttering “lock-in”). If I could, I would have embedded the videos here on GovLoop; as Akamai handles 20% of total Internet traffic today, I think their views are worth hearing — and sharing.