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Baby, It's Cloudy Outside By Christine Cignoli It's the holiday season, and one IT wish list item may be cloud control and confidence. There's a whole new crop of companies offering cloud management and governance services to ease the adoption and maintenance of cloud. There are a lot of challenges to getting the best value out of cloud, like security, multi-cloud management and end-to-end visibility. This time of year is ideal for eating a lot and finding out where your gifts are hidden around the house. Soon enough, though, it'll be resolution time when the new year arrives and you take stock of your big-picture goals for 2017. We hear a lot about "digital transformation" and modernizing IT, which can seem like awfully lofty goals. What's the actual day-to-day plan? What are the actions IT teams, managers and CIOs can take to make sure they're improving upon their... (more)

Disrupting Application Architecture | @CloudExpo #SaaS #PaaS #Cloud #AI #ML

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)

[whitepaper] New Vistas Of Revenue | @CloudExpo @CalsoftInc #DataCenter

Download Whitepaper Here 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)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Announces Cloud Expo 2011 New York Venue

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. Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! "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)

Architecting the Cloud at Cloud Expo 2011 New York

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $500 Savings here! Most of the information about cloud computing today comes from vendors. As a result, it skews toward purchasing software and hardware, and away from making balanced decisions in the enterprise. The enterprise architect must counterbalance vendor spin and place cloud computing into the proper context: among the many deployment options available, with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. In his session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner and Senior Analyst at Enterprise Architecture advisory firm ZapThink LLC, will outline the primary issues an EA must consider in order to make appropriate decisions about various cloud-based options, how to put together a cloud roadmap, and how best to communicate the position the cloud should take in the greater context of agile enterprise architect... (more)

Leading Cloud CxO's Join Speaker Faculty of Cloud Expo New York

What does the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of GoGrid and OpSource, the Co-Founder & CTO of Dell Boomi, the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Novell and the Director of HP Software's Global Cloud Practice?  Answer: all are members of the distinguished Speaker Faculty of Cloud Expo New York, due to take place June 6-9, 2011, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. New speakers will continue to be announced every day from now for the next few weeks, but already the Cloud Expo organizers can share the news that the high-octane technical sessions in New York City, organized into seven parallel tracks, will include... Is Enterprise Cloud Computing a Tidal Wave of Change? IT is faster, better, cheaper, and safer because of Enterprise Cloud Computing Jill Tummler Singer - CIO, National Reconnaissance Office – Ha... (more)

Cloud Computing and Big Data in 2013: What's Coming Next?

What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013? In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo / BigDataExpo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the fast-approaching year ahead. 2013 Will Be The Year of Big Data  | The Internet of Things | Cloud To The Rescue (DR) | SSD John Engates | @jengates CTO of Rackspace Hosting Now its CTO, John joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, he created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, he has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud computing strategy an... (more)

Windows Server 2003 End of Support: An Opportunity to Move to the Cloud

On July 14, 2015 Windows Server (WS) 2003 will reach the end of extended support. This means no more patches or security fixes without a custom support agreement in place. The security and uptime implications of your applications are about to be refactored in a dramatic way. Many compliance requirements, especially in regulated industries, state that applications have to run on a supported Operating System (OS). On the surface, date-driven deadlines mandating remediation can be viewed in two very different lights. The first: A glass half empty, a tax that must be paid to continue business as usual. The other: A glass half full, an opportunity to change out old systems and reinvent the business on an agile platform that provides a competitive advantage. The question: How do you deal with the inevitable? To learn about your options, register to attend a complimentary... (more)

Clearing the Confusion Around "Private Cloud"

I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’? It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at TechTarget. Let me give it a shot. First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public or private. Large companies like Citi Bank, P&G, Unilever, Pfizer have the economies of scale to create an equivalent of ‘Amazon EC2′ within the corporate network.When most people refer to ‘Private Cloud’ they are thinking about Virtualization. Private Cloud != Virtualization. To me, Cloud =... (more)

Unifying the Enterprise Application Puzzle Pieces

Image Credit - http://www.lumaxart.com 15-20 years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today, wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis – digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces which are needed, in building an enterprise application. For example,   Need for abstracting business rules for modifying rules separately from rest of the application lead to the creation of the the BRE category with companies like iLog (now with IBM), Selectica (my ex-employer which is no longer in the BRE space – sad!),  Talarian – now with TIBCO (I used Talarian’s RTIE when I was at HP to build Fraud Detection System for Vodafone and interesting to see Tom Laffey of Talarian still at Tibco as EVP of Products & Technology) and the opensource DRools and Jess Need for abstrating Workflow, when Workflow logic became a ... (more)

Choosing Your Cloud Vendor

Expanding on the " introduction to cloud computing" article, here are some additional suggestions for choosing  a cloud service model  provider. In a typical Cloud Computing data centre, an application set will generally be hosted over Virtual Machines running on a large number of Physical Machines. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a definite factor when considering a move for some enterprise services into the cloud. There are certainly arguments both for and against the merits, especially when considering the impact of risk on an enterprise that choses to transfer risk with the adoption of a cloud service. However as a customer you should ensure resources are in place to safeguard the maintenance and management of your identity management and authentication systems. Keep in mind that in the dynamic cloud computing environment traditional security practices may not ... (more)