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That's So Beary Punny

  • February 27, 2009
  • By Paul Rubens

But wait. There's more. Something that's also generating a lot of interest at the moment is the idea of internal clouds that companies run for themselves, perhaps because they have sensitive information they don't want leaving their own data centers. There are commercial solutions, such as those offered by Cassatt, which offer everything from an automated powering on and off service for servers in a data center right up to fully automatic deployment (and bringing down) of server images on physical machines in multiple data centers (or even machines in Amazon's cloud).

To tap into this, Shuttleworth enthuses about Ubuntu integration with the Eucalyptus, an open source project that provides internal cloud type functionality. "... during the Karmic cycle we expect to make those clouds dance, with dynamically growing and shrinking resource allocations depending on your needs," he promises.

Perhaps he should call it cloud control(!)

If all this cloud talk sounds nebulous (his pun, not mine) then Shuttleworth promises to reveal the full feature set at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in May in sunny Barcelona.

It's not altogether surprising Shuttleworth is making Ubuntu announcements with a song, a dance and a merry jape: It's easy to sell your operating system in difficult economic times when the price is free. But when your OS runs only on overpriced hardware? Not so much.

That's certainly what Apple is discovering, now that the market has gone sour. Sales of Mac units dropped 6 percent in January, compared to the same period a year ago, with an 11 percent decline in product revenue, according to research from NPD Group. "To some extent, Apple has been struggling in the last few months ��� there were some issues with overall pricing problems during the holidays and afterward," NPD vice president Stephen Baker said.

Overall, thanks to the recession, the contrast between Ubuntu and Apple couldn't be starker. For Linux, the future looks peachy. For Apple, it's beginning to go pear shaped. If you'll pardon the pun.

Paul Rubens is an IT consultant and journalist based in Marlow on Thames, England. He has been programming, tinkering and generally sitting in front of computer screens since his first encounter with a DEC PDP-11 in 1979.

Article courtesy of ServerWatch

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