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While acknowledging that lots of work is currently being done to differentiate and integrate private and public cloud solutions, Microsoft Architect David Chou believes that Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is the area of Cloud Computing that will make its impact most noticeably in 2010 - especially for startups, and small-medium sized businesses. In this quickfire mini-interview with SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, in the run-up to November's Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, CA, Chou also mentions who he deems to be the Top Five Companies in the Cloud as at Fall 2009. One of the five he chooses, hardly surprisingly, begins with M. Here are the quickfire questions asked and answered during the brief interview: Cloud Computing Journal: Who in your view are the Top Five Companies in the Cloud as at Fall 2009? David Chou: Amazon, Google, Salesforce, VMWare, and Mi... (more)

Great IT Change Came with a Whisper Not a Bang

I have a thesis I would like to try on you. In the IT world, like in many other human endeavors, the things that get measured get improved. And the things that don’t get measured are easy to ignore.  So, when the world’s largest IT enterprise (the US federal government) starts measuring IT differently we need to take note. Specifically the feds will be improving the measurement of energy efficiencies of IT.  This will be done to meet goals mandated by an executive order that President Obama signed on 5 October 2009 titled “FEDERAL LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY, AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE”. Agencies will no longer be able to ignore the cost of energy for their IT.  The Federal Government will be required to lead by example in IT efficiency.  Agencies are required to promote electronics stewardship, acquire energy efficient IT, enable IT power management, and imple... (more)

Backup to Windows Azure Storage in 3 Easy Steps

Azure at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Azure was in Public Preview for quite some time now. In our previous posts about Windows Azure, we went directly into how to map a network drive to Azure Blob Storage and start setting up backup tasks to Azure Storage. We didn’t mention exactly how to acquire a Windows Azure account since it was invitation only. Yesterday, Windows Azure was transitioned from Public Preview mode to Full Production mode. It took me a while to understand how to setup the Azure account and start using the Azure Storage. I will share the steps here in this article. Hopefully, in 3 big steps, you will be using your Azure Blob Storage from Windows Explorer and smooth sailing thereafter. Step 1: Activate windows Azure Subscription Instead of the invitation only mode in Public Preview, you can now activate your Windows Azure subscription from the ... (more)

Intel Buys McAfee for Over $7 Billion

 According to Intel, the reasons this makes sense are: Acquisition enables a combination of security software and hardware from one company to ultimately better protect consumers, corporations and governments as billions of devices - and the server and cloud networks that manage them - go online. Intel elevates focus on security on par with energy-efficient performance and connectivity. The acquisition augments Intel’s mobile wireless strategy, helping to better assure customer and consumer security concerns as these billions of devices connect. Intel has made a number of software-related acquisitions of leaders in their respective industries that also rely on great silicon, including Wind River, Havok and now McAfee. The release itself - SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 – Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee, Inc., through the... (more)

Cloud Computing: Rackspace Acquires Anso Labs

"This acquisition marks a significant step forward in our investment in the success of OpenStack," wrote OpenStack's GM Jim Curry Wednesday as he confirmed that Rackspace has acquired Anso Labs, best known for its work with NASA to help build their Nebula cloud platform, the code behind which NASA contributed to the open source community as the basis for OpenStack Compute last summer. "We believe OpenStack is the right cloud operating system for the industry, and we are committed to the continued evolution of this open platform and to powering our own cloud with OpenStack for many years to come," Curry added. Since Anso Labs is a participant in the OpenStack project and has already contributed substantially to its success, it further underlines how strongly Rackspace believes the world needs a truly open cloud platform and is committed to helping build it. Curry wa... (more)

Improving .NET Application Performance Part 8: Locking and Synchronization

In our last article we discussed best practices when using asynchronous calls. In this article we’ll look at guidelines for Locking and Synchronization. Locking and synchronization provide a mechanism to grant exclusive access to data or code in order to avoid concurrent execution. Determine That You Need Synchronization Before considering synchronization options, you should think about other approaches that avoid the need of synchronization, such as loose coupling. Particularly, you do need to synchronize when multiple users concurrently need to access or update a shared resource, such as static data. Determine the Approach The CLR provides multiple mechanisms for locking and synchronization. You should consider the one that is right for your particular scenario: Lock (C#) – The C# compiler converts the Lock statement into Monitor.Enter and Monitor.Exit calls around a... (more)

Fusion-io Acquires NexGen Storage

Flash house Fusion-io has bought NexGen Storage, a developer of software- defined hybrid storage appliances based on Fusion ioMemory. It paid around $114 million in cash and approximately $5 million in stock. It also assumed all unvested NexGen employee equity awards. The 50-man NexGen targets SMEs with a supposedly affordable entry point for flash-powered application acceleration. Fusion says that NexGen’s combination of its ioControl management software with ioMemory and standard disk drives transforms x86 servers into hybrid storage systems tuned to deliver performance, price and capacity. The widgetry transparently shares all storage resources and maintains simultaneous performance targets for multiple applications. Its ioControl software lets customers provision, prioritize and maintain predictable performance and gives them a clear upgrade path to all-flash sol... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Oracle Persists

Oracle, which is waiting to make its closing argument on July 20 in the Justice Department's suit to derail its controversial, yearlong attempt to acquire PeopleSoft, has extended its tender offer for the company yet again - this time till August 27. As of Monday, some 4.7 million shares, a pittance, had been tendered. It's currently offering $21 a share and, given its strong performance at the trial, conventional wisdom is giving it a shot at bringing home the prize provided it can overcome PeopleSoft's poison pill defenses. PeopleSoft last week, lamely blaming Oracle and the publicity surrounding antitrust trial, warned that its second-quarter numbers wouldn't meet expectations. It figures it'll clear between $655 million and $665 million in revenues for the June quarter rather than the $675 million-$697 million it promised and earnings of 13 cents-15 cents rather ... (more)

Breaking Industry News: McAfee to Acquire Foundstone for $86 Million

"Chief information security officers need a comprehensive view of where their risks are, and business executives need to understand how those risks can translate into business impact. Foundstone enables both," said George Samenuk, chairman and CEO of McAfee, as he announced today his company's agreement to acquire vulnerability assessment vendor Foundstone for $86 million in cash. Earlier in the year Foundstone launched a channel, and industry analysts are saying that with this acquisition McAfree will be adding a broader IT infrastructure management offering to its established security and antivirus portfolio of products and services. ... (more)

Computer Associates to Acquire Concord Communications

Computer Associates International, Inc. and Concord Communications, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for CA to acquire Concord, a provider of network service management software solutions, in an all-cash transaction valued at $17 per fully diluted common share, or approximately $330 million. CA will also assume approximately $20 million in net debt from Concord for a total purchase price of $350 million. The acquisition is subject to normal regulatory approvals and the approval of Concord's shareholders. Concord's eHealth technology, which provides proactive network performance management and predictive capacity planning, has been widely embraced by telecommunications companies, service providers and enterprises around the world, according to Concord. In addition, Concord's service management offering provides complete management of leading-edge technologi... (more)