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San Francisco, Calif - October 2, 2012 - CloudSigma, an international, customer-centric, pure-cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, today announced that it has achieved Gold Partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). By attaining Gold Level membership, Oracle has recognized CloudSigma for its commitment to establish Oracle related knowledge in delivering a public cloud IaaS offering with the necessary resources, flexibility and customization companies require in today's dynamic IT environments. Becoming a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork demonstrates CloudSigma's commitment to maintaining a flexible and user-centric public cloud offering. With its open software layer, CloudSigma allows customers to easily install and run whatever software or operating system they want, including Oracle Linux, thereby eliminating common deployment restrictions from o... (more)

Big Data | Thinking Outside the Firewall

A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltwater as head of marketing and product (BTW Meltwater is hiring marketing and product managers!), I think a lot about big data and how to unleash it’s value to solve important business problems, because that is our business. How does big data go from “so what” to “must have”? The Big Data Challenge Big data is a by-product of the Internet and the ever increasing power of computers. Kind of like petroleum sludge. We know there must be great value buried within this vast, raw resource, but the challenge lies in figuring out how to turn it into something useful like plastic, or the other th... (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)

Emulex Announces Ethernet Networking and Converged Network Adapters for the Open Compute Project

New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management and a proud member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), today announced it has released its next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions to the open source community. Now, data centres are able to utilise Emulex 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb Ethernet (10GbE/40GbE) adapters on OCP based hardware platforms that support global cloud platforms running OpenStack or CloudStack. The new Emulex OneConnect® OCm14000-OCP 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and 10GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), enable higher virtual machine (VM) densit... (more)

Microsoft-Yahoo! - Around the Bid in Eighty Blogs

Live by the Web, die by the Web - we look at what the blogosphere is saying about Microsoft's $44.6BN offer. Among blogs mentioned are those by David Kirkpatrick, Mark Cuban, Patty Seybold, Mark Anderson, Jon Fortt, and Marc Andreessen. David Kirkpatrick (Fortune): "Wonderful as Google is, the world and the entire Internet and media industry needs for its power to be countered and, if possible, matched. Without genuine competition everybody loses. That's what drives innovation. Even Google may benefit because if its share of search and online traffic grew much larger regulators would almost certainly begin to find ways of restraining it." Jay Greene (BusinessWeek):"Microsoft expects to reap $1 billion in operating efficiencies by combining the 14,000-person Yahoo with the 80,000-employee Microsoft. Looks great on paper. The reality, though, may be something else en... (more)

Twenty-One Experts Define Cloud Computing

It is the infrastructural paradigm shift that is sweeping across the Enterprise IT world, but how is it best defined? I refer of course to 'Cloud Computing' - the phenomenon that currently has as many definitions as there are squares on a chess-board. To try and narrow it down we bring here a round-up of some recent attempts to bring welcome precision where there risks being unnecessary vagueness. Enjoy! "What is cloud computing all about? Amazon has coined the word “elasticity” which gives a good idea about the key features: you can scale your infrastructure on demand within minutes or even seconds, instead of days or weeks, thereby avoiding under-utilization (idle servers) and over-utilization (blue screen) of in-house resources. With monitoring and increasing automation of resource provisioning we might one day wake up in a world where we don’t have to care about... (more)

Ulitzer Provides a Powerful Social Journalism Platform

I was reading a blog post entitled "Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict" by John Funnel this morning as I arrived in the office. Then Nancy forwarded me the following email she received from Joe Austin on Friday. Nancy was at the Jersey shore for a long weekend and she is going through her in box this morning. Joe has been a long-time Ulitzer author and has created a number of Ulitzer topics including Cloud Backup and Recovery Journal, Email Archiving Journal, GRC Journal, Green Storage Journal, Infrastructure On Demand, and SharePoint Archiving Journal. Here is Joe Austin's email to Nancy. Another late night development work at Ulitzer, Inc. headquarters, testing the platform on popular browsers and their most used versions From: Joe Austin Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:10:57 To: Nancy Valentine Subject: Quote for Ulitzer Hi Nancy, Here's a quote for the main Ulitzer site... (more)

Five Lessons The League Can Teach Us about Cyber Security

Lessons from the hit show, The League The 2013 NFL season kicks off tonight with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos. For many of us, the start of football season means lazy chicken wing and pizza-filled Sundays in front of the TV. But, it also means it’s time to scramble together and pick your fantasy football team. If you participate in fantasy football, you may be a fan of the hit FX television show, The League which premiered last night. Don’t worry – there are no spoilers here. The League follows a group of old friends in a fantasy football league that seems to bleed into every aspect of their lives. Even if you don’t like fantasy football, or football for that matter, this show is likely to have you either laughing or turning away from the television in disgust at their attempts to make each other’s lives miserable. A... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

What's the Difference Between Cloud Computing and SaaS?

Praising Gaw's Blog Every time I log into Facebook, or search for flights online, I am taking advantage of cloud computing. However, neither of these examples would be considered SaaS. According to Gartner, cloud computing is not just a buzzword; it does have a distinct meaning separate from SaaS. | Recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of vendors have started talking about “cloud computing” in their marketing materials. In many cases they’re referring to solutions that were previously called Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which begs the question – what is the difference between these two terms, anyway? Is “cloud computing” simply a new industry buzzword with no real meaning? Or is there actually a difference between the two? Fortunately, the analysts at Gartner helped to answer my question with a recent report that clearly addressed just this issue. According to them, cl... (more)

Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn, Ulitzer, MeettheBoss - Execs Go Online Big-Time

New Media on Ulitzer A recent study run by online business networking service www.MeettheBoss.com shows that executives are spending an extra 11 hours a month online sharing their professional experiences and learning from their peers. The survey asked its executive users what direct value they gained from spending time running blogs, writing tweets and connecting with other executives on sites such as LinkedIn, Xing, MeettheBoss, Ryze, Facebook, Ulitzer and Twitter. The answers revealed that executives proficient with online activities are spending an average of 11 hours more per month online than this time last year – and over 90% of respondents said they felt their time online was ‘very valuable’ to their daily role. Professionals are rushing to the Web for immediate answers to their most pressing questions. “I find online business networking very useful,” says M... (more)