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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 ( and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Verari Gets Bought by Founder

Data Center Virtualization Center Session at 8th Virtualization Expo in New York Within barely an inch of its life, blade pioneer Verari Systems – or at least most of its assets have been bought at auction by its original founder and CTO David Driggers and an investment group that means to restart it. There was no hint of a price. The company will now bypass bankruptcy court. It will be renamed Verari Technologies and focus on blade-based HPC solutions, modular containerized data centers and blade-based storage development efforts, its traditional stock-in-trade The investment gro... (more)

Ray Ozzie Predicts Amazing, Pervasive Cloud-Centric IT World

"I see a great, expansive future for our industry and for our company," wrote Ray Ozzie in his October 28, 2010, internal memo to Microsoft's executives, "a future of amazing, pervasive cloud-centric experiences delivered through a world of innovative devices that surround us." Ozzie titled the memo "Dawn of a New Day," a phrase that he felt best summed up his sense of excitement and hopefulness about the world's IT future: "It’s the dawn of a new day – the sun having now arisen on a world of continuous services and connected devices." Below, as a service to Cloud Computing Journal ... (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 ( 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 | "Clou... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Speaker Profile: Rich Wolski – Eucalyptus Systems

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & 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 and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the worl... (more)

Open Source Software: More Reasons It Is More Secure

Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supported.  For example, Linux, which has the strength of a huge open community and also the strength of thousands of paid developers from great companies like IBM, Oracle, Sun, Novell and now even Microsoft (that is a long story, but a great trend I hope continues). There are many myths out there on t... (more)