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What do you call a tool for moving complex enterprise applications to the cloud? That's what we wanted to know. So we ran a contest, kicking it off at Cloud Expo. (AppZero announces contest to name tool that automates the movement of Windows applications to and from any clouds.) First...
When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any cloud computing service as well. The twelve criteria listed bel...
Convened by Exist, a software firm that develops enterprise healthcare applications with key clients in the local market, and HP, renowned global technology company, the forum gathered PhilHealth representatives, CIOs from metro hospitals, and IT leaders of health maintenance organizat...
"Having been in the IT field for many years, I believe the cloud computing chapter in the industry is an exciting one and I am proud to be a part of it," said National Reconaissance Office (NRO) Chief Information Officer Jill T. Singer Tuesday, as it was announced that she was one of 1...
If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission-critical type applications, it needs to get more accurate when it comes to transaction-based applications. Trying to keep everything in a structured framework is going to require a more rigorous network infrastructure that includes ...
If you are a corporate executive contemplating adding some applications in a cloud computing network, be very aware of the vendors as well as your own internal system architects and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) when they start talking about cost-effective networks, cheaper componen...
Interest in cloud-based applications continues apace, but hosting can be a complicated endeavor for ISVs. The enduring popularity of Software-as-a-service (SaaS) isn't accidental. Whether you're a technology reseller or a traditional enterprise, there's a lot to like about the use of...
Rolling forecasts allow finance executives and key decision makers to see both a financial and operational vision of the future, by projecting four to six quarters or twelve to eighteen months ahead. It also helps them assess next steps in their execution of their plan, understand crit...
“Cloud computing is the major approach that most organizations should be adapting for their applications in this new era of mobile computing.” You have all read the ads and the articles that hype it, along with all the overnight experts that tout how they know that Cloud Computing is t...
We won’t be that far into 2012 before most people’s New Year’s resolutions start to fall apart. That new running routine sounded great on January 1, but the reality is that getting up early to jog in the cold, dark dawn is no fun. And that diet? It’s easy to maintain until doughnuts st...
Judging by the customer demand we’ve experienced at Virtustream, with many enterprises moving infrastructure and mission-critical applications into the cloud, it’s safe to assume that we are nearing a true tipping point for cloud adoption. But with adoption comes demand for superior pe...
For the past few weeks I have been reading different articles, publications, blog postings and so on regarding the generic software architectural model for cloud-based applications, and I am very interested in hearing other ideas about this as well. Through my reading, I have found th...
Budgeting for an IT expansion is a grappling issue for CIOs and other IT pros today. The industry dynamics for IT consumption are vastly changing, although fundamental principles and requirements remain a fact. Organizations require a dependable, scalable and cost-effective platform ...
How is Microsoft using Office 365 internally? How can a Hybrid Cloud combined with Office 365 work to your advantage. In part 2 of this 30 part series we introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for ...
In an era of cut throat competition and diminishing revenues because of the gloomy economic scenario, the competition between technology start-ups and established brands has reached a stage where the former need to innovate and reconfigure their business models if they have to face the...
With 9th Cloud Expo at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center now finished, Cloud Computing Journal asked a variety of industry stakeholders what their Top Three takeaways were from the event, now that the many thousands of delegates are back at their desks and their companies,...
While there are many benefits to cloud computing, one group particularly well served by this technology are marketers. When it comes to engaging with audiences over the web, there are a number of attributes of cloud-based services that make them a natural fit for the technical marketer...
As we head into Thanksgiving Weekend, we bring a brief round-up of some of the many follow-up comments we have been receiving since November's 9th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA. Thanks for your thanks, and see you on the other side...when the countdown steadily begins to New York's meg...
With the explosion of smartphones and mobile devices in the enterprise, mobile device management (MDM) has become one of the biggest challenges for IT departments. As a company grows and expands globally, the issues surrounding MDM only become more complicated. A well-thought-out strat...
With Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (9th Cloud Expo) beginning its final two days at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, let's remind you in greater detail about all the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the conference... We hav...
Data is the lifeblood of any organization, and its loss can be a serious blow to the business. If your systems and data are not adequately protected and supported by a well-tested disaster recovery plan, chances are you are placing your organization at risk. As more and more data is st...
