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is there something like that? I've been told that IBM has one (IBM cloud burst) anybody knows ?

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Which hardware? –  Massimo Jun 3 '10 at 13:28
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What are you trying to do? "Cloud" is usually used to mean computing-as-a-service, running on hosted hardware that you don't own or maintain. It's about easy provisioning to the customer, usually via a lot of automation by the provider. It's certainly not a new operating system. Cloudburst is just Websphere bundled into an appliance that runs RedHat. Do you want to run an application in a "cloud", or do you want to build a cloud for other people to be able to run their stuff? It's one or the other, because if you're doing both, then you're maintaining systems and that's not really "cloud." –  mfinni Jun 3 '10 at 13:39
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If you have no list of requirements, how can you meet them? You need to do a lot of work to define what's required before you pick and implement a given technology. –  mfinni Jun 3 '10 at 14:12
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Not to be harsh, but why don't you look at the web page for IBM Cloudburst? It says the same thing I told you - it's for WebSphere. That's not going to run ASP.NET. –  mfinni Jun 3 '10 at 14:36
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You can run the Azure fabric locally on your PC (Visual Studio includes it); you can't run an Azure fabric on your local servers yet but I just read last night that they're working on something for that. Besides that, there are a couple dozen vendors that say "here we have a 'cloud OS' you can run in your data center", including IBM, VMWare, Citrix and others, plus open source stuff like Eucalytpus. It really depends what you actually want. Here's a mind map of the hundreds of "cloud" offerings, it's a complex field... jldupont.blogspot.com/2009/02/cloud-computing-mind-map.html –  Ernest Mueller Jun 3 '10 at 15:29

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You might take a look at Eucalyptus and/or Ubuntu's cloud pages if you're looking to get a demonstration project up & running quickly.

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I found WMWare VSphere, it looks like a real cloud, it can run anything –  Omu Jun 4 '10 at 7:39

For Windows Azure there is the Windows Azure platform AppFabric which helps developers connect applications and services in the cloud or on-premises. This includes applications running on Windows Azure, Windows Server and a number of other platforms including Java, Ruby, PHP and others. It provides a Service Bus for connectivity across network and organizational boundaries, and Access Control for federated authorization as a service.

There is also the "Windows Server AppFabric" which is a set of integrated technologies that make it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS which is available at msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/ee695849.aspx

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I've found WMWare VSphere, it looks like a real cloud, it can run anything –  Omu Jun 4 '10 at 7:39

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