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IBM is addressing its customers and channel partners this week-end in Las Vegas at its Pulse Conference. The conference focuses on Blue's Tivoli systems management software, and was expected to draw more than 1,000 Tivoli solution providers, according to IBM VP Sandy Carter. "There are...
I had a great conversation with a well-respected colleague of mine today. We discussed what it will take to deliver on the promise of hybrid clouds. We both agreed that a significant amount of intelligence needs to be added to the current architecture of Cloud Computing in order to eve...
Staples, the big office supplies outlet, is going to start offering “enterprise-class” tech support to SMBs through to Fortune 1000s. It’s even considering putting cloud computing on the menu. According to Jim Lippie, VP of the company’s network services, IT accounts for the SMBs’ seco...
A year-old start-up thinks it’s cracked the code on using the cloud for primary storage, not just backup. The Massachusetts concern, an outfit called Nasuni, is currently offering a free 15-day come-all-ya download of its widgetry, a virtual NAS file server that runs in a VMware virtua...
CA and NetApp on Tuesday announced an extension of their multi-year solutions partnership to develop management solutions for public and private cloud environments. As a result, the companies are integrating CA'svirtualization, automation and service assurance offerings with NetApp's s...
This article looks at the basic interoperability requirements when communicating with the Cloud, and in particular at techniques and standards used to express and enforce wire-level contracts between communicating parties, as these parties are increasingly also contracting parties in a...
Starting in February DCS, a k a Mitsubishi Research Institute DCS Company, the ~1,800-man systems integrator, will resell IBM’s CloudBurst private cloud infrastructure, to Japanese customers in various industries. It also plans on using the widgetry to provide various services out ...
The drive toward cloud computing continues to be a dominant infrastructure deployment theme for organizations looking to reduce costs, increase storage and optimize mobility. What many fail to realize is the trend towards cloud computing is continually forcing IT managers to rethink fu...
In this whitepaper we explore how mission-critical business applications – the next virtualization frontier and the focus of most current initiatives – demand more predictable service levels and faster response times, further increasing the pressures on IT operations.
I do dream in color, not always vivid color, but color just the same. Today, I was awakened by one of my 5 boys in the middle of a great dream about the future. In my dream, I was in a big white room just as a door was opening and someone was about to walk in. Who was that? That's when...
Nasuni, a Massachusetts start-up that’s about to trot out a gateway to cloud storage, has gotten $8 million in Series A funding from North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners. Nasuni founders CEO Andres Rodriguez, an ex-CTO of the New York Times, and Robert Mason pioneered a clo...
At the recent Hadoop World conference, Doug Cutting, Hadoop Project Founder, remarked that "The Dream" was to provide non-programmers with the power of parallel cloud computing tools such as MapReduce and Hadoop, via simple, easy-to-use spreadsheet-like interfaces. Not only can you dev...
Today’s CIO organizations face a complex array of challenges in managing the Business Platform (the group of applications and services that implement the Business Value Chain (BVC)). The business expects technology innovation as a business differentiator, demands application portfolio ...
I’ve written numerous technical entries both here and elsewhere about the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. The appliance is a cloud management device that is geared towards those enterprises that for a variety of reasons (security, privacy, performance, customization capability, existin...
"When you’re building a new company within a new industry and evolving market," says Ellen Rubin, the Founder & VP Products at CloudSwitch, "it’s never dull." "Many things you envision and dream about turn out to be false starts or take a while to appear," she continues, "while othe...
As we end 2009 and head into 2010 I thought I'd take a moment to publicly state some of my goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. You'll notice that most of these goals are business focused, but alas, lately I've been very business focused with Enomaly and my various other scheme...
Gladinet (http://www.gladinet.com) has announced the release of Cloud Desktop v1.4.2. This version adds the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Windows Azure platform to the list of cloud storage providers that the service platform supports. Cloud Desktop, which provides an Internet-based vi...
MIT Technology review recently published a great article titled: Security in the Ether addressing security, privacy and reliability issues resulting from cloud computing.  Some of the interesting points in this article are summarized. Cloud data may be mishandled by the cloud prov...
In the recent past, ISVs and SaaS vendors were increasingly evaluating the impact of cloud computing trends on their business. Cloud strategy has an all-round impact on ISVs, their customers and system integrators. From an ISV’s perspective, cloud strategy acts as a revenue and custome...
