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Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

GovIT Expo Highlights Cloud Computing

I'm happy to announce my appointment by SYS-CON to be the Technical Chair of the 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo. This event is a 1-day deep dive into how cloud computing is changing the way that Federal agencies leverage, procure and utilize IT. GovITExpo, which is being held October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC, builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo. Data storage, security and software services are among the major themes of the technical program. During one of the event sessions, I will also do a presentation on recent developments in Tactical Cloud Computing. This technology branch refers to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Use cases could include: “Cloudbursting” to support cyclic data processing requirements; Establishing a... (more)

CSC Becomes Azure Provider

Expanding further on its recent cloud services announcements, CSC (NYSE: CSC) today announced a collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to utilize the Windows Azure platform. The platform provides a wide range of Internet services that can be accessed from on-premises or in the cloud. In recognition of this global agreement, CSC is announcing the formation of a dedicated CSC Global Competency Center located in Vietnam specializing in Windows Azure. Microsoft and CSC will be engaged in joint marketing and sales initiatives to independent software vendor (ISV) and enterprise customers to take advantage of the Windows Azure platform. By combining Microsoft's commitment to the Windows Azure platform with CSC's global applications development experience, this software and services agreement will bring the ROI benefits of cloud computing to business and government clients arou... (more)

Boomi AtomSphere to Power Integration Services for OpSource Cloud

Boomi, the market and technology leader for on-demand integration, and OpSource, the leader in Cloud operations, today announced that they have expanded their OEM partnership to include integration services for the recently launched OpSource Cloud(TM), the first Cloud to bring together the availability, flexibility and community of the public Cloud with the security, performance and control the enterprise requires. Boomi AtomSphere will power back office integration for OpSource Cloud, including finance, billing and Salesforce CRM, enhancing OpSource's relationship with their customers by providing the agility needed to quickly follow-up and support customer requests. The agreement also positions OpSource to offer integration services for hundreds of SaaS and on-premises applications to its Cloud customer base at a future date. "Integration is becoming an increasi... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

Enterprise Architecture Key to Avoiding Cloud Computing

GovIT at Cloud Expo Attendance at today's Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda Chapter Breakfast Series entitled "Federal Cloud Computing Environments – Modernizing IT Systems" was very heavy, as viewed from the Blackstone Technology Group sponsored table. The panel discussion and DC Federal IT community networking conversation revolved around the push to promote and adopt cloud computing as part of the Obama administration’s effort to modernize the government’s information technology systems, and to help reduce the $75 billion annual budget for Federal IT in the process. The event panelists held an informative and rigorous discussion about how cloud computing is enabling IT professionals (government and industry) to rethink the packaging, delivery and operation of government services, and is changing the landscape of government ... (more)

Data Centers & Dedicated Servers: What Will Govt Cutbacks Mean to You?

We have discussed this before and I'm sure we will talk about it again - government cutbacks and consolidation of cloud hosting. New York has opened an enormous new data center in Brooklyn where the city will centralize all its infrastructure for its agencies of the decade. It has invested $11 million in equipment for the massive facility and will pay about $3 million yearly to lease the space but in theory it stands to recoup more than $100 million over five years. This of course is where we are currently, the credit crunch is still with us along with the recession and up until a few years ago data center charges were something that organizations didn't really keep an eye on... Now savings in infrastructure can be obtained easily, all government agencies are bearing down on the cloud hosting route. This of course is exacerbated by the fact that all their budgets hav... (more)

NRO CIO Named One of 10 Top Women in Cloud

CONGRATULATIONS to National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) CIO Jill T. Singer for being selected as one of the 10 winners of the first annual CloudNOW awards presented at the Cloud Connect Conference in Sata Clara, California earlier this week. From the NRO Press Release: "Considered one of the top women leaders in Federal IT, Ms. Singer was recognized for her innovative and inspirational leadership in the area of Cloud Computing. She is known not only for her presentations and writings on technologies and business changes needed for technological success, but her ability to mentor and grow the next generation of IT leaders to deliver long-term, sustained success." Over the years I have personally admired Ms. Singer for her GovCloud leadership. This admiration comes from having the pleasure to work directly with her on "the QUAD" and the subsequent Intelligence Communit... (more)

Boomi AtomSphere Gains Rapid Adoption Among System Integrators as Cloud Integration Platform of Choice

BERWYN, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/16/09 -- Boomi, the market and technology leader for on-demand integration, today announced it has recently added Black Iron Group, Echo Lane, EnabledSuccess, Trajectory and Intellect International to its growing network of system integrator partners. More than 25 independent system integrators (SIs) now use Boomi's integration platform to provide their customers seamless integration solutions (whether SaaS-to-SaaS or SaaS-to-On-premise). Boomi makes it easy for these SIs to expand their services and deepen their relationships with customers, as well as develop new and recurring revenue streams for SaaS integration. With Boomi AtomSphere, the industry's first integration platform-as-a-service, SIs gain considerable competitive advantage over vendors who employ conventional integration products and appliances. SIs benefit from a seam... (more)

Tech Industry and Government Leaders Unite on October 14th to Lower the Cost of Government with Technology

FedScoop, the leading news aggregator and marketing company for the government IT sector, will launch its events arm beginning with an executive-level event on October 14th at the Newseum. “Lowering the Cost of Government with Technology,” will be FedScoop’s first event in a series focused on Kundra’s five pillars, and will unite industry and government thought leaders and decision makers on the most precedent issues facing the industry today. This event is the first in a series; each addressing one of the following five pillars outlined as priorities by Federal CIO Vivek Kundra: lowering the cost of government with technology, transparency in government, security, engaging citizens, and innovation. “Face-to-face interaction at focused, executive gatherings is the perfect vehicle for uniting Washington’s IT decision makers. It’s essential to understand my governme... (more)

PushToTest Taps Into the Cloud and CollabNet TeamForge

CAMPBELL, CA and BRISBANE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/21/10 -- PushToTest® and CollabNet® announced today an expansion of their business relationship to deliver test capability in the cloud -- backed by the latest releases of CollabNet TeamForge® and PushToTest TestMaker™ for enterprise clients, government organizations, and open communities worldwide. TestMaker, the open source alternative for test automation, has been added to the CollabNet collabXchange™ marketplace. CollabNet, the leader in distributed application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, and PushToTest have integrated TestMaker with the CollabNet platform; organizations can reduce unplanned service interruptions, increase developer and tester productivity, and improve the ability to achieve service level agreements (SLA). "We designed PushToTest TestMaker to leverage Cloud Computing. CollabNet Team... (more)