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The VoiceCon 2010 event, now called, “Enterprise Connect!” is underway this week from Orlando, Florida; broadcasting keynotes from Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Siemens, which you can watch for free on VoiceCon TV. As I mentioned previously, in my last unified communications blog post, “Telepresence – The Face of the Cloud“, the 2010 UC dance gets more interesting (and complicated) with each passing day.  As businesses continue to seek out ways to cut costs, and gain efficiencies, unified communications, and cloud computing, continue to provide alternatives for enterprises of all sizes to reduce their costs, and become more efficient in the process. Some of the leading news stories this week are: HP partnering with Polycom (you didn’t expect them to partner with Cisco did you?), Siemens partnering with VMWare for virtualized real-time enterprise unified communicati... (more)

More Technology Forecasts for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer I just can't help but share more technology forecasts for 2010, as it is January 1, 2010. Dan Grabham and the team from TechRadar put together some quality thoughts and I've included some of those and others below. First, let's address mobile phones during 2010. "It's the beginning of the end for the featurephone, those pretty but less functional handsets," says mobile phone specialist Gareth Beavis. "It's not that the segment is dying, rather that it's re-inventing itself as part of the smartphone revolution, meaning more applications for everyone." "Samsung's pledge to use Bada, which brings smartphone capabilities to cheaper handsets, on its lower end range shows that the soon-to-be world's biggest phone manufacturer wants to see smartphones in the hands of many more people, with the rest of the industry set to follow suit too." Think "Fort... (more)

Survey Says: IT Budgets in 2010 To Be at 2005 Levels

IT budgets will essentially be flat in 2010, increasing by a weighted global average of 1.3 percent in nominal terms, compared with 2009 levels where IT budgets declined 8.1 percent, according to results from the 2010 CIO survey by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP). 2009 was the most challenging year for IT since the survey began in 1999, and CIOs had faced multiple budget cuts wiping away four years of budget increases, giving CIOs basically the same level of resources as they had in 2005. While there are some signs of recovery in the 2010 projections, these will not overcome last year's cuts. The worldwide CIO survey was conducted by Gartner EXP from September to December 2009 and represents CIO budget plans reported at that time. The Gartner EXP CIO report "Leading in Times of Transition: The 2010 CIO Agenda" represents the most comprehensive examination of busine... (more)

Lighthouse Gateway Cloud-Based Identity and Access Management Service

Cloudonomics Journal on Ulitzer Lighthouse Security Group has launched a new website, www.DiscoverLighthouseGateway.com, dedicated to helping organizations explore the benefits of Lighthouse Gateway, a cloud-based Identity and Access Management (IAM) service. Developed to meet today’s security and business challenges, Lighthouse Gateway delivers all the benefits of a complete IAM infrastructure without the cost and burden of purchasing, deploying and maintaining an on-premise infrastructure. “With more leading companies leveraging the Gateway solution than ever, we wanted to provide customers with a comprehensive overview of this unique solution in an easy-to-navigate, interactive format,” said Eric Maass, Enterprise Security Solutions Director at Lighthouse. “Our new website, with comprehensive information on cloud computing, a TCO calculator and other tools, ill... (more)

Local Government User Group Looks to Location Intelligence

Windsor, Berks, UK - 4 February 2010 - Local Government Authorities are increasingly turning to Location Intelligence solutions for emergency contingency planning, public health initiatives and compliance directives, according to Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), the global provider of Location Intelligence, Data Management and Customer Communication Management solutions. As the democratisation of data drives the focus on new, on-demand delivery channels for public services, such as the government's G-Cloud, Location Intelligence will play an ever more central role in local government planning and innovation. These were the conclusions of more than 70 delegates from local government authorities attending the meeting of the independent MapInfo® User Group UK & Ireland (MUGUKI), which gathered in Bristol last month. The independent user group events are designed ... (more)

