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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)

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)

Abiquo “Platinum Plus Sponsor” Cloud Expo 2011 New York & Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo New York $800 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Abiquo, the leading Enterprise Cloud Management software provider, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 8th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York, New York, and SYS-CON's 9th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo is the Enterprise Cloud Management software company. With Abiquo, organizations can use Business Policy to manage an entire, globally deployed, computing infrastructure comprising unlimited physical and Cloud resources including private, public and hybrid Clouds through a "single pane of glass". As a result, Abiquo customers are able to significantly decre... (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)

Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Prettiest Cloud of All?

Forrester Research has run up a study of private cloud vendors and rated them on 10 criteria: self-service portal or service catalog; dynamic workload management; resource management; service management; integration and control APIs; image library; RBAC administration; virtualization layer; physical compute & storage; and last but not least application services. Against these yardsticks it measured 15 companies. In descending order they are Platform Computing, HP, IBM, VMware, Abiquo, BMC, Dell, CA, TIBCO, newScale, Cloud.com, Eucalyptus, Hexagrid, Microsoft and Enomaly. Among the purer player vendors - heck against all of them - Platform Computing walks off with first prize ahead of HP, IBM and VMware with a total score of 26 out of a possible 40. HP, IBM and VMware tie for second place with 25, making Abiquo third with 23. newScale is sixth with 19 points followe... (more)

How to Build ROI from Cloud Computing

[Editorial Note: The author will be presenting at Cloud Expo New York (June 6-9, 2011), where his session is entitled "Monetization Strategies for Cloud Computing Services" and his co-presenter will be Penelope Everall Gordon of of 1Plug Corporation.] As the hot, new "trend of the moment" in technology, cloud computing is touted to be a transformative way to provide computing resources faster and more efficiently through shared infrastructures. Due to the considerable hype surrounding the Cloud, organizations considering cloud as an option will need to begin seeing that this new model does indeed offer improvements in cost, revenue and margins in order for them to gain buy-in from their executives to pursue the model. Because the lines of business and the IT departments in most organizations often speak different languages, it's critical for IT departments that are ... (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)

Abiquo CEO Pete Malcolm to Present Keynotes at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Abiquo, the leading Enterprise Cloud Management software provider, on Wednesday announced that the company's CEO, Pete Malcolm, will present two keynotes on breakthrough Cloud management technology innovations at the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, on Nov. 1-4, 2010, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 7th International Cloud Expo Silicon Valley 2010 is regarded as the world's premier Cloud computing conference and will feature more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. Event attendees will hear and see Abiquo CEO Pete Malcolm introduce and demo two new, breakthrough Cloud management technology innovations: Virtual Enterprise and Business Policy. Pete will first unveil "Next Generation Cloud Management - Introducing the Virtual Enterprise" at the general session at 9:05 a.m. PST on November 2. This session will intr... (more)

Cloud Management Innovator Abiquo Announces Platinum Plus Sponsorship of Cloud Expo 2010 East

Abiquo Keynote at Cloud Expo "In re-launching as a U.S.-based commercial company, we recognize the high-value opportunity to have a platinum-level presence at the biggest and best Cloud computing event in the industry,” said Pete Malcolm (pictured), CEO of Cloud management innovators Abiquo, as Abiquo today announced that it is a Platinum Plus sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Computing Expo, April 19-21 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! “The Cloud Expo organizers have supported us very well, not least by helping us maintain our ‘stealth’ anonymity until today’s announcement," continued Malcolm. He added: "I can’t think of a better place to articulate our vision, including how we believe there is a need to move beyond the hype and to set out a clear roadmap of how Cloud comp... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Why You’re Expecting Too Much from the Cloud

Cloud computing has so much potential - and has been the subject of so much hype - that it seems to some like a panacea. Information security will no longer be an issue; storage will be limitless; processing power will be immense; and total cost-efficiency will finally become a reality. Much of the promise of the cloud is true, but not all of it - especially for enterprises. The fact is, enterprise clouds must serve organizations. And organizations are messy. People, policies and conflicting priorities can threaten any major business initiative. Cloud implementations are no exception. IT folks, for example, often insist on total control. As the business entity held most accountable for enterprise cloud initiatives, IT is justifiably concerned with operational success. However, the result is often cloud applications with no flexibility, tools without autonomy, and fu... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Like No Other Technology Wave

Cloud Expo in New York April 2010 In my last post we looked at how Cloudomania was widening its global footprint in 2010, widening its lead on Virtualization as the technology du jour. My brief post ended: As you can see, the rise and rise of Cloud Computing, for all that it stumbled at the end of last year, has in 2010 resumed its giddy trajectory. The next question, naturally, is: why? Anyone who looks at the technology landscape for a living as I am privileged to do knows that the following is true: Every new technology wave is Like all other technology waves Like some other technology waves Like no other technology wave Let me show just how true this is of Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is Like All Other Technology Waves The genesis of the actual term "cloud computing" is slightly fuzzy, just like the genesis of "Java" OR "SOA" OR "blogging" - somehow one difference... (more)