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AppZero, the fastest way to move enterprise server applications to the cloud, has announced that it has been named to CIO.com‘s "10 Hot Cloud Startups to Watch" compiled by Startup 50 writer Jeff Vance.  The 10 companies making the list were selected from a "top 25" list that was nominated to the Startup 50 blog. Factors in moving onto the final list were:  the company's standings following a vote, viability of product, competitive advantages and management team's pedigree.There will be a new round of voting to rank the companies on the top 10 list.  Please vote for AppZero here. According to Vance, AppZero made the list because, moving applications from traditional IT systems to the cloud isn't easy. AppZero encapsulates an application and its dependencies in a "virtual application appliance," without a virtual machine (VM). The result is an application that is fl... (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)

F5 Tutorial: BIG-IP APM with SecureAuth

This video demonstrates the flexibility of BIG-IP Access Policy Manager and integration with SecureAuth, which provides two-factor authentication using SSL certificates. F5's Tony Torzillo shows how these integrate with the AD server to allow you to login to the AD server, and it will then retrieve the user's phone number and email and allow them to authenticate via a text message, voice call, or email as stored in their AD policy. For more videos, check out F5's YouTube channel. BIG-IP APM with SecureAuth ps twitter: @psilvas Technorati Tags: F5, infrastructure 2.0, integration, cloud connect, Pete Silva, security, business, education, technology, application delivery, intercloud, cloud, context-aware, infrastructure 2.0, automation, web, internet ... (more)

“Move Your Mess for Less”; Solaris Modernization

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Much has been written about applications that are stranded on Solaris 2.6/7 OS and rare-as-unicorn hardware. In fact, much of it has been written by me. My trusty biz dev leader suggested that I take an ROI run on the topic in my next blog .... which is this one. But I just can't bring myself to do it. Why? Because I can't see building an elaborate spreadsheet showing how AppZero is the best option, when the choice is a no brainer that my 7 year old son could make. Let's play the model out and you tell me if a spreadsheet would help clarify the choices: 1.  Magical thinking: Just close your eyes and do nothing. The do nothing option has worked this far for you, hasn't it? And, in the statistically guaranteed eventuality that the hardware fails, you have a set of Bond-like people (James) ready to jump in with rapi... (more)

AppZero Names Jim Noschese Global VP of Sales

Server application virtualization pioneer AppZero has announced the appointment of Jim Noschese as Global VP of Sales. As Vice President of Global Sales, Jim Noschese will combine strategy, staffing, and customer satisfaction levels to drive AppZero revenue growth and customer loyalty. Jim comes to AppZero with more than 25 years of experience in technology-based solution sales management experience spanning companies such as CIMTEK, Inc, Open Ratings, Emptoris, and Parametric Technology (PTC).  His record of success is marked by consistent and frequently explosive growth in key regions for which he was responsible.  Jim holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Dallas. Speaking of the opportunity Jim said, "Server virtualization is main stream.  Now, executives and IT pros are faced with moving applications and workloads onto all those servers in da... (more)

Occupy Cloud! Movement Set to Occupy Cloud Expo

As Occupy Wall Street went global mixing grievance with entitlement, the movement quickly became the melting pot for all things protest-able. Taking to the streets with euros, dollars, and yens taped across their mouths demonstrators marched, camped, and otherwise deplored the unfairness of reality. "But, who will speak up for production enterprise applications?" I thought.  "The reality is that 99% of production enterprise applications are still earth-bound ... not on the cloud. Those greedy, lightweight dev/test use cases are monopolizing the cloud." The paradigm-busting, world-changing Cloud technology is enslaved to the business as usual purposes of low-risk development and test sand boxes. Meanwhile, the blood and guts applications that are the DNA of enterprise productivity languish in the land of roll-your-own IT operations. Bring me a tent and set up a por... (more)

VMware Collaborates to Deliver Secure Infrastructures for the Cloud

VMware has announced continued collaboration with its partner community to deliver secure infrastructures for the cloud. VMware is delivering a new generation of jointly integrated security and compliance solutions with a broad network of committed, trusted security partners -- including Bitdefender, Catbird, HP, Kaspersky, McAfee, RSA, Symantec and Trend Micro -- to help customers transform IT so they can take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing. "Cloud computing provides powerful new ways to manage and use digital information, requiring customers to think differently about how to tackle security and compliance within the data center," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "With the VMware cloud infrastructure suite as the foundational platform, and our VMware vShield technologies as a key security enabler, we are working c... (more)

New Key Technology Simplifies Data Encryption in the Cloud

Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorized person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated. The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider assures physical security and the subscribers must secure their servers and data. Presumably this would include a strategy for encryption and key management which requires that the keys be stored outside the cloud rather than in it. Startup security company Porticor just released a solution tha... (more)

AppZero Offers Go Daddy Rescue Program

AppZero has announced a free cloud rescue program for companies stranded in Go Daddy's soon-to-be-defunct cloud offering. For each Go Daddy customer, the offer includes free migration of two applications from Go Daddy to any cloud provider. The cloud rescue program has two components: Application migration -- AppZero, the fastest and most flexible way to move server applications to and across any clouds, will provide its Zapp application migration solution at no charge for the first two applications. Cloud destination - current Go Daddy customers will make their own arrangements for cloud instances with the cloud provider of their choice. This free application migration offer is available to Go Daddy customers through the end of the year. Additional migrations, if any, will be priced on a case-by-case basis. Commenting on the program, Greg O'Connor, AppZero CEO notes... (more)

Is Windows Server 2003 EOL a Mini Y2K Event for the Enterprise?

There are things in life that are just painful -- Doing dishes, paying taxes, going to the dentist, and upgrading software. One of the most painful IT life cycle events is upgrading from an older version of an operating system (OS) to a newer one. In fact, there are 10s of millions of servers still running Windows Server 2003, hosting applications that run important functions. The problem is that Window Server 2003 is about to lose support from Microsoft (end of life (EOL)) leaving many with a really difficult choice. Upgrade or face escalating risk of security holes being exploited without any patches or support. Holy strawberries Batman, we're in a jam. This is a case of bare metal turning to rust. The virtual support rug is being pulled out from underneath the data center. A mini Y2K event for applications stranded on those old, obsolete servers. The challenge is ... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Moving Enterprise Applications to the Cloud

Cloud Expo® Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Everyone is talking about the benefits of "the Cloud," but are you ready to pick up and move your business applications? With Windows Server 2003 end of life approaching, companies are faced with moving large numbers of enterprise applications. Learn how you can modernize your applications (OS up level) and transform them (move to the cloud) at the same time. If you're faced with migrating applications from Windows Server 2003 to Windows 2008 or 2012 when moving to the cloud, there is a solution. In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Greg O'Connor, CEO of AppZero, will discuss and demonstrate new "up-level OS" migration capabilities, which allow users to effortlessly move server applications from old operating systems to new ones as part of a cloud migration. Explore Cloud Expo® Sponsorship & Exhibit Opport... (more)