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Mysterious, comforting, scary, and attractive are all possible adjectives to describe a cloud. Interestingly enough, this is true of all kinds of clouds, from the meteorological to the computing. During the last few years, we have a seen a proliferation of clouds forming from every corner of the Internet. Nowadays, it is very rare to see any Internet technology presentation without at least a few clouds. So is cloud computing simply vaporware, or something tangible? While the name might be “buzzy”, cloud computing is in fact a real phenomenon and does create great technological and business value. In fact, cloud computing is another step in the evolution of computing abstraction. First, hardware got abstracted with operating systems, then the user interface with the browser, and now, with cloud computing, the network is abstracted. Simply put, cloud computing allow... (more)

The Economics of Cloud Computing Analyzed

Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer The President's budget for fiscal year 2010 (FY10) includes $75.8B in information technology (IT) spending, which is a 7-percent increase from FY09. Of this, at least $20B will be spent on IT infrastructure investments. [1] The FY11 budget for IT is projected to be nearly $88B. The government is actively seeking ways to reduce IT costs, and the FY10 budget request highlights opportunities for the federal government to achieve significant long-term cost savings through the adoption of cloud computing technologies: "Of the investments that will involve up-front costs to be recouped in outyear savings, cloud-computing is a prime case in point. The Federal Government will transform its Information Technology Infrastructure by virtualizing data centers, consolidating data centers and operations, and ultimately adopting a cloud-computi... (more)

Call for papers: VTDC-09

Call for Papers 3rd International Workshop on Virtualization Technologies in Distributed Computing (VTDC-09) http://grid-appliance.org/vtdc09 In conjunction with ICAC 2009 Barcelona, Spain, June 15 2009 Workshop scope: Virtualization has proven to be a powerful enabler in the field of distributed computing and has led to the emergence of the cloud computing paradigm and the provisioning of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). This new paradigm raises challenges ranging from performance evaluation of IaaS platforms, through new methods of resource management including providing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and energy- and cost-efficient schedules, to the emergence of supporting technologies such as virtual appliance management. For the last three years, the VTDC workshop has served as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences studying the challenges and opp... (more)

CSC and Terremark target US Government with Cloud Computing

Today's announcement by CSC reinforced the strong wave of cloud computing towards the Federal space. Ranked by Washington Technology Magazine as 9th largest (by contract dollar value) government... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ... (more)

RightScale Supports Ubuntu in the Clouds

RightScale, the cloud manager, says it can now fully support Ubuntu Server with its Cloud Management Platform on cloud infrastructures such as Amazon EC2. Since Ubuntu is such a fast-growing Linux distribution, RightScale anticipates that the Ubuntu community will be increasingly active in cloud development. The RightScale Platform now includes a suite of pre-built cloud-ready ServerTemplates for Ubuntu that cover common server configurations - such as scalable web and application arrays, database clusters and grids - and make it easier to deploy, manage and dynamically scale even complex, multi-cloud applications on the automated RightScale Platform. ... (more)

Security Looms Large as Major Cloud Computing Issue for Enterprise IT

With Sun's Open Cloud Platform announced today, the industry took one step closer toward virtual private data centers being a reality. But one key aspect that enterprises must quickly get up to speed on is not only how to protect clusters of servers to the cloud with a security perimeter. Anyone serious about deploying Enterprise IT to the cloud must understand the unique characteristics of cloud security and the challenges specific to compliance and governance. This is widely understood in the industry. Patrick Kerpan, for example, CTO of CohesiveFT, comments: "According to leading industry analysts, security is one of the gating factors preventing Enterprise adoption of cloud solutions. This session will outline key considerations when evaluating virtual cloud solutions and explore how companies can secure their assets in the cloud." And Omer Trajman, Director of F... (more)

Hosted Solutions Executives to Speak at SaaS Conference

Hosted Solutions (www.hostedsolutions.com), the East Coast’s premier provider of IT infrastructure as a service (IaaS), today announced that two of its top executives will be featured speakers at a regional conference on Software as a Service (SaaS). The conference will be conducted by UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics, as the first in its new “Emerging Issues in Information Technology” seminar series.  It is designed to help buyers better understand the security, legal, performance and technical issues associated with the adoption of this technology. The seminar will feature remarks from Chris “Kip” Turco, Hosted Solutions’ Chief Operating Officer, and Josh Wolff, the company’s regional manager in Charlotte.  Turco, a veteran of technology leaders such as Motricity and SunGard Availability Services, as well as a graduate of the U.S. Military A... (more)

Sun To Build Clouds

Sun means to go into the cloud building business Monday. It’s supposed to announce a new portfolio of professional services aimed at businesses of all sizes called the Cloud Strategic Planning Service at the CommunityOne West conference in San Francisco. Its consultants are supposed to help clients evaluate, plan and implement advanced cloud strategies – both public and private – that can result in significant cost savings and flexibility. Sun's cloud computing supremo, Dave Douglas, delivered a Keynote at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo recently in New York City The service will evaluate customer cloud readiness and opportunities in four key areas: business, organization/culture, technology and IT environments then deliver a set of recommendations and plans for a solution that meets the organization’s business and IT objectives. VP of services marketing Amy O’Connor... (more)

NetSuite Takes Aim at On-Premise ERP VARS

SAN MATEO, Calif. — March 2, 2010 —NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computing business management software suites, today announced an aggressive new channel sales program, including a 100% margin offer, designed to enable channel businesses to meet customer demand for modern cloud-based solutions while migrating their current business models painlessly. The NetSuite SP100 Program brings together all the ingredients solution providers need to reinvigorate their businesses, incorporating NetSuite’s industry-leading cloud computing business management software suite with sales and technical training, ongoing marketing support and a limited-time offer of 100% margin on first-year license subscriptions. The program should have particular appeal to channel businesses that are struggling to reverse steadily declining revenue streams due to sagging demand... (more)

There Will Be a Grid of Clouds

Since 2007, when the term cloud computing came into popularity, we have a vision about the future of Grid and Cloud Computing as fully complementary technologies that will coexist and cooperate at different levels of abstraction in e-infrastructures. Pioneering blog posts like Grid and Clouds are Complementary Technologies, A Virtual Infrastructure Layer for Cluster and Grid Computing or Moving Jobs or Moving the Nodes anticipate the full virtualization of Grid sites, the benefits of hybrid Cloud computing for Grid sites or the use of Grid services to federate Cloud sites. Presentations like From Grids to Cloud Services predict the future of compute Grid infrastructures, from infrastructures for sharing basic Grid services to infrastructures for sharing raw resources. I think that this perspective, controversial at that time, was, in part, result of our participat... (more)

Software AG Acquires Terracotta Inc.

Software AG on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Terracotta Inc. This acquisition will allow Software AG to provide innovative cloud solutions and dramatically increase the performance and scalability of its Business Process Excellence platform. Terracotta’s product portfolio provides leading edge in-memory technology and is the de facto caching standard for enterprise Java. Terracotta’s in-memory processing will provide the foundation technology for Software AG’s cloud offerings. With in-memory data access up to 1,000 times faster than database access, this will enable Software AG to increase revenue with existing and new customers through significantly larger business process excellence projects encompassing complex event processing, mobile technology, cloud distribution and virtualization. The acquisition also extends Sof... (more)