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Keeping Users and Your Bottom Line Happy: Setting up a Multi-Million Dollar SaaS Service with Kubernetes In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, will discuss how to use Kubernetes to setup a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Speaker Bio Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. His expertise is in automating deployment, management, and problem resolution in these environments, allowing his teams to run large transactional applications with high availability and the speed the consumer demands. As you know, enterprise IT conversation... (more)

A Holistic Approach to Email Management in the Cloud

Email is the lifeblood of today's business environment. Not only do employees need constant email access to do their jobs effectively, but, due to recent changes in regulations and the threat of litigation, companies also must have the ability to retrieve emails dating back several years. However, a recent survey shows that half of U.S. companies are at risk of non-compliance due to insufficient email archiving policies or capabilities. The survey also pointed out that regardless of company size, 39 percent of IT managers reported email security as their biggest email management issue. In order to minimize risk from costly litigation losses or business downtime, IT departments need a cost-effective and holistic solution for email archiving, continuity and security. Email management is a logical application for SaaS because it eliminates the oppressive implementatio... (more)

Cloud Computing Is the Destination, Not the Journey

Cloud Foundry at Cloud Expo I have had some interesting conversations recently with partners about how cloud computing will affect the developer tools market. I don't believe developers jump on a band wagon just because they like the wagon. They jump on the wagon because they like where the wagon is going! Roughly every 10 years, a technology disruption changes developer aspirations and drives them to adopt new tools that get them to new places. With client/server, developers aspired to build "modern" apps and break free of the bureaucracy of central IT. Cloud computing offers a similar, updated, value - deploy web applications without the hassle of central IT. Developer aspirations are changing - this is the underlying market driver for WaveMaker. At the same time, IT vendors are seeing their value disrupted. As the data center morphs into a set of APIs, decisions whic... (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)

IBM to Build First Cloud Computing Center in China

IBM announced it will establish the first Cloud Computing Center for software companies in China, which will be situated at the new Wuxi Tai Hu New Town Science and Education Industrial Park in Wuxi, China. The center will offer emerging Chinese software companies the ability to tap into a virtual computing environment to support their development activities. It will be established through an agreement signed today between IBM and Wuxi Tai Lake Industry Investment and Development Company Limited. IBM will work with Wuxi Tai Lake Industry Investment and Development Company Limited; the Wuxi municipal government; and its business partners to build the China Cloud Computing Center, which will be a shared facility providing each software company in the park with its own virtualized computing resource. For example, a company will be able to use the allocated resource for... (more)

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal - Exclusive Q&A with Microsoft's GM for Virtualization Strategy

"Virtualization is an emerging industry," says Mike Neil, Microsoft's GM for Virtualization, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal. "But given the increasing demands on IT and decreasing resources and funding allocated within businesses, customers are ready and looking for a long term virtualization investment," Neil continues. The Q&A with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan covers a wide range of very timely topics. Virtualization Journal: Do you agree with Dell's Drew Engstrom that "virtualization has matured to the point where it is not just viewed as a red-hot, ‘solve everything' technology, but as an effective means...to meet specific business needs and objectives"? Are we really that far along already? Mike Neil: This is a challenging time for the IT industry and our customers. Doing more with less resources has never been more true. And virtualizatio... (more)

Cloud Computing & Content Delivery Networks

Reuven Cohen's Blog With Amazon recently stating they plan to start offering a content delivery network service as part of their S3 offering and Microsoft reportedly creating their own CDN in partnership with Limelight there seems to be a renewed interest in CDN's. Whether for public usage like Amazons or Private like Microsoft's, the market for pay per use content delivery services is heating up. According to a recent post on the data center knowledge blog, the Microsoft CDN, which it calls an Edge Content Network (ECN), is designed to beef up the company’s infrastructure to handle “Internet audiences and content offerings that are orders of magnitude larger than today,” according Debra Chrapaty, Corporate Vice President of Global Foundation Services for Microsoft. Chrapaty has said that the ECN will include at least 99 nodes around the world. (For now it looks lik... (more)

Recession Survival Kit: Adopt Cloud Computing

Two days before the single largest drop in the history of the stock market, Jason Calacanis - former Weblogs Inc. co-founder (and GM of Netscape) - wrote a lengthy blog post aimed at inspiring folks at startup companies "to get focused and to save as many as possible from hitting the wall." As Calacanis reminded readers of his blog, "Great entrepreneurs build value and market-share in down markets." We recently asked a selection of the industry's brightest minds what their own advice would be in these troubled times, and assembled it into a ten-point guide for software vendors, entrepreneurs, and startups to riding out a recession. Tip #1: Prioritize Harvesting Existing Assets and Opportunities This comes from the Jeremy Chone, CTO of Nexaweb Technologies, a VC-funded software provider that offers the industry’s most comprehensive application platform for mission-crit... (more)

Yahoo's Director of Grid Services Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

Increasingly, a businesses competitive advantage is gained by processing large flows of raw data into insights. "With a growth in both the volume of data and number of users, traditional tools for data analytics struggle to keep pace," says Rob Weltman, Director of Grid Services at Yahoo! and a speaker at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (November 19-21, 2008) being held next week at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Large Internet services such as Yahoo!, who face a torrent of incoming data from their click-streams, recognized these limits years ago and built cloud-based tools such as Hadoop that can scale horizontally to address this growth. Weltman's session will provide an overview of Hadoop’s map-reduce framework and will describe the analytical applications running on Yahoo!'s Hadoop infrastructure to showcase the wide-range of ... (more)

Is Aptana Really a Cloud?

 Alan Williamson's Blog The line between what is considered a cloud and what is paramount to hosting is a blurry line at the best of times. What qualifies a companies offering as a cloud based product offering? That is a question that is continually debated in the cloud circles and no one has really yet to offer a real concrete reason. Setting aside all the marketing buzzwords that will get thrown in "scalability" / "on-demand" / "deploy", a cloud offering has to deliver on its hype. For me when words like those are thrown around I want to see: Scalability The ability to start up a new instance programmatically via an API, allowing me to hook into whatever trigger metrics I may have. So if traffic reaches a new level, throw more resources/machines at it without doing anything further except start it up. Also ability to turn off resources to scale-down. On-Demand Wh... (more)

Solving the Problem of Cloud Interoperability

Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog In the next few years the a key opportunity for the emerging cloud industry will be on defining a federated cloud ecosystem by connecting multiple cloud computing providers using an agreeing upon standard or interface. There are a number of organizations looking into solving the problem of cloud federation. A fundamental challenge in creating and managing a globally decentralized cloud computing environment is that of maintaining consistent connectivity between various untrusted components that are capable of self-organization while remaining fault tolerant. In the next few years the a key opportunity for the emerging cloud industry will be on defining a federated cloud ecosystem by connecting multiple cloud computing providers using an agreeing upon standard or interface. In this post I will examine some of work being done in cloud... (more)