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Red Hat Aims RHEL6 at the Cloud
Red Hat Wednesday formally launched RHEL6, the next major revision of its operating system, three years and some after RHEL5. And, yes, before you anticipate what comes next, it wants the thing to be the “bellwether foundation” of private and public clouds – and of course their handm...
Cloud Computing: Cloud.com Partners with Red Hat
Cloud.com, a provider of open source private and public cloud computing software, on Wednesday announced that Cloud.com CloudStack will provide support for the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating platform, which provides a strong foundation for today's cloud deployments. This new ...
Informatica to Support Hadoop
Informatica said Tuesday that it’s partnering with Hadoop commercializer Cloudera to connect with the Hadoop Distributed File System by way of Sqoop interfaces. The integration, which should make Hadoop and the ability to tear through Big Data more popular, is supposed to convert map...
StratusLab Releases Open Source Cloud Solution for Grid Infrastructures
The StratusLab project has just released the first version of its cloud computing distribution, which aims to provide a full cloud solution for grid and cluster computing. Funded through the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the two-year StratusLab project aims to inte...
Google Apps Reseller Raises $2.6m
Cloud Sherpas, an authorized Google Apps reseller, has gotten $1.6 million in Series A-1 financing from Syncarpha Capital, Vento Security Holdings and its own CEO’s investment vehicle Hallett Capital to go on top of the million dollars in Series A funding it got in May. It says it’s ...
IBM Launches Government Clouds
IBM launched a new private multi-tenant Federal Community Cloud (FCC). It plans to add Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service offerings to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service widgetry soon. IBM also announced a Municipal Shared Services Cloud for state and local governments. I...
Zuora Raises $20m
Zuora, the three-year-old cloud-based billing subscription start-up, has gotten a $20 million C round led by Redpoint Ventures. Its existing investors, Benchmark Capital, Marc Benioff, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital, also participated. The new money makes $41.5 million altogether. ...
Amazon Cuts S3 Prices
We’re just guessing here but it sounds like somewhere along the line Amazon figured out that it was way too pricey, which is why it’s cut its monthly S3 storage prices by up to 19%. It’s created a new pricing tier at the 1TB level and removed the current 50TB-100 TB tier to extend it...
Hubspan Adds Analytics
Hubspan, which peddles cloud-based business integration mojo, has launched WebSpan Analytics as part of its flagship enterprise-class WebSpan SaaS Integration Platform. WebSpan combines Hubspan’s cloud-based platform and managed services with IBM WebSphere integration software. The ...
CloudSoft Takes Whack at Rolling Apps Out Across Clouds
Cloudsoft, a British start-up born to take a crack at rolling out large-scale, distributed, transactional apps across multiple clouds, has figured out that portability is not mobility and that the live migration of virtual machines will only get you so far. It says if you really want...
Wyse Launches New Family of Cloud PCs
Wyse Technology on Tuesday announced another alternative to the traditional PC with a new family of Cloud PCs – specially designed diskless PCs that get their Windows OS, applications and data from a private cloud, rather than a local HDD, providing significant benefits in TCO, managem...
Apptio Gets Cisco’s Money & Business
Cisco is kicking $3.5m into Apptio's $20m C round and planning to use its SaaS-based service cost tracking solution in its own professional services engagements.Apptio’s software is supposed to align IT with business priorities, planning, budgeting and forecasting and can play a critic...
Hosted Solutions Sells for $310m
Windstream Corporation, a $4 billion phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services operator, is buying Hosted Solutions for $310 million cash. Windstream wants in on the cloud. Hosted Solutions, out of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a regional data center and managed...
eCloudManager Offers Full Monitoring and Management Support for Vblock
fluid Operations has announced full support of Vblock Infrastructure Packages, a private cloud-building technology that consists of integrated infrastructure from VMware (hypervisor), Cisco Systems (networking), EMC (storage). FluidOps a third-party product vendor that offers a tool t...
Adaptivity Helps Make Intel's Vision Cloud Data a Reality; Partners with Hitachi Too
“Using Adaptivity’s Design Studio: Open Data Center Edition to create tailored blueprints strengthens IT’s ability to address security, efficiency, and simplification in the design of cloud based applications,” said Billy Cox, Director of Cloud Builders Strategy at Intel, as at Cloud...
Interest in Cloud Computing Has Tripled in Six Months: Oracle
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opened Monday at the Santa Clara Convention Center to an audience in the main Keynote Room so large and that the very first speaker, standing up to introduce the keynote by Oracle's Dr Mohamad Afshar, declared that he could see with his own eyes that "interest...
While the promise of lower IT costs, greater scalability and more flexible computing are hard to ignore, amid all the noise many CTOs and IT managers are finding it increasingly difficult to understand the signal of how best to take advantage of Cloud Computing – or even how to get sta...
Microsoft to Support Open Source CloudStack
Microsoft says it’s going to help open source cloud orchestration software start-up Cloud.com integrate and support its Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V in the OpenStack project, the Rackspace/NASA-started open source cloud platform. Microsoft muttered something about obliging organizat...
Cloudera Gets Hadoop-Size Investment
Cloudera, the open source Hadoop commercializer that collected $11 million from backers last year, says it’s gotten another $25 million in a Series C financing led by expansion stage VC Meritech Capital Partners, with current investors Accel Partners and Greylock Partners chipping in. ...
Can $50 Billion a Year Buy Open Cloud Computing?
The piano wants to write the next few pages of the “Cloud Concerto.” CIOs of 70 awfully big user establishments – complaining that they “can’t continue managing the cloud environment in the current way; we have to do something radically different” – have banded together as the Open D...
Building a Secure and Efficient Cloud at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
