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With an estimated $200 million bet on Cloud.com, if nothing else, executing an all-in open source strategy proves that Citrix doesn’t shrink in the face of high-stakes decisions. Cynics call this recent move an act of desperation – a Hail Mary in the absence of a better play. Others se...
Whenever there is a split between partners - it creates a lot of buzz in the industry with speculation on how it will eventually determine winners and losers. Sometimes the winners and losers are adjacent players and not the main players of the story.
View from my Hotel in Seoul As I sit here in downtown Seoul waiting for my various meeting...
Andreessen Horowitz has a model I have not seen at any other Venture Capital firm, and that model is paying off for a broad ecosystem of companies, investors and enterprise IT professionals. From the standpoint of an enterprise technologist, the payoff will come by their support of fir...
Do you know how many times Amazon Web Services changed the pricing of its cloud services in 2011? No? Neither do I. Cloud services are often dynamic with variable pricing and keeping track of price changes and optimizing your services accordingly can be quite an undertaking, particular...
Could they? Could it be out of Vogue to operate your own data center? Current developments in Corporate Social Responsibility and a maturing data center marketplace are starting to drive these changes. For many, this could be a discussion about the pink elephant in the room.
Cloud services provide a new and promising opportunity for Enterprises to address the growing complexity of Information Technology (IT). The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access to both private and company specific information on a global bas...
In recent times, cloud computing has played a dominant role in the industry. Whether you feel positively or negatively about it, it is undeniable that cloud monitoring, like any other component in your network, needs to be monitored – perhaps more than any other. To more old-fashioned ...

It’s like unicorns…and rainbows! #mobile

Mark my words, the term “mobile” is the noun (or is it a ve...

Cloud Computing Journal asks a variety of members of the ecosystem, from CIOs to independent consultants to marketeers, about where the i-Technology industry is headed next...here are their views on what's in store in 2012, starting with Nigel Dunn, Principal at Calx Europe – a Europea...
With 9th Cloud Expo at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center now finished, Cloud Computing Journal asked a variety of industry stakeholders what their Top Three takeaways were from the event, now that the many thousands of delegates are back at their desks and their companies,...
With 9th Cloud Expo at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center now finished, Cloud Computing Journal asked a variety of industry stakeholders what their Top Three takeaways were from the event, now that the many thousands of delegates are back at their desks and their companies,...
With 9th Cloud Expo - Cloud Expo Silicon Valley - in full swing at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California, what's being said about the future landscape of cloud computing? In this round-up we asked a variety of members of the cloud computing ecosystem, from CIOs to independent...
The cloud stack market continues to go through waves and gyrations, but increasingly now the future is becoming more clear. As I have been writing about for a while, the number of competitors in the market for “cloud stacks” is totally unsustainable. There are really only four “camps...
The markets may be melting, but Cloud Computing continues to attract headlines, VC dollars, M&A activity, and more. So let's take a quick look at what's being said, written, and done about the Cloud...now that we have reached Fall 2011.
Several months ago I wrote about the Tau Index, a measure I created to find the countries who are the most aggressive in deploying IT. My idea was to aggregate certain measurements to level the playing field - it's easy enough to find the countries with the world's largest IT budgets, ...
The Washington DC crowd has been roiled in recent weeks by an article written by "Mr. Y," a pair of Naval officers who think the US has become too paranoid about terrorism, too spendthrift with its military, and too cavalier about the future of educating its children. The reports cites...
A question came up recently at a Cloud Computing conference in Manila: given the Philippines' history of natural disasters, how confident can investors really be about building mission-critical datacenters in the country? One member of a special panel noted that there were no datace...
IT buyers and vendors in the coming year will no doubt be focused on data integrity and security, on SLAs, and on whether their commitment to Cloud means virtualizing on-site datacenters and/or moving some things (eg, the webserver) to a third-party. They will no doubt discuss SaaS a...
Enterprise service bus as a service will begin to emerge within enterprise clouds to allow common messaging within applications among different organizational units. This will further support standardization within an enterprise, as well as reduce lead times for applications developme...
Continuing our series, we hear now from Steve Jin, Top 50 blogger on Cloud Computing at DoubleCloud.org, Author of VMware VI & vSphere SDK (Prentice Hall), and Founder of the open source VI Java API.
Cloud Computing Journal authors look at the short- and mid-term future of the Cloud. Today we start with KEVIN L. JACKSON Editor, Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer, and LARRY CARVALHO, the 2011 Instructor of Cloud Expo's ever popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp.
Vivek Kundra, the CIO of the United States, is getting down to business on the “Cloud First” initiative that was announced by the OMB a few weeks back. He’s been showing a snappy slide deck around town in DC the past few days that will probably affect different people in very differen...
History has many examples of invaders wielding steel swords, repeating rifles, or whatever the latest weapon may be, driving out people who are less well-equipped. Corporate IT departments are starting to go the same way, at the hands of people equipped with cloud computing. The Open ...
There are plenty of “Top 5 lists” with generic reasons for why businesses should migrate into SaaS and cloud computing. Scalability, cost, mobility – they’re good reasons, sure, but we’ve heard them before: what else does cloud computing offer? If you’re thinking about moving your busi...

