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MD speaks with Playfish co-founder Sebastien de Halleux about how the cloud-based social gaming company has managed to distribute over 100 million games via Facebook and other social networks in less than 2 years.
In conjunction with GS1 Canada, HP announced a product recall process Monday that straddles many participants across global supply chains. The pressures in such multi-player process ecologies can mount past the breaking point for such change management nightmares as rapid food or produ...

The real power behind cloud is processes, and those don’t come out of a box

VMworld, in case you’ve been out of touch, is approaching fairly quickly. As with any trade show/conference there’...

Rich Bruklis wrote an excellent essy on how the government ...
A stealth start-up called InfiBase has published some very interesting data on their blog recently. It makes me want to know more about them, so if you have the scoop let me know. First, they have put out two posts on sites using Amazon EC2, with other cloud providers included in the...

Survey says IT still doesn’t agree on the definition of cloud – private or public – but everybody is doing it

Every organization with a stake in cloud computing’s predicted billions of dollar market is interested in understanding what it is IT wants – and Aug. 24, 2009 04:00 PM EDT  Reads: 14,325

With virtually every vendor/provider on the planet jumping on the Cloud Computing bandwagon, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting...
Sam_Gross: Listen to the archived Webinar, Moving Apps to the Cloud - Determining What Apps Make Sense for Your Business: http://tinyurl.com/mrpl9b

Just what is the bandwidth of a van full of hard drives traveling 300 miles at a speed of 65 mph?

After a short Twitter discussion based on Aug. 22, 2009 11:45 AM EDT  Reads: 6,820

I’ve been off the radar in recent weeks as things around 6fusion have been busy, but few weeks ago we blogged about the Profiler application we’ve been working on. I’ve just come up for a bit of air on the project but while I was in the thick of things we unearthed a...
As a general rule, I am happy to count Salesforce.com as a cloud computing company.  They really made the SaaS market what it is today, and their Force.com platform-as-a-service was a great innovation.  They are not an infrastructure cloud provider like Amazon, Rackspace or others, but...
In a recent article by Treff LaPlante, CEO at WorkXpress, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, Treff points out the rising importance of the business analyst in the cloud computing paradigm. “Using a 5GL PaaS an entire company can be automated from scratch in just a matter o...

Idle resources will always need to exist, especially in a cloud architecture

With IT focused on efficiency – for reduction in operating expenses and in the interests of creating a greener computing center – there’s a Aug. 19, 2009 05:00 PM EDT  Reads: 9,156

Amazon EC2 and S3 are no more or less safe than they were last week despite hype around PCI compliance admission

The recent admission / announcement that “Amazon EC2 is not PCI compliant” (this is not exactly true, but we’ll get to that later) has set off a rush of ...

I was recording a podcast last week on the subject of cloud with an emphasis on security and of course we talked in general about cloud and definitions. During the discussion the subject of “private cloud” computing was raised and one of the participants asked a very good question: ...

Cloud computing (the convergence of many of these pre-existing technologies), through its service providers, makes these technologies accessible to small and medium business in a simple, cost effective manner, without the need to have a deep understanding of these technologies. So how...
If you’ve got a SAN, that’s going to mean training. If you have a ton of NAS’s, then it’s going to mean a headache for whomever is responsible. This is the part where I plug File Virtualization products like our ARX, which can aggregate security policy on your many NAS boxes into one c...
Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supp...
The Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) is a multiple-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle, specifically designed as the preferred source of information technology (IT) services for the majority of the Department of Homelan...
Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and issues like trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl, and dependencies, a...
The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group. According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a s...
Cloud Computing is one of the many things enterprise CIOs, CTOs and other engineers will master in delivering capability.  I believe in the power of new Cloud Computing technologies and concepts and think we should all continue our focus there. I have said, and still say, the same thi...
Amazon Web Services has announced a new AWS Import/Export feature. A potentially huge step forward for data portabilty when using the Amazon Cloud computing infrastructure.

Aug. 16, 2009 05:00 PM EDT  Reads: 18,092

Without processes the cloud is not a cloud

 

So you’ve virtualized your application infrastructure using VMware or Microsoft or the “virtuali...

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complem...

Cloud computing is all about new technology, right? Well, perhaps that depends upon your poin...

Simultaneously one of the best use-cases for cloud as well as the worst. What’s IT to do?

David Linthicum,

The question of VDI use cases, customer awareness, and Desktop Virtualization has been a hot topic lately at Citrix. Harry Labana's blog post did a great job describing the differences in Desktop Virtualization and Server Virtualization. In addition to the positive reviews a few commen...
A General Services Administration (GSA) representative is now scheduled to provide a briefing on the agency's cloud computing initiative during a "Aug. 13, 2009 03:00 PM EDT  Reads: 15,457
As a member of the virtualization startup ecosystem, it was good to see one of our own (Springsource) get picked up by VMware for a cool $400MM+ this week.  The private market and public market (really any market) are terrible right now so it is encouraging to see one of the tech indus...
For some the biggest buzz word so far in 2009 is “cloud”, for Cisco it’s “unified”. Today Cisco announced a new server centric strategy which is underpinned by the use of a “unified computing” methodology. This new unified approach to computing represents a radical shift in how we as a...
Would it be true to suggest that a product only truly comes of age when it can be re-packaged, re-labeled or re-purposed in a simple to manage context that boosts its proliferation and sales potential? Would it also be true to suggest that cloud computing...
VMware’s proposed $362 million acquisition of SpringSource is all about getting serious in competing with Salesforce.com and Google App Engine as the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud with the technology that everybody already uses. This acquisition was a means to an end, pairing two ...
In a Federal Executive Forum interview, Robert Lentz, Chief Security Officer for the US Department of Defense, highlighted the departments cybersecurity priorities. Mr. Lentz is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance (CI&IA) in the Offic...
How do you go from virtualization and automation to the cloud? The cloud and its many definitions is one of the hottest topics of discussion in technology today. It is expected to have a tremendous and “game-changing” impact on how IT is delivered in the future. Almost everyone wants t...
During this week Federal Executive Forum, FAA CIO Dave Bowen mentioned protection against software vulnerabilities, wireless intrusion and website vulnerabilities as his top cybersecurity priorities.
As the Assi...
Steve Herrod (VMware CTO) announced today that VMware is intending to acquire SpringSource, a 5 year-old company rapidly becoming a leader in enterprise and web application development and management.
Hot on the heals of SpringSource's recent acquisition of Hyperic, VMware today announced their intention to acquire SpringSource. At first glance this move may seem puzzling, why would VMware want to buy an open source enterprise application development platform? Could it be for Hyperi...
Most data centers are now hitting their teens when it comes to age. How do I know this? I used to work for Exodus, The Data Center Company back at the turn of the century (actually wearing an old EXDS t-shirt as I write this.) The ‘heyday’ of the Co-Location. ‘Daddy, what was the dat...
Which would you rather have? A compute job that gets done over a 12 hour period on a Supercomputer with the catch that you need to wait 7 days until the job actually runs? Or a job that runs over a 60 hour period on a lower performance public cloud infrastructure that can start immedia...


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