A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation for cloud on the
automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for
infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it
has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the application space.
The concept of ‘as a Service' model has three pillars: IaaS (Infrastructure
as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
Over a period of time cloud services have grown and diversified to the extent
that clubbing the services into these three pillars is not only difficult but
unattainable. That's the reason none of the public cloud providers classify
their services in ‘as a Service' model category.
A public cloud provider has an edge over a private cloud and differentiates
itself by providing rich services as compared to focus on automation ... (more)
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Cloud based infrastructure deployment is becoming more and more appealing to
customers, from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs due to its pay-as-you-go model.
Enterprise storage vendors are able to reach out to these customers by
integrating in cloud based deployments; this needs adaptability and
interoperability of the products confirming to cloud standards such as
OpenStack, CloudStack, or Azure. As compared to off the shelf commodity
storage, enterprise storages by its reliability, high-availability, efficient
and greener solutions can offer much reduced operational expenses (OPEX) to
the cloud service providers. Further considering the reduced OPEX, voluminous
deployment in cloud environment, lesser form factors (i.e. reduced real
estate investment) and intrinsic design solutions, capital expenses (CAPEX)
becomes much equitable and compelli... (more)
Editor's note: An abridged version of this post ran last week on
the Gigaom blog.
With an ear to the ground and an eye on the sky, Gigaom's Barb Darrow
chronicles the competitive factors shaping the bumpy journey that is cloud
computing among the superpowers (AWS in fight of its life as customers like
Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing). Wherever you stand on the
debate over which cloud giant will reign supreme, it's clear the economic
forces shaping the market are evolving quickly.
Now comes new cloud computing data based on Total Cost of Infrastructure
(TCOI) proving cloud providers are innovating and reducing costs in areas
beyond hardware. The result is a more compelling case for cloud as a far
cheaper platform than a build-your-own datacenter. Further, the economic gap
advantage favoring the cloud provider platform will widen over time.
In many w... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will
take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City.
The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's
leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York,
Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry
professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception,
more than all other Cloud-related events put together.
Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East
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The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional
speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more
than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well
over 48 different countries.
Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)
Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates' hand-picked replacement as Microsoft's chief software
architect and the father of the Azure cloud, is leaving the company.
Steve Ballmer sent out an all-hands e-mail saying so Monday. Ballmer also
said Ozzie will not be replaced. Ballmer calls his job "unique." In his
place, Ballmer says Microsoft has "a strong planning process, strong
technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the
There is no explanation for why Ozzie is leaving or what he will do next.
Ballmer says he has no plans.
When exactly he departs is unclear; apparently he will be sticking around
through a transition and paying some attention to the entertainment space
before he leaves.
Here is the e-mail:
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2010
To: Microsoft - All Employees
Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition
This past March marked a signifi... (more)
The business value of a cloud model does not require any special emphasis to
enterprises. The Infrastructure elasticity promises to offer the desired
flexibility that allows businesses to penetrate new and emerging markets
without the risk of a significant capital expenditure. The free cash flow
made available will allow businesses to increase spending on R&D or other
strategic initiatives. For small and medium businesses, Cloud Computing
offers an ecosystem that allows them to co-exist, if not compete, with large
businesses. For large businesses, it's a natural progression of how IT could
better optimize its data centers and deliver more value for the business.
What are the real challenges that make organizations take a cautious,
wait-and-watch approach to cloud adoption? The reasons are many. For one,
concerns with regard to security and regulatory compliance overs... (more)
With 9th Cloud Expo - Cloud Expo Silicon Valley - still in full swing at the
Santa Clara Convention Center in California, what is being said about the
future landscape of cloud computing? In this round-up we asked a variety of
members of the cloud computing ecosystem, from CIOs to independent
consultants to marketeers.
We asked in each case for their top five predictions. Here are their views on
what's in store in 2012:
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VP & CTO, Cloud Computing & Growth Initiatives, IBM
Lauren is responsible at IBM for the technology strategy for the company's
growth initiatives, including cloud computing, Smarter Planet, business
analytics and emerging markets. Previously she... (more)
With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two
weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd
International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the
distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical
program at the West Coast conference...
We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and
cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting?
Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said
about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of
CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce
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Being able to ensure a positive experience for your customers and end users
is one of the hallmarks of any great company. Yet with all of the different
internal and external online systems needed to do that, early detection and
rapid response to performance issues becomes harder and more expensive.
Join us for the OpsCast, Delivering the Honeywell User Experience Through
OnPrem Monitoring on November 19, 11am PDT | 2pm EDT to learn how Honeywell
International, one of the world's largest producers of commercial and
consumer technology, has deployed synthetic OnPrem agents throughout their
global networks. Citing specific examples of obstacles that the company has
faced, Paul Fries, Monitoring Leader at Honeywell, will show how their
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Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York !
Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that Cloud Expo 2011 New York, the 8th
International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9,
2011, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Cloud Expo - International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the
world’s leading Cloud-focused event and is held in New York, Silicon
Valley, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong.
Over 900 corporate sponsors and more than 65,000 industry professionals have
participated in Cloud Expo since its inception, tenfold more than all other
Cloud-related events put together.
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"Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud
computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud
Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (more)
In a recent presentation to Managed Service Providers (MSPs), I stressed that
embracing standards had to be on their list of strategic priorities. Cloud
solution success is based on a successful assembly of services from multiple
providers for which standards play a key role. Included on that list should
be OpenStack, the hottest open source project in cloud computing that has
drawn the investment and attention of leading IT vendors like AT&T, Dell,
IBM, HP and Red Hat. So, should you care about OpenStack?
Cloud-based disruptions in the IT industry began when Amazon started offering
computing resources via its Amazon Web Service (AWS) around 2005. Citrix’s
Cloud Platform (based on Apache CloudStack) had an early start in
infrastructure standards but does not have a growth that OpenStack is
enjoying. For virtualization, VMware is the gold standard for customers who