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From a recent standing start we have now advanced the Cloud Ventures Group (CVG) to a first basic level of maturity. This defines our business model and first set of Cloud technology innovations, into a Powerpoint elevator pitch. It’s attached to this message. Feel free to download, check it out and let us know feedback and partnering ideas. You can message me to talk you through it if you like. With this framework in place our next main step is to reach out to a global network of partners, and grow the program further in collaboration with consultants, vendors and other partners. Secure Cloud Outsourcing The purpose of the CVG is to fast-track new Cloud ventures, and we’ve gunned straight for what we think is the most important issue to Cloud, the concerns of data privacy holding up its widespread adoption. Core to this first version is IP for the new ‘SMDP’ protoco... (more)

Adobe Extends AIR Applications Across Screens

Adobe on Monday announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash® Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Android™, iOS, and desktops including Windows®, Macintosh and Linux® operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011. With Adobe AIR, developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe Flash® Professional CS5, Adobe Flash Bu... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

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)

Cloud Computing: Dell Helps Businesses Reap its Full Value

What do salesforce.com, NetSuite, RightNow, Marketo, Taleo, Zuora, Coupa, NASDAQ and Web MD all have in common? They all rely on Dell Boomi's AtomSphere integration technology. Such leading SaaS players and enterprise customers, says Dell Boomi, rely on AtomSphere "to accelerate time to market, increase sales, and eliminate the headaches associated with integration." When the acquisition was announced in November 2010, Boomi president and CEO Bob Moul called it "a fantastic outcome" for his team, as well as for Boomi's customers and partners. "Dell gives us the global platform to continue to scale Boomi AtomSphere as the leading integration solution in the SaaS and cloud computing industry," Moul commented. From Dell's perspective, the move was one more step in its assembly of a technology portfolio for growing businesses seeking the benefits of web-based computin... (more)

3 Reasons to Flatten Your Data Center Network

Data center networks are changing. The three-tier data center network that has been in place for the past decade and a half is becoming less and less the right architecture. Enterprises are continuing to virtualize, and to shift to converged, service-oriented architectures. This places very different needs on the data center network than was the case in the late 1990s. Right now, data center network engineers face a decision: should they stick with the tiered structure they have in place, or should they flatten the network to boost performance (and probably save some money in the process)? Here are three reasons why you might want to flatten your data center network: A flat network makes it easier to deploy certain products. Purpose-built automation products, as well as convergence- and virtualization-related technologies are much easier to deploy on a flat network... (more)

GreenBytes Announces IO Offload Solution for VDI Market

GreenBytes on Tuesday announced the IO Offload Engine, a high-performance network infrastructure device purpose-built to absorb the transient IO (input/output) required for VM booting, rapid provisioning and swap. By offloading this IO from the storage system, the IO Offload Engine frees the existing SAN to handle only the lower IO loads needed to store and protect application and user data, dramatically improving performance and driving down cost of VDI/VM deployments. As current storage architectures fail to meet IO loads needed for cloud-scale VDI/VM deployments, customers struggle to scale VM/VDI IO within their existing environments. This IO management challenge is delaying adoption and driving up the costs of large-scale VDI/VM. A small footprint plug-and-play network device, the IO Offload Engine delivers enterprise-scale VDI performance to meet demanding vi... (more)

Agile Architecture

The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without increasing the size of supporting pillars. Now if I use the term Agile Architecture, what am I referring to? In today’s Agile world I would hazard a guess that most readers will think I am referring to the architecture techniques and tasks undertaken in the context of an Agile software develop... (more)

Actian Launches Cloud Integration and Big Data Analytics Platforms to Power the Action-Driven Enterprise in the Age of Data

Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms Challenge the Behemoths of Data Management with End-to-End Next-Generation Innovation Redwood City, Calif - July 11, 2013 - Today Actian Corporation ("Actian"), next generation leader in big data analytics, announces its plans to leverage the assets from its recent acquisitions of ParAccel, Pervasive Software and Versant Corporation by offering two new platforms, the Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms, to tackle the challenges of the Age of Data. "The unprecedented explosion in data complexity and volumes, along with fast-growing demand for sophisticated analytics, present both opportunities and threats for today's business leaders," said Ray Wang, chief executive officer and principal analyst at Constellation Research. "As social, mobile and cloud converge in the enterprise, organisa... (more)

Cloudera Announces Support for Apache Accumulo: Big Data solutions have new options for enhancing security

By Bob Gourley Cloudera’s support for Apache Accumulo should be viewed as a very positive step by anyone using Apache Hadoop. Now the same team that integrates the many open source Hadoop-related projects into the 100% open source Hadoop Distribution CDH (Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop) provides formal support for integration with Apache Accumulo. Over the next few weeks we will continue to provide insights into why many federal organizations will find this of high interest, and we expect to hear more about this at Hadoop World as well. But the short version of this news is that this brings several new options to organizations who are looking for enhanced levels of security. This is by all measures a virtuous step for enterprises with a need for fine-grained user access control and authentication. For now, here is the press release from Cloudera: Da... (more)

Big Data = Dropping the Big One?

Editor’s note: This article was first published on Analyst One, a site focused on analysts and topics of interest to the analytical community.-bg Eminent network scientist Laszlo Barabasi recently penned an op-ed calling on fellow scientists to spearhead the ethical use of big data. Comparing big data to the atom bomb, Barabasi persuasively argued that the technology and methodologies he and other social network theorists had created had far outstripped societal controls on its use. Barabasi’s op-ed is part of a growing backlash against big data technologies and methodologies While Barabasi and historian of science George Dyson have the historical perspective, technical insight, and scientific stature to write insightfully about the problems of pervasive data collection and algorithms that structure human decisions, other criticisms have been less than edifying. Fru... (more)

Software Engineering and Code Quality Goals You Should Nail Before 2018

When applications crash due to a code quality issues, the common question is, "How could those experts have missed that?" The problem is, most people imagine software development as a room full of developers, keyboards clacking away with green, Matrix-esque code filling up the screen as they try and perfect the newest ground-breaking feature. However, in reality most of the work developers actually do is maintenance work fixing the bugs found in the production code to ensure a higher level of code quality. Not only does this severely reduce the amount of business value IT can bring to the table, it also exponentially increases the cost in developing and maintaining quality applications. And even though the IT industry has seen this rise in cost happening for years, they've done little to stem the rising tide. The time has come to draw a line in the sand. Capers Jone... (more)