Several interesting announcements popped up last week. Most notable was the flurry of stories around the Google I/O developers conference. We now know that AppEngine will include specific APIs to assist with image manipulation and rendering, along with caching.
A couple of comments from the InfoWorld article highlighted:
...The company at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco also will expand access to the service and add APIs for caching and image manipulation.
...Google's caching API for App Engine will make it faster for developers to render applications. (source: InfoWorld)
This is further validation of the importance of memory and caching for data intensive applications across the board, but particularly in the rendering arena.
Elsewhere, HP announced that they were merging their high-performance computing and web computing groups to form a Scalable Computing Initiative. It appears that just about every major systems vendor now has a cloud computing or web 2.0 focused effort. We've talked about other offerings from EMC and IBM on our Cloud Computing Roundtable Podcasts Episode 1 and Episode 2.
With this acquisition, VMware will leverage the B-hive team and technology to offer proactive performance management and service level reporting for applications running within VMware virtual machines - on both servers and desktops.
We covered some of the potential concerns around performance with virtualization and captured a few notes in our post Overcoming Virtualization I/O Pitfalls.