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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)

Internet Age of Unix Philosophy

[This is a guest blog post from Shane Duan, product manager of Cloud Monitoring at Rackspace. We appreciate his help in making this integration happen!] We are proud to announce the release of an integration between Rackspace’s Cloud Monitoring and VictorOps. Our users will get reliable, flexible alerts and have the ability to manage them efficiently. Each product already has a lot of features to make it stand out in the crowd. The integration provides a more complete solution that you need to manage your infrastructure. The integration itself keeps reminding me of the script I use to find the latest daily data dump file for analysis: When VictorOps’ VP of Operations, Tom Hart reached out to me the day after I responded to the integration request from a user, I knew already this was going to be a smooth integration between two products that follow the Unix philos... (more)

Xero and Expensify Join Forces to Streamline Financial Management for Small Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/28/13 -- Xero, the global leader in online accounting software, and Expensify, the world's top small business (SMB) expense reporting application, today announced a partnership integrating Expensify's expense report data directly into Xero's accounting platform. The partnership solves traditional expense report hassles and gives small businesses, bookkeepers, accountants and finance departments a complete view of their finances with just one click. This integration is a powerful addition to Expensify's extensive list of partnerships and adds to Xero's strong add-on partner ecosystem. The announcement comes as Xero experiences record growth, with U.S. revenues and customers doubling year-over-year. "Typical expense reporting and tracking is not only a hassle but leads to delays and financial guesswork that can really hurt a sm... (more)

OSF Global Services Announces Strategic Partnership With Bluecom

QUEBEC CITY, QC -- (Marketwired) -- 12/16/14 -- IT professional services provider OSF Global Services announced today the formation of a strategic alliance with Bluecom, a companionable ecommerce solutions provider servicing online retailers in China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. The alliance is a marketing agreement to provide marketing support and promote each other's services provided in specific global regions: OSF to promote Bluecom's services, provided in Asia; and Bluecom to promote OSF's services, provided in EMEA and the Americas -- each benefiting from the other's expertise in its own marketplace. "I think we are very close in terms of scope and services," said Florian Legendre, Managing Director at Bluecom. "So we are really helping our clients to build a global foundation for their ecommerce websites, as we provide them with our best practice service... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing: Industry Predictions for 2012

With 9th Cloud Expo - Cloud Expo Silicon Valley - still in full swing at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, what is being said about the future landscape of cloud computing? In this round-up we asked a variety of members of the cloud computing ecosystem, from CIOs to independent consultants to marketeers. We asked in each case for their top five predictions. Here are their views on what's in store in 2012: Santa Clara Convention Center is getting ready for Cloud Expo Silicon Valley DIY Service Provision | Cloud of Devices | Security Breach Looms | Personalized SPs | African Growth Lauren C. States | @lauren_states VP & CTO, Cloud Computing & Growth Initiatives, IBM Lauren is responsible at IBM for the technology strategy for the company's growth initiatives, including cloud computing, Smarter Planet, business analytics and emerging markets. Previously she... (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 “Platinum Plus Sponsor” Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Rackspace Hosting, the service leader in cloud computing, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 11th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 5-8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Rackspace Hosting is the service leader in cloud computing, and a founder of OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system. The San Antonio-based company provides Fanatical Support® to its customers and partners, across a portfolio of IT services, including Managed Hosting and Cloud Computing. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and was featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company was also positioned... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East Will Take Place April 19-21 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/09 -- SYS-CON Events announced today that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo  will take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. The three-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different cou... (more)

Rackspace Hosting Named “Platinum Plus Sponsor” of Cloud Expo New York

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10-13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company, delivering open technologies and powering more than 205,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace provides its renowned Fanatical Support® across a broad portfolio of IT products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company, is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For and is included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. ... (more)

Day 2 Keynote at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley | An Open Cloud Discussion

There is a vast new movement developing at a breathtaking pace that is changing the way the world utilizes cloud computing. Specifically, open source cloud computing. Rackspace is helping lead the global discussion about the benefits of building a business on an open cloud. In his Day 2 Keynote on November 6th 2012 at the 11th International Cloud Expo, John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, will provide insight on the difference between an open cloud and a closed, proprietary cloud. He will also explain the hidden dangers of vendor lock in and where the open cloud is headed into the future. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: John Engates is CTO of Rackspace. He joined the company in August 2000, just a year after it was founded, as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rack... (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)