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Like it or not, some enterprises have already entered a post-PC world -- where their business communication network must accommodate new user-driven choices. These include traditional applications, mobile apps, social apps and operating systems; various server architectures; and an array of mobile devices ranging from smartphones to tablets and other mobility tools. Are you experiencing this phenomenon? If not, you will soon. Moreover, this latest business technology trend has huge ramifications. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted extensive research and analysis to uncover key insights about BYOD (“bring your own device”) and desktop virtualization trends in U.S. enterprises. The Cisco IBSG Horizons BYOD and Virtualization study surveyed 600 enterprise IT leaders from 18 industries. The Top 10 Market Insights Insight #1: Mobility Is Pervasive... (more)

Are There Other "as-a-Service" Cloud Offerings?

As already described in the previous few articles NIST defines three different service models for the cloud - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. However if you look at the Wikipedia article about cloud computing you will notice that there are quite a few more "as-a-service" models mentioned there. Lot of vendors are using those to differentiate their offerings but there are two problems that arise: First, those additional models are not officially recognized by any standardization authority and Second, and maybe more important, those new acronyms add to the confusion among the novice cloud users The proliferation of service models confuses even people with long experience with the cloud and doesn't help with the adoption. If you look closely you will notice that all of the new "as-a-service" models are just a subset of one of the three main service models - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Le... (more)

A First Look at Microsoft Astoria Webcast Live on SYS-CON.TV

The goal of the Microsoft incubation project code named Astoria is to enable server applications to easily expose data as a service that can be consumed by AJAX clients across the Internet. Standard HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE are used to perform operations against the service, and data is exchanged via open formats such as plain XML and JSON. This session provides a sneak preview of Astoria, which is now available in early release on MSDN. View Video Dave Wright has been deeply immersed in computing technologies as diverse as multimedia, data processing, decision support systems, content management, and Internet commerce for over three decades in his career in the computer industry. Formerly a director of architecture for Scient and CTO of Xavient Technologies, he is a veteran of distributed computing in both technical and managerial capacities. ... (more)

Channel Partners Enrolled In independenceIT’s “iIT University” Graduate to Higher Recurring Revenues and Smart Business Strategy

Learning smart strategies for building new business revenue is just one compelling reason that Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office is working with iIT University (iIT U), the new immersive education program from independenceIT® (iIT), the software company exclusively focused on driving recurring revenue for channel partners. Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office, a 300-person office technology and IT solutions company serving 18,000 organizations in the New York City and Tri-State areas, joined iIT’s Partner Program early in 2013. Atlantic instantly received great response and interest from its customers for iIT’s Desktop-as-a-Service (Daas), which provides applications, data, computing resources and IT management functions to clients. To build on the immediate success and to set the stage for accelerated growth of this new revenue stream, Atlantic took advantage of iIT U’s compreh... (more)

How to Do Big Data: DIY vs. MSP?

To say you have cloud enabled your big data usage is to say that you’ve taken the first step of many to get what you need out of that data mass. However, big data is a very particular to the organization that’s using it – it’s not the same everywhere you go. The virtues of big data supported by the cloud are well documented, but that really only represents part of how big value is derived. As John Moore of MSPMentor notes, big data tools like Apache Hadoop have become increasingly mainstream. However, as he goes on to say, that doesn’t mean that it’s a simple proposition. How should your business approach big data implementation? This proposes an interesting issue for many companies looking to access big data insights: what path do you take to implement a big data solution? Big data has only recently become an affordable asset thanks in no small part to the cloud. Y... (more)

Latest Cloud and Open Source Talks

Last month I was fortunate enough to give a couple of talks at OSCON. I was particularly pleased with the reception my keynote received on Creating Communities of Inclusion, which touched on some topics beyond the typical licensing and community around open source software.  I was was also asked to expand on these topics at Here are the abstracts and links to the presentations and article. OSCON Keynote: Creating Communities of Inclusion Free and open source software is equal parts technology and humanity. Beyond the coding standards, development environments and essential parts of delivering free software the ideals that drive this movement are powerful. This is a reflection on the lessons gleaned from successful F/LOSS communities and a call to action to spread their ideals to other endeavors such as medicine and government. (video and slides here)... (more)

