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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)

Cloud Computing Wish List For 2010

Early Bird Savings at Cloud Expo As hard as I tried I couldn't resist the lure of doing some type of year-end/new year type cloud blog. However, I decided to forgo the route of giving you a recap of what happened this year in cloud computing or attempting to guess where the rapidly expanding and changing cloud market is going via a list of 2010 cloud predictions. Instead, I've decided to give you my very own 2010 cloud computing wish list. Mind you, the things on this list aren't predictions for what's going to happen, nor is it made up of items that have a direct tie to any particular offerings. This is simply a list of what I'm hoping to see happen in the cloud computing space over the next year. 1) Application-centric cloud platforms: This is something I wrote about earlier in the year and truly believe is necessary for adoption in the PaaS segment to continue ... (more)

A Developing Country That Can Teach Hawaii an IT Strategy Lesson

IT Strategy on Ulitzer Vietnam is in the process of upgrading the entire country’s IT system. With support from organizations such as the World Bank, Vietnam is rebuilding not only physical infrastructure, but also starting from the ground up building new IT systems – including a large scale virtualization strategy. Hawaii may not be so progressive. The first line of an Associated Press story on Hawaii’s lack of a functional IT strategy goes like this: “In many ways Hawaii’s government runs its computers like the Internet age hardly happened.” (AP) The story goes on to expose Hawaii’s lack of IT policy, the fact they are using old systems, a mixture of Apple and PCs for individual users, have a 1960s version of disaster recovery (offsite physical diskette storage), and other parallels with industry that add more discouraging evidence to Hawaii’s IT shortfalls. Sens... (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)

Adobe Advances Web Application Development

Adobe Systems on Monday announced the immediate availability of Adobe Flash Builder 4 and ColdFusion Builder software, next generation Flash Platform tooling for building multi-platform rich Internet applications (RIAs). In addition, Adobe added a new Social service to the recently introduced Adobe Flash Platform Services. The Social service streamlines integration between Web applications and 14 leading social networks using Facebook Connect, Sign-in with Twitter, MySpaceID and LinkedIn. Flash Builder 4 accelerates rich Internet application development Flash Builder 4 (formerly Adobe Flex Builder) is a professional-grade Eclipse based development tool for rapidly building multi-platform rich Internet applications (RIAs) and content using the open source Flex framework. Developers can build more intuitive Web applications that enable customers, partners, and employe... (more)

Cloud Computing AntiVirus Security Startup Immunet Reaches 500,000 Members

Immunet, the developer of next-generation security and Cloud AntiVirus technologies, on Tuesday announced it has reached over 500,000 users of its free AntiVirus product, Immunet Protect. Immunet Protect 2.0 launched in June 2010 and received a 4.5 star rating from CNET. Immunet provides real-time protection from over 14 million threats through the Immunet Cloud. The product is extremely lightweight (up to 35 times smaller than competing products), fast, and compatible with other market leading security software. "We've grown extraordinarily fast since we launched our beta product in August of 2009. We owe our success to our members who recommend and share Immunet with their most trusted contacts, friends, and family," says Oliver Friedrichs, Immunet Founder and CEO, "We've focused on changing the AntiVirus experience from one that cripples your PC to one that is st... (more)

Getting Bought by Salesforce is Bad News for Thinkfuse Users

Last week we received an email from Thinkfuse, a cloud app that delivers “simple status reports.” To make a long story short, they told us (and their many customers) that they were purchased by Salesforce and were shutting down operations. Here’s a screenshot of the email: Getting bought by Salesforce is big news for Thinkfuse. They probably made a splash load of cash for themselves and their investors. They’re now involved with a product serving millions of subscribers, instead of a few thousand. They’re moving up the totem pole. Unfortunately, the deal is less good news for Thinkfuse users. We don’t use Thinkfuse internally, but we thought highly of the product, and knew several clients who used it. It is (was) a great piece of software: simple, focused, functional. To lose the service abruptly, with Mailchimp as the only proffered alternative, feels a bit… well… h... (more)

Microsoft To Release On-Premises Cloud Computing in 2010

It was inevitable, and I just missed the release by a few months, however, Microsoft is working hard on releasing the “Private Cloud”, your own on-premises cloud computing software. With the Microsoft cloud strategy, organizations can now move towards cloud computing models with the confidence that their existing investments in their datacenter are safe, and can be leveraged in this new paradigm. Existing applications and services will be able to move to the private cloud without the need to learn unproven technologies or introduce unnecessary complexity. The Microsoft Private Cloud enables: Management of the datacenter fabric as a single pool of resources Delivery of scalable applications and workloads Focus on the management of the datacenter service and it’s dependencies Federation of services across the full cloud continuum Microsoft is enabling customers to buil... (more)

An Exclusive Interview with Oracle, Cloud Expo 2010 Diamond Sponsor

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo "We believe that cloud is an important trend that we will support. We have two objectives. The first is to ensure that cloud computing is fully enterprise grade, meaning high performance, scalability, reliability, availability, security and standards-based for portability and interoperability. Second, we will support both public and private cloud computing in order to give customers choice," says Richard Sarwal, SVP Product Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager - and upcoming Keynote Speaker at SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Computing Expo - in this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Computing Journal: Oracle played a pioneering role in making Grid Computing relevant to enterprises - I'm thinking of Oracle Real Applications ... (more)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge organizations. And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand. Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical limitations is... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East Will Take Place April 19-21 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/09 -- SYS-CON Events announced today that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo  will take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. The three-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different cou... (more)