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RightScale announced a new strategic product and partnership initiative as it broadens its cloud management platform to support emerging clouds from new vendors, including FlexiScale and GoGrid, while continuing its long-standing support for Amazon's EC2. RightScale is also working wi...
F5 Networks has announced that BlueLock is using the F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) solution with VMware virtualization solutions to provide clients with its virtual cloud computing platform. Using an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model, virtual cloud computing enables Blue...
What are the telltale signs that your company is already Computing in the Cloud? Is it when the CIO makes a big announcement at the monthly IT meeting? Is it when the IT newsletter drops a reference to pilot testing of some ‘web based’ software? Or, is it when the secretary whips out t...
VMware has whistled up outside support for its newfangled vCloud Initiative, collecting upwards of 100 partners such as BT, Rackspace and Verizon Business, it said, for the push to deliver enterprise-class cloud computing by federating compute capacity on demand between virtual data ce...
Electric Cloud announced that it is making the agile best practice of "continuous integration" truly scalable and reliable with the newest version of its ElectricCommander SPM automation software, version 3.0, available later this month. Continuous integration is a well-known agil...
Elastra announced that it has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partnership (TAP) program. Elastra’s Cloud Server Enterprise enables businesses implementing cloud computing architectures to create and consume on-demand corporate infrastructure in their own data centers as well as e...
“We carefully chose 3Tera to be one of our first strategic partners for C3 because of their deep experience offering a full and open cloud computing platform for running multi-tier applications in a massively scalable global cloud," said AJ Jennings, vice president of business developm...
NComputing, which has 150 people worldwide, now has offices in 14 countries including India, Brazil, Korea and Mexico and roughly 50% of its business comes from emerging markets. NComputing, by the way, calculates that if the 850 million PC worldwide were replaced by its gismo energy u...
Dan Woods provides an interesting analysis in Forbes, Parsing The Cloud, on where Cloud Computing may be going next. He makes a good case that the cloud will become more complex and diverse. He offers four drivers of this diversity. First, compliance is going to happen. Governments hav...
3Tera announced a partnership with Citrix to make enterprise grade cloud computing solutions available to customers of all sizes in external hosted clouds, or as a platform that can be deployed in corporate data centers behind customer firewalls. By combining the new Citrix Cloud Cente...
According to Susumu Shimano, senior manager of management information systems at NEC, “The most significant effect of thin clients on our IT operations is that they have enabled uniform management of all PCs used at NEC. While it once took not only a substantial amount of effort but al...
Skytap has joined the VMware vCloud Initiative to participate in developing an integrated set of services via standard APIs that allow the seamless extension of traditional IT into the cloud. Skytap's existing cloud-based Virtual Lab platform enables organizations to adopt a "hybrid" I...
“This is the best browser so far” is that I can say after being a Chrome user for one day. First of all, I was glad to find out that I haven’t found Chrome breaking any web application yet, especially Ajax applications. I was a little concerned about this, given that the Chrome cartoon...
I recently introduced the concept of Synced-Data Applications (SDAs). SDAs, summarized in the following figure, owe their existence to the convergence of the cloud and the desktop/handheld.
It's been said that Chrome could be the Google operating system that was being talked about many moons ago. Chrome is the operating system that provides access to the applications that reside in the cloud. But it's still just a browser. It's as much part of cloud computing as Firefox, ...
What will Business Intelligence be like in the future? "BI in the Cloud" architecture is only going to be feasible when most of your source data lives in the cloud already, possibly in something something like SQL Server Data Services or Amazon Simple DB or Google BigTable; or possibly...
Google is following a common pattern used in the IT industry - get something out there and then tweak it as necessary. I'm not sure how all of this will play out. I do know that when the elephants start fighting a lot of dust will be raised. Only when that dust settles will we have a b...
Citrix Systems unveiled its strategy for cloud computing and announced the new Citrix Cloud Center (C3) product family. The Citrix C3 solution integrates "cloud proven" virtualization and networking products that power many of today's largest Internet and web service providers. This un...
I don't trust Amazon S3 with my personal data. It's not a question of trusting Amazon to abide by the terms of service - I do trust them as a company, but no company can be immune from a rogue employee or corporate espionage, and it is not easy to trust their security procedures unless...
Lately it seems there are a number of people in the cloud computing community who are starting to discuss alternatives to the dreaded five nines concept and looking at ways that cloud-based infrastructures could be configured/deployed in a manner that is more proactive than reactive to...
