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I am often asked about the steps to be taken and the issues to be considered for a successful migration to cloud computing. There is no magic formula to it, the specific steps will depend on your internal structure, industry and differentiation in the market. As general framework, I usually recommend the Decision Framework for Cloud Migration described in the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy together with a thorough study and comparison of cloud providers tailored to your needs and requirements. The three main guidelines would be: Shifting from Infrastructure to Service Management. This is a shift in mindset of the IT staff. We should be able to define our needs in terms of services (applications) and their expected quality of service. IT staff usually express their needs and requirements using infrastructure terms, I need 4 physical boxes to run the web server for... (more)

Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies

(This post first appeared on "Cloud Musings on Forbes". This series provides the content of a whitepaper I recently authored. A copy of the complete whitepaper is available at NJVC.com starting September 7, 2011.) Introduction Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient and effective ways. Although the current hype around cloud computing has focused on expected cost savings, the true value is really found in the mission and business enhancements these techniques can provide. When properly deployed, the cloud computing model provides greatly enhanced mission and business capability without a commensurate increase in resource (time,... (more)

EUsatcom 2013 - European satellite communications conference, business & networking event

Sponsored by Newtec, NLsatcom, Dutch chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, and BSN-SSPI, the UK Chapter of the SSPI Casa 400 conference centre, Amsterdam June 27th 2013 from 11.00 - 18.00 hour EUsatcom 2013 conference is a new type of fast-paced satcom event and for the second year provides a unique opportunity for everybody in the European satellite communications industry to come together to learn about major developments in the satcom industry, hear about highly-relevant customer cases, and extend professional and business networks. We focus special attention again this year to the emergence of the new generation Ka-band satellites and their increasing impact on applications in the market. Satellites play an increasing role in connecting the world especially in our modern digital society and Robert Bell from the SSPI will address this them... (more)

IDC Predicts Slower IT Spending Will Accelerate Adoption of Disruptive Technologies and Business Models

To no one's surprise, the global recession will be a major factor behind every trend and development in the information technology (IT) and telecommunications markets in 2009. However, IDC predicts that the financial pressures felt by IT vendors and their customers will actually accelerate the industry transformation that has been underway over the last several years. "A slow global economy will act like a pressure cooker on the IT market, speeding the development and adoption of new technologies and business models," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC. "The reason why this will happen is simple: the benefits offered by these disruptive offerings and models will be magnified. Suppliers and customers will migrate toward new solutions not because they are about the future, but because they offer practical benefits today." A deep global rec... (more)

EMC Helps Customers Enable Trusted IT with Five New Security and Risk Management Advisory Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA CONFERENCE 2012 -- News Summary: EMC announces a portfolio of five new Security and Risk Management Advisory Services. Developed by EMC Consulting, the new services help organizations ensure their information is secure, regulation compliant, and meets business requirements. Services enable organizations to balance business agility with the appropriate levels of advanced security, active governance and assured availability. Full Story: EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced the availability of five new Security and Risk Management Advisory Services designed to enable organizations to build new levels of trust and control for next-generation IT infrastructures.  Developed by EMC Consulting, the new set of comprehensive offerings help ensure customers' confidence that their information is secure, compliant with re... (more)

Forest Whitaker's PeaceEarth Foundation and UNESCO Juba launch the Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 -- Youth peacemaker network to harness technology to promote peace- building capacities among South Sudanese youth with the support of Ericsson, and Zain Forest Whitaker, Oscar-winning actor, humanist and Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), announced today the PeaceEarth Foundation will launch the Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan in cooperation with UNESCO Juba, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of South Sudan, Zain and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC). The Youth Peacemaker Network will nurture a new generation of leaders committed to reconciliation and conflict prevention. Participating youth from South Sudan's 10 States will be trained by local and international experts in conflict resolution, leadership, peace and community building as well as media... (more)

Coupa Named SIIA CODiE Award Finalist for Best Cloud Platform

Coupa Software, the leader of cloud-based spend optimization solutions, today announced that its cloud platform was named a finalist for the 2013 Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards in the Best Cloud Platform As A Service category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years. The awards have more than 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of content, education and software. This year there were 27 software categories, including 12 new and updated categories that reflect the continued growth and evolution of cloud computing, mobile, big data and video. Winners will be announced during a special awards luncheon on May 9th in San Francisco during All About the Cloud, the industry’s most comprehensive cloud computing conference. Co... (more)

Nginx Inc. Raises $10M in Series B Round

Nginx Inc., the high performance Web company, today announced it has secured $10 million in a fully subscribed Series B round of funding. The round was led by venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and included full participation of existing Series A investors e.ventures, Runa Capital, MSD Capital, as well as participation from Aaron Levie, CEO and founder of Box. With this funding, Nginx has raised $13 million to date. The funding announcement comes on the heels of the launch of NGINX Plus, the first subscription-based version of the popular NGINX open source software, complete with advanced features and professional services. The evolving nature of the Web, including the growth of mobile and the explosion of dynamic content, places extraordinary demands on applications to handle the increased traffic and performance expectations of users. “Almost eve... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

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)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)