Click here to close now.


@CloudExpo Authors: Esmeralda Swartz, Carmen Gonzalez, Lori MacVittie, Mike Kavis, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Cloud Computing & Virtualization - IT's Top Two Topics

The shape of IT to come is characterized by virtualization, cloud computing and service-based application delivery

Another confirmation that virtualization, cloud computing and service-based application delivery is set to form an integral part of software application development infrastructures in the decade to come is evident from the shape of an IT event in Las Vegas, Nevada, that starts today. Reporting exclusively for SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal, Adrian Bridgwater looks forward to examining real-world integration and implementation of virtualization technologies in this preview of the event.

Parallels will be staging its fourth industry summit this week at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from February 2-4, 2009. Over 1300 attendees have flocked into town, despite the economic meltdown, to learn about what we're told will be the key drivers in the next generation of optimized computing.

For those still doubting the fact, this may be proof enough then that virtualization, cloud computing and service-based application delivery will form an integral part of software application development infrastructures in the decade to come.

The event, known as theParallels Summit 2009, will have a governing theme of cloud computing and this will be expressed in clear terms by the company itself and the partners in attendance this week. Sessions will be structured around fundamental milestones in this IT sector including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Automation, Virtualization and other co-related topics. Additionally, Parallels tell us that we will have business leaders (well, I would hope so!) and other experts on hand to share strategic insights on how companies leveraging virtualization technologies can use them to build competitive advantage and survive against the corporate giants who are threatening their market share.

For some publications, such as SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal, this trip was opened up a day early so that journalists and reporters could get acclimated (Nevada in late January is fairly appealing after all) and sniff around to try and get a feel for what might be presented in the coming week. Tuning into the pre-show rumor mill I got a pretty strong sense of what we'll be able to see in the coming week. This event is likely to be pretty hands-on affair with beta version demos of several new products including Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5 for OS-level server virtualization, the Parallels Virtual Automation 4.5 virtualisation management tools and Parallels Server Bare Metal, which is reportedly a hypervisor server virtualization offering.

I hope this event will provide some time to examine real-world integration and implementation of virtualization technologies, I also hope that the partners appear to show a little more unity than the rather fragmented market I saw at the VMworld Europe show this time last year in Cannes, France.

Maybe we can even start to see some more evidence of these technologies being used in everyday computing environments. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) appears to be a key area for Parallels right now, so I'm sure this will feature.

So looking to the partners for some comment, I spoke to Cloudmark CTO Jamie de Guerre, he reiterated to me that the hot topic for this show definitely seems to be cloud computing. "Web hosting providers are in a unique position to already have a customer relationship built around a hosted service, through which they now want to expand the services and value they offer to customers. Compare that to other companies looking to offer cloud computing services, which typically need to create a relationship with a customer moving to their hosted service for the first time," said de Guerre.

ISVs like Cloudmark will be showcasing or launching new services to help enable hosting providers to offer additional value added services to customers that help them to increase stickiness, foster their customer relationships and create additional revenue streams.

As a specific example, this week Cloudmark will be launching a new cloud-based email security solution specifically designed for Hosting Providers and the SMB customers they typically serve.

Looking at the program ahead of us: on both days, the conference will break into four different tracts: Service Provider, Technology, Industry and Enterprise – and each will feature its own blend of content.

The Service Provider Track will focus on building competitive advantage, competing against large players in the industry, marketing solutions effectively to end users – essentially I suppose, this segment is focused on improving the bottom line.

The Technology Track will, I am told, allow technical personnel to learn more about Parallels products, interact directly with Parallels engineers and get ideas for improving their service offerings or IT infrastructure.

The Industry track will feature presentations that will focus on specific solutions available in the market now that can, according to Parallels, improve businesses efficiency, productivity etc.

Finally, the Enterprise track is a new track for this year's Parallels Summit and it will supposedly focus on how businesses can automate their internal IT or shift their IT departments into a service provider model.

Note: there will also be a hand-on lab designed for learning more about Parallels and other products, including Parallels Plesk Control Panel, Parallels Plesk Billing, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and more.

So it looks like a worthy event and, to be honest, all credit to Parallels for pushing forward with this gathering at such a tough time in the world economy.

The corporate 'feel-good' quote today comes in the form of words from Mr John Eng, VP of marketing for Service Provider at Parallels.

"Parallels Summit 2009 looks to be the major event for the Service Provider industry. We are excited to see record attendance - we've got over 1300 registrations among hosters, enterprise IT, VARs/consultants, and ISVs/SaaS players - and all at senior levels of their companies. It's going to be an international event – with over 30 countries represented as over 35% of our audience originates from outside of the United States," said Eng.

