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Appistry, the ISV with the grid-based cloud application platform that's been focusing on in-house clouds like FedEx' and Lockheed Martin's, is extending its reach to so-called public clouds beginning with GoGrid and SkyTap. Appistry’s flagship Enterprise Application Fabric (EAF), which...
Microsoft have done far more than simply follow others. They have created a complete new platform that leverages much of what the likes of Amazon, Google, Sales Force, Open Social API, all are doing in their own spaces but bringing them together. While sign-ups are being accepted to te...
"We have introduced a game-changing set of technologies that will bring new opportunities to Web developers and business developers alike," declared Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, today at its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. Ozzie announced Windows ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global AJAX and virtualization technology provider Krugle to exhibit at SYS-CON's upcoming SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 West, colocated with the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, (www.virtualizationconference.com), w...
Three years to the day from his corner-turn memo about changing Microsoft's direction from software to software plus services and after two days of keynotes, Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie reviewed the launch of the Windows Azure cloud OS and forthcoming online versions...
Today, during a keynote speech at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008 (PDC2008), Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Corp.'s chief software architect, announced Windows Azure, the cloud-based service foundation underlying its Azure Services Platform, and highlighted this platfor...
Yesterday during the PDC 2008 opening keynote, Microsoft unveiled Windows Azure Services. In this post, I'll take a look at the information available and see if I can distill it down into an easily digestable form
I know, the economy is rough these days. Myself, I'm unwilling to look at my mutual funds until we're through this. However, when times are tough, markets normalize, and while the stock holders and venture capitalists out there are crying in their beers, now could be a great time to s...
Hot on the heels of Amazon removing the Beta tag and releasing Amazon EC2 for production, Vembu Technologies has announced the Beta release of Vembu StoreGrid Cloud AMI which facilitates deploying StoreGrid on Amazon's Cloud Computing Infrastructure. So far, Vembu Technologies have pri...
It got started helping individual developers and small teams automatically assemble the virtual servers and custom application stacks to virtualize an environment or deploy to the cloud using its Chinese menu-style Elastic Server. Then it had that proverbial Eureka moment. IDC says 74%...
Cloud computing is changing the ground rules for startup companies – both in their infrastructure choices and in the bar for technology development prior to funding. In a breakout session at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, Lars Leckie - a Principal at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - ...
Being held for the first time at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA, on November 19, 2008, the Cloud Computing Bootcamp will show you how to take advantage of the cloud. Cloud computing is an opportunity for businesses to implement low-cost, low-power and high-efficiency systems to del...
Sun will be seeing the back of its co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim for a second time. He’s easing out as the company’s chief architect to work full-time at Arista Network (née Arastra), a start-up he bankrolled that’s built a cheap, high-performance network switch meant to bedevil Cisco. ...
"Some aspects of Cloud Computing have clear value for modern enterprises," declares David Linthicum, "but the trick is to figure out your own needs and what products will fulfill those needs." Proprietor of David S. Linthicum, LLC - an internationally known firm that provides quality E...
One of the AJAXWorld breakout sessions that I had anticipated most was Chris Keene's WaveMaker presentation where WaveMaker's cloud strategy would be unveiled. Chris gave a very thorough and Monty Python themed presentation of the state of the cloud space today, with pros and cons of d...
Showing incredible foresight and leadership, Swiss Post is going to pilot Earth Class Mail’s online postal mail service, starting in five Western European countries – Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy and Austria. If its guess is right and the market proves receptive – its customers ...
Etelos is a Web app distribution platform delivering Web apps for businesses. Unlike other cloud computing and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, Etelos enables software manufacturers to migrate existing applications or create new applications, then package, distribute, host, bill...
Bumping up against Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) and EMC’s Mozy clouds, Cisco is now giving away 5GB of free online storage to users of its fluffy WebEx PCNow remote desktop access – the widgetry that competes directly with Citrix’ GoToMyPC – so they can back up their PC and Mac...
Although cloud computing provides financial benefits like reduction of CAPEX and the ability to pay-as-you-go, organizations will still need a reasonable amount of granularity in the reporting of cloud usage and the ability to map that usage into a financial chargeback model that makes...
"Cloud computing environments require the performance and scalability to handle the heaviest user traffic peaks while balancing cost and power concerns," said Margaret Lewis, director, Commercial Software and Solutions, AMD, which is providing its Quad Core AMD Opteron processor for Wi...
