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Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Selling Products with StoreKit

iPhone Developer Summit on Ulitzer With the iPhone more than earning its place in the consumer market, it is now being adopted by enterprises. This session will present best practices for leveraging the StoreKit framework to sell products from within your iPhone application. According to Ernest Svehla, "I will include a quick review of key components then present best practices for organizing your products, selecting a selling model, and implementing your approach." Svehla will be presenting a 45-minute breakout session at iPhone Developer Summit 2009 West, being held November 3rd, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in conjunction with SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Expo (November 2-4, 2009). Titled "Selling Products with StoreKit," Svehlas's session will focus on the best practices for leveraging the StoreKit framework to sell products from wi... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Two Things: Encapsulation and Abstraction

"Cloud Computing is two things: encapsulation and abstraction," noted Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO of 3Tera, at the First Annual Government IT Conference & Expo. That is the main thing to remember he emphasized. There are three questions you should ask about Cloud Computing: What is Cloud Computing? Why do we need Cloud Computing? How should we use Cloud Computing? What is Cloud Computing? There are numerous definitions, Lynn noted.  After providing several definitions of Cloud Computing, including Wikipedia's, Gartner Group's, and the U.S. State Department of Commerce, he then provided 3Tera's definition - encapsulating applications into single entities and then abstracting them Why do we need Cloud Computing? You should use Cloud Computing because it provides a reduction of CapEx. There are also operational savings. In many companies now you can find one adminis... (more)

How Cloud Computing *Improves* Security

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer We are being bombarded with countless articles and presentations talking about the security risks in cloud computing and how organizations need to be concerned about security as they consider a move to the cloud. The truth is that organizations DO need to be concerned about security, and it's exactly that increased concern that is driving security to a whole new level as enterprises move to the cloud.  Scott Sanchez will be discussing the key areas where you can expect to see improved security and reduced risk after a successful migration to cloud computing, as well as some of the major issues to look out for. The 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, C... (more)

icloud Launches New Desktop, Sharing and Super Search in the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer icloud has announced the launch of its improved desktop with Super Search and a new innovative start menu. Super Search integrates many of the most popular services on the internet with simultaneous search of your private files in the cloud. It has never before been more convenient to find what you are looking for. This major release of icloud also introduces Universal Sharing. Decide what to share, who you want to share with, and icloud will find the easiest way to reach them. icloud is more than a Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD), it's a real-time communication and sharing platform enabling easy collaboration. Its key differentiator to other Cloud Computing services is its Application Virtualization technology enabling software delivery as SaaS, but execution on the local computer. This preserves data center resources, reduce bandwidth con... (more)

Security vs. Compliance in the Cloud

Security at Cloud Expo Security is always top of mind for CIOs and CSOs when considering a cloud deployment. An earlier post described the main security challenges companies face in moving applications to the cloud and how CloudSwitch technology simplifies the process. In this post, I’d like to dig a little deeper into cloud security and the standards used to determine compliance. To codify data security and privacy protection, the industry turns to auditable standards, most notably SAS 70 as well as PCI, HIPAA and ISO 27002. Each one comes with controls in a variety of categories that govern operation of a cloud provider’s data center as well as the applications you want to put there. But what does compliance really mean? For example, is SAS 70 type II good enough for your requirements, or do you need PCI? How can your company evaluate the different security claims... (more)

New CloudSwitch Blog for Enterprise Cloud Computing

Welcome to our enterprise cloud computing blog where we'll share our perspectives on cloud computing trends and best practices for the enterprise. We're a team with extensive experience in IT software and systems (learn more about us), and we're passionate about the opportunity that cloud computing offers for fundamentally improving enterprise IT. However, we believe that before the cloud can reach its potential, some innovation needs to take place within the enterprise data center to make cloud computing simple, secure and tightly integrated with existing IT infrastructure. Our mission is to do just that. We tend to see the world from the data center out, unlike much of the innovation around cloud computing to date, which has focused on the cloud as a separate and silo'd environment. Enterprise Cloud Computing Hurdles We share the view held by many that the cloud will... (more)

Cloud-Cast Named to Amazon Web Services Solution Provider Program

Cloud-Cast announced that it has been selected by Amazon Web Services to join the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Provider Program. Amazon Web Services provides companies of all sizes with a web services platform in the cloud, and the AWS Solution Provider Program includes Cloud-Cast among a select group of organizations that will deliver solutions and consulting services on the AWS infrastructure platform. Focused on the growing market for cloud computing and virtualization services, Cloud-Cast delivers cloud computing solutions to government and commercial markets. Leveraging service providers such as AWS, Cloud-Cast offers a full range of cloud computing implementation services, including leveraging AWS for disaster recovery purposes, dynamic provisioning of web farms and offloading high-power compute applications to the cloud framework. “We are excited abou... (more)

Microsoft Open Source Chief Goes to the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s open source defector, whose imminent departure from the company became widely known when Microsoft set up its own CodePlex open source foundation a few weeks ago, has turned up at five-year-old cloud start-up Sonoa Systems, where he will head product strategy and business development. Sonoa, which has little open source exposure so far, does something called ServiceNet, which is supposed to set security and scaling policies for cloud-based services, acting as a proxy server between the service provider and the consumer. It says it provides the visibility, management and governance required to make cloud services and APIs as robust, compliant and scalable as internal on-premise applications. It uses a network-router design that supports the high concurrency required by the cloud with extremely low latency. The stuf... (more)

What Constitutes a Cloud-Ready Solution?

"There are risks when consuming the cloud, but solutions are available to mitigate this risk," noted Kyle Gabhart, SOA Solutions Director for Web Age Solutions, during his general session at the First Annual Government IT Conference & Expo held in Washington, D.C. You need to allocate bandwidth to isolate resources as well as provide around the clock support for cloud computing. However, not every cloud consumer is created equally. For every cloud request that comes in, you have to balance the importance of it. And every cloud request will look identical. Security is a key topic with cloud computing, Gabhart noted. There are risks when consuming the cloud, but solutions are available to mitigate this risk. You need to decide what you are moving to the cloud and what constitutes a cloud-ready solution as every cloud request that comes in will look identical. In add... (more)