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SYS-CON Events announced today that Good Data, pioneers of collaborative analytics on demand, was named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's International Cloud Computing Conference & Europe ( http://www.cloudexpo-europe.com/), which will take place on May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic. With an ever-increasing number of companies now buying computing, storage, and networking power as they need it from the cloud, it is hardly surprising that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is going from strength to strength. Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the event unfailingly attracts developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and deli... (more)

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Cloud Expo New York There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and polls from me. [Santa Photo Via ABC news] Now SANta does not really care about these and other similar debates I have learned. However he is concerned with who has been naughty and nice as well watching out for impersonators or members of his crew who misbehave. In the spirit of the holidays, how about a quick look at how SANta leverages cloud technologies to support his global operations. Many in IT think that SANta bases his operations out of the North Pole as it is convenient for him to cool all of his servers, storage, networks and telecom equipment (which ... (more)

Icahn Lashes Out at Dell Board & Dell Himself

After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a mockery of what little is left of corporate democracy at Dell.” He tells them that “If my past record is any indication, I believe you will be happier and richer if you join me in voting against the Michael Dell/Silver Lake deal....It is time for Michael Dell and the Dell Board to go.” Dell stock, which closed... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo - Microsoft, Google & Virtualization

Microsoft Falls from Grace, Can Blame Google Google is currently the pet of the American consumer. Although many in the industry don’t find it particularly likeable, the company’s reputation is tops among US consumers, based largely on how it treats employees and a perception of social responsibility, according to a Harris poll, in which Google dislodged Microsoft from the perch. Johnson & Johnson, the Band-Aid king, came in second and Intel third. Microsoft is now number 10. Google was previously number four. Companies with the worst reps include Halliburton, Comcast, Northwest Airlines and Exxon. LiPS Closes The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum, which was trying to create a mobile Linux standard, has collapsed into the LiMo Foundation. LiPS members were already joining LiMo, which is chasing a mobile Linux platform. There’s strength in numbers e... (more)

Cloud Computing - Clouds Have Their Blue Screen of Death Too

One of the problems with clouds is that they have this tendency to rain as it did on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) on Sunday when it was down – and not for the first time – in both the US and Europe for something like eight hours – translating into less than 2Nines availability in a month (not a year, a month). Users couldn’t access their stored data – a particularly scary situation for a cloud-dependent business. The problem extended to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and prevented new virtual machines from being set up. Amazon said it was an issue with the “communication between several Amazon S3 internal components,” which doesn’t exactly explain what happened now does it? Amazon, which had to take the system offline to fix the problem, said no data was lost and that customers will be automat... (more)

Terremark and VMware Offer Cloud Computing Solution

Terremark announced its relationship with VMware as part of the VMware vCloud Initiative. This relationship is designed to help both parties provide leading-edge utility and cloud computing services to the enterprise market. VMware’s Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) is an integral component of the Enterprise Cloud, which provides enterprises a managed platform for mission-critical applications and infrastructure. Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud customers buy a dedicated resource pool of processing, memory, storage and networking, from which they can deploy servers on demand, giving customers more flexibility and agility over the traditional server-based model and allowing for a precise and dynamic allocation of computing resources as needed. “Enterprises are ready for cloud computing and VMware’s ecosystem of world-class partners, such as Terremark, offers ... (more)

The Role of Cloud Computing

Let me show how I see Cloud (and virtualization as enabling technology) and Grid as complementary technologies that will coexist and cooperate at different levels of abstraction in future infrastructures. I will first clearly state my position about Cloud and Grid, which are complementary technologies. There is a growing number of posts and articles trying to show how cloud computing is a new paradigm that supersedes Grid computing by extending its functionality and simplifying its exploitation, even announcing that Grid computing is dead. It seems that new technologies and paradigms have always the mission objective to substitute existing ones. Some of these contributions do not fully understand what grid computing is, focusing their comparative analysis on simplicity of interfaces, implementation details or basic computing aspects. Others posts define Cloud in th... (more)

Don Quixote, Larry Ellison, Richard Stallman, Raul Castro vs "Cloud Computing"

A lot has been written recently about Larry Ellison and Cloud Computing. I attached a few of the stories posted on this subject in the related stories section of this blog post. If you read these related stories and the ones posted elsewhere, you'll have a pretty good idea about the subject. In a nutshell, both Ellison and Richard Stallman do not like the clouds, but they seem to be the only two. I summarized my personal view on this subject in the title of this blog entry. ... (more)

Ray Ozzie Has His Head In the Clouds

Microsoft wants in on cloud computing. At the company's Professional Developer's Conference today, Microsoft's chief software architect Ray Ozzie announced Windows Azure, its "internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers." Windows Azure will only be open as a technology preview to a very limited number of developers for now, and no pricing details have been revealed that I can find. But this is basically Microsoft's answer to Amazon's Web Services and cloud computing initiatives from other enterprise IT players, including everyone from IBM to RackSpace. Azure will run Windows servers and the .Net framework in the cloud as a hosted, pay-as-you go service. It will be part of what Microsoft is calling Live Services, and it will run Live apps, .Net apps, SQL server, Sharepoint servers, and Microsoft's Dynamics CRM. No wonder Amazon added suppo... (more)

Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To “Software Plus Services” Message

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent an email to customers today (reprinted below) summarizing some of the big news coming out of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. He talks about both the Azure cloud services platform (a comprehensive set of storage, computing, and networking infrastructure services) as well as Office in the browser. The email reiterates Microsoft’s core messaging that the Internet is fine, but it needs a little desktop software to really make it hum: “the key to delivering value today and in the future lies in combining the best aspects of software running on PCs, servers, and devices with the best aspects of services running on the Web-an approach we call “software plus services.”" Client software is needed, he argues, to take full advantage of the hardware on devices. Multicore processors and new programming languages will ... (more)

Moderro to Announce "Turnkey Cloud Computer" This Week at 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Moderro Technologies www.moderro.com will debut its Xpack Internet Computer – an integrated (hardware, operating system and web management) solution for the Web 2.0 desktop SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, November 19-21, in San Jose, CA. The Xpack features a clean and friendly user interface and operating system that was written by Moderro specifically for interacting with Web 2.0 applications. This functionality, combined with simplicity, security, a small footprint, energy efficiency, and backward compatibility make the Moderro Xpack a perfect choice for Web 2.0 office. “Web applications are an afterthought with operating systems confining them to a single-window browser, virtually pushing them into the background,” said Dan Itkis Moderro Vice President. “We decided to develop our own operating system, which makes web applications easier to use while ... (more)