Right then! One dollar bill in the nickel slots is my personal limit for any IT symposium in Las Vegas, so I had better get that out the way and get my netbook charged up and my pencil sharpened too!

More Stories By Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

@CloudExpo Stories
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi's VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driv...
Overgrown applications have given way to modular applications, driven by the need to break larger problems into smaller problems. Similarly large monolithic development processes have been forced to be broken into smaller agile development cycles. Looking at trends in software development, microservices architectures meet the same demands. Additional benefits of microservices architectures are compartmentalization and a limited impact of service failure versus a complete software malfunction....
The last decade was about virtual machines, but the next one is about containers. Containers enable a service to run on any host at any time. Traditional tools are starting to show cracks because they were not designed for this level of application portability. Now is the time to look at new ways to deploy and manage applications at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Brian “Redbeard” Harrington, a principal architect at CoreOS, will examine how CoreOS helps teams run in production. Attende...
Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of at least three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the backend big-data service, and the mobile application for the end user's controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/...
As a company adopts a DevOps approach to software development, what are key things that both the Dev and Ops side of the business must keep in mind to ensure effective continuous delivery? In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Hydar, Head of DevOps, Ericsson TV Platforms, will share best practices and provide helpful tips for Ops teams to adopt an open line of communication with the development side of the house to ensure success between the two sides.
Redis is not only the fastest database, but it has become the most popular among the new wave of applications running in containers. Redis speeds up just about every data interaction between your users or operational systems. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Dave Nielsen, Developer Relations at Redis Labs, will share the functions and data structures used to solve everyday use cases that are driving Redis' popularity
SYS-CON Events announced today that Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, will keynote at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
WebRTC converts the entire network into a ubiquitous communications cloud thereby connecting anytime, anywhere through any point. In his session at WebRTC Summit,, Mark Castleman, EIR at Bell Labs and Head of Future X Labs, will discuss how the transformational nature of communications is achieved through the democratizing force of WebRTC. WebRTC is doing for voice what HTML did for web content.
As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.
The IoT is upon us, but today’s databases, built on 30-year-old math, require multiple platforms to create a single solution. Data demands of the IoT require Big Data systems that can handle ingest, transactions and analytics concurrently adapting to varied situations as they occur, with speed at scale. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chad Jones, chief strategy officer at Deep Information Sciences, will look differently at IoT data so enterprises can fully leverage their IoT potential. He’ll sha...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DataClear Inc. will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The DataClear ‘BlackBox’ is the only solution that moves your PC, browsing and data out of the United States and away from prying (and spying) eyes. Its solution automatically builds you a clean, on-demand, virus free, new virtual cloud based PC outside of the United States, and wipes it clean...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Machkey International Company will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Machkey provides advanced connectivity solutions for just about everyone. Businesses or individuals, Machkey is dedicated to provide high-quality and cost-effective products to meet all your needs.
The enterprise is being consumerized, and the consumer is being enterprised. Moore's Law does not matter anymore, the future belongs to business virtualization powered by invisible service architecture, powered by hyperscale and hyperconvergence, and facilitated by vertical streaming and horizontal scaling and consolidation. Both buyers and sellers want instant results, and from paperwork to paperless to mindless is the ultimate goal for any seamless transaction. The sweetest sweet spot in innov...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Key Information Systems, Inc. (KeyInfo), a leading cloud and infrastructure provider offering integrated solutions to enterprises, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Key Information Systems is a leading regional systems integrator with world-class compute, storage and networking solutions and professional services for the most advanced softwa...
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cycles and quicker feedback from customers and users. Still, with all of these tools and methods, how can teams stay on top of what is taking place across their infrastructure and codebase? Hopping between services a...
Containers are changing the security landscape for software development and deployment. As with any security solutions, security approaches that work for developers, operations personnel and security professionals is a requirement. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Kevin Gilpin, CTO and Co-Founder of Conjur, will discuss various security considerations for container-based infrastructure and related DevOps workflows.
DevOps and Continuous Delivery software provider XebiaLabs has announced it has been selected to join the Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency partner program. The program is designed to highlight software vendors like XebiaLabs who have demonstrated technical expertise and proven customer success in DevOps and specialized solution areas like Continuous Delivery. DevOps Competency Partners provide solutions to, or have deep experience working with AWS users and other businesses to help t...
Enterprises can achieve rigorous IT security as well as improved DevOps practices and Cloud economics by taking a new, cloud-native approach to application delivery. Because the attack surface for cloud applications is dramatically different than for highly controlled data centers, a disciplined and multi-layered approach that spans all of your processes, staff, vendors and technologies is required. This may sound expensive and time consuming to achieve as you plan how to move selected applicati...
Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data.