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When back in 2005 we asked our globe-girdling network of industry executives, enterprise architects, software engineers, technology evangelists, analysts, and VCs to pinpoint what they thought the Next Big Thing would be, only one respondent singled out Virtualization and that was software industry legend Mitchell Kertzman, of San Francisco-based VC firm Hummer Winblad. Here is what Kertzman, now managing director Hummer Winblad Venture Partners but still famous for having been the founder and CEO of Powersoft (which merged with Sybase in February 1995), predicted: "There will be more and more software products built not on traditional hardware/software platforms, but on virtualized platforms." Since then, of course, research firm IDC has stated that spending on virtualization software and services is expected to exceed $15 billion worldwide by 2011 - up from $6.5 b... (more)

Virtualization & Cloud Computing: Perfect Together

Reuven Cohen's Blog Recently I've been asked about the benefits of cloud computing in comparison to that of virtualization. Generally my answer has been they are an ideal match. For the most part virtualization has been about doing more with less (consolidation). VMware in particular positioned their products and pricing in a way that encourages you to use the least amount of servers possible. The interesting thing about cloud computing is it's about doing more with more. Or if you're Intel, doing more with Moore. At Intel's core, they are a company driven by one singular mantra, "Moore's Law". According to wikipedia, Moore's law describes an important trend in the history of computer hardware: that the number of transistors that can be inexpensively placed on an integrated circuit is increasing exponentially, doubling approximately every two years. The observation w... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo - Elastic Computing vs. Cloud Computing: What's the Difference and When Do You Use Them?

Cloud Computing, in its current incarnation, falls short on its promise to make computing as a whole as simple as plugging an application into a utility service. The “cloud” model initially has focused on making the hardware layer consumable as on-demand compute and storage capacity. This is an important first step, but for companies to harness the power of the cloud, complete application infrastructure needs to be easily configured, deployed, dynamically-scaled and managed in these virtualized hardware environments. Thus "Elastic Computing" enters and enhances the cloud computing model by allowing companies to efficiently and cost-effectively configure, deploy and managing clustered, highly-scalable applications in cloud computing environments. This session will discuss in greater detail how these models work in concert and how to gain business value from them. Spo... (more)

Five Key Challenges of Enterprise Cloud Computing

In the past month or so I have talked to a lot of people in the cloud computing and virtualization space. Many of these folks are working at/on startups that solves one of the many challenges for Enterprise cloud computing. What are these challenges? I have tried to summarize them here (in no particular order). Data Governance I’ve written extensively about the need for data governance in previous posts. In essence, enterprises have a ton of sensitive data that requires access monitoring and protection. Data (and information generated from the data) is the life blood of many enterprises, the loss of control will not be acceptable. Whole markets (read: DLP) are created to protect the enterprise data and information. On top of all that, enterprises must comply with many of the regulations that require data governance. By moving the data into the cloud, enterprise, fo... (more)

FalconStor

FalconStor’s Director of Marketing, Fadi Albatai, and I had a chat recently about Hyper-V, storage virtualization, life and the universe recently. The news is that FalconStor is supporting Microsoft’s Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Multi-Site Clustering and Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Servers. FalconStor’ NSS enables automated, application-consistent failover in geographically dispersed clusters of both physical and Hyper-V [...] ... (more)

Head of Cisco's Cloud Team Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

"Cloud Computing by its very nature depends on the Network for both the construction of the Cloud as well as the delivery to users," declares David Bernstein, whose team runs Cisco's internal Cloud Computing platform. As VP and General Manager of Network Applications Infrastructure for Cisco, Bernstein has plenty of first-hand experience in this emerging category. He will be giving a breakout session called "The Network as a Cloud Fabric - Where It Is and Where It's Going" at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, in San Jose, CA - which is being held November 19-21, 2008. "Use of network facilities to enable security, isolation, and quality of service is possible today - yet is hardly used," Bernstein observes. Utilizing these features, as well as going forward advanced techniques including virtualization-aware networking and geographically distributed VLANs will enable tru... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing

As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com's CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide cloud computing momentum continues to grow. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal surveys a globe-girdling network of leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come. Contributors include Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces, Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Germany. PETER COFFEE Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK from 1... (more)

SYS-CON Announces Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today the latest event in its innovative series of real-world technology conferences, 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), a two-day deep dive into the new wave of Internet-based technologies that are changing the way that Federal agencies leverage, procure and utilize IT. GovITExpo, which is being held October 5-6, 2009 in Washington, DC, builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, the fastest-growing conference anywhere in the world devoted to the delivery of massively scalable IT as a service using Internet technologies. Data storage, security and software services are among the major themes of the technical program. Cloud Computing will be one of the main tracks. According to the Washington Post this week, the U.S. Census Bureau is using Salesforce's cloud to manage the activities of about 100,000 partner or... (more)

Cisco Names Strategy Chief

Cisco has named Ned Hooper its chief strategy office responsible for M&A and investments, a move Cisco watchers interpret as anointing CEO John Chambers’ heir presumptive. Hooper’s already the company’s senior VP of corporate development and head of its consumer unit, jobs he will keep. Cisco’s moving out of its traditional playground and says Hooper will help shape its plans and incubate new technologies. Acquired through an acquisition 11 years ago, Hooper was once Cisco’s VP of business development and bought Linksys, Scientific Atlanta, Webex, IronPort and Pure Digital, upping corporate revenue by $5 billion since 2002. ... (more)

Outmoded Applications and Data Explosion Hamper Innovation in Enterprises

A proliferation of on-premises applications, many of them outdated, and the ongoing data explosion are posing serious threats to businesses worldwide, according to a recent survey of companies in Europe and America by Capgemini. The first annual Application Landscape report found that millions of applications are obsolete and no longer deliver full business value. The result, says Capgemini, is a need to rationalize and retire applications, freeing up valuable resources to drive innovation and future growth, rather than maintain outdated systems. The sheer number of applications supported – up to 10,000 for global enterprises – combined with an estimated average data growth of five percent per month means applications management is on track to quickly become an issue of real significance. Moreover, as companies move toward the transfer of applications to the cloud, th... (more)

IGEL Technology Introduces Latest Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Embedded Firmware Upgrade

IGEL Technology, one of the world’s leading thin client vendors, today announced its latest Windows® XP Embedded firmware upgrade enhancing the broadest and most powerful range of thin clients on the market. The firmware allows full virtual desktop access via the Leostream Connection Broker, allowing organizations using virtual PC’s based on VMware’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) standard to use any Windows XPe model from IGEL’s award-winning product line. “The introduction of our latest Windows XPe image means that all of our 20 thin client models allow access to virtual PCs using VMware’s VDI standard,” said Stephen Yeo, worldwide strategic marketing director for IGEL Technology. “IGEL now offers the broadest range of VDI compatible thin clients from a single manufacturer and the ability to rapidly introduce ... (more)