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How should enterprises or Cloud Providers react to the VMware "August 12th surprise"? To those who may not have heard - the latest versions of VMware's ESX hypervisor started shutting down as the hypervisor clock hit the date of August 12th. This was due to what amounts to a hardcoded ...
Building upon its commitment to provide a comprehensive collaboration portfolio, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held PostPath. Based in Mountain View, Calif. with additional development operations in Sofia, Bulgaria, PostPath will enhance the existing email and calenda...
I’ve noticed people lately have been saying things like "I am cloud computing because my mail is now on gmail ZOMG" - but storing your mails on the internets is not cloud computing, it’s just online storage. Uploading pics from your phone directly to the web is not cloud computing. Goo...
OpSource announced a strategic partnership with Asite Solutions. Asite will use OpSource On-Demand to support the delivery of their SaaS platform to an increasingly global audience. Asite joins a growing list of international companies selecting OpSource as their Web operations provide...
Asigra announced that CDW has selected Asigra Televaulting as its online backup platform. Chosen for its unmatched service-oriented architecture, powerful data de-duplication and broad interoperability, Asigra Televaulting will be the technology platform behind CDW’s Remote Backup Serv...
The Infrastructure-as-a-Service model of early Cloud Computing providers has focused on making the hardware layer consumable as on-demand compute and storage capacity. Stuart Charlton, Chief Software Architect for Elastra, will be giving a session on 'Cloud Computing and the Next-Gener...
As cloud computing becomes more commonplace, creating a secure method to bridge the gap between existing data centers and remote sources of compute capacity is becoming more and more important. Reuven Cohen, Founder & Chief Technologist of Enomaly, will be giving a session on Bridging...
IT managers and pundits speak of the reliability of a system in "nines." Two nines is the same as 99%, which comes to (100%-99%)*365 or 3.65 days of downtime per year, which is typical for non-redundant hardware if you include the time to reload the operating system and restore backups...
“A major requirement of the Hana Financial Group was to select a standards-based authentication solution. The ActivIdentity Mini-token was selected as it complies with the OATH open standard, providing compatibility with 3rd party software, and assurance of future proofing as industry ...
CohesiveFT announced support for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) large, extra-large and high-CPU instances. This is an expansion beyond the company's existing support for standard instances on Amazon EC2's 32-bit platform. Developers interested in defining software components...
Nirvanix announced that its Storage Delivery Network (SDN) has been serving as the integrated promotional platform for Doom’s worldwide promotion of its first full-length feature “On The Doll.” For the past four months, the film’s official website (www.onthedoll.com) has provided visit...
rPath announced that Progress Software has certified rPath's rBuilder for its OpenEdge platform. This allows independent software vendors (ISVs) to use rPath technology to create Software as a Service (SaaS) applications as virtual appliances that include/leverage the Progress OpenEdge...
Verari Systems announced the addition of the SB5168XL DataServer to its blade-based hybrid server and storage system family. The newly introduced architecture combines an Intel Xeon 3000 series processor and 10G Ethernet connectivity with the highest storage density available in a blad...
David Young, Co-Founder & CEO of cloud-computing specialist Joyent, is the latest Cloud Computing pioneer to join the distinguished Speaking Faculty of SYS-CON's pathbreaking "Cloud Computing Expo" being held November 19-21, 2008 in San Jose, California. He will speak on "The Open Clou...
RightScale, the cloud management start-up, is now supporting Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Elastic Block Store (EBS) cloud storage solution. Its users will have access to what it calls a “virtually limitless” storage area network directly from the RightScale Dashboard.
Aptana announced the acquisition of Pydev. The combination of Pydev with Aptana Studio, which is approaching 2.3 million downloads, will bring Aptana's excellence in AJAX development ease to the Python community and bring Python support to Aptana's product lines. The move further reinf...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...


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