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DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

Symantec to Present at Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009

Dr. Guy Bunker, Distinguished Engineer for Symantec UK, will be presenting at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009 (www.cloudexpo-europe.com) in Prague, The Czech Republic, this coming May 18-19, 2009. Cloud computing offers a fantastic opportunity to businesses of all sizes. However, there are pitfalls that no-one wants to talk about. In this session, Bunker will talk to some of the darker sides to cloud computing - those around security and availability. Understanding where the issues lie will help service providers to create better services and enable customers to ask the right questions of their providers. Speaker Bio Dr. Guy Bunker is a Distinguished Engineer at Symantec Corporation. He works in the office of the CTO, responsible for various pieces of technical strategy across the company.  He is currently an active member of the Enterprise Privacy Group a... (more)

Cloud Enables a Win-Win on Both Sides of the Business

"I believe it is incumbent on the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and/or System Integrators (SIs) to understand the regulatory and compliance-related issues that their customers face," noted Manjula Talreja, VP of Global Cloud Business Development at Cisco, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Of course these issues are different in each industry and in each country." Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time - agree or disagree? Manjula Talreja: Putting aside the old adage that "time is money," Cisco agrees that cloud is more about creating efficiencies in business processes. This is true for the cloud consumers (to take advantage of new technologies more quickly and with maximum flexibility and to tap into pay-as-you grow business models where they pay only for what they consume). ... (more)

Connected Globe News Weekly – Week of July 20, 2014

Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! It's time again for the annual State of Enterprise Mobility report.  A lot has changed in the enterprise mobility world in the past year.  Would you be willing to participate in the survey?  All participants will receive t... (more)

Cisco Bumps Up Against Amazon, EMC Clouds

Bumping up against Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) and EMC’s Mozy clouds, Cisco is now giving away 5GB of free online storage to users of its fluffy WebEx PCNow remote desktop access – the widgetry that competes directly with Citrix’ GoToMyPC – so they can back up their PC and Mac content, your basic anywhere, anytime cloud-based file storage and access. ... (more)

Cisco Pushes into Volume Server Market

Cisco Wednesday came up with entry-level rack-mounted versions of its high-end Unified Computing System (UCS) that it means to push into the channel where it will piggyback on resellers that already sell other people’s machines. That mean it’ll be stepping on even more toes than it already has by entering the server market to begin with. Resisting the volume label, Cisco positions the new UCS C-Series boxes as investment-protecting stepping stones to its bigger UCS B-Series that unite compute, storage and networking in the name of unleashing virtualization. It claims compute can’t be bought in isolation anymore. Cisco claims architectural superiority for its UCS widgetry and promises greater power and agility and lower TCO than the current crop of systems vendors can deliver. Buy the vision buy the box. Cisco research says UCS addresses a $20 billion slice of an ove... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: Getting Ready for the Zettabyte Age

Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and the data flood is just accelerating.” Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)

Your Cloud is Not a Precious Snowflake (But it Could Be)

You can’t differentiate until you do something different Gartner analyst and cloud pundit Lydia Leong reminds us that without differentiation, all clouds look pretty much the same.  “These are traits that it doesn’t take a genius to think of. Most are known requirements established through a decade and a half of hosting industry experience. If you want to differentiate, you need to get beyond them.” [emphasis added] She lists traits common to most cloud providers: premium equipment, VMWare-based, private VLANs, private connectivity, and co-located dedicated gear but doesn’t really get into what really is – or should be – the focus of cloud offerings: services. To be more specific, infrastructure services. A cloud provider of course wants a solid, reliable infrastructure. That’s why they tend to use the same set of “premium” equipment. But as Lydia points out diffe... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Mean Stormy Weather for Some?

I moderated a Cisco panel last week at Cisco Live! and it was readily apparent that enterprise cloud still required plenty of work from vendors and enterprise IT.  No one was ready to endorse either a centralized or decentralized architecture (a move to the powerful intercloud); perhaps it's because the network isn't ready for infrastructure 2.0 demands. When the cloud is ready for infrastructure 2.0 (or dynamic infrastructure) it will make all the difference. The Cisco Live panel wasn't that different from the three other panels I participated in since May.  Not only is the enterprise cloud not ready, but it appears likely to experience multiple strategic waves of innovation that could materially change the returns on various architecture investments. The network is the final frontier for cloud computing as Cisco's Urquhart blogged last December.  It is the point of m... (more)

Platform as a Service Journal Launched on Ulitzer

Vinay Singla, a Lead Architect at Cisco WebEx launched "Platform as a Service Journal" Launched on Ulitzer. Vinay is currently focused on building the next-generation OSS/BSS platform for SaaS. He has 15 years of systems design and development experience in the high-tech industry, with the last 10 years focused on building SaaS and SOA platforms at companies such as Cisco Systems, BEA Systems, Jamcracker and IBM. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a big piece of the cloud computing puzzle, the other pieces being Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Application software as a service (SaaS). PaaS enables the delivery of solution frameworks and components as on-demand, pay-as-you-go services. Some examples of these are Google Apps Engine, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure platform, SalesForce For... (more)