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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 ( and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (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 Is Like No Other Technology Wave

Cloud Expo in New York April 2010 In my last post we looked at how Cloudomania was widening its global footprint in 2010, widening its lead on Virtualization as the technology du jour. My brief post ended: As you can see, the rise and rise of Cloud Computing, for all that it stumbled at the end of last year, has in 2010 resumed its giddy trajectory. The next question, naturally, is: why? Anyone who looks at the technology landscape for a living as I am privileged to do knows that the following is true: Every new technology wave is Like all other technology waves Like some other technology waves Like no other technology wave Let me show just how true this is of Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is Like All Other Technology Waves The genesis of the actual term "cloud computing" is slightly fuzzy, just like the genesis of "Java" OR "SOA" OR "blogging" - somehow one difference... (more)

Abiquo Announces "Platinum Plus Sponsorship" of Cloud Expo New York City

Abiquo Keynote at Cloud Expo Abiquo, a leading developer of Cloud infrastructure management software, today announced that it is a Platinum Plus sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Computing Expo, April 19-21 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. CEO Pete Malcolm also will deliver the conference keynote: "An Open Cloud Ecosystem: the Gathering Storm". The Cloud Computing Expo is regarded as the world's top Cloud computing conference and will feature more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. The event attendees will see the first public demonstration of Abiquo's revolutionary version 1.5 at Booth 107 on the show floor. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! This new version of the Abiquo solution, announced on March 23 (see release New Abiquo Cloud Management Product First to Offer Integral VMware-to-M... (more)

Abiquo Already Has What Other Cloud Management Players Are Just Adding

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)

Abiquo CEO to Keynote at Cloud Expo Europe

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! The last decade saw the growth of Virtualization from its humble beginnings as a developer tool to its increasing adoption in data centers worldwide. It dramatically improved resilience, scalability, portability and utilization, and became one of the key foundations of the Cloud. But the story is only just beginning... In his keynote session at the 6th International Cloud Expo in Prague, the Czech Republic (21-22 June, 2010), Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo, will discuss the next chapter in the Virtualization story. What it is, what it means, why open standards are key, and most important, how it will revolutionize the way your organization manages IT. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Pete Malcolm is CEO of Abiquo, a leading vendor of Cloud infrastructure manage... (more)

Eliminate Vendor Lock-in with Next-Generation Virtualization Management

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! Virtualization is one of the key foundations of the Cloud, but many enterprises are finding the rapid growth in the number of virtual machines extremely difficult to manage. Far from reducing provisioning times and improving utilization, many organizations have found that "virtualization sprawl" has reduced the effectiveness of their IT infrastructure teams, and failed to make anticipated cost savings. Furthermore, vendor lock-in has resulted in the artificially high expense of maintaining virtualized environments. In his general session at Cloud Expo East, Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo, demonstrated how next-generation virtualization management can completely eliminate vendor lock-in, substantially reduce provisioning times, realize utilization goals and ultimately achieve the cost savings promised by the virtualization ... (more)

Ops or Apps - Who'll Own the Data Center of Tomorrow?

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! There is one constant in data centers: application groups always need more. Until recently, apps have been at the mercy of IT operations to feed their need. In his keynote at Cloud Expo 2011 New York, Abiquo CEO Pete Malcolm discussed how, with the advent of public cloud offerings, apps can bypass ops entirely and get the resources they need with just a few clicks and a credit card. What does this mean for the future of IT ops? Click Here to View This Keynote Now! Speaker Bio: Pete Malcolm is CEO of Abiquo, a leading vendor of Cloud infrastructure management solutions. Described by SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan as "a beacon of light amid the murky fog surrounding Cloud Computing," Malcolm is the inventor of the term "Resource Cloud," a concept that provides complete separation between physical infrastructure providers and virt... (more)

What Is the Business Impact of Avoiding Cloud Computing?

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! Financial services tend to be the early adopters of most technology and have forward-thinking developers on staff. However, only 30% of financial services data centers have been virtualized. Meanwhile, those prolific developers are either already using public cloud resources or are trying to. What will be the business impact of avoiding the cloud conversation? In his general session at Cloud Expo New York, Abiquo CEO Pete Malcolm discussed whether financial services organizations are risking security by avoiding cloud computing. Click Here to View This General Session Now! Speaker Bio: Pete Malcolm is CEO of Abiquo, a leading vendor of Cloud infrastructure management solutions. Described by SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan as "a beacon of light amid the murky fog surrounding Cloud Computing", Malcolm is the inventor of the term "... (more)

Abiquo Gets New CEO

Abiquo, the UK-based cloud platform company, has named Jim Darragh CEO, replacing Peter Malcolm who quietly disappeared in April. Darragh is supposed to grow the business aggressively and deliver shareholder value. He comes over from Riverbed Technology where he was running its Stingray business unit, a job he got in July of last year after selling Zeus Technology to Riverbed for a $110 million plus a possible $30 million incentive that was due to be paid out this summer. He was CEO of the web server company that had branched out into the load balancing and traffic management for virtual and cloud environments that Riverbed wanted. According to Abiquo, the valuation Zeus fetched "reflected Darragh's impact in delivering strong revenue growth, robust product and go-to-market competitiveness, supported by a handpicked world-class management team." Abiquo's backers e... (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)