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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)

True Isolation Makes the Public Cloud Work Like a Private Cloud

Security is always mentioned as a key factor limiting cloud adoption, but what does “security” really mean in the cloud? To understand the potential risks of cloud computing—and how to address them—we need to be more specific. Once we’ve accurately defined the problems, we can address them with the right technology and processes. When you get into specifics with CSOs and risk managers, security concerns in the cloud can essentially be boiled down to two main issues: It’s a shared environment: In a multi-tenant public cloud, you’re sharing resources—servers, cloud networks, and storage—with other companies (possibly even a competitor). Obviously you don’t want them to get access to your data and applications. In this shared environment, data needs to be encrypted, which means you have to develop and deploy an encryption solution that can span the data center and cloud... (more)

Rich Internet Applications in the Cloud

This session will provide an overview of enabling Rich Internet Applications to run in the Cloud. It will review available technologies providing runtime infrastructure for connecting rich client interfaces with the cloud-enabled server-side applications. Mark Piller will additionally discuss the demonstration of using a Cloud for conducting stress testing of online RIAs. 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 founder and Chief Architect of Midnight Coders, about the specifics of RIA deployments into a Cloud infrastructure to enable connectivity with Flex, Flash, Sil... (more)

Get Off the Bus and Explore Cloud Computing Today

CloudSwitch Session at Cloud Expo A year ago I attended a session at Cloud Expo in New York. The presenting company told the audience that “cloud exploration services” were now available. Enterprises could purchase these packaged services to discuss, probably at length, how to identify candidate applications for cloud usage. I’ve been there and done that – as a former professional services manager for such a “Big 4” data center automation company, I’ve participated in many such “school bus” campaigns. Often the end result is that everything is said, and little gets done. According to this philosophy, you can’t just go out and try the cloud for yourself – instead, professional services are needed, and plenty of them. After the expenditure of months of time and large sums of money, you might be lucky enough to get a report of some applications that would be suitable t... (more)

In-Path WAN Optimization for Your Cloud Deployments

As our enterprise customers embrace the cloud, we’ve been hearing a growing demand to help them optimize enterprise network connectivity as they scale their cloud deployments. At CloudSwitch, we’ve been thinking about the issue of network optimization for quite some time now and working with partners like Riverbed to tackle network performance in the cloud. Today we are pleased to announce our support for Riverbed’s Cloud Steelhead® to help customers optimize their hybrid cloud deployments.  Many of our existing customers have already invested in Riverbed infrastructure in their data centers, and want to extend these trusted resources into the cloud. The primary drivers for WAN optimization in hybrid cloud architectures are twofold: Improving network performance between data centers and the cloud  for better end-user experience Reducing bandwidth between the data ce... (more)

Planning for Outages in the Cloud

The Amazon US East outage of just over a week ago was an eye-opener for many people. Here at CloudSwitch it validated what we know about best practices for using the cloud. Not surprisingly, these reflect traditional IT processes and systems that enterprises know are needed to protect data and ensure that applications remain available to users. From an enterprise support perspective, I’m very happy about the variety of options we have to protect and backup data, scale and shrink application capacity, and bring applications on and off-line. It’s also easier than ever to make sure that you don’t have all of your “eggs in one basket” due to public clouds and products like CloudSwitch. CloudSwitch was designed to bridge the worlds of the data center and public cloud, making it extremely easy and safe to move virtual machines into the cloud over an encrypted tunnel onto e... (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)

CloudSwitch Founder Launches Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer

CloudSwitch Founder Ellen Rubin has launched her syndicated Cloud Computing blog on Ulitzer. Ellen Rubin is the Founder & VP Products at CloudSwitch. She's an experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record in founding innovative technology companies and leading strategy, market positioning and go-to-market. Prior to founding CloudSwitch, Ellen was a member of the early management team at Netezza (NYSE: NZ), the pioneer and market leader in data warehouse appliances, where she helped grow the company to over $125M in revenues and a successful IPO in 2007. Prior to Netezza, she founded Manna, an Israeli and Boston-based developer of real-time personalization software. Rubin began her career as a marketing strategy consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. . Amazon's VPC ... (more)

3Tera Adds IPv6 Support to AppLogic Cloud Computing Platform

3Tera announced AppLogic(TM) is the first cloud computing platform to demonstrate support for IPv6. 3Tera and hosting partners and ScaleUp Technologies successfully demonstrated database replication between applications running in two different cloud provider datacenters using an IPv6 VPN tunnel created with 3Tera's new VPN catalog appliance. Until now, IPv6 adoption has been slowed by the perception that it requires both support on the client side and complex code changes in applications. With 3Tera's AppLogic cloud computing platform, it is no longer necessary to make changes in the configuration of the software in order to be able to support IPv6, while still keeping the data available to IPv4 users. "We are removing barriers for IPv6 support and creating momentum for IPv6 adoption," said Peter Nickolov, President and CTO, 3Tera, Inc. "Within AppLogic, ... (more)

Top Tech Talent Flock to The Rackspace Cloud

Cloud Hosting Journal The Rackspace Cloud, the cloud computing division of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), today announced that six new key personnel have joined the company to spearhead strategic technology efforts aimed to position the company for continued growth and technology leadership. The new “Rackers” (as employees are called at Rackspace) bring significant product development experience from Microsoft, Yahoo, and Canonical where they held leadership roles in high growth phases in their companies, driving the development of Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Media, and the fastest growing Linux operating system, Ubuntu. Register Today and Save ! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View Full Conference Schedule ”We’re very proud that Rackspace’s reputation for innovation, opportunity and growth are attracting top technical and business talent from industry players that ha... (more)

Revolutionizing Security Through Virtualization

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Achieve unprecedented levels of security and efficiency by implementing capabilities available in next generation of security for virtualized environments. Purpose-built security solutions that address the unique demands and opportunities present in the virtual environment can be leveraged to provide government CSOs and security administrators with a level of security and simplicity which is not available in physical world deployments.  Kevin Piper will also touch upon how you can move beyond traditional security silos by embracing the paradigm shift to virtualization. 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 ... (more)