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I recently had a chance to play with the new version of the CloudPlug 200 from CTERA. I reviewed the first edition back in October 2009. The latest edition is a marked improvement on an already good product. I’ll discuss the product and my experience with it, as well as a few suggestio...
Cloud computing vendors and applications are sprouting up all over the place. At our company, WorkXpress we now use a range of cloud computing products to power several full-time mission critical functions. Key examples include our telephone system (we are very happy with Grasshopper.c...
Cloud computing is a nascent technology with a battle to gain mind share of a skeptical audience. Good lead follow-up can help vendors take the lead in this market. Over the past year I have listened to many vendor webinars talking about their cloud computing solution story. After th...
Cloud computing is on target to grow at an astounding rate in the next few years according to some of the latest analyst research. For example, worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services topped $16 billion last year and is expected to reach $55.5 billion by 2014, according to a Ju...
Cisco has proposed an upgrade to Michael Porter's cluster model for government. Implemented via Cloud this can enable next generation Social Innovation practices. Cloud Computing is such a compelling area for government investment because it offers multiple dimensions of business bene...
Ovum does not expect a ‘big bang’ implementation of cloud governance, but rather a gradual build-up that provides an opportunity to launch and/or reinvigorate other governance efforts. The first meeting of Australia's Leading CIOs has just taken place in Queensland. The event itself s...
Founded in 2009, DECA Financial Services is an accounts receivable management (ARM) agency experienced in collecting debt of any type. After experiencing tremendous capital expenditures on technology infrastructure and personnel at a prior employer, the DECA founders searched for a clo...
Data center administrators are faced with the challenge of what to do with in-house versus cloud services. Following two years of lean spending on IT infrastructure, the hype over cloud services has caught the attention of everyone – from the C-suite to the functional leadership in org...
It would be an understatement to say that this past decade belongs to the Internet. Starting primarily as a research tool, the Internet has now infiltrated every aspect of life – there is very little today that users do not, or cannot, do online. Moreover, new ways to leverage the Inte...
Cloud is important to governments not just because it can help their own operations but because it offers a significant economic stimulus opportunity that can address this type of challenge. As a newcomer to Canada I have been surprised recently by a number of articles I've read that...
IT vendor lock-in is as old as the IT industry itself. Some may even argue that lock-in is unavoidable when using any IT solution, regardless of whether we use it “on premise” or “as a service”. To determine whether this is the case, we examine traditional lock-in and the to-be-expecte...
Judging by the recent trail of acquisitions and partner programs motivated by ambitions to strengthen on-demand online services, the High Tech Industry seems absolutely convinced that cloud computing is a key way to emerge out of the recent recession. And it is quite apparent that most...
Of course Microsoft has their own Cloud hosting services, Azure, but there are still other scenarios where Microsoft software can be Cloud deployed, and these offer a fertile product development area for web hosting providers. These 'Microsoft Cloud Services' (MCS) offer the ideal way...

Cloud Computing can be realized through multiple implementation models. One of the implementations that is gaining a lot of interest is the Private Cloud.  This article attempts to look at the key attributes of an ideal Private Cloud and takes a futuristic view of the Private Cloud ...

The true power of Cloud is application delivery... arming the end user with choices

