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If you are offended by Theoretical Computer Science, stop reading this now In describing my theory on the Cloud Multiverse, I may have missed the few obvious implications of using the prefix "multi" or consisting of more than one part or entity. Although the Cloud Multiverse thesis suggests there will be more then one internet based platform or cloud to choose from. It does little to describe how each of those clouds interact. For this we need another way to describe how each of these virtualized interconnected environments interact with one another. In place of "multi" I suggest we use the prefix "Meta" (from Greek: μετά = "after", "beyond", "with", "adjacent", "self"). I'd like to propose yet another term to describe the inter-relationships between the world of various internet connected technologies and platforms. What I'm calling "The Cloud MetaVerse" -- This concep... (more)

SOA & Cloud Computing To Intersect This Week at SOA World

Federal IT organizations across the DoD and IC are facing costly data storage and data processing challenges stemming from the vast amount of information they collect and analyze as a part of their mission. To effectively organize and utilize these growing information stores, enterprise applications must be capable of performing large-scale, data-intensive processing. Federal enterprise infrastructures supporting such applications are often inadequate to address these challenges, and IT organizations incur lost time and greater costs trying to scale resources to meet storage and computing demand. That is why Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), in partnership with the Government, led a research and development pilot to address these challenges by leveraging Service-Oriented Architecture approaches to facilitate on-demand resource provisioning to fold into current business proc... (more)

General Electric: Cloud Testing 1,2,3...

Nicholas Hoover informs us that General Electric is pilot testing the Cloud.  My take: if a company like GE takes cloud computing seriously, shouldn't you? To read more on this subject, check out my blog post here. ... (more)

IT Must Invest in Architecture and Engineering: Adaptivity CEO

Blueprint4IT on Ulitzer In this exclusive Q&A for SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal with Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, Tony Bishop - Founder & CEO of Adaptivity - discusses Adaptivity's "IT Transformation Factory" and their Cloud Computing strategy. Bishop gave a General Session at the 5th Cloud Expo in New York in April entitled "Understanding the Relationship Between Workloads and the Cloud." About Tony Bishop: As Chairman and CEO, he leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for Adaptivity's key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking ... (more)

Cloud BI & Amazon VPC

Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica.  One of the bigger objections to cloud BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission critical data to a public insecure cloud? With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at Amazon as they are in your data center.  Why wouldn’t you use the cloud for your BI needs? ... (more)

Cloud Expo New York to Attract More Than 8,000 Delegates

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 10th International Cloud Expo and the 1st Big Data Expo will take place June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. As at every Cloud Expo, we are offering in New York a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, our signature discussion "Power Panels" and a bustling Expo floor complete with two busy Demo Theaters so that as a delegate you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation. Just as Cloud and Big Data solutions will be side by side on the Expo floor, so they are in the conference program. We're including below a tiny sampler of the breakouts you can look forward to...and if you look at the welter of ... (more)

Big Data | Thinking Outside the Firewall

A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltwater as head of marketing and product (BTW Meltwater is hiring marketing and product managers!), I think a lot about big data and how to unleash it’s value to solve important business problems, because that is our business. How does big data go from “so what” to “must have”? The Big Data Challenge Big data is a by-product of the Internet and the ever increasing power of computers. Kind of like petroleum sludge. We know there must be great value buried within this vast, raw resource, but the challenge lies in figuring out how to turn it into something useful like plastic, or the other th... (more)

When Disaster Strikes, the Cloud Holds Answers – Part 2 of 3: The Rise of Both DR Concern and Cloud Adoption

5 out of 10 people in the cloud have experienced the benefit of disaster avoidance / recovery. Learn more in our survey of 1,257 cloud decision makers. In last week’s blog, I talked about how Evolve IP provided business continuity to The John Glover Agency so that its employees could work safely during Hurricane Sandy thanks to hosted IP phone system, hosted desktop and virtual server solutions. This week, let’s take a look at what a recent Evolve IP survey tells us about cloud adoption and concerns about business continuity and disaster recovery. According to a Dun & Bradstreet report, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy potentially affected some 1.5 million businesses located across 19 counties in the tri-state region. These businesses employ 9.3 million individuals across 1,000 different industries, all of whom were vulnerable to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.... (more)

RACKWISE Introduces Data Center Management as SaaS at AFCOM

RACKWISE offers enterprise class data center management software to data centers with less than 100 racks in the format of software as a service (SaaS). Visual Network Design Inc. (dba RACKWISE™), a leading provider of data center management software solutions that visualize, document, model, analyze and manage the physical infrastructure of the data center, unveils the release of its Data Center Manager solution in a software as a service (SaaS) model. Named RACKWISE OnDemand, this software service is designed for data centers with less than 100 racks. Released at this critical time when cost-containment is becoming front and center for data centers, RACKWISE OnDemand has been acknowledged by IT professionals across a wide spectrum of industries as a low-cost solution to the complexities of designing, organizing and managing a data center. “The largest segment of... (more)

Aricent Ranks in the Top 100 of the 2009 InformationWeek 500

MONARCH BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/09 -- Aricent™, a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications, today announced that it ranked in the top 100 in the 2009 InformationWeek 500 revealed on September 14, 2009 at a gala awards ceremony, part of the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA. Aricent's IT department was recognized by InformationWeek based on its ability to improve mobile communication and collaboration across the company's 8,000 global employees. By harnessing the latest in mobile chat and presence capabilities, and expanding the number of employees equipped with mobile devices, Aricent was able to reduce telecom costs by 25 percent. In addition, a recent survey conducted across the company found that IT is now being rated higher than ever before... (more)

QNAP Expands Its Popular Turbo NAS Lineup with Two New Mid-range NAS Servers for Business

PONOMA, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Video Players today expanded its Turbo NAS lineup with two new mid-range NAS servers targeted at SMB and corporate customers. The new TS-239 Pro II (2-drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4-drive model) incorporate the new Intel(R) Atom(TM) D410 single-core processor, which delivers up to 8TB of high performance, highly reliable networked storage coupled with the business- essential features of QNAP's ultra-high performance Business Series NAS servers. The TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II NAS servers are compatible with VMware's vSphere4 (ESX 4.0) virtualization platform, ideal for departmental file sharing, storage, and advanced server applications in the office environment. VMware's vSphere is the industry'... (more)