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Cloud Computing and Virtualization both take center stage this March in New York City, as SYS-CON Events brings two of its most popular industry-leading Enterprise IT events to the Big Apple: 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo and 5th International Virtualization Confe...
Binfire, a new entry into SaaS market, has announced the release of the beta version of Binfire.com, a comprehensive suite of online software tools for file sharing, file management and group collaboration using WEB 2.0 features. Binfire.com offers online office tools for individuals a...
CTERA Networks has introduced its Cloud Attached Storage technology. By bundling Network Attached Storage and cloud storage services into a single appliance, the new technology marries the performance and simplicity of a local NAS device with the scalability and reliability of cloud st...
The "speeds and feeds" mantra of the networking industry is about to be replaced by a new "dynamic infrastructure" mantra; and Cisco, Infoblox, and F5 Networks are taking the lead in shaping this new vision of a more flexible, more available, and easier to manage network. New enterpris...
Hostway Corporation has launched its cloud computing infrastructure FlexCloud, adding cloud computing functionality to all its hosting packages. The new service includes automated allocation of CPU, memory, storage and bandwidth for individual websites. The company states that the firs...
Alisoft, the software subsidiary of Alibaba.com, the big Chinese B2B e-commerce portal that Yahoo owns a piece of, has cut a strategic cooperation deal with the municipal government of Nanjing to build China’s first “e-commerce cloud computing center.” It is expected to cost roughly $1...
Salesforce.com has announced that Ingres Corporation is using Salesforce CRM to support its global business growth. Following a two week deployment, Ingres integrated Salesforce CRM with the Intacct financial management system from the Force.com AppExchange. Salesforce.com partner Dema...
2008 was an eventful, breakthrough year for many open source companies, and 2009 will hold even more promise for the open source market, especially in terms of business purchasing patterns, software business model shifts, and enterprise software stack evolution. The current economic co...
With the advent of Cloud Computing and the general resurgence of computing grids, data storage has been taken for granted. However, as cloud computing’s storage and access demands continue to grow, the need for an optimized storage layer and hardware accompaniment become even more crit...
The year that's just ended was a terrific one for the proliferation of new technologies and frameworks. I have been hearing a lot about the following technologies in the year 2008: mashups, cloud computing, domain modeling, Eclipse - especially Equinox, Single Sourcing, and EclipseLink...
Wipro Infotech has developed an integrated Police Information System, an end-to-end online application software which covers activities related to the day-to-day functioning of police departments, including the back-end administrative processes of general administration, finance and st...
DataCore Software has announced an expanded line of SAN software starter packages priced for small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs). The high cost and complexity of traditional SAN storage required to support virtual servers and desktops typically puts it out of reach for many SMBs. DataCo...
JumpBox has announced the release of 38 Open Source applications to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. The release enables server application deployment, configuration, and management almost completely independent of any user hardware. JumpBox offers small to mid-sized org...
Following 5 years of research and development, Cfengine AS has released an upgrade of the Open Source, self-repairing software cfengine based on its Promise Theory technology. Cfengine is a self-repairing maintenance engine capable of fixing errors and misalignments in the Data Center ...
From Amazon EC2 and App Engine from Google to Utility Computing, Virtualization, and Walled Gardens - there's no aspect of Cloud Computing that hasn't already been addressed at some level of detail in SYS-CON Media's Cloud Computing Journal (www.cloudcomputing.sys-con.com). Here's a ro...
Today’s litigious and regulatory environments mean organizations are obligated to electronically store information to support discovery and disclosure requests. Organizations that archive email in a ‘fractured’ environment risk losing control and may struggle to produce evidential-qual...
Much like “Web 2.0″, cloud computing was a collection of related concepts that people recognized, but didn’t really have a good descriptor for, a definition in search of a term, you could say. When Google CEO Eric Schmidt used it in 2006 to describe their own stuff and then Amazon inc...
Increasingly complex messaging requirements characterized by worldwide regulatory, compliance and archiving issues in addition to longstanding security concerns are driving the adoption of holistic email management "from the cloud." Holistic email management solutions from the cloud ar...
It isn’t easy to look on the bright side of an economic crisis. The unstable stock market is provoking widespread talk of “belt-tightening,” and already thousands of people have lost their jobs. However, there is a silver lining for cloud-based services: companies looking to cut IT spe...
