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The margins of cloud products like virtual machines are still in the 50% range. In essence, price drops are going to be a regular feature for the foreseeable future. This begets the question - are hosted solutions becoming irrelevant today? Boston-based market research firm, 451 Research, has been publishing their ‘Cloud Price Index' for a few years now. The quarterly study looks into the pricing of various offerings in the cloud market to understand the shifting dynamics in the public, private and hybrid cloud market. According to Dr. Owen Rogers from 451 Research, the approach here is similar to how inflation is calculated - the price of a distributed sample of products from the market are analyzed periodically to ascertain the rise or drop in the prices of the various cloud offerings. One big takeaway from the various reports published over the years is how muc... (more)

Here Comes Rackspace & Amazon’s Latest Rival

LeaseWeb, a privately held Dutch-based hosting provider, is setting up in the US with the idea of competing against Rackspace, Amazon and Softlayer. It says it'll be cheaper. The company is one of the largest hosting providers in Europe. OCOM, its parent company, is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Netherlands. It offers dedicated servers, colocation, cloud hosting, content delivery (CDN) and hybrid solutions. LeaseWeb has hired William Schrader as CEO of its USA unit. Schrader was co-founder of the world's first commercial ISP, PSINet, which dominated the market in the 1990s and was good for $16 billion at its peak, serving a reported 60% of the Fortune 500 in 30 countries. He previously had an advisory role at AIS Network, the managed, cloud and applications hosting provider. LeaseWeb has a data center in Northern Virginia near Washington, ... (more)

Don’t Get Stuck in a Cloud

Mysterious, comforting, scary, and attractive are all possible adjectives to describe a cloud. Interestingly enough, this is true of all kinds of clouds, from the meteorological to the computing. During the last few years, we have a seen a proliferation of clouds forming from every corner of the Internet. Nowadays, it is very rare to see any Internet technology presentation without at least a few clouds. So is cloud computing simply vaporware, or something tangible? While the name might be “buzzy”, cloud computing is in fact a real phenomenon and does create great technological and business value. In fact, cloud computing is another step in the evolution of computing abstraction. First, hardware got abstracted with operating systems, then the user interface with the browser, and now, with cloud computing, the network is abstracted. Simply put, cloud computing allow... (more)

The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come

As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com's CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide cloud computing momentum continues to grow. Amid all the change, I asked some leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come. Contributors include Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces, Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Germany. PETER COFFEE Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK from 1989 through 2007, after spending the prior... (more)

Razor Servers Launches First Pennsylvania Cloud Computing Service

Razor Servers announced today that it will begin offering Cloud Computing services to its customers, using the Enomaly Elastic Computing Platform (ECP), Service Provider Edition. This will be the first Cloud Computing service based in Pennsylvania. Razor Servers will host the ECP cloud computing platform within its Philadelphia datacenter, enabling Razor Servers customer to access computing capacity on demand. Razor Servers Cloud Computing service is expected to be available to customers on June 15, 2009. Razor Servers Enomaly ECP-based Cloud Computing service can be used to host web sites, to power internal business applications, and to provide burst capacity to meet peak loads for existing systems. Razor Servers ECP Cloud Computing platform enables customers to access and manage any number of virtual servers, running Microsoft Windows, Linux, or any other operatin... (more)

Ecosystem is the Killer App for Cloud Computing

We know all about these loose ecosystems of Barney-loving, hand-holding, kumbaya-singing companies who promise a full solution to help you take advantage of the next overwhelming wave of technology...for a fee. In the past, vendor ecosystem announcements indicate a vague intention on the part of the vendors to do something together someday - providing they can all find a customer to pay for it. With the cloud, however, ecosystems are different. They are easier to create, both from a business and technical point of view. They are also much more transparent, as the results of their efforts are available for the whole world to see. WaveMaker, RightScale, IBM and Amazon just announced their own cloud ecosystem. This ecosystem is being marketed as a cloud quick start program, which aims to make cloud computing ridiculously easy and give companies a one-stop solution for mi... (more)

Cloud Computing Bootcamp Returns to Cloud Expo in New York April 20, 2010

Cloud Computing Bootcamp 2010 East No one can properly understand anything related to enterprise-level Cloud Computing without having first gained a deep understanding of the capabilities of different Cloud players. Cloud Expo's pioneering Cloud Computing Bootcamp is designed with that in mind. It is a one-day, fully immersive deep-dive into the Cloud, in which the sessions during the day seek to give delegates a deep understanding of the capabilities of different Cloud players and how they address rapidly changing market demands. Click Here to Register Now for Cloud Computing Bootcamp 2010 East and Save! The ever-popular Bootcamp, which is now held regularly around the world, is being held next in conjunction the 5th Cloud Expo in New York, NY (April 20, 2010). It is led by our 2010 Bootcamp Instructor Larry Carvalho (pictured below). Cloud Expo's pioneering Cloud C... (more)

Workday Has Not, Repeat Not, Left Amazon

Last week, on the last day of HP's Discover conference in Las Vegas, HP software chief Bill Veghte stood on stage and said that Workday, the promising HR SaaS company started by David Duffield, who also started PeopleSoft only to lose it to Oracle' ravenous appetite for acquisitions, had left Amazon Web Services for HP's OpenStack-based Public Cloud because enterprise customers need real support and stronger SLAs than Amazon offers. CRN captured the moment, but didn't check it out. Veghte's statement made tweeters sit up and take note, and Amazon denied it. It said, "Workday is not moving its cloud operations from AWS to HP. They remain an active and happy AWS customer and our relationship with them continues to deepen." Workday also said it was a "happy AWS customer." Aware that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was a pre-IPO investor in Workday, the press made some calls and c... (more)

ANEXIA to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | @_Anexia #IoT #SaaS #IaaS #BigData

SYS-CON Events announced today that Anexia will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-9, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Anexia offers high-quality customized managed hosting solutions for SaaS and IaaS companies. The company was founded in 2006 in Klagenfurt, Austria. Today, it has additional offices in Vienna, Graz, Munich, Cologne and New York City to serve numerous international customers. For more information, visit https://www.anexia-it.com. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York  (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) De... (more)

High Performance and Grid Computing in the Cloud

The HPCcloud discussion group has been created in order to address the growing interest in High Performance Computing and Grid Computing in the Cloud. The purpose of this group is to present experiences and scenarios by individuals, organizations and projects to illustrate how Cloud computing can enhance the different types of distributed and high performance computing infrastructures in science and engineering. The group covers the following aspects about innovative potential, benefits and challenges of new Cloud technologies and services in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Grid Computing research and business: Cultural, security, political and legal barriers to implementing Cloud provisioning models in HPC and Grid environments Architectures for integration of Cloud technologies and services with HPC and Grid infrastructures Standardization of interactions b... (more)

Unisys Named “Platinum Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Unisys, the leader in high-value technology and business solutions to global enterprises, was named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. Unisys helps you secure your business operations so you can better focus on opportunities. They create visibility throughout all layers of your enterprise: exposing cause-and-effect relationships between strategy, business processes, applications and infrastructure. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo At the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & E... (more)