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Dan Woods provides an interesting analysis in Forbes, Parsing The Cloud, on where Cloud Computing may be going next. He makes a good case that the cloud will become more complex and diverse. He offers four drivers of this diversity. First, compliance is going to happen. Governments hav...
3Tera announced a partnership with Citrix to make enterprise grade cloud computing solutions available to customers of all sizes in external hosted clouds, or as a platform that can be deployed in corporate data centers behind customer firewalls. By combining the new Citrix Cloud Cente...
According to Susumu Shimano, senior manager of management information systems at NEC, “The most significant effect of thin clients on our IT operations is that they have enabled uniform management of all PCs used at NEC. While it once took not only a substantial amount of effort but al...
Skytap has joined the VMware vCloud Initiative to participate in developing an integrated set of services via standard APIs that allow the seamless extension of traditional IT into the cloud. Skytap's existing cloud-based Virtual Lab platform enables organizations to adopt a "hybrid" I...
“This is the best browser so far” is that I can say after being a Chrome user for one day. First of all, I was glad to find out that I haven’t found Chrome breaking any web application yet, especially Ajax applications. I was a little concerned about this, given that the Chrome cartoon...
I recently introduced the concept of Synced-Data Applications (SDAs). SDAs, summarized in the following figure, owe their existence to the convergence of the cloud and the desktop/handheld.
It's been said that Chrome could be the Google operating system that was being talked about many moons ago. Chrome is the operating system that provides access to the applications that reside in the cloud. But it's still just a browser. It's as much part of cloud computing as Firefox, ...
What will Business Intelligence be like in the future? "BI in the Cloud" architecture is only going to be feasible when most of your source data lives in the cloud already, possibly in something something like SQL Server Data Services or Amazon Simple DB or Google BigTable; or possibly...
Google is following a common pattern used in the IT industry - get something out there and then tweak it as necessary. I'm not sure how all of this will play out. I do know that when the elephants start fighting a lot of dust will be raised. Only when that dust settles will we have a b...
Citrix Systems unveiled its strategy for cloud computing and announced the new Citrix Cloud Center (C3) product family. The Citrix C3 solution integrates "cloud proven" virtualization and networking products that power many of today's largest Internet and web service providers. This un...
I don't trust Amazon S3 with my personal data. It's not a question of trusting Amazon to abide by the terms of service - I do trust them as a company, but no company can be immune from a rogue employee or corporate espionage, and it is not easy to trust their security procedures unless...
Lately it seems there are a number of people in the cloud computing community who are starting to discuss alternatives to the dreaded five nines concept and looking at ways that cloud-based infrastructures could be configured/deployed in a manner that is more proactive than reactive to...
Rather than blathering on to the blogosphere about the superficial features of Google's new Chrome browser I've spent the best part of my day studying the available material and [re]writing a comprehensive Wikipedia article on the subject which I intend for anyone to be free to reuse u...
SYS-CON Media's Virtualization Journal announced today that the polls have opened for its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards. Readers will be casting their votes until November 8, 2008. Winners and finalists will be announced at the 4th International Virtualization Conf...
Cloud computing is an emerging technology in which data – documents, email messages, photographs, etc. – and applications – word processing and spreadsheets, for instance – are stored in cyberspace and not on an individual’s computer. So if you use a web-based email, like Yahoo, Gmail,...
Jeff Barr from Amazon Web services has come up with a great new term to describe the need to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand by enabling a hybrid cloud computing model which combines both private data center resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon EC2. He called ...
ProjectLocker announced an integration with Morph AppSpace to enable developers to easily deploy applications directly to the cloud. As Runako Godfrey, CEO of ProjectLocker, says, “ProjectLocker was founded on the notion of rapid application development. With this new integration with ...
Virtualization has become a critical part of Enterprise IT strategy. Why and how has it become one of the most important change agents in our industry? To answer these questions I had the good fortune recently to be able to speak to a select group of top IT industry executives who join...
Watching VMware stock and its market cap spike since it IPO'd must have had Red Hat positively pea green with envyWatching VMware stock and its market cap spike since it IPO'd must have had Red Hat positively pea green with envy - so green in fact that it's gonna try taking VMware on b...
I have been reading about Cloud Computing, and from my perspective, Cloud Computing is a great tool for startups and organizations that do not have a web based infrastructure, or for folks that need to deploy and scale applications quickly. I recently came across a number of posts wher...
