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Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Traditional methods of writing applications do not completely change when you adopt cloud, but are you using cloud to its fullest potential? What are some best practices and tools that can help your move to the cloud as painless as possible? Are you maximizing the products you're using to get the most out of every server to realize cost savings that cloud can bring? In his session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Wayne Walls, an OpenStack Developer Advocate at Rackspace Hosting, will explore these questions and get practical answers that you can use today. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Wayne Walls is an OpenStack Developer Advocate and Scrabble junkie working for the Rackspace Cloud. He works with cloud developers to lower the barriers of entry to OpenStack, evangelizes the Open... (more)

Rackspace Primps Up Its Private Cloud Ware

Rackspace says it's gussied up its free Private Cloud Software, a k a Alamo, boosting remote support capabilities for on premise OpenStack-powered clouds, helping companies to monitor their private clouds, and providing more storage capabilities. It claims that since Alamo launched in April thousands of organizations in 125 countries - from Fortune 100s to colleges and research centers - have downloaded the product. Some of the new features of the Private Cloud Software include highly scalable block storage, which turns external storage into an additional storage volume for a private cloud environment based on OpenStack Cinder;  object storage powered by OpenStack Swift, which lets users create massively scalable storage resource pools that can be used by a Rackspace Private Cloud environment for storing files as well as server images, taking advantage of commodit... (more)

2013: The Year of Application Optimization for the Device-Driven Internet

For the past few years, our friends at VMblog.com have run an annual prediction series forecasting the trends most likely to drive adoption of cloud and virtualization technologies in the upcoming year. This is the second year in a row that they’ve invited me to contribute, and I thought long and hard about the assignment. After a deep gaze into my crystal ball, a deliberate shuffle of the tarot cards, and much careful contemplation, I settled on six major predictions, six changes to how solution providers and organizations will approach performance management in 2013. Some of these predictions I’ve already alluded to here on the Apica blog, but I also included a few we haven’t yet discussed. VMblog.com published my post a few weeks ago, and they were kind enough to let me share it with you here as well. So read on for my post, “2013: The year of application optimi... (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)

Repositories in the Cloud? Why on Earth Not?

To be honest, I’ve never fully understood Higher Education’s penchant for building ‘institutional repositories.’ These frequently under-populated aggregations of academic papers produced by ‘research active’ employees of a particular university appear aligned almost exclusively to vaguely expressed institutional imperatives, and seem largely unrelated to either the selfish aspirations of the contributing authors or the tangible relationships they painstakingly construct with others across their chosen discipline. The ‘repository’ all too often appears a bureaucratic solution to a problem that the supposed beneficiaries do not recognise; a technological aberration that sits outside the conversational flow of the Web to which it is only tenuously attached. Furthermore, ‘Open Access‘ and ‘Repository’ typically go hand in hand. If you support Open Access you need a rep... (more)

Vordel's CEO Vic Morris on Cloud Computing

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo Vordel's CEO, Vic Morris, recently was interviewed by Jessica Ann Mola at ebizQ for a podcast. The questions which Vic addresses are: * Why is cloud computing such a compelling model and which verticals are adopting cloud computing most? * What are the major challenges hindering the adoption of cloud computing by large enterprises? * How can companies overcome their concerns to ensure they benefit from cloud computing? * What is the role of SOA in cloud? * Is there a space for specialist vendors in a market dominated by giants such as Amazon, Google, Rackspace, Microsoft, etc.? Check out the podcast here ... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

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)

Rackspace Hosting and Akamai to Partner

Rackspace Hosting and Akamai Technologies announced on Wednesday a strategic relationship that will enable Rackspace to offer Akamai's web acceleration and cloud optimization services as part of its dedicated and cloud hosting portfolio. Responding to the needs of its customers, Rackspace will work to integrate key features from Akamai such as CNAMEs, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and CDN delivery for Cloud Files, a Rackspace service that provides highly scalable online storage for files and media. Additionally, Rackspace will resell a range of essential Akamai site and application acceleration services to its customers. The goal is to create a one-stop shop for hosting, cloud, and acceleration services for web content and applications. "The next decade presents new opportunities for two industry leaders, Rackspace and Akamai, to better help customers succeed with th... (more)

Rackspace Hosting Links Dedicated Servers to Cloud

Rackspace Hosting wanted to broaden its product portfolio by offering customers an easy way to link dedicated managed servers to cloud-based servers. The company used Application Delivery Networking devices from F5 to help build a hybrid service called RackConnect. Now, Rackspace customers can mix and match dedicated managed and cloud hosting platforms for ultimate scalability, flexibility, efficiency, and lower costs. Customers can dynamically provision resources, manage web and application traffic, and load balance in real time among the two environments. F5 technology helped enable a rapid time-to-market for RackConnect, and it also helps the company expand the benefits of its cloud by simplifying customers' migration. Business Challenges Rackspace, based in San Antonio, Texas, provides hosting solutions to businesses of all sizes, across a portfolio of IT servi... (more)

Rackspace Productizes OpenStack

Rackspace has turned OpenStack into a product and is pushing it into private clouds where it will meet competition from that other open source cloud Eucalyptus. The free new OpenStack-based widgetry is called Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition and it's the first time Rackspace has extended its managed services outside its own data centers. Rackspace doesn't expect the widgetry to be a moneymaker for another couple of years. Eucalyptus would agree with that statement. Rackspace said it will manage the installations since it knows how OpenStack works and prides itself on its "fanatical support." The deployments will be set up by certified partners like Cloud Technology Partners (cloudTP), MomentumSI and China's TeamSun. They can build the clouds using a newly published Private Edition reference architecture on-premise or in a collocation operation like one of the 99 ... (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)