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
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
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
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)
Server application virtualization pioneer AppZero and OpSource, a provider of
enterprise cloud and managed hosting, on Wednesday announced a partnership
that will make it easy for enterprises and independent software vendors
(ISVs) to move their server-based Microsoft and SAP applications from the
datacenter to the OpSource Cloud, a cloud service for companies requiring
pay-as-you-go flexibility and 100% availability as well as high security and
"Our customers have been asking for a simple way to move Microsoft and SAP
applications to the cloud quickly and cost-effectively, and we're pleased to
team with AppZero to bring them the best solution possible," said Keao
Caindec, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, OpSource. "This partnership is an
example of the powerful technology that can be built by taking an ecosystem
approach to cloud-building."
The OpSource ... (more)
This holiday season, give your friendly neighborhood hacker (black or white
hatted) a nice pat on the back. ‘Why?’ you may ask. ‘Aren’t they
responsible for the nasty botnets, malware, SQL injections, stolen
identities, government infiltration, Stuxnet, and all the malicious things
you warn against in this very blog?’ Yes, but over the years it’s been
the very same folks attempting to and successfully gaining access to systems
to infect, steal, snoop and causing general havoc that have made security
better. All the new variants of worms, viruses, trojans or the all
encompassing ‘malware’ force security professionals to stay alert, review
risks and come up with solutions to thwart such attacks. It is a great
battle of wits in this game of chess that’s played out over the internet.
Patch one hole, find another; lock one system, infiltrate another; fix one
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
I've always found that the obvious things in life are easy to understand once
you see them. I've got a good one for you.
Question: If an ISV can bring install time close to zero, their proof of
concept (POC) efforts will:
Take less time Become predictable and repeatable Go more smoothly in the eyes
of the potential customer Provide more time for actually working with the
customer and proving the concept Look impressive compared to competitors who
need to send SEs on site for hours and days of sweating through glitch-filled
installation and configurations Increase the likelihood of a win Use less of
the most skilled and valuable ISV asset - the knowledgeable SE who is also
good in front of living, breathing, revenue-generating potential customers
Lower the cost of sales Generate incremental revenue All of the above
The obvious thing here is ISVs should reduce POC insta... (more)
Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer
Here's my premise: high impact, culture-bending technological innovations -
however different they may be one from another - conform to a predictable
template of evolution. It goes something like this:
1. Break-thru - The point of entry at which a technology breaks
onto the market scene doing something old in a dramatically new way. The
break-thru vendor, frequently a modest sized venture or start-up, faces the
uphill struggle to educate, and otherwise evangelize its would-be market.
It is an expensive, labor-intensive phase in which there the potential
rewards are as high as the risk of failure. Early adopters assume the risk
of pioneering to gain substantial advantages in costs and/or performance.
Greg O'Connor at the AppZero booth during 4th International Cloud Computing
Conference & Expo, at Santa Clara Convention Cen... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppZero, pioneer in server-side
application virtualization, was named "Silver Sponsor" of the 4th
International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will be taking place
November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.
AppZero software virtualizes Windows and Unix server applications for nearly
instant provisioning as services across a network, on any server (physical or
virtual), in the datacenter or in the cloud.
First to market with a toolset for virtualizing server-side applications,
AppZero has pioneered the Virtual Application Appliance (VAA), in which an
application is encapsulated with all of its dependencies - but without any
operating system (OS) component. The result is server applications that are
100% portable with zero footprint and performance near native levels.
For enterprises and ISVs i... (more)
Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer
In this excerpt, we begin our exploration of several popular virtualization
strategies and explain how each works. The aim is to bring you the
operational information you need to make informed choices for your strategy.
Each vendor's software has its own interface (console); its own methods of
building, importing, and altering virtual machines (VM); and its own
idiosyncrasies, tweaks, and tools.
This excerpt gives you a vendor-neutral but technical overview of the types
of virtualization available. We approach the various types of virtualization
from an application and performance perspective - in other words, a practical
look at each technology and its implication for you. Each section also
includes at least two representative examples of that technology.
Guest OS/Host OS
Virtualization aficionados perhaps know Guest OS/Host OS as ... (more)
Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer
As organizations ramp up their adoption of server virtualization, more and
more are experiencing bottlenecks that slow them down, as well as the need
for additional and unplanned funding, usually created by virtual sprawl.
But while sprawl is the direct cause of unplanned expenses, it is not the
real problem. Rather it's a symptom of something else. While attacking it
directly may provide some short-term relief, like salve on an uncomfortable
rash, it will come right back if the root causes are not eliminated. This
article identifies the true source of virtual sprawl and demonstrates how it
can be eradicated by treating the cause rather than the symptom.
We will start by looking at the types of sprawl and the symptoms one can
expect to see in a sprawled environment. From there we will look at the
underlying causes of sprawl and fini... (more)
“Security” concerns continue to top every cloud computing related survey.
This could be because, well, CIOs and organizations in general are concerned
about security. It could be because the broader question of control over the
infrastructure – including security – is never proffered as a reason for
reluctance to jump into the fray known as cloud computing.
Forty-nine percent of survey respondents from enterprises and 51 percent from
small and medium-size businesses cited security and privacy concerns as their
top reason for not using cloud computing. – Survey: Security Concerns
Hinder Cloud Computing Adoption, NetCentric Security, December 2009
In a survey of 312 IT professionals, Unisys found that just over half of them
cited security and data privacy as the key concerns around cloud computing.
– Security Key Concern in Cloud Computing, Unisys Survey Finds
According ... (more)