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On Thursday CloudOne announced a partnership with Massachusetts-based WebLayers Inc., the leader for automated IT governance. The new partnership will integrate WebLayers' technology into CloudOne. The new comprehensive solution delivers IBM's Rational Team Concert, WebLayers' Center as well as a Collaborative Application Lifecycle Management (C/ALM) suite. "WebLayers is simply the best at giving everyone involved in software delivery the guidance they need to adhere to standards and IT governance policies," said John P. McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of CloudOne. "Offering WebLayers through the Cloud and Software as a Service continues our drive for innovation in the delivery of technology for the software factory, a mission we call Jazz Everywhere." "Partnering with CloudOne underscores the importance of IT governance and the role WebLayers plays in its continu... (more)

Ingram Micro Seeks Piece of Cloud Action

Ingram Micro, the giant distribution middleman, is getting deeper into the cloud business with a new venture called Cloud Conduit meant to connect its North American resellers with cloud vendors and integrators beginning with Amazon, Rackspace and salesforce.com. And, since virtualization walks hand-in-hand with the cloud, it has also become an authorized VMware Service Provider aggregator, which will let it offer the U.S. and Canadian channel a VMware pay-as-you-go subscription model so they only pay for the VMware licenses they need. Ingram's set up a dedicated licensing desk and has put targeted channel marketing and technical support teams in place. Its new Cloud Conduit program promises a portfolio of cloud-specific resources and services including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), educational tools, face-to-face engagements, business development resources, ... (more)

Why Most Visual Development / 4GL Tools Fail? – Part 1

There are quite a few visual development tools that have failed in the past. When I say past, I meant the pre-cloud era. The commercially successful ones are Visual Basic, PowerBuilder (just googled and found out that PowerBuilder still exists (and has its own Journal) and Oracle Forms 4.5. Although, popularity and merits of the language need not co-relate.  :-) ! And, there are quite few that have come up in the current cloud paradigm. Few Examples : Coghead (already in dead pool), VisualForce of Force.com, WaveMaker, Zoho Creator. My POV is on the approach taken to  solve the problem (of visual development) rather than any of the companies/products itself. Image Credit: casa.pokayoke @ Flickr.com If you take a closer look at most of the visual products one subtle but startling similarity is:Most of them take a Top-Down approach for developing the application.  In... (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)

A Case for ‘Virtual Private Cloud’

Coincidently, immediately after my post on ‘What the hell is Private Cloud?’, I happen to talk to one of my best friend, ex-CEO of a startup, now CDO (Chief Delivery Officer), in an IT Services firm @ KY, US – Midwest region. After my discussion with him I realized the need for a ‘scale out’ cloud. But, their company is dealing with Insurance customers and no body in that industry (just like every other industry), is yet ready to put their data out in the ‘Public Clouds’. Obviously the word ‘Private Cloud’ was lot more comforting to him. However, as I mentioned in my earlier post, they are NOT Pfizer or Unilever, neither their custmoers are, to invest in ‘Private Cloud’.  BTW, once could use ‘Cloud.com‘ and build and manage your own ‘Private Cloud’. We can argue on the definitions for ‘Private Clouds’ and till the cows come home, but companies need solutions for th... (more)

Internal Cloud Implementation Strategies at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! What are the ways to develop and implement successful Private and Community Cloud Services in large enterprises? In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Dan Murphy, a thought leader in the development of Cloud strategies for the Canadian Federal Government, describes a low risk, agile methodology for developing and implementing successful Private and Community Cloud Services in large enterprises and government environments. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Dan Murphy has over 20 years experience in the ICT field in various marketing and management positions with IBM and Cisco. A thought leader in the development of Cloud strategies for the Canadian Federal Government, recently he has worked as an independent contractor providing guidance ... (more)

Specialized HPC Clusters in the Cloud

There are hundreds of life science labs in the U.S. using next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, proteomics, and molecular modeling to identify the genes behind, and potential drug targets to cure, many diseases including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. With increasing data coming off of modern scientific instruments, the demand for compute power to analyze the data is increasing dramatically. Currently, life science researchers in bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, and molecular modeling need to spend tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy server clusters to run their scientific calculations. High performance computing (HPC) has come a long way for life sciences. Twenty years ago, expensive parallel supercomputers were required to render proteins in three dimensions and run software that helped researchers understand their shapes. N... (more)

How to Configure Bucket Policy with CloudBerry S3 Explorer

As always we are trying to stay on top of the new functionality offered by Amazon S3 to offer the most compelling Amazon S3 and CloudFront client on Windows platform. Bucket Policy is a new Amazon S3 feature that allows customers to author policies which either grant or deny access to any number of accounts and across a range or set of keys. In the initial release of bucket policies only the bucket owner has the privilege to PUT a policy on their bucket. There can also only be one policy attached to the bucket. Finally, there is a limit of 20K for the size of an individual policy. New version of CloudBerry Explorer supports creating Bucket Policies. Select the bucket and choose Bucket Policy in the context menu. This will open up the windows where you can enter a policy. Please refer to Amazon S3 documentation for the policy syntax. Check out this section for s... (more)

Disruption from the Cloud

The rapid growth of cloud computing is making it much easier for SMB channel partners to provide a broader range of offerings on a 24/7 basis at a lower cost and with fewer IT staff. These offerings include services such as SaaS and managed IT services. As a result, SMB channel partners could lose more than 200,000 IT jobs over the next decade according to AMI Partners’ recent Cloud Computing Research studies. “The great recession of the last year and a half has significantly increased SMBs’ interest in adopting various cloud-based services as they look for ways to meet their IT needs while keeping costs under control,” says Anil Miglani, SVP of IT Infrastructure Research at AMI-Partners. In response to this interest, local channel partners have started to rapidly expand their cloud-based solutions for SMBs. “However, cloud computing cuts two ways for small SMB cha... (more)

myGPcloud Launches On-demand, Cloud-based ERP Solution

RoseASP on Thursday announced myGPcloud, one of the first Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to be made available on-demand in the cloud. Companies can pre-register now at http://www.myGPcloud.com for a 30-day trial when the Microsoft Dynamics GP-based service launches in North America on August 1, 2010. RoseASP is demonstrating myGPcloud next week in booth 122 at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., and more information about myGPcloud is available online. The myGPcloud service includes all of the rich accounting, business-intelligence and financial-management features of Microsoft Dynamics GP, as well as automated on-line provisioning, training videos and guides, template setup and technical support, as well as available integration to business portal, SharePoint, and customer relationship management systems.... (more)

Management Solution “In the Cloud”

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, on Tuesday announced a joint project with Microsoft Corporation to create the PLM industry’s first cloud computing-based quality management solution. The solution will utilize Microsoft Windows Azure platform cloud computing services to securely run Siemens PLM Software’s Dimensional Planning and Validation (DPV) application, showing how cloud computing can enable a world-class quality management application to be cost effectively accessed and leveraged on an as-needed basis. “Delivering world-class cloud computing solutions is an important part of Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring that our enterprise customers realize the maximum business value from their IT investments,” said Simon Witts, corporate v... (more)