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Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose "beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (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)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Cloud Expo New York In response to massive demand, the world's largest Cloud event - the International Cloud Expo series - is expanding its number of tracks and sessions for its upcoming New York event: 5th International Cloud Expo. The deadline for the very popular Call for Papers, which resulted in a greater deluge of submissions than ever seen before, is being extended to the other side of the holiday period - to January 15, 2010. Additionally, SYS-CON Events announces the addition of additional tracks, additional session slots, and a general all-round expansion of the program in line with the expectations and needs of the 5,000 delegates who are expected to register for the event. Submit Your Speaking Proposal Today to the Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World! Topics to be covered at the 5th International Cloud Expo will include: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Stora... (more)

CA Technology Leaders to Address Cloud Management and Security Issues at Cloud Expo

CA on Monday announced that three of its technology leaders will speak at the 5th International Cloud Expo being held April 19-21 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. All are presenting on Monday, April 19. In a session entitled "Ten Security Questions to ask before Moving to the Cloud," Tim Brown, CA chief security architect and distinguished engineer, will explain how business demand will drive cloud adoption - just as it drove mainframe, client/server and Web applications - despite security concerns. Brown will highlight a list of security-related questions that organizations should consider before moving to the cloud. In a session entitled "Cloud Computing Everywhere: How Are We Going to Manage All of This?" Barry Lynn, CA executive advisor and former CEO at 3Tera, will discuss how the management of IT in the cloud must evolve for this model to beco... (more)

Countdown to Cloud Expo: Forrester Reports on the Private Cloud

Leading industry analyst firm Forrester is about to land a bombshell on the private cloud part of the Cloud Computing ecosystem. The explosion comes in the form of a report from Forrester Research in which fifteen top Private Cloud solution providers are weighed in the balance...and, in a few cases, found seriously wanting. Forrester has been in the vanguard of Cloud market analysis for a goodly while. Its "Private Cloud Solutions Market Overview" however is the first time that its top Cloud analysts - James Staten and Lauren E. Nelson - have really put top private cloud vendors through their paces. In order to provide greater transparency to its research, Forrester asked all vendors to conduct a demo, going through a series of compulsory steps. The demos were recorded on video. The companies Staten and Nelson chose to focus on were: Abiquo, BMC Software, CA Technolog... (more)

A–Z of Cloud Computing & Big Data: Cloud Expo 2012 New York

Only ten weeks to go! Time for an alphabetical summary of the many leading-edge themes & topics to be discussed at Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) - being held June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and co-located with Big Data Expo 2012 New York (1st Big Data Expo). There is truly no bigger or better event on earth that allows you to play catch-up via so many different technical and strategy sessions devoted to Enterprise IT's two fastest-growing trends - Cloud Computing & Big Data - under one roof. 10th Cloud Expo Keynote – see Mission-Critical Applications in the Cloud Apache Hadoop – see Hadoop Apache HBase – see HBase APIs – Why are APIs so important in clouds? That is a question that the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, Mårten Mickos [Speaker Profile] - one of Cloud Expo's most popular regular speakers - will seek to answer in hi... (more)

Cloud Computing is a Better Business Model

Andy Mulholland's CTO Blog ‘Complementary’ models are an integral part of Cloud Computing... I have wondered for most of the last couple of years just how long ‘free’, meaning paid for by advertising, services on the web could go on for, and with a recession looming this seems to be the time that this could get cut back. However when I look into this a little more carefully I find that 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 of Cloud Computing. Let’s start with ‘freemium’ as a business model, meaning give something away for free to create a market and demand, then charging those who are looking for more than the basic servic... (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)

Cordys' Jonathan Pyke to Present at Cloud Computing Conference in NYC

Jonathan Pyke, Chief Strategy Officer for Cordys and Chairman of The Workflow Management Coalition, will be presenting at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York City this coming March 30-April 1, 2009. Cloud computing enables extensive computing power while saving money - but NOT innovation. The cloud needs a process technology to orchestrate the interaction and integration of services in an easy, cost-effective and flexible way. Further, process technology will bring business users and developers together to create "Situational Applications" - ad-hoc applications for small groups of users with specific needs that are made from scratch or mashup services but that are also compliant, auditable, recorded and strategically governed. In this session, Pyke will discuss how this vision for orchestration services in the cloud could, if r... (more)

Can AJAX and RIA Frameworks Help Overcome Financial Recession?

Can a Good RIA Framework Overcome Financial Recession? To overcome the financial recession, a good RIA (Rich Internet Application) framework is far from enough since Ajax experts are rare and costly to hire; moreover, it’s time-consuming to begin the project. Thus, an integrated development environment is necessary to help enterprises deliver time-to-market rich Internet application efficiently with the minimal cost. In 2009, RIA builder plays a key role on decide which RIA solution will be adopted by enterprise since it helps them save IT investment greatly. Good RIA Framework is Far from Enough Good RIA frameworks are far from enough to deliver Rich Internet application cost-effectively due to the following three reasons: Rare Ajax Experts Finding an Ajax Expert is one of the major difficulties of creating rich Internet application since it requires developer to maste... (more)

Oracle Buys Virtual Iron

Oracle has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers. The combination of Virtual Iron's technology and Oracle VM's scalable, high performance and highly available server virtualization product is expected to provide more comprehensive and dynamic resource management across the full software stack. Customers are expected to benefit from better capacity utilization, streamlined virtual server configuration, and improved visibility and control of their enterprise software. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close this summer. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Supporting Qu... (more)