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Converged IoT Systems - Bringing the Data Center to the Edge of Everything The next BriefingsDirect thought leadership panel discussion explores the rapidly evolving architectural shift of moving advanced IT capabilities to the edge to support Internet of Things (IoT) requirements. The demands of data processing, real-time analytics, and platform efficiency at the intercept of IoT and business benefits have forced new technology approaches. We'll now learn how converged systems and high-performance data analysis platforms are bringing the data center to the operational technology (OT) edge. To hear more about the latest capabilities in gaining unprecedented measurements and operational insights where they’re needed most, please join me in welcoming Phil McRell, General Manager of the IoT Consortia at PTC; Gavin Hill, IoT Marketing Engineer for Northern Europe at Nati... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East Will Take Place April 19-21 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/09 -- SYS-CON Events announced today that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo  will take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 200 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. The three-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different cou... (more)

HP Wants To Be a Cloud Builder

HP’s latest answer to scale-out, which it interprets as clouds, grids, compute farms, Web 2.0 and HPC, is the BL2x220c G5, which it says is the world’s first two-in-one server, offering the highest compute density in the industry or more than three times the density of traditional 1U rack-mounts. HP doesn’t want to rent out its cloud; it wants to be the equipment under other people’s clouds. The gismo puts two independent servers in a single blade enclosure to double performance and reduce real estate requirements. That means 32 server nodes per enclosure, each capable of supporting two quad-core Xeons (or alternately dual-cores) and up to 16 GB of DDR2 RAM. Altogether that works out to 1,024 cores, 128 servers and two terabytes of RAM in a 42U rack or 12.3 teraflops per rack. The widgetry comes standard with two gigabit Ethernet ports per nod... (more)

IBM Gloats Over Sun & HP Poaching

IBM Journal on Ulitzer IBM says it carved a couple of hundred notches on its gun in the fourth quarter after persuading both Sun and HP users to defect. It says all told it's gotten 2,200 companies to move off of HP and Sun server and storage gear since beginning its Migration Factory program four years ago. Last year, it claims 550 Sun users and 250 HP users went over to its Power, System x and mainframe boxes and storage. IBM now has new tools that automate Sun migrations. The stuff automatically discovers and identifies Sun assets and provisions the new IBM environments, streamlining workload transitions. It says the software can shorten migrations from Solaris to Linux or AIX along with applications and middleware from weeks to days. ... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

The New HP Way - Moving to the Clouds!

After a long trip planning and delivering CloudCamps in India and then Cloudy Awards at Austin, I finally got some time to comment on a big cloud announcement made by HP last week. I missed the Vertica acquisition made by HP in mid-Feb that was very relevant to the cloud space. The announcement caught my eye because HP seems to be backing off on-premise software acquisitions that were repeatedly predicted. It also clearly states how HP wants to leapfrog the competition by going directly into the enterprise application marketplace space by providing service providers an infrastructure on which to build and sell their products. This is a game changer when you understand the challenges technology companies in building partnerships due to product overlap with cloud solution providers. Ecosystems are of huge importance in the new IT market as evidenced by the Nokia CEO ... (more)

Monty Python, the Black Knight, and Tablets from HP & BlackBerry…

Remember the great scene in classic movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” between King Arthur and the Black Knight? Wanting to pass over a bridge protected by the Black Knight, Arthur compliments him, then asks the Knight to join Arthur’s quest. When the Black Knight tells Arthur that he shall not be permitted to pass, the two engage in a sword fight. Arthur immediately chops off the left arm of the Black Knight. (from the script by Monty Python:) ARTHUR: Now stand aside, worthy adversary. BLACK KNIGHT: ‘Tis but a scratch. ARTHUR: A scratch? Your arm’s off! BLACK KNIGHT: No, it isn’t. ARTHUR: Well, what’s that then? BLACK KNIGHT: I’ve had worse. Arthur then chops off his other arm. The Black Knight continues to challenge saying it’s “Just a flesh wound.” After Arthur has taken both the Knight’s legs — and, I realize if you haven’t seen it, this scene doesn’t sound ... (more)

HP Wins Key Itanium Legal Decision Against Oracle

A California Superior Court judge Wednesday ruled that Oracle contracted to port its software to HP's Itanium-based servers until HP phases out the machines and that HP doesn't have to pay Oracle anything for the critical widgetry. Oracle immediately said it will appeal and pursue its counterclaims. "We know that Oracle did not give up its fundamental right to make platform engineering decisions in the 27 words HP cites from the settlement of an unrelated employment agreement," Oracle said in a statement. "HP's argument turns the concept of Silicon Valley ‘partnerships' upside down." HP, which sucks a fortune out of the Itanium's installed base, was thrilled to death with the decision and said it expects Oracle to comply. A jury will now decide if HP is entitled to the $4 billion in damages it's claiming for breach of contract. Many customers abandoned the platform wh... (more)

Security, Virtualization and Global Floatability: Implications of data theft; ex-HP exec gets 10 yrs jail!

I have been talking about virtualization security for quite a while. My last speech in EMEA, Belgium 2008 specifically, at the Open Source Virtualization Conference, I mentioned this, see this picture and think about it. Think about it as a security expert, think about it as a CIO, think about it as a company lawyer and think about it as an employee! Just give yourself a moment, look at this picture: Now tell me what you see in it? Well lets ponder about it once again. My Real-Time consultations and observations across the globe tell me one thing. just like the iRobot movie line from the robots: " You will comply!" or even better yet: "Wanna spend you life in jail?". You will have to deal with several compliances when the IT and Business domains converge. I have said it on several occasions. The consolidation is bound to continue. It will go on this time till we have re... (more)

Analyst Firm Launches "ZapThink on Ulitzer"

SOA Industry Analysis and Advisory Firm ZapThink launched a topic site ZapThink on Ulitzer. ZapThink is an IT advisory and analysis firm that provides trusted advice and critical insight into the architectural and organizational changes brought about by the movement to XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation.We provide our three target audiences of IT vendors, service providers and end-users a clear roadmap for standards-based, loosely coupled distributed computing - a vision of IT meeting the needs of the agile business. "ZapThink on Ulitzer" contributors include the firm's founder and senior analyst Ron Schmeizer and managing partner and senior analyst Jason Bloomberg. Ron Schmelzer is founder and senior analyst of ZapThink. A well-known expert in the field of XML and XML-based standards and initiatives, Ron has been featured in and written for periodicals and... (more)

HP & Microsoft Set Off in Search of the Elusive Push-Button Cloud

Early Bird Savings on Cloud Expo Claiming to have struck the tightest, most deeply integrated relationship ever seen in the industry - apparently the next best thing to one of them acquiring the other - HP and Microsoft said Wednesday that together they're going to pour $250 million over the next three years into a new cloud computing venture. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, talking up their intimacy, made it sound like what comes out the other end will make cloud computing as simple as turning on a light switch. Simplicity is their watchword. Well this part's simple. HP apparently gets a contract to supply the boxes for Windows Azure data centers.   Anyway, the soup-to-nuts project encompasses hardware, software and service, joint marketing and all of the companies' 32,000 resellers on which they intend to lavish 10 times their usual sales and marketing incentives. ... (more)