Rather than blathering on to the blogosphere about the superficial features of Google's new Chrome browser I've spent the best part of my day studying the available material and [re]writing a comprehensive Wikipedia article on the subject which I intend for anyone to be free to reuse u...
SYS-CON Media's Virtualization Journal announced today that the polls have opened for its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards. Readers will be casting their votes until November 8, 2008. Winners and finalists will be announced at the 4th International Virtualization Conf...
Cloud computing is an emerging technology in which data – documents, email messages, photographs, etc. – and applications – word processing and spreadsheets, for instance – are stored in cyberspace and not on an individual’s computer. So if you use a web-based email, like Yahoo, Gmail,...
Jeff Barr from Amazon Web services has come up with a great new term to describe the need to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand by enabling a hybrid cloud computing model which combines both private data center resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon EC2. He called ...
ProjectLocker announced an integration with Morph AppSpace to enable developers to easily deploy applications directly to the cloud. As Runako Godfrey, CEO of ProjectLocker, says, “ProjectLocker was founded on the notion of rapid application development. With this new integration with ...
Virtualization has become a critical part of Enterprise IT strategy. Why and how has it become one of the most important change agents in our industry? To answer these questions I had the good fortune recently to be able to speak to a select group of top IT industry executives who join...
Watching VMware stock and its market cap spike since it IPO'd must have had Red Hat positively pea green with envyWatching VMware stock and its market cap spike since it IPO'd must have had Red Hat positively pea green with envy - so green in fact that it's gonna try taking VMware on b...
I have been reading about Cloud Computing, and from my perspective, Cloud Computing is a great tool for startups and organizations that do not have a web based infrastructure, or for folks that need to deploy and scale applications quickly. I recently came across a number of posts wher...
Cloud computing, as I define it, is the ability for organizations to rent computer time and space from the "cloud computing" services such as those from Amazon and Google. It is generally viewed as an alternative to either hosting your own infrastructure yourself, or outsourcing your i...
Skytap announced the availability of an API that enables customers to blend Skytap's cloud-based Virtual Lab platform with their existing onsite IT infrastructure. Rather than using cloud resources in a silo, Skytap's Web services API and one-click VPN functionality allows organization...
Adobe is using Alfresco’s open source ECM software as the file repository in Acrobat.com, a set of free online services – file sharing and storage, PDF conversion, online word processing and web conferencing – that can be used to create and share documents, communicate in real-time, an...
IBM claims its new intelligent blade server will reduce security threats – such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and viruses – while helping server providers manage network traffic better. It says consumers are using advanced communications like streaming video on handheld devices, a...
Recently I've been asked about the benefits of cloud computing in comparison to that of virtualization. Generally my answer has been they are an ideal match. For the most part virtualization has been about doing more with less (consolidation). VMware in particular positioned their prod...
Because of its slow growth - a factor of the freebie open source business model - Red Hat has become fodder for Wall Street acquisition speculation, BusinessWeek says, and offers VMware as a possible suitor. Such an acquisition would give VMware the operating system it's lacking, make ...
The beginning of the week Yahoo was trading around $18.75, below the $19.18 it was at on January 31 right before Microsoft entered the scene with its $31-a-share bid. The pundits said that was a five-year low. On Thursday, a really lousy day generally, it dipped to $17.80.
Some of the recent bumps in public clouds are inevitable (and unenviable!) in the early stages of a new technology, but they do shine the light on the management of the data center. And, as may be obvious, the people that lost their data in one case most likely have no recourse with th...
The web moved from static HTML pages to Web 2.0. Software is increasing moving away from the delivery to the “hosted” model. Computing resource acquisitions is moving from buying to renting. This has given rise to new paradigms of delivering software such as Software-as-a-Service or Sa...
We are seeing more being written about Cloud computing and cloud platforms today, and there is strong validation that the future of computing will include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms. Microsoft’s Cloud strategy is materializing, and as part of our overall So...
The world of clouds these days is full of definitions and counter-definitions. There are many posts that try to define the concept of cloud computing; many that try to distinguish utility computing, grid computing and cloud computing; many that try to define public vs private clouds; a...
Seanodes announced that ServiSMART has selected Seanodes Shared Internal Storage technology as the virtualized storage platform for its new cloud computing infrastructure. ServiSMART is an emerging hosted services provider currently in stealth mode founded and managed by a team of expe...


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