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Abiquo Keynote at Cloud Expo A recent online commentary confirms how far ahead Cloud management innovator Abiquo is of the rest of the pack. Announcing how the Enterprise Edition of Eucalyptus was this week joining forces with GroundWork, a news and analysis site acknowledged that the Eucalyptus/GroundWork alliance was a response to the convincing lead already established by Abiquo. "Very shortly, Eucalyptus will have a full-featured private cloud technology with all the things an enterprise needs: policy management, monitoring, fast simple delivery and scalability. Of course, Abiquo already has all that." [emphasis added] This was a reference to how Abiquo's AbiCloud project became earlier this year the company’s flagship Abiquo product, with a Community Edition focusing on the open source community and an Enterprise Edition to meet the needs of commercial organizat... (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)

Roadmap to Create Profitable Cloud Computing Industry

SYS-CON Events has announced today that Steve Lesem, President and CEO of Mezeo Software, will be presenting at SYS-CON's upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (http://cloudcomputingexpo.com) in Santa Clara, CA, this coming November 2 - 4, 2009. His session is entitled "The Profit Model for Cloud Computing." The Profit Model for Cloud Computing The Cloud storage segment can provide a roadmap for how to create a viable, profitable cloud computing industry. Cloud storage has not so quietly gone from concept to tangible business with real revenue and margin opportunities. While many bet on Amazon, EMC, Google, Microsoft and Sun, it turns out they have their hands full with the entry of trusted service providers like IT hosting providers into this space. Steve Lesem will examine why the concept of "trust" is so essential and why the IT service provi... (more)

Negotiating the Cloud Computing Legal Minefield

SYS-CON Events announced today that David Snead, an attorney specializing in technology legal issues, will be presenting at the upcoming Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.cloudcomputingexpo.com) this coming November 2-4, 2009, in Santa Clara, California. His session will be entitled "Negotiating the Virtual/Grid/Cloud Legal Minefield" Negotiating the Virtual/Grid/Cloud Legal Minefield With Internet infrastructure providers trying to figure out what virtualization, utility and grid computing means to them, plus all kinds of new service providers springing up in the world of cloud computing, how do companies handle scalability, Service Level Agreements, contracts and other legal issues that result from the transition to a Web 2.0 world? All hosting companies are essentially becoming service providers with more similarities to SaaS providers than traditional shar... (more)

The Next Chapter in the Virtualization Story Begins

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoting at the event. His theme will be "An Open Cloud Ecosystem - the Gathering Storm." Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo was also Platinum Plus Sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Expo held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City Cloud Computing Journal: How would you define the difference between Private clouds and Public Clouds, and why is the distinction so important in the context of Cloud Computing? Pete Malcolm: Actually, I think people get rather too hun... (more)

Cloud Computing Start-Up Picks the Lock on Hypervisors

Pete Malcolm Keynote at Cloud Expo Abiquo, a four-year-old Spanish open source cloud start-up bent on becoming a global player, should break out of stealth mode today bragging that it can end virtualization vendor lock-in and make public and private clouds interoperate. It says it means to change the way IT organizations operate their virtualized environments, making them more elastic and cost-effective. It has relaunched as an American company headquartered on Oracle's campus in Silicon Valley with $5.1 million in funding and a new British CEO to prove it. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! It says its infrastructure management software can automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor to any other hypervisor through a single drag-and-drop. Like VMware ESX or ESXi to Microsoft Hyper-V but the widgetry embraces... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: What Happens When the Service Desk Goes Away?

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Cloud management brings many advantages to providing IaaS. Some of the key value propositions are self-services and faster provisioning times. Many companies are ready to adopt the technology but are not ready to adopt the business process changes to fulfill the value proposition of private cloud and cloud management. In his session at the 9th International Cloud Expo, David Piontek, VP of Support and Services at Abiquo, will look at how to build process change management into your cloud deployment. He will cover the challenges customers experience with business process change when implementing a private cloud and what prevents these customers from gaining additional value from a private cloud. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: David Piontek is VP of Support and Services at Abiquo. He ... (more)

Microsoft & IBM Parlay at Cloud Computing Expo over Cloud Manifesto

Microsoft and IBM, estranged over IBM’s high-handedness in dictating a seemingly innocuous Cloud Manifesto that’s read as Big Blue’s attempt to stamp itself the ultimate leader of the cloud movement met Monday and parlayed at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York. Tuesday morning they released what they called “minutes” of the “informal meeting.” It is believed a formal trade organization will be announced momentarily. Here’s the statement: “Representatives of CCIF, CloudCamp, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and the IEEE-ISTO met while attending the Cloud Computing Expo in New York. Other companies were invited but were unable to attend, generally due to the short notice. The companies agreed on a shared goal to promote use and awareness of open and interoperable cloud computing. The group brainstormed several ideas including the possibility to build on the momentum cre... (more)

Open Cloud Manifesto Reaches 150 Supporting Companies

Support for the The Open Cloud Manifesto, keeps on growing with more then 150 companies signed on. Below is the latest list of supporting companies. 21vianet, Abiquo Corp., Accario Inc., Advanced Millennium Technologies, AgileCLOUD, Akamai, Alert Logic, Altic, American Data Company, AMD, Aptana, Appistry, AppZero, Arista Networks, ASPgems, AT&T Corp., attribo, Avail Intelligence, Averiware, BakBone Software, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Bit Estudio S.L., BLADE Network Technologies, Blend digital, BlueLock, Bluescreen Network, Boomi, Business Logic, Cargojet, S.A., Cast lron, Cellopoint, Cisco, Clarified Networks, CloudVu, Cloudsoft Corporation, CORAID, Crescendo Networks, CSC, Dash Photos, DatR, Dilgenter, The Eclipse Foundation, Elastra, EMC, Engine Yard, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, eNovance, Enomaly, enStratus, eyeOS, F5, FirstMile.US, Fireworks Software... (more)

Europe's Cloud Experts Head to Prague for Cloud Expo Europe 2009

From tomorrow Cloud Computing and Virtualization are going to be center stage, 18-19 May, at the Prague Hilton as the Czech Republic plays host to Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009, co-located with Virtualization Conference Europe 2009 - the first conference outside the USA in SYS-CON's world-beating series of events devoted to the two hottest interlinked topics in Enterprise IT today. Speakers and attendees alike are converging on Prague from all over Europe, and indeed many are even flying in from the USA and other continents in order to familiarize themselves with where exactly Europe is located on the Cloud/Virtualization spectrum right now. Here is a round-up of speakers, arranged by country of origin. View the Full Schedule Here Register Today and Save €450 ! From the Czech Republic: Roman Stanek - Founder & CEO, Good Data Session Title [click for full details]: ... (more)

Orchestration in the Cloud to Manage Lower Operational Costs

SYS-CON Events announced today that Brian Boruff, CSC's Vice President of Cloud Computing and Software Services, will be presenting at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (http://cloudcomputingexpo.com) in Santa Clara, CA, this coming November 2 - 4, 2009. His session is entitled "Orchestration in the Cloud." Orchestration in the Cloud Managing various providers and ensuring data and processing are safe, compliant, and trustworthy is a growing concern. Organizations with data and computing in the public and private cloud need to orchestrate processing, and recover the processing visibility necessary for the creation of trust. When digital trust is restored, enterprise value can be created. For example, organizations need to know where specific data is, who can see it, who has access and if data has been tampered with. Through trusted, orche... (more)