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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)

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)

Microsoft & NetApp New BFFs

Azure Session at Cloud Expo Microsoft and NetApp, its new BFF, have forged a new three-year pact that will see them collaborate on virtualization, private cloud computing and storage and data management in the name of reducing client costs, increasing their performance and reaching new levels of efficiency. ... (more)

NetSuite Event to Highlight Power of the Cloud to Transform EMEA

NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) / financial suites, today announced the details of a special London-based event designed to help UK and European-based professional services firms and workgroups leverage the power of cloud computing solutions to survive and thrive in the current challenging economic environment. The event will take place on Thursday, 8 July, at One Whitehall Place, London, from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. To register for this complimentary event, please click here. The event, titled "A Cloud Computing Wake-Up Call for Professional Services," will highlight the strategies and best-practices from the cloud computing playbooks of a number of leading companies, including Accenture, Siemens, Lloyd's Register and NetSuite. Also featured will be thought-provoking keynote presentations on ne... (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)

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)

Ellison-Aligned NetSuite Attacks SAP

NetSuite - which, as it happens, is majority-owned by Larry Ellison who has just returned from a courtroom battle with SAP utterly victorious - is waving around an amusing little TCO comparison of its ERP cloud software suite against SAP's revivified Business ByDesign (BBD) widgetry that suggests that ByDesign five-year costs run over $500,000 for only 10 users. NetSuite is supposed to be 40%-70% cheaper and naturally it claims way more bells and whistles - half again as much functionality. NetSuite used SAP's own online TCO calculator for the SAP calculations (http://bit.ly/SAPTCO), which is supposed to demonstrate BBD's value compared to on-premise software. NetSuite claims that "By providing an under-powered product with an extremely high total cost of ownership, SAP has fallen into the trap of every stone-age software provider that has tried to make the transiti... (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)

Oracle Fusion Applications: Respect and Suspect

There is an old saying: Respect and Suspect. When someone declare, write or say something, do not decry or ignore him - respect him.  It may turn out that the information he provides is valuable or useful. On the other hand, Suspect and check whether what was manifested is true, half true or false. This attitude is the corn stone of Scientific Research. I am not a Scientist, but during few decades in IT, I found Respect and Suspect as very useful approach  as well as in my hobby playing Bridge (respect and suspect your opponents bids and play). The old saying came to my mind, while reading good news: Oracle Fusion Applications was released for use by Early Adopters after five years of development. The article was published by Mark Fontecchio in PeopleSoft Planet site. The following bullets summarize the article: 1.   Oracle Fusion Applications is ready but are the c... (more)