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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)

The Top 100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

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)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Cloud Expo New York In response to massive demand, the world's largest Cloud event - the International Cloud Expo series - is expanding its number of tracks and sessions for its upcoming New York event: 5th International Cloud Expo. The deadline for the very popular Call for Papers, which resulted in a greater deluge of submissions than ever seen before, is being extended to the other side of the holiday period - to January 15, 2010. Additionally, SYS-CON Events announces the addition of additional tracks, additional session slots, and a general all-round expansion of the program in line with the expectations and needs of the 5,000 delegates who are expected to register for the event. Submit Your Speaking Proposal Today to the Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World! Topics to be covered at the 5th International Cloud Expo will include: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Stora... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

One Day the Cloud Really Will Be Big: The Economist

"One day the cloud really will be big..." concludes an article in this week's international print edition of The Economist, an intriguing article that sets out to quantify the size of the three main layers of the cloud computing ecosystem. The article draws in part on these statistics , published in Guy Rosen's invaluable "Jack of All Clouds" blog. What The Economist attempts to do is to quantify the SaaS, PaaS and IaaS layers of the ecosystem. It is in that last category that it makes use of Rosen's data and also quotes Cloudkick - the San Francisco start-up - and Randy Bias, who is, like Rosen, a Top 50 Cloud Blogger. The article's guesstimate is that "revenues generated by computing infrastructure as a service in 2010 may exceed $1 billion." It then goes on to speculate about the future: "So how big is the cloud? And how big will it be in, say, ten years? It depends o... (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)

The Cloud Computing Wave Hits Silicon Valley

The doors open today on 9th Cloud Expo - Cloud Expo Silicon Valley - the biggest event in the world-beating Cloud Expo series to date, with more members of the cloud computing ecosystem gathered than anyone has ever seen before in one place, to play catch-up with Internet technology's most compelling alternative to running all applications within a traditional corporate data center. The technical and strategic session program at 9th Cloud Expo features more sessions than ever before, across eight parallel tracks covering every possible aspect of cloud computing. The 4-day Expo Floor features cloud players from every level of the cloud ecosystem, including a welter of vibrant Cloud Start-ups with new ideas and fresh approaches, to spice up the mix of offerings on display. Each and every day there is a Cloud Keynote by a major provider or user of cloud computing, st... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Henry Fastert – SHI

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now under three weeks away, what better time to introduce you in greater detail to 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: Henry Fastert TWITTER: @SHICloud COMPANY: SHI Enterprise Solutions Services Group 10TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Mission-Critical Applications... (more)

VMware, Intel, and NEC All to Join OpenStack

At its first full Board of Directors meeting, due to be held Tuesday August 28th, The OpenStack Foundation will be considering among other things applications from VMware, Intel, and NEC to become Gold Members of the foundation. They would be joining prior Gold Members like Cisco, Dell, NetApp and Yahoo! The Foundation already numbers AT&T, Canonical, HP, Rackspace, IBM, Nebula, Red Hat, and SUSE as its Platinum members. The VMware application form [PDF] is personally signed by VMware CTO Steve Herrod (pictured below). VMware CTO Steve Herrod keynoting at 1st Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley in 2008 ... (more)

The Accessibility of the Cloud

"Cloud made Big Data what it is today," stated Scott Morrison, CTO at Layer 7 Technologies, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Cloud gave us the massively scalable infrastructure necessary to practically do Big Data," Morrison continued, "as well as the engineering mindset that made it a front-of-mind solution for organizations that may not have considered it before." Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. - Agree or disagree? Scott Morrison: It's about both, but one or the other may be the driving motivator depending on the organization. Cloud Computing Journal: How should organizations tackle their regulatory and compliance concerns in the cloud? Who should they be asking/trusting for advice? Morrison: Definitely look to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for independent a... (more)

Convergence and Interoperability Will Define Next-Gen Cloud Architectures

Our more interconnected planet is accelerating the adoption and convergence of next-generation architectures, in the form of cloud, mobile and instrumented physical assets. Organizations that can effectively balance optimization and innovation, will be in a position to leverage new systems of engagement, out maneuver their peers and achieve desired outcomes. In the Opening Keynote today June 10 at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13, 2013], IBM GM & Next Generation Platform CTO Dr Danny Sabbah will detail the critical architectural considerations and success factors organizations must internalize to successfully implement, optimize and innovate using next generation architectures. Speaker Bio: Dr. Daniel Sabbah has recently been named as CTO and General Manager, Next Generation Platform, at IBM Corp. He has responsibility for aligning direction IBM is pu... (more)