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Cloud Technology Partners Launches Webinar Series Hosted by David Linthicum, Senior Vice President

Cloud Technology Partners Launches Webinar Series Hosted by David Linthicum, Senior Vice President | All Cloud | Scoop.it

Cloud Technology Partners has announced the launch of a Cloud Computing Webinar Series designed to educate IT leaders tasked with moving to public, private or hybrid cloud platforms. The company's Senior Vice President, David Linthicum, will host the Webinar Series, starting in May.

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David is an excellent speaker and one of my favorite members of the #clouderati. I'm looking forward to these presentations.

 

- David also hosts the "Cloud Weekly Podcast" available on iTunes

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Why the cloud is ready for enterprise -- but the paths connecting it are not

Why the cloud is ready for enterprise -- but the paths connecting it are not | All Cloud | Scoop.it
The cloud that supports enterprises can be conceived of as a three-legged stool — but only two of those legs are complete.
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"According to Lane Patterson, CTO of data center provider Equinix, a reliable delivery pipe is the missing prong of a three-legged stool that — along with storage and compute –is required to prop up enterprises using the cloud, and allow them to fully trust the cloud for their data needs."

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Rackspace Sharpens Its Focus on Hybrid Cloud

Rackspace Sharpens Its Focus on Hybrid Cloud | All Cloud | Scoop.it
While widely viewed as a public cloud player, Rackspace Hosting (RAX) is touting the power of hybrid clouds, and showcasing a marquee brand implementing a private cloud using OpenStack.
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“For a few years, we drank the Kool Aid and believed everyone was going to the public cloud. The public cloud was intoxicating but we’re starting to see an alternative and that hybrid is the end state.” - John Engates, CTO Rackspace


There was a lengthy conversation at #CloudCamp Chicago last night about the need (or lack of need) for hybrid clouds. What do you think? Are hybrid clouds important to your business, or can you run everything on a public cloud?

 
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Breaking: Savvis to buy AppFog

Breaking: Savvis to buy AppFog | All Cloud | Scoop.it
With AppFog, Savvis will get a Cloud Foundry-based platform as a service to run atop its own VSphere or vCloud Director-based infrastructure.
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http://virtualizationreview.com/blogs/the-schwartz-cloud-report/2013/06/savvis-acquires-appfog.aspx?m=2

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The Secret(s) to OpenStack's Overnight Success

The Secret(s) to OpenStack's Overnight Success | All Cloud | Scoop.it
OpenStack has quickly emerged as one of the world's largest open-source communities.
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On Cloud Brokers

On Cloud Brokers | All Cloud | Scoop.it
For a few years now the punditry has been discussing the need, or otherwise, of a financial intermediary layer that sits between cloud vendors and customers.
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Network Virtualization Key to IaaS Clouds

Network Virtualization Key to IaaS Clouds | All Cloud | Scoop.it
Here's why network virtualization is a better fit than traditional networking for IaaS cloud deployments.
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This article outlines two of the benefits that Overlay-Based Virtual Networking (OBVN) provides when designing and deploying IaaS cloud solutions.

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HP, Lockheed join FedRAMP elites

HP, Lockheed join FedRAMP elites | All Cloud | Scoop.it
HP’s Enterprise Cloud Services - Virtual Private Cloud and Lockheed Martin’s SolaS Cloud Solution get provisional approval to operate governmentwide.
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"HP and Lockheed Martin received the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board’s provisional authorization — the most rigorous approval — which involves a thorough review by chief information officers of the General Services Administration and Homeland Security and Defense department, according to a GSA release."

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IBM explores making Java Virtual Machine big part of future cloud platforms

IBM explores making Java Virtual Machine big part of future cloud platforms | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"BM is conducting research that involves making use of the open Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in a cloud-based setting as a way to provide dynamic services, especially to mobile devices."

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IBM Research is finding issues around JVM scalability in the cloud.

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Cloud Strategies in the AWS Era : Exclusive Interview with John Treadway

Cloud Strategies in the AWS Era : Exclusive Interview with John Treadway | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"John Treadway of Cloud Technology Partners (also called CloudTP), discussed the state of the industry in an interview with SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Stu Miniman."

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John Treadway of Boston's Cloud Technology Partners, takes on the topics of cloud industry consolidation, OpenStack and security in this interesting video interview.

 

Note: This interview was recorded at EMC World on May 13, 2013.

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Cloud Computing: Accenture talks to Bloomberg TV about the growth of enterprise cloud services

"As Accenture prepares to invest $400M in cloud over the next 2 years, CTO Paul Daugherty speaks live to Bloomberg TV about the global growth of cloud."

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When Does Co-Opetition Flip to War? On Competing with AWS

When Does Co-Opetition Flip to War? On Competing with AWS | All Cloud | Scoop.it
Recently Chris Potter from Screenlight wrote a guest post on GigaOm looking at the growing trend of Amazon Web Services (AWS) introducing services that compete with its own customers.
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Good advice should your small-medium sized business find itself competing with Amazon and AWS.

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Is the Cloud a CDN Killer?

Is the Cloud a CDN Killer? | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"While the cloud can deliver important agility benefits, it still requires careful, strategic planning to address potential challenges, including security and data bottlenecks. CDNs can help to address these issues, enabling cloud networks to meet today's content delivery demands while satisfying customers' expectations for an optimal online experience. When used together, the cloud and CDNs can actually offer the best of both worlds."

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This article compares and contrasts CDN (Content Delivery Networks) with cloud computing.