Building a cloud alone is a challenge. But building a cloud that provides a hardware root of trust and that is also power efficient is even more of a challenge. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Bill Cox, Director of Cloud Strategy, Intel Software Services Group, wi...
VMware to Present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
The industry conversation is all about cloud, but the real goal is the elusive transformation of IT into a business-ready service that is available on demand and as needed. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) leverages an open cloud computing approach that spans both internal, private clouds and p...
The Information & Communications Technology (ICT) market will have a strong transformation over the next 10 years. Fixed and mobile network improvements, new infrastructure and application delivery models, along with more intelligent devices will change the way that consumers and busin...
Robust Cloud’s Larry Carvalho to Present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
At the 7th International Cloud Expo, Larry Carvalho, Principal at Robust Cloud LLC, will present a session on how ISVs and SIs can make money from cloud computing. Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to ta...
Vendors Get Hunting Licenses to Sell IaaS to Federal Agencies
The General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. government’s procurement arm, has given 11 companies a shot at selling federal agencies an estimated $76.5 million worth of the cloud over the next five years. Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T; and Amazon made the list of approved sources of...
OpSource CEO to Present at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
Cloud computing and SaaS offer a path to acquire customers more easily than selling packaged solutions. The cloud has ushered in the ability for enterprises, small businesses, start-ups and ISVs to address different target market segments and channels much more cost-effectively. In h...
NaviSite CTO Denis Martin and CSO Allen Allison to Present at Cloud Expo
NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, managed messaging and managed cloud services, on Thursday announced that two of its senior executives will speak at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, which will be held November 1–4 in Santa Clara, CA. Denis Martin, Exec...
Impetus to Showcase Life Cycle Services for Cloud Solutions at Cloud Expo
Impetus Technologies, an award-winning software product engineering company that develops innovative software products and technology solutions for ISVs and technology businesses, on Thursday announced that it will sponsor Cloud Expo Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA, from November 1-4...
Adaptive Computing President Michael Jackson to Present at Cloud Expo
Adaptive Computing, the company behind the Moab unified automation intelligence technology, on Wednesday announced its participation in the 7th International Cloud Expo, the only enterprise IT event that covers the entire scope of the cloud computing spectrum. On Monday, November 1, 20...
Cloud Computing: Intel Selects Joyent for the Intel Cloud Builders
Intel has selected Joyent, a global provider of cloud computing solutions, to participate in Intel Cloud Builders, which publishes best practices, hardware blueprints and software architectures on how to deploy cloud infrastructures. “The Intel Cloud Builders demonstrates how to buil...
BlueFire Picks Cloud Expo Sponsor Abiquo for Enterprise Cloud Management
"The combination of the Abiquo platform and IP developed in conjunction with our partners has enabled BlueFire to today provide a no compromise approach to give our customers complete flexibility to define their own environments – just like a physical datacenter, but without the need t...
Innovation in the Cloud at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
As the adoption of cloud computing continues to grow, many companies are looking at how they can create services more quickly and efficiently. In their session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Anil Somani and Jose Vargas, Senior Managers in the IBM Cloud Labs, will discuss how I...
Atlantic.Net to Exhibit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
SYS-CON Events announced today that Atlantic.Net, a privately held, high-performance Cloud hosting provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 7th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Established in 199...
"Early-Bird" Power Panel: Tango for Two at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
Cloud Computing and Virtualization are achieving a momentum seen in Enterprise IT only once a decade. In this fast-moving high-level discussion moderated by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, a panel of top industry executives will discuss the interplay of the two. Topics covered will i...
Cloud Computing: Rackspace Claims 2m Hosted E-Mail Users
Rackspace claims two million paid users of its hosted e-mail, including its proprietary Rackspace Email, hosted Microsoft Exchange and a hybrid of the two. It racks it up to the ~60% cost savings of the hybrid offering, its reseller program and business users being partial to Microsoft...
AppZero Extends OS-Free Application Virtualization Technology to Desktop
AppZero on Wednesday announced extension of its OS-free application virtualization technology to the desktop. First to market with technology that packages server applications as Virtual Application Appliances (VAAs) – pre-installed, preconfigured applications that are ready to execute...
Ex-CA Sales Chief Draws ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card
Three-and-a-half years after being sent up the river, CA’s former sales chief Stephen Richards, 45, is going to get sprung early. His seven-year sentence for his part in inflating CA’s revenues by backdating sales contracts in the company’s multibillion-dollar security fraud has been r...
The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1-4, 2010) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem.
Cloud Migration Made Easy
Racemi will announce software to move server images and applications from on-premises data centers to cloud computing resources like Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Rackspace and Terremark. The company is a Silver sponsor of the Cloud Expo West. Racemi's easy-to-integrate OEM automation technolog...
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Cloud Infrastructure Matters
Cloud computing is fundamentally about adding abstraction and then using that abstraction to simplify IT management and speed, and bringing new applications and business services online. If you think of virtualization as abstracting computer hardware, you can think of cloud computing a...


