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At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes. Register Today and SAVE ▸ Here Speaking Opportunities ▸ Here Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ▸ Here Silicon Valley Faculty ▸ Here Silicon Valley Schedule ▸ Here CloudEXPO Has Been the M&A Capital For Cloud Companies CloudEXPO has been the M&A capital for Cloud companies for more than a decade with memorable acquisition news stories which cam... (more)

DevOps vs the Enterprise | @DevOpsSUMMIT #AI #AIOps #SDN #DevOps #DevSecOps #Serverless #CloudNative

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here For better or worse, DevOps has gone mainstream. All doubt was removed when IBM and HP threw up their respective DevOps microsites. Where are we on the hype cycle? It's hard to say for sure but there's a feeling we're heading for the "Peak of Inflated Expectations." What does this mean for the enterprise? Should they avoid DevOps? Definitely not. Should they be cautious though? Absolutely. The truth is that DevOps and the enterprise are at best strange bedfellows. The movement has its roots in the tech community's elite. Open source projects and methodologies driven by the alumni of companies like Netflix, Google and Amazon. This is a great thing for the evolution of DevOps. It can be alienating for Enterprise IT though. Learning about Netflix and their simian armies, or Facebook and their mind-melting scale is fascinating. Can you take... (more)

Is a Private Cloud Worthwhile?

Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can. First, let's set out some definitions: The draft NIST definition, perhaps the best we have at this point, states that "Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and rel... (more)

Yahoo Reportedly Puts Zimbra Up For Sale

Yahoo has evidently been rummaging through its closet looking for stuff it can sell off, especially now that it’s decided it’s a consumer company and will put $100 million into promoting that image starting Tuesday. Anyway, that business construction reportedly means it doesn’t need Zimbra and its online, cross-platform Collaboration Suite, the open source-cum-commercial e-mail-shared calendar-instant messaging-and-document authoring widgetry it paid $350 million for it almost exactly two years ago. It’s been peddling the thing around, according to Boomtown’s Kara Swisher, the Yahoo familiar. Yahoo’s reportedly not harboring any delusions that it’ll get anywhere near what it paid for the thing. Swisher thinks it could go to rival Google or maybe Comcast, a Zimbra client, or maybe a private equity firm, maybe even Redpoint Ventures, one of Zimbra’s original investors... (more)

Building a Cloud Factory

Few areas of human endeavor can match the pace of change in IT. Even by IT standards, the change being driven by cloud computing sometimes seems surprising. To refer to a virtual environment that has only recently been deployed as "legacy," as some organizations are now doing, underscores the fact that the only thing constant in the data center is change. To deal with change of this magnitude, which can involve transforming the workload hosting model of an entire organization, some industrial-strength thinking is required. In order to tackle this challenge, it's important to properly frame the cloud transformation problem. Many associate cloud with agility, flexibility, cost transparency and other end-user-oriented benefits. But many of these attributes are primarily associated with new infrastructure requests, and specifically, the use of self-service portals to "... (more)

Platform as a Service: New Offerings from IBM and Oracle

PaaS Booming After an initial sluggish start, where Microsoft Windows Azure was the only player, we started to see increased support for Platform as a Service from major vendors starting with VMware vFabric and Red Hat OpenShift. However, there was still a void in the PaaS space as the major players IBM and Oracle initially did not announce any PaaS offering. Now the recent announcements from both Oracle and IBM have shown complete support for PaaS as the way to go for future enterprise application development. This is great news for enterprises to move forward. Let's analyze the developer-friendly features of both the IBM and Oracle PaaS offerings. Feature Comparison of IBM vs Oracle PaaS Oracle Cloud - PaaS IBM Cloud -  PaaS As part of platform services, Oracle Database Service is available. It is built on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2. It has got the full supp... (more)

Registration Opens for @ReneBosticatIBM Session at @EXPOFinTech NY | @IBMCloud #FinTech #Blockchain #SmartCities

Lessons Learned as Businesses Exchange Value and Information with Blockchain Technologies Register for this session ▸ Here Are you curious about the future of Blockchain? Viewed as both an opportunity and a threat, Blockchain technology is allowing your business to reimagine business networks and the fundamental ways they exchange value and information. Blockchain has shifted from hype to reality across many industries including Financial Services, Supply Chain, Retail, Healthcare and Government. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Come to this session to understand what the future holds for Blockchain by taking a closer look at lessons learned and recent innovations. Speaker Bio: René Bostic is the Technical ... (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 Pushes Cloud to China, EU

IBM intends to set up a Cloud Computing Center in Wuxi, China so dozens of emerging Chinese software companies can tap into a virtual computing environment to support their development. It appears to be a three-way deal between IBM, Wuxi Tai Lake Industry Investment and Development Company Ltd and the Wuxi municipal government. IBM is offering Rational development tools, WebSphere Application Server and DB2 running on System x, p and BladeCenter machines managed by Tivoli. The center will be built with its so-called Blue Cloud technologies to achieve Web 2.0 capabilities such as mashups, open collaboration, social networking and mobile commerce. Meanwhile, IBM's Haifa Research Lab is also leading a 17-million-euro EU-funded cloud computing initiative called RESERVOIR, for Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers, to explore deploying and managing IT se... (more)

Cloud Computing vs Grid Computing

Michael Sheehan's GoGrid Blog The Cloud just got another potential injection of PR from Apple as well with their announcement of MobileMe. Apple has brought a new technology term, the 'Cloud' - previously reserved for developers, IT managers and the like - to the main-stream public. We all know that the term 'Cloud Computing' is relatively new to the Technology buzz. But just how new is it? I spent some time analyzing search trends of different computing keywords to try to put everything in perspective. Google trends is a nice too that gives insight into broad search patterns. We all know that the term “Cloud Computing” is relatively new to the Technology buzz. But just how new is it? For starters, I ran a quick comparison of “Cloud Computing,” “Grid Computing” and “Utility Computing”. The term Grid Computing has been around for a while (even before Google Trends... (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)