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Have you noticed how people that are neck deep in complexity almost always ask for a standardized solution? And they supposedly do this to regain oversight. And in reverse; have you noticed how people that have everything neatly packed in small modular boxes almost always ask for some...
Doyenz has started calling its patent-pending managed service platform, now on rev 3, ShadowCloud, a name that makes a lot of sense when you think about it since its first mover skills are active disaster recovery, failover and migrations in the cloud. It replicates a virtual copy ...
Citrix has added two new mid-range appliances to its Intel-based NetScaler MPX line of application networking systems, the 10500 and the 12500 that begin at $42,000. Citrix claims “unparalleled” price/performance. It brags that they are fully functional, lower cost and run on half ...
As virtualization becomes more widely deployed and enterprises look for new ways to leverage this revolutionary technology, says Citrix CTO Simon Crosby (pictured) the consumption and delivery of this technology is changing. Crosby will be expounding on this theme in a breakout session...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Mark Krzysko, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for the US Department of Defense, will be presenting at the upcoming Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com) this coming October 6th in Washington, DC. The session will be entitled...
With virtualization, server requests can be processed in minutes instead of weeks or months. But rapid provisioning of virtual servers can result in sprawl and other challenges. How do you ensure governance and prevent sprawl, while maintaining the efficiency and agility benefits of vi...
The cloud isn’t just about surface concepts like “storing all your data on S3” or “spinning up servers on GoGrid”; those things are just the beginning. What it is REALLY about is what each of those things in turn will enable! By making it easy to perform rote systems tasks, an entire...
IBM has introduced new services, software and systems for midsize companies that can help them gain actionable insight, increase productivity, and improve collaboration. IBM is introducing Cognos Express business intelligence software, an analytics solution designed for companies with...
Many IT organizations have inadequate governance processes to control the provisioning of virtual servers, resulting in problems including virtual server sprawl. Some IT organizations are building private or internal cloud environments to capture the benefits of cloud computing, yet th...
What do the following industry executives have in common: the CTOs of Citrix, EMC and Sybase, the Founders of ParaScale and CloudSwitch, the CEOs of Zetta and Kaavo, the Chief Security Architect at Sun, the President of Hubspan and the Chairman of NComputing? The answer is that, alo...
At VMworld on Monday IBM announced what it called the industry’s first public desktop cloud. It will be available in the Americas and Europe starting in October. IBM describes it as its biggest cloud computing endorsement to date enabling anywhere/anytime access for everything from ...
Citrix is going to try to bar VMware from getting its hooks deep in the cloud by developing the open source Xen hypervisor, already used by public clouds like Amazon, into a full-blown, cheaper, non-proprietary Xen Cloud Platform (XCP). It intends to surround the Xen hypervisor with...
While cloud computing offers tremendous promise, it takes significant effort to deploy, run, and manage custom applications in the clouds (public or private). To achieve the full benefits of cloud computing - according to Jamal Mazhar, Founder & CEO of Kaavo - what's needed is on-deman...
The United States Postal Service, which will be lucky if it only loses $7.1 billion by the end of its fiscal year in September, and escapes with a cash shortfall of $700 million and a debt load of $10.2 billion, has come to the cloud in the wake of its FedEx and UPS rivals. The pos...
Christophe Bisciglia, former Googler and now Co-Founder at Cloudera, will be giving a session at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo on "Working with Big Data and Hadoop." The session will highlight the technical and business issues that make Hadoop so powerfu...
Offering IT as a service requires a paradigm shift in technology, operational processes and thinking about how business demand – manifested by applications – affects the use of all data center resources. Enterprise Cloud Computing enables IT as a service and is the next phase in data c...
According to Cameron Bahar, Founder and CTO of ParaScale, hundreds of definitions from swarms of providers "have created confusion and devalued the cloud storage landscape." At his breakout session at SYS-CON's upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, being held No...
Eucalyptus Systems, the creator of the eponymous open source private cloud platform, has pushed out its first commercial product, the Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition (EEE), which will let customers implement an on-premise cloud using VMware’s virtualization widgetry, including vSphere, E...
It’s no secret what’s driving the move to virtualization in data centers. The demand for new and expanded software systems is growing, but the geographic and carbon footprint required for scaling underutilized dedicated servers is too costly on many levels. This issue has led to the ma...
Often, estimates are initially made with an incomplete understanding of requirements. Estimation is done at the beginning of the lifecycle before the requirements are defined and thus the problem understood. How can you accurately estimate unless you know what the problem we intend to ...
