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"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the conference tracks for CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transfo... (more)

Ballmer: "We're Very Early in the Virtualization Technology Cycle"

"Today, we launch our virtualization strategy in earnest," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday at a live event in Los Angeles, CA, to launch Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. Windows Server 2008, Ballmer noted, included a beta version of the Hyper-V virtualization technology. "We're very early in the virtualization technology cycle," he said. As Jessica Mintz of the Associated Press observed: "Notably absent from the server launch was a final version of Hyper-V, a software layer that allows IT people to turn a single server computer into many virtual machines. While a beta version is available, Microsoft has said that component won't be complete for another six months, even as Chief Executive Steve Ballmer touted virtualization as one of the key trends addressed by Microsoft's new generation of programs." The late Hypervisor aside, ... (more)

Enterprise Virtual Management for Next-Generation IT

Virtualization enables strategic benefits, but significantly impacts infrastructure, operations and configuration management. Virtualization’s additional complexity and new management challenges can adversely affect TCO, reduce service levels, threaten security and pose compliance issues, as well as introduce new problems like VM sprawl. In this session, you'll learn how virtualization impacts traditional management disciplines, and their supporting people, processes, and technology. Participants will learn about the next generation of Enterprise Virtualization Management, and how it dramatically simplifies the management of growing virtual environments. Topics include eliminating sprawl, reining in snapshots, effectively dealing with offline VMs, and virtual appliances. You will also learn how to support distributed provisioning, delegated administration and self-s... (more)

President & CTO of 3tera Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

The 3tera Blog Months ago, 3tera unveiled our Cloudware architecture. But rather than try to convince the world that there is only a single architecture that works and ours is it, we emphasized that Cloud architectures need to be open. Not only need they interoperate with all sorts of hardware and software as virtual appliances, they need to interoperate with other Clouds and Cloud components as well. Now, of course, the two undisputed leaders in virtualization, VMWare and Citrix/Xen, have both announced suites of products in support of Cloud Computing - vCloud and Citrix Cloud Center (C3), respectively. Undoubtedly, Microsoft and Red Hat and more will follow. The anticipation that drove our Cloudware architecture is proving spot on. There will be multiple global Clouds, they will not all be the same, and the ones that will get the brass rings will be the ones that ... (more)

No Tecknolegy: Five Costs of Inaction, or Why Cloud Computing Makes Sense

It’s easy to always say no. Your systems function, the processes are clear, it works. Why invest in cloud computing if nothing is broken? What’s wrong with inaction? We hear that sentiment all the time and it’s easily understood. Business owners are risk adverse and they don’t want to fall for short-term fads, especially with the backbone of their business (IT). That’s commendable. Unfortunately, when a game changer like cloud computing comes along, undue conservatism becomes increasingly costly. Here’s why. 1. When you overlook meaningful trends you then lend a strong competitive edge to early adopters. For example, if your competition’s sales team is linked in via mobile, cloud-based sales pipelining tools, and your team is still struggling to access your on-site server and wonky on-premise CRM, what chance do you stand in competitive bidding? It’s like fighting ... (more)

Cloud Computing Reference Architecture – Review of the Big Three

Cloud Reference Architecture Reference Architecture (RA) provides a blueprint of a to-be-model with a well-defined scope, the requirements it satisfies, and architectural decisions it realizes. By delivering best practices in a standardized, methodical way, an RA ensures consistency and quality across development and delivery projects. Major players in the cloud computing field are: Hewlett Packard IBM Microsoft (Unlike HP, IBM Microsoft's Cloud Reference Architecture is specific to HYPER-V ) They have created their reference architecture for cloud computing. This should be a very happy news for enterprise adoption as we have blueprints from the industry leaders.  We strive to analyze their reference architecture on how they view the blueprint of a cloud model. The intention at this time, not to give any opinion on which is better, it is more of a understanding of t... (more)

CIOs Should Know that IT Is Infrastructure as a Service

InformationWeek has been out and about talking up their most recent CIO survey and keeps calling attention to the fact that one in three CIOs see creating a new business or business model as a driver in 2011. This is not a new phenomenon, but one in three is more CIOs than I would have intuitively thought, so I started to think about it. There has always been a drive, at least in every company I’ve worked for, that if you want to grow your ivory tower you need to generate revenue. Because IT is a support function – it was infrastructure as a service long before cloud computing came along, if you look at it in the right light – this mentality didn’t generally drive CIOs. Serving the business in the best manner possible was huge on CIO’s list of things to do, but generating revenue just didn’t drive them. Which leads to the question “why now?” The answer to that quest... (more)

