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With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International Big Data Expo - 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 world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Adam DuVander TWITTER: @adamd COMPANY: ProgrammableWeb 11TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: APIs – The Wiring Behind the Cloud SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2311612 BRIEF BI... (more)

Will SCO Survive Tuesday?

Tuesday's kind of a big day for SCO. The Utah federal court is gonna hear arguments about whether SCO's slander-of-title suit against Novell should go to trial or be thrown out and, if tried, whether it should be in a state or federal court. If SCO ultimately wins the right simply to press its case, it's absolutely going to floor the legion of naysayers who believe with the faith of a small child that none of SCO's legal claims have any validity. The latest shot aimed at SCO came from the National Retail Federation, which issued a statement the other day saying it believed SCO's claims were "without merit" and that Novell "is the last company that can demonstrate legal ownership of Unix System V. If the SCO slander suit ever gets to trial, who owns what should be clarified. Wonder who put the trade group up to it? ... (more)

Jerry Yang’s Pants Are Down Around His Ankles

Jerry Yang’s pants are down around his ankles. He’s got no Google deal. And he can’t tease Microsoft into taking another run at Yahoo. After Yang publicly asked Microsoft to take another shot Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer returned this volley from Sydney, Australia this morning: “We made an offer… We made another offer. It was clear that Yahoo didn’t want to sell the business to us and we moved on. We tried at one point to do a partnership around search, not an acquisition. And that didn’t work either, and we moved on… and they moved on… We are not interested in going back and re-looking at an acquisition. I don’t know why they would be either, frankly. They turned us down at $33 a share.” He did leave Yang one rabbit hole to scoot down. “I’m sure,” he said, “there are still opportunities for some kind of partnership around search, but I think acquisition is a th... (more)

NPR Asks: Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House?

"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technology experts how the White House computers should run under incoming President Barack Obama. The program focused on how cloud computing technology can potentially be used to improve government services - a much discussed topic as the new administration moves into the White House. Experts consulted included Google's Vint Cerf (a.k.a.'The Father of the Internet') and Dataline's expert on Cloud Computing Security, Kevin Jackson. Jackson discussed how cloud computing can make data and computing more secure than traditional systems. Cloud computing would also improve collaboration, an area that... (more)

Cloud Computing in Ubuntu

The Ubuntu team announced one month ago their plan to offer a set of new software packages related to cloud computing in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), due to be released in April 2009. One of the target packages, the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine, is available for download from the Ubuntu repository. Ruben S. Montero has published a very nice "mini how-to" describing how to set up your own private cloud in only five steps with Ubuntu and OpenNebula. This is the easiest and fastest way to transform a static and rigid physical infrastructure into a flexible, elastic and dynamic virtual infrastructure, with support for dynamic scaling to external Cloud infrastructures. ... (more)

Mozilla Labs Plays With Circle Of Sites Design To Fill Blank New Tabs

Mozilla Labs is experimenting with a design for a new tabs page in the Firefox browser that will show a circle of the top sites you visit that is reminiscent of the circle of friends design you see on many mobile phones. (Except, who needs friends, when you’ve got the Internet?) When you open a new tab, instead of a blank page, you would see a watermark of icons representing the eight or so sites you visit most often. By mousing over the circles, the the tab page would fade into the actual links. This is just a concept design, but using that blank page when a new tab opens up makes sense. Aza Raskin of Mozilla Labs calls the watermark a”cognitive shield” because it is supposed to protect users from the clutter of all the links unless they explicitly mouse over the watermark. Also, it doesn’t appear if you start typing something into the address bar. He says he is ... (more)

HP Betas OpenStack

HP has started making good on its month-old undertaking to support OpenStack. Last week it began trolling for a limited number of testers for a private beta of what it calls HP Cloud Services, which so far consists of OpenStack-inspired HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage IaaS services apparently accessible through a web-based UI and open RESTful APIs. HP says beta testers can expect a mock invoice to test its billing systems which means they need a valid credit card to start. See www.hpcloud.com. ... (more)

SFW Delivers Interactive River Restoration Solution for the Environment Agency

Woking, Surrey - 03 September 2012 - SFW, and its client the Environment Agency, are delighted to announce that River Wiki http://riverwiki.restorerivers.eu is now live. This interactive knowledge management system which works like Wikipedia enables the collation and sharing of information on river restoration projects across Europe. This Wiki-style web-based information tool, built using Open Source technology, is expected to be used by European government agencies, engineers, ecologists, planners and other parties involved in restoring rivers. It is expected that by sharing and being able to comment on information about the experiences of river restoration in Europe that ideas for best practice will quickly emerge. http://riverwiki.restorerivers.eu has been developed by the RESTORE partnership for river restoration in Europe, a project funded by the European Co... (more)

How Safe Is the Cloud?

How can your business benefit from using the cloud? We hear the term all the time in the tech world, but it's never really clearly defined. Those of us who are using social media or saving data with online sources are already using it. Perhaps you just didn't know it. Amazon is one of the largest cloud service centers. It houses information on behalf of Netflix, Dropbox and Autodesk. Other remote servers are Google, Microsoft and Rackspace. The Cloud Explained The cloud is basically a network of remote servers provided by various companies. IT departments use to handle their own data storage for various businesses and companies, which required a lot of responsibility and maintenance. The cloud is similar to a power company providing a service, and there sole focus and responsibility is the upkeep, repair and sustaining of information, which can save businesses money.... (more)

DataCore Ships 64-bit SANmelody 3.0 and SANsymphony 7.0; Advances in Performance, Migration, Thin Provisioning, and High-Availability Improve Storage for Virtual Servers

DataCore Software, the leading provider of storage virtualization, business continuity and disaster recovery software solutions, today announced the general availability of the newest versions of its flagship SANmelody™ and SANsymphony™ storage virtualization solutions. SANmelody 3.0 and SANsymphony 7.0 deliver SAN-wide performance boosts, radically simple, high-availability, and optimