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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...
In a move that could spur the rise of the nascent computing model known as "cloud," IBM said it would introduce a program to validate the resiliency of any company delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment. As a result, customers can identify trustworthy p...
My impression of ‘free’ as a business model supported by advertising is perhaps already out of date as the successful players have used ‘free’ to reach either ‘freemium’ or ‘complementary’ models. Even more interesting it would seem that the ‘complementary’ models are an integral part ...
"Virtualization will help our customers be more agile and efficient," noted Mike Neil at SYS-CON’s Virtualization Conference & Expo, in San Jose, CA, "and there are three areas these companies are focused on." These areas are to drive costs down, increase efficiency, and using virtuali...
With an ever increasing variety of physical and virtual endpoints, companies are rapidly facing the next big challenge – manageability. So stated Symantec's Brian Duckering and Intel's Chuck Brown in their general session on Friday at SYS-CON’s 4th International Virtualization Conferen...
Apple’s not the only one telling people to "Think Different." So is an outfit called Mindjet. It's into mind mapping, which isn't as chilling as it sounds. It's merely a way of brainstorming and diagramming non-linear thinking that actually goes back to Porphyry of Tyros in the third c...
You’ve heard of downsizing and rightsizing, so how about Cloudsizing? As properly defined, Cloudsizing is: The improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of an organization through the selective use of computing resources that are delivered over the Internet. Simple but powerful, and ...
Firstservis and 3Tera have announced that 3Tera has chosen Firstservis as the first reseller and distributor of 3Tera's AppLogic cloud computing platform for Australia and New Zealand. Beginning immediately, Firstservis will resell, support and offer cloud computing solutions and servi...
Microsoft on Monday pushed multi-tenant SaaS versions of Exchange and SharePoint out of the beta nest. Some 7,000 concerns participated in the beta. Now the stuff’s available to all comers. Exchange Online will cost $10 per user a month; SharePoint Online will cost $7.25. Eventually a ...
Level 3 Communications has announced that it has been selected to provide caching and downloading services to Pando Networks. Pando will use Level 3's content delivery network (CDN) to support the delivery of rich media content for commercial customers. Level 3's caching and downloadin...
Business.com has announced the availability of CloudBase, a high-performance data warehouse system that scales horizontally on commodity hardware or a cloud computing network. Built on top of a map-reduce architecture, this technology enables business analysts using ANSI SQL to direct...
rPath has announced support for the Ubuntu and CentOS Linux operating systems as part of rBuilder and the rPath Lifecycle Management Platform. rBuilder is the category-defining build and release management system for creating virtual appliances and application images. The rPath Lifecyc...
"SOA evolves in a set of micro domains," stated Intel's Joshua Painter, as he examined the state of SOA practices at SOA World Conference & Expo, in San Jose, CA. Despite the many instances of SOA that are emerging within the global 2000 today, the ability to leverage common services a...
Hadoop, an open source implementation of map/reduce, has garnered tremendous momentum in large scale data processing, marting, and on occasion warehousing. This session will examine: The current state and industry adoption of Hadoop and cloud-based data processing; The programming mode...
At the end of one of the worst days in the history of Wall Street, when every metric ultimately reacted like acid eating through a thin plate of copper, Dell posted its third-quarter results, returning a surprise 9% increase in EPS on deflated revenues and net earnings apparently becau...
Amazon has launched an HTTP content delivery service (CDN) called CloudFront that works with its S3 cloud storage widgetry and EC2. It's now a public beta, having been privately tested the last couple few months. It's the stuff Amazon promised in September and may someday give the like...
Last Friday Sun Microsystems, its fortunes about as low as a snake’s belly, moved its StarOffice franchise into a new Cloud Computing unit with clear instructions to “grow revenues.” StarOffice 9, the latest rev of the Microsoft wannabe, was sent to market Monday priced at $34.95 for a...
Symantec has announced Veritas Operations Services, a new cloud computing-based online services platform to help organizations identify hidden risks in their data centers - improving service availability and increasing productivity of the operations staff. Veritas Installation Assessme...
CA and VMware are going to jointly develop a management solution and, to start, have signed a deal to make CA Data Center Automation Manager interoperate with VMware Stage Manager. The joint solution is designed so enterprises and cloud service providers can seamlessly provision applic...
Appistry announced findings from the first in a series of surveys the two organizations are conducting among CloudCamp participants. The inaugural Appistry/CloudCamp "Inside the Cloud" survey showed Amazon besting Google by a nearly two-to-one margin as the company expected to play the...
HP jumped the gun Tuesday and told the worried multitudes a week ahead of when it’s supposed to release its latest numbers that it more than just survived the volatile quarter it just ended in October when the bottom fell out of the economy. Not only that but, unlike the panicky Cisco ...
LynuxWorks has announced immediate availability of LynxSecure 2.0, a next-generation separation kernel and embedded hypervisor for high assurance systems. LynxSecure provides a standards-based, multi-domain computational platform that serves as a trusted foundation for applications wit...
David Linthicum, the highly popular SOA thought leader and practitioner, will be keynoting in San Jose, CA, on November 19 at the SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 West. 'While everyone wants to do SOA right the first time, the typical results are not always stellar,' says Linthicum. 'T...
Atlanta-based TechOperators, a new early stage VC targeting cloud computing and SaaS as well as Internet services, security, infrastructure and mobile, is launching its first venture fund and claims it didn’t have too many problems raising the $20 million-$30 million. The four managing...
CA and VMware have announced an expansion in their long-standing relationship centered around the creation and delivery of integrated management solutions to complement the VMware virtualization platform. The relationship is aimed at helping enterprise IT organizations and cloud servic...
Moderro Technologies will debut its Xpack Internet Computer – an integrated (hardware, operating system and web management) solution for the Web 2.0 desktop – at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, November 19-21, in San Jose, CA. The Xpack features a clean and friendly user i...
GigaSpaces Technologies has announced that Nati Shalom, founder and CTO, will be presenting at The Cloud Computing Expo. Shalom is a world-renowned evangelist of grid technology and cloud computing. In his role at GigaSpaces, he has worked with dozens of large organizations in the fina...
The BlackBerryR Technical Webcast Series is designed to help BlackBerry administrators better manage and leverage the capabilities of their BlackBerry solution. Each webcast is packed with detailed technical information, covering topics that are relevant to you. Our on-demand webcasts ...
Yahoo has confirmed that Jerry Yang will be stepping down as soon as the board can find a new CEO. Yahoo said the executive search has started. Yang, who botched a sale to Microsoft, saw his backup ad deal with Google trumped by the Justice Department and couldn’t put anything resembli...
SYS-CON Media announced today that its 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo sold out both on the Expo Floor and delegate registrations. The most anticipated technology event of the year in Silicon Valley will take place November 19-21, at the Fairmont Hotel, in San Jose,...
rPath has hit the road to promote the graduated adoption of cloud computing technologies. This follows a podcast interview published on Friday during which Billy Marshall, rPath co-founder and chief strategy officer, speaks with a leading industry pundit about the importance of a manag...
EMC has taken its Mozy and Pi holdings – Pi being the stealth-mode mystery start-up it bought to acquire ex-Microsoft kingpin Paul Maritz before it fired Diane Greene and put him in charge of VMware – and Mozy being its year-old $76 million online consumer backup acquisition – and put ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that more than 40 Cloud technology providers, as well as Virtualization and SOA companies will exhibit at the upcoming First International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo on November 19-21, in San Jose, California. It's co-located with SOAworld West and...
With today's EMC announcement of their cloud optimized storage (COS) platform called Atmos, we are starting to see the first time an enterprise ready attempt at a global cloud storage system. For the most part, these types of global distributed file systems have been what Chuck Hollis ...
The explosion of cloud computing providers dramatically lowered the barriers to entry for web entrepreneurs and innovative projects. However, the lack of interoperability and consistency across services keeps many businesses from adoption.


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