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Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose "beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required." McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps. Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the first to roll out Okta identity... (more)

Cloud Federation and the Intercloud

5th International Cloud Expo New York Last week's post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployments no longer need to be custom projects and applications no longer have to be tightly coupled to a particular cloud. To follow up, there's been lots of discussion recently about the concept of the "Intercloud," a direction for cloud computing that is closely related to federation and ties in with much of our work at CloudSwitch. A term introduced by Cisco, the Intercloud refers to a mesh of clouds that are interconnected based on open standards to provide a universal environment for cloud computing. Like the name suggests, it's similar to the Inter... (more)

The IT Dilemma Meets Cloud Computing

Emerging technologies have always forced business decision-makers to decide if they will embrace a new technology s a first-mover, or if they will maintain their existing technologies. Each brings a risk – does the cost of maintaining existing technology result in higher maintenance and operational expenses, or does the cost of embracing and acquiring new technology put an unwarranted capital and process change burden on the organization? Many years ago (~15) the Northern Telecom (Nortel) DMS 100/250/300/500 line of digital telephone switches represented one of the finest technologies for digital communications. The cost was high, but the technology promised telecom carriers everything they would need to operate their networks well into the next generation, which was not yet associated with a real time horizon. At least in marketing PowerPoint slides. Buy a DMS 500, ... (more)

Microsoft Urges Government & Industry to Build Confidence in the Cloud

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo Today, Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft Corp., urged both Congress and the information technology industry to act now to ensure that the burgeoning era of cloud computing is guided by an international commitment to privacy, security and transparency for consumers, businesses and government. During a keynote speech to the Brookings Institution policy forum, "Cloud Computing for Business and Society," Smith also highlighted data from a survey commissioned by Microsoft measuring attitudes on cloud computing among business leaders and the general population. The survey found that while 58 percent of the general population and 86 percent of senior business leaders are excited about the potential of cloud computing, more than 90 percent of these same people are concerned about the security, access and pri... (more)

ClickInsights: Social Media Marketing in 2010

How will social media marketing evolve in 2010? We have invited 2 Social Media Icons - Pam Brossman and Chris Garrett - to shed light on the following question: "What do you foresee as the biggest change that will happen in social media marketing in 2010? How should marketers and businesses adapt to this change?". Read on to get their insights. Chris Garrett Blog ChrisG Twitter chrisgarrett "Just having "cares" in your Twitter name is not enough" Chris Garrett's Bio Chris Garrett is an internet consultant, writer, web geek and co-author of the popular ProBlogger Book. Since 1994, Chris has helped thousands of individuals, non-profits, small businesses and blue chips make the most of the web. Chris Garrett's Tip I have never been very good with predicting the future so I am sure other people will have better and more accurate answers! That said, the biggest changes ... (more)

Social Networking as a Service with EngineY

EngineY is an open source project that provides a complete social networking framework that can be run stand alone as a social network similar to a Ning social network, or it can be integrated with an existing website to provide just the social capabilities. It is a project that I have been developing over the past year or so. In this post, I want to talk about another way you can use EngineY, not as an application or framework that you would integrate into your code, but as a server that can provide all of the social features for your existing web applications. This idea came to me while helping out a startup company that wanted to uses EngineY in an headless mode to provide social services to their application. Their idea was to use the services of EngineY but not any of its UI. This use case is well suited for EngineY due to its REST API, which is now even more c... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Like No Other Technology Wave

Cloud Expo in New York April 2010 In my last post we looked at how Cloudomania was widening its global footprint in 2010, widening its lead on Virtualization as the technology du jour. My brief post ended: As you can see, the rise and rise of Cloud Computing, for all that it stumbled at the end of last year, has in 2010 resumed its giddy trajectory. The next question, naturally, is: why? Anyone who looks at the technology landscape for a living as I am privileged to do knows that the following is true: Every new technology wave is Like all other technology waves Like some other technology waves Like no other technology wave Let me show just how true this is of Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is Like All Other Technology Waves The genesis of the actual term "cloud computing" is slightly fuzzy, just like the genesis of "Java" OR "SOA" OR "blogging" - somehow one difference... (more)

The CAP Theorem

Eric Brewer, professor at UC Berkeley came up with the CAP theorem. CAP stands for Consistency, Availability, and Partitioning or Distributability. He says out of the 3, the maximum you can achieve is 2. For example, if you’re Amazon and you want various servers distributed all over the world for better availability, then you must forfeit consistency. If you buy a book in New York while I buy one in Singapore from two different servers, then these two databases are out of sync and not consistent. Eric calls this “eventually consistent”, as they will be synchronized later. Another example is of a major bank, where billions of dollars get transferred between accounts. Consistency is so important besides availability that you forfeit “distributability”. Hence you centralize everything out of one data center. I somehow like this “maximum 2 out 3″ theorem. A friend who we... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe Is Coming Back To Prague June 21-22

Where cloud computing is concerned, the Enterprise IT industry has gone from asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the year that company after company, organization after organization, and government agency after government agency is moving, or beginning its move, to the Cloud. One clear indicator of the groundswell of adoption is the increasing frequency and size of the events in the international Cloud Expo series, which recently staged a huge event in the Jacob Javits Center in New York, and which in June (June 21-22 2010, to be exact) is bringing an expanded event, Cloud Expo Europe (www.CloudExpo-Europe.com), to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here is the event in summary form: What: Cloud Expo Europe (6th International Cloud Expo) When: 21-22 June, 2010 Where: Prague Hilton, Czech Republic And here is the link to the Confe... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Call for Papers Closes July 4

Cloud and virtualization are the Power Couple of enterprise computing: the cloud offers potentially unlimited scalability (both up and down) while the virtualization of resources ensures that system management issues are hidden from the end-user. It is a marriage made in heaven. As enterprises in ever-increasing numbers start to to evaluate cloud computing, many are assessing which applications can run in public clouds, which should run in a private cloud, and how to ensure that applications will be portable from one to another. Since there will be many different kinds of clouds, another issue is what kind of cloud resources should you use? How easy will it be to migrate to a public or private cloud, and how easy will it be to move between them? If you entrust your data to a Cloud Computing vendor, how will the vendor secure your data and segregate it from that of o... (more)