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If you're in D.C, then you should not be missing it. Computer applications and data storage increasingly are moving from the desktop to the remote servers that make up "the cloud." But despite the popularity and convenience of these new services, cloud computing is still not widely understood. What do users really know about working in the cloud? Are data and applications secure in cyberspace? As part of the ongoing "Google D.C. Talks" series, the Pew Internet & American Life Project will release a new research report on "Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services," assessing consumer attitudes about cloud computing. Experts on cloud computing and privacy, as well as a representative of a leading cloud computing company, Salesforce.com, will respond to the new report and share their own views on this new computing model. Presenter: John Horrigan, Associate Direc... (more)

VMWare Goes Open Source, VDI

In a rather sudden and bold move VMware has open sourced their client for virtual desktop infrastructure client called the VMware View Open Client (no I'm not dyslexic, that's the name). This announcement could have drastic ramifications within the VDI ecosystem. Also surprising is that it's hosted at Google Code, which could indicate something brewing between the two. The VMware VOC lets you connect from a Linux desktop to remote Windows desktops managed by VMware View. It is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1). (Personally I would have preferred to see GPL3.0, but beggars can't be choosers) According to the release, the VDI client has been optimized for thin client devices and is encouraged for use by thin client partners applications and devices. Partners are encouraged to use this open source software to develop clients f... (more)

Kevin L. Jackson Launches "Government Cloud Computing Journal" on Ulitzer

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)

Facepalm: Google Wave Choice of XMPP Not the Death of HTTP

Okay, folks, it’s time to stop declaring the death of protocols/technologies prematurely. Please? Especially when such proclamations are clearly not representative of reality. From ElasticVapor :: Life in the Cloud In Google's announcement what I found most fascinating was the protocol they choose for the basis of their new realtime vision. It wasn't HTTP but instead XMPP was selected as the foundation for this decentralized and interoperable vision. What this means in very simple terms is Google has declared the HTTP protocol is dead, an inefficient relic of the past. A protocol that was never designed with the requirements for the reality of a global realtime cloud. [emphasis added] If you dig into the Google WAVE Embed API code far enough, you’ll get to a core RPC/gadget library that clearly indicates the API is still taking advantage of HTTP. It’s using XMLHttp... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

IBM Adds to its Cloud Repertoire

Figuring that the cloud may be the “most significant shift in technology since the outset of the Internet,” IBM is moving to ensure it gets its piece of what could be a $66 billion business in three years. It’s taking a workload-by-workload approach. To start, it’s targeting the enterprise – meaning big, largely Blue accounts – with offers of a virtual desktop – either a Microsoft desktop or some stand-in – and the widgetry to move test and development to the cloud. Dr Kristof Kloeckner keynoted at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo in New York City Unlike Amazon, IBM’s not interested in the individual developer; it wants all of a major account’s test and development, which it argues absorbs 30%-50% of a company’s infrastructure though 90% of the time it’s idle. Blue says its widgetry is based on two years of research and hundreds of client engagements. There’s no ment... (more)

Cloud Services Interest Erupts in Groundswell

The anticipated benefits from adopting managed cloud services have reached the executives suites of many corporations. Proactive CEOs and CFOs are pushing their IT leadership team to seek out actionable information and guidance. There's also a constant stream of service providers announcing new offerings -- and the momentum is becoming a global phenomenon. As a result, Forrester Research has witnessed an expanding number of client inquiries around cloud computing. The acceleration in market development has been building for some time now. Forrester analysts responded to more than 264 client inquiries about cloud computing between January 2008 and April 1, 2009 from companies of all sizes and industries. IT Teams are Adopting Cloud Strategies Once considered a niche business technology where awareness was viewed as optional, Forrester now says that knowledge of cloud c... (more)

Navigating the Cloud: Security Solutions

As you navigate the cloud, you may be asking about: Securing your data outside your firewall Unauthorized visibility to your data in a shared computing environment Unintentional cloud administration errors Potential cloud providers' security expertise If you are, Unisys can provide you with the level of security and the experience you need to protect your business in the cloud. To learn about our unique patent-pending security solution, register here to view a high-level demonstration of how Unisys secures the cloud. Click Here to View This Demo Now! ... (more)

Cloud Computing Adoption - Part 1 of 5

When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited. Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds rarely seen with any major technological evolution. As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you? What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know what you don't know about cloud computing? First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity. In the cloud, most of the technology you had to deal with in the past now remains behind the scenes. What used to be command lines and code is, in many cases, replaced with a lot of pointing and clicking. Second, cloud computing is about flexibility. With cloud-based solutions, you can add ... (more)

Seeding the Cloud: The Future of Data Management

PowerBuilder Session at Cloud Expo Doing more with less is a familiar refrain for IT professionals, and today's challenging business environment has only increased the pressure on managers to achieve efficiencies, maximize performance and improve responsiveness of the data center. More and more frequently, IT is turning to virtualization to accomplish its mission-critical goals. The hot new trend in cloud computing is a natural extension of this drive toward virtualization. In the case of the public cloud, IT can add processing power and infrastructure as needed, and in the case of the private cloud, IT can improve the utilization of existing infrastructure. In other words, cloud computing platforms offer IT the opportunity to increase efficiencies and become more agile, transforming the data center into an environment that delivers greater benefits to end-users. ... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)