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Today we launched the commercial version of our CloudSwitch Enterprise software at Structure 2010 in San Francisco. We’re ready for business and making our innovative software generally available. It’s an exciting moment for us, but it also reflects the evolution of the cloud industry....
When we started SOASTA it became obvious early on that the requirements for load and performance testing fit the key characteristics of cloud computing: a variable need for scalable compute resources measured in hours, not months or years. Amazon EC2 was the first to provide a platfor...
I have no doubt in my mind that Thomas Edison, were he alive today, would instantly spot the real value of cloud computing. Most people think it’s the economics. To one of history’s most prolific inventors, cloud computing would mean innovation. You see, cloud isn’t just about how ch...
I’ll be speaking on a panel at Cisco Live on July 1. I’m looking forward to talking about the new demands on network infrastructure, and whether or not the enterprise is ready for seamless cloud. Frankly, so much of the discussion about cloud is for SMEs (or regarding apps) and so li...
Over the last several years, and for several more to come, virtualization and cloud are transforming the way that we implement IT. The purpose of the department is the same – to serve users in the best manner possible – but the agility with which that service can be offered has increas...
Once again, Gartner has publicized entirely useless and (worse) misleading numbers on the global market for cloud computing services. Their numbers from last year were disputed by me (here, and here) and several others, yet they kept to their fataly flawed methodology for the 2010 upd...
The service works to mitigate the risks of the mobile, Internet-connected workforce by streamlining management and deployment of security patches to PCs, laptops, and mobile devices that connect to external wireless networks. Keeping mobile devices patched and protected -- and making ...
DM (Datacenter Manager): “Through the increasingly cloudy windows of the datacenter you see empty racks and abandoned servers where once there were rumored to be blinking lights and application consoles. Only a few brave and stalwart applications remain, somehow immune to the siren-lik...
Functionality in BIG-IP v10-such as resource provisioning and route domains-coupled with existing administrative domain capabilities enables IT to virtualize application delivery functions across departments. Sharing the investment in a unified application delivery solution across busi...
Delivering applications to remote users is a significant undertaking. Applications need to be available, and they must be delivered securely and quickly. Through a range of products, F5 has solved the security plus acceleration challenge for remote users with BIG-IP Edge Gateway and BI...
Few vendors want to admit that adding a web application security solution can also add latency, which can be kryptonite for websites. No website, especially an e-commerce site, wants to add any delay to users’ interaction. Web application security that also delivers blazing fast websit...
This integrated solution between F5 and VMware enables long distance VMotion for the first time between data centers and clouds. The solution works with your existing network and IT infrastructure; it does not require a re-architecture of your local or remote networks. This seamless so...
So, you want to put your SaaS apps on the cloud. Most likely you'll start out with a hosting service that offers you a private cloud (that is, a single tenant set-up). Well, you get a pat on the back for your bravery and taking the leap to the cloud, but you'll probably quickly find[.....
F5’s dynamic control plane is a real-world embodiment of the dynamic services model. F5 solutions provide IT organizations the ability to grow beyond static data centers, manage movement and migration of their applications and data down the hall or around the world, support demanding a...
F5 products and solutions enable organizations and cloud providers alike to build a strong infrastructure foundation that maximizes the use of resources while remaining agile enough to support both traditional and cloud computing architectures. The dynamic nature of F5 products enables...
As more organizations begin moving applications into the cloud, congestion will become an increasingly critical issue. F5 offers solutions for optimizing and accelerating applications in the cloud, making them fast and available wherever they reside. Running time: 21:50 Read full wh...
One thing that some companies seem to have grabbed onto and run with while others don’t seem to have made the correct connections to fully utilize is testing in a highly virtualized or cloud environment. Of all the things these environments can do well, testing is one of the best possi...
OK; there’s some real innovative thinking going on in Arizona – and I’m not talking about immigration reform. A week or so ago, I posted about Arizona University moving its internal e-mail program to Microsoft’s Business Online Productivity Online Suite. About 18,000 staff members will...
Google’s latest offering is a hint of things to come and indicates a recognition of devops as a real discipline. Interestingly enough devops is comprised of two disciplines: development and operations. The former traditionally solve problems and address challenges through development, ...
Many enterprises out there are at a point in time when they are making a very important decision regarding their enterprise applications: To move or not to move. Of course, I’m talking about the decision of moving applications to a cloud computing environment or continuing to deploy in...
While I have probably beat the definition of cloud computing to death, I want to spend some more time on where the magic really lies in Cloud Computing. Without going into a Ballmerellian rant, the key to unlocking the full potential of the cloud is developers, developers, developers. ...
A lot of vendors are announcing “cloud washed” solutions that is just adding to the hype in this nascent technology. It also adds to customer cynicism on what really makes is a cloud solution? I see an increasing number of ISV’s say we have a cloud enabled solution. Sometimes it is jus...
Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) enables users to store data in S3 at a 33% discount to our standard pricing return for a reduced level of durability. Amazon S3 stores objects according to their storage class, which is assigned when an object is written. Since we added RSS support to C...
On June 14th I attended the Israeli Wikipedia Academy 2010 conference in Tel-Aviv University. The interesting conference focused on Wikipedia and Wiki technology usage in Academic context and schools. Most of the presentations focused on Wiki or Wikipedia research, usage and projects...
Last week was the official commercial launch of Quest OnDemand Recovery for AD - a subscription-based automated service which protects your Active Directory for a small monthly fee. Changes are good, and Active Directory - as the identity core of most companies' IT - is always changing...
This report talks about India Cloud / SaaS Opportunity. 1. First, this is a fantastic effort from Zinnov for bringing an India perspective for ‘Cloud'. Full Credits to Pari Natarajan, Chandramouli, Anand Tatambhotla and the team behind this effort. 2. Second, we weren't even aware t...
In our last post we discussed the positive shift in the Cloud Computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered a list of things not to do. In this installment we are going to focus on the first m...
IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date. Too often IT departments seem resigned to accepting mediocre results, as if the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspects ...
According to a recent market study, the total global managed services opportunity will have reached $217 billion by 2014 - with managed cloud services becoming a significant component of growth. Some service providers are still studying the revenue upside, while the most forward-lookin...
I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’? It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the term ‘Cloud’ i...
Microsoft said it will provide the Kentucky Department of Education with cloud computing services for the state’s more than 700,000 students, faculty and staff. The state stands to gain big savings (about $6 million) over the next four years by replacing its on-premise Exchange s...
We just finished up five AWESOME days of cloud computing training with USAREUR in Schwetzingen, Germany ! CHECK IT OUT ! Sure we had fun, but we worked hard and learned a lot. Check out these final presentations.

Those who love to hear themselves talk about the growth of cloud computing just seem to keep barraging us with numbers, and it is time that those of us with a desire to understand what is really going on demand Jun. 15, 2010 05:45 AM EDT  Reads: 5,606

There are quite a few visual development tools that have failed in the past. When I say past, I meant the pre-cloud era. The commercially successful ones are Visual Basic, PowerBuilder (just googled and found out that PowerBuilder still exists (and has its own Journal) and Oracle Forms...
One part of the debate on cloudonomics that often gets overlooked is the effect of over-provisioning. Many people look at the numbers and say they can run a server for less money than they can buy the same capacity in the cloud. And, assuming that you optimize the utilization of that s...


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