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Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos continues to be a profound analyst as well as industry executive, especially when he talks about beer and cloud computing. He'll be speaking at the upcoming @CloudExpo in November in Santa Clara. We asked him a few questions about the state of cloud computi...
Qubell is staking out its territory in DevOps, with a collection of components, connectors and starter kits that are “self-deployable composite applications and blueprints that showcase a complete technical solution to a common business problem,” in the words of the company. Starter ki...
Samsung promises to be one of the 800-pound gorillas of the IoT, if its success in recent years with Android devices and other consumer electronics is any guide. Showing its willingness to be a big IoT player, the company recently acquired SmartThings, a recent startup that's developed...
Martin Heisig, Senior Vice President of Cloud and Infrastructure Delivery at SAP SE, is responsible for SAP’s global IT infrastructure including the operation of SAP’s external cloud offerings. The mega trends real-time platforms – Big Data, cloud, enterprise mobility as well as socia...
We're in an era of maturing cloud computing services, with lines beginning to blur among formerly discrete segments. Among the things we're witnessing is a fuller integration of DevOps into the mix. Rackspace is one company in this discussion, having just launched its DevOps Advisory S...
"There's the cloud, then there's your cloud." So goes a tagline from SingleHop, which provides public and private cloud services, dedicated servers, and managed hosting to customers throughout the world. As enterprise IT organizations increasingly recognize the flexibility and agili...
I saw a projection the other day of continued 30% annual market growth for Linux containers, as a function of ever-growing cloud computing installations and use of PaaS in particular. ClusterHQ is one company that is working to seize this opportunity, with the announcement of its open-...
Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski was joining the company as its new chairman. What better time to find out what's going on there? We had a few questions for him... Cloud Computing Journal: What are your key objectives as the new Chairman? ...
Storage is part of cloud computing's brain, as essential as the microprocessors that work with it to bring cloud computing alive. Along these lines, I was engaged in a short, interesting conversation with Quantum Corp.'s SVP of Strategy Janae Lee in the days before our recent Cloud Exp...
Mr. George Romas is the Technical Director of the Cybersecurity Solutions Group at HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector. SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us again today, George. It's been roughly one year since our first meeting when we spoke about building sec...
John Felker is the Director, Cyber and Intelligence Strategy, at HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector. He works to develop cyber intelligence strategies to better integrate a broad range of cyber intelligence inputs to improve defensive cyber and business operation efforts, in di...
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Inspiring Change. As one of Europe’s leading cloud companies iomart has long championed the employment possibilities that working in the field of technology offers to women. Sadly current statistics show that our industry is still ...
Rob Wigley is Director, Cybersecurity Consulting Services at HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector. He has more than 30 years of information technology experience supporting manufacturing, high tech, healthcare, and public sector market segments. For the last 10 years, he has focu...
I had the privilege of interviewing mobility expert Vaidy Iyer today. He is the founder and CEO of AppsFreedom, a company focused on providing enterprise mobility solutions in the form of Multi-Channel, Multi-Device Platform as a Service solutions to the SAP community. I asked if the...
“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...
In this 18 minute audio podcast, Srinivasan Subramanian from Unvired and I discuss all kinds of issues related to enterprise mobility, mobile strategies and cloud mobility.  The audio is not perfect, but the content is good.  Grab some po...
While on the road at CloudCamp DC, I had the opportunity to interview long time friend and cloud expert JP Morgenthal (Principal Solutions Architect from EMC). We talked Clouds, Hybrid, Federation, SaaS and the rise of PaaS, moving toward a services based architecture/economy.
“Enterprise customers often view stuff that we take for granted as very foreign,” says Floyd Strimling, Technical Evangelist & Sr. Director, Marketing & Community at Zenoss, Inc. By “we” he's referring industry writers, analysts, and executive who live and breathe the leading edge ...
Yesterday, I posted the first part of an interview I recently had with Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. Here's the rest of the interview... Cloud Computing Journal: Like it or not, you get dragged into censorship discussions, whether the topic was your customer Lulz...
“Give us five minutes and we'll supercharge your website.” So goes a slogan on the website of CloudFlare, a new, dynamic company that seems to be getting a lot of traction in the security and ISP spaces. The company is headed by Matthew Prince, who co-founded it in 2009. Matthew at...
recently spoke again with Les Thomas, a key analyst and producer in the global gaming industry. Previously, in May, he'd told me that cloud computing was “being roundly touted as the replacement of traditonal videogame hardware.” Here are some of his current thoughts: “The last...
