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XaaS = Everything as a Service and this is when the Virtualization 4.0 eventually hands over the reigns to the new age of UMCC or Unified Modular Cloud Computing. Having done that we will be doing things in variety of ways. (Reading my blog and searching for "ideation", "globalization", "strategy" etc will lead you to more articles I've written about the coming of the Ideation Age) According to HP (Shane, the CSO's blog), the five trends to watch are: As we move from the desktop model to the cloud and a world where everything will be delivered as a service, there are five trends that we at HP believe are worth paying close attention to: The digital world will converge with the physical world: Back in 1995, the mantra was, “Everything is virtual. Geography is irrelevant.” But from now on, factors such as your physical location mean a lot. Cloud services will be increa... (more)

Virtualization Conference & Expo 2009 West: Call for Papers Closing

Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Virtualization Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA, on November 2- 4, 2009, is currently still open. The submissions URL is here, and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. Topics welcomed include every aspect of virtualization. For example: ... (more)

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Cloud Expo New York There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and polls from me. [Santa Photo Via ABC news] Now SANta does not really care about these and other similar debates I have learned. However he is concerned with who has been naughty and nice as well watching out for impersonators or members of his crew who misbehave. In the spirit of the holidays, how about a quick look at how SANta leverages cloud technologies to support his global operations. Many in IT think that SANta bases his operations out of the North Pole as it is convenient for him to cool all of his servers, storage, networks and telecom equipment (which ... (more)

Microsoft and HP to Tap into Private Cloud Market

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have teamed up on a three-year $250 million partnership to bring about the “next generation computing platform” called HP private cloud. They will be working towards a combined cost effective IT solution encompassing varying levels of hardware, software, and professional services for business applications. The idea seems to be to bundle up a complete virtualization and systems management offering that would work in mega data centers and cloud providing centers. The joint stack would leverage existing products from both companies while plans are also underway for new ones. Microsoft which has already jumped head long into cloud with its public cloud services Azure, is now looking to take on private cloud with HP by its side. Private cloud is a proprietary network that implements cloud strategies behind a firewall and therefore protects ... (more)

Will Oracle Bid for HP?

"Larry Ellison is borderline bat-shit crazy on a good day," the analyst Rob Enderle is quoted as saying in a piece last week by Sam Gustin - a senior writer at DailyFinance, an AOL Finance & Money site. Enderle was prompted to utter this remark by speculation that perhaps the Oracle CEO is about to embark upon the acquisition of his life: of HP. "I think his bet is that he can damage HP enough that it drops in value and he can wander in with an offer," Enderle is quoted as having added. So is it possible that Ellison the Conqueror, CEO of Oracle Corporation since he founded the company in 1977, truly has the $90BN HP in the crosshairs of his acquisition rifle-sight? Can a $120BN company somehow buy and absorb a $90BN one? Well certainly he now has on board the exact right man to tackle the integration of such a purchase: none other than HP's own former CEO, Mark Hurd. A... (more)

NComputing is the Fastest Growing Company in the Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Market in Q2 2013

NComputing Grew Over 70% Quarter Over Quarter SANTA CLARA, Calif - September 30, 2013 - NComputing, the leader in accelerating the adoption of desktop virtualization, has been recognized as the fastest growing vendor in the worldwide enterprise client device market in the second quarter of 2013. According to the IDC Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Tracker Q2 2013, published September 24, 2013, NComputing showed 70% QoQ growth, as well as 65% YoY growth, far stronger than Dell Wyse or HP. The impressive showing closed the market share gap between NComputing and the two traditional market leaders to just a few percentage points. The report tracked quarterly growth and shipments from Q2 2012 to Q2 2013 for 21 thin client vendors, with NComputing not only as the third ranked vendor for worldwide client device shipments, but with the highest growth QoQ and YoY. The re... (more)

Arrow ECS, Riverbed Sign Distribution Agreement

Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], and Riverbed Technology [NASDAQ: RVBD], the information technology infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, have signed a North American distribution agreement. Riverbed® wide-area network optimization solutions help to improve remote and mobile employee productivity, enable private clouds, and provide enterprise-wide network and application visibility, while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. By speeding the performance of applications between remote offices, private data centers and mobile workers, in some cases by up to 100 times, Riverbed WAN-optimization solutions enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and coll... (more)

Teradici Announces Worldwide Availability of the Teradici APEX™ 2800 Server Offload Card

Teradici, the developer of the innovative PC-over-IP® (PCoIP®) protocol that enables a true PC experience for desktop virtualization, today announced the general availability of the Teradici APEX 2800 server offload card for VMware View™ deployments. Designed to offload PCoIP image encoding from the server, the card seamlessly and dynamically switches image compression tasks as needed without the user noticing the switch. Teradici also announced today a Channel Partner Program for the APEX 2800 (see separate release). By offloading the most active 64 displays, APEX 2800 creates virtual CPU headroom to ensure consistent application performance. Reducing peaks in CPU utilization by up to 50% and smoothing overall CPU demand provides a reliable and consistent level of experience regardless of the overall demand on server CPUs. “The APEX 2800 PCoIP server offload card i... (more)

New DMTF Chapter to Promote Cloud Management in China

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the organization bringing the IT industry together to collaborate on systems management standards development, validation, promotion and adoption, today announced it has established a Chapter in China to provide support for its growing international efforts and to drive adoption of DMTF standards in the Chinese marketplace, including cloud management. DMTF has made recent efforts to promote IT management standards in China by forming partnerships with the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) and the China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), the leading organizations involved in China’s IT standardization work. The development of the China Chapter is another step forward in fostering DMTF’s global standards. “DMTF is proud to announce the formation of the China Chapter to promote our IT management... (more)

Solarflare to Speak at Red Hat Summit

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/12/13 -- Solarflare, the leading provider of application-intelligent networking software and hardware, today announced Bruce Tolley, vice president of solutions and outbound marketing and Martin Porter, vice president of software development, will speak at the Red Hat Summit. The event, taking place June 11-14 in Boston, is the premier open source technology event to showcase the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and systems management technologies. Bruce will address how Red Hat OpenStack customers can maximize the performance of their OpenStack hybrid clouds and optimize their storage and network resource allocation by selecting the proper 10 Gigabit Ethernet server adapter software and hardware. Martin will demonstrate tuning three unique workload scenarios using Solarflare ad... (more)

Intigua 2.0 Automates Provisioning of Critical Management Technologies Required for SLAs, Security and Compliance in Private Clouds

CIOs today are asking their IT teams to build private clouds that reflect the on-demand simplicity and agility that Amazon Web Services delivers in its public cloud. Unlike with public clouds, however, production servers in private clouds must adhere to strict corporate policies for uptime, performance, security and compliance. This requires new servers to be rapidly configured with their entire management stack, including critical technologies such as server monitoring, configuration and compliance management, security logging and data backup. Currently, adding these technologies is accomplished via manual, non-standardized processes that add days or weeks before new servers are ready for production use. Intigua 2.0, to be demonstrated at VMworld 2013, is the only automation platform to provide centralized, policy-based provisioning, configuration and ongoing man... (more)