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Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer You have to know when to hold them, and when to fold them. That's the not just slightly smug assessment by IBM executives as they reflect -- with twinkles in their eyes -- on the months-stalled Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a deal that IBM initially sought but then declined earlier this year. Chatting over drinks at the end of day one of the Software Analyst Connect 2009 conference in Stamford, Conn., IBM Senior Vice President and IBM Software Group Executive Steve Mills (pictured below) told me last night he thinks the Oracle-Sun deal will go through, but it won't necessarily be worth $9.50 a share to Oracle when it does. "He (Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison) didn't understand the hardware business. It's a very different business from software," said Mills. Mills seemed very much at ease with IBM's late-date jilt of Sun (Sun wa... (more)

Cloud Security on Ulitzer - Nothing New But It Changes Everything

Cloud Security on Ulitzer SYS-CON Events announced today that Glenn Brunette, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Security Architect at Sun Microsystems, will be presenting at the upcoming Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.cloudcomputingexpo.com) this coming November 2-4, 2009, in Santa Clara, California. His session will be entitled "Cloud Security - It's Nothing New, It Changes Everything!" Sponsor or Exhibit at Cloud Computing Expo! Register to Attend and Save! Speak at Cloud Computing Expo 2010! Cloud Security - It's Nothing New, It Changes Everything! This session cuts through the hype and sharpens our focus on what security means for cloud computing and other elastic, hyper-scale architectures. Is security different in the Cloud? Discussions of similarities and specific new challenges will be reinforced using use cases and architectural patterns showing why cl... (more)

Why SOA Needs Cloud Computing - Part 1

SOA in the Cloud It's Thursday morning, you're the CEO of a large, publicly traded company, and you just called your executives into the conference room for the exciting news. The board of directors has approved the acquisition of a key competitor, and you're looking for a call-to-action to get everyone planning for the next steps. You talk to the sales executives about the integration of both sales forces in three months time, and they are excited about the new prospects. You talk to the HR director who is ready to address the change they need to make in two months. You speak to the buildings and maintenance director who can have everyone moved that needs to be moved in three months. Your heart is filled with pride. However, when you ask the CIO about changing the core business processes to drive the combined companies, the response is much less enthusiastic. "Not... (more)

Adaptivity “Platinum Plus Sponsor” of Cloud Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT transformation company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Adaptivity's CEO Tony Bishop (http://tonybishop.ulitzer.com) will be offering major thought leadership on Day Two of the 3-day event in a Morning Keynote. Read Exclusive Cloud Computing Journal Q&A with Tony Bishop here. Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. Next April, Cloud Expo is returning to New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. The three-day event will attract more than 5,000 delegates from 48 co... (more)

CA Buys 3Tera

3Tera Session at Cloud Expo Determined to be a cloud player, CA said Wednesday morning that it's buying privately held 3Tera whose browser-based AppLogic software is used to rapidly deploy and scale enterprise-class applications on public and private clouds and to build cloud services. Terms were not disclosed. The 3Tera buy follows CA's recent acquisitions of Cassatt, NetQoS and Oblicore, which CA sees as expanding its portfolio of widgetry to manage cloud computing as part of an integrated IT management program. Note that Cassatt founder Bill Coleman, also a founder of BEA, joined 3Tera's advisory board last year after Cassatt came to grief. One can now imagine his advice. CA says it plans to integrate 3Tera's widgetry with its existing virtual and physical infrastructure management functionality such as its Spectrum Automation Manager and CA Service Assurance l... (more)

The Converged Application Container

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Just about everything I do in my job points back to a construct that is a foundational part of the modern enterprise IT organization: the application server. Now, when you say ‘application server', thoughts immediately wander to Java. More specifically, folks tend to think about servers that support traditional Java EE applications and rightfully so. Over the past ten years, the predominant type of application server has been of the Java EE variety, and the industry has experienced tons of innovation in this area with more undoubtedly yet to come. But is the term ‘application server' only applicable when we are talking Java? The one-word answer to that question is ‘no'. While the strong association exists today thanks to a widely adopted programming model (widely adopted for many good reasons I should say), I cannot h... (more)