Integration Concerns No Barrier to Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Study from Mimecast Finds that Security and Integration Concerns are not Preventing Enterprises' Cloud Computing Adoption London - February 4, 2010 - Mimecast®, a holistic email management company offering SaaS-based email archiving, continuity, security and policy control, today announced the results of its Cloud Computing Adoption Survey, which examined the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among 565 respondents responsible for managing their organization's IT operations and budget across the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2009. Data from the recently completed online survey highlights the complex, often contrasting, thought process of IT decision makers regarding cloud computing. While security and integration issues are clearly users' biggest fears about cloud computing, these concerns have not dissuaded companies from implementing cloud-based... (more)

Crosscheck Networks Drives Business-Critical SOA

Crosscheck Networks, Inc. on Tuesday introduced the next generation of its flagship product, Forum Sentry v8.0, helping organizations seamlessly migrate their enterprise SOA deployments to the cloud while capitalizing on the cloud computing model for business and competitive advantage. The company unveiled the latest version of Forum Sentry at the International SOA & Cloud Symposium (http://soasymposium.com), the world's largest international SOA and cloud computing conference. Notably, at the show today, Crosscheck Networks (Booth # 13) CEO Mamoon Yunus will explore enterprise-to-cloud migration in the session, "Requirements for Extending Enterprise SOA to Public Clouds (http://soasymposium.com/agenda2010.php)." Additionally, company CTO Jason Macy will share best practices in SOA threat defense in "SOA Threat Modelling: Attacking and Defending REST, XML and SOAP ... (more)

This Week in Cloud

Featured on Cloud Commons Gartner report: The Cloud is Less Important than the Cloud Operating Model Do cloud service providers have a new and better approach to IT operations figured out – and can enterprises learn from them? In this report by Cameron Haight of Gartner (available free of charge on Cloud Commons), Cameron details new approaches to application and infrastructure architecture that some large public cloud firms are using to improve service delivery. Read the full report. Feature article On Cloud Computing Standards and Definitions When I go to the gas station these days, I am never certain how much I am going to be charged per gallon; however, I am always certain that I won't be cheated on the volume. If the pump reads four gallons, I never question whether I actually got four gallons. While I never have actually gone to the office in any high rise I h... (more)

Five Ways to Get Your Hands on OpenStack

OpenStack, the cloud computing project that works as an “Infrastructure as a service (IaaS),” has been one of the fastest growing open-source software projects in recent years. Originally part of a NASA project which became available for the public in 2010, Open Stack is managed by the non-profit OpenStack Foundation. With a highly modular architecture, OpenStack consists of a series of projects which are interrelated, handling different aspects like storage, networking and processing; all of which can be controlled by administrators through a dashboard. Such a system gives users a fair bit of autonomy in provisioning resourcing through web interfaces. Though it is a stand-alone and portable software, OpenStack is commonly seen as part of operating systems, usually based on Linux. But there are multiple ways to get one's hands on the software, some of which do not eve... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing Belongs to Asia

People often ask me where I believe the biggest opportunities for Cloud Computing currently are, at first I thought they were asking about the technical particulars like public clouds, platforms etc, but recently I've come to realize it isn't so much the technology as much as where the technology is being adopted that is important. Really what they're asking me is where is the money? I'm here today to tell you, it's in Asia. One of the more interesting side effects of creating the CloudCamp series of events around the globe has been as a market research vehicle. As interest in Cloud Computing increases in various geographic regions, so does the interest in folks on the ground who want to help organize local CloudCamp events. This network of local organizers has become an invaluable resource into new markets. These events have also done a tremendous job of forecasting ... (more)

A Cloud Computing Wish List for 2010

Cloud Expo New York A cloud spot market allows commercial cloud service providers the ability to announce surplus or idle processing and storage capacity to a cloud exchange. The exchange allows buyers to locate available cloud processing capacity, negotiate prices (within milliseconds), and deliver the commodity to customers on-demand. Cloud processing and storage spot markets can be privately operated, controlled by industry organizations, or potentially government agencies. Spot markets frequently attract speculators, as cloud capacity prices are known to the public immediately as transactions occur. The 2010 cloud spot market allows commercial cloud service providers to support both franchise (dedicated service level agreement) customers, as well as on-demand customers to participate in a spot market that allows customers to automatically move their applications... (more)