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Before we get to carried away with the cloud computing dream lets talk about the fundamental challenges in the network (manual labor and kludge) that may have a substantial impact on the shape of cloud computing, at least in the enterprise. Newspapers were originally fed on presses manually one sheet at a time.  Telephones were once connected via legions of operators connecting callers (one at a time) with cables and plugs; and today computer networks are still managed by legions of manual administrators who configure network appliances and manage IP addresses as endpoints are added or moved or networks are acquired.   Yet can cloud computing really take that pain away? How cloud evolves will be partly driven by technical limitations and partly by business case economics; and the way in which cloud is adopted may have a significant impact on the market caps of a hos... (more)

Yahoo! Named “Platinum Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Yahoo!, a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide, was named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. Founded in 1995, Yahoo! has evolved into leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information. Today, Yahoo! is one of the world's largest global online networks of integrated services with more than 500 million users worldwide. The company is headquartered in Sunnyv... (more)

How the Cloud Aids Supply Chain Recalls

This week brought an excellent example of how cloud-based services can meet business goals better than traditional IT and process management approaches. 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 product recalls. You may remember recent food recalls that hurt customers, sellers, suppliers and manufacturers -- potentially irreparably. There have been similar issues with products or public health outbreaks. The only way to protect users is to identify the risks, warn the communities and public, and remove the hazards. It demands a tremendous amount of coordination and adjustment, often without an initial control source or authority. The k... (more)

Zetta Wrestles, Claims To Pin Down the Data Demon

There are clouds, and then there are storage clouds. A Florida outfit called Zetta, which thinks it can capitalize on the “Perfect Data Storm” currently lashing everybody, claims to have the first enterprise cloud storage service and claims to have altered the cloud storage landscape with its on-demand architecture. The widgetry, which Zetta says looks and performs like a local network-mounted file server, supports all the unstructured data types such as active file archives, home directories, data migrations, media storage for online distribution and data warehouse extensions that it believes are unserved by either NAS or Web 2.0 storage services. IDC ventures that Zetta could “usher in an era of cloud storage as an option for primary data.” Its widgetry is purpose-built for primary storage. If nothing else it’s an alternative to tape. The company is targeting mid... (more)

VMware Goes Head-to-Head with EC2

The easiest way to build a bridge between private and public clouds is to own both ends of the bridge, which is exactly what VMware is proposing to do with a scheme it calls vCloud Express. VMware figures it’s got the internal private cloud covered with its vSphere widgetry. Now it’s started building from the other side and has recruited a bunch of services providers to build external or public clouds that instantly connect with VMware-based widgetry, rapidly provisioning the stuff on-demand and asking users only to pay for what they use by the hour with a credit card à la Amazon, all managed by the same tools like, say, RightScale’s migration skills. Poof! It’s nominally solved the interoperability and portable issues associated with clouds – though not the proprietary lock-in – and dodged the problem of making it necessary for an application to be written speci... (more)

Adaptivity Chairman and CEO Launches His Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer

Adaptivity Chairman and CEO Tony Bishop launched today his Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer, Tony is the Founder and CEO of Adaptivity. As Chairman and CEO, Tony leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for our 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 Technology Group, where his team designed, built, and implemented a leading-edge service-oriented architecture and utility computing infrastructure. Tony and our team have been recognized by the industry with awards from InfoWorld, ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Waters, and Wall Street & Technology, amo... (more)

The People's Republic of Cloud Computing

I just got back from an action-packed week of meetings in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is one of the more exciting cities I've visited recently as they prepare for the World Expo in May as well as the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities. As a city Shanghai is a bustling modern metropolis. A city that in a little over thirty years has gone from a small village to mega city of more then 30 million people. In talking with the people I met in Shanghai I quickly came to realize that like myself, most people in Shanghai were not originally from there, most had recently moved there from other areas of China for "economic opportunities" the city now offers. Looking around the city you'll notice a level of wealth on par or better than most western cities. In a nutshell the reason I found myself in Shanghai was for the very reason the Chinese are now pouring into the the city, ... (more)

Google App Innovation for Healthcare – An Introduction to Google Cloud End Points

A headline theme for our upcoming seminar next week is ‘Google Apps for Healthcare’. It’s free to attend – Sign up here. Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning Our keynote speaker is Dennis Giokas, author of the recent Cloud Computing strategy document from Canada Health Infoway. One of the key messages of this strategy is the anticipated adoption of a ‘green field’ suite of new Cloud-based applications for new functions like Consent Management, and our session will focus on the opportunity this presents for Cloud entrepreneurs, to create and sell these new SaaS solutions. The challenges the organization has been addressing is identified and discussed in this Globe and Mail Report on Business supplement – Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning. This describes the very serious challenges Canada faces, how a lagging innovation capability directly translates into l... (more)

Research and Markets: Foundations 2009: Voice Self-Service Meets Web 2.0

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/1db6c7/foundations_2009) has announced the addition of the "Foundations 2009: Voice Self-Service Meets Web 2.0" report to their offering. Phone-based self-service has taken on new meaning as phones morph into multi-functional wireless devices and contact center functions are distributed throughout the globe. Conversational Access Technologies now involve asynchronous interaction among individuals using Web services over the phone lines. Adding the human touch to traditionally automated self-service activities gives companies the option to leverage existing staff and IT infrastructure or rationally outsource operations to managed or hosted service providers. Key Findings: This will be the final forecast for Conversational Access Technologies. Economic circumstances and architectural changes have chan... (more)

Inference Data Sponsors Panel Discussing Legal and Practical Implications of New Media in Electronic Discovery at The Masters Conference, October 14

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Inference Data President Nicholas Croce and Hughes Hubbard & Reed eDiscovery Counsel Mira Edelman will present a Masters Conference session addressing the impact of new media applications and platforms on the electronic discovery process. The session, "Beyond Email: Legal and Practical Implications of 21st Century ESI," will be held Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 am in the Ronald Regan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. Mira Edelman is a litigator with more than eight years' experience handling discovery matters in complex litigation and a founding member of the eDiscovery Committee of the Washington, D.C. Bar Association Litigation Section. Ms. Edelman has developed firm-wide "best practices" at Hughes Hubbard & Reed for handling eDiscovery, and managed various aspects of document review and production in fed... (more)

Cavium Networks Demonstrates Industry-Leading Price-Performance and Scalability for Enterprise and SMB Storage at Storage Networking World, Fall 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/12/09 -- Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless and video applications, today announced that it is demonstrating the processing power of the OCTEON(TM) multi-core MIPS64 storage processors at the Storage Networking World Conference, Oct. 12 - 15, in Phoenix, Arizona. OCTEON's Intelligent Storage Service Processors (SSP) are being designed into and targeted for an array of storage applications in the cloud infrastructure such as JBOD, NAS, iSCSI and FC SAN, Data De-Duplication, and VTL. Traditional storage system architectures utilize a centralized host processor for storage application processing along with JBODs. Currently there is unprecedented demand for virtualized, cloud computing sto... (more)