I've uploaded my position paper for the OOPSLA 2009 Cloud Design Workshop next week. This provides a detailed technical overview of what Elastra has been working on for the past year.
Cloud Computing has been a catalyst that has been accelerating a long-needed convergence between IT Operations and Application Architecture. We need to build systems to be operated, managed, and governed -- not as an afterthought. And we need better collaboration between IT specialists. Through a mix of web architecture, and a dose of autonomic computing, and we may have the beginnings of a new inter-cloud architecture. It feels like the end of a marathon, but we've only reached the first checkpoint.