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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)

My Top Five Cloud Predictions for 2011: Ellen Rubin

"When you’re building a new company within a new industry and evolving market," says Ellen Rubin (pictured), the Founder & VP Products at CloudSwitch, "it’s never dull." "Many things you envision and dream about turn out to be false starts or take a while to appear," she continues, "while others match your original plans on a white board exactly as you sketched them. The thrill is to watch the market unfold in sometimes unforeseen ways and enjoy being part of the early ride." So as we head into 2011, how does the cloud look from where she sits at CloudSwitch, Cloud Computing Journal asked Rubin. Here are her thoughts. 1. Movement of applications between cloud environments will emerge as a critical requirement: Hybrid cloud, accepted as a new paradigm for enterprise cloud computing in 2010, requires the integration of data centers, private clouds and public clouds. To ... (more)

Hosting.com Launches ColdFusion 9 in the Cloud

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Hosting.com, the leading provider of managed hosting, cloud hosting and colocation solutions and an Adobe Solution Partner, today announced the general availability of ColdFusion 9 in its Cloud and Dedicated environments. Hosting.com is the first provider to launch ColdFusion 9's availability in a cloud hosting environment. Hosting.com is the world's most trusted ColdFusion hosting provider servicing over 6,000 global ColdFusion customers -- many since 1997. ColdFusion 9 Enterprise and Standard editions are available in the Hosting.com Cloud Enterprise, Cloud Dedicated and Dedicated Hosting platforms. Cloud Enterprise, starting as low as $125 per month, provides on-demand cloud hosting via a secure web portal so businesses can rapidly deploy virtual servers and modify resources as needed -- and provides high availability and elastic... (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)

Law in the Cloud - How Lawyers and Clients Both Benefit from Cloud Computing

Lawyers often get a bad rap -­ just consider all of those ubiquitous lawyer jokes. Why? One reason for the "lawyer stigma" is because of the traditionally high cost of legal services, and that people often only talk to lawyers when things go wrong. Charley Moore will expand upon this because now, thanks to new applications of cloud computing, lawyers are changing the way they do business - so that both lawyers and clients can work together smarter. 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 Founder and CEO of RocketLawyer.com and examine how cloud computing is enabling law... (more)

New CloudSwitch Blog for Enterprise Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Journal 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... (more)

Moving to the Cloud: How Hard is it Really?

Many IT managers would love to move some of their applications out of the enterprise data center and into the cloud. It's a chance to eliminate a whole litany of costs and headaches: in capital equipment, in power and cooling, in administration and maintenance. Instead, just pay as you go for the computing power you need, and let someone else worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. But moving from theory into practice is where things get complicated. It's true that a new web application built from scratch for the cloud as a standalone environment can be rolled out quickly and relatively easily. But for existing applications running in a traditional data center and integrating with a set of other systems, tools and processes, it's not nearly so simple. What's really involved when moving an application from your enterprise data center to the cloud? Let's... (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)

Next-Generation On-Demand

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer The SaaS pioneers have given us a taste of the potential of On-Demand, however, we've only scratched the surface in terms of what's to come and the future model for how the next generation of enterprise software will be delivered. In this session Sal Visca, Chief Technology Officer for SAP's Technology Development business, will walk through his perspective on where the world of Enterprise Software is headed next - putting On-Demand into the context of the enterprise world. 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 a CTO how to step back from th... (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)