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Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing it became clear that an expansion would be needed before too long. Thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (http://twitter.com/jg21) here goes - just three months before Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (November 7-10) - with an expanded roster, listed as before in alphabetical order since I am making no attempt at this stage to rank the various blogs, merely to map - and celebrate - their existence. Dustin Amrhein | "A View from the Clouds" Dave Asprey | "Cloudy Words" Ian Bergin | "Clouded Issues" Randy Bias | "Cloudscaling" Rick Blaisdell | "Rickscloud" Steve Bobrowski | "The Cloud View" Rene Buest | www.CloudUser.de Larry Carvalho | "Robust Cloud" Andrew M. Chapman | "MemorableURL.com" Sam Charrington | "Cloud Pulse" Colin Clark | "Cloud Event Processing" Peter Coffee | cloudb... (more)

Calculating the True Value of Industry Specific Clouds

Industry-specific clouds are those PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS services that are tailored for a specific vertical, such as transportation, retail, finance, and healthcare. IDC sees a $65 billion market in these industry solutions for 2013, rising to $100 billion in 2016. The value of industry-specific clouds is that businesses within a vertical can connect to applications, processes, and databases that are pre-defined for that vertical within a public or private cloud. They can extend processes and databases into the business domain, versus defining the data and processes within a generic cloud-based platform. So, are industry specific clouds right for your business? What options are out there? How do you figure out the ROI? David Linthicum's session at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13] will answer those questions, and others allowing you to make the right d... (more)

Time to Mission @ the Speed of Cloud

Organizations want extraordinary results from their IT units. Today's mantra is faster delivery, better quality, cheaper solutions, and safer environments. Many CIOs are implementing cloud computing enterprise architectures to address these challenges with results varying greatly. Why are some organizations seeing only limited results from cloud computing implementations while others are increasing market share, decreasing costs, generating value, and innovating faster? In her session at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York, Federal CIO Emeritus Jill Tummler Singer will explore fundamental shifts organizations need to consider to get the most value from cloud computing and deliver "time to mission @ the speed of cloud." Jill Singer with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at 9th Cloud Expo (2010) Speaker Bio: Jill Tummler Singer recently completed 27 years of... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Offers Rays of Light

I'm returning to the US this week after spending more than a year in Asia. I'm pessimistic about many things, as I recently explained in a separate article. But let's talk about the rays of light in today's grim global greyness. Let's talk about Cloud Expo. I don't know much, but I do know that Cloud Expo 2011 New York (at New York's Javits Center June 6-9) presents a golden opportunity for IT managers and executives to see what's on display, listen to the whys and hows of Cloud, and network with their colleagues. I would never underestimate the power of such networking. Say what you will about virtual events: they do save money. But I think you get what you pay for with them. A virtual event is virtual in the human sense of "not really," rather than virtual in the IT-centric sense of "in effect." The opportunity to compare notes with one's colleagues, do a reality ... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Ajay Budhraja – U.S. Dept. of Justice

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) due to kick off this coming Monday for 4 days of high-energy networking and discussions, what better time to remind you in greater detail of the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference...? We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Ajay Budhraja ORGANIZATION: U.S. Dept. of Justice TWITTER: @TheJusticeDept 10TH CLOUD E... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

What is Cloud Computing: I’m Forming Up on the NIST View

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory is working on a definition of cloud computing (version 14 of their working draft is on their site and is looking great).  Like other NIST efforts they have taken a collaborative/collegial approach in building this definition.  You can find the full definition at the NIST Computer Security Resource Center. The also provide a briefing titled “Effectively and Securely Using the Cloud Computing Paradigm” (by Peter Mell and Tim Grance of NIST, dated 6/26/2009).  That presentation gives a great overview of the models and methods for using clouds securely. The short version of their definition is: Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and servi... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

RightScale Co-Founder & CTO to Speak at 4th Cloud Computing Expo

To date, cloud computing has by and large been in the realm of public clouds such as Amazon EC2, but there has been a lot of talk about other kinds of clouds, including "private" and "hybrid" clouds. However, with these new choices comes added complexity and Thorsten von Eicken, Co-Founder & CTO of RightScale, will be trying to cut through that complexity at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, in a breakout session titled "My Cloud, Your Cloud, Our Cloud." von Eicken ((pictured left talking on SYS-CON.TV to Cloud Computing Expo chairman Jeremy Geelan) will review the definitions as well as the pros and cons of the different kinds of clouds. He will provide guidance on when and how to use each, outlining the typical uses cases for public, private and hybrid clouds using real-world examples, including: Develop in public, deploy in private; De... (more)

VIP Invitation For the GovIT Panel October 6, Washington DC

Tactical Cloud Computing is a technology branch referring to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Register Now For This Panel FREE with Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest At SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009, there will be a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel, to be simulcast on SYS-CON.TV, in which speakers from Unisys, SAIC and Lockheed Martin will be discussing possible and already existing use cases with GovIT Expo technical chair Kevin L. Jackson, who will be moderating. "Defense, homeland security and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage this new and exciting IT capability," says Jackson, who explains that possible use cases might include any or all of the following: “Cloudb... (more)

Seeding the Cloud: The Future of Data Management

PowerBuilder Session at Cloud Expo Doing more with less is a familiar refrain for IT professionals, and today's challenging business environment has only increased the pressure on managers to achieve efficiencies, maximize performance and improve responsiveness of the data center. More and more frequently, IT is turning to virtualization to accomplish its mission-critical goals. The hot new trend in cloud computing is a natural extension of this drive toward virtualization. In the case of the public cloud, IT can add processing power and infrastructure as needed, and in the case of the private cloud, IT can improve the utilization of existing infrastructure. In other words, cloud computing platforms offer IT the opportunity to increase efficiencies and become more agile, transforming the data center into an environment that delivers greater benefits to end-users. ... (more)