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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)

Rapid Application Delivery - Going Hybrid

iPhone Developer Summit on Ulitzer Lee S. Barney, the creator of the QuickConnect framework for JavaScript-based iPhone installable application development and a professor in the Computer Information Technology Department at Brigham Young University - Idaho, will be giving a session at SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit entitled "Rapid Application Delivery - Going Hybrid." The Summit is being held in conjunction with the second day (November 3) of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Barney's session will discuss how using the standard UIWebView class in small or large ways in your application decreases the time to market for and the cost of your applications. According to Lee Barney, "You will learn how and why to use the standard UIWebView in your applications in any way from a simple display ... (more)

Adobe’s Aiming ColdFusion at Multiple Clouds

Adobe is nosing its flagship ColdFusion rapid web site and Internet application development platform onto multiple clouds. Turns out it's been quietly collaborating with Alagad, a North Carolina web development services provider, on a cloud implementation of ColdFusion 9. Adobe just released ColdFusion 9 on Monday. The cloud version of the stuff is still in private beta. Called ColdFusion 9 in the Cloud it's meant to run on Amazon EC2 and S3 as a hosted service. And, besides the new Alagad approach, Adobe says its new instance-based licensing for ColdFusion 9 will let developers install the widgetry on virtual instances in the cloud environment of their choice to prototype, develop, test and host ColdFusion applications. Alagad, on the other hand, created an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) of ColdFusion 9 containing the application, libraries, data and associated config... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Computing Gets Real

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Cloud computing has emerged as a compelling alternative to running all applications within a traditional corporate data center and has the potential to transform enterprise computing. However, there are significant hurdles to widespread enterprise adoption, including data security, application re-architecture, poor integration with the data center and lock-in to cloud providers.  Ellen Rubin will review how the CloudSwitch software appliance helps enterprises surmount these obstacles and delivers the power of cloud computing seamlessly and securely. 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, CA. Register Today and Save! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View F... (more)

You Have a Virtualized Environment, Now What Do You Do?

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer While virtualization has certainly become part of a common first step to reduce Capex and increase agility, it isn't the final destination of a complete data center transformation. As we are aware, virtualization can also create many challenges such as virtual machine sprawl, additional storage capacity, increased systems management requirements, new IT management processes, and specialized technical skills.  Jason Noel will go on further to discuss how these challenges will be even more acute as virtualization continues to progress into other areas such as desktops, storage and the network. Virtualization is undoubtedly a foundational technology to building the cloud, but it takes a whole lot more to exploit the potential benefits than just virtualization. Virtual workloads will need to be easily and securely moved between in-house... (more)

The Next Frontier in the Cloud: Legacy Apps

Although cloud computing momentum continues to build and scarcely a day goes by without a new cloud announcement or study, there’s been little real enterprise adoption and almost no meaningful case studies. In part, that’s because early cloud providers and vendors were focused on developers and technology start-ups when they designed their offerings, and larger, more established organizations were rarely on their radar screen. While start-ups can easily embrace new technologies and architectures, enterprises have far more constraints and have been largely limited to “tire kicking” the cloud with small applications that aren’t particularly meaningful for the business. Cloud computing is now entering a new stage as CIOs and IT managers recognize that cloud computing is going to become an integral part of the enterprise computing environment. For it to be strategic as... (more)

The Profit Model for Cloud Computing

The Cloud storage segment can provide a roadmap for how to create a viable, profitable cloud computing industry. Cloud storage has not so quietly gone from concept to tangible business with real revenue and margin opportunities. According to Steve Lesem, while many bet on Amazon, EMC, Google, Microsoft and Sun, it turns out they have their hands full with the entry of trusted service providers like IT hosting providers into this space. 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, CA. Register Today and Save! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View Full Conference Schedule In this session, learn from the President and CEO of Mezeo Software why the concept of "trust" is so essential and why the IT ... (more)

Endpoint Management and Security as a Service

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer With the push to maximize IT amid the ever shrinking IT budgets, one of the "holy grails" of IT is to use the cloud service model to reduce the TCO for their endpoints whether it is desktops, laptops, or smart mobile phones. Danny Kim will go in-depth into the architecture and deployment of how FullArmor, an innovative vendor that's developed one of the first commercial Windows Azure cloud service, provided full endpoint management, security, and software deployments through the cloud for hundreds of thousands of endpoints in the emerging markets at a fraction of the cost of traditional models. 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, CA. Register Today... (more)

Key Steps to Developing VoIP-enabled Apps for the iPhone

iPhone Developer Summit on Ulitzer With the iPhone more than earning its place in the consumer market, it is now being adopted by enterprises. VoIP-enabled applications on the iPhone present a number of challenges to application developers. According to Jan Skoglund, "Trying to cobble a VoIP solution is likely to cause developers severe headaches, time delays and frustration." Skoglund 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 "Key Steps to Developing VoIP-enabled Apps for the iPhone," Skoglund's session will discuss the four most challenging components to consider when working to ensure a quality VoIP application for the iPhone. His session is just one of a s... (more)

Logicstudio Announces Virtual Provisioning for Cloud Data Centers

Information Technology infrastructure is being transformed by virtualization, and today Logicstudio announces the transformation of the service request system. Logicstudio is a leader in providing service and product catalogs to the Federal government through its Logicstudio Enterprise eXchange (LEX) service management system, and the LEX auto-provisioning module allows for an enterprise-facing service catalog to render requested services from the cloud automatically, creating efficiencies that will revolutionize the way large organizations procure, manage and employ technology and technology services. The service request, approval, and delivery process is a large, complex portion for existing outsourcing contracts, and LEX's evolutionary technology through automation will save significant time and processing costs for outsourcers and service integrators in the futu... (more)