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Four Questions to Ask When It's Time to Modernize Your Data Center Cloud computing is here to stay. The agility and scalability of the cloud model - as well as  its ability to transform up-front capital expenditures into flexible operating expenditures - are too compelling to ignore. For CIOs in organizations of all sizes, the question is no longer whether to take advantage of the cloud ... but how. Unfortunately, that question isn't as easy to answer as it might sound. Not all cloud providers are created equal. Different vendors offer different features, terms and service levels. And once you engage with one vendor, it can be difficult to change your mind down the road - even if that vendor's offering doesn't fully mesh with your existing IT practices and policies. While navigating the cloud marketplace can be a challenge, you can successfully formulate your strate... (more)

[session] @VMware to Present at @CloudExpo | @CSWolf #VM #AI #ML#DL

Successful Cloud Operations Means Knowing When to Say "No!" Building a cross-cloud operational model can be a daunting task. Per-cloud silos are not the answer, but neither is a fully generic abstraction plane that strips out capabilities unique to a particular provider. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Wolf, VP & Chief Technology Officer, Global Field & Industry at VMware, will discuss how successful organizations approach cloud operations and management, with insights into where operations should be centralized and when it's best to decentralize. Speaker Bio Chris Wolf serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, he is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO's vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware's global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware's technical vision... (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)

Cloudy Concepts: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, MaaS, CaaS & XaaS

Generally IT folk, whether in Storage, Virtualization, Change Management or Project Management love the use of acronyms and synonyms to express key concepts amongst each other. What other industry would allow an individual to spurt a line such as "Have SOX seen the BCP and CAB approval for our VDC's DR SAN and will this then be added to the CMDB by CoB today?" without immediately flinching or bringing in a logopaedics specialist for help. More often than not, IT folk have also used these synonyms and acronyms as smokescreens to prevent outsiders from realizing "well this IT stuff is actually quite easy to understand and quite straightforward". Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could ... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: Application Infrastructure for a Cloud Generation

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Most IT executives agree their application infrastructure will look very different five years from now. That difference will be driven by the changing nature of applications that are increasingly web oriented, dynamic, data intensive and most likely deployed on virtual infrastructure. New applications will be sourced from existing datacenters as well as from external cloud services. Monitoring and metric gathering will be required to span heterogeneous cloud environments to provide end-to-end visibility. And end users will access these applications from a growing variety of devices. Weaving an elastic enterprise into a cohesive, secure, compliant whole in a way that improves IT agility is the challenge for cloud IT. In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Gotce Peev, Senior Systems Engineer with VMware, will discus... (more)

Fusion-io Launches ioVDI Software

Fusion-io on Monday announced the general availability of Fusion ioVDI software for VMware Horizon View hosted virtual desktop environments. Fusion ioVDI software speeds the deployment of VMware Horizon View virtual desktops by intelligently combining the stateless cost economics of server flash performance with the manageability benefits of installed shared storage required for persistent desktops. "In many ways, virtual desktops are the litmus test of application acceleration expertise," said Lee Caswell, Fusion-io vice president, Virtualization Products Group. "Every desktop user is a hypercritical judge of performance, and every desktop administrator is looking to simplify the scaling of centralized desktops to minimize both capital and operating expenses." Fusion ioVDI software is a virtual desktop solution that offers Write Vectoring, a patent-pending techn... (more)

VMware's vCloud Initiative

"Our strategic relationship with VMware will help ensure that Terremark continues to stay at the leading-edge of the technological advances that will shape the IT industry for years to come," said Manuel D. Medina, Terremark’s Chairman and CEO, as Terremark Worldwide today announced its relationship with VMware as part of the VMware vCloud Initiative. VMware’s Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) is an integral component of the Enterprise Cloud, which provides enterprises a revolutionary managed platform for mission-critical applications and infrastructure. Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud customers buy a dedicated resource pool of processing, memory, storage and networking, from which they can deploy servers on demand, giving customers more flexibility and agility over the traditional server-based model and allowing for a precise and dynamic allocation of compu... (more)

SYS-CON Announces Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Awards

With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and delivery is plunging fast by several orders of magnitude. Behind all the buzzwords, a basic shift is occurring - the wholesale outsourcing of core business applications. This is why many analysts and industry-watchers believe that Cloud Computing is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. SYS-CON Events offered all delegates at the 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2008 West in San Jose, CA, the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite cloud computing technology provider in five highly competitive categories. The results have been announced, and they are as follows: Best Overall Cloud Product Winner: VMware Infrastructure ESX - V... (more)

VMware's VP of Emerging Business Explores Enterprise Cloud

In this Webcast recorded live at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Expo in San Jose, CA, VMware's VP of Emerging Business, Dan Chu, shares details of VMware's plan to leverage its technology leadership in virtualization to deliver reliable, mobile technology to its customers and service providers worldwide. He explores cloud pitfalls and uncovers new methods for delivering applications on or off premise. As the saying goes, "a picture tells a thousand words," so let us encourage you to view this session in its entirety right away. View the VMware Webcast Live on SYS-CON.TV Now ! About Dan Chu: Dan Chu is VP of Emerging Business at VMware. He oversees VMware's emerging businesses, including small and medium business (SMB), software lifecycle automation, virtual appliances and ecommerce, as well as VMware Server and VMware Player. Previously he was president an... (more)

Free VMware Data Center Health Check and Software Download

VKernel's patent-pending Capacity Analyzer technology enables you to achieve maximum VMware ESX performance with the right amount of resources. Capacity Analyzer is the only VMware monitoring software that actually predicts problems days before they occur so you can avoid critical issues. Designed for enterprise scalability, Capacity Analyzer proactively monitors shared CPU, memory, network, and disk (storage and disk I/O) utilization trends in VMware ESX environments and delivers actionable analytics that allow you to: Predict and avoid costly performance degradations and downtime by properly allocating resources Find available capacity to get more out of your existing VMware infrastructure so that you can delay unnecessary purchases Safely increase virtual machine (VM) densities to lower the cost per VM Identify your top resources consumers Set alerts to take the ... (more)

Skytap Offers its Cloud for Windows 7 Compatibility Testing

Skytap is scheduled to flip the switch today on the widgetry that will let developers and enterprise IT departments compatibility-test their Windows 7 applications in its cloud lab. Users will be able to spin up a virtual sandbox, see if their apps run right on the new operating system and iron out any kinks ahead of 7 hitting the broad market at the end of October. For a limited time the widgetry will cost $250 a month for 1,000 hours of testing time, a price that includes team access to Skytap’s Virtual Lab SaaS application and Windows 7 virtual machine templates. The thousand hours might be enough for a single app of relative complexity, senior director of product marketing Ian Knox ventured. Skytap expects to be alone in such an offering. Other clouds like Amazon aren’t set up to handle the client side, Knox said. Microsoft, which wants to avoid any of the compati... (more)