Totally Integrated Oracle Cloud | @CloudExpo @Oracle #Cloud

Oracle Cloud publicized as the Next-Generation Public Cloud is comprehensive, agile and can transform your business in many ways. Like other cloud offerings Oracle Cloud is also subscription based. Oracle Cloud offers a solution which is comprehensive; having the broadest collection of cloud services; having solutions at every layer of cloud technology with ability to move speedily between on-premises and Cloud with ease. Oracle Cloud offers: Software as Service (SaaS) Enterprise resource planning Human capital management Customer experience Platform as a Service (PaaS) Industry's #1 database (Oracle Database Industry's #1 Application Server (Oracle WebLogic) Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) Elastic Compute and Storage Oracle Data as Service (DaaS) MySQL and OpenStack The Oracle Cloud stands on the base of 19 worldwide data centers manned by Oracle security experts a... (more)

2015 Big Data Startups By @JimKaskade | @BigDataExpo #BigData

The following are a few  Big Data companies that I was keeping an eye on starting back in January of 2015  (yeah, this is NOT a statistically significant sample)....some for "old times sake" because I knew the founding team and was curious how things were progressing, some because I trust their venture capital partners, and some because they inspire me with an application of the technology that is meaningful (I'm tired of hearing about yet another "Big Data Platform"). Adatao Founder(s): Christopher Nguyen, Mike Bui, Tony Do Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA Website: Type of business: Data Intelligence for All Adatao is Big Data 2.0, enabling the convergence of business intelligence, data science and machine learning directly on top of big data. Adatao is leading the Big Data 2.0 charge by making it easy for business users, data scientists and engineers to co... (more)

BridgeSTOR Announces Availability of the Data Deduplication File System (DDFS(TM)) to OEMs

POWAY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/18/12 -- BridgeSTOR, LLC, the company Advancing Deduplicated Data Movement to the Cloud, today announced it has released its Data Deduplication File System (DDFS) to OEMs building Linux-based storage products. DDFS supplies deduplication services as a Linux file system. Unlike existing Linux file systems, DDFS adds compression, encryption and embedded data movement for Cloud-based environments. DDFS deduplicates all unstructured (application) data and includes specialized algorithms that recognize the unique characteristics of virtual machine images (VHD, VMDK and others). When a virtual machine image is encountered, DDFS automatically invokes this optimization to maximize the deduplication of the virtual machine image. DDFS will also natively mount virtual machine images allowing the immediate recovery of data. DDFS enables OEM cust... (more)

Dell and Leading Research Universities Increase Access to Research Computing Supported By Internet2

Dell announced today initiatives with Clemson University, Indiana University and Arizona State University to provide community research computing solutions and services that will help solve some of the world’s toughest issues. Through big data research analytics, storage services, open source frameworks for research and new large-data management, archiving and digital curation services, Dell will help universities best support groundbreaking research. Dell plans to support the universities’ efforts through the power of Internet2. “Working with the Internet2 community members from higher education, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations, we recognize the pivotal role research plays in driving innovation,” said John Mullen, vice president and general manager for education, state and local government, Dell. “We know the importance of creating and offer... (more)

Desktone Expands Proven Multi-Tenant Desktop Virtualization Platform to Include Application Delivery

Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), today announced the general availability of the industry’s first unified platform to deliver desktops and applications as a cloud service. Desktone’s new application delivery offering enables the deployment of Windows desktops and applications from the cloud to any end user device, reducing the cost of delivering hosted applications by 50 percent over existing solutions. By leveraging the multi-tenant Desktone Platform to deliver desktops and apps as a service, service providers can transform their customer workspaces. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, mobility, and the end of Windows XP are driving organizations to reevaluate their end user computing strategies. Desktone’s new application delivery offering simplifies IT management by delivering apps from the cloud, thus avoiding the costs and compl... (more)