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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)

Can Google Chrome Bring Cloud Computing to the Masses?

Stephen DeAngelis's "Enterprise Resilience" Blog Google is following a common pattern used in the IT industry - get something out there and then tweak it as necessary. I'm not sure how all of this will play out. I do know that when the elephants start fighting a lot of dust will be raised. Only when that dust settles will we have a better idea about the future of cloud computing and the Internet. As New York Times technology columnist Steve Lohr reports, "Hardly a day goes by, it seems, without some announcement of a new “cloud computing” offering or initiative." ["Commercializing the Cloud," 1 August 2008] Lohr's column was about two new IBM data centers that are going to be built in Tokyo and North Carolina. "The I.B.M. statement says its North Carolina operation will afford its lucky customers 'unparalleled access to massive Internet-scale computing capabilities w... (more)

Recession of 2008 Makes Cloud Computing the Biggest New IT Topic

Greg Ness's Blog Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating pressures on an already tired network infrastructure. Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the creation of multi-billion dollar network hardware markets. As we watch the global economy shiver and shake we now see signs of the next technology boom: Infrastructure2.0. Infrastructure 1.0 - The Multi-billion Dollar Static Network From the expansion of TCP/IP in the 80s/90s, the emergence of... (more)

Joyent CEO Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

David Young's Joyeur Blog Recently, so much ink has been spilt on our VC-backed brethren racing for the cash-conserving hills. Why they weren’t shooting for revenue and profitability from day one is beyond us. Joyent believes when a company is built to be profitable from day one, market context is much less meaningful than the ability to expend effort and succeed. As companies move from CapEx to OpEx, a flight to quality in operations and product, companies such as Joyent are sure to benefit. GigaOM and the NYT picked up today on our success in a down market. Congrats to my fellow Joyeurs! We recently opened a Seattle office as a move to consolidate Joyent’s distributed development efforts with something concentrated in a specific place. You can read more about it here. Ben Black, recently of Microsoft, joins Joyent as VP, Research to help lead the efforts. Jason is ... (more)

Big Week for Cloud Computing in Silicon Valley

The GigaSpaces Blog SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo took place Wednesday through Friday in San Jose. Seems like everyone came in to the Bay Area for this one, so I am looking forward to meeting a lot of the folks active in cloud computing at this event. There is also talk of another Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum [Google Groups] get together around this event as well as a Silicon Valley CloudCamp. GigaSpaces CTO Nati Shalom is part of the star-studded lineup of speakers at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conferecne & Expo. Between them, they'll be covering every aspect of the hottest IT topic for years, with not just Amazon but also IBM, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Intel, HP and a host of others all offering, using or developing high-end computing services typically described as “cloud computing” - through which massively scalable IT-related capab... (more)

Cisco to Present at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

David Bernstein, Vice-President and General Manager of Cloud Computing at Cisco, will be presenting at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York City this coming March 30-April 1, 2009. Bernstein, whose team runs Cisco’s Cloud Lab and who is responsible for Cisco’s Cloud Gateway products as well as heading development for itsCloud Interoperability and Standards initiatives, will be giving a stimulating and informative breakout session entitled "Cloud Building: Secrets from the Vault." "Although there are a lot of 'Cloud Consumers' out there," says Bernstein, "there aren’t too many 'Cloud Builders.' On the one hand it requires a serious capital investment; on the other hand it is largely a black art. This applies to the Cloud “OS” as well as the physical platform." Bernstein continues: "Approaching a Cloud as a large Cluster of regula... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe to Take Place May 18-19 2009 in Prague

Cloud Expo Europe 2009, the first event outside the USA in the industry-leading International "Cloud Expo" series produced by SYS-CON Events, is to be held May 18-19, 2009, in Prague in the Czech Republic. The conference theme is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise" and it is the perfect event for anyone looking for a jump-start on delivering and/or using massively scalable Enterprise IT as a service using Internet technologies. The Cloud is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Register Now and Save ! [Click Here] Our organizing principle is that through our intensive 2-day schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, attending delegates will be assured of leaving Cloud Expo Europe 2009 with abundant resources, ide... (more)

Mårten Mickos, Former CEO of MySQL, Joins RightScale Board

“I look forward to offering my experience as a member of the RightScale board to help the company maintain and expand its leadership in a rapidly growing market,” said Mårten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, as it was announced today that he was joined RightScale's board of directors.  “RightScale has established itself as a leading cloud management platform, and the company continues to demonstrate tremendous momentum as its customer base and ecosystem expand with strategic partners like Sun and Canonical,” Mickos added. He brings extensive knowledge and experience in high growth startups from his role at MySQL, where he guided MySQL’s successful commercial open source business through to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2008. “I am extremely pleased that Mårten will be contributing to the vision and direction of RightScale at a time of explosive growth for the c... (more)

Forrester on Future of Mission-Critical Cloud Computing

Watch the video. Listen to the podcast. Download the podcast. Find it on iTunes/iPod and Podcast.com. Learn more. Sponsor: Akamai Technologies. Read a full transcript of the discussion. The impact of cloud computing is most often analyzed through its expected disruption of IT vendors, or the media, or as an economic balm for developers and Web 2.0 start-ups. Yet cloud computing is much more than a just newcomer on the Internet hype curve. The heritage of what cloud computing represents dates back to the dawn of information technology (IT), to the very beginnings of how government agencies and large commercial enterprises first accessed powerful computers to solve complex problems. We've certainly heard a lot about the latest vision for cloud computing and what it can do for the delivery of applications, services and infrastructure, and for application development and de... (more)

Andy Bechtolsheim’s Off Reinventing the World Again

Arista Networks, the so-called “cloud networking” start-up that began life by challenging Cisco with an ultra-fast network switch that cost a tenth the price of a Cisco switch, is closing in on the problem of redesigning the network to support large data centers and cloud computing that it was started by Andy Bechtolsheim to solve. The company’s premise is that existing networks aren’t designed for virtual and mobile workloads. See, along with virtualization has come an explosion of virtual machines over physical servers by a factor of 10x-20x creating in turn a proportional sprawl of virtual switches to connect the VMs in the physical servers. Arista contends that this combination of multi-core CPUs, VMs and virtual switch infrastructure is making untenable demands on the underlying cloud network fabric. The traditional 64:1 oversubscribed network topologies don’t... (more)

The Impact of the Cloud on Digital Forensics - Part 2

As mentioned in  Part 1 of this article, one of my functions is to research current and up and coming solutions within the technology realm, particularly that of distributed computing and cloud computing. It is a strong possibility that malicious users will eventually identify and exploit potential flaws within the cloud computing model. CSPs, in their pursuit to secure market share may have underestimated the possibilities of attack and misuse of their cloud resources by a malicious user or users. The likelihood that the creation, storage, processing and distribution of illicit material will present major legal issues, is also a grave reality [4] Digital Forensic Examiners also know that any effective forensic system has to have an effective means of monitoring and collecting a wide range of data as; there is no directive which states what may be pertinent to any one ... (more)