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HP, Intel And Yahoo Build A Cloud Computing Playground

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Palo Alto (CA) - Whether you like it or not, cloud computing is shaping up more and more to become one of the key IT trends of the next decade. Today, cloud computing consists of too many unknown variables and most cloud services available could be considered transitional services at best. HP, Intel and Yahoo are now taking a lead role in this trend and are building a huge cloud computing playground for researchers in the hope that convincing applications will be developed and open questions will be answered.

If the IT industry has its way, the way how we use software today could soon be history. Instead of owning a local copy of software and instead of storing data on a local hard drive, the vision is that we will be using (internet-based) services as the foundation of everyday computing. HP already has outlined its ideas as "Everything as a Service," which defines devices and services to interact seamlessly through the cloud. HP believes that, sometime in the near future, businesses and individuals will use services that anticipate their needs based on location, preferences, calendar and communities.

But a transition to cloud computing will require a change in the way we think about computers today and that will require convincing application models that provide benefits over the local software and applications we are currently using. Cloud services have made substantial progress in the corporate space already, but cloud computing for consumers is in its infancy - despite services such as Google Docs, Adobe’s Photoshop Express as well as emerging concepts such as Cherrypal and Ncomputing, which we believe has all the genes to become the next Google, if cloud computing takes off.

HP, Intel and Yahoo seem to be getting more serious about cloud computing and its future and announced the creation of a scientific playground that will enable researcher to develop and test drive cloud computing concepts at "Internet-scale". The three companies describe the effort as a "global, multi-data center, open source test bed to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing."

According to the companies, this test bed will "encourage research on the software, data center management and hardware issues associated with cloud computing at a larger scale than ever before."

The test bed will initially consist of six "centers of excellence" at IDA (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore) facilities, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, HP Labs, Intel Research and Yahoo. Each location will host a cloud computing infrastructure, largely based on HP hardware and Intel processors, and will have 1000 to 4000 processor cores. Yahoo will contribute its experience in open source projects by running Apache Hadoop, an open source, distributed computing project of the Apache Software Foundation, and other open source, distributed computing software such as Pig, a parallel programming language that was developed by the company.

The playground is scheduled to open later this year. Researchers interested in taking advantage of this infrastructure will have to go through a "selection process."

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    Anonymous , July 30, 2008 11:50 AM
    Oh Great! Now they want all my data and everything I do out there where people like George Bush and the NSA can get it without breaking into my house. No thanks.
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    velocityg4 , July 30, 2008 3:02 PM
    As Hilarion_53 said.

    Also what about locations were there is no internet connection? Plus if a company sued for access to the entire database "to supposedly look for pirated material" like Viacom with Youtube. I'll stop using computers if this eventually becomes the only choice or just use a legacy computer for files and a handheld for e-mail and web surfing.
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    Mr_Man , July 30, 2008 3:12 PM
    Yahoo!, Intel, and HP... notice how that's the 3 steps of the process? Intel builds the components, HP builds the computer, and Yahoo! could provide the cloud services which the computer is tailored to access. This is a powerful partnership.
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    kman7607 , July 30, 2008 3:14 PM
    The internet would become way too personal if this trend were to mature. I like what little privacy I have.
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    Anonymous , July 30, 2008 3:50 PM
    Oh Great! All your computing and data out in the "cloud" (read that the "wild") for George W. and his buddies at the NSA to grab without even having to break into your house to get it. No Thanks.
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    Anonymous , July 30, 2008 3:55 PM
    And what about "That service or data is not authorized for your use!" messages if they decide to censor it further then it already is censored. You will no longer have what little control of your data that you currently have. They (the cloud) will control it all including your access to it. And if you miss a payment... I can hear it now.. "Your data is now ours until you pay for further access to YOUR data...." Talk about blackmail.
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    CompNet , July 31, 2008 3:30 AM
    When you start to take information from people, charge them to store their information, and when they cannot get to their information that they would normally have access to on their own desktops or laptops, you will probably have a larger number of upset users. Also, if traditional home internet connections are used, and we all know how reliable they can be, how bad will this affect access to information?