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Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose "beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

The Next Chapter in the Virtualization Story Begins

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoting at the event. His theme will be "An Open Cloud Ecosystem - the Gathering Storm." Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo was also Platinum Plus Sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Expo held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City Cloud Computing Journal: How would you define the difference between Private clouds and Public Clouds, and why is the distinction so important in the context of Cloud Computing? Pete Malcolm: Actually, I think people get rather too hun... (more)

EMC Looks to Cloud Computing and Virtualization

"We did not invent the cloud," said EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Joe Tucci Tuesday, "but we definitely have recognized the opportunity early." Tucci was speaking at an analyst event at which he stated that EMC expects its revenue to grow by 65% over the next four years on the back of virtualization and cloud computing initiatives. Tucci was adamant, according to the Wall St. Journal report of the meeting, that these two technologies are destined to prevail throughout the IT world. "No segment of the industry," he declared, "will be immune to this disruption." EMC is one of the many distinguished Exhibitors at 8th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Last month, the Journal reminded us, EMC reported all-time record quarterly and full-year revenue and profits, aided by its majority owners... (more)

Network Engines and Allin Deploy Next Generation Security Solution at SESCO

Network Engines, Inc. (NASDAQ-NENG) and Allin Corporation (OTCBB-ALLN), a leading Microsoft Gold Certified partner, announced the successful deployment of a next-generation security solution at SESCO, LLC, including Network Engines NS6300 Security Appliances. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, SESCO is an electricity and natural gas trading company with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The boutique firm is a combination of seasoned energy commodity experts and technology professionals that depend heavily on their IT infrastructure to serve its real-time trading operations. In order to meet the current and future requirements of their systems, SESCO hired Allin, to assess their current network infrastructure and help select new solutions. After a thorough assessment, Allin recommended the deployment of Network Engines NS6300 Security Appliances, which allowed SE... (more)

IBM Pushes Cloud to China, EU

IBM intends to set up a Cloud Computing Center in Wuxi, China so dozens of emerging Chinese software companies can tap into a virtual computing environment to support their development. It appears to be a three-way deal between IBM, Wuxi Tai Lake Industry Investment and Development Company Ltd and the Wuxi municipal government. IBM is offering Rational development tools, WebSphere Application Server and DB2 running on System x, p and BladeCenter machines managed by Tivoli. The center will be built with its so-called Blue Cloud technologies to achieve Web 2.0 capabilities such as mashups, open collaboration, social networking and mobile commerce. Meanwhile, IBM's Haifa Research Lab is also leading a 17-million-euro EU-funded cloud computing initiative called RESERVOIR, for Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers, to explore deploying and managing IT se... (more)

Red Hat Named "Platinum Sponsor" of Virtualization Conference & Expo

Red Hat is a  trusted open source provider.  Red Hat offers enterprise customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures on the quality and innovation of open source. Combining open source operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management, and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training, and consulting services worldwide to help enterprises take full advantage of the value of open source technology. For more information, please visit www.redhat.com/                   Red Hat CTO Delivers Virtualization Keynote Brian Stevens, the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Red Hat, delivered his Virtualization Keynote entitled "The Future of the Virtual Enterprise" at SYS-CON's  Virtualization Conferenc... (more)

Cloudworks CEO Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

"We shouldn’t be surprised that mainstream business is approaching cloud computing with caution," notes Cloudworks CEO Mike Eaton, who will be giving a session next week on the challenges of Marketing a Paradigm Shift at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conferecne & Expo (November 19-21, 2008) being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. "Businesses have many concerns about moving their data to the cloud, some legitimate and some irrational," Eaton continues. "All these concerns need to be overcome in order for a widespread adoption of Cloud computing to occur." His session will discuss the obstacles to getting customers to embrace the concept of cloud computing and how to overcome them. This session will cover topics such as the dangers of preaching to the converted, why “better” isn’t good enough when moving customers away from the familiar, and commun... (more)

Amazon's CTO to Keynote at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Amazon CTO Dr. Werner Vogels will deliver the opening keynote at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.cloudcomputingexpo.com), which will take place November 19-21, at the Fairmont Hotel at the heart of Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. The first International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will be colocated with the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo (www.virtualizationconference.com).. Building the right infrastructure that can scale up or down at a moment's notice can be a complicated and expensive task, but it's essential in today's business landscape. This applies to an enterprise trying to cut-costs, a young business unexpectedly saturated with customer demand, or a start-up looking to launch. There are many challenges when building a reliable, flexible architecture that can manage unpre... (more)

ParaScale Founder Outlines Next Generation Cloud Storage Characteristics

Storage Pavillion at Cloud Expo Over the past year cloud storage has emerged from an over-hyped technology to more definable with use cases to demonstrate its value. But, the industry is still grappling with the concept that cloud storage doesn’t have to be public, multi-tenant clouds. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Most agree that data is growing faster than Moore’s Law. Existing storage solutions are failing to keep up. At scale they experience performance issues, management complexities, and are expensive. Next generation private cloud storage solutions are architected to address enterprises’ exploding data problems. ParaScale Founder and CTO Cameron Bahar asserts advanced private cloud storage provides a new architecture for “machine generated” content like log files, RFID scan data, video surveillance, and genomics to ease ... (more)

31 Days of our Favorite Things: Network Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 (Part 8 of 31)

What is virtualization? “It’s when you have a computer that is, um.. virtualized.. and it’s all like ‘Hey.. I’m running on my own hardware’, but really it’s not.” Okay.. what you’ve described there is a kind of virtualization.  I’d call it Machine Virtualization.  And there are other kinds such as Desktop Virtualization and Application Virtualization.  What’s common about all of those is that there is a disconnecting of something that was once tightly connected.  Operating Systems that were running directly, and with sole ownership of hardware are now running on “machines” that can be picked up and moved around without caring about the physical box they’re running on.  Desktops can run as sessions on local or remote servers.  Applications can be “installed”, but not really, so that they can be simply copied locally and run easily in their own sandboxes, and yet be c... (more)

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As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embracing the reality of Serverless architectures, which are critical to developing and operating real-time applications and services. Serverless is particularly important as enterprises of all sizes develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and controlling infrastructure. The rise of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is part of that redefinition of operations vs development roles in organizations.
Cloud-Native thinking and Serverless Computing are now the norm in financial services, manufacturing, telco, healthcare, transportation, energy, media, entertainment, retail and other consumer industries, as well as the public sector. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential. DevOpsSUMMIT at CloudEXPO expands the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike.
Technology has changed tremendously in the last 20 years. From onion architectures to APIs to microservices to cloud and containers, the technology artifacts shipped by teams has changed. And that's not all - roles have changed too. Functional silos have been replaced by cross-functional teams, the skill sets people need to have has been redefined and the tools and approaches for how software is developed and delivered has transformed. When we move from highly defined rigid roles and systems to more fluid ones, we gain agility at the cost of control. But where do we want to keep control? How do we take advantage of all these new changes without losing the ability to efficiently develop and ship great software? And how should program and project managers adapt?
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we've lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the...