As an executive, you may be hearing many different viewpoints about Cloud Computing; some of them promising significant IT cost reductions and reductions in capital expenditures. Don't get caught off guard regarding all the technical complexities of developing and offering Cloud Comput...
Define the business and IT linkage of demand and supply. Orient the analysis and model creations around the interactive dynamics of consumption of IT resources by the business and the fulfillment behavior of processing by IT. This needs to be correlated with the value-chain function an...
up.time represents a quantum leap forward for companies that need to drive both IT performance and cost-savings, while ensuring a consistent quality of service. The technology provides IT managers with an unobstructed view of the datacenter to efficiently manage distributed application...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Oracle was named exclusive "Diamond Sponsor" of Cloud Expo 2010. Cloud Expo was formed in 2007 the same day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. Next April, Cloud ...
Deep Virtual Server Monitoring: CPU ready, Memory Balloon, Memory Zero, and many more granular Metrics, monitor Physical, Virtual, and Cloud: Services, applications, servers and more. Onsite/remote datacenters, hybrid environments, outsourced infrastructure, Real World Cast Savings: Pe...
Mezeo Software today announced that OpSource Cloud will offer the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform, enabling OpSource Cloud users to enjoy online sign-up and immediate provisioning of cloud storage service, speeding enterprises’ cloud deployment and offering flexible, secure storage optio...
The founders of Crystal Reports and veterans of Microsoft, Symmetrics and Business Objects have launched a start-up out of Vancouver called Indicee that’s developed a cloud-based reporting application meant to give SMBs frustrated with cutting and pasting data into spreadsheets a faste...
Market Disruptions will Accelerate into 2010. Just as the recession provided fertile ground in which cloud computing could take root, the rebounding economy in 2010 will provide the nutrient—end-user investment—that cloud needs to grow. The influx of buyers will put increasing pressure...
RightScale, the cloud manager, plans to support Windows Azure and let customers deploy RightScale-managed applications and take advantage of Azure’s particular properties. It said it would support Azure infrastructure-level services through its new Service Management API like it does A...
Cisco’s first big server score, Savvis will make Cisco’s industry-alienating Unified Computing System (UCS) the cornerstone of Symphony, the private cloud platform it previously called Project Spirit and use it as the basis of the virtualized private data centers it hawks to the enterp...
JetBrains, creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing development tools, announced the public availability of TeamCity 5.0, the company's distributed build management and continuous integration tool. TeamCity offers easy setup and delivers out-of-the-box continuous unit testing, s...
“Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individual...
Doing more with less is a familiar refrain for IT professionals, and today’s challenging business environment has only increased the pressure on managers to achieve efficiencies, maximize performance and improve responsiveness of the data center. More and more frequently, IT is turning...
Techcrunch reports that Google has some implicit suggestions about newspapers, based on the drop-down suggestions it gives when you begin a search with "Newspapers are." It's a nice example of the hive mind at work. But check out the first suggestion Google gives you if you type "Cloud...
Gear6, the guys that fielded the first mission-critical Memcached distribution Web 2.0 types use to scale and deliver dynamic applications and content, has turned up with the first commercial Memcached distribution for the cloud. It’s available as a service and will enable cloud-scale ...
Here's an important reminder for cloud service providers: character counts. Ethics, Values, and Trust are table stakes – for anyone who wants to succeed in business long term – but especially for cloud service providers. As a cloud customer, I am not simply buying/renting your ha...
Microsoft has combined its Azure group with its Server & Solutions group to form a Server & Cloud Computing Division (SCD), a pairing of on-premises and cloud solutions inside its Server & Tools Business (STB) where they can share technologies. The move will put Azure in close proximit...
Microsoft and NetApp, its new BFF, have forged a new three-year pact that will see them collaborate on virtualization, private cloud computing and storage and data management in the name of reducing client costs, increasing their performance and reaching new levels of efficiency.
Doubling the floor space, reducing carbon emissions by 21%, increasing available power and cooling capabilities to expand the data center’s effective capacity by over 800% is supposed to cost many million of dollars. The company says users can migrate existing multi-platform and multi-...
At least two enterprise buyers have joined – the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank – and suppliers like Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, AT&T, BT, CA, Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia Siemens Networks, Telecom Italia and Telstra have reportedly agreed to join. So have the Di...