Cloud Computing Solutions: Highlights from Day in the Cloud

I got to spend the day yesterday chatting with some of the leaders in cloud computing as they showcased their reference architectures (the recipes for building cloud computing solutions I wrote about yesterday) up and running in our Cloud Builders lab.  The showcase was part of our Day in the Cloud event, a day featuring our Cloud Builders partners sharing their technology solutions to select editors and bloggers to highlight how the industry is working together to tackle some of the toughest technical challenges facing deployment of solutions in both enterprise and public cloud environments.  The reasons for such a day are vast but based on a simple premise that to truly understand the power of a reference architecture you need to see it live.  It’s kind of like reading a recipe vs. tasting the end result.  Based on our guest’s interests in the reference architecture walkthroughs, I think this premise was correct.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to participate yesterday, here’s an initial recap of some reference architectures that were featured yesterday.  I will be recapping additional reference architectures over the next few days.  Click the titles to find learn more at the Intel Cloud Builders site.

Gproxy: Client Aware Computing

One of the most unique and compelling usage models we saw yesterday was brought by e-commerce software leader Gproxy.  Gproxy and the Intel Cloud Builders team highlighted the concept of client aware computing…in other words, an optimized user experience driven based on the unique nature of the client requesting information from the cloud.  The reference architecture demonstration featured two PCs, one an old Centrino machine and one a brand new Intel Core machine loaded up with all the bells and whistles.  In the demonstration, Gproxy showed us how their solution utilized APIs supplied by Intel to “score” machine capabilities and send the optimized content based on network, processor and graphics capability, and other factors.  The result was a rich 3D and video rich experience for the new PC, and a flat, simpler experience for the old PC.  When you extend the thinking of client to all of the myriad devices we expect to connect to the cloud in a few years you can see how this is a powerful concept.  And, it seems ZDnet agrees.

Parallels & Microsoft: Trusted Computing via Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure featuring  Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud

This interesting demonstration of a Reference Architecture featuring Parallels trusted cloud technology and Microsoft Hyper-V highlighted the unique challenges of ensuring secure delivery of data between an enterprise and public cloud environment.  Utilizing Intel’s TXT environment to deliver hardware enabled data encryption, the demonstration highlighted how IT managers could migrate workloads in a heterogeneous environment while ensuring that compliance policies were maintained regardless of data location.  With security on the tops of IT minds when it comes to cloud adoption, it’s easy to see why this technology is critical to a complete cloud environment.

Dell & Vmware: Efficient Cloud implementation through Optimized and Policy driven power management

One critical aspect of cloud deployments is efficiency.  Efficiency ensures data center costs are kept low, and whether you’re managing your internal electrical bill or paying for your service provider’s data center costs, improved efficiency helps the bottom line.  In this Reference Architecture, Vmware’s vSphere technology has taken advantage of Dell’s c2100, c6100, and c1100  server platforms featuring Intel’s Intelligent Node Manager technology to enable IT to control power delivery to servers based on workload requirements…in real time.  This tight instrumentation of power delivery enables acute control of power costs based on what is required enabling IT managers to set power policies for their data centers that drive down costs.

I’ll be back next week with more highlights from Intel’s Day in the Cloud.  In the meantime, check out my new Conversations in the Cloud podcast to learn more.