NHS Targeted With Tailored Cloud Service From Proact

NHS demand for secure cloud services met by Service Provider ahead of competition London, UK 10 May 2012: Proact, Europe's leading storage integrator and cloud services enabler, is today announcing its IGSoC (Information Governance Statement of Compliance) certification, allowing Proact to bring its proven cloud services to the NHS. This will be a welcome move in the wake of the much-publicised criticism of the NHS National Programme for IT and in response to recent shakeup in the NHS budget and a number of high profile data breaches. With a savings target of £20bn by 2015, the NHS is under increasing pressure to deliver these savings and improve its processes whilst ensuring sensitive data is kept secure. Proact's range of secure, enterprise Managed Cloud Services is now tailored specifically to meet the demanding data protection and security requirements of NHS... (more)

A New Perspective on Enterprise Mobility and 2014 Requirements, Part 2

If the changes rapidly occurring in the enterprise mobility market were mostly hidden from view in 2013, they will be center stage with a spotlight on them in 2014.  The Yankee Group predicts these changes will be so huge that entire categories of enterprise mobility like the MADP (mobile application development platforms) may transform into something new and different.  They believe mobile platforms in 2014 will emphasize features like: open architecturesscalabilityextensibilityflexibilityembedded API managementdata orchestration capabilitiesintegrated analyticsagnosticism to tools, infrastructures and standardsThe traditional vision enterprise mobility platform vendors have chased for so long now seems to be fading away.  The business plans they embraced depended upon a customer buying the mobile platform, staying on it and maximizing the numbers of users.  The ... (more)

OpenNebula vs. OpenStack: User Needs vs. Vendor Driven

This post is a reprint of a post at OpenNebula.org We've crafted this post to answer a recurring question we've been hearing lately, specially from organizations planning to build their own private cloud: How do you compare OpenNebula with OpenStack?... This is indeed a complex question. There is no single answer because open-source projects and technologies present several dimensions. But we are far from afraid to answer it: the short, tl;dr version would be that they represent two different open-source models. While OpenNebula is an open-source effort focused on user needs, OpenStack is a vendor-driven effort. This is neither a question of one being better than the other, they simply represent different approaches. Let us compare both open source options based on the following criteria: internal organization, governance model, roadmap definition, contributor pro... (more)

NaviSite wins DCS Award for Datacentre Hosting/co-location Supplier of the Year

NaviSite takes home the top prize following a public vote for its work with Fashion GPS LONDON - 16 May, 2014 - NaviSite Europe Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, today announced that it has been awarded the Datacentre Hosting/co-location Supplier of the Year by the DCS Awards, for its work with Fashion GPS, a leading digital solutions provider whose services include sample inventory tracking and event management for the fashion industry. The DCS awards are designed to reward the product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and service providers operating in the data centre industry. NaviSite was recognised for providing highly secure, resilient colocation facilities to Fashion GPS. By implementing NaviSite's colocation services, Fashion GPS was able to deliver a higher level of integration and faster response times f... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buyers learn their thoughts on their experience.
Everyone wants the rainbow - reduced IT costs, scalability, continuity, flexibility, manageability, and innovation. But in order to get to that collaboration rainbow, you need the cloud! In this presentation, we'll cover three areas: First - the rainbow of benefits from cloud collaboration. There are many different reasons why more and more companies and institutions are moving to the cloud. Benefits include: cost savings (reducing on-prem infrastructure, reducing data center foot print, reducing IT support costs), enabling growth (ensuring a highly available, highly scalable infrastructure), increasing employee access & engagement (by having collaboration tools that are usable and available globally regardless of location there will be an increased connectedness amongst teams and individuals that will help increase both efficiency and productivity.)
Jo Peterson is VP of Cloud Services for Clarify360, a boutique sourcing and benchmarking consultancy focused on transforming technology into business advantage. Clarify360 provides custom, end-to-end solutions from a portfolio of more than 170 suppliers globally. As an engineer, Jo sources net new technology footprints, and is an expert at optimizing and benchmarking existing environments focusing on Cloud Enablement and Optimization. She and her team work with clients on Cloud Discovery, Cloud Planning, Cloud Migration, Hybrid IT Architectures ,Cloud Optimization and Cloud Security. Jo is a 25-year veteran in the technology field with tenure at MCI, Intermedia/Digex, Qwest/CenturyLink in pre-sales technical, selling and management roles.
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.