More than 365,000 web sites hosted on the Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform, and that number is growing fast, according to Netcraft. The data highlights EC2's emergence as a competitive threat to hosting companies.
Is a "cloud broker" what your company needs to navigate the cloud computing opportunity? Here's a guide to cloud brokers and open source cloud management projects tools, with a description of their offerings.
Cloud technologists are intrigued by the potential applications for commodity-style trading of compute capacity, and have begun discussing how such an exchange might work. Key ingredients: the right framework and a trusted market maker.
Some users of Amazon EC2 are reporting that the cloud computing service is having problems scaling efficiently. Amazon says these are not capacity issues and pledges to help sort out any customer scaling challenges.