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I've been asked quite a few times, "when will it be a good time to get into cloud computing?" by potential clients. My answer is typically it depends... I know, I know.... not much direction there, but really it all depends. Why ? Well, some may state, "we all know of the much beaten security concerns, and we will ensure that systems on our end are secured and synced to work in tandem with the vendors' security." Can one ensure some degree of monitoring by the implementation of an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) residing within the system hosting the gateway into the cloud? The intent of such an implementation can be to monitor the cloud gateway system's software for anomalies, variances from expected traffic and quantity of access into an enterprise's cloud service.But will it be effective enough? We all remember the buzz and the alarm over adopting the cloud that ... (more)

Industry Experts Discuss the State of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer "With cloud computing, price to deploy applications goes through the floor while flexibility to scale those applications goes through the ceiling!" says WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene, in this lively round-up of CEO and CTO opinions to get a sense of The State of Cloud Computing compiled and published by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is taking place this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center (November 2-4, 2009). Keene's take on what's driving Cloud Computing enterprise-wise is just one of several high-profile contributions. Those contributing to Geelan's impromptu survey include: RightScale CEO Michael Crandell; the Chairman & CEO of WaveMaker, Chris Keene; the CTO of GigaSpaces, Nati Shalom; Lew Cirne, Founder & CEO of New Relic; Mitchell Kertzman of Hummer Winblad Venture Partne... (more)

Ulitzer.com Named Exclusive "New Media" Sponsor of Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON Events (http://events.sys-con.com) announced today that Ulitzer (www.Ulitzer.com) was named exclusive “new media” sponsor of the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com) which will take place November 2 – 3 – 4, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is the leading global Cloud event in its third year. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals participated in Cloud Computing Expo during the past two years, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. This year’s West Coast conference theme is “Bringing the Economics of the Web to Enterprise IT Through Cloud Computing." The organizing principle of the 4th International Cloud Expo is that through an intensive 3-day schedule of keynotes, general... (more)

How Should You Follow Up on a Cloud Computing Lead?

Over the past year I have listened to many vendor webinars talking about their cloud computing solution story. After the call I always get an e-mail or phone call trying to see my needs. This follow-up is very good as the purpose of these webinars is to obtain leads and the follow up process is to qualify these leads. Until yesterday, none of these calls were of any value to me. Some vendors called and promised to connect me to their product folks to give me more information but nobody ever contacted me. I replied to some vendors e-mails but they do not follow up. Other vendors call using some call center employee who cannot answer a simple question about what the product can do. Earlier this week I listened to an interesting webinar from Aplicor and Gartner. Lisa DeVinney from Aplicor looked me up on LinkedIn before calling, understood my background and we had a gr... (more)

Digital Forensics and Cloud Computing at Cloud Expo 2011 New York

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing offers a sense of "vastness" in terms of storage and remote processing. In addition, there are challenges to any digital forensics investigation within a distributed environment such as cloud computing. In his session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Jon Shende, Advisory Board Director at EBSL Technologies Intl, will discuss the challenges locating and/or identifying data when single data structures are split into elements, time stamps confusion and accountability. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Jon R.G.C. Shende is a business executive who started out in the medical arena, then moved into the Oil and Gas environment where he was introduced to SCADA and network technologies and became certified in Industrial Pump and Valve repairs. He holds a masters certificate in ... (more)

Cobol to Cloud Computing

Legacy Modernization & Cloud With the exception of very small organizations, migrating to the cloud is not a simple switch that can convert them from an ‘ in-house' data center to Cloud.  Large enterprises have to modernize much of their applications to adapt to cloud, So the path to the cloud is a combination of: Portfolio assessment of existing application Retire redundant applications that can be sourced as SaaS and change the business process accordingly Modernize existing applications to utilize the benefits of Cloud platform and hence they can be hosted on a private or public or hybrid clouds. So modernizing  existing applications to take advantage of  Cloud platforms is key to a  success of  enterprise transformation towards  On Demand  utilization of resources and providing  improved business capability  building for the underlying business. Why Cobol Moderni... (more)

Interview: VMware's Carl Eschenbach on Scope & Depth of Cloud Computing

The move to cloud is far more than an IT delivery model adjustment. It really presents a unique opportunity to get IT -- and the business of IT -- right at the highest levels. On the main stage at VMworld 2011 this week, VMware Co-President Carl Eschenbach demonstrated that impact through testimonials on how cloud computing and virtualization infrastructure are advancing the business goals of three major corporations, Revlon, NYSE Euronext, and Southwest Airlines. BriefingsDirect caught up with Eschenbach after the presentation to gain his impressions and insights on the scope and depth of cloud computing -- and how it's impacting CIOs in general. The interview comes as part of a special BriefingsDirect podcast series from VMworld in Las Vegas. The interview was conducted by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. [Disclosure: VMware is a sponsor of... (more)

Big Data and Cloud Computing in Academics

Information Delivery Needs in Academics Analyzing massive amounts of unstructured content and extracting information out of them is necessary for many industry verticals and particularly important for academics. The following points highlight the growing needs for information delivery in the field of education and research: (Higher) Education Going Virtual: With the increased costs of higher education and other federal-related restrictions on travel from other countries, higher education is turning more toward the virtual class room and this trend will increase in the future. This means that there are an increasing number of students who will look for information over the virtual classrooms and by other means such as social media, access through smart devices, etc. The more unstructured the data, the greater the need to process them toward meaningful content for stud... (more)

The Business Aspects of Cloud: Let's Get Started

This guest post comes courtesy of Christian Verstraete, Chief Technologist, Cloud Strategy for HP. By Christian Verstraete I’ve spent the last several weeks addressing some of the business aspects of cloud and why/how companies move to the cloud. It’s time now to wrap this series up. The cloud discussions have been changing rapidly over the last months, focusing away from infrastructure to applications, services and industry requirements. Implementations in larger companies typically started with development & test activities within the IT department, while business teams used “shadow-IT” approaches to source services from external parties, potentially putting the enterprise at risk. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] The main reason is the perceived lack of responsiveness and agility of IT. As I pointed out, it is increasingly becoming clear t... (more)

Calculating Your Cloud Computing Costs

There is so much happening in the Cloud Computing world and everyone seems to want a piece of the cloud. Though more and more users are positive about deploying a cloud solution for their business, they are still unclear as to how much they would need to shell out for it. Many organizations are still reluctant and feel they won't get the expected returns. But this is not true and Cloud Computing does deliver organizations measurable benefits. Businesses that have deployed Cloud solutions have been talking about how it has helped them save their IT costs and be profitable in such tough times as well. They have achieved good returns from their investments in the Cloud and also have saved a lot. If any organization or individual needs to ascertain how much it will cost to implement a Cloud solution they can easily do so. The cost of moving to the cloud can be estimate... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 2, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! ZDNet features a ten minute video of an interview with China’s Huawei Technologies’ CMO Shao Yang, discussing the next stage of wireless broadband networks, phablets, and Huawei's vision of the future of mobile devices.  Read Original Content Beijing NationSky Network Technology has entered into an agreement to provide ... (more)