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Proformative (www.proformative.com) recently announced a series of free seminars that will examine 'Cloud computing' and 'software as a service' (SaaS) for finance, accounting, and related functions. The seminar -- "Cloud Computing and SaaS for Finance and Accounting" -- has been desi...
Cloud Expo 2010 New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley "Gold Sponsor" CSC has named Siki Giunta vice president of cloud computing and software services, with global responsibility for implementing CSC's cloud computing strategy and continuing to advance the company's leadership position...
In this Exclusive Q&A with the Founder, President & CEO of Virtual Ark, Marty Gauvin, the visionary serial entrepreneur speaks out on a variety of issues around Cloud computing including the all-important security aspects. "Security in the Cloud isn’t bad, it’s just different," Gauvin ...
We have a brittle system underpinning the data center: the network. It’s brittle, yes. But it works. Thanks to years of tweaking and tuning and troubleshooting, it works. We know where everything is, and how everything interacts, and it works. It works well, in fact, now that we’ve got...
Sandra Erwin of National Defense magazine just published an excellent article on the Army's foray into developing soldier-friendly smartphone applications. Giving credit to Army CIO Lt. Gen, Jeffrey Sorenson and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Sandra describes the se...
"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, CEO of Cloud management innovators Abiquo, as Abiquo today announced that it...
The Defense Information Systems Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and even the Central Intelligence Agency have all publicly announced their intent to use cloud computing in form or another. The session will examine the specific projects and miss...
Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litig...
Expo, of which Microsoft is a Gold sponsor and one of the biggest exhibitors (out of over 70 leading Cloud companies exhibiting), came out of the corner swinging. Specifically Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, gave a speech on Thursday to computer science students at the University of...
Mark Kryzko spoke in Washington today about how the Cloud is helping the DoD to buy weapons systems more wisely. "How does the DoD, a huge bureaucracy, get data to flow fast enough to get what it needs to do done?" Kryzko asked out loud, before answering that $1.6 trillion is spent by...
In what he called "traditional" IT, the security model - according to Eran Feigenbaum - is broken. Feigenbaum, who is Director of Security at Google Enterprise, gave a talk in Washington this morning offering the hope that, because of Cloud Computing, some of the existing challenges m...
If you’ve been living under a rock lately, I guess you haven’t heard the news about U.S. President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget – along with a post-WWII record deficit of $1.6 trillion for the current fiscal year. But what hasn’t been discussed much is...
Any new technology adoption happens because of one of the three reasons: Capability: It allows us to do something which was not feasible earlier Convenience: It simplifies Cost: It significantly reduces cost of doing something What is our expectation from cloud computin...
A short paper I read recently speculates that it would be good for the U.S. Government to provide seed money to cloud-based industries just being developed. The argument there is that government should promote low-interest capital or R&D funds to the cloud to keep us (meaning Ameri...
The principles and freedoms of the American dream are finding themselves resurrected again with cloud computing. The following blog will outline background, details and living proof that cloud computing is one of the catalysts of the future that will bring the American dream back! A...
It's that time of year again, so I am sharing some thoughts about what 2010 should entail for technology. Here are some leading technology experts who share their valuable insights.

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Lots of discussion lately about the need for virtualization in a cloud computing context. On one side you have people saying it's not necessary and adds extra complexity, on the other you have people (vendors) saying that virtualization is inherently a cloud infrastructure. Some even g...
I’m really loving a phrase that I read recently about cloud computing. It came from the CIO of Avago Technologies, a San Jose, CA-based semiconductor maker, which is gradually migrating its data and apps to the cloud from its internal servers – including recruiting, human resources, e-...
In response to massive demand, the world's largest Cloud event - the International Cloud Computing Expo series - is expanding its number of tracks and sessions for April 2010. The deadline for the very popular Call for Papers, which resulted in a greater deluge of submissions than ever...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT transformation company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Conventio...
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 dis...
Cloud Security Alliance Issues Version Two of Guidance Identifying Key Practices for Secure Adoption of Cloud Computing San Francisco, CA, Dec 17, 2009 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today issued the second version of its “Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing”,...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) sent its enterprise-directed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) widgetry into full public beta Monday. The thing’s been in limited public beta since the summer and before that it was in private beta. VPC is Amazon’s way of creating hybrid clouds by letting an ente...
Difficult economic times require new strategies. Years of traditional IT procurement have left many organizations with underutilized and oversubscribed storage capacity. With today’s tightening budgets, many organizations are faced with demands to do more with less and tough decisions ...
Lewis Shepherd, CTO of Microsoft’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, was the keynote speaker for the December meeting. During the session, Lewis Shepherd spoke about the Microsoft cloud, and how Microsoft is spending $9.5 billion on research this year on the new par...
Doing more with less is a familiar refrain for IT professionals, and today’s challenging business environment has only increased the pressure on managers to achieve efficiencies, maximize performance and improve responsiveness of the data center. More and more frequently, IT is turning...
We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and ...
IBM says it’s been hired to build an e-government cloud for Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, the one-time capital of South Vietnam. As a first step it’s supposed to consolidate all of the city government’s e-mail systems and web sites. The work will apparently be done in collabora...
M86 Security, a leading global provider of Web and messaging security products, released Predictions 2010, a report on its expectations for Web and messaging-based threats for the coming year. The report is based on M86 Security Lab’s extensive research into the current trends in threa...
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'...
Henry Sienkiewcz, DISA Computer Services Technical Director, credits the cloud computing "hyper-standardized" environment for the improvement they have been able to deliver through their cloud computing initiative. During remarks at this week's Federal Executive Forum taping, he specif...
The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for...
The most anticipated talk of the day, at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo yesterday, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill Singer. Her talk was entitled, Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Infrastructure’s Final Revenge. She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, ...
Cisco and EMC Tuesday kicked off a cloud-chasing joint venture called Acadia that includes VMware and Intel as minority investors. Presumably they took the name from the ancient Greeks who used the word to mean a refuge or idyllic place and not the uprooted and deported North Americ...
"Measuring, metering, and monitoring the work, and understand its physics so that you can understand where to move it and how" are mission-critical aspects of analyzing cloud computing processes, he noted. Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop took his audience through a tour of what the self-des...
"Like our public cloud offering, Unisys SPCS goes a long way towards allaying the security concerns of enterprises and their customers," said Marcello during the company's formal strategy announcement. "Unisys SPCS presents chief information officers with a way to realise the full oper...
Marcello also stressed that cloud computing installations must be able to run enterprise applications. "What the folks at salesforce.com have done, for example, is very impressive," he noted. "But we also need to move all these Dotnet and Java enterprise applications to the cloud.." Fu...
A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, November 2-4, 2009. From Building Scalable and Exten...
Yesterday I was on a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) panel at the 2009 Distributed Common Groundstation (DCGS) conference in Virginia Beach VA.  The panel, which was pulled together by JFCOM J2 CTO John Marshall, included Ms. Michele Munson of Aspera, Mr. Lewis Shepherd of Microsoft, Mr...