Cloud computing, as I define it, is the ability for organizations to rent computer time and space from the "cloud computing" services such as those from Amazon and Google. It is generally viewed as an alternative to either hosting your own infrastructure yourself, or outsourcing your i...
Skytap announced the availability of an API that enables customers to blend Skytap's cloud-based Virtual Lab platform with their existing onsite IT infrastructure. Rather than using cloud resources in a silo, Skytap's Web services API and one-click VPN functionality allows organization...
Adobe is using Alfresco’s open source ECM software as the file repository in Acrobat.com, a set of free online services – file sharing and storage, PDF conversion, online word processing and web conferencing – that can be used to create and share documents, communicate in real-time, an...
IBM claims its new intelligent blade server will reduce security threats – such as Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and viruses – while helping server providers manage network traffic better. It says consumers are using advanced communications like streaming video on handheld devices, a...
Recently I've been asked about the benefits of cloud computing in comparison to that of virtualization. Generally my answer has been they are an ideal match. For the most part virtualization has been about doing more with less (consolidation). VMware in particular positioned their prod...
Because of its slow growth - a factor of the freebie open source business model - Red Hat has become fodder for Wall Street acquisition speculation, BusinessWeek says, and offers VMware as a possible suitor. Such an acquisition would give VMware the operating system it's lacking, make ...
The beginning of the week Yahoo was trading around $18.75, below the $19.18 it was at on January 31 right before Microsoft entered the scene with its $31-a-share bid. The pundits said that was a five-year low. On Thursday, a really lousy day generally, it dipped to $17.80.
Some of the recent bumps in public clouds are inevitable (and unenviable!) in the early stages of a new technology, but they do shine the light on the management of the data center. And, as may be obvious, the people that lost their data in one case most likely have no recourse with th...
The web moved from static HTML pages to Web 2.0. Software is increasing moving away from the delivery to the “hosted” model. Computing resource acquisitions is moving from buying to renting. This has given rise to new paradigms of delivering software such as Software-as-a-Service or Sa...
We are seeing more being written about Cloud computing and cloud platforms today, and there is strong validation that the future of computing will include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms. Microsoft’s Cloud strategy is materializing, and as part of our overall So...
The world of clouds these days is full of definitions and counter-definitions. There are many posts that try to define the concept of cloud computing; many that try to distinguish utility computing, grid computing and cloud computing; many that try to define public vs private clouds; a...
Seanodes announced that ServiSMART has selected Seanodes Shared Internal Storage technology as the virtualized storage platform for its new cloud computing infrastructure. ServiSMART is an emerging hosted services provider currently in stealth mode founded and managed by a team of expe...
SIMtone announced the release of an end-to-end universal cloud computing platform. The SIMtone Universal Cloud Computing Platform enables multiple cloud services, such as “PCs in the Cloud,” virtual desktops, DaaS and SaaS, or Web services to be hosted and managed simply, securely and ...
Google opened its doors in September 1998. But, as the Google official site phrases it, "The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake." Maybe, now that Chrome is released, instead of waiting till the 27th ...
ParaScale has announced that its ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software has entered broad customer trials. Targeted at service providers and enterprises that require better solutions for file storage, management and distribution, PCS is a software-only solution that includes features a...
SOASTA announced the successful close of $6.4 million in Series B funding. New investor, Formative Ventures led the round with continuing participation from previous investors including Canaan Partners and The Entrepreneurs' Fund. The new funding will be used to support product enhance...
What Apple has done with its App Store is show the world that the key to monetizing the cloud is in the delivery of the key applications and assets (music, video, ringtones) through a simple and accessible channel. In the last few weeks Microsoft, Google and T-mobile have all announced...
GigaSpaces Technologies announced that John Giubileo has been named as the Company's general manager of the Americas. Giubileo will oversee all sales and go-to-market activities in the Americas, including business development, partnerships, channels and OEM actions.
rPath announced the beta launch of its rBuilder Appliance Creator and rBuilder Catalog features for the Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2). When coupled with rPath's technology for release management, lifecycle management, and its comprehensive support capability for Linux techn...
Ceelox adapted Ceelox ID, a biometric Identity Access Management tool, to work with Citrix servers and client computers. "Using biometrics to secure access to centralized Citrix networks is a giant leap forward for Ceelox," Gerry Euston, CEO, said.


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