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Cloud Expo NewYork $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Layered Technologies, a leading worldwide provider of on-demand and cloud computing IT infrastructure, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 8th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Layered Technologies is a leading global provider of managed dedicated hosting and on-demand virtualization/cloud computing services. By providing high-quality technology, infrastructure and support, Layered Tech enables clients to eliminate capital expenses and save on operating costs while focusing on core business issues. Layered Tech's scalable infrastructure powers millions of sites and Internet-enabled applications including e-commerce and software as a service (SaaS).... (more)

The Cloud Bubble: Is Computing Becoming a Utility?

The Gartner Hype cycle research shows Cloud Computing as being on the peak of expectations… the very top of the hype bubble roller coaster. Vendors are looking for something to sell, and the consolidation of the data center, reducing operational cost and economy of scale are as convenient of an excuse as anything. There are some fundamental technologies as well that will make a big difference such as Virtualization. Is computing becoming a utility? When someone refers to cloud, the etymology of the term should be examined. This term comes from the days of network diagramming, and a cloud was an abstraction for the network. Basically whenever someone didnt feel like drawing all of the network entities, they would just draw a puffy white cloud. In essence the puffy white cloud is shorthand for “don’t worry your pretty little head about this stuff”. In doing so, one ha... (more)

Storage Wars Move to Cloud Computing

An overall shift towards cloud computing has ramped up the demand for offsite data storage centers. The growing demand for data storage has predictably brought lots of competition as well. Larger storage companies have simply found acquisitions to be a more viable way to deal with the uptick in competition. According to the Bedford Report, earnings season was not kind to key players in the Data Storage industry following a string of disappointing quarterly reports. Seagate said last month that its net income fell to $150 million, or 31 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. The results missed analyst estimates looking for earnings of 33 cents a share and were down sharply from $533 million, or $1.03 per share, in the same period a year earlier. As a result, companies are increasingly looking to cloud computing environments in order to accelerate value in b... (more)

Moving to the Cloud – Benefits and Concerns

A recent survey from the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) found two-thirds of outsourcing customers currently do utilize or have plans to implement cloud computing solutions. Eighty percent of those surveyed indicated their organization intended to deploy more outsourcing services in the next year. In a recent Forrester report titled "Sizing the Cloud," it estimates a move from $40.7 billion spent on the global market for cloud computing in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020. The public cloud, which is under considerable scrutiny for security risks, will account for more than 66 percent of the total in 2020. For many enterprises, moving data and applications is really a question of "when" instead of "if." The cloud is a sea change in business, and is moving well beyond a fad stage. Security breaches and large-scale outages might pr... (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)

rPath Founder & CEO to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

Today, offerings such as Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are providing a new model for on demand compute resources based on virtual machines. Virtual appliances are a natural deployment vehicle for this type of infrastructure, allowing a clean separation between the memory, compute, and storage resources managed by the appliance provider and the complete software stack managed by the end user. Virtual appliances also allow a simple transition from internal virtualization clusters to outsourced providers, enabling capacity spikes to be handled. This session will showcase the tremendous flexibility, scalability, and financial savings that result from leveraging virtual appliances and cloud computing. Billy Marshall, CEO and founder of rPath will present a real life case study on KnowledgeTree, a document management provider, to examine the implementa... (more)

Chief Software Architect for Elastra to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

The Infrastructure-as-a-Service model of early Cloud Computing providers has focused on making the hardware layer consumable as on-demand compute and storage capacity. Stuart Charlton, Chief Software Architect for Elastra, will be giving a session on 'Cloud Computing and the Next-Generation of Enterprise Architecture' at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo (November 19-21, 2008) - a pathbreaking adjunct to the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. "This is an important first step," Charlton notes, "but for companies to harness the power of the cloud, it should enhance the alignment driven by enterprise architecture, driving down the lead times for delivering IT value to business, from concept to deployment, and through maintenance." An architecture-aware cloud computing infrastructure, says Charlton, leads to I... (more)

Why Do Investors Care About Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing seems to be the buzzword in IT these days as companies are looking for the next big thing in computing. The IT folks at the leading companies are working hard to roll out these “clouds.” This emerging technology is gaining attention from major research institutions including Carnegie Mellon University. Let's not forget the likes of Google, IBM, and Microsoft who are amongst a large group of corporations investing time and money to mature this unique idea. Cloud computing is an idea that has been around for quite a while. It is the concept of spreading computing processes over several resources through a network. Servers and computers are not always utilized and tend to be inactive. The typical data center houses hundreds of servers where many will sit idle as neighboring servers take the brunt of the workload. The likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM and ... (more)

Web 2.0 and Social Computing Are No Longer Software Business Models

As the headline says Web 2.0, Enterprise Mashups and Social Computing are not software business models. Any company that depends on these hip trends and B/S for their livelihood should lock up their doors and go home. They have no chance of staying in business, especially not after what happened this past week. What is a mashup? Nothing. What are you mashing up with what? If you take Google Earth from under your feet, what’s left to mash with what and where’s the business model to make money? Nowhere. Who will you sell your mashup software to after the election is over? How many software mashup companies does CNN need for Mr. King's election maps mashup magic show? None. So if you bet your business model on Enterprise Mashups or mashup whatevers, the game is up. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, call your lead developers and tell them you need to start something ... (more)

Virtualization & Cloud Computing: Public Clouds Are Not Just Big Virtual Server Clouds

Randy Bias's Blog There is a myth going around about virtualization and cloud computing. It’s expressed in a variety of ways, but the takeaway is always the same: “Public clouds are big virtual server clouds.” Sounds good, but untrue once you look under the covers. For good reason, since virtualization isn’t a panacea. Here’s the deal. Public clouds (IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS) are all multi-tenant. It’s a fundamental definition. Multi-tenancy is one of the core properties of any cloud. Whether it’s a cloud like GoGrid's, EC2, Google App Engine (GAE), or Salesforce.com (SFDC). Multi-tenancy is a mechanism whereby public cloud providers give customers cost efficiencies by aggregating capex at scale and providing it as a subscription service. Virtualization is just a multi-tenancy strategy. Virtualization as Multi-Tenant Solution That’s right. It’s only a multi-tenancy strateg... (more)

Appirio Helps Lead Japan Post Cloud Computing Implementation

Appirio announced its first international expansion into Japan. As part of this expansion, Appirio announced that it will be working closely with salesforce.com to lead the Force.com platform implementation at Japan Post. Japan Post offers postal, banking and life insurance services, serving over 50 million individual customers and employing over 100,000 people. It reported as the largest Force.com cloud computing platform implementation in the world. "We see huge potential for cloud computing and the Force.com platform in our organization, and Appirio's proven success with enterprises and insight into the platform's capabilities will help us realize that potential," said Akira Iwasaki, CIO of Japan Post. "Appirio has already completed a strategic analysis of our existing applications infrastructure and they are helping us plan our ongoing migration to the Force.co... (more)