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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)

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more carefully I find that my impression of ‘free’ as a business model supported by advertising is perhaps already out of date as the successful players have used ‘free’ to reach either ‘freemium’ or ‘complementary’ models.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)

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)

Revenue Generation, Tiered Storage, and the Glass Floor

In his latest blog post, Michael Hay of Hitachi Data Systems points out that expensive tiers of storage ought to be reserved for business data that generates positive cash flow. By extension, he suggests, non cash-generating applications should be restricted to lower tiers of storage. The logic here is hard to argue with: Why buy expensive infrastructure to support drains on the business? Hay's argument that lower-tier storage makes more financial sense is interesting, but savings are limited. Any large enterprise IT manager will tell you that the cost of physical hardware (like disk storage systems) is fairly small compared to other IT costs. In fact, a CIO at a major company once suggested to me that the cost of hardware was flat out insignificant: High operational costs form a "glass floor" limiting the effectiveness of cost savings efforts. Saving 50% on the co... (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)

Ecosystem is the Killer App for Cloud Computing

We know all about these loose ecosystems of Barney-loving, hand-holding, kumbaya-singing companies who promise a full solution to help you take advantage of the next overwhelming wave of technology...for a fee. In the past, vendor ecosystem announcements indicate a vague intention on the part of the vendors to do something together someday - providing they can all find a customer to pay for it. With the cloud, however, ecosystems are different. They are easier to create, both from a business and technical point of view. They are also much more transparent, as the results of their efforts are available for the whole world to see. WaveMaker, RightScale, IBM and Amazon just announced their own cloud ecosystem. This ecosystem is being marketed as a cloud quick start program, which aims to make cloud computing ridiculously easy and give companies a one-stop solution for mi... (more)

Amazon’s Push for the Enterprise

What do you do once you become the top bookseller and web-startup hoster? You shoot for the enterprise market! That seemed to be the sentiment of Amazon’s Cloud for the Enterprise event which the company held in Sofitel Los Angeles last week. The pitch boiled down to: Amazon’s datacenters are the most reliable, secure, and cost-effective option you can find, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) lets you securely connect an isolated subnet of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to your intranet, If you are already virtualizing your applications, why not then run them in AWS and not spend money and efforts on whatever datacenter expansion you might need on your end? Why this makes sense? Amazon went a long way to make their datacenters more reliable and secure, they have the technology for network connectivity, and they do get significant economies of scale. The latter is not ju... (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)

Leading C-Suite Perspectives Upcoming at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

What does the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of Abiquo, Apprenda, Tier3, OutSystems and OpSource, the Co-Founder & CTO of Dell Boomi, the CTOs of Rackspace, rPath, Compuware, BMC, NextIO, SoftLayer, SOA Software, Gale Technologies, CiRBA and UShareSoft, and the Chief Cloud Executive at VMware?  Answer: all are members of the distinguished Speaker Faculty of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, due to take place November 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - the heart of Silicon Valley. Cloud Computing is changing the way we work and live. The economic realities that companies faced this year and last led many IT executives in 2010 and 2011 to closely evaluate cloud computing. The cloud is here to stay, and it is expanding fast. Cloud computing is fast shifting responsibility for application maintenance, ... (more)

Federal Big Data Community Convenes 6 Feb at Apache Hadoop Forum

By Bob Gourley If you are an analyst or executive or architect engaged in the analysis of big data, this is a “must attend” event. We will be there engaging with the community and hope to see you there. Registration is now open for the third annual Federal Big Data Apache Hadoop Forum! Register here. Join us on Thurs., Feb. 6, as leaders from government and industry convene to share Big Data best practices. This is a must attend event for any organization or agency looking to be information-driven and give access to more data to more resources and applications. During this informative event you will learn: > Key trends in government today and the role Big Data plays in driving transformation; > How leading agencies are putting data to good use to uncover new insight, streamline costs, and manage threats; > The role of an Enterprise Data Hub, and how it is a game... (more)