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First Draft of Cloud Vsualisation published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2013-04-07 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

First Draft of Cloud Processing in RDF published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2013-03-13 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

First Draft of Cloud API published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2013-02-01 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

First Draft of Storage Mapping published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2012-12-30 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

Cloud Processing Model Report Notes

A couple of notes about the just-published cloud processing model report:

First, the notes in red are designed to be used as suggested starting points for discussions as to where and how the report might be improved

Second, the algorithmic modelling report the report references isn’t yet a full Community Group report, since the Algorithmic Modelling Community Group had’t graduated from proposed status by the time of the report’s publication. This will be remedied, however, once that group’s status changes

Comments on this developing standard are, as always, welcome :-)

First Draft of Cloud Processing Model published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2012-11-20 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

Microsoft Case Study on Hosted Virtual Desktops Shows 50% Savings

National Asset Direct:
Asset Management Firm Uses Hosted Desktop Solution to Reduce IT Budget by 50 Percent

To trim costs and boost flexibility, National Asset Direct (NAD), Inc., which helps support investment fund acquisition and management, needed to improve the performance and manageability of its desktop environment. After adopting the dinCloud Hosted Virtual Desktop solution, NAD has slashed its operating costs by 50 percent.

Business Needs:
Extreme volatility in the real-estate market has sparked heavy demand for the proprietary debt management services and tools that National Asset Direct, Inc. (NAD) provides. To shield against future turmoil in the real-estate and financial sectors, NAD executives are continuously searching for ways to trim operating costs. John Madrid, Chief Technology Officer at National Asset Direct, Inc., has applied this approach to the company’s IT function. “We’re always looking for ways to drive down infrastructure costs, and still provide our people with the tools they need to stay productive,” says Madrid.

Solution:
To keep infrastructure costs low, increase internal management control of its IT systems, and support productivity from anywhere, leaders at NAD investigated the market for a new hosted desktop solution.

“After moving to the hosted desktop solution from dinCloud, we’ve realized a significant cost savings—reducing our overall technology spend by 50 percent”
John Madrid
Chief Technology Officer, National Asset Direct, Inc.

Executives considered several alternatives including solutions built on a variety of technologies, such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, and the IBM cloud platform and came across a Los Angeles based company “dinCloud”, which is also a member of the Microsoft Partner Network that specializes in providing desktop and server virtualization services. “It didn’t take us long to realize that the dinCloud Hosted Virtual Desktop (dinHVD) service was the turnkey solution we’d been looking for,” says Madrid. “It exceeded our requirements for performance, ease of management—and best of all, price.”

Benefits:
With the dinCloud Hosted Virtual Desktop solution, which delivers a high-fidelity Windows 7 desktop experience together with Microsoft communication and productivity tools, NAD has experienced the following benefits:

  • Reduced monthly IT operating costs by 50 percent.
  • Increased workforce productivity.
  • Enhanced IT control.
  • Greater operational flexibility.

First Draft of Cloud Provider Service Engagement (New File Location) published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2012-09-28 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

First Draft of Use Cases and Requirements (New File Location) published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2012-09-28 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.

First Draft of Cloud Provider Service Engagement published by Cloud Computing Community Group

On 2012-09-20 the Cloud Computing Community Group published the first draft of the following specification:

Participants contribute material to this specification under the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

If you have any questions, please contact the group on their public list: public-cloud@w3.org. Learn more about the Cloud Computing Community Group.