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As described in Part One of this series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cl...
First there was the service bureau, then the application service providers (ASP), after that came software as a service (SaaS) and now its time for Cloud Computing. Basically we have one single concept which is as old as IBM Mainframes. Every generation seems to rediscover it, and crea...
"The Internet marketplace has evolved within and well beyond the traditional Web browser, fueled by an explosion of Java-powered smart phones and consumer electronic devices from RIM's Blackberry to Amazon's Kindle," said Jonathan Schwartz, CEO & President of Sun, as JavaFX 1.0 was unv...
IDC took another look at its 2009 PC forecast Wednesday and in view of economic realities dropped its worldwide unit growth rate prediction from 13.7% (which is what it said in Q2) to 3.8% and said the value of the PCs that do ship will decline by 5.3%. It used to think that revenues w...
IDC recently predicted that cloud computing would account for 9 or 10 percent of IT spending by 2012, up from the 4 percent allocated in 2008. "That's a conservative forecast made before the Dow tanked," Gens commented last week. "So that's going to accelerate cloud offerings from the ...
For months now the former CEO of AOL Jonathan Miller has been looking for the money to buy Yahoo, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper was apparently inspired by the Times of London, which claimed over the weekend – in a story that the Journal trashed at “total fiction” – th...
How does SOA work, how can it be used? And what is WOA? With the use of a real-world example,this article describes why a properly planned and implemented Service Oriented Architecture can create a flexible way of aligning business and IT.
W3C has got a new standard to make it easier to author interactive multimedia presentations. Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) 3.0 lets video, audio, images, text and hypertext links be combined into interactive presentations, with fine-grain control of layout and tim...
In the future, you will be able to surf the Internet, hands-free, by using your voice, according to the third annual "IBM Next Five in Five" - a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. The list predicts that new...
Paraphrasing Einstein, the future will not be created at the same level of thinking which created the past and the present. In Hugh Macleod's 'The Cloud's Best-Kept Secret' he writes: "...Nobody's saying that one day a single company may possibly emerge to dominate The Cloud, the way G...
The slides from last week's session are available on SlideShare. This session was almost ridiculously jam-packed, with standing room overflowing into the hallway. I think it went well -- thank you all for attending.
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 ...
While the concept of consolidation is certainly not new to IT organizations, its application is gradually expanding. This convergence of endpoint security and endpoint management has grown to include not just servers and other hardware, but also IT operations and tools. Evidence of thi...
SOA brings together people, not just software. That’s why integrating Web 2.0 concepts into a SOA—such as comments, feeds, ratings, tags, and automatic search alerts—holds so much promise for breaking down business silos and enabling many people to work together for the first time. How...
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...
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...
"We all agree that now is the right time to make the transition to a new CEO who can take the company to the next level," said Yahoo's Board of Directors in a statement today in which the BoD revealed that it has initiated a search for a new Chief Executive Officer for the company Yang...
Of all domestic air carriers, I like Continental the most. They showed Mamma Mia and the food was bearable. Last month, I was in the air for 14 hours flying to Japan, and now the trip across the USA is a piece of cake. I have only carry luggage with me. This small bag has all the cloth...
I’ll just give you one example. Last week my colleague and I were running a private Flex workshop for software architects of a large corporation who are about to start development with Flex. Needless to say that they are smart and experienced software professionals. Some of them alread...
GigaTribe has launched GigaTribe in the U.S. market. A free software community, GigaTribe lets you share entire file folders of photos, videos, music, and other files with your “tribe” of friends, family, and coworkers quickly and securely in a private, completely encrypted peer to pe...
A round-up of the many themes and topics of interest to infrastructure architects, developers and IT managers featuring at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo being held November 19-21, 2008 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. The conference is expecting a record turnout of senio...
AIR adds to Flex has a pretty straightforward API for working with local files and directories. There is a simple mechanism of installing and upgrading AIR applications. If you want, you can digitally sign them too. AIR 1.5 introduces local encryption, which means that you can encrypt...
Google has shifted from solving problems in distributed, massively parallel computing to developing next-generation cloud-centric applications. Google can, with the deployment of software, deliver global services that other companies cannot match in terms of speed of deployment, operat...
Months ago, 3tera unveiled our Cloudware architecture. But rather than try to convince the world that there is only a single architecture that works and ours is it, we emphasized that Cloud architectures need to be open. Not only need they interoperate with all sorts of hardware and so...
In a recent report, Gartner made some bold predictions around the near-term future of SaaS. In essence they are endorsing that the SaaS model has increasing leverage over existing software models as the IT spending tightens - worldwide software-as-a-service revenue in the enterprise ap...
Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of infrastructure 2.0 or the result of ...
The problem with the notion of “Windows for EC2” is that it perpetuates the broken, legacy model of tying your application to the infrastructure upon which it runs. In the legacy model, applications became artificially tied to the physical server upon which they ran, and server utiliza...
The term “Cloud Storage” has become en vogue in the past 18 months, pushing the hype curve into the red. While industry buzz and news around this technology has increased, definitions have failed to root any sensibility and meaning as to what it really is and what can differentiate ser...
The cloud is coming of age. Amazon took another huge leap forward when it announced that EC2 is now out of beta, together with an SLA that is evidence of Amazon’s commitment to provide top-notch service. Their uptime has been stellar, and they are now standing behind their offering con...
Although the term "Web 2.0" does not have a rigorous definition, it is commonly used in at least two ways. First, it refers to Web applications that encourage social interaction or collective contribution for a common good. Second, it refers to Web programming techniques that lead to a...
Reading conference speaker's agreements may reveal some interesting gems. Since I don't have a PR agent, I have to make the following public statement by myself: "I'm not going to damage anyone's reputation (including developers of PureMVC framework) for abuse of design patterns. I'm r...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global Cloud Computing technology provider Mosso to exhibit at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo which will take place November 19-21, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. More tha...
Virtualization carries the promises of flexibility, lower costs, ease of deployment and simplified server management. However, when condensing the physical resources of your enterprise, are you considering how to make applications easily accessible to the growing number of remote users...
How do cloud platforms assure that your application will perform well and meet the high expectations for your end users? In this session, we will take these clouds on a test flight - by running an application on a cloud platform, and examining performance bottlenecks and their impact o...
Please read the news story below filed today by my colleague Maureen O'Gara and think about the once-in-a-life-time lottery ticket this man had last February with Microsoft's acquisition offer, and then again through Carl Icahn's unasked-for help. He blew it and in my Wikipedia, this m...
Google Ad Planner now support search queries (surprise!) and geo-targeting, which means you can drill-down to specific states or metros (region or cities in geographies outside the US). You can also choose among three new ranking methods to display results from the sites you’re conside...
The events of the second half of 2008, where established financial institutions vanished overnight, have sent ripples through the entire fabric of the world’s economy. This means that nimble new competitors can seize both global and regional market opportunities that previously have be...
The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing. Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing. This is not a political ...
I get pitched by a large number of Turkish internet startups, and none of them, not one, so far, have built their application using cloud computing. I wonder why that is. It seems to me that the cloud computing service providers like Google App Engine, AWS and 10gen, offer a solid, sca...
Many already realize that the economic downturn increases the usefulness of Cloud Computing. But do you? Rather than writing that $2M check for your data center hardware refresh, wouldn't you rather manage your infrastructure as a service? Those attending SYS-CON's pioneering "Cloud Co...


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