Battles over formats and standards in the technology industry aren’t new. Whether it was e-mail, word processing, graphical images or even some more current like the apps on your smart phone, each new innovation typically starts out somewhat proprietary and incompatible. Today we li...
Many IT organizations assume that security risks increase with a shift to cloud computing. The reality, however, is not so clear-cut. In fact, many of these same organizations will be surprised to learn that adopting cloud operating models with appropriate governance and security contr...
We hear about the post-PC era, but rarely does anyone talk about the post-LAN or even the post-WAN era. Yet the major IT trends of the day - from mobile to cloud to app stores - are changing the expectations we all have from our blended networks. How are the campus networks of yesterd...
Even if a potential cloud services vendor gives full assurance that you, as the customer, retain ownership of your data, there are a variety of additional challenges to deal with, including essential legal and technical data transferability questions. This expert guide highlights 10 “m...
What does the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of Abiquo, Apprenda, Tier3, OutSystems and OpSource, the Co-Founder & CTO of Dell Boomi, the CTOs of Rackspace, rPath, Compuware, BMC, NextIO, SoftLayer, SOASoftware, Gale Technologies, CiRBA and UShar...
Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for Project Management that is driven using the Agile principles. Scrum methodology differs from document deliverable-centric, traditional waterfall methodology. Scrum also banks on real-world progress of the project. In Scrum, projects are ...
The markets may be melting, but Cloud Computing continues to attract headlines, VC dollars, M&A activity, and more. So let's take a quick look at what's being said, written, and done about the Cloud...now that we have reached Fall 2011.
When technologies turn obsolete and paradigms shift, what happens to the jobs that support them? Do they disappear into…the cloud? The world of IT is in perpetual motion, which means every job is potentially endangered. But even so, cloud computing has gotten many people spooked, an...
An alphabetical selection of some of the many themes & topics to be discussed at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (9th Cloud Expo) - being held November 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. The markets may still be melting, but Cloud Expo is definitely coming of age!
As more and more private clouds are deployed, organizations will face the requirement to implement chargeback or at least show back. Key to implementing chargeback is setting the chargeback rate. Much as pricing significantly impacts a public cloud provider, for the private cloud provi...
Robert Bogucki, IT manager at Skender Construction, researched multiple solutions when he started the disaster recovery project at Skender. Then he found Zetta. Zetta has a much more reasonable cost model with no charge for the ZettaMirror agent software, no matter how many copies are ...
Over the history of computing, we can trace a pattern of continuous decomposition, from a single system into disparate components. Early on, these individual parts made it easier to design, program and maintain systems, and meet the fast-growing demand for more power and more capacity....
The future is already here and cloud computing is changing shape. Over the next few years the tech industry will become an even more volatile marketplace. The disruption will come from the smaller companies that will be able to adapt faster and grow their market share at the expense of...
In my first installment of this post, I discussed how mobile is growing as a marketing vehicle for companies. With this growth in popularity, companies can't just jump into mobile app development without asking questions about business need and development methods. In this post, I will...
In spite of the hype that a Cloud system or application will never fail, we are still seeing cases of cloud system failures. The recent ones being Lightining strikes in Dublin taking the Amazon, Microsoft Clouds down for a while. While this may cause some Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt on...
The technology vendors and the hype clearly load up the term “private cloud” with everything and anything. However, the concept of private cloud computing has the potential to bring a huge amount of value to enterprise IT. That is, if we understand the right approach, and how to leve...
A number of interesting issues have come to light in the recent announcement of Google+ intention to move into social networking in direct competition with Facebook. It may be that Google finally “gets it” with the idea of “circles” and “sparks” as a way of understanding social netwo...
Software vendors transitioning from a license software model to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model have the opportunity for a more sustainable and predictable business model but face the potential for significant customer lifecycle missteps in the transition. Current SaaS providers...
There has been a great deal of press surrounding Apple’s launch of iCloud and the impact of this new service on consumer markets. Very little attention, however, has been given to the impact that this new cloud computing service will have on enterprise IT. If recent history is any indi...


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