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In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1-4, 2010) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem.
A major shift in the way companies obtain software and computing capacity is under way as more companies tap into Web-based applications. Cloud Computing refers to both the applications delivered as services over the Internet and the hardware and systems software in the data centers th...
Enabling on-demand IT and the seamless integration of cloud computing into the enterprise starts within the enterprise. In order for large-scale adoption of cloud computing, enterprises must learn to use these resources to their fullest extent while not giving up the security, control ...
CA Technologies on Wednesday unveiled CA Service Desk Manager On Demand, a fully ITIL pre-configured version of CA Service Desk Manager, featuring workflow-driven automation for incident, problem, change, request and knowledge management. As part of CA Technologies mission to deliver i...
CA Technologies has named Mark Frost general manager of its IT Management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Customer Solutions Unit (CSU). He reports to Chris O’Malley, general manager of the company’s Growth Markets CSU, which is focused on growth companies under $2 billion in revenue, gro...
CSC, the $16 billion-a-year systems integrator-cum-hoster, cozy with U.S. federal agencies and a competitor of Accenture, HP Enterprise Services and the mighty IBM Global Services, is taking its first shot at the cloud using Skytap widgetry. Its ambitions have spread to taking on Ama...
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is increasingly considered “enterprise grade” by many IT buyers, and a viable choice to achieve reduced costs, improved service, and ongoing timely functional currency. Customers are looking for "just what I need" solutions – in terms of pricing, functional...
There are a growing number of “as a Service” cloud solutions on the market – from PaaS and IaaS to SaaS and more – but most companies still don’t know how to get started or how to identify which “aaS” will address their company’s needs. In their session at the 7th International Cloud...
Nimsoft on Tuesday announced that Lead IT Consulting has deployed Nimsoft On Demand across its cloud-based services infrastructure. Nimsoft On Demand virtually eliminates the need for Lead IT to procure, configure and manage its own monitoring infrastructure. This cloud-based model w...
You may have missed it in the flurry of news from Apple, but VMware recently signaeled two trends at their annual get-together, the combination of these two trends however has some distinct consequences, that so far did not get picked up by the media. Let me start with a disclaimer a...
Skytap Inc., a provider of self-service cloud automation solutions, on Monday announced that CSC has selected Skytap to power its CloudLab offering, a recently launched cloud-based development and test service delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Through the strategic par...
In 2005, our company, ServusXchange LLC, was a fledgling SaaS information technology startup focused on business process and workflow collaboration solutions. Led by our co-founder, Brian Javeline, we identified an emerging opportunity, an unanswered need in the home remodeling and rep...
Zuora, the subscription billing start-up, finds things going swimmingly enough that it’s opening its first European office in London planning to staff it with 10 people this year. It’s also hired Drew Harman out of Ariba, where he was VP, product management, and VP, corporate strategy,...
Jamcracker and Eucalyptus Systems say they have integrated their cloud management and cloud creation platforms so users can self-provision and automate the procuring of resources and building scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private and hybrid clouds on the Eucalyptus platfo...
NEC is going to set up a small but comprehensive Chinese cloud joint venture with Neusoft Information Technology Company in October offering SaaS, PaaS and IaaS solutions locally. NEC will underwrite 70% of the operation. Cloud computing is said to be growing 30% a year and should be w...
Verizon, which is really into this cloud business – against the day when phones as we know them evaporate into the ether – and so means to have clouds for everybody eventually, has added to its very high-end, mission-critical, totally handheld public cloud of last year. It’s taken VM...
What are small, high-growth companies experiencing as they make their move to on demand applications and how they are dealing with concerns around security, integration, business disruption? In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Shawn Reynolds, Director at SAP, will dis...
On Tuesday VMware has announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Integrien, a provider of real time application and infrastructure performance analytics software, and TriCipher, a provider of secure access management and enterprise identity federation for cloud...
VMware has expanded its vision for modern IT infrastructures and announced six new products and services that help enterprises and service providers achieve the benefits of cloud computing while maintaining the control and freedom of choice they require. IT as a Service is the transf...
The Internet is quietly being replumbed. That shouldn’t surprise anyone involved with it; the Internet is always being replumbed. But you might be more surprised to learn that the next few years will bring an unusual burst of changes in that plumbing, some with great potential conseque...
Verizon Business says its Computing as a Service (CaaS), which includes on-demand server, network and storage capacity, has passed a Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance audit for storing, processing and transmitting credit card information. That re...
Not every application is meant to be deployed on the Cloud. I will discuss some of the patterns that are seen in enterprise world which make the ideal scenarios for the Cloud deployment. This will give a high level framework for decision makers to identify the best candidates for the C...
SAP’s quarter didn’t turn out quite as well as Oracle’s, its great competitor. Oracle’s earnings in the calendar second quarter were up 25%, helped by the Sun acquisition. SAP’s profits were up 16% to $638 million (€491 million), or 52 cents a share, but not as much as the punters th...
Best cloud solutions are created by integrating multiple applications. Some of these applications are on premise while others are delivered through the cloud. SaaS vendors supporting integration standards enables easier implementation of cloud solutions. Having purchased a MacBook P...
Installing the development platform / runtime running .NET or Java stack on a set of VMs provisioned on the Private (IaaS) Cloud doesn’t turn it into a Private PaaS. PaaS should really abstract the nuts and bolts of the infrastructure (OS, middleware and other plumbing) and should expo...
Matrix-Online is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that runs on the Windows Azure and SQL Azure Platform as a Service (Paas). The solution provides a cloud-based contract management repository where companies can track, search and set alerts for all of your active contracts. No I...
With security and legal concerns being slowly addressed by the industry, lock-in and standards are rapidly becoming the biggest concerns regarding cloud computing. If the cloud industry is to make good on its promise, these will need to somehow be addressed. Let’s examine some recent d...
Facebook is using salesforce.com for its sales operations. Salesforce says Facebook did a build-or-buy analysis and went with its Sales Cloud 2 for its quick implementation time and ability to scale. It’s deployed the system across its sales teams and developer relations to automat...
Skydera, a centralized platform to manage multiple cloud environments, announced the beta release on Wednesday. The Skydera management console provides a single intuitive interface to manage servers, deploy applications, control user access, track usage, and centralize billing. The pla...
An IT organization can also use Cloud to plan and deliver their overall software estate, achieving better application integration as well as more streamlined use of utility infrastructure. The main characteristic that Cloud computing is known for is IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service),...
Microsoft announced Monday that it’s boxing the thing up as a server appliance so that companies and government agencies touchy about where their data is can have private Azure clouds, and service providers can set up public Azure clouds. It will also be the basis of hybrid Azure cloud...
IT vendor lock-in is as old as the IT industry itself. Some may even argue that lock-in is unavoidable when using any IT solution, regardless of whether we use it “on premise” or “as a service”. To determine whether this is the case, we examine traditional lock-in and the to-be-expecte...
Zuora has announced it has launched Z-Force 3.0, a 100 percent native Force.com application, as part of its July '10 release. July '10 also includes enhancements and additions across Zuora's other subscription billing products, including Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Commerce. Combining...
Cloud Computing can be realized through multiple implementation models. One of the implementations that is gaining a lot of interest is the Private Cloud.  This article attempts to look at the key attributes of an ideal Private Cloud and takes a futuristic view of the Private Cloud in ...
In 1943 former IBM president Thomas J. Watson allegedly said: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers". Will cloud computing prove Watson to be right after all?
Rubik’s Cube was first patented in 1974. The first book talking about a solution algorithm was published in 1981. In 2007, computers were used to deduce the smallest number of moves to solve a cube, and in  2008 that number was further reduced. That’s 34 years after it was invented. An...
A seeming paradox exists today in most software vendors. It goes something like this: Our product is hard to explain, demonstrate, and sell. So we need to hire more salespeople to help sell it. But salespeople are expensive, so we don’t want them to spend too much time with each custo...
Cloud Computing is the most discussed IT innovation of recent times. This Primer provides a structured overview of what Cloud Computing is and what the potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how Cloud Computing will impact IT management and IT's role in the organizat...
"Technology's just not at a point where you can run a mission-critical application on a public cloud," said SAP's CTO Vishal Sikka in a report that BusinessWeek.com is carrying this morning quoting a "recent interview" with Sikka.
General Dynamics (GD), the big $32 billion-a-year American defense contractor, ushered in four new Tadpole ultra-thin clients Monday, two mobile, two wireless desktops. Those up on their Sun lore will recall that Tadpole was the name of the Texas start-up that created the first and ...