Articles & Feature Stories
Red Hat Aims RHEL6 at the Cloud
Red Hat Wednesday formally launched RHEL6, the next major revision of its operating system, three years and some after RHEL5. And, yes, before you anticipate what comes next, it wants the thing to be the “bellwether foundation” of private and public clouds – and of course their handmaiden virtualization – while at the same time eroding Microsoft (its only other real competitor, it says) and replacing more Unix (thwack, take that Oracle and your Solaris ambitions). It’s supposed to deliver pretty much the same performance in the data center, the cloud, physical or virtual. The company calculates that it’s taken 600 man-years for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 to get here and says it was built with next-generation cloud infrastructure in mind.
Cloud Computing: Cloud.com Partners with Red Hat
Cloud.com, a provider of open source private and public cloud computing software, on Wednesday announced that Cloud.com CloudStack will provide support for the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating platform, which provides a strong foundation for today's cloud deployments. This new support enables enterprises and service providers to take advantage of recent advancements around virtualization, performance and security from one of the world’s most trusted IT platforms and extend it into the cloud using their existing applications or management tools. “Cloud.com is a driving force behind the development and innovation of open source cloud computing platforms,” said Jim Totton, vice president, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat. “With both of our companies' leadership in the cloud computing market, coupled with our shared vision of bringing enterprise-ready open source technologies to ...
Informatica to Support Hadoop
Informatica said Tuesday that it’s partnering with Hadoop commercializer Cloudera to connect with the Hadoop Distributed File System by way of Sqoop interfaces. The integration, which should make Hadoop and the ability to tear through Big Data more popular, is supposed to convert mappings defined in Informatica’s development environment into a combination of MapReduce functions and User Defined Functions (UDFs) that will be executed on Hadoop’s data-intensive distributed computing environment. Informatica says it will be easier to combine the structured data of transactions with reams of social data for interactions for all-important new insights. It suggests users will be able to understand customer behavior and preferences from weblogs, call detail records, click-stream analysis and digital content.
StratusLab Releases Open Source Cloud Solution for Grid Infrastructures
The StratusLab project has just released the first version of its cloud computing distribution, which aims to provide a full cloud solution for grid and cluster computing. Funded through the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the two-year StratusLab project aims to integrate ‘cloud computing' technologies into ‘grid' infrastructures. Grids link computers and data that are scattered across the globe to work together for common goals, whilst cloud computing makes software platforms or virtual servers available as a service over the Internet, usually on a commercial basis, and provides a way for organisations to access computing capacity without investing directly in new infrastructure. Linking grid and cloud technologies will result in major benefits for European academic research and is part of the European Commission strategy to develop European computing infrastructures....
Google Apps Reseller Raises $2.6m
Cloud Sherpas, an authorized Google Apps reseller, has gotten $1.6 million in Series A-1 financing from Syncarpha Capital, Vento Security Holdings and its own CEO’s investment vehicle Hallett Capital to go on top of the million dollars in Series A funding it got in May. It says it’s migrated over 600,000 enterprise users to Google Apps and means to use the money to move more accounts from on-premise platforms like Exchange, Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise to the cloud with Google Apps and Google Apps Engine. It claims implementation sizes of 75–75,000 users, with average deployments of around 2,000 seats.
IBM Launches Government Clouds
IBM launched a new private multi-tenant Federal Community Cloud (FCC). It plans to add Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service offerings to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service widgetry soon. IBM also announced a Municipal Shared Services Cloud for state and local governments. It uses a combination of data analytics and Software as a Service to integrate software from multiple software vendors and web-based applications onto the platform. IBM is working with the New York Conference of Mayors and the Michigan Municipal League to coordinate the participation of their members in pilot testing the new service.
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Cloud Expo 2009 Europe Opening Keynote by GoodData