CloudPassage delivers a server security platform that's been “purpose-built for the cloud,” according to the company. I spoke at Cloud Expo with Joerg Rathenberg, the company's VP of Marketing. Joerg was with IBM early in his career, “helping to build a new IBM in Eastern Europe as the...
Santa Barbara, CA-based RigthScale resides in a blue state near a blue ocean, with blue t-shirts as the unofficial dress code all the way to CEO Michael Crandell. The company and its employees were well in evidence at the recent Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley, where its focus on clou...
I found myself sitting at a table with Renato “Rene” Quizon, Executive Director of Business Development at Pointwest, during a recent business summit in Manila that featured a guest appearance by Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. The President was there to congratulate ...
I was intrigued by NextIO, an Austin-based company exhibiting at the recent Cloud Expo that seems to be taking a “meta-cloud” approach that decouples I/O from cloud servers. Virtualizing the virtualized, or something like that. Had a brief conversation with some of the folks during ...
Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos became well-known as CEO of MySQL, a popular open-source database company that was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion in February 2008. The Finnish native then stayed on with Sun for another year. He was named CEO of Eucalyptus Systems in 2009; I in...
Brett Adam, CTO and SVP/Engineering of rPath, discussed “the seven deadly sins” of cloud applications at the recent Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. The sins had much to do with lack of automation and focusing on infrastructure per se rather than the applications in your cloud. One of the...
A surprisingly low success rate for private cloud deployments leads one to wonder what's really holding them back. Vanessa Alvarez provides insight on the technological and cultural obstacles facing enterprises today. Even with all the hype surrounding Cloud Computing, a recent Forre...
ArcusIT is a startup company delivering cloud computing to the Philippines, with a management team that's had deep global IT experience. The company bills itself as "the first Philippine-based Cloud infrastructure service provider to deliver world-class, enterprise-grade cloud-comp...
In a recent interview with CloudNOW, Lauren States, Vice President, Cloud Computing at IBM and a member of the CloudNOW advisory board, offers her insight into the top cloud-related trends and challenges facing organizations. Very few organizations have the insight that comes from lon...
I wrote earlier about OrangeScape, based in Chennai, India, a company that is taking an aggressive approach to Platform-as-a-Service that it calls Visual aPaaS. It has broken the XaaS continuum into several parts, segmented PaaS as well, and identified Force.com as its chief competitor...
The Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines has been developing cool mobile apps for more than eight years. In an emerging era of cloud computing, its efforts are seemingly prophetic while remaining absolutely current. In...
“We see PaaS as the key to competitive advantage, while IaaS and SaaS are really commodities,” says Ashish Bhagwat, Vice President of Chennai-based OrangeScape. Within this context, the company has outlined a strategy of “metadata” Application PaaS – the company formally calls it V...
The move to cloud is far more than an IT delivery model adjustment. It really presents a unique opportunity to get IT -- and the business of IT -- right at the highest levels. VMware Co-President Carl Eschenbach demonstrated that impact through testimonials on how cloud computing and ...
This case study interview takes aim at ADP Dealer Services and details how they're benefiting from expanding use of desktop virtualization. We'll learn about how ADP Dealer Services is enjoying increased security, better management, and higher productivity benefits as they leverage des...
I get F5's Sr. Solution Architect, Charlie Cano, to whiteboard the solution for Multi-Site Application Deployment with vSphere & vCloud Director. See how applications can be packaged once and delivered from any data center and how Route Domains can solve static mapping challenges.
The RPost Cloud platform is built on RPost’s innovative and first-rate Registered Email technology standard for processing high value email messages with added characteristics that deliver a specialized message product to the recipient, returning analytics, reports and evidence records...
A committee of 71 Cloud technologists worked with TechAmerica, a Washington, DC-based industry association, to produce “Cloud2,” a report that makes 14 specific recommendations to government IT buyers and to Members of Congress and the White House. The committee was headed by Marc ...
A case study on how Genworth Financial uses HP tools to improve application delivery, performance testing, and operational integrity. We're going to focus on Genworth Financial, and talk about a number of different products used to improve application delivery, performance testing, an...
So how do IT organizations become more open while being more protective? Are these goals mutually exclusive, or can security enhancements and governance models make risks understood and acceptable for more kinds of social, collaboration, mobile and cloud computing activities?