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I see this whole cloud computing movement as nothing more than a reincarnation of the classic mainframe client-server model. People want painless access to their data and applications from wherever they are, from whatever electronic gizmo they happen to be using.
The Android-loving Open Handset Alliance says it's added 14 more members, bringing its total to 47 companies. Of course it’s only produced one phone so far, the iPhone's leagues ahead, and the crummy economy is expected to hurt even cell phone sales, but this is a matter of covering mu...
Cloud computing provides a cost-effective architecture that has enabled new business models including Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The financial crisis might spell good news for cloud providers up and down the stack. According recent articles, IDC pred...
Aptana has launched the 1.0 version of Aptana PHP, an open source, integrated development environment (IDE) for PHP application development. Aptana PHP extends Aptana Studio, the Eclipse-based IDE for AJAX and Web development that is on track to exceed 2.8 million downloads before year...
IaaS standards will enable a market place in which workloads can be moved from cloud to cloud according to price, capacity, and feature criteria. A few companies are jockeying for the pole position in the race to provide the arbitrage for this meta cloud.
It’s going to offer North American schools K-12 a $519 box bearing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop through its resellers. Novell has collected a repository of 40-odd open source packages on its openSUSE web site that the kids can tap for coursework and teachers can tap for, say, online t...
IBM is pushing its upgraded Lotus Sametime Unyte 8.2 as a global cloud service for web conferencing up against Cisco's WebEx and Microsoft's Office Live Meeting. It's tied up with InterCall, the conference call biggie, for distribution, and made some network acceleration enhancements f...
There have been multiple white papers and articles written by analysts - Is Cloud Computing Ready for the Enterprise? The question is asked so many times now - Is Cloud Computing ready for the enterprise? So, I have to ask - Is the enterprise ready for Cloud Computing? I’ll start this...
OpSource has announced that Taleo will leverage OpSource On-Demand to deliver Taleo Business Edition Platform. Taleo Business Edition is the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering consisting of recruiting and performance management solutions for small and medium businesses (SM...
Teams from Microsoft and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone are going to sit down and talk about collaborating on services that integrate networks with applications. They want to integrate Microsoft applications with NTT’s information and communication technology (ICT), maybe as software-a...
GigaSpaces Technologies announced the availability of GigaSpaces' eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) for MySQL Enterprise, addressing the scalability and performance needs of demanding MySQL Enterprise customers. Applications running on the combined platform leverage linear scalability...
Movero Technology and Ezwim announced a global partnership to deliver a joint mobile lifecycle management service based on the integration of their respective TTM and Maestro Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms. The joint offering enables organizations to gain visibility into and co...
Neptuny introduces Caplan SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), to provide capacity management for small to medium-sized enterprises who want to set up a small-scale capacity planning and management project. Caplan is able to cover multiple domains with its agent-less architecture, out-of-the-...
We've heard all the buzzwords before. Virtual companies. Offshoring. Free agent nation. But this time, it's for real. The future of business is no longer enormous, vertically integrated titans (anyone check Ford's stock price recently?), but rather small, nimble, federations. Historica...
I just read an interesting article regarding the potential cost pitfalls associated with VM sprawl. Jett Thompson, an enterprise computing architect from Boeing, has developed a cost model regarding the benefits of virtualization and the related pitfalls of VM sprawl. It seems that vir...
In the last couple of weeks of 2008, IT departments and CIOs need to think carefully about the cloud and how it can be used within their organizations - ahead of the business units. Develop, distribute and educate staff on policies around Information Protection and data loss prevention...
"In conjunction with Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront in the EU, Amazon Web Services customers can now locate their storage, distribution, and compute in Europe, better allowing them to achieve low latency to their European customers and to meet EU data storage requirements when applica...
It appears that Sun is killing off its Sun Grid proto-cloud, the almost four-year-old Solaris 10-based utility computing platform offering grid compute time by the hour, only to replace it with some other form of cloud. Exactly what remains cloudy. The struggling company has a new clou...
SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Expo attracted more than 40 sponsors and exhibitors with over 1,200 preregistered delegates. The three content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud comput...
The iPhone is a great example of cloud computing – or more accurately Software plus Service. I’ve said this at a few recent conferences and it always gets a raised eyebrow when I put an iPhone in my presentation but it gets the message across. The combination of Internet connected devi...
