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Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be traveling from all over the world to New York this coming June 6-9 to attend 8th International Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center with 11th Virtualization Conference & Expo. Listen to Cloud Expo being promoted yesterday in New York City on CBS Radio/1010Wins [WikiUpload - MP3 file] Here is an early sneak-peek at some of the many and varied themes and topics due to be discussed in the breakout technical sessions scheduled in the course of the jam-packed four days. (Editorial Note: this is a small initial selection only – the Call for Papers for 8th Cloud Expo only closed February 4th, and new sessions are being selected and posted on a daily basis.) Agile Cloud Integration – see The Transactional Cloud Application Development in the Cloud – see Java in the Cloud Automation in... (more)

Fedora 11 Improves Key Virtualization Components

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system. The community's eleventh release includes the broadest feature set to date, spotlights developments in software management and sound, improves key virtualization components and introduces Fedora Community, a portal project beta. “The Fedora 11 release showcases a feature set that shows the strength and diversity of Fedora contributors’ interests in the evolution of open source,” said Paul Frields, Fedora Project Leader at Red Hat. “We've built several of the major features on the foundations established in previous releases, showing that the open source development model can provide a compelling mixture of steady advancement and rapid innovation.” ... (more)

Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

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)

Networking in Federated Clouds - The L2/L3 Debate

Last week Citrix announced OpenAccess and OpenBridge, two new offerings for cloud computing.  OpenAccess focuses on single sign-on and identity management while OpenBridge is designed to allow connections between local resources and cloud resources.  The OpenBridge announcement highlights an interesting debate occurring around hybrid cloud computing – how should cloud networks be connected? The debate centers on layer-2 versus layer-3 connectivity.  Traditionally, network topologies for remote data centers, co-location facilities, and managed services have been built with layer-3 (routed) networks.  This made sense since you were creating separate networks for each location and then creating rules for communication between the different locations.  Setting up these networks requires lengthy planning and re-configuration to enable the organization’s core network to ... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: The Positive Show Reports Continue...

"It was my first time at a Cloud Expo show, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But man, what a blast it turned out to be. Great exhibits, great audience, great floor traffic, great conversations with IT leaders and folks in the channel." With those words, Tom Gaydos (pictured) - Director, Marketing & Sales Operations at Evolve IP - begins a blog post on the "Cloud IQ" blog in which he reports on Evolve IP's experiences at the 10th International Cloud Expo, which was held in New York's Javits Center June 11-14, 2012. Gaydos is just the most recent of a great many participants at 10th Cloud Expo who have taken the time and trouble to comment on how much they and their company enjoyed what has now become the cloud computing industry's premier bi-coastal event. (11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, will be held November 5-8 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Sa... (more)

IBM's Steve Mills on the Recession: "IT Remains the Core Transforming Technology...for Hundreds of Years to Come"

"How could the economic downturn impact on customers and the industry?" IBM's Steve Mills was asked this week. Mills, who is Senior Vice President and Group Executive of IBM's Software Group, was blunt: "There is more uncertainty at this time that most of us have experienced in our lifetimes," he conceded, before adding: "Nonetheless, Information Technology continues to provide the ability to operate a business more efficiently." Mills was speaking during a roundtable discussion at IBM's "Information on Demand 2008" event in Las Vegas, Nevada. He continued: "IT is the core transforming technology of the second half of the twentieth century and it will be for hundreds of years to come. Volume, speed - none of those things can be handled by human beings, we all understand this. We need the computer as an essential tool in order to help us manage things for greater effe... (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)

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)

"Private Clouds Cut Costs of Internal IT," Says Univa CEO

Cloud computing, both private and public, will unquestionably make life easier for IT. That is the firm opinion of Jason Liu, CEO of Univa UD, expressed in this Exclusive Q&A with Jeremy Geelan of Cloud Computing Journal and conference chair of SYS-CON's market-leading International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series. Liu also discusses many other aspects of Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing Journal: How exactly is High-Performance Computing converging with Cloud and Virtualization-focused usage models? Jason Liu: Let’s talk about virtualization to begin with. Historically, HPC has taken the perspective that the infrastructure can never adopt virtualization because of performance degradation. Now, Univa is actually pioneering the use of virtualization in HPC – it’s viable right now and ready for prime time. We’ve already started moving custom... (more)

PaaS & ETL in the Application Ecosystem

Our conversation continues about the optimal mix of technology to support business process.  In "Living IT, QuickBase Leads The Way", we discussed the concept of Living IT and why organizations should plan for changing and dynamic technology.  To elaborate further on this topic we want to introduce some ideas around what we refer to as the the Application Ecosystem and how technologies such as PaaS and ETL fit in. Core Systems The Application Ecosystem of an organization is a broad way to refer to the various technology tools that the organization uses.  This applies to government, for-profit and non-profit organizations.  At the center of the Application Ecosystem is what we refer to as Core Systems.  These tools are typically associated with basic organizational functions required for accounting and transactional purposes.  For smaller businesses, tools like Quic... (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)