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By Bob Gourley The agenda for the 3rd Annual Cloudera Federal Forum (6 Feb 2014, Hanover MD) has firmed up and will no doubt lead to an incredible event. This will be a great venue for thought leaders from the federal government, great tech firms and very talented integrator firms. The speakers are a world-class-best mix of data and analysis practitioners, and from what I can tell the attendees will be the real action-oriented professionals from government really making things happen in Big Data analysis. This will be the perfect place to share lessons learned, exchange use-cases, meet others working similar challenges, and help advance the state of analytics in the government space. If you have not registered yet please do so now. Sign up at: http://ctolink.us/1l2h9AN Here is more: Agenda: Registration Open 7:00 AM Registration, Networking and BreakfastGeneral S... (more)

Federal Big Data Community Convenes 6 Feb at Apache Hadoop Forum

By Bob Gourley If you are an analyst or executive or architect engaged in the analysis of big data, this is a “must attend” event. We will be there engaging with the community and hope to see you there. Registration is now open for the third annual Federal Big Data Apache Hadoop Forum! Register here. Join us on Thurs., Feb. 6, as leaders from government and industry convene to share Big Data best practices. This is a must attend event for any organization or agency looking to be information-driven and give access to more data to more resources and applications. During this informative event you will learn: > Key trends in government today and the role Big Data plays in driving transformation; > How leading agencies are putting data to good use to uncover new insight, streamline costs, and manage threats; > The role of an Enterprise Data Hub, and how it is a game... (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)

ParaScale Cloud Computing Predictions for 2010

ParaScale Session at Cloud Expo In 2009 users were presented with a lot of choice, especially with cloud computing and cloud storage. Two primary trends were evident including the arrival of private cloud storage options with increasing choices for businesses looking to deploy their own storage clouds inside the firewall; and a rapid proliferation of public cloud storage service options with many service providers coming to market with varied offerings. Tweet this: #ParaScale announces predictions for #cloud storage http://bit.ly/7Oys93 2010 promises to bring with it even more excitement and advances in cloud computing and storage. Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale, predicts that in 2010:   Cloud becomes an action verb – We’ve already seen “Cloud” taken to new heights as an overused adjective and noun. In 2010, marketers will out-do themselves by clouding the la... (more)

2010 Annual Predictions Bonanza

New-Media on Ulitzer This year we have seen almost every company, every blogger and his duck, feverishly posting their "annual predictions" before the December 31 deadline, as if there is such a deadline, and as if anyone cares about what they think in most cases. This is followed by a dozen or so 'paid' predictions news releases every day by companies who are pushing their "wish lists from 2010" as "predictions" and hoping that they come true. If you do a quick Google search on "2010 predictions" you will land on a predictions potpourri of more than 5,000 stories (the last time I looked). I especially enjoyed Fly Fishing Predictions for 2010, Identity Theft 2010 Predictions, The 2010 NFL Mock Draft Predictions, and Plastic Surgery Predictions for 2010. You even have the predictions of the "magazine industry" here. What magazine industry? I didn't know dinosaurs ma... (more)

Elastra's Cloud Computing 2010 Predictions

Elastra at Cloud Expo Elastra Corporation, the provider of application infrastructure automation software, today released its top predictions for the cloud computing industry in 2010. “In 2009 we saw a lot of large enterprises get their feet wet with cloud computing. "They were testing the waters and trying to figure out a model that fits for the way they operate. In 2010 we will see a lot more projects kick off and the growth of private clouds in major companies. "Thankfully the hype cycle of cloud computing has faded. Now the real adoption of this exciting technology in the enterprise can finally begin,” said Stuart Charlton, CTO at Elastra. Microsoft Enters PaaS Market: With the introduction of Azure and SQL Server Modeling (formerly known as Oslo) Microsoft will enter the platform-as-a-service market as a strong competitor to Google’s App Engine. As Micros... (more)

Cloud Business Models Evolving Quickly

There's been a lot of talk about what 2010 represents from a cloud adoption point of view. Some say it's the year of the prototype, others the year cloud computing becomes the standard way people consume web based products and service. For me it represents the year companies innovate on the various cloud business models or to put it another way, it's the year we make money. As we, [Enomaly] deploy more and more cloud service providers around the globe it's interesting to see the differences among the various regions and classes of services providers and how they adapt our product for their particular market. When we built the latest iteration of the Enomaly ECP Service Provider edition, we decided to make the product as flexible as possible for a variety of different business / revenue and deployment models. This was a risky move, because it now means that we have the ... (more)

WILS: Moore's Law + Application (Un)Scalability = Virtualization

One of the interesting side effects of having been a developer before migrating to a more network-focused view of the world* is it’s easier to understand the limitations and constraints posed on networking-based software, such as web servers. During the early days of virtualization adoption, particularly related to efforts around architecting more scalable applications, VMware (and others) did a number of performance and capacity-related tests in 2010 that concluded “lots of little web servers” scale and perform better than a few “big” web servers. Although virtualization overhead varies depending on the workload, the observed 16 percent performance degradation is an expected result when running the highly I/O‐intensive SPECweb2005 workload. But when we added the second processor, the performance difference between the two‐CPU native configuration and the virtual ... (more)

President Obama's 2010 Budget Highlights Cloud Computing

President Obama's 2010 Budget (pp. 157-158) has highlighted cloud computing as a key tool for improving innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in Federal IT. " Cloud-computing is a convenient, on-demand model for network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. The cloud element of cloud-computing derives from a metaphor used for the Internet, from the way it is often depicted in computer network diagrams. Conceptually it refers to a model of scalable, real-time, internet-based information technology services and resources, satisfying the computing needs of users, without the users incurring the costs of maintaining the underlying infrastructure. Examples in the private sector in... (more)

One Billion Mobile Cloud Computing Subscribers !!

Yes. That's what I said! A recent EDL Consulting article cites the rising popularity of smartphones and other advanced mobile devices as the driving force behind a skyrocketing mobile cloud computing market. According to ABI Research, the current figure for mobile cloud computing subscribers worldwide in 2008 was 42.8 million, representing 1.1 percent of all mobile subscribers. The 2014 figure of 998 million will represent almost 19 percent of all mobile subscribers. They also predicted that business productivity applications will take the lead in mobile cloud computing applications, including collaborative document sharing, scheduling, and sales force automation. "The major platform-as-a-service providers - Force.com, Google and Amazon - are expected to start "aggressively" marketing their mobile capabilities starting in 2010. An earlier study from ABI Research repor... (more)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Will Mature in 2010: Microsoft's David Chou

While acknowledging that lots of work is currently being done to differentiate and integrate private and public cloud solutions, Microsoft Architect David Chou believes that Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is the area of Cloud Computing that will make its impact most noticeably in 2010 - especially for startups, and small-medium sized businesses. In this quickfire mini-interview with SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, in the run-up to November's Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, CA, Chou also mentions who he deems to be the Top Five Companies in the Cloud as at Fall 2009. One of the five he chooses, hardly surprisingly, begins with M. Here are the quickfire questions asked and answered during the brief interview: Cloud Computing Journal: Who in your view are the Top Five Companies in the Cloud as at Fall 2009? David Chou: Amazon, Google, Salesforce, VMWare, and Mi... (more)