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When it comes to wide area networking, large global enterprises have some unique challenges to ensure that networking capabilities keep up with their complex business requirements. The most obvious challenge is the sheer scale of WAN operations. A very large enterprise could have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of locations around the world-and this makes the cost multipliers huge. Changing the cost equation for branch access can mean a difference in saving versus spending millions of dollars per month. Branch growth might happen in multiple global locations, often in countries where traditional MPLS service may not be cost effective-if it is available at all. Think about trying to stand up a new location on a small island in the South Pacific, or in a village in the Andes Mountains. Not only are communication options extremely limited, but the IT exp... (more)

Cloud Computing vs Grid Computing

Michael Sheehan's GoGrid Blog The Cloud just got another potential injection of PR from Apple as well with their announcement of MobileMe. Apple has brought a new technology term, the 'Cloud' - previously reserved for developers, IT managers and the like - to the main-stream public. We all know that the term 'Cloud Computing' is relatively new to the Technology buzz. But just how new is it? I spent some time analyzing search trends of different computing keywords to try to put everything in perspective. Google trends is a nice too that gives insight into broad search patterns. We all know that the term “Cloud Computing” is relatively new to the Technology buzz. But just how new is it? For starters, I ran a quick comparison of “Cloud Computing,” “Grid Computing” and “Utility Computing”. The term Grid Computing has been around for a while (even before Google Trends... (more)

Rackspace Hosting Launches Cloud Computing Partner Network

Hosting Pavillion at Cloud Expo Rackspace Hosting, the world’s leader cloud computing hosting, has restructured its global Rackspace Partner Network to help partner companies grow their business, better serve customers and realize a competitive advantage. Rackspace actively solicited feedback from its partners to make enhancements to the Rackspace Partner Network, which include a new tiered structure, highly competitive financial incentives, greater access to training and marketing resources. Rackspace Hosting booth at Cloud Expo Santa Clara was one of the busiest sponsor booths of the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo To add more structure and clarity to the program, Rackspace created four levels of commitment based on company size and level of sales: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Member. Additionally, Rackspace is offering partners aggressive com... (more)

Good Fences Between Apps and OS Make Good Neighbors in the Cloud

AppZero Session at Cloud Expo Did you ever have the invisible dream?  I don't like it.  It's the one where I have "the answer" to a big problem (usually involving giant, malevolent aliens) but everyone walks right past me because I'm invisible. I had that feeling yesterday reading James Urquhart's blog titled, "Application packaging for cloud computing: A proposal". He'd written a series of posts considering deployment and operations in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments. Looking at the impact of cloud computing on the use of virtual machines and operating systems, Urquhart wrote, "The very heart and soul of software systems design is being challenged by the decoupling of infrastructure architectures from the software architectures that run on them." Yes.  Exactly what I've been saying.  Exactly what AppZero does in ... (more)

Cloud Reigns in Spain for Supercomputing Apps

A company in Spain called C12G Labs is working with Open Nebula to create very-high-end Cloud Computing support services. C12G Labs' initial offering "focuses on the specific demands of datacenters building clouds for performance computing environments, mostly in science and engineering," C12G spokesman Professor Ignacio M. Llorente told us. (C12G is associated with the Scientific Park of Madrid. Its name is a "numeronym," beloved of geeks but less so of marketers perhaps. There are 12 letters between the "C" in Cloud and the "G" in computing; ergo C12G. Maybe I'll change my name to R12F.) "OpenNebula is being used by many supercomputing and leading research centers to build private, public and hybrid clouds for hosting virtualized computational environments," explained Llorente, "such as batch farms and computing clusters. OpenNebula is the most advanced open-sourc... (more)

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service is one of the three delivery methods of cloud computing (the other two are Platform as a Service and Software as a Service). Users of IaaS have the expertise to maintain operating systems and applications, but don't wish to purchase server, storage and networking hardware and a datacenter to house the hardware. The cloud provider provides these services from a shared pool. The cloud user will then use the virtual machines to fulfill their computing requirements and may install their own operating system and will install their own applications on the virtual machines. Some characteristics of IaaS: Elasticity: you can provision (add) or de-provision (remove) cloud instances to scale up or down your environment. Firewalls: may be host-based on each cloud instance (virtual machine - see below) and/or an Internet firewall that offers the c... (more)

How to Secure a Web Application

While security is a concern throughout an application, it is especially important for Web application components. An insecure Web application leaves a Web site vulnerable to many attacks, some that require nothing more than an Internet browser and a small amount of knowledge. The global and anonymous nature of the Internet means that a Web application can be attacked from anywhere in the world by individuals who frequently cannot be traced. Even if they are found, international law often makes prosecution all but impossible. Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) provides many security features. Understanding when and how to use these features is complex and error prone. Furthermore, J2EE security falls short of satisfying many of the needs of Web application developers. BEA WebLogic Server implements all of the J2EE Web application security features and extends them to h... (more)

If VMware Is "Virtualization 1.0" Is Microsoft the Avatar Of "Virtualization 2.0"?

Well, Egenera - which has no market cap at all because it hasn't gone public yet - claims it is. IDC, which coined the term, defines "Virtualization 2.0" as the next step beyond server virtualization replete with faster provisioning, high availability, disaster recovery, resource balancing and ultimately policy-based automation. Egenera says IDC is speaking its name. While VMware and its hypervisor are good at virtualizing one server at a time to improve hardware utilization, Egenera can virtualize the data center, creating networks of virtual and physical servers, and move individual servers, groups of servers or entire systems from one place to another seamlessly and securely with verifiable disaster recovery and uptime. So - convinced that accounts want more than server virtualization - Egenera is launching a software line of business and is going to put its PAN ... (more)

Scalent Systems Nominated for Virtualization Journal's "Readers' Choice Awards"

Scalent’s software lets data centers change server software stacks, network connections, storage access, and power state in real time- increasing business flexibility and asset ulitization. The benefits of Scalent V/OE in a virtual lab environment include: Remote ConfigurationFaster DeploymentsIncreased Flexibility Scalent V/OE software enables data centers to react in real-time to changing business needs by dynamically changing what servers are running and how those servers are connected to network and storage. Using Scalent, companies have been able to: achieve Test and Development lab automation, plan for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, and repurpose their existing IT assets while reducing server counts, simplifying manageability, and increasing reliability. SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choi... (more)

NetApp Improves Storage Efficiency in Virtualized Environments

NetApp announced new products and capabilities as part of the NetApp Manageability Software Family to enable customers to transform their data center architectures. This announcement was driven by NetApp storage innovations for virtualized servers that will help customers improve their IT infrastructure and processes. Enterprise customers are undergoing data center transformations to enhance IT flexibility and efficiency as server virtualization moves into broader deployment. To enable this transformation, NetApp is providing customers a proven storage platform for virtualized environments to achieve increased service levels, higher asset utilization, and greater data center power, space, and cooling efficiencies. "NetApp will be a major catalyst in enabling customers to capitalize on the next generation of data center infrastructure," said Jay Kidd, chief marketin... (more)

3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo Photo Album

SYS-CON's 3rd international Virtualization Conference & Expo, which took place June 23-24, 2008 in New York City, attracted more qualified delegates than any Gartner event in the past two years. Virtualization has quickly become a staple new concept for enterprise IT. At SYS-CON's 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, June 23-24, the conference faculty had exceptional speakers with high-quality use cases not only of how virtualization maximizes the use of resources and thus saves companies money, but also of how it is fundamentally altering the way that businesses run IT. The two content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of virtualization. Enjoy the photo album of the show. Please make sure to bookmark thi story page as we add new photos daily.... (more)

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