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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)

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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)

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)

VMTurbo Makes VMworld Dreams Come True

VMTurbo, the only software-driven control platform for the software-defined world announced that it will be giving away passes to VMworld Europe in Barcelona in October in its VMworld Europe Sweepstakes starting this Friday, August 22. Every Friday in June, VMTurbo gave away two full conference passes to VMworld U.S, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco August 24-28. Each Friday, one winner and a lucky friend punched their ticket to the Super Bowl of virtualization, and those winners will be joining VMTurbo (VMworld booth #405) to learn about the cutting edge of technologies enabling the software-defined data center. Key technology innovations that VMTurbo will be demonstrating at VMworld include: VMTurbo’s Software-Driven Control expanded across the IT stack with new hardware support built into Control Modules for Storage and Fabric. This provides custome... (more)

Unleashed Technologies Included in Inc. Magazine's Annual Inc. 500|5000 List for Second Year

COLUMBIA, Md., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Inc. magazine today ranked Unleashed Technologies NO. 2327 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138373) "Being recognized for our explosive growth for two years running is a tremendous achievement for our team," commented Unleashed Technologies CEO, Michael Spinosa. "Our dedication to building superior web and hosting solutions, and a relentless pursuit of client satisfaction has been a major contrib... (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)

VMware Predicts Rough Going Ahead

VMware said Thursday that it earned $69.9 million, 18 cents a share in Q1, up 64% on revenues up 7% to $470 million. On a non-GAAP basis before charges, the virtualization leader earned 25 cents a share, up 14%. Its non-GAAP operating income was also up 14% to $121 million. It was a bit light on revenues compared to expectations. Wall Street thought revenues would be $474.4 million, earning 20 cents a share based essentially on what VMware predicted going into the quarter. VMware did not apologize for the small shortfall given the recession. What put the company's stock into a tailspin, however, was the guidance although Q1 license revenues declined 13% to $257 million too while Q1 services revenues were $213.3 million, up 48%. In a canned statement CFO Mark Peek said VMware expects Q2 revenues to be "flat or even down" compared to last year, a result of tough economic ... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

Anatomy of a Cloud Consultant

Earlier this week I was asked to participate in a cloud panel with a group of so called cloud experts. The panel focused on the state of the cloud industry. I have been on many of these cloud panels in the last year and have found it to be pretty vague what defines a "cloud expert". So what is a cloud expert/consultant? First let's go to Wikipedia. According to the site, in the broadest sense, "a consultant is a professional who provides advice in a particular area of expertise. A consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide knowledge of the subject matter. A consultant usually works for a consultancy firm or is self-employed, and engages with multiple and changing clients. Thus, clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be feasible for them to retain in-house, and may purchase only as much service from the ou... (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)