Something else that harks back 10 years: NTT buying anything overseas. It hasn't done so since going on a buying spree circa 2000, according to Nikkei. Those acquisitions proved disastrous once the dotcom bubble bust. (Somehow, that sounds familiar too.)
What's the difference? As Ars Technica explains with some neat little pictures, cloud tasks are small jobs. Any given server can handle a bunch at once.
Grid tasks are the opposite. They're big, and they consume multiple servers' worth of computing.
Cluster Computing Instances, then, is targeted at grid kinds of jobs. They're aimed at the high-performance computing market.
The report doesn't mention the SPIT term itself, but the idea is that providers can automate the presentation of customer information. For Amazon, that's done through an API; for Savvis (Nasdaq: SVVS), it's a portal.
The report briefly notes several other security options and also details the security practices of 11 providers.
Elsewhere in the cloud lately:
- Tata Gets Cloudy With Google
- SPs Combat Cloud Hype
- Verizon Launches Health Information Exchange
- Microsoft Courting SPs as Cloudmates
- Akamai Adds Cloud Guy
- Dialogic Offers Cloud-Based App Testing
- Savvis Tunes Up Symphony
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading