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Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Enterprise 'Internet of Things' Patterns and Opportunities | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Whether you're a startup or a 100 year old enterprise, the Internet of Things offers a variety of new capabilities for your business. IoT style solutions can help you get closer your customers, launch new product lines and take over an industry. Some companies are dipping their toes in, but many have already taken the plunge, all while dramatic new capabilities continue to emerge. Register for @ThingsExpo "FREE" (before Friday) ▸ Here In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director, Developer Evangelism at Salesforce.com, will discuss real-world use cases, patterns and opportunities you can harness today. Reid Carlberg's Salesforce IoT Presentation at @ThingsExpo New York Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at @ThingsExpo New York, Reid Carlberg, Senior Director at Salesforce.com, discussed business processes ripe for IoT style solut... (more)

Shades of the Blitz! Cloud Wars Loom Over Washington

For its next trick, the unquenchable, super-ambitious Google is gonna try taking over the US government. On Tuesday, after the first federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled Apps.gov, a thinly populated, GSA-managed, almost completely salesforce.com- and Google-dominated web store where federal agencies are supposed to go to get GSA-sanctioned cloud applications and “coming soon” infrastructure services as well as free software like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, Google said that by next year it would have a government-specific version of Google Apps that meet security requirements and complies with the Federal Information security Management Act (FISMA) and such. It’s also working on a government cloud, set for debut in 2010, that promises to keep the data inside the United States of America operated by people with security clearances. Then there’s Google for the Public ... (more)

Marc Benioff Takes Us Behind the Cloud

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company announced the availability of "Behind the Cloud," a new book by Founder and CEO Marc Benioff and published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley. "Behind the Cloud" will, for the first time, offer a personal insider's view of the creation of a cloud computing giant and tell the story of how salesforce.com brought businesses into the cloud in an era dominated by mass consumer cloud services like Facebook, Google and Twitter. Benioff shares personal stories of the pivotal situations that salesforce.com encountered on its ascent. "Behind the Cloud" provides readers with a practical, how-to guide, including 10 playbooks with 111 plays that are packaged as case studies so entrepreneurs and existing business executives may employ the secrets to salesforce.com's success. Readers will u... (more)

2010 Annual Predictions Bonanza

New-Media on Ulitzer This year we have seen almost every company, every blogger and his duck, feverishly posting their "annual predictions" before the December 31 deadline, as if there is such a deadline, and as if anyone cares about what they think in most cases. This is followed by a dozen or so 'paid' predictions news releases every day by companies who are pushing their "wish lists from 2010" as "predictions" and hoping that they come true. If you do a quick Google search on "2010 predictions" you will land on a predictions potpourri of more than 5,000 stories (the last time I looked). I especially enjoyed Fly Fishing Predictions for 2010, Identity Theft 2010 Predictions, The 2010 NFL Mock Draft Predictions, and Plastic Surgery Predictions for 2010. You even have the predictions of the "magazine industry" here. What magazine industry? I didn't know dinosaurs ma... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

The End of IT 1.0 As We Know It Has Begun

Innovation Journal on Ulitzer The time has come to declare the beginning of the end for the traditional approach to Information Technology.  The party is over. The End of IT 1.0 As We Know It – has begun.  To borrow a phrase from my previous IBM colleagues who wrote, “The End of TV As We Know It” with which I became familiar while working on IP Television (IPTV). You may wonder whether it’s too early to make the call given the lack of interoperability standards, security concerns, and common definition of cloud computing.  Well, the IPTV space shares many of the same similarities – emerging technology, emerging standards, emerging adoption, varying definitions, and yet the call was made in that space. Cloud computing is a shot across the bow for the giants of the IT industry.  They are on notice.  Certainly, some will make the transition, slowly, at the speed which... (more)

Cloud Telecomputers Introduces Glass

Cloud Telecomputers, a software innovator in business communication applications and IP telephony, today introduced Glass, its unique Android-based platform for desktop business smartphones. This SIP compatible platform delivers a highly attractive and intuitive user interface on an eight-inch color touchscreen, plus Outlook integration for tap-to-dial, Bluetooth for answering cell calls on your desk phone, voice dialing, HD speakerphone, and interfaces to popular CRM programs such as Salesforce.com. IT managers and partners can add additional features via Glass's open API. "Glass makes the desk phone relevant again," said David McMorrow, Cloud Telecomputers CEO. "It thoughtfully integrates business applications with IP telephony to bring the office phone into the 21st century. It's a technological leap forward in terms of applications and usability, helping profes... (more)

Adobe & Salesforce Cut Cloud Deal

Adobe in a strategic deal with Salesforce.com has put out a jointly developed, Eclipse-based Flash Builder for Force.com IDE - well, at least a developer preview - integrating their two platforms in the name of greater developer productivity in creating what they claim will be a "new generation" of rich Internet applications (RIAs) in the cloud - and some mumble about bringing the richness of the consumer web to enterprise cloud apps. Final delivery isn't scheduled until sometime in the first half of 2010. Meantime, see http://developer.force.com/flashbuilder where it warns against using the widgetry, which includes a beta version of Flash Builder 4 Premium, to build for production applications. No notion of pricing yet. Adobe, which is competing against Microsoft's Silverlight, says the partnership "has opened up a significant opportunity to tightly integrate our ... (more)

Understanding Cloud Taxonomies and Security

XML Security at Cloud Expo OWASP AppSec DC 2009 had a compelling session that defined cloud taxonomies and the security implications associated with the cloud computing. The three taxonomies that have become part of our vernacular are: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Set of virtualized components that can be assembled to build a application.  Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Opsource, and GoGrid are examples of IaaS where you can rent "virtual" hardware and software as a "pay-as-you-go" services.  If you need 5 Linux servers running MySQL Database for 3 months, you'd subscribe to an IaaS provider and using their REST or Web service-based API (or command line if you're too cool) to provision, de-provision and monitor your instance. Platform as a Service (PaaS): A runtime environment for application developer to deploy their applications in their desired programming environm... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - I

Early Bird at Cloud Expo Do you have reservations about cloud computing?  You are not alone.  Cloud computing is no panacea.  You may wonder then why I’m a cloud computing advocate.  Well, simply put, it has the best business model potential I have seen in the marketplace since the advent of the Internet. While it is true that the underlying technologies have existed for some time, they have now matured to a degree that SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS economic business models are viable. Still many have doubts.  So I will share my perspective in a 3 part article on Innovation, Risk, and Organizations. In parts 2 and 3, we will discuss risk and organizational challenges of innovation in the cloud. The relationship between innovation and risk is closely intertwined.  In innovation there is opportunity, and opportunity rarely presents itself without threats or risk. In order to... (more)