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Cumulus Networks Launches - Aims to Reinvent the Networking World

Cumulus Networks Launches - Aims to Reinvent the Networking World | All Cloud | Scoop.it
Startup Cumulus Networks is today launching its open source  networking operating system and in doing so no doubt raises shivers across the traditional networking vendors.
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Cumulus Linux is the first Linux operating system for data center networking.

 

This is a good video of testimonials regarding the value of a (largely) open source network OS that runs on commodity hardware:

http://vimeo.com/68303911

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Capgemini to orchestrate Microsoft cloud products with Skysight offering

Capgemini to orchestrate Microsoft cloud products with Skysight offering | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"Capgemini is introducing a hybrid cloud orchestration service focused on Microsoft products, although enterprises will be able to manage any load with the offering, including applications running on Linux."

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Rackspace Hires Former Microsoft Sales Guru for Americas Division

Rackspace Hires Former Microsoft Sales Guru for Americas Division | All Cloud | Scoop.it
Rackspace has just hired a former Microsoft sales guru Todd Cione to lead the company's Americas Acquisition Sales division.
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Brian Roberts' Comcast X2 Tech Demo

The future of TV was revealed during the day 2 General Session when Comcast Corporation Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts announced X2
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Comcast is repositioning itself as an innovation company and claims to be leveraging cloud computing in a very big way to deliver its next gen TV platform.

 

This video is well worth watching, and I would love to hear from anyone that has more details on how exactly Comcast is using the cloud.

 

http://9to5mac.com/2013/06/12/comcast-isnt-waiting-around-for-apple-next-tv-shows-off-new-x2-tv-platform-ios-apps/

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Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS goes live

Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS goes live | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"OpenShift provides a platform to develop and run applications built with Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, Node.js or Perl, and that run on databases such as MySQL and MongoDB. Users can incorporate lifecycle management tools, such as Maven, Git, and Jenkins. Users can also deploy their own software tools in cartridges, which is Red Hat's name for the packaging the application needs to work within OpenShift."

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"OpenShift Online starts at US$20 a month, and will be available on June 11 in North America and in Europe the following week. In addition to the OpenShift Online, Red Hat also offers OpenShift Enterprise, a package of the software tweaked for running an version of OpenShift on premise"

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IaaS infringes on acceptance of true PaaS cloud architecture

IaaS infringes on acceptance of true PaaS cloud architecture | All Cloud | Scoop.it
A PaaS cloud architecture can deliver production applications at a fraction of the cost, but IaaS vendors are capitalizing on enterprise hesitance by offering pseudo PaaS.
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The line between IaaS and PaaS continues to blur...

 

“We see demand for a sort of ‘IaaS plus’ -- IaaS plus a handful of services, such as identity management, database, object storage, DNS and content networking." - Pat O’Day, CTO at BlueLock, an IaaS cloud provider

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Cloud Computing Expo: June 10-13, Javits Center, New York City

Cloud Computing Expo: June 10-13, Javits Center, New York City | All Cloud | Scoop.it

12th International Cloud Computing Expo -

 

"As at every Cloud Expo, you will find a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, our signature discussion "Power Panels" and a bustling Expo floor complete with two busy Demo Theaters so that as a delegate you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation."

Lars Johnson's insight:

Just leaving this here for those who might be in the area and haven't already signed up to attend.

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PaaSLane to be Unveiled at Cloud Expo

PaaSLane to be Unveiled at Cloud Expo | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"With Cloud Expo only two days away, Cloud Technology Partners is excited to announce the first public demonstrations of PaaSLaneTM, a solution to accelerate application migration. PaaSLane profiles source code in minutes, identifying cloud migration issues and estimating the level of effort required to correct them."

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Cisco Lays Out Cloud Computing Strategy and Talks OpenDaylight

Cisco Lays Out Cloud Computing Strategy and Talks OpenDaylight | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"Highlights of Lew Tucker's discussion on Cisco's cloud computing vision, and relationship to OpenDaylight on Goldman Sachs may 31st investor call.

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Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client

Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"Popular development processes often start with screen mockups, or user input descriptions. In a scale-out pattern like Cloud Computing on Windows Azure, that's the wrong place to start."

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Interesting perspective...

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Stack wars: OpenStack v. CloudStack v. Eucalyptus

Stack wars: OpenStack v. CloudStack v. Eucalyptus | All Cloud | Scoop.it
OpenStack has the buzz, CloudStack has the bucks, Eucalyptus has the bonds with Amazon
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This article is part of a short series on private cloud deployment and doesn't mention any of the public clouds running on OpenStack or CloudStack.

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Google Says: Save Energy, Ditch Your Data Center

Google Says: Save Energy, Ditch Your Data Center | All Cloud | Scoop.it

"If you want to save energy, get rid of your servers," says Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google.

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From the article... 

 

"The cloud could reduce energy use in data centers by 87 percent,” he said, adding that the shift would save 300 petajoules a year, about the same amount of energy consumed by Los Angeles annually.

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IBM wins protest against Amazon in GAO ruling

IBM wins protest against Amazon in GAO ruling | All Cloud | Scoop.it
GAO has upheld IBM's protest of the cloud-services contract that the CIA had awarded to Amazon.
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Huge news as this deal is worth a reported $600M over 10 years:

 

"GAO recommended that the agency reopen negotiations with the offerors, including amending the solicitation if necessary, to ensure that proposals are prepared and evaluated on a common basis," White wrote in a formal statement. GAO also recommended that, "at the conclusion of the reevaluation, the agency make a new selection decision."

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