Servoy has introduced Servoy 4.1 featuring a single code base development and deployment for desktop and Web applications. Servoy 4.1 is an update to Servoy 4.0, an Eclipse plug-in, enabling Servoy developers to produce enterprise-level applications using a standards-based IDE (Integra...
"As businesses are beginning to see more traffic through their cloud services or APIs than their browser-based applications, it is necessary to have a scalable, easy to install analytics solution for valuable business insight," said Chet Kapoor, CEO of Sonoa Systems, as his company ann...
Recessions are about as appealing as a root canal; but they do force us to think differently. Now that the recession is official, it's an ideal time to explore how virtualization and cloud computing can help "recession-proof" IT by transforming yesterday’s costly and rigid computing mo...
AMD says it’s going to adopt the shiny new OpenCL 1.0 standard just ratified the other day by the Khronos Group standards body and integrate an OpenCL-compliant compiler and runtime into its free ATI Stream SDK next year. And just to prove it can make the deadline, it says its engineer...
Cloud computing promises to change much of how we as developers, designers, and architects currently design and build web applications. For one, concurrency is big issue that need to be addressed if the apps of the next decade are going to scale on this cloud infrastructure.
According to the rules of the New Austerity, companies get points these days just for raising financing. And like double coupons, they get double points for persuading chic hard-nosed investors to part with their money. Aria Systems just came home with the chicest VC there is – Venrock...
Oh, look. Google’s found another way to annoy the…to annoy Microsoft. This one’s called Native Client, a shiny new open source R&D project aimed at running fast x86 native code in web applications. It’s another way of going for the desktop’s jugular and, paired with Google Gears and Go...
Email is the lifeblood of today’s business environment. Not only do employees need constant email access to do their jobs effectively, but, due to recent changes in regulations and the threat of litigation, companies also must have the ability to retrieve emails dating back several yea...
WaveMaker has announced WaveMaker Cloud Edition. WaveMaker Cloud Edition is an open source, integrated development environment (IDE) for cloud computing. WaveMaker Cloud Edition lets anyone build web applications that deploy to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). With WaveMaker Clo...
Salesforce.com, which used to be just a chi-chi SaaS house until it realized that identifying itself with cloud computing would make it even more fashionable, has expanded its alliance with Google. It’s come up with Force.com for Google App Engine, described as a new set of tools and s...
RightScale, the multi-cloud manager, has bagged a $13 million second round – led by a new investor – without having to go door-to-door with a begging bowl. Nope. They sought out RightScale. The money is coming from Index Ventures, the European VC that backed Skype and MySQL, and from e...
"We’re very excited to be working with RightScale's experienced team to guide the company's growth, including its expansion into the European market," said Index Ventures partner Danny Rimer as it was announced today that RightScale has secured $13 million in its second round of ventur...
Salesforce.com has announced an expansion of its global strategic alliance with Google with the availability of Force.com for Google App Engine. Force.com for Google App Engine is a new set of tools and services to enable developer success with application development in the cloud. The...
Salesforce.com has unveiled Force.com Checkout, a new set of services to accelerate customer and partner success with buying and selling enterprise cloud computing applications. Customers can use Force.com Checkout as a single source for finding, trying, buying, and deploying salesforc...
Enterprises normally move slowly to new technologies but when the price advantage is close to 10x, enterprise decision makers can and will move more quickly. The weak economy provides yet a stronger push. It won’t happen at once and it won’t happen instantly but I’m convinced that in 7...
There is a lot of hype and reality in the world of Cloud computing today. On the hype side there are numerous data points; VC investments, M&A, data centers under construction, new conferences and events. On the other hand there are now many examples of reality as well. SaaS offerings ...
Once we cut through the cloud-hype and start looking at the practicalities of implementing things like workload portability, I think the lessons of the past will re-assert themselves, this time with things like security and L4-7 services.
As providers evolve from traditional hosting they may be facing a window of opportunity in the current, rather dismal, economic outlook: Cloud Computing. In periods of economic uncertainty, especially when the capital for large-scale build-outs may be hard to raise in the debt markets ...
Hosting.com has announced the general availability of CloudNine, a hosted cloud computing environment that provides intuitive, scalable business solutions. CloudNine production solutions are immediately available for beta users, clients and prospects. Hosting.com is continuing to allow...
Yesterday I was hanging out at the Microsoft office in Los Angeles for an “Architecture Council” meeting on the new Cloud Computing platform. We discussed what Microsoft considers cloud computing, the trade-offs between “on-premises” and cloud appsYou can find the slide materials on th...


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