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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)

Taking the Pulse of Cloud Computing, Fall 2011

The markets may be melting, but Cloud Computing continues to attract headlines, VC dollars, M&A activity, and more. So let's take a quick look at what's being said, written, and done about the Cloud...now that we have reached Fall 2011. Given the state of the economy, let's start with Forbes.com, where Joe McKendrick (@JoeMcKendrick on Twitter) recently wrote: "As we ponder unemployment and underemployment in our economy, the availability of cheap cloud computing may be laying the groundwork for a startup boom, the likes we have never seen before." McKendrick insists that cloud computing isn’t revolutionary because it’s changing the mode of technology delivery. "The real revolution that is underway," he claims, "is that it is opening up new lines of business in information technology or service delivery — even among non-IT businesses." Fighting talk. Another Cloud co... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Henry Fastert – SHI

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now under three weeks away, what better time to introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and 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 that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Henry Fastert TWITTER: @SHICloud COMPANY: SHI Enterprise Solutions Services Group 10TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Mission-Critical Applications... (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)

4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Starts Today

A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The event runs from November 2-4, 2009. Building Scalable and Extensible RIAs in the Cloud - Ranjith Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder & CTO of Cumulux, will be co-presenting a session in which delegates will learn how to build scalable and extensible RIAs on the Windows Azure Cloud. The session will cover enabling rich and complete User Experience customizations and addressing multi-tenant requirements. Cloud Security - is the focus of a whole welter of sessions in Santa Clara. "It's Nothing New; It Changes Everything!" is the title of the session being given by Sun's Chief Security Architect Glenn Brunette, for example. Brunett... (more)

SOA, BPM, CEP: Getting IT Budget in a Tight Economy

You're in a squeeze. How things ultimately shake out is not relevant right now, because you need to act right now. Work still needs to get done, systems need to stay running, and you must continue to keep pace with your competitors. The analysts are projecting enterprise IT spending in 2009 to range from minimal growth to declines. Yet companies should "not wait for signs of a return to growth to begin planning for business growth," according to Gartner analysts at a recent symposium. "Unlike the (days of the) post-dot.com era-where IT was perceived as wasteful-organisztions now view IT as a way to transform their businesses and adopt leaner operating models," said Gartner analyst Peter Sondergaard. "IT leaders that are called on to reduce 2009 IT spending should do so in a way that will not impede the organization in the future." So IT budget is not going away. Yo... (more)

Cloud Computing Service Elasticity

Many enterprise IT decision makers are probably currently, or will be shortly, contemplating some type of cloud computing solution that promises to deliver benefits to their operation. After all, cloud computing solutions, when utilized prudently, are hard to resist. As these decision makers prepare to weigh the pros and cons of such solutions, there is one consideration that is perhaps more important than all others: Will this solution enable elasticity among my services and applications? Hopefully the answer to the above question is a confident 'Yes'. A lot of discussion is given to providing virtualized, dynamically scaled resources such as servers, processors, operating systems, etc. and rightfully so. By optimizing the usage and consumption of these infrastructure resources, IT operations can be significantly enhanced. However, these resources are often times j... (more)

Andy Bechtolsheim’s Off Reinventing the World Again

Arista Networks, the so-called “cloud networking” start-up that began life by challenging Cisco with an ultra-fast network switch that cost a tenth the price of a Cisco switch, is closing in on the problem of redesigning the network to support large data centers and cloud computing that it was started by Andy Bechtolsheim to solve. The company’s premise is that existing networks aren’t designed for virtual and mobile workloads. See, along with virtualization has come an explosion of virtual machines over physical servers by a factor of 10x-20x creating in turn a proportional sprawl of virtual switches to connect the VMs in the physical servers. Arista contends that this combination of multi-core CPUs, VMs and virtual switch infrastructure is making untenable demands on the underlying cloud network fabric. The traditional 64:1 oversubscribed network topologies don’t... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)

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

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge organizations. And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand. Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical limitations is... (more)

Visualizing the Boundaries of Control in the Cloud

Cloud Security Journal on Ulitzer Two weeks ago, I delivered a webinar about new security models in the cloud with Anne Thomas Manes from Burton Group. Anne had one slide in particular, borrowed from her colleague Dan Blum, which I liked so much I actually re-structured my own material around it. Let me share it with you: This graphic does the finest job I have seen of clearly articulating where the boundaries of control lie under the different models of cloud computing. Cloud, after all, is really about surrendering control: we delegate management of infrastructure, applications, and data to realize the benefits of commoditization. But successful transfer of control implies trust–and trust isn’t something we bestow easily onto external providers. We will only build this trust if we change our approach to managing cloud security. Cloud’s biggest problem isn’t securi... (more)