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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 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)

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)

CIA was Headed to an Enterprise Cloud All Along: Jill Tummler Singer

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote. "For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued,  "and for many corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone conclusion." Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud Computing. Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and contained within a business... (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)

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Dallas – January 23 – 24, 2014

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Dallas – January 23 – 24, 2014 Thursday January 23, 2014-Friday January 24, 2014 Dallas Texas Venue TBD Price: $1,045.00 (including $250 early discount)   We offer additional discounts for groups of three or more people, government or non-profit employees, people who’ve taken a ZapThink class before, or individuals who are paying out of their own pocket. Please email us at info@zapthink.com for a discount code you can use when registering. ZapThink Enterprise Enterprise Cloud Computing Course: The Leading Vendor Independent, Architecture-Focused Cloud Training The Enterprise Cloud Computing course an intensive, two day “fire hose” of information that prepares you to leverage the Cloud to achieve real business value. We cut through the hype and separate what really works from the noise. Announcing the new version 3.0 of the course! ZapThink’... (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)

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)

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)

Tap In Systems Manages the Cloud

One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.”  He did reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core application” with 200 EC2 instances. Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)

Red Hat Collaborates with HP on SOA Solutions

Red Hat has announced an optimized solution developed with HP around service-oriented architecture (SOA) Governance. The JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform has been optimized to be governed by HP SOA Systinet software. With the addition of HP SOA Systinet, customers have an opportunity to drive revenue, remove costly errors and respond to market changes when they automate business processes through a deployment on JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform. “Our collaboration with HP and its Systinet team offers a direct benefit to our SOA customers because now they will be able to deploy the two solutions together and know that they have a secure and trusted governance framework that enhances their ability to reap the full benefits of their SOA deployment,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president, Middleware, Red Hat. JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform is the next-generation integration and b... (more)