In this presentation Roman Stanek, a technology visionary who has spent the past fifteen years building world-class technology companies, will talk about what it means to be 'born on the cloud.' Specifically Roman will share with delegates his thoughts on how to use cloud computing as a technical design center; how to take advantage of the economics of cloud computing in building and operating cloud services; how to dramatically change customer adoption; and how to plan for the technical and operational scale that cloud computing makes possible.

Good Data - Collaborative Analytics On Demand
This presentation will describe how Good Data moved from concept to reality, demonstrating the importance of architecting for the cloud: how to conceptualize, design and build applications when cloud computing is a given.

VMware - Building Cloud Infrastructures with VMware vSphere
vSphere 4 is the industry’s first cloud operating system, transforming datacenters into dramatically simplified environments to enable the next generation of flexible, reliable IT services. Combining VMware’s industry leading virtualization technology and experience, VMware vSphere delivers uncompromising control, with greater efficiency, while preserving customer choice.

Sun Microsystems - The Sun Cloud: Sun's Public Cloud Computing Service
Cloud Computing is empowering users like never before, giving them access to massive amounts of compute power and storage capacity, on- demand and in real time. This session will outline Sun's vision and strategy for cloud computing, highlighting the Sun Cloud - Sun's Public Cloud Service that leverages a broad range of Sun's innovative hardware and software technology and products. An overview presentation and practical demonstrations / demos will showcase how cloud-based compute and storage resources enable users to deploy applications quickly, easily and inexpensively..

The Time is Right for Enterprise Cloud Computing
During his keynote, Rich Marcello, Senior Vice President of Unisys, will discuss the latest technologies and approaches that help knock down these barriers, creating the opportunity for attendees to now consider cloud managed services as part of their data center journey to secure "IT as a Service".

Accelerating Innovation with Cloud Computing
Join Shelton Shugar, Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing at Yahoo! for a keynote elaborating on how Yahoo! and consumers benefit from Yahoo! Cloud Services and will describe Yahoo! Cloud Services and technologies.

