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The economics of the cloud, the rise of the mobile workforce and the consumerization of IT are making the transformation to the cloud a foregone conclusion within enterprise IT. But not every company, organization or government agency is necessarily keeping up. Is yours? Whether your company is seeking to play at the SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS level of the Cloud Computing ecosystem, the surest way to get yourself and your company fully "Cloud-ready" is by attending Cloud Expo New York – being held this week, June 6 - 9, 2011, at The Javits Center In New York City. A representative sampler (only) of this week''s technical program, which is now in its fourth day, is included below. The full schedule for the entire four days is here. Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC Getting Ready for Cloud Expo 2011 New York Cloud Expo offers a non-stop 4-day technical program with 175+ ... (more)

Yahoo! Named “Platinum Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Yahoo!, a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide, was named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. Founded in 1995, Yahoo! has evolved into leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information. Today, Yahoo! is one of the world's largest global online networks of integrated services with more than 500 million users worldwide. The company is headquartered in Sunnyv... (more)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required." McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps. Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the first to roll out Okta identity... (more)

Oracle+MySQL Opponents Take to the Barricades

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million a month while he waits for the EC to finish its probe, a exercise that could take well into January. MySQL isn’t supposed to be why Larry shocked everybody and offered $7.4 billion for poor down-on-its-heels Sun back on April 20. Sticking it to IBM was probably something he relished and wi... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any 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 of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Keynote Speaker Profile: Dr John Bates – Progress Software

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open November 5th at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO KEYNOTE SPEAKER NAME: Dr John Bates TWITTER: @drjohnbates COMPANY: Progress Software 11TH CLOUD EXPO DAY 3 KEYNOTE TITLE: Cloud Applications: Some Assembly Required SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Coach Wei - Chairman, Founder & CTO of Nexaweb

'Ten years ago,' Nexaweb Chairman, Founder & CTO Coach Wei tells Jeremy Geelan in this exclusive interview with AJAXWorld Magazine, 'I was as a poor graduate student naive enough to start a company at the bottom of the 'dot-bomb' burst. I learned so much coping with the 'nuclear winter,' raising $18M in financing, working through all the challenges associated with the market, dealing with investors and everything else. I only wish that I had known all this before I got started.' View Coach Wei on SYS-CON.TV Read Coach Wei's Articles AJAXWorld Magazine: As the technology commentator who coined the phrase “the AJAX wildfire” fifteen months ago, less than a year after Jesse James Garrett’s seminal essay, what was it precisely that made you so certain that AJAX was going to spread Web- and world-wide? How did you know it was no mere fad? Coach Wei: Since 1996, the drea... (more)

Citrix CTO Hails Citrix-Microsoft Alliance As Increasing Virtualization Choice

"Until 2008, VMware was the only choice, their hypervisor cost thousands of dollars, and they had the market to themselves," says Citrix CTO Simon Crosby in this Exclusive Q&A in the run-up to the 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo next month in New York. "In 2008, Citrix and Microsoft bring customers an open architecture, a price/performance and feature set that is difficult to beat, and a powerful channel that can deliver customers a real choice for their virtual infrastructure for the first time," he adds. "Importantly," Crosby continues, "our products will all also add value to VMware virtualized infrastructure, to fully support customers that have purchased VMware enterprise licenses." Read the rest of the Exclusive Q&A with Citrix CTO Simon Crosby here In the wide-ranging interview with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan, Crosby was asked why he thought IT ha... (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)

Cloud Computing Expo 2009 West: Call for Papers Now Closed

With an ever-increasing number of companies now buying computing, storage, and networking power as they need it from the cloud, it is hardly surprising that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is going from strength to strength. Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging the Cloud, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scalability of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 4th International Cloud Computing... (more)

It's the End of Sun, Only Oracle Survives: Charles Fitzgerald

Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former general manager of platform strategy until early last year. Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives." His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP, Fujitsu, an Asian up-and-comer or someone else" and that there will be "Serious layoffs ahead at Sun regardless of how it plays out for Oracle." Read his blog in full here. ... (more)