Security concerns (real and imagined) have long dominated much of the cloud conversation and caused many companies to deliberate about getting started in the cloud. Slowly, the security issues are being addressed--through the adoption of corporate policies for cloud usage, maturing ...

One sure sign that a new technology market is approaching critical mass is when people start fighting over it. I’m not talking about abstract arguments and dialectical debates about meanings and means. I’m talkin’ fisticuffs, mano a mano, the sweet science! And with cloud computing,...
We have now reached that time of year when the great and the good partake in the festive tradition of crystal ball gazing, as they predict the IT industry’s future trends for the next twelve months. Over the next three weeks or so we will be deluged with various top tens, who w...
There is an exhaustive new study out that should give enormous pause to organizations considering or already using public cloud services, especially for storing data and documents. The research was conducted by The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London...
Here are a few predictions about the Cloud for 2011 from an article I read that I thought I’d share with you. Some of them are quite startling. Here goes: - Don’t Expect Cloud Standards in 2011 – Yeah, there will be drafts of standards, and possibly some ratifications...
The cloud computing ecosystem is rapidly changing with acquisitions. This note is about how one company has expanded their realm to other focus areas responding to customer demand.
A few days ago, Microsoft published The Economics of the Cloud, a whitepaper that has so far not gotten nearly as much attention or consideration as it deserves. Perhaps this indifference is due to a collective freshman flashback on the dreaded “Econ 101” or, to skepticism about Micro...
The newly-formed Open Data Center Alliance doesn't seem entirely wholesome. Wielding its collective $50B/year IT spending power as an offensive weapon, it aims to dictate the details of the data center of tomorrow to the tech industry, turning IT managers into technology designers and...
Cloud computing consists of several components like storage, compute resources, applications and infrastructure. The success of most cloud computing initiatives is dependent on a well connected system that can contribute to making high availability a realistic goal at a reasonable cos...
The private cloud enables elastic computing but the public cloud enables the elastic enterprise, a new business model where IT is resource that is shared with partners and customers. It can create new business processes that have greater richness, flexibility, and efficiency than thos...
Novell paid Harris Interact to survey enterprise IT decision makers about cloud computing so as to make a case for its new private cloud management products. Not surprisingly, the public cloud comes out smelling a bit musty and the survey design a bit off for it. Nevertheless, even w...
The Tau Index has two key elements: 1. it adjusts a nation's IT expenditures for the local cost of living--IT costs the same in absolute terms everywhere, so makes a bigger impact in poorer countries. 2. it rewards countries that have smaller income disparities--IT's advantages should ...
In his keynote address at the NetEvents Press Summit in Istanbul, Brocade CMO John McHugh pulled a major "Debbie Downer," decrying the immediacy of cloud computing and calling it "overhyped". He further predicted that true utility computing is "probably 10 or more years away" and coun...
Just a week after our blog post on the telcos, we find another big company joining the cloud computing tsunami – Oracle’s Sep. 23, 2010 07:15 AM EDT  Reads: 12,200


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