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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)

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)

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)

Jitterbit Delivers Software Solutions for NetSuite Cloud Platform

5th Cloud Expo in New York This April Jitterbit, a provider of data- and application-integration software, on Tuesday announced the delivery of new integration software solutions designed to run on the NetSuite cloud computing platform and the NetSuite Business Management Suite. Jitterbit's software lets users integrate applications and enterprise data without requiring software programming. Built using SuiteTalk Web Services, the combined solution will help NetSuite customers lower the costs of maintaining multiple systems, while gaining visibility into enterprise-wide business information. "Jitterbit's no-coding approach is easier to use and typically less expensive than competing proprietary vendors," said Sharam Sasson, founder and CEO of Jitterbit. "This means that business analysts -- and others who are not professional developers -- can build powerful, flexib... (more)

Five Tips for a Successful CRM Software Selection

As with all enterprise software initiatives, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software selection process can be tricky. There are plenty of solutions to choose from, multiple delivery options, and large amounts of software vendor hype. In addition, companies such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, NetSuite, and Oracle are aggressively pursuing the market with competing messages. CRM evaluations should include elements inherent in effective ERP software selection processes. For example, a CRM software selection process should include the following steps: Clearly define business requirements Evaluate the technical fit of potential options Assess vendor viability Evaluate functional fit via a scripted demo process Develop a business case Negotiate with vendors Create a realistic implementation plan In addition to the above, there are five factors that are... (more)

Cloud Expo Sponsor Amazon Web Services and NetSuite Connect Clouds

Amazon Web Services Session at Cloud Expo NetSuite Inc., a provider of cloud computing business management software suites, on Thursday announced a strategic initiative with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a pioneer in cloud computing, to further connect and integrate their respective cloud platforms. Today's announcement features SuiteStorage, a connector built using NetSuite's SuiteCloud development platform to enable easy integration of NetSuite with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Developers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and customers can now build new software applications that leverage NetSuite's tightly integrated cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite and the powerful storage and compute capabilities of Amazon Web Services, offering businesses the significant advantages that are becoming synonymous with world-class cloud computing -- ef... (more)

LeadForce1 Integrates Marketing Automation Solution with NetSuite’s Cloud Computing Platform

Excitement is running high at the annual SuiteCloud conference sponsored by NetSuite taking place this week in San Francisco. I am excited to be here because LeadForce1 has successfully integrated with NetSuite’s cloud computing platform.  And LeadForce1 is a featured application at the event and on NetSuite’s SuiteApp.com portal.  Lots of buzz here about cloud-based CRM and marketing automation…not that they are new concepts…but that they are achieving mainstream adoption.  There are several reasons why…Let us begin with ease of use.  No shrink-wrapped software to buy, no dedicated server necessary to load it on, no specialized in-house IT support required, easy access for all users.  That immediately translates into cost savings, as well as a faster time to deploy the solution. Then there is the elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about: Marketing d... (more)

20 Lines or Less: Selective SSL, Port Stripping and Headers

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (almost) every week for the devcentral community, and every week I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can be without getting in over your head. With the onslaught of work required to get DC5 up and running it’s been a while since I’ve offered some cool iRule goodness to the community from the community.  There have been plenty of examples cruising through the forums, that’s for sure, I just haven’t had the time to comb through all of them or write them up.  Now that I can again see the light of day, allow me to share a some good ones with you.   Disabling SSL to one backend pool We’ve looked at ways to selectively disable SSL before, but this example had an interesting twist that I thought was…well…interesting.  The idea here is to sele... (more)

Repetition is the Key to Network Automation Success

Training your data center “muscle memory” will ensure that when the pressure is on your network will make all the right moves. If you’ve ever taken dancing lessons – or musical lessons – or tried to teach yourself to type you know that repetition is the key to success. Or as your mom would tell you, “practice makes perfect.” The reason repetition is a key factor in the success of endeavors that require specific movements in a precisely orchestrated fashion is that it builds what instructors call “muscle memory.” You’re actually teaching your muscles to react to a thought or movement automatically. Once you’ve repeated the same movement over and over it becomes second nature, like a Pavlovian response. To achieve the efficiencies associated with network automation you’ve got to build the data center’s “muscle memory”, as it were. You can’t jump from no automation to... (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)

Using Spmonitoredscope to Monitor Performance of Your Code

As a SharePoint developer, I’m sure you were excited to see the Developer Dashboard.  It’s a great way to see what’s going ton with the performance of a page.  Did you know you can add your own performance monitors to it though?  It’s actually quite easy with the SPMonitoredScope class.  Simply, put the code in question that you want to monitor inside a using block and SPMonitoredScope does the rest.  For today’s example, I want to monitor the performance of some code that inserts an item into a list.  Here is what it looks like. using (SPMonitoredScope monitoredScope = new SPMonitoredScope("My Monitored Scope")) { // put code to monitor performance on here SPList testList = site.Lists.TryGetList("Test List"); if (testList != null) { SPListItem listItem = testList.Items.Add(); listItem["Title"] = string.Format("Test Item {0}", Guid.NewGuid().ToString()); listIt... (more)