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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)

Built to Scale

Many applications are developed today in the hopes that they will one day become “superstars” like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.  But they aren’t necessarily developed with the capacity and performance expectations that are required of superstars.  Twitter, for example, is in the midst of a nearly complete architectural renovation due to its inability to scale. In the meantime, users are frustrated by the constant outages and instability of the popular Web 2.0 site. There are three proactive measures you can take during the development of an application to ensure it is secure, fast, and available when it hits superstar status.  Read full white paper here.  And click here for more F5 Audio. Download now or listen on posterous AudioWP_-_Built_to_Scale_(s).mp3 (8867 KB) ps twitter: @psilvas ... (more)

Note to Mark Hurd: AppZero Prescribes “Virtual Viagra” for Solaris

Imagine you are an IT professional or executive, and your teams are running a data center with 1,000s of machines and applications.  You know that there is a set of 10-15 year old applications running business critical functions on SUN hardware and the Solaris operating systems. These applications, their OS and the underlying infrastructure are old.  In fact, measured in "IT-years," where the lifespan of an infrastructure is 3-5 years, they are ancient.  By my calculations, an IT year is equivalent to 20 people-years, making these systems 200-300 years old ...and .... ... stranded on an island. It is not a question of if one of these servers will break or die; it is a take-it-to-the-bank-matter that these mission critical application servers will die.  The only question is when. There is no replacement hardware available.  You can't even find these servers on eBay ... (more)

Server Application Virtualization = Sales 2.0 Accelerant for ISVs

As luck would have it, I recently attended two thought-provoking Sales 2.0-focused presentations almost back to back. In the first one, Ben Nye of Bain Capital Ventures spoke about lessons learned from SolarWinds, a poster child for Sales 2.0.  At the next, David Skok of Matrix Partners gave a first-rate talk with practical advice on "How to Build a Sales and Marketing Machine" .  With apologies to Ben and David, I'd "nutshell" one of their key points as follows: Your product is your sales person. Technology and expectations have combined to shift away from a sales-rep model to one that is product centric; one that lets the buyer take it for a test drive and become self educated. In this model, the product is made available for evaluation and is the vehicle by which an interested person will become a highly qualified prospect. Success here requires: 1) ease of inst... (more)

Measuring Cloud Agility in Lunches, not Days

Question: Why did the server application cross the network? Answer: For the same reason the chicken crossed the road - to get to the other side ... (in this case) of the datacenter and clouds. Follow up question:  If all a server application ‘wants' to do is get to another server - physical or virtual - why would it drag along an OS?  Answer: Because it didn't know it had a much more agile and faster option - OS-free server application virtualization. And here we get to the heart of the matter .... Server application virtualization is frequently misunderstood because when they think about virtualization, most people think of: VMs - close cousin to hypervisors; the packaging of server applications with an OS Desktop application virtualization - for desktop applications, not server applications. In fact, server application virtualization is different in type and kind f... (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)

Cloud vs. Control

It's little more than innate human nature to strive to control the environment around us. From macro-level examples, including the very democratic foundation of our governments, to things we do every day, our desire to control is evident in all aspects of our lives. Have you ever lined up in the automated check-out line at the grocery store even though a "manned" (gasp!) cashier was available? You're not alone. Why, then, is it any surprise that cloud computing - a paradigm that necessarily involves a demarcation of control and trust - is facing challenges in terms of enterprise adoption? IT departments are used to operating autonomously with respect to infrastructure-related projects and overall datacenter design. Vendors have fine-tuned their offerings to support the integration of third-party systems via multi-vendor standards in response to customer demand for a... (more)

Securing Cloud Data from Cybercrime, Intrusion and Surveillance

By John Sotiropoulos - In my previous post  (Cloud Data, Security, Privacy & Confidentiality/ The ISV Perspective) I talked about the increasing exposure of data, the changing landscape of data confidentiality and the need to shield data rather than retreat into – largely mythical  -“safe heavens” of on premise.  When storing data in the cloud, key management becomes a critical aspect of data confidentiality and a new crop of vendors are beginning to emerge simplifying encryption and key management. Having looked at most of the new crop of cloud encryption vendors, we liked Porticor for its innovative application of homomorphic algorithm to split key encryption and its use of a customer-owned security appliance.   The combination of two eliminates the need to expose the encryption key and minimizes the risks offering a unique approach to comply with EU data protect... (more)

Pokémon Go and Big Data | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #Analytics

Yep, I play Pokémon Go.  I take joy walking around the neighborhood and in strange towns catching a Pinsir, Ponyta, or Growlithe or two (though I have to put up with those pesky Ekans, Paras and Spearows).  You see, I play Pokémon Go for …er, um,… research purposes.  I can’t help but to imagine how organizations can leverage “augmented reality[1],” the secret sauce behind Pokémon Go, to deliver analytic insights and recommendations to key business constituents in a way that is more direct and actionable (not to mention measurable). In previous blogs (see “Analytics, Meet the User Experience” and “Store Manager Actionable Dashboard”), I discussed how critical it was to the success of your big data initiatives that you identify and understand upfront how to deliver the analytic insights and recommendations in a manner that is actionable (and measurable).   Virtual an... (more)

VMware’s Genius: Doing Something Old

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)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

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 organizations. 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)