Cloud Expo Breaking News
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Opens: Showcasing Virtualization & Cloud Computing
While the promise of lower IT costs, greater scalability and more flexible computing are hard to ignore, amid all the noise many CTOs and IT managers are finding it increasingly difficult to understand the signal of how best to take advantage of Cloud Computing – or even how to get started.
Building a cloud alone is a challenge. But building a cloud that provides a hardware root of trust and that is also power efficient is even more of a challenge. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Bill Cox, Director of Cloud Strategy, Intel Software Services Group, will be looking at the techniques and technologies to implement a secure cloud and one that is power efficient.
The industry conversation is all about cloud, but the real goal is the elusive transformation of IT into a business-ready service that is available on demand and as needed. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) leverages an open cloud computing approach that spans both internal, private clouds and public cloud offerings, giving users simple, self-service access and a feeling of control. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Joe Andrews, Group Manager, Product Marketing at VMware, will provide ...
At the 7th International Cloud Expo, Larry Carvalho, Principal at Robust Cloud LLC, will present a session on how ISVs and SIs can make money from cloud computing. Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to take advantage of cloud computing. As the 2010-11 Instructor of Cloud Expo's popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp, he has already led the New York and Prague bootcamps, receiving strong positive feedback from attendees a...
Cloud computing and SaaS offer a path to acquire customers more easily than selling packaged solutions. The cloud has ushered in the ability for enterprises, small businesses, start-ups and ISVs to address different target market segments and channels much more cost-effectively. In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Treb Ryan, CEO of OpSource, will discuss what it takes to use the cloud to develop a frictionless customer acquisition strategy from marketing, development, sign-up, ...
NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, managed messaging and managed cloud services, on Thursday announced that two of its senior executives will speak at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, which will be held November 1–4 in Santa Clara, CA. Denis Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, will present "Tales from Cloud 2.0 - a.k.a The Transactional Cloud" on November 2nd. Denis will also discuss the requirements for production-ready cloud environmen...
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Top Stories for Cloud Expo Europe

Kevin L Jackson launched the "Government Cloud Computing Journal" on Ulitzer. The online magazine offers stories and articles on the effective use of cloud computing technologies within the government domain. Kevin L. Jackson is a senior information technologist specializing in information technology solutions that meet critical Federal government operational requirements. Currently, he serves as Director, Business Development for Dataline, Inc., and editor of Government Cloud Computing e-zine. Kevin L. Jackson (right) with Cloud Computing Expo conference chair Jeremy Geelan before his presentation on Government Cloud Computing. About Ulitzer.com Initiating content coverage on any topic or launching a magazine at Ulitzer.com  is designed to be as easy as boiling an egg and doesn't take much longer. To become a Ulitzer author, anyone can fill out a simple author prof... (more)

