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RightScale and WaveMaker Software have integrated so customers can deploy WaveMaker-beholden web apps on clouds such as EC2 in a click and then manage them through RightScale’s automated cloud management platform. WaveMaker claims to have the only open source PaaS solution for developi...
Jigsaw, the data-as-a-service (DaaS) pioneer with the user-generated global business directory that means to have D&B watching its back, has released a suite of APIs and a toolkit so developers can deliver company profiles and detailed, up-to-date contact data from inside their web, de...
As virtualization becomes more widely deployed and enterprises look for new ways to leverage this revolutionary technology, says Citrix CTO Simon Crosby (pictured) the consumption and delivery of this technology is changing. Crosby will be expounding on this theme in a breakout session...
On yet another application review with a prospective client the issue of potentially troublesome data entity relationships came up. A number of our clients are existing QuickBase users who have made an initial attempt to design their applications and find that some assistance is neede...
3Di has been mainly focusing to date on development and offering of 3Di OpenSim (*1), its server software for the construction of 3D virtual worlds, and 3Di OpenViewer (*2), its original viewer software embedded into HTML web pages to view and interact with 3D virtual worlds in web bro...
The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level function...
With virtualization, server requests can be processed in minutes instead of weeks or months. But rapid provisioning of virtual servers can result in sprawl and other challenges. How do you ensure governance and prevent sprawl, while maintaining the efficiency and agility benefits of vi...
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) that have previously considered virtualization in the cloud but decided that it is too expensive or simply not viable should think again. Virtualization and cloud computing enables SMBs to green their operations and build IT infrastructures that are a...
What do the following industry executives have in common: the CTOs of Citrix, EMC and Sybase, the Founders of ParaScale and CloudSwitch, the CEOs of Zetta and Kaavo, the Chief Security Architect at Sun, the President of Hubspan and the Chairman of NComputing? The answer is that, alo...
While cloud computing offers tremendous promise, it takes significant effort to deploy, run, and manage custom applications in the clouds (public or private). To achieve the full benefits of cloud computing - according to Jamal Mazhar, Founder & CEO of Kaavo - what's needed is on-deman...
SOA Industry Analysis and Advisory Firm ZapThink launched a topic site on Ulitzer. ZapThink is an IT advisory and analysis firm that provides trusted advice and critical insight into the architectural and organizational changes brought about by the movement to XML, Web Services, and...
Christophe Bisciglia, former Googler and now Co-Founder at Cloudera, will be giving a session at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo on "Working with Big Data and Hadoop." The session will highlight the technical and business issues that make Hadoop so powerfu...
Offering IT as a service requires a paradigm shift in technology, operational processes and thinking about how business demand – manifested by applications – affects the use of all data center resources. Enterprise Cloud Computing enables IT as a service and is the next phase in data c...
Salesforce.com has announced the next chapter in the customer service revolution with Service Cloud 2. The Service Cloud, announced in January of this year, is the next generation solution for customer service - it exponentially increases the quality of service, while lowering the cost...
The Cloud storage segment of the Cloud Computing ecosystem can provide a roadmap for how to create a viable, profitable cloud computing industry. That is the contention of the President & CEO of Mezeo Software, Steve Lesem, who will be giving a breakout session at SYS-CON's upcoming 4t...
According to Cameron Bahar, Founder and CTO of ParaScale, hundreds of definitions from swarms of providers "have created confusion and devalued the cloud storage landscape." At his breakout session at SYS-CON's upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, being held No...
Cloud computing, both private and public, will unquestionably make life easier for IT. That is the firm opinion of Jason Liu, CEO of Univa UD, expressed in this Exclusive Q&A with Jeremy Geelan of Cloud Computing Journal and conference chair of SYS-CON's market-leading International Cl...
Today, we are an early cohabitant of “The Cloud”, thanks in no small part to our adoption of all of the cool cloud enablers mentioned above. But to understand how cool cloud computing really is, you first have to understand that the cloud is still in its infancy, and already, it’s a c...
Our conversation continues about the optimal mix of technology to support business process. In our last TechWise blog, "Living IT, QuickBase Leads The Way", we discussed the concept of Living IT and why organizations should plan for changing and dynamic technology. To elaborate furth...
The easiest way to build a bridge between private and public clouds is to own both ends of the bridge, which is exactly what VMware is proposing to do with a scheme it calls vCloud Express. VMware figures it’s got the internal private cloud covered with its vSphere widgetry. Now ...
SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal announced today that nominations will close on September 4 for its first annual Cloud Computing Readers' Choice Awards. Voting will begin on September 7 and end October 23, 2009. Winners will be announced the week of November 2-4, 2009. To nominate you...
Wipro Technologies, the global IT services arm of Wipro Ltd, says it’s going into the SaaS business with w-SaaS, a platform for rapid Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enablement of business applications using Oracle Grid Computing and Oracle application grid middleware. The platform is ...
Brace yourself. The cloud’s next phase is upon us. It’s the one-up phase, where cloud service providers each claim to be snazzier than the next guy. Savvis, a pioneer in virtualized utility services, previewed its next-generation VMware-based cloud infrastructure platform at VMworld...
Tod Nielsen and Paul Maritz hosted the Keynote yesteday at VMworld 2009 speaking to 12.488 attendees. Maritz painted the history of virtualization and presented the idea of the Virtual Datacenter where VMware allows you to manage your virtual datacenter – regardless whether depl...
The Moscone Center in San Francisco opened the gates for VMworld 2009. Over the next couple of days the attendees, partners and the press will hear the news about upcoming trends and challenges in virtualization and how VMWare (and their user base) is going to face them. The first anno...
There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share? Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. ...
Salesforce.com has poached Cisco mandarin Doug Dennerline, the head of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group, the repository of its WebEx widgetry and its cloud and SaaS ambitions – like the idea of taking on Microsoft’s $60 billion Office franchise with some Google Apps-like mojo that ...
The debate has raged for some time now about the exact definition of a 5GL. One might argue that there also is still some debate going on about what exactly is a Platform as a Service PaaS. Throw together two semi-ambiguous industry-specific buzzwords and what do you get? Well, for ...
Many of us have spent years explaining to customers why our various versions of Platform as a Service (PaaS) are their best alternative for customization and deployment of business software applications. Logically, there is little reason not to choose a PaaS as the core architecture f...
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 tha...
In an increasingly competitive market and wearing a target on its back, Amazon Web Services LLC, the company’s cloud arm, went into the hybrid cloud business Wednesday when it announced Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Still in limited beta and only in Amazon’s Eastern US Availabili...
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a big piece of the cloud computing puzzle, the other pieces being Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Application software as a service (SaaS). PaaS enables the delivery of solution frameworks and components as on-demand, pay-as-you-go services. Some ...
Appirio Tuesday launched a cloud-based professional service automation (PSA) solution on Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform. Called simply Professional Services Enterprise, it’s supposed to be designed for the most sophisticated professional service organizations, delivering end-to-en...
NetApp’s got itself a cloud platform. It’s updated its Data ONTAP 7G operating system, which hasn’t been revved since 2005, blended it with Data ONTAP GX scale-out clustering operating system, technology it got with its acquisition of Spinnaker Networks years back, and leavened it with...
Tibco has bought privately held DataSynapse for $27.7 million in cash including ~$13.3 million to pay down debt. DataSynapse develops enterprise grid and cloud computing software that provisions and manages applications across physical, virtual, and cloud-based environments. It’s suppo...
In conjunction with GS1 Canada, HP announced a product recall process Monday that straddles many participants across global supply chains. The pressures in such multi-player process ecologies can mount past the breaking point for such change management nightmares as rapid food or produ...
Content is information that is intended for human consumption, as opposed to "data," which are information intended for machine or system use. At times, we use other words such as knowledge, semantics, and intellectual assets to describe content. What differentiates human-oriented cont...
In the recent TechWise blog PaaS & the cloud Continuum we discussed the structure and phenomenon of Cloud computing. There really are two technological evolutions occurring simultaneously. One is the movement of storage and services to the cloud and the other is the push to interconn...
A primary element of SaaS and cloud computing is the virtual datacenter or Virtual Platform Infrastructure (VPI). VPI refers to virtual machines and virtual platforms that rely on many additional physical and virtual infrastructure elements. Over the past few years, new infrastructure ...
This is the clear path for open source and Java developers to the cloud. Microsoft will have its hands full just keeping the .NET developers and operators on the farm, so to speak. SpringSource made headlines last week when VMware scooped up the Java infrastructure and management firm ...