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Big data automation can mean writing dozens of scripts to process different input sources and aligning them in order to consolidate all this data and produce the required output. Why exactly do you need big data for your enterprise projects? Many industry observers have been noting that although a lot of enterprises like to claim that their big data projects are aimed at "deriving insights" that replace human intuition with data-driven alternatives, in reality though, the objective appears to be automation. They point out that the role of data scientists at a lot of organizations has got little to do with replacing human intuition with big data. Instead, it is about augmenting human experience by making it easier, faster and more efficient. But automating big data processing is easier said than done and the biggest problem here is that big data is well big. What thi... (more)

Commentary: Amazon Remains the Cloud's Top Dog

In the competitive world of cloud-based computing infrastructure, Amazon remains top dog. It’s highly visible, its footprint is almost global, it incrementally adds features or cuts prices to keep competitors on their toes, and it generally manages to meet most people’s needs, most of the time. It may not always offer the lowest prices, or the best support, or the fastest processing, or the friendliest management console, but it consistently manages to meet customer demand with an offer that is more or less ‘good enough.’ It is a convenient choice, and it’s the standard against which its multitude of competitors will typically be measured. Amazon is Asda or Carrefour or WalMart to the competition’s Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Fortnum & Mason, Whole Foods, and neighbourhood deli. Amazon is not, of course, the only game in town. Far from it. Rackspace comes a close secon... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

RightScale Co-Founder & CTO to Speak at 4th Cloud Computing Expo

To date, cloud computing has by and large been in the realm of public clouds such as Amazon EC2, but there has been a lot of talk about other kinds of clouds, including "private" and "hybrid" clouds. However, with these new choices comes added complexity and Thorsten von Eicken, Co-Founder & CTO of RightScale, will be trying to cut through that complexity at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, in a breakout session titled "My Cloud, Your Cloud, Our Cloud." von Eicken ((pictured left talking on SYS-CON.TV to Cloud Computing Expo chairman Jeremy Geelan) will review the definitions as well as the pros and cons of the different kinds of clouds. He will provide guidance on when and how to use each, outlining the typical uses cases for public, private and hybrid clouds using real-world examples, including: Develop in public, deploy in private; De... (more)

Cloud Expo and The End of Tech Recession

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali At SYS-CON Media we see our inventories are filling up to 100% capacity for the months of November, December, and January, and we are seeing better-than-normal RFP activity for the first quarter of 2010. When I say this, I am comparing the current insertion order activity to the same period last year. We will be closing 2009 roughly 32% below 2008 in revenues (far better than any other tech media company), which forced us to reduce our expenses for the same period by around 40%. Last fall, while the world was falling apart, we were preparing for a 40%-45% drop in advertising revenues for 2009. We did better than our worst projections. Cloud Computing Expo Photo Album Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates in New York City 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo: Call for Papers Is Open When we... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Keynote Speaker Profile: Jonathan Bryce – OpenStack

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce TWITTER: @jbryce ORGANIZATION: OpenStack Foundation 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets! SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/23909... (more)

Cloud CEOs, CTOs & SVPs to Speak at 4th International Cloud Computing Expo

What do the following industry executives have in common: the CTOs of Citrix, EMC and Sybase, the Founders of ParaScale and CloudSwitch, the CEOs of Zetta and Kaavo, the Chief Security Architect at Sun, the President of Hubspan and the Chairman of NComputing? The answer is that, along with another 100 or so experienced and industry-savvy speakers, they are all members of the distinguished Speaker Faculty at the upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center, November 2-4, 2009. The lineup includes plenty of other CEOs too, such as the CEO of Bycast, and of Grid Dynamics, newScale, JRapid, Adaptivity, and RocketLawyer.com. As for CTOs, the Santa Clara Convention Center will be playing host to breakout sessions from not just those already ... (more)

How Cool is the Cloud?

Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar with those problems, you need to familiarize with the now canonical Standish Groups’ Chaos Report, which among other things documents only a 32% rate of software projects completing successfully. During our journey, we encountered many cool things. From the beginning, we were early adopters of the LAMP stack; Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Further, we were able to leverage all sorts of open-source tools like WYSIWYG controls, time and date management libraries, an amazing JavaScript library called jquery, parsers, ftp servers, email and so much more. These things greatly accelerated our time to market.  Open sources was and remains really cool because it provides practical solutions to complex code problems. Soon ... (more)