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Adam Nelson (@varud) is working with OpenStack to develop Kili, a public cloud for Kenya and other African nations. “Kili lets local developers be local,” as he explains. Kili offers compute services for as little as the equivalent of US$.02 per hour and storage at US$.08 per gigabyte ...
Roger: Could you explain for our audience the significance of containerization, and how it differs from virtualization? Ben: Traditional virtualization was created over a decade ago, when applications were long-lived, monolithic, and deployed to a single server. In this world, when the...
Ramesh Kesanupalli is the Founder of Nok Nok Labs and a Founding Member of FIDO Alliance. SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today, Ramesh. It’s an honor to speak with the founder of Nok Nok Labs and the visionary behind the creation of the FIDO Alliance. Before we d...
The agreement between IBM and Apple to collaborate on mobility and Big Data will certainly rank as one of the big stories of the year in global enterprise IT. In addition to Apple's devices and IBM's custom apps, an absolute key to this deal will be telecommunications. As we all know,...
With Octoblu emerging from stealth mode, it seemed like a good idea to talk to a couple of key people there. We were able to do just that with company co-founders Geir Ramleth and Chris Matthieu. Geir Ramleth serves as CEO. He was named to CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2008, and serve...
“Organizations take time to evolve. That’s why we’re bound for a hybrid future, where public and private clouds blend to create a shared infrastructure that spans application, organization and data center boundaries,” noted Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, in this exclusive Q&A with...
"Companies that don't leverage social will e extinct before long," noted Sandy Carter, IBM's General Manager of Ecosystem Development and Social Media Evangelist. Sandy recently spoke to me about social media, the cloud, and all that it entails for Big Blue. She outlined an ecosystem ...
Last week I was both learning and speaking at the The Internet of @ThingsExpo in New York City. I taught a session on the subject of IoT, Code Halos and Digital Transformation Strategies. Then I had the privilege of interviewing Microsoft's mobile and IoT guru Nick Landry (Twitter @Act...
“While cost has traditionally been a foundational benefit of the cloud, we believe that other factors can play a more important part in defining the cloud of tomorrow,” said Todd Gleason, Vice President of Technology at FireHost, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs ...
“All software vendors now or in the near future will need to have “born of the cloud” capabilities in addition to on-premise,” observed Shashi "Sash" Purohit, Founder, President & CTO of Ambernet, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvare...
“An agile approach to data is really a requirement of just about any application, but even more so with Big Data,” stated Cory Isaacson, CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, in this exclusive Q&A with @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff. “What the enterprise needs is a data pla...
“Most on-premise vendors recognize the need for a SaaS model with a self-service sales model,” observed Dustin Whittle, Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvarez. “Companies are often having trouble m...
“We recommend that Ops people take a Dev person to lunch and vice versa,” said Matt Selheimer, SVP of Marketing at ITinvolve, in this exclusive Q&A with Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff. “It’s a great way to build bridges, foster collaboration, and better understand what is “upstream” ...
"It is early days for PaaS, but a significant issue here is to define what a common platform really is," explained John Michelsen, CTO of CA Technologies, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvarez. "Even to say that every organization ha...
“Most on-premise vendors assume that creating a virtual deployment instance of their software and hosting it through AWS makes them a cloud provider,” noted Jeff Morris, VP of Product Marketing at GoodData, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vane...
“I see almost no one running hybrid clouds,” noted Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvarez. “The few examples are usually public cloud deployments with backup and/or DR options in a private setup.” Cloud Co...
“Hybrid clouds offer users the opportunity to deploy application workloads in environments that best meet requirements for compliance, performance, or cost,” noted Bernard Golden, Vice President of Strategy at ActiveState, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference and Tech Chair...
Blink your eyes and five years have gone by. That's my feeling as I posed questions to Ross Turk (pictured below), VP of Community at Inktank. I first interviewed him almost five years ago, at an event in San Jose, when he was with SourceForge. Since that time, the entire cloud com...
Sandro Mazziotta, Senior Director of Product Management at Paris-based eNovance, attended the recent Red Hat Summit in San Francisco and answered a few of our questions about what's going on with the company and with OpenStack. Here's the second part of our interview with him. The ...
Faster. I said “faster.” This could be the motto of Solarflare Communications and Bruce Tolley, VP of Technical, Solutions and Partner Marketing. As databases inexorably grow and get distributed throughout clouds, the need for speed does not go away, even as overhead can work against t...
