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Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further 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 cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

The Sweet Science of Cloud Computing

One sure sign that a new technology market is approaching critical mass is when people start fighting over it.  I'm not talking about abstract arguments and dialectical debates about meanings and means.  I'm talkin' fisticuffs, mano a mano, the sweet science!  And with cloud computing, it's on now, Baby. OK, maybe it was more like one-sided trash talking at the weigh-in before a title bout, but this week we heard plenty of it, in two weight classes, no less. In the middle-weight division, we saw the young and scrappy contender NetSuite mixing it up with aging titlist SAP and at the same time Microsoft got in fellow heavyweight Google's face, big time.  Here's how it went down. The Undercard It should come as no surprise to anybody that NetSuite would have it in for SAP, in general.  NetSuite's majority shareholder is Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison and its senior execut... (more)

OpenAir Strengthens Its Cloud Footprint in Australia

OpenAir announced that it has partnered with AIPEX to resell and support OpenAir solutions in Australia. This partnership is expected to help bring the industry's leading PSA and SRP solution to Australian companies, enabling them to manage their projects, resources, time and expense tracking, and billing and invoicing processes in the cloud. Recently OpenAir announced a number of customer wins in Asia Pacific that included AIPEX, Waugh Infrastructure Management, Fronde, and Matsco Solutions. Partnering with OpenAir gives AIPEX an immediate presence in the rapidly expanding cloud-based PSA industry, as well as the rights to sell and service the premier PSA solution for mid-sized and enterprise companies. Leveraging its local presence and expertise in the enterprise services market, AIPEX consultants can now specialize in promoting OpenAir solutions to key Australia... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)

The Cloud Goes Postal

The functionality of the US Post Office is now available on a Cloud-based delivery model, courtesy of NetSuite. Check out the story by Maureen O'Gara at sys-con. The USPS services seem to be deployed as a SaaS model, accessed through a browser. As yet there do not seem to be managed PaaS APIs available (or are there?) which can be pulled into other applications, for example iPhone apps. Of course, right now it's easy to co-opt the Web interface to USPS.com in order to programmatically query Post Office shipping times over HTTP. Although, I can just imagine REST zealots arguing that it should really be termed the "GET Office" in that case [really lame joke, I know :-) ]. ... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

MindTouch Goes Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer MindTouch, the open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint, extended its popular enterprise collaboration platform to the cloud. The new offering makes it easy for business power users with no programming knowledge to mashup data from existing enterprise systems into real time charts, graphs, reports and tabular data. MindTouch Cloud allows companies to replicate the features and functionality of MindTouch 2009 Standard in seconds with the swipe of a credit card and without a call to their IT department. "MindTouch has essentially built an open source, cloud-enabled SharePoint that is accessible to non-programmers," said Sam Ramji, Vice President of Strategy at Sonoa Systems, a provider of analytics, management and cloud governance solutions for APIs and cloud services. "The more I look at what they've done, the more I realize they've... (more)

Office 2010 & Web Apps Due in June

Microsoft Developer Office Web Apps, Microsoft's answer to Google Apps, are supposed to be out sometime in June along with Office 2010. Microsoft, which confirmed the rumored timing, has yet to price the half-dozen versions of Office 2010. The browser-based Office Web Apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, will be free to consumers via Windows Live. Businesses with volume subscriptions to Office will also get free access to the dumbed-down weblets, which they will be able to host internally if they want to. That alternative is viewed as more secure than going to Google's servers to use Google Apps. Meanwhile, SQL Server 2008 R2 is due May 6. ... (more)

Choosing a Cloud Strategy? Here's What You Need to Know

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo So you have been hearing a lot about Cloud Computing - and you have moved a few applications out to Google Apps or even migrated all your sales management to SalesForce.com. In so doing, you have adopted a software deployment model (SaaS) first introduced in the early part of this decade... Granted, the model has only recently become popular because of big players getting into the fray, but SaaS (while a big chunk of the Cloud model) is still just scratching the surface. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! With hyper-fast Internet access becoming cheaper and the Web becoming more ubiquitous than ever, there is a whole new realization in the industry that everything that was traditionally managed in-house can in fact, be moved out to being a shared resource as long as there is data security, validation and... (more)

Operating Profitable 3G and 4G Networks

I sat on a panel at the RCR Local Boston event earlier this month. I thought the panel and audience interaction were quite stimulating and informative. The informal networking was also fruitful. I recommend attending an RCR Local event in your area, if you have the opportunity. Wanting to sound somewhat intelligible, I had prepared in advance some answers to our panel’s seed questions, some of which I’m converting into a blog entry here for comment and feedback. Here are the operator business model transformation set of questions. I’ll post a 2nd blog with the network transformation oriented questions What are some of the biggest challenges facing carriers today as they look to deploy 3G and 4G networks? Operator Profitability – as achieved through the duality of Optimization and Monetization, those complementary forces at play in Mobile broadband networks. A part... (more)

Building and Operating Profitable 3G and 4G Networks

Continuing the discussion re. a panel of the above title at an RCR Local Boston event last month… I had earlier posted a summary of operator business model transformation issues that were discussed by the panel. Here’s a recap of a couple of the network transformation-oriented questions we discussed.   How prepared are carriers to handle the increased demands being placed on their networks? On the Mobile/Evolved Packet Core network: Mobile packet gateways with high throughput, transaction, and density support are needed to handle the increase in subscribers, the longer session times, and the higher bandwidth services consumed like video. The Cisco ASR 5000 utilizes a simple, flexible distributed architecture that allows operators to support multiple access technologies concurrently, e.g., 2G, 3G and 4G, subscriber mobility management, and call control capabilities... (more)