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The applications that support of an enterprise exhibit a wide range of operational characteristics. That diversity is the key to business success, but it has consequences. In his general session at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, Tony Bishop, Founder and CEO of Adaptivity, discusses three different perspectives that must be accommodated. He will also discuss how Enterprise Cloud Computing enables IT as a service and is the next phase in data center evolution to solve this spiraling dilemma. How does business successfully operate this expensive investment? The solution lies with understanding workload characteristics fundamentals to tailor (but finite) solutions. The 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention C... (more)

Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing: Far-Off Dream or Present Reality?

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Cloud Computing, the long-held dream of computing as a utility, has the potential to transform a large part of the IT industry, making software even more attractive as a service and shaping the way IT hardware is designed and purchased. But if it is already a commercial reality, why does Richard Stallman call it "worse than stupidity"? What, if any, are the new economic models enabled by Cloud Computing, and how can a service operator decide whether to move to the cloud or stay in a private datacenter? What changes should be made to the design of future applications software, infrastructure software, and hardware to match the needs and opportunities of Cloud Computing? All these questions may leave you wondering, but at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo, Rob Walters, Willie Tejada, Terry Woloszyn, Barry X Lynn, Adam Blum and Gre... (more)

The Next Chapter in the Virtualization Story Begins

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoting at the event. His theme will be "An Open Cloud Ecosystem - the Gathering Storm." Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo was also Platinum Plus Sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Expo held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City Cloud Computing Journal: How would you define the difference between Private clouds and Public Clouds, and why is the distinction so important in the context of Cloud Computing? Pete Malcolm: Actually, I think people get rather too hun... (more)

New Abiquo Cloud Management Product First to Offer Integral VMware-to-Microsoft Hyper-V Conversion

Pete Malcolm Keynote at Cloud Expo Abiquo software for Cloud computing environments, on Tuesday unveiled Abiquo 1.5. The new version of Abiquo’s flagship product was announced in conjunction with the company’s re-launch as a U.S.-based company (see news release, Abiquo Opens New U.S. Headquarters with $5.1 Million in New Funding). Abiquo 1.5 changes the Cloud management market as the first product to allow IT managers to automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor technology to any other supported hypervisor including the conversion from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V, through a single drag-and-drop operation. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! As the only product to support all five of the major hypervisor types, this, along with other new features, brings Abiquo significantly closer to its unique vision of ... (more)

Abiquo CEO to Present at Cloud Expo East

Abiquo Session at Cloud Expo Virtualization is one of the key foundations of the Cloud, but many enterprises are finding the rapid growth in the number of virtual machines extremely difficult to manage. Far from reducing provisioning times and improving utilization, many organizations have found that "virtualization sprawl" has reduced the effectiveness of their IT infrastructure teams and failed to make anticipated cost savings. Furthermore, vendor lock-in has resulted in the artificially high expense of maintaining virtualized environments. In his general session at the 5th International Cloud Expo, Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo, will discuss how next-generation virtualization management can completely eliminate vendor lock-in, substantially reduce provisioning times, realize utilization goals, and ultimately achieve the cost savings promised by the virtualization... (more)

Abiquo Already Has What Other Cloud Management Players Are Just Adding

Abiquo Keynote at Cloud Expo A recent online commentary confirms how far ahead Cloud management innovator Abiquo is of the rest of the pack. Announcing how the Enterprise Edition of Eucalyptus was this week joining forces with GroundWork, a news and analysis site acknowledged that the Eucalyptus/GroundWork alliance was a response to the convincing lead already established by Abiquo. "Very shortly, Eucalyptus will have a full-featured private cloud technology with all the things an enterprise needs: policy management, monitoring, fast simple delivery and scalability. Of course, Abiquo already has all that." [emphasis added] This was a reference to how Abiquo's AbiCloud project became earlier this year the company’s flagship Abiquo product, with a Community Edition focusing on the open source community and an Enterprise Edition to meet the needs of commercial organizat... (more)

Cloud Computing: "It's All About Containing Risk"

Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo, delivered the keynote presentation at the third and final day of the Fifth International Cloud Expo, being held at the Javits Center in New York. He spoke about the difficulties faced by IT infrastructure managers as their organizations work toward virtualized resources and cloud computing architectures. "For the IT infrastructure managers, it's all about containing risk," he noted. He outlined the challenges of provisioning virtual systems, whether IT managers "will get the standards they need, and whether they will interfere with what they have." "These risks are real," he said. Many organizations and their IT management "are suffering from overwhelming growth (of virtualization) and are trying to keep their arms around disconnected applications. (And the truth is), many IT managers don't really have a handle on what's going on over o... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe: Private Clouds for Developers

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Traditionally, infrastructure resources have been at the mercy of the IT system administrator. Development teams using Agile Development Methodologies are made rigid by this dated and inefficient system. "What if" scenarios are generally never attempted because the upfront cost of IT resources needed to reallocate the necessary infrastructure is too high. Unfortunately, Agile development efforts often fail because the development team does not control the management and deployment of the artifacts they develop. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! In his session at the 6th International Cloud Expo, Diego Parrilla, VP Product Management at Abiquo, will discuss how to reduce dependence on IT for day-to-day operations, eliminate waste, and boost productivity in the process. Abi... (more)

The Real Arguments for Cloud Computing

As more vendors dive into the cloud computing market, every possible claim regarding the supposed benefits of moving to a cloud-based service is being made.  I ran across an article titled ” Why Cloud-based Monitoring is more reliable and secure than Nagios. ” The author, who represented a cloud-based network monitoring company, contended that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model offered by his company was better for companies than Nagios and other open source products. The question is not  Cloud Computing vs. Open Source.  In fact, there are open source SaaS providers like MindTouch out there.  If considering a product like Nagios, a better comparison would be open source vs. commercial.  In many cases, cost is the determining factor for companies to look  to open source technologies. Other considerations include flexibility and security. The more relevant  com... (more)

Ten IT and Business Benefits of Cloud-Based Integration

With today's global and distributed commerce, organizations of all sizes are having to collaborate and exchange information with a growing ecosystem of divisions, partners and customers. Most companies want to communicate electronically and in real time, but beyond email, managing the exchange of data, messages and documents can be challenging and expensive. Traditional EDI, networks or point-to-point integration systems are not providing the interoperability, agility and real-time information exchange businesses need to compete. In addition, companies need to do more than merely exchange data; they need to integrate complete business processes, such as procurement, supply chain management, eCommerce, benefit claims processing, or logistics, to name just a few. As with other technologies, integration solutions are moving to the cloud in order to provide this increas... (more)

Eliminate Vendor Lock-in with Next-Generation Virtualization Management

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! Virtualization is one of the key foundations of the Cloud, but many enterprises are finding the rapid growth in the number of virtual machines extremely difficult to manage. Far from reducing provisioning times and improving utilization, many organizations have found that "virtualization sprawl" has reduced the effectiveness of their IT infrastructure teams, and failed to make anticipated cost savings. Furthermore, vendor lock-in has resulted in the artificially high expense of maintaining virtualized environments. In his general session at Cloud Expo East, Pete Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo, demonstrated how next-generation virtualization management can completely eliminate vendor lock-in, substantially reduce provisioning times, realize utilization goals and ultimately achieve the cost savings promised by the virtualization ... (more)