Cloud Computing is the most discussed IT innovation of recent times. This Primer provides a structured overview of what Cloud Computing is and what the potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how Cloud Computing will impact IT management and IT's role in the organizat...
IT has struggled to solve the business needs that have surfaced due to a mismatch in service expectations between business and the delivery that IT has accomplished. IT is being forced to restructure itself by offering IT as a service, which changes the mind-set of the datacenter as an...
In a recent LogLogic survey, 60% of respondents expressed some reservations about moving to cloud computing technology. 34% of respondents said that cloud was not strategic for their companies, while another 26% said that they were concerned about the risks relating to the technology,...
As the delegates arriving in Prague today from all corners of Europe (and USA, Australia) in readiness for Cloud Expo Europe are aware, where cloud computing is concerned the Enterprise IT industry has gone from asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the y...
Our dynaTrace Community Portal is our gateway to our users. Especially with the rapidly-growing number of world-wide users of our FREE dynaTrace AJAX Edition, it is necessary to keep track on how well our pages perform from around the globe to satisfy our “performance hungry” community...
Our panel of experts deliver the top reasons why exploiting cloud computing models make sense, and why at least experimenting with cloud should be done sooner rather than later. If cloud, in its many forms, gains traction -- like any other big change affecting business and IT -- adopt...
There is a lot of talk lately about new self-service options for cloud computing and virtualized enterprise IT resources. Nearly every vendor offers a way to deliver on-demand cloud services to users without the need for help from the IT department. Self-service for the cloud is valua...
Today's headlines point to more sophisticated and large-scale and malicious online activities. For some folks, therefore, the consensus seems to be that the cloud computing model and vision are not up to the task when it comes to security. But at the RSA Conference earlier this year, a...
There is a talk that I’ve given a few times with very good response – “How Cloud Computing -Improves- Security”. We go in to detail on all the areas where cloud providers have (or should have) gone the extra mile relative to the datacenter a customer runs in-house, and how with a soli...
I posted an off-the-cuff comment on Twitter earlier that VMForce was attractive to enterprise Java shops because it smelled like “easy” cloud. Shortly thereafter, Pandora was nice enough to play Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, and a blog post was born. The more I considered my respo...
I had expected the Cloud hype to start slowing down for a while now. I have always strongly believed in the paradigm shift that came with Cloud Computing (self-provisioning, pay-per-use, hardware abstraction, etc.) but the popularity was just too much. Recipe for a hype? Take a big bow...
The authors of the widely used OpenNebula toolkit have founded a company to provide value-added enterprise-solutions around this leading open source technology for cloud computing. C12G Labs has been created to address the growing demand for commercial support and services around OpenN...
In a stunning, largely unforeseen move, HP announced that it has shelled out $ 5.70 per share or roughly $1.2 billion to acquire Palm. Arguably a very aggressive and risky move considering that the fact that Palm's market share is about 5% in the U.S. and less than 2% globally. Symbian...
Enterprises understand the economic value of creating disciplines needed to properly move IT resources and applications into the cloud; however, initiatives are unlikely to get funded if they fail to meet enterprise expectations for the security, performance and control that they’ve co...
Got back Friday after a week in the East coast attending the Cloud Expo and meeting with customers/partners. I roamed around the exhibits and found one vendor area that was always packed - Microsoft. Folks were attracted to the huge honking collection of hardware placed right in mid...
Sandra Erwin of National Defense magazine just published an excellent article on the Army's foray into developing soldier-friendly smartphone applications. Giving credit to Army CIO Lt. Gen, Jeffrey Sorenson and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Sandra describes the se...
As many of you are aware, Monday, April 19th, marked the first day of the Cloud Computing Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Prior to the opening keynote address by Richard Sarwal and Hasan Rizvi both with Oracle, I ran into Fuat Kircaali, founder and chairman of SYS...
Cloud Computing is making modern, world-class IT infrastructure available to companies of all sizes regardless of economic cycles. The Cloud has captured the imagination of IT because it promises compute capacity as a liquid currency that can be shared and made available on demand....
Oracle reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended in February, and sales of Oracle's products sans Sun rose by 7 percent. Including one month of sales attributable to Sun, Oracle's revenues were up 17 percent, to $6.4 billion. Sun has brought in $273 mil...
Delegates will be traveling from all over the world to New York this coming April 19-21 to 5th International Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at The Jacob Javits Center with the 8th Virtualization Conference & Expo. Here is a round-up of some of the Cloud & Virtualization themes...
Our recent work with Twitter will be our first deployment in this cloud infant. Using DarkStar, we’re able to analyze the Twitter feed to sense and respond to opportunities and threats. This relatively simple project includes components of event driven agents, NoSQL storage, CEP slidin...


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