"Windows Azure is not software that companies will run on their own servers," writes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an executive memo circulated today to Microsoft's partners and customers. Ballmer continues: "It's something new: a service that runs in Microsoft's growing network of da...
What are the three companies expected to benefit most from the cloud computing boom? One answer would be Google, Akamai, and VMware - according anyway to the Rule Breakers newsletter run by the founder of The Motley Fool, Dave Gardner. But SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal would most c...
Global Secure Systems (GSS) is urging companies – of all sizes – to check their regulatory requirements on data storage before starting to prepare for the official launch of Windows Server 2008. "Microsoft's launch into the world of Cloud Computing, announced this week, is quite revolu...
3Tera announced the availability of global cloud services, based on 3Tera's AppLogic grid operating system. Driven by demand from multi-national customers and customers outside the United States, 3Tera has selected partners to offer cloud solutions on four continents and provide redund...
IDC says spending on the cloud will reach $42 billion by 2012, up threefold, and accounting for 9% of revenues in five key market segments. It also figures that the cloud will capture 25% of IT spending growth in 2012 and nearly a third of growth in 2013. Apparently cloud services are ...
Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) – it’s Linux-based one – has moved to production status after two years in beta and now offers a 99.5% Service Level Agreement (SLA) while a Windows one, running Windows Server and SQL, both 32- and 64-bit, has gone into public beta to meet customer...
Yesterday Microsoft launched its Azure cloud platform, so it is time for another spreadsheet. To properly compare Microsoft, Google and Amazon, I am using the gross profit (instead of revenue) and net profit numbers. Gross profit is, in some sense, the real revenue of a company after p...
Cloud computing is custom made for Silicon Valley - it is poorly defined, seemingly vast and has the potential to change human life as we know it (at least for those of us who live in Silicon Valley). Since so many people are jumping on the cloud bandwagon, I thought it would be useful...
Rackspace Hosting, maybe the last company to go public for God knows how long, is anteing up $12 million in cash and stock – with another $16 million in payouts possible – to buy Slicehost and Jungle Disk so it can chase the cloud and compete with Amazon. It’s also established technolo...
Zimbra, a division of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) and the leader in open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration software, today announced that educational institutions will now have access to the award-winning Zimbra Collaboration Suite™ (ZCS), without having to manage on-pr...
Whether you're in front of a PC, Mac, iPhone, or BlackBerry, cloud computing proponents feel you should be able to access all of your music, photos, documents, and applications no matter where you are. In theory, it’s a great idea, and some aspects of cloud computing are already in use...
Yesterday Microsoft launched its cloud computing offering, very similar to that of Google's App Engine or Rackspace's Mosso. Micrsoft's Azure Services Platform is a cloud operating "platform-as-a-service" rather then Amazon's Infrastructure-as-a-service that can deliver web, mobile, or...
North Carolina State University’s Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is being expanded – complements of IBM and its BladeServers – so that North Carolina schools K-12 all the way to community colleges and the University’s campuses across the state have access to educational materials through ...
The Guardian recently posted an article quoting Richard Stallman on cloud computing. If a user wants to use network applications in freedom, they can do their own computing on their own computer with their copy of a freedom-respecting network-accessed program if their computer is a net...
When headlines like “RMS hates cloud computing; says you should too”, “Cloud Computing a Trap” or “Cloud computing puts your health data at risk” show up on the Internet, it looks like the same old FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) that have been the inevitable response from the securit...
The industry is in broad agreement that the future of computing will include significant innovation and value in web/cloud platforms. On November 19-21, in the San Jose Fairmont Hotel, California, Cloud Computing Expo 2008 West Sponsors and Exhibitors will be viewed as the leading comp...
First of all the the traditional ideas of an AMI Bundle have been dropped because of Microsoft licensing limitations. For traditional EC2 Linux users, a local file system image can be bundled as an AMI in order to be used on Amazon EC2. This provides a direct migration path between the...
The explosion of cloud computing providers dramatically lowered the barriers to entry for web entrepreneurs and innovative projects. However, the lack of interoperability and consistency across services keeps many businesses from adoption. There have been several calls for standards to...
Sun Co-Founder Andy Bechtolsheim is shifting to a part-time advisory role at Sun. Having already co-founded Arista Networks with David Sheraton, a tenured professor of engineering at Stanford University who has devised some "very capable, very fast cloud networking software" according ...


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