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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 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)

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)

CTOedge: Better Collaboration Tools Than Google

Google Wave on Ulitzer Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice, Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar. But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these Google services for particular circumstances. These can be big productivity boosts for enterprises. You can read the entire post in this week’s story for a new IT site called CTOedge here. ... (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)

A–Z of Cloud Computing & Big Data: Cloud Expo 2012 New York

Only ten weeks to go! Time for an alphabetical summary of the many leading-edge themes & topics to be discussed at Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) - being held June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and co-located with Big Data Expo 2012 New York (1st Big Data Expo). There is truly no bigger or better event on earth that allows you to play catch-up via so many different technical and strategy sessions devoted to Enterprise IT's two fastest-growing trends - Cloud Computing & Big Data - under one roof. 10th Cloud Expo Keynote – see Mission-Critical Applications in the Cloud Apache Hadoop – see Hadoop Apache HBase – see HBase APIs – Why are APIs so important in clouds? That is a question that the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, Mårten Mickos [Speaker Profile] - one of Cloud Expo's most popular regular speakers - will seek to answer in hi... (more)

Cloud Computing and Big Data in 2013: What's Coming Next?

What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013? In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo / BigDataExpo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the fast-approaching year ahead. 2013 Will Be The Year of Big Data  | The Internet of Things | Cloud To The Rescue (DR) | SSD John Engates | @jengates CTO of Rackspace Hosting Now its CTO, John joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, he created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, he has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud computing strategy an... (more)

Web 2.0 Re-Examined: Nexaweb's Coach Wei On The Paradigm Shift, Technology Stack and Business Value

The Paradigm Shift, Technology Stack and Business ValueAbstract This essay  re-examines web 2.0 by looking at its technology stack and impact on enterprise computing, in contrast to the common consumer-centric point of view. Categorizing the landscape into Consumer Web 2.0 and Enterprise Web 2.0, the essay establishes a web 2.0 technology stack that forms the foundation of a paradigm shift called “architecture of partition”. In the end, the business impact of web 2.0 technologies on enterprises is presented. Table of ContentWeb 2.0: the State of Confusion What is Web 2.0? The "Consumer-centric" View Causes Confusion The Difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 The Two Pillars: Consumer Web 2.0 and Enterprise Web 2.0 Key Characteristics of Consumer Web 2.0 and Enterprise Web 2.0Web 2.0: The Paradigm Shifts Architecture of Participation: A Usage Paradigm Shif... (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 this subject.  Some of those myths are just misunderstandings, I’m sure.  Others are the kind of things that sales folks or others with vested interest in their company’s stock price like to encourage.  Human nature is at play here, and when you mix in a misunderstanding with some bias the re... (more)

The Role of the CTO: Four Models for Success

One of my favorite examinations of the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is Tom Berray’s”Roles of the CTO: Four Models for Success. ” If you are an enterprise CTO or any technologist looking for career context I strongly recommend it to you for its situational awareness and context. Tom writes of CTOs in four models: The Infrastructure Manager The Big Thinker The Technology Visionary and Operations Manager The External-facing Technologist These well defined models were based on discussions with hundreds of technologists as well as written surveys.   It remains the definitive work on CTO roles, and has been referenced by some of the greats, including Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. (see http://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2007/07/the_different_cto_roles.html ) Werner says “I believe Tom Berray’s quadrant gives the best framework for reasoning about what makes CTOs ... (more)

My Top Five Cloud Predictions for 2011: Steve Jin

Continuing our series, we hear now from Steve Jin (pictured), Top 50 blogger on Cloud Computing at DoubleCloud.org, Author of VMware VI & vSphere SDK (Prentice Hall), and Founder of the open source VI Java API: 1. The focus of cloud computing will gradually shift from IaaS to PaaS which becomes key differentiator in competition. Developer enablement becomes more important than ever in ecosystem evangelism, full software lifecycle integration, IDE support, API and framework, and etc. 2. Many more mergers and acquisitions will take place in the cloud space for companies to build stronger cloud portfolio. For big players, it should include dual vertically complete stacks both as services and products. Whoever gets there first will gain enormous advantages over its competitors. 3. Virtualization will continue to play a pivotal role in transforming the IT infrastructure to... (more)