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As described in Part One of this series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cl...
After spending a year in private beta, Amazon's SimpleDB has been pushed into what the company calls "unlimited public beta." Any developer or business can now sign up and start using the web service. As a come-on, for the next six months or so Amazon will be offering a free monthly us...
The advent of cloud computing is bringing a new dynamic to the way companies are managing their infrastructure. One of the fall-offs from a move to the clouds is the potential ability for companies to reduce headcount within its infrastructure and application development groups.
First there was the service bureau, then the application service providers (ASP), after that came software as a service (SaaS) and now its time for Cloud Computing. Basically we have one single concept which is as old as IBM Mainframes. Every generation seems to rediscover it, and crea...
Third Brigade has announced the availability of Third Brigade VM Protection, a free-of-charge software package that complements the security-hardened VMware platform and helps organizations achieve protection and compliance for VMware virtual machines (VMs) that are deployed in private...
Sun's role in enabling Cloud Computing is not widely recognized today. However, did you know Sun is playing a big role in this space? Check out Sun's Cloud Computing porfolio below and stay tuned for more to come from Sun in this space.
Aside from low prices, it's also cash flow and up-front loading of risk and money of traditional, on-premise projects that are driving more buyers to SaaS offerings. In an economic downturn, "do more with less" and quick ROI behavior become the norms. But wait, isn't that what open sou...
Novell is repositioning the virtualization widgetry that it bought for $205 million this spring when it bought PlateSpin and now claims to be the only kid on the block who can support 32- and 64-bit Windows and Linux servers, as well as all the leading hypervisors. It ticks off Citrix’...
How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts...
The job of running Microsoft’s flagging Google counter-offensive – which has lain like a fallow field since Kevin Johnson left the company in July to become CEO of Juniper Networks, having been foiled in buying Yahoo – has been filled. As widely suspected lately, Microsoft is bringing ...
"I think it was a great success" (Michael Sheehan, GoGrid); "very exciting times, and a great event" (Dmitry Sotnikov, Quest); "Interesting stuff" (Parand Darugar, Yahoo!); "I was surprised at how crowded the sessions were" (Mike Maxey, ParaScale); "jam-packed, with standing room overf...
Last week the masses converged on San Jose for the SYS-CON convention that covered SOA, Virtualization and Cloud Computing. The event spanned three days and was very well attended. I was surprised at how crowded the sessions were given the state of the economy these days. People love a...
The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a ...
In a move that takes SpringSource further into the cloud computing environment, SpringSource announced at its annual developer conference in Florida that it will be working with VMware to make available VMware images of its software. “The partnership between SpringSource and VMware bri...
IDC recently predicted that cloud computing would account for 9 or 10 percent of IT spending by 2012, up from the 4 percent allocated in 2008. "That's a conservative forecast made before the Dow tanked," Gens commented last week. "So that's going to accelerate cloud offerings from the ...
In this SYS-CON.TV interview recorded June 2006 with Bill Coleman - Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cassatt Corporation - Jeremy Geelan discusses the shape of i-Technology to Come. Coleman, already famous as the 'B' in BEA Systems, anticipates with uncanny prescience the developments we ...
Good OS, who’s tight with Google and whose gOS Linux powered a $199 Everex PC that Wal-Mart sold last year, is wheeling out Cloud, a new browser operating system that reportedly boots up the Internet in seconds and can be used to toggle between Windows and a Linux OS on the same box. G...
For months now the former CEO of AOL Jonathan Miller has been looking for the money to buy Yahoo, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper was apparently inspired by the Times of London, which claimed over the weekend – in a story that the Journal trashed at “total fiction” – th...
If you've been following me on Twitter, or through my other blogs, you already know that I made it to the SOA World Conference & Expo in San Jose, CA, which was collocated with Cloud Computing Conference & Expo. I did the keynote on Wednesday and then stayed around for some of the sess...
In his virtualization session on Nov. 21 at the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo in San Jose, CA, Roland Wartenberg, SAP's director of virtualization strategy, discussed the supported virtualization solutions provided by partners of SAP's virtualization ecosystem. Sim...
David S. Linthicum, a well-known pioneer in the worlds of cloud computing and service-oriented architecture, is launching a free cloud computing Webinar series sponsored by Blue Mountain Labs. The first Webinar will be held on December 17 at 2:00 p.m. EST, and is entitled "Where SOA Me...