Conference News & Updates
Cloud Expo 2010 West Extended to Four Days and 100,000 SqFt Show Floor
SYS-CON Events announced on Friday that Cloud Expo 2010 West, the 7th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, has been extended to four days from November 1-4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Cloud Expo 2010 West total show floor space increased from 20,000 sq. ft. in 2009 to over 100,000 sq. ft. in 2010 including the expo floor. The expo floor will be open for four full days, November 1-4, 2010, in the Grand Ballrooms A through H. Half of the Cloud Expo 2010 West exhibit space had already sold out during the last West Coast event in November 2009. Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event since 2007, and is held five times a year, in New York City, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Cloud Expo November 1-4, 2010 Santa Clara Sponsor Publicity Program Announced!
By employing the most effective and powerful marketing tools in tech media for more than 15 years, SYS-CON Events, Inc. and Cloud Expo, Inc. intensively pre-publicize Cloud Expo 2010 West - Santa Clara via an unmatched number of channels. Cloud Expo, Inc. publicity platforms include multiple news syndication channels, more than a dozen Ulitzer.com channels, multiple Twitter feeds that are amplified to hundreds of thousands of followers, as well as Cloud Expo's "Most Powerful Cloud Bloggers" platform with millions of page views at http://CloudComputingExpo.com. The event is streamed live to more than 50,000 concurrent viewers at any given time throughout the three days. All key media outlets, technology journalists, and press are VIP-invited to Cloud Expo 2010 West - Santa Clara. SYS-CON.TV produces and broadcasts the most viewed tech interviews with movers and shakers and simulcasts "Power Panels" right from the show floor!
Cloud Expo Is the New PC Expo, Comdex and InternetWorld
This year's West Coast conference attracted 2,250 delegate, more than double a year ago. As far as the expo floor goes, out of 50 sponsors and exhibitors, 46 companies confirmed during the conference that they will participate in the 2010 Cloud Computing Expo at the same or higher level. At SYS-CON Media we see our inventories are filling up to 100% capacity for the months of November, December, and January, and we are seeing better-than-normal RFP activity for the first quarter of 2010.
Cloud Expo "Power Panel" Live from Times Square in New York
Learn about the trajectory of Cloud Computing - where it came from, where it is today, and where it's headed tomorrow - direct from four Enterprise IT industry experts: Greg O'Connor, CEO of AppZero; Tony Bishop, CEO of Adaptivity; K. Scott Morrison, CTO of Layer 7 Technologies; and Marty Gauvin, CEO of Virtual Ark. Moderated by Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, this "Power Panel" was recorded at the Times Square studio of SYS-CON.TV in connection with 5th Cloud Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), held recently in New York City...the Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World.
The World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers Live on Cloud Expo Website!
Ulitzer.com announced "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo, which drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend.
The Secret Behind The Incredible Growth of Cloud Expo
I can't comprehend that any event producer anywhere in the world today would answer this question by picking any one of the five available options presented. "A leading tool?" What do you mean by "a leading tool?" What other tools would you possibly have in this day and age? This question, the survey itself and its participants belong to the last decade. I personally don't use email anymore; I communicate through "Twitter." We don't do press releases unless we have to; we tweet stories to our roughly 12,000 followers in 8 channels. The news gets amplified to hundreds of thousands instantly. Even during Cloud Expo, we reach more people by Twitter than the announcements we make through loudspeakers in the convention centers. I would love to contact the people who are conducting this survey and ask them if any company answered their first question as "don't really consider it." In an age where I personally hail a cab at an airport through Twitter, I can't possibly comprehend which century bubble those people might be living in.
Further cementing its position as The Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World, the organizers of the 7th Cloud Expo, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, announced today that the event will also feature – on November 2nd, 2010 – a CloudCamp unconference. CloudCamp @ Cloud Expo is aimed at anyone working with, or interested in working with, cloud technologies. "With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place where we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions," said CloudCamp co-founder Dave Nielsen, who will personally be facilitating the process on site at the Jacob Javits. "At CloudCamp," Nielsen continued, "participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing."
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is becoming one of the next industry buzz words. It joins the ranks of terms including: grid computing, utility computing, virtualization, clustering, etc. Cloud computing overlaps some of the concepts of distributed, grid and utility computing, however it does have its own meaning if contextually used correctly. The conceptual overlap is partly due to technology changes, usages and implementations over the years. Trends in usage of the terms from Google searches shows Cloud Computing is a relatively new term introduced in the past year. There has also been a decline in general interest of Grid, Utility and Distributed computing. Likely they will be around in usage for quit a while to come. But Cloud computing has become the new buzz word driven largely by marketing and service offerings from big corporate players like Google, IBM and Amazon.
Oracle SVP Hasan Rizvi to Present Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
Hasan Rizvi, SVP Product Development at Oracle, will present the opening keynote on extreme performance for your cloud platform at SYS-CON's 7th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world. The growth and success of Cloud Computing will be on display at the upcoming Cloud Expo conference and exhibition in Santa Clara November 1-4 and in New York City Spring 2011.
Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop to Keynote at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley
Leading enterprises are revolutionizing the delivery of IT today. In his keynote on Day 2 of SYS-CON's 7th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, Tony Bishop, the CEO of Adaptivity, will showcase multiple case studies and lessons learned of Global 2000 organizations that have radically changing the delivery of IT in their organizations by employing Cloud Utility IT models. Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world. The growth and success of Cloud Computing will be on display at the upcoming Cloud Expo conference and exhibition in Santa Clara November 1-4 and in New York City Spring 2011.
Cloud Expo, Inc. Registers Worldwide Cloud Expo (TM) Trademark
Cloud Expo, Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West, Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud Expo Tokyo, Cloud Expo Prague, Cloud Expo Hong Kong, Cloud Expo Sao Paolo are trademarks and /or registered trademarks (USPTO serial number 85009040) of Cloud Expo, Inc.
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The World's 30 Most influential Cloud Bloggers
Cloud Expo on Ulitzer
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Dustin Amrhein 11 Kevin Hoffman 21 Greg O'Connor
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Ezhil Babaraj 12 Alin Irimie 22 Maureen O'Gara
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Tony Bishop 13 Kevin Jackson 23 Mark O'Neill
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Reuven Cohen 14 Fuat Kircaali 24 Bill Roth
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Ernest de Leon 15 David Linthicum 25 Ellen Rubin
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David Dean 16 Lori MacVittie 26 John Savageau
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Ray DePena 17 Bill McColl 27 Michael Sheehan
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Dana Gardner 18 Paul Miller 28 Roman Stanek
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John Gauntt 19 Louis Naugès 29 John Treadway
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Jeremy Geelan 20 Greg Ness 30 Alan Williamson

