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With the release of CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server 1.3.3 we introduce a support for Drive Extender. What is Drive Extender? According to Wikipedia Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a file-based replication system that provides three key capabilities:
Panorama Consulting Group, an independent ERP consulting firm, today released a new ERP report focused on ERP software usage within the aerospace and airline industry. This portion of Panorama’s 2009 ERP Report outlines the use of ERP software at companies within the aerospace and airl...
SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009, held in Prague, Czech Republic, finished on May 19th, since when many blogs and articles have been appearing analyzing the many sessions and discussions that featured at the event. A very interesting angle was raised in a post-conference blog...
As an executive, you may be hearing many different viewpoints about Cloud Computing; some of them promising significant IT cost reductions and reductions in capital expenditures. Don't get caught off guard regarding all the technical complexities of developing and offering Cloud Comput...
The message from the VC community is clear – "don't waste our seed money on network and server equipment." The message from the US Government CIO was clear – the US Government will consolidate data centers and start moving towards cloud computing. The message from the software and hard...
There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspective...
A cloud spot market allows commercial cloud service providers the ability to announce surplus or idle processing and storage capacity to a cloud exchange. The exchange allows buyers to locate available cloud processing capacity, negotiate prices (within milliseconds), and deliver the ...
The Copenhagen Summit may not have achieved what was hoped for. However, SECUDE, in its own modest way, has taken the initiative to tackle energy consumption effectively. SECUDE maintains two large server facilities: the primary server in Switzerland with over 70 servers plus auxiliary...
As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for green technologies, businesses are seeking all viable means to cut expenses, including travel, while still conducting their business face to face; and cloud computing coupled with converged communications prov...
Change, then change again: it’s a story familiar to developer managers everywhere. Projects are getting bigger and more complex. Developers are striving to reduce time-to-market, and squeeze releases out ever faster to keep pace with the market’s demands for new functionality. W...
Neon Enterprise Software sued IBM Monday morning in federal court in the Western District of Texas claiming Big Blue is out “to crush” it and prevent mainframe customers from saving hundreds of millions of dollars. Neon’s the Texas outfit with the newfangled mainframe widgetry called z...
Most people think of traditional business intelligence (BI) as a collection of business-critical information from inside the enterprise. However, consumer comments, independent reviews, and market reports online are crucial pieces of information coming from the outside that infinitely ...
How can your company get started with cloud computing? Well, consider following the market leaders. With a few more months of client experience, Forrester Research recently addressed the major questions that executives have about the adoption of cloud services. The key benefits that mo...
My colleague, Peter Palmieri, just penned a blog post about Microsoft’s recent announcement that the Azure platform will offer extensive and familiar relational database features via SQL Data Services (SDS). In his post, Leveraging Skills, Peter discusses the fact that .NET developers ...
Depending on how IT executives handle the situation, reactions to data loss reports can range from indignation to outrage, with personal consequences for the decision-makers. IT executives at ChoicePoint, Inc., looked like heroes when they reacted swiftly to a potential data breach in ...
Mezeo Software today announced that OpSource Cloud will offer the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform, enabling OpSource Cloud users to enjoy online sign-up and immediate provisioning of cloud storage service, speeding enterprises’ cloud deployment and offering flexible, secure storage optio...
As the fog slowly lifts with respect to defining cloud computing, enterprises must now decide where the value proposition lies within the platform. For most large enterprises, the IT department typically offers services internally to various departments. These services are mostly at th...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) sent its enterprise-directed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) widgetry into full public beta Monday. The thing’s been in limited public beta since the summer and before that it was in private beta. VPC is Amazon’s way of creating hybrid clouds by letting an ente...
“Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individual...
Doing more with less is a familiar refrain for IT professionals, and today’s challenging business environment has only increased the pressure on managers to achieve efficiencies, maximize performance and improve responsiveness of the data center. More and more frequently, IT is turning...
In today’s technology-dependent enterprise environment, the efficiency of most business processes depends directly on the effective performance of the IT infrastructure. Almost every single activity - from servicing a customer to shipping purchased products - is dependent upon one or m...
Here's an important reminder for cloud service providers: character counts. Ethics, Values, and Trust are table stakes – for anyone who wants to succeed in business long term – but especially for cloud service providers. As a cloud customer, I am not simply buying/renting your ha...
Defining cloud computing has proven to be nearly impossible. Ask ten different people and you'll get ten different answers. Countless discussion groups, blogs, articles, etc. have attempted to give their own take on cloud computing, and all to no avail. The industry just can't agree on...
Oh, lookee there. Reuters says that the Justice Department, which cleared the Oracle-Sun merger this summer and publicly snapped – in diplomatic language of course – at the European Commission when it objected, is sending a representative to the sub rosa hearing Thursday and Friday at ...
IBM Tuesday is supposed to wheel out some cloudware to monitor, predict and prevent data center outages that – being cloudware – will go for a monthly subscription. The company says Tivoli Live Monitoring Services will give IT staff a central point of control to oversee the piecemeal p...
As a preface to the series of articles I will be writing on the Value Proposition and Business Cases for Cloud Computing, I wanted to discuss the layers below and within the cloud. It is important to understand what each of the layers is composed of, what the intended function of that ...
I'm proud to announce that representatives from Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and Unisys will join me in a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009.As Technical Chair of this conference, my goal has been ...
On Wednesday, 9 September 2009 the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) Technical Council formally approved the creation of a Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG). Organizationally this new working group will operate as part of the Specialized Frameworks Functional T...
Making the right choices around technology is critical to the success of your business. Finding out becomes a lot easier when you know the right questions to ask. This brief provides tips to get you started and how Red Hat can help.
Interesting post by Nick Carr in which he points to the supposed first published evidence of the concept of Cloud Computing. The proof comes in the document, dated March 30, 1965 which outlines a Western Union executive's ambitious plan to create "a nationwide information utility, whic...
"As companies such as MySpace continue to expand the richness of their site, the big thing is trying to seek a higher level of customer experience by replicating "beyond capacity" in a test environment, so that a company can see what it is exactly that they will need when traffic surge...
In light of today’s compressed development cycles, multi-tiered application architectures and complex technologies, many organizations are challenged to get reliable yet scalable enterprise Java applications out the door in a timely manner. Devoting a small amount of energy throughout ...
In this article, we will see some examples of real-world Cloud Computing applications: Coca-Cola Enterprises uses a Cloud-based system to streamline operations with merchandisers in the field; Nasdaq uses Amazon’s S3 Cloud Service to deliver historical stock and mutual fund information...
"real,- Future Store" in Toenisvorst, Germany implements Infosys ShoppingTrip360 for superior shelf inventory managementToenisvorst, Germany - November. 24, 2009: METRO Group, one of the largest and most important international retailing companies, has selected Infosys Technologies (NA...
"The more I look at what they've done, the more I realize they've built a business platform more than a technology platform," said Sam Ramji, Vice President of Strategy at Sonoa Systems, as it was announced today that MindTouch, the open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint, has ...
A year and a half ago I pulled together several thoughts on Cyber Deterrence which had come out of years of dialog on the cyber threat. I wanted to capture some key challenges since in my view many were making foolish assumptions regarding what our nation should do in the domain of cyb...
(Remarque : texte plus long qu’à l’habitude) Après la conférence de SIIA, dont j’ai parlé récemment, j’étais aussi invité comme conférencier à la conférence organisée par Sys-Con sur le Cloud Computing. C’était la quatrième conférence que Sys-Con organisait sur ce......
I don’t know about you, but when I get long emails my eyes go running around my head. Too many words for me to take in during a busy day when I’m sure I’m suffering from some form of ADHD as I try to multitask beyond human capability. So I ask folks to please, please, puLEASE not send ...
Two Madoff computer programmers who authorities say made the whole decades-long $65 billion Ponzi scheme possible were arrested Friday and brought up on criminal charges of conspiracy, falsifying the books and records of a broker-dealer and falsifying the books and records of an invest...
At the start of October I wrote a 'story of problems overcome', which set the case for a field worker and how Converged Mobile Devices or Smartphone could be used to solve problems in productivity etc. This was my vision of the Information Worker and I was happy to see an interesting a...