Convergence of #BigData and the 'Internet of Things' | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM, will discuss bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover. Speaker Bio: Mac Devine is Distinguished Engineer at IBM. He has 24 years of experience with networking and virtualization. In 2007, he started the zCloud Innovation team and served as its chief architect. The zCloud Innovation team provided the architecture, design and dev... (more)

Latest @IBM and @Docker Partnership | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

IBM and Docker, Inc. have announced a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer's laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud. "As enterprises demand tools that allow them to develop applications in a consistent and easy manner, Docker containers have quickly become the de facto building block for doing so," said IBM Vice President of Open Technology and Cloud Performance Solutions Angel Diaz. "IB... (more)

Internet of Things Projects for CIOs in 2015 | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

The Internet of Things will be a real thing in 2015, many of the CIOs we hear are having plans of at least a few pilot projects if not full-fledged projects in that space for 2015. It will be clear that most of these will be a green field initiatives as the tools, platforms and frameworks for IoT projects are just evolving. Now the biggest dilemma for CIOs which may boil down to CTOs too are, how do choose the platforms for IoT Projects. Option A: Build our own platform through a suite of Open Source tools Option B: Go with trusted enterprise players and build around their offerings. Before we conclude anything, there are something quite distinct of IoT projects when compared to risks in other green field new initiatives of past like Social, Big Data, Mobility, DevOps etc., there are some definite set of new risks associated with IoT, which would put enterprises into ... (more)

Painless Polyglot Persistence By @IBMCloud | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

When it comes to building applications, one database definitely does not fit all. Traditional SQL databases are great for storing highly structured, normalized data and performing analytics and reporting. NoSQL has attracted developers with its awesome flexibility, and JSON-centric document stores like Cloudant make web developers incredibly productive by offering a JavaScript environment from end-to-end. Recent Big Data challenges have driven the need for a distributed approach to analytics employing MapReduce techniques embodied in software like Hadoop and Spark. So it's natural that a well-integrated hybrid environment comprised of multiple types of databases and information access paradigms is critical to meeting the business challenges of tomorrow. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Raj Singh, Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services, will walk through a ... (more)

IoT Foundation Service on @IBMBluemix Gets a Boost | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

IBM recently boosted its support for its IoT Foundation Service by setting up a dedicated IoT business practice with funds totaling $3B. This will bring together clients, partners and stake holders to integrate dispersed sources, sensors, devices, business operations to glean real-time intelligence. This IoT ecosystem partnership will include The Weather Company that provides a strong bearing on anything related to weather on business. IoT Foundation Service makes it easy to access IoT via Cloud APIs. The cloud platform will further add: IBM IoT Cloud Open Platform for Industries --IoT apps for Cloud based customers IBM Bluemix IoT Zone - IoT Integration with Cloud based apps IBM IoT Ecosystem --Eco-system to include chip; device manufacturers as well as partners that includes ARM, AT&T and Semtech and the more recent The Weather Company. ... (more)

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With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions need to be truly scalable. Far from it. There are at least six major pain points that companies experience when they try to deploy and run Kubernetes in their complex environments. In this presentation, the speaker will detail these pain points and explain how cloud can address them.
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-centric compute for the most data-intensive applications. Hyperconverged systems already in place can be revitalized with vendor-agnostic, PCIe-deployed, disaggregated approach to composable, maximizing the value of previous investments.
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it's important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. "Fly two mistakes high" is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed how this same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by sharing information within the building and with outside city infrastructure via real time shared cloud capabilities.
As Cybric's Chief Technology Officer, Mike D. Kail is responsible for the strategic vision and technical direction of the platform. Prior to founding Cybric, Mike was Yahoo's CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 24 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.