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Architecture Is Destiny
The way things evolved, you started with an application, and integrations were an afterthought; they got bolted on. ... They kept on adding more and more and more layers of vendors, and the more the poor enterprise IT customers are trying to peel it, the more they start crying -- crying in terms of maintenance and maintenance dollars.
Canadian Cloud Roadmap – Next Steps for Microsoft Cloud Solutions
As I have been profiling we are now very active in developing a ‘Microsoft Cloud Solutions’ portfolio, aka a Microsoft-based ‘Cloud in a Box’ for those who wish to roll their own Azure and cater for local markets. We will be packaging this for the Government sector as the method of tailoring, and also as [...]
Silanis and Aberdeen Group Discuss E-Signatures in E-Contracting
I had the good fortune of co-hosting a webcast with Peter Ostrow, Research Director, Sales Effectiveness at Aberdeen Group at the end of September to discuss what impact replacing one’s pen and paper contracting process with an all-electronic process has on an organization’s bottom line. (You can access the recording here.) Peter reviewed some of the impressive findings from Aberdeen’s recent research report during the webcast, including how e-signatures have enabled some companies to increase ...
CloudSpark!
One of the segments we’re designing into the Microsoft Cloud Solutions portfolio is a program for software development entrepreneurs. Obviously a natural fit for Cloud Ventures! Our initial brand idea for this is the Cloud Computing version of BizSpark, ie CloudSpark. If you’re on Linkedin you can join in the discussion here to help formulate the product spec for this. You need to join the Bizspark group to see the thread. You don’t have to use Linkedin, you can post ideas here too.
Cloud-Based Collaborative Business Commerce Solutions
Now, with the cloud solutions, there is very little IT on either end. I'd imagine that it's even easier now than it was with the paper system before, because we can communicate to their end-users that we’re out here, and we’re ready to be bought from. Businesses are increasingly using cloud and e-commerce to improve how they do sales, marketing, and online transactions. One smaller company, Tampa-based MarkMaster, has quickly moved to nearly all-paperless sales transactions, found new custom...
The Best Day to Blog Experiment – Day 2
If you missed yesterday’s blog entry, welcome to The Best Day to Blog Experiment; you are now a participant.  As I mentioned just one day ago, I’ve come across many stories about when is the best day/time to get the most readership exposure from a blog post and I figured I’d do my own little [...]
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Past SYS-CON Events
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    Cloud Expo West
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    Virtualization Expo West
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    Cloud Expo Europe
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Cloud Expo 2010 Allstar Conference Faculty

SARWAL
Oracle

COFFEE
Salesforce

KHAN
Sybase

BISHOP
Adaptivity

MALCOLM
Abiquo

KHALIDI
Microsoft

RILEY
AWS

AZUA
IBM

BARRETO
Intel

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Novell

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RightScale

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Virtual Ark

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Google

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Navisite
 


 
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Citrix Systems
 


 
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Myriadtech