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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 Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

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)

Welcome 2010 & Cloud Computing

We just finished the first decade of this century/millennium. The early part of this decade saw great worry about the Year 2000 problem. Much gloom and doom was predicted, but things passed off smoothly. No apocalyptic upheaval. As we usher in the next decade, the biggest buzzword is “Cloud Computing”, a rapprochement of ASP, SaaS, SOA, Virtualization, Grid Computing, Enterprise 2.0, etc. All these buzzwords have been making the rounds over past few years. Finally, computing as a “utility” seems practical and doable. Amazon took the lead in introducing AWS (Amazon Web Services) way back in 2003. It then brought in Storage as a Service concept via S3 (Simple Shared Storage). It also introduced EC2 (Elastic Computing Cloud), where Infrastructure as a Service became viable. I just read a nice summary of this written by M.R. Rangaswamy of the Sand Hill Group. While the ... (more)

The Challenge of Cloud Integration

If you have not seen or read James Urquhar’s recent articles on “’Go to’ clouds of the future”, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great assessment of today’s service providers position in the marketplace as they transition to cloud computing models. I’m inclined to agree with several of the points that James makes in “’Go to’ clouds of the future” particularly when he states, “start-ups and small businesses will be seeking integrated services, either from one vendor, or a highly integrated vendor ecosystem.” He also adds, “But there are very few companies out there today that can achieve broad IT systems integration.” This is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to lately in discussions and email exchanges with hosting companies. When I ask, “How are you preparing for cloud computing?” The answers range from, “we are the cloud” to “we provide cloud o... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead: PaaS Carefully

We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a Cloud First Policy, nor in State government (see Time For State And Local Govs To Head To The Cloud). Is the Cloud chasm too wide for legacy players (like Harris) to cross? Everyone in the industry is positioning for the game of the century as a result of the disruptive Cloud forces. As I wri... (more)

Salesforce.com Unveils Salesforce Chatter

New Media on Ulitzer Salesforce.com unveiled Salesforce Chatter, a new secure enterprise collaboration application and social development platform. Salesforce Chatter will revolutionize the workplace by leveraging the social networking models made popular by the consumer Web, allowing any company to collaborate in real time with a secure, private social network for their business. Content, applications and people will now have profiles, feeds and groups, enabling them to be deeply connected. In addition, developers will now be able to use the Salesforce Chatter platform to build social enterprise applications, and all 135,000 native Force.com applications will instantly become social. Salesforce.com is the only company uniquely positioned to deliver a social, enterprise-scale application and platform like Chatter because of its world-class security, trusted sharing... (more)

Salesforce Revs up the Cloud Data Tier Era with Database.com

Salesforce.com has debuted a database in the cloud service, Database.com, that combines attractive heterogeneous features for a virtual data tier for developers of all commercial, technical and open source persuasions. Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going far beyond the plain vanilla elastic, pay-as-you-go variety of database and storage services that have come to the market in the past few years, with Amazon Web Services as a leading offering. [Disclosure: Salesforce.com helped defray the majority of travel costs for me to attend Dreamforce this week.] Database.com offers as a service a cross-language, cross-platform, elastic pricing data tier that should be smelling sweet to developers and -- potentially -- enterprise architects. Salesforce, taking a page from traditional database suppliers like Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and SAP/Sybase, ... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe 2009 in Prague: Themes & Topics

The overall conference theme of Cloud Expo Europe [3rd International Cloud Expo] which will take place, May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise." Here we present a round-up of Themes & Topics that will be covered in the rich array of breakout sessions, General Sessions, and Power Panel dicussions at the 2-day event. Our organizing principle for the Prague event is that through our intensive schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, attending delegates will be assured of leaving with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging the Cloud, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scalability of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The event is co-located with SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference Europe 2009. Register Today for a Golden Pass and Attend Both... (more)

Callidus Software Launches New Commissions Manager Solution on Force.com

Callidus Software has unveiled its Callidus Commissions Manager solution. Commissions Manager is a 100% native Force.com solution that delivers a compelling, easy-to-use application that can be rapidly deployed and can help companies drive adoption of Salesforce CRM. The solution enables sales professionals to manage commissions and claims as part of their day-to-day opportunity management. Callidus Commission Manager is now available on the AppExchange at www.salesforce.com/appexchange. "Sales reps and managers always want immediate access to the latest information on their performance. Callidus Commissions Manager delivers just that," said Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer at salesforce.com. "Built on the Force.com cloud computing platform, customers can get Callidus Commissions Manager via the AppExchange with just a few clicks." Callidus Commissions Manag... (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)

Symantec to Present at Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009

Dr. Guy Bunker, Distinguished Engineer for Symantec UK, will be presenting at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009 (www.cloudexpo-europe.com) in Prague, The Czech Republic, this coming May 18-19, 2009. Cloud computing offers a fantastic opportunity to businesses of all sizes. However, there are pitfalls that no-one wants to talk about. In this session, Bunker will talk to some of the darker sides to cloud computing - those around security and availability. Understanding where the issues lie will help service providers to create better services and enable customers to ask the right questions of their providers. Speaker Bio Dr. Guy Bunker is a Distinguished Engineer at Symantec Corporation. He works in the office of the CTO, responsible for various pieces of technical strategy across the company.  He is currently an active member of the Enterprise Privacy Group a... (more)