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Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including "Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing," "Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track. Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being extended too, unt... (more)

The Cloud Vendor and the Agnostic Intermediary

Abstract: This is Part II in a blog series by 6fusion Co-founder and CEO John Cowan on the emerging trend of Cloud Brokerage and the impact it will have on the technology industry and markets. Be sure to check out Part I of the series here. Part II – The Cloud Vendor and the Agnostic Intermediary I gave a presentation a few months back in which I opened with the following statement:  The future of cloud computing has little to do with technology. Sounds crazy, right?  But before you send me to the virtual nuthouse, let me explain. What I think is unclear in the emerging Cloud Broker business model is the demarcation point between the business of compute and the technical organization of compute.  The era of Cloud Brokerage will see these two concepts treated and considered as two distinct threads.   The technical organization of compute is what the myriad of cloud ... (more)

Piston to Field an OpenStack to Play With

Piston Cloud is about to release Airframe, a cut-down version of its Piston Enterprise OpenStack platform built so business users have a free way to evaluate and get comfortable with OpenStack in a pre-production environment. It's supposed to be ideal in pilot deployments, proof of concept and lab environments. The bare-metal cloud management platform is said to install in less than 10 minutes - which, if true, is probably remarkable - and deliver all the core OpenStack services including compute, storage, networking and cloud management. The company says it was designed to fill the gap between the OpenStack framework and Piston Enterprise OpenStack, its production-ready and supported OpenStack distribution. Evidently before Airframe, it wasn't possible to evaluate all of the core OpenStack services without installing and configuring several different systems. Wi... (more)

What Is Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC)?

At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC). This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network, security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver greater value to the business. As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about how this will impact the market, how it will affect IT organizations. Wikibon did a nice job providing their view on "Software-led Infrastructure". It's one of many attempts that I've seen to start trying to put a scope around this concept. Some portions are agreed upon, while others are creating some headaches. I creat... (more)

Cloud Computing the Most Valuable IT Job Skill: Survey

Having cloud skills will help pay the bills, according to a recent study. Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology revealed cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today. Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39 percent of respondents citing it as the most important. Security (37 percent) and project management skills (33 percent) were the next popular, with virtualization (29 percent) and network administration (27 percent) rounding out the top five, according to an article on Cloudcomputingnews.net. Coding and development skills were mentioned. Although not as popular; knowledge of C# was cited by 15 percent of those polled, compared to 13 percent who said Java. This translates into the hiring of staff, according to the research. Nearly half (41 percent) of IT dire... (more)

App Proxy or ADC? By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

App Proxy or ADC? Choosing between BIG-IP and LineRate isn't as difficult as it seems.... Our recent announcement of the availability of LineRate Point raised the same question over and over: isn't this just a software-version of BIG-IP? How do I know when to choose LineRate Point instead of BIG-IP VE (Virtual Edition)? Aren't they the same?? No, no they aren't. LineRate Point (and really Line Rate Precision, too) is more akin to an app proxy while BIG-IP VE remains, of course, an ADC (Application Delivery Controller). That's not even pedantry, it's core to what each of the two solutions supports - both in their capabilities, their extensibility, and the applications they're designed to deliver services for. Platforms and Proxies First, let's remember that an ADC is a platform; that is, it's a software system supporting extensibility through modules. That's why we ha... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Rackspace Adds Virtualization to IT Hosting Portfolio

Rackspace announced its virtualization initiative, starting with the enterprise-class support of dedicated virtualized servers. Virtualization is the newest service offering signaling Rackspace’s shift to IT hosting, transforming traditional IT functions into consumable services via the web. As more enterprises transition from purchasing in-house computing assets to leveraging service providers, Rackspace now offers a suite of hosted IT services that are more reliable and provide better value, including virtualization, hosted mail, custom application support, back-end IT and storage.     Rackspace’s virtualization platform, built on VMware’s third-generation virtualization software suite, pushes virtualization to the next level in order to support mission-critical, production systems. Customers using virtualization can gain flexibility and scalability in their in... (more)

Rackspace Announces Full Suite of Cloud Hosting Offers

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leading hosting services provider, today unveiled its cloud hosting strategy which extends the company’s technology and service leadership to cloud hosting. In support of its new cloud hosting strategy, the company announced it has agreed to acquire Slicehost and Jungle Disk, and has established relationships with Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) and Sonian Networks to provide more robust service offerings. Today’s announcement will be made at a customer event hosted at the Austin City Limits stage which can be viewed via live video stream at www.rackspacecloudevent.com. “Cloud computing offers tremendous benefits to our customers that complement our traditional managed hosting services,” said Lanham Napier, CEO, Rackspace Hosting. “Being a leader in hosting means being a leader in the cloud. Today, we made clear o... (more)

Rackspace Unveils Cloud Servers API

Erik Carlin from Rackspace sent me a heads up that the new Rackspace CS API is now live. In the email he also noted that they are planning to open source both the Servers and Files API specifications later in a separate announcement. According to the CS API press release; The Rackspace Cloud solicited feedback and conducted intensive testing with its partners and cloud developers to help ensure that the community shaped the API. With today’s announcement, users now have control panel and programmatic access to the company’s cloud infrastructure services: Cloud Servers, Cloud Files and Slicehost. The Cloud Servers API will introduce four new features including: Server Metadata – Supply server-specific metadata when an instance is created that can be accessed via the API. Server Data Injection – Specify files when instance is created that will be injected into the server... (more)

Cloud Computing News: Week 20 to 26 July 2009

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - Unisys & #CloudComputing: Exclusive Q&A with Rich Marcello http://bit.ly/JmBad (via @cloudnomics) #Security & #Privacy are big concerns... - Sun Microsystems view on #CloudComputing: http://bit.ly/1cm61n - List of advantages of #CloudComputing http://bit.ly/X8mKB (via @CloudMarkets) ME: and list of advantages vs risks: http://bit.ly/oBwga - How is Your Cloud Computing Provider Doing? http://bit.ly/nXWYM (via @cloudysaas) - The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate... and which become more valuable? http://bit.ly/UNp9U - Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) market to grow to $15.2 B in global sales by 2016 according to Forrester (via @MCFTechnology @AmericanUnit) - Jericho Forum Collaboration Oriented Architecture Position Paper http://bit.ly/1h5Er (via @Capgemini) - Cloud security de... (more)