WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/09 -- SYS-CON Events announced
today that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo will
take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New
The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's
leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York,
Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry
professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception,
more than all other Cloud-related events put together.
The three-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional
speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more
than 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over
5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different cou... (more)
Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to
the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9,
2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program
through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to
complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including
"Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing,"
"Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in
Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track.
Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped
the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a
staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the
deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being
extended too, unt... (more)
RightScale announced full support for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Elastic
Block Store (EBS) cloud storage solution, providing immediate benefits of a
virtually limitless storage area network for all RightScale users, directly
from the RightScale Dashboard. RightScale customers, including users of its
free developer edition, can utilize EBS with RightScale to manage and
allocate one or more disk volumes from 1GB to 1TB each, maintain data
availability even when virtual servers are shut down, and create backups via
the snapshot feature.
Snapshotting stores the EBS volume to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3),
with redundancy built in. Previously, when an instance was shut down, all
data was lost. Now users can take a snapshot of an EBS volume at any time,
store it, and use it later to create a new volume. Combined with the
RightScale platform, EBS opens up a much mo... (more)
GigaSpaces Technologies and RightScale announced their alliance to provide an
integrated solution for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Ideal for
data-intensive and transactional applications, the joint solution offers an
affordable end-to-end stack for easily deploying and scaling applications
running on Amazon Web Services. By integrating the GigaSpaces eXtreme
Application Platform (XAP) with RightScale’s automated cloud computing
management platform, customers will have unparalleled automation, simplicity
and performance in scaling-out applications in the cloud.
The need for scalable, reliable solutions that deliver superior results has
never been greater. Businesses across industries are demanding high
performance applications that can keep up with company growth and expanding
data volumes. Yet, traditional IT approaches cannot meet this need in an
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Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the
Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting
code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the
creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s EC2. You’ve
probably also read RightScale’s announcements with respect to Ubuntu, and
heard that Sun Microsystems were also making supportive noises about
EUCALYPTUS and the EC2 API before their recent change in circumstances.
Earlier today I spoke with Simon Wardley of Canonical (the commercial
organisation that sells support and consultancy for Ubuntu) to hear a little
more about what those downloading Ubuntu will get… and what it might mean
for the rapidly shifting Cloud landscape.
Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are
available on... (more)
Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again.
Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into
the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it.
And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for,
assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking
to save a few bucks).
My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do
for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the
In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and
the data flood is just accelerating.”
Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the
mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)
Thorsten von Eicken's RightScale Blog
Recently Rich Wolski (UCSB Eucalyptus project) and I were discussing grid
computing vs. cloud computing. An observation he made makes a lot of sense to
me. Since he doesn’t blog [...], let me repeat here what he said. Grid
computing has been used in environments where users make few but large
allocation requests. For example, a lab may have a 1000 node cluster and
users make allocations for all 1000, or 500, or 200, etc. So only a few of
these allocations can be serviced at a time and others need to be scheduled
for when resources are released. This results in sophisticated batch job
scheduling algorithms of parallel computations.
Cloud computing really is about lots of small allocation requests. The Amazon
EC2 accounts are limited to 20 servers each by default and lots and lots of
users allocate up to 20 servers out of the pool... (more)
Cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon are putting out the technology
that the enterprise and SaaS providers need to move beyond testing the waters
and take advantage of the Cloud today. The latest, and most important from
the data storage perspective, is Amazon’s Elastic Block Store, or EBS.
Over the years we’ve witnessed a shift to hosted IT infrastructure where
all the issues surrounding the physical plant are consolidated and managed by
a specialist service. In the past six months we've witnessed the incredible
rate at which cloud computing has really taken off and is now allowing
businesses to shed the problems of ordering, racking and maintaining servers
and disk storage systems.
The public cloud is now knocking down the barriers to a broader business
audience that has seen the advantages of “pay as you go” IT and not
having to build or rent another data cen... (more)
RightScale, the cloud manager, is supporting the open source Eucalyptus
Public Cloud (EPC) run by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
for purposes of cloud research and experimentation. RightScale and Eucalyptus
want to tickle widespread cloud development and adoption, and figure that
letting people test and evaluate their applications on the UCSB cluster will
get the ball rolling.
The Eucalyptus environment is designed for anything from a small student
application to a massive enterprise-level cloud deployment on Amazon's EC2.
RightScale and the Eucalyptus Project Team are also collaborating to deliver
a more robust private cloud for organizations whose testing requirements
extend beyond those offered by the EPC.
Eucalyptus stands for "Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking
Your Programs to Useful Systems" and its current interface is EC2-... (more)
John Gannon's Blog
How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside
from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the
other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts...
1. Management tools: The cloud hosters like Amazon are providing basic
management tools, but we can already see there is a proven market for
higher-order management and automation provided by companies like Rightscale
and 3Tera. There are also a variety of companies and products who have
figured out IT automation in the traditional datacenter (Bladelogic, Opsware,
etc). I’m waiting to see when they’ll start moving towards new product
development (or rebranding of existing solutions) that will be focused on
management of outsourced cloud environments. As their customers move to the
cloud, those customers will demand that their tradition... (more)
Cloud Computing Journal
The recent announcement from Amazon of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
represents the next big advance in the evolution chain for cloud computing.
Enterprises can now integrate their IT infrastructure with Amazon's vast
computing and storage resources, using a VPN connection from their data
center to their own virtual private cloud which then looks like part of their
Until the release of VPC, companies were left to build applications and
utilize the cloud as a separate and somewhat siloed portion of their
computing environment. In addition to the VPN connection, VPC allows cloud
users to control their IP addressing within the Amazon cloud (previously IT
addresses were assigned randomly). This may sound trivial, but it solves some
tricky problems that made it hard to integrate cloud and internal resources.
Prior to VPC, eve... (more)