SolidFire is a solid (and fiery) open-source company, and was at the recent Red Hat Summit. I had a chance to ask Cloud Solutions Architect Aaron Delp (pictured below) some questions about what's going on at the company. Roger: So, what is the future of open source? More complex env...
Azul Systems was at the recent Red Hat Summit, and so it seemed only logical to catch up with CTO and co-founder Gil Tene (pictured below). I last interviewed him more than five years ago, which is hard for me to believe. The sands of time and all that. This is one of the original grea...
Just as no year is complete for me without a viewing of Blazing Saddles, no Red Hat Summit is complete without a talk with someone from MongoDB. We therefore posed a few questions for Paul Cross, Vice President of Solutions Architecture at MongoDB, and here's what he had to say. ...
Continuing a series of brief interviews with some of the technology execs at this year's Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, we turn our attention now to Sandro Mazziotta, Senior Director of Product Management, eNovance. This company is based in Paris with a North American office in Mo...
Among the things I wasn't able to do this week was attend the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. Bummer. But I was able to conduct a lot of interviews from my office in Illinois. I cover the emergent Big Three – Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things – all of which are part of...
“Regulations and compliance are key trust topics with regards to cloud solutions and technology,” noted Sven Denecken, Vice President, Strategy and Co-Innovation Cloud Solutions, SAP AG, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Journal. “But it is also more than security of access – ...
As promised, newly minted VMware execs Bob Schultz and Sumit Dhawan responded to my inquiries about their new jobs. Both came over from Citrix, signalling a clear escalation in the battle for desktop virtualization supremacy between the two companies. Schultz has been named to a new...
“We see many companies looking to adopt BYOD strategies for employees, but few who are solely BYOD,” observed Milja Gillespie, Director of Product Marketing, Mobile Security, SAP, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Journal. “Often, they offer corporate devices for certain types...
Cloud computing is transforming the way businesses think about and leverage technology. As a result, the general understanding of cloud computing has come a long way in a short time. However, there are still many misconceptions about what cloud computing is and what it can do for busin...
“The Data Center operators do understand that quality does matter,” noted Barbara P. Aichinger, co-founder of FuturePlus Systems and VP of New Business Development, in this exclusive interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “When they experience failures they call the ...
Prior to service-oriented architecture (SOA), many companies suffered from the infamous “accidental architecture” which evolved as a result of accumulating a large number of point-to-point application integration connections. Unless IT takes a strong role ensuring Software as a Service...
Cloud computing’s promise is becoming reality, but cloud integration is an ongoing challenge. As the use of cloud applications spreads throughout the enterprise, there’s just no way to escape data exchange, change management, and related user issues. Why? The fact is, most top cloud an...
“Trust is an ongoing journey and sits at the foundation of any vendor relationship – the companies that don’t consistently earn trust won’t be around long,” noted Henrik Rosendahl, Senior VP of Cloud Solutions at Quantum, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Ge...
“Cloud made Big Data what it is today,” stated Scott Morrison, CTO at Layer 7 Technologies, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “Cloud gave us the massively scalable infrastructure necessary to practically do Big Data,” Morrison continued, “as well as ...
“I believe it is incumbent on the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and/or System Integrators (SIs) to understand the regulatory and compliance-related issues that their customers face,” noted Manjula Talreja, VP of Global Cloud Business Development at Cisco, in this exclusive Q&A with Cl...
“I’m careful when using terms like Big Data, because it can mean so many things to different people,” explained Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst at 451 Research, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “There is huge value in analytics that companies can use ...
“Social and word of mouth are important to the solar industry,” noted Candice Adams, Marketing Manager for Trinity Solar, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, “many of us do the majority of our social networking on our mobile devices and the cloud is th...
“A substantial amount of the ‘Big Data’ discussion is relevant and interesting to organizations (as a practical matter) because of the advent of the “cloud,” said Alon Israely, Co-Founder & Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Business Intelligence Associates, in this exclusive Q&A with Cl...
“I think SMAC will continue to grow and mature and the demand for more sophisticated data like streaming videos and online television will be a real game changer,” stated Barbara P. Aichinger, co-founder of FuturePlus Systems and VP of New Business Development, in this exclusive Q&A wi...
“Both cost and trust are much further along than before, but there are still many components that can and need to be optimized for SMBs to truly adopt the cloud,” said Vikas Aggarwal, founder & CEO of Zyrion Inc., in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “T...