Cloud-based tools, including large-scale data-intensive computing as offered by Hadoop, are key to the rise and rise of cloud computing. In this wide-ranging Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, the Director of Grid Services at Yahoo! - Rob Weltman - explains how analy...
Paraphrasing Einstein, the future will not be created at the same level of thinking which created the past and the present. In Hugh Macleod's 'The Cloud's Best-Kept Secret' he writes: "...Nobody's saying that one day a single company may possibly emerge to dominate The Cloud, the way G...
I was at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo last week preparing for my talk and observing my fellow attendees. Interesting stuff. The gentlemen seated on either side of me at the last talk were Japanese. As I fumbled around with my Blackberry and iPhone while...
Besides SUSE and its own brand of Linux, rPath is now supporting the Ubuntu and CentOS Linux operating systems as part of its rBuilder and rPath Lifecycle Management Platform. The move broadens the start-up’s options for deploying and managing applications in traditional, virtualized a...
The slides from last week's session are available on SlideShare. This session was almost ridiculously jam-packed, with standing room overflowing into the hallway. I think it went well -- thank you all for attending.
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where thi...
"The days of Cloud 1.0 are here," stated Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens in his session this morning at 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (Cloud Expo), in San Jose. He discussed the evolution of the cloud, and how to build a cloud. Over the last five years, the open source ...
SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo will take place in San Jose. Seems like everyone is coming in to the Bay Area for this one, so I am looking forward to meeting a lot of the folks active in cloud computing at this event. There is also talk of another Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum...
David S. Linthicum, a well-known pioneer in the worlds of cloud computing and service-oriented architecture, has launched Blue Mountain Labs, a company equipped to take enterprises and technology vendors into the emerging world of cloud computing. Blue Mountain Labs uses a unique metho...
Skytap has announced the 'Top Ten Reasons Enterprises will Accelerate Cloud Adoption with Virtual Labs in 2009.' In 2008, the momentum behind cloud computing increased with many vendors announcing solutions, including Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Google AppEngine, and Rackspace Mosso. ...
We are using software applications more than ever before. As the demand for new capabilities and functions grows, companies strive to provide an adequate response to business needs. The rate of application evolution places an ever-larger burden on the shoulders of software producers, v...
Exist has announced the availability of Maestro S+, an extension to its open source build management platform, Maestro, fortified to run integrated testing using Selenium. Leveraging Exist's expertise in build automation and continuous integration tools such as Apache Maven and Apache ...
It's August 2007. VMware goes public and virtualization, in all its forms, reigns as the leading IT infrastructure megatrend. Fast forward to the summer of 2008 and virtualization is already giving way to the new king of IT media – cloud computing. All of a sudden, the conversations ab...
A few months ago a number of us came together to create "The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum". The purpose of this group is to discuss the creation of a common cloud computing interface. The group is made up of a some of the largest cloud related vendors and startups who all sha...
Microsoft plans to build about 20 "super-size" cloud data centers, each with a price tag of around a billion dollars apiece, according to BusinessWeek. The magazine got it from an unnamed source. All Microsoft's VP of global foundation services Debra Chrapaty would tell was "We’re goin...
IBM has announced new cloud computing services to help businesses of all sizes take advantage of this increasingly attractive computing model. IBM is applying its industry-specific consulting expertise and established technology record to offer secure, practical services to companies i...
In his Cloud Computing Keynote in San Jose, CA, on November 20th – entitled "A Head in the Cloud - The Power of Infrastructure as a Service" – the CTO of Amazon.com, Werner Vogels, discussed the many challenges when building a reliable, flexible architecture that can manage unpredictab...
Capgemini has announced an agreement signed between Capgemini UK plc and Amazon Web Services, extending its Outsourcing portfolio with cloud computing services. Capgemini’s new Center of Excellence, focused on cloud computing, will help its enterprise clients take full advantage of int...
In a fascinating move to co-op the cloud, IBM is proposing to rate other people’s clouds, people like Amazon, GoGrid, Mosso and FlexiScale. Hopefully it will do better than Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s did with the bonds created out of sub-prime loans. It’s unclear why anyone would su...


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