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SYS-CON Events announced today that Dasher Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Dasher Technologies, Inc. ® is a premier IT solution provider that delivers expert technical resources along with trusted account executives to architect and deliver complete IT solutions and services to help our clients execute their goals, plans and objectives. Since 1999, we've helped public, private and nonprofit organizations implement technology solutions that speed and simplify their operations. As one of the fastest growing IT solution providers in the country, we have gained a reputation for effortless implementations with relentless follow-through and enduring support. Our strong technical expertise and vendor independence allow us to integra... (more)

Public and Private Cloud by @MartenMickos at @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps / @HP]

The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage. The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment that can be managed as a single entity - a forward-looking stance that will eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still "rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems (now part of HP), will discuss how public clouds need on-premise satellites to win and, conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing wor... (more)

How to Master Information Explosion

Businesses of all stripes need better means of access, governance, and data lifecycle best practices, given the vast ocean of new information coming from many different directions. By getting a better handle on information explosion, enterprises can gain clarity in understanding what is really going on within the businesses, and, especially these days, across dynamic market environments. The immediate solution approach requires capturing, storing, managing, finding, and using information better. We’ve all seen a precipitous drop in the cost of storage and a dramatic rise in the incidents of data from all kinds of devices and across more kinds of business processes, from sensors to social media. To help better understand how to best manage and leverage information, even as it’s exploding around us, I recently spoke with Suzanne Prince, worldwide director of information... (more)

Cloud Expo New York to Attract More Than 8,000 Delegates

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 10th International Cloud Expo and the 1st Big Data Expo will take place June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. As at every Cloud Expo, we are offering in New York a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, our signature discussion "Power Panels" and a bustling Expo floor complete with two busy Demo Theaters so that as a delegate you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation. Just as Cloud and Big Data solutions will be side by side on the Expo floor, so they are in the conference program. We're including below a tiny sampler of the breakouts you can look forward to...and if you look at the welter of ... (more)

HP Offers New Energy-Efficient Ethernet Switches

HP today announced the availability of new energy-efficient Ethernet switches, designed to help companies deal with the data explosion, while, at the same time, cutting power needs and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) by some 51 percent. The company says that it's E-Series zl modules are the first devices that conform to the IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard 802.3az. The switches reduce power consumption by automatically entering sleep mode when no traffic is being transmitted. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] Many companies today are caught between competing pressures brought by data and power. Faced with moving ever increasing data faster and faster, they find the power to do that, as well as deal with the associated cooling, expensive and increasingly unavailable. Sleep mode The modules, which fit into existing switc... (more)

Cloud Computing Reference Architecture – Review of the Big Three

Cloud Reference Architecture Reference Architecture (RA) provides a blueprint of a to-be-model with a well-defined scope, the requirements it satisfies, and architectural decisions it realizes. By delivering best practices in a standardized, methodical way, an RA ensures consistency and quality across development and delivery projects. Major players in the cloud computing field are: Hewlett Packard IBM Microsoft (Unlike HP, IBM Microsoft's Cloud Reference Architecture is specific to HYPER-V ) They have created their reference architecture for cloud computing. This should be a very happy news for enterprise adoption as we have blueprints from the industry leaders.  We strive to analyze their reference architecture on how they view the blueprint of a cloud model. The intention at this time, not to give any opinion on which is better, it is more of a understanding of t... (more)

Cloud Analytics - The Big Four Offerings

Cloud Analytics The term  ‘Analytics On Cloud'  refers to a comprehensive offering of a combination of products that enable enterprises to move their Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing  & Online Analytical processing (OLAP)  workload to a Cloud platform. While the implementation of Cloud Analytics would take several forms at a high level, the following could be the parts of a Cloud Analytics platform that would be of interest to an enterprise. A Virtualized Infrastructure to support the basic Cloud Tenants to Build a Private Cloud Availability of a Public Cloud Infrastructure for augmenting certain components in a Hybrid model Platform as a Service inline with the underlying Cloud Infrastructure that can support the analytical needs of: Reporting Analysis Dash Boards ETL (Extraction , Transformation & Loading) It is good news that the major IT pioneers HP, IBM, O... (more)

Top 10 Ways HP Is Different and Better When It Comes to Cloud Computing

Tuesday HP filled out its cloud computing strategy, a broad-based set of products and services, that set a date (finally!) for its public cloud debut (May 10). See my separate earlier blog on all the news. Disclosure: HP is a long-time sponsor of my BriefingsDirect podcasts. I've come to know HP very well in the past 20 years of covering them as a journalist, analyst and content producer. And that's why I'm an unabashed booster of HP now, despite its well-documented cascade of knocks and foibles. By waiting to tip its hand on how it will address the massive cloud opportunity, HP has clearly identified Cloud as a Business (CaaB) as the real, long-term opportunity. And HP appreciates that any way that it can propel CaaB forward for as many businesses, organizations and individuals as possible, then the more successful it will be, too. Top 10 reasons Here's why the clou... (more)

The CIO’s Next Imperatives: Social, Mobile and Touch

The cloud is a commercial vehicle. This undeniable truth must now be accepted as a deeply entrenched truism by CIOs who are looking to manage the forward-looking growth of their technology architectures. We can actually refine this statement further. The cloud is a commercial vehicle designed to facilitate customer engagement, sales and therefore profits. These are not inconvenient truths, but it is an undeniable truth if you believe the proclamations being made by some of the new change-makers driving cloud computing from the Platform-as-a-Service level. This commercialization of the cloud is facilitated by the way users are interacting with cloud services. Although that may sound like stating the obvious, what we mean by this use of the term "interacting" is now increasingly impacted by social applications. Analyst firm McKinsey estimates that there is $1.3 billi... (more)

2013: The Year of Application Optimization for the Device-Driven Internet

For the past few years, our friends at VMblog.com have run an annual prediction series forecasting the trends most likely to drive adoption of cloud and virtualization technologies in the upcoming year. This is the second year in a row that they’ve invited me to contribute, and I thought long and hard about the assignment. After a deep gaze into my crystal ball, a deliberate shuffle of the tarot cards, and much careful contemplation, I settled on six major predictions, six changes to how solution providers and organizations will approach performance management in 2013. Some of these predictions I’ve already alluded to here on the Apica blog, but I also included a few we haven’t yet discussed. VMblog.com published my post a few weeks ago, and they were kind enough to let me share it with you here as well. So read on for my post, “2013: The year of application optimi... (more)

Blog Roll 2012

It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text.  And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2012 blog entries.  If you missed any of the approximately 130 blogs including 73 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry.  I read somewhere that lists in blogs are good. Have a Safe and Happy New Year. The Top 10, Top 10 2013 Predictions Security’s FUD Factor You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out… Holiday Shopping SmartPhone Style SharePoint Conference 2012: The Video Outtakes SPC12 Special Features ‘Radio Killed the Privacy Star’ Music Video? SharePoint Conference 2012: That’s a Wrap SharePoint Conference 2012 Partner Spotlight – The SCE Group SharePoint Conference 2012: Secure Remote Access & SSO with BIG-IP APM SharePoint Conference 2012: Configuring SharePoint on BIG-IP SharePoint Conference 2012: Gimme 90 Seconds with James He... (more)