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Does Dell have a cloudy cloud strategy story (Part I)? By Greg Schulz This is first of a two-part post (click here for second post) that is part of ongoing industry trends and perspective cloud conversations series that looks at Dell and their cloud strategy story. For background, some previous Dell posts are found here, here, here and here. Here is a link that has video of the live Dell Storage Customer Advisory (CAP) panel that Dell asked me to moderate back in June that touches on some related themes and topics. Btw, fwiw and for disclosure Dell AppAssure is a site advertiser on storageioblog.com ;). Depending on your view of what is or is not a cloud service, product or solution, naturally you will then have various opinions of where Dell is at with their cloud strategy and story. If you consider object based storage to be part of or a component of private c... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Dallas – January 23 – 24, 2014

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Dallas – January 23 – 24, 2014 Thursday January 23, 2014-Friday January 24, 2014 Dallas Texas Venue TBD Price: $1,045.00 (including $250 early discount)   We offer additional discounts for groups of three or more people, government or non-profit employees, people who’ve taken a ZapThink class before, or individuals who are paying out of their own pocket. Please email us at info@zapthink.com for a discount code you can use when registering. ZapThink Enterprise Enterprise Cloud Computing Course: The Leading Vendor Independent, Architecture-Focused Cloud Training The Enterprise Cloud Computing course an intensive, two day “fire hose” of information that prepares you to leverage the Cloud to achieve real business value. We cut through the hype and separate what really works from the noise. Announcing the new version 3.0 of the course! ZapThink’... (more)

Show Report: Reality Check at 4th Cloud Expo

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The talk at the 4th Cloud Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so, who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are being tested? To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of its own somewhat out-of-control hype cycle. Since so much has been written and discussed about the cloud in 2009, there is now a growing impatience for actual results. The fact that 2000 people showed up at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week (double the number from last year’s show) suggests that at the very least, interest in enterprise cloud computing remains very real, and the need for practical solutions and use cases is growing more urgent. There was a growing concensus about a number of issues: 1. The hybrid model of on-prem data centers combined wit... (more)

Rackspace Open Cloud Offers Easily Scalable Computing

Rackspace has announced the unlimited availability of cloud databases and cloud servers powered by OpenStack, along with a powerful and streamlined new control panel. These solutions further expand Rackspace's broad cloud hosting portfolio, used today by more than 180,000 customers worldwide. These products mark the first time a company deployed a large-scale, open source public cloud powered by OpenStack. Customers can now select from private, public or hybrid offerings and have the flexibility to deploy their solutions in a Rackspace data center or another data center of their choice. Rackspace's open cloud products also give application developers and IT organizations in businesses large and small the ability to build, test and deploy applications in the cloud for the first time without being locked-in. The new Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack deliver increased e... (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)

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)

NetApp to Deliver Infrastructures and Services for the Cloud

As part of NetApp's cloud computing news announcements, NetApp highlighted its close relationships with industry-leading Information Technology (IT) vendors and enterprise Value Added Resellers (VARs) to provide enterprise customers with the technology and solutions needed to build their cloud infrastructures, including global service providers and system integrators that are leveraging NetApp technology to create cloud service offerings for their own enterprise customers. "NetApp believes that because there are several elements that must come together to create a cloud infrastructure, no single vendor is able to adequately address each and every layer," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing, NetApp. "It's imperative that customers identify the right partners that can provide the services, technology, and integration necessary for their unique ... (more)

Are You Getting Excited About the Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara?

Whether you are searching for a Cloud Computing solution for your enterprise or you want to learn about the latest and greatest Cloud Computing technology, The Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, California running from  November 2 until November 4 is for you. http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/general/keynotes1109.htm Keynote speakers include Richard Marcello, President, Systems & Technology, Unisys, Shelton Shugar SVP Cloud Computing, Yahoo!, and Richard Sarwal VP of Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle. It is rare that you would find a collection of all of the Cloud Computing industry giants in one place, and you definitely would not be able to gather as much information on Cloud Computing from any other single event. Check out the list of exhibitors: http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/general/exhibitors1109.htm. Here are a couple of the sessions that I am l... (more)

i-Government : Trusted Services Cloud infrastructure

Governments moving to Cloud will be such a major stimulant for the market not just because their spending can act as an ‘anchor client’ for helping new local start-up businesses, those creating local “Green Data-centres”, but because they literally have to play an essential role in creating the Cloud itself. To explain this consider the concept of “i-Government”, rather than e-Government, simply to reflect the role Identity technologies will play. Universal adoption of standards like OpenID will enable ‘single sign-on’ across all web applications, including those of government. This will streamline access for users and the Web 2.0 software that uses it and provides web site features will most likely run in the Cloud. Identity-enabled Open Government Barak Obama announced the Whitehouse ‘Open Government‘ initiative to improve transparency throughout American politics... (more)

Rackspace Unveils Cloud Connect and Critical Sites

“The recent additions to our portfolio, including Cloud Connect and Critical Sites, make logical business sense for those looking for best-in-class hosted solutions as alternatives to expensive and inefficient on-premise IT infrastructure,” said Rackspace CTO John Engates (pictured) as his company Rackspace Hosting announced that it was boosting its Enterprise-grade services with the addition of two new offerings: Cloud Connect and Critical Sites. "Businesses of all sizes and budgets," Engates added, "now have access to Enterprise-class infrastructure, backed by our industry-leading Fanatical Support. San Antonio, Texas based Rackspace Hosting describes itself as the world's leading specialist in hosting and cloud computing and is best known in the industry for coining (and registering) the concept of Fanatical Support. Critical Sites, for example, is an extension ... (more)

Rackspace Acquisition of Cloudkick to Launch Server Tools in Cloud

“We built Cloudkick to make the lives of system administrators easier,” said Alex Polvi, founder of Cloudkick. “With the support of Rackspace we look forward to fulfilling our vision, while getting our tools directly into the hands of customers as they adopt cloud computing.” Rackspace Hosting, a hosting and cloud computing company, on Thursday announced its acquisition of Cloudkick, the creator web applications for easy and efficient cloud-server management. Cloudkick offers what amounts to a cockpit for navigating complex cloud environments, with all the information and controls in one elegant, convenient panel to help developers and system administrators deploy and manage their cloud environments. “Until now, the cloud has been about automating hardware and making it more agile and efficient,” says Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer of Rackspace. “But as cloud ... (more)