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The demand for storage has increased exponentially, placing significant stress on current 'in house' storage architectures and costly overcapacity build-outs. Patrick Harr, CEO of Nirvanix, will be giving a session at SYS-CON's 'Cloud Computing Expo' (November 19-21, 2008) - a groundbr...
Generally speaking, DaaS is about transforming desktops into a cloud service. However, there are already a number of different approaches to DaaS and they vary considerably. To start, I thought it would be helpful to classify the different versions of DaaS as they exist today. At the h...
Just as people begin to understand the difference between web ops and IT, we are entering a period where clouds promise "Ops-Free" computing. Because it’s easy, scalable, available and disposable, the cloud is well on its way to becoming “technology’s next big thing.” However, with rec...
3Tera’s Bert Armijo recently called for the standardization of utility/cloud computing. He named it “Open Cloud” and it would "allow a company’s IT systems to be shared between different cloud computing services and moved freely between them." I applaud Bert’s efforts but I couldn’t sl...
Intridea announced that VisualCV has successfully integrated Intridea’s MediaPlug media appliance server with its software for building, sharing and managing Internet resumes. As a result, VisualCV customers can create media-rich resumes, called “VisualCVs,” that include photos, audio,...
Morph Labs has been selected to support the global "Search for the XML Superstar" contest sponsored by IBM and the International DB2 User Group (IDUG). Morph Labs will provide an online version of the IBM DB2 Express-C database server and an associated web application interface to allo...
MuseWorx announced the public launch of the MuseWorx Marketing Operating System, a marketing automation system to leverage cloud computing to support the entire marketing ecosystem of corporate marketers, agencies, and service providers. MuseWorx simplifies marketing by providing a hig...
I'm not totally sold on the whether or not cloud computing is ready for a cloud standard just yet. What I do think we need is a reference implementation (Platform & Infrastructure) and common extensible API - "CloudVirt". This API may someday form the basis for a standard, but in the m...
Cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon are putting out the technology that the enterprise and SaaS providers need to move beyond testing the waters and take advantage of the Cloud today. The latest, and most important from the data storage perspective, is Amazon’s Elastic Block Sto...
Over the last few weeks I've been engaged in several conversations about the need for a common, interoperable and open set of cloud computing standards. During these conversations a recurring theme has started to emerge. A need for cloud interoperability or the ability for diverse clou...
I've been taken aback lately by the tacit assumption that cloud-like (IaaS and PaaS) services have to be provided by folks like Amazon, Terremark and others. It's as if these providers do some black magic that enterprises can't touch or replicate. However, history has taught the IT ind...
IBM’s going to peel off another $300 million and sink the money into building 13 clouds scattered in 10 countries around the world where business and government can tuck their data and applications against disaster and destruction.
Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, Citrix CTO Simon Crosby, Egenera CTO Pete Manca, Allen Stewart, Group Manager, Windows Virtualization at Microsoft, and Brian Duckering, Sr. Director of Products and Alliances at Symantec were the top industry executives who joined Jeremy Geelan in the 4th Fl...
Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens, Citrix CTO Simon Crosby, Egenera CTO Pete Manca, Allen Stewart, Group Manager, Windows Virtualization at Microsoft, and Brian Duckering, Sr. Director of Products and Alliances at Symantec were the top industry executives who joined Jeremy Geelan in the 4th Fl...
It said late Wednesday night that it is in talks with an unidentified third party regarding a potential sale of the company, but that there’s no agreement yet or even the assurance of an agreement. The statement followed a Reuters report that Corel had received “multiple preliminar...
Isomorphic Software and SOASTA announced a partnership that will give AJAX developers the ability to conduct in-cloud performance and scalability testing of applications built on the SmartClient AJAX RIA Platform for just a few hundred dollars.
OK, I have a budget, a computing task, a storage task, and even some smart people around me. I don't want to run these tasks on a server in my basement, at the university, or on my existing providers. My existing provider offers quick and virtualized services, but not quick enough - or...
Salesforce.com, the king of SaaS, reported Q2 earnings of $10 million, eight cents a share, nearly triple its results last year on revenues up 49% to $263.1 million. The strong results Wednesday were roughly in line with expectations but the company’s stock dropped 15%. Oppenheimer bla...
Amazon Web Services launched the Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), a new persistent storage feature for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Amazon EC2 is an infrastructure service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. With Amazon EBS, storage volumes ...
RightScale announced full support for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Elastic Block Store (EBS) cloud storage solution, providing immediate benefits of a virtually limitless storage area network for all RightScale users, directly from the RightScale Dashboard. RightScale customers, includin...
What do the following companies all have in common: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, EMC, VMware, IBM, Sun, Dell, Akamai, SalesForce.com, NetSuite, and Activision. Answer: Cloud Computing. Merrill Lynch analysts reckon that by 2011 the volume of cloud computing market opportunity will amount...
Everyone knows that SmugMug is a heavy user of S3, storing well over half a petabyte of data (non-replicated) there. What you may not know is that EC2 provides a core part of our infrastructure, too. Thanks to Amazon, the software and hardware that processes all of your high-resolution...
I always come back to this distinction between cloud and grid computing when people talk about 'in-house clouds.' It's easy to say 'ah, we'll just run some cloud management software on a bunch of machines,' but it's a completely different matter to uphold the premise of real-time resou...
The term 'Cloud Computing' is much too vague. People want and need 'slots' or 'segments' where they can group things. This is how the mind operates through categorization and ordering. So, to possibly help with this, I would like to propose a 'Cloud Pyramid' to help differentiate the v...
Salesforce.com recently reported second-quarter net income of $10 million, or 8 cents a share, in line with the mean 8-cent estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. During the year earlier, earnings were $3.74 million, or 3 cents a share. The latest results include about $19 mil...
There are a variety of notions to how cloud computing is defined. I tend to think that what this really boils down to is the ability to procure hardware or services that you wouldn’t normally have access to in a physical sense. Rather than buying 20 new servers, you can spin them up o...
If Dell is going to pursue its quixotic quest to trademark the expression “Cloud Computing,” it’s going to have to convince the US Patent and Trademark Office that the buzzword is neither merely descriptive (like, say, spotted pony) or generic and so “incapable of functioning as a sour...
IBM announced it is investing US$300 million to construct 13 Business Resilience service delivery centers in 10 countries in 2008, increasing its ability to address surging demand from businesses and governments from around the world seeking to keep their operations safe from disruptio...
Aquent's On Demand division has integrated RoboHead with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to provide new clients the option of storing their data on the S3 infrastructure. RoboHead, Aquent's web-based marketing project management tool, helps marketing organizations and agencie...
Terremark announced Preferred Hotel Group as a customer on The Enterprise Cloud. Preferred Hotel Group will leverage Terremark's Enterprise Cloud services to meet the disaster recovery needs of its mission-critical applications, including its online reservation system.
Hyperic announced the newest cloud provider to be supported by its CloudStatus service—Google App Engine. Google App Engine is the second cloud service to be monitored by CloudStatus, which launched in June with support for Amazon Web Services. Support for additional cloud providers is...
Google intends in September to launch a cross-country bus tour called "App to School" so that the company can speak with college students about how cloud computing can benefit education. "We're looking forward to meeting students to talk about Google Apps and hear how they're using our...
Apptis announced a partnership with ServerVault to offer a trusted cloud computing environment to federal agencies. The Apptis/ServerVault Trusted Cloud offering will provide federal agencies a cloud computing platform that boosts the efficiency and productivity of their IT systems by ...
GoGrid announced the availability of 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 within its Cloud Computing infrastructure. Parent company ServePath is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and launched Windows Server 2008 dedicated hosting in February of this year.
Lorrie Norrington, president of eBay's global marketplaces business, has been telling BusinessWeek about a sea change in eBay's pricing structure. Calling it "the biggest, most fundamental change we have made," Norrington has told BW that eBay will today announce plans to reduce the up...
Cloud Computing is not so much about SaaS (people already use Webmail, Google Docs, Salesforce, etc.). It is about virtualized hardware resources provided for developers as services on a pay-per-use basis. I do not understand how people can seriously argue they won’t go into the Cloud....
ELASTRA announced Elastra Cloud Server support for the Eucalyptus platform. ELASTRA’s products are designed for portability across compute clouds and currently provide support for the Amazon EC2 and S3 compute and storage environments. Because Eucalyptus exposes its virtual machines th...
Sonian is using the Vertica Analytic Database for the Cloud to enable customers to store and search hundreds of terabytes of data to find e-mails, instant messages and other electronic data in just a few mouseclicks, Vertica announced Sonian's hosted service, running on the Amazon Elas...
There seems to be a lot of debate as to what Grid computing really is. In fact, the blogosphere seems to be throwing around terms like Grid, Cloud, Utility, Distributed and Cluster computing almost interchangeably. And rather than clarifying things, I feel that the waters are just gett...
Cluster Resources announced that it is working with HP to deliver a next-generation cloud computing platform to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, using Cluster Resources' Moab software to intelligently adapt, manage and optimize the ...


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