Desktop management is a constant challenge for most IT or call center managers. A new update, service pack or totally new version of operating system can cause headaches for even the most experienced IT professional. The challenges with provisioning new versions of operating systems fo...
Cloud computing, both private and public, will unquestionably make life easier for IT. That is the firm opinion of Jason Liu, CEO of Univa UD, expressed in this Exclusive Q&A with Jeremy Geelan of Cloud Computing Journal and conference chair of SYS-CON's market-leading International Cl...
Today, we are an early cohabitant of “The Cloud”, thanks in no small part to our adoption of all of the cool cloud enablers mentioned above. But to understand how cool cloud computing really is, you first have to understand that the cloud is still in its infancy, and already, it’s a c...
There’s a big scorch mark where server sales used to be according to IDC, which put out its worst-since-records-have-been-kept Q2 figures Wednesday, hoping that with the installed base growing increasing hoary with age buyers are starting to replace them. The researcher said factory...
The recent Gartner Report on "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies" has revealed some amazing facts about the future of emerging technologies... The Gartner report examines the maturity of 1,600+ technologies and trends in 70 technology, topic, and industry areas providing a snapshot o...
In competition with VMware this week Red Hat trotted out Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, the commercial point upgrade that includes its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) mojo, which is integrated into the Linux kernel, a factor that should give it operating efficiencies like the 16 virt...
Red Hat Thursday unveiled Deltacloud, a new open source project aimed at enabling an ecosystem of developers, tools, scripts and applications that can interoperate across the public and private clouds complements of a common REST-based API that developers can write to once and manage a...
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rescued Microsoft Word from being clamped in injunctive leg irons, barred from sale on the US market. On Thursday the court gave Microsoft the stay it was looking for while it appeals the decision of a Texas district court that it ...
A new survey of 300 European enterprise IT decision makers shows IT innovators are beating the recession. Results of the 2009 European IT Survey1, sponsored by BMC Software, reveal that one in four companies – the Thrivers - are beating the recession by focusing on improving their IT o...
Wipro Technologies, the global IT services arm of Wipro Ltd, says it’s going into the SaaS business with w-SaaS, a platform for rapid Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enablement of business applications using Oracle Grid Computing and Oracle application grid middleware. The platform is ...
Red Hat has delivered on its JBoss Open Choice strategy and announced availability of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0. This core middleware product represents next generation Java application platforms and will be integral to Red Hat's cloud foundation. JBoss Enterprise Appli...
Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Network Satellite 5.3, the latest version of Red Hat's on-premises systems management solution that provides software updates, configuration management, provisioning and monitoring across both physical and virtual Red Hat Enterprise Lin...
In its second purchase in two days EMC said late Tuesday that it was buying eDiscovery shop Kazeon Systems Inc, whose software is used by corporations, law firms, government agencies and legal service providers. Terms were not disclosed and are too immaterial to impact EMC’s result...
After winning cross-industry adoption including financial services, healthcare, education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and the public sector, VMware View - with more than 1 million seats estimated across 7,000 customers - is establishing itself as the standard of choice to...
"We've turned our full attention to helping ensure this kind of event doesn't happen again," wrote Ben Treynor, self-described 'VP Engineering and Site Reliability Czar' at Google, in an official blogged explanation last night of the 100-minute Gmail outage yesterday, which Treynor con...
Tod Nielsen and Paul Maritz hosted the Keynote yesteday at VMworld 2009 speaking to 12.488 attendees. Maritz painted the history of virtualization and presented the idea of the Virtual Datacenter where VMware allows you to manage your virtual datacenter – regardless whether depl...
Waving around a new benchmark run by the Taneja Group, VMware claims that vSphere 4 offers the highest consolidation ratios in the business and that that could translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings for some customers. Seems vSphere 4 can run twice as many appli...
Red Hat has announced the North American launch of the Red Hat Catalyst Program, aimed at leveraging all of Red Hat's routes to market through a collaborative and innovative marketing program that plans to include an interactive web portal to facilitate the formation of a community aro...
At last week’s SAN’s virtualization security summit some 120 security managers, newly tasked with protecting their expanding virtualization environments, were eager to learn how to establish control and achieve compliance. Whether the representatives came from the DOD and civilian a...
While so much of the buzz around Web 2.0 has focused on the business-to-consumer market, the greatest opportunity today for vendors is in the business-to-business collaboration space.