It’s time to wrap up the year 2008 - a year of change with Obama, the Olympic Games and the financial crisis. It was also the year when Yahoo said no to Microsoft. 2009 will be all about Cloud Computing: the technological hype has started already but the commercial breakthrough will co...
Insight Enterprises has announced that it has been named the first U.S.-based reseller partner to offer subscription licenses to serve the expanded VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP). VSPP partners are part of the VMware vCloud Initiative, which delivers an enterprise-class cloud c...
CX2 Technologies announced that it has completed the installation and testing of a 220 MHz data communications system for Kennedy Wireless Partners in Brooklyn, New York. While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has distributed many 220 MHz licenses, the CX2 installation for K...
PS Audio is now shipping its Cloud Computing-based line of power conditioners. PowerPlay, a web-controlled power conditioner, utilizes Cloud Computing for access and control of components of home theater systems. “The robust nature of the Cloud enables the PowerPlay system to provide a...
Cloud computing has the power to revolutionize non-information "soft" product sectors. We haven’t seen too much clear synergistic benefits between mobile apps PLUS cloud computing/SaaS yet, but I sense that we can expect to see more good things out of the intersection of these two. I’l...
Cloud computing utilizes computing resources, network bandwidth, storage, applications, and services available in the Internet “cloud” to deliver scalable Web functionalities to end users anywhere in the world. Drawing on the cloud for computing resources is similar to tapping into the...
Global notebook PC shipments exceeded those of desktops on a quarterly basis for the first time ever in the third quarter, marking a watershed event in the history of the industry, according to iSuppli Corp. Notebook PC shipments rose almost 40 percent in the third quarter of 2008 comp...
What will cloud computing bring to your bottom line? That's what we will determine in this step. In essence, this is the process of calculating the ROI for the formations of clouds around your enterprise. However, keep in mind that not all systems make sense to outsource, and you have ...
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.), an IBM Premier Business partner, announced that it has joined the IBM Software as a Service (SaaS) Specialty program to deliver cloud services to its clients. VAI’s S2K Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Suite, leveraging IBM’s Power Systems, ...
What features does a server absolutely positively have to have to be a candidate for a big cloud data center? What features would put it ahead of other servers in the eyes of the manager writing the checks for that cloud computing data center?
It's no secret that open source has turned into a market force, which is giving enterprise software some tough competition. The same can be said for SaaS businesses, which are steadily eating into the market share of the established on-premise players. While it could easily be assumed ...
There is a myth going around about virtualization and cloud computing. It’s expressed in a variety of ways, but the takeaway is always the same: “Public clouds are big virtual server clouds.” Sounds good, but untrue once you look under the covers. For good reason, since virtualization ...
Comparisons between Scale-Out and Enterprise clouds, while sometimes tempting (especially in the Google vs. Microsoft case), are rather useless. They serve different purposes, often for completely different audiences, and enterprise IT organizations would do better to focus their effor...
PortWise has announced the worldwide availability of PortWise 4.7, a new open authentication platform and transaction gateway focused on web service transactions and extended support for secure cloud computing. “With PortWise 4.7 we further extend our versatile authentication platform...
For over two weeks now, I’ve been running a service in the Azure cloud that aggregates calendar events from Eventful.com and from a diverse set of iCalendar feeds. My aim is to recreate and then extend my experimental elmcity.info community information hub, while exploring and document...
Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online by Michael Miller is an excellent introduction to this phenomenon within the software industry. Written using a style that takes the reader on a gentle journey through a "brief history of comput...
According to a new survey by the AFCOM Data Center Institute, about half of data centers are responding to the economic crisis by cutting their budgets an average of 15% for 2009. While the overall cuts were "surprisingly low" in the view of Jill Eckhaus, the CEO of the Association for...
"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technol...
If a user can use distant computers to process local jobs, s/he is working with cloud computing. (Cloud computering?) As we consider the various definitions for “cloud computing,” it may be useful to consider it as the next logical step in moving from the cave to the hive mind.
Cloud computing isn’t about doing anything new, instead it’s about applications that run in the web rather than your desktop. Some technology experts define CLOUD as follows: Common, Location-independent, Online Utility provisioned on-Demand.
The virtualization industry has seen its fair share of change in the past year or so, with Microsoft releasing its long-awaited Hyper-V and VMware taking on new leadership and potentially a new direction. The action is set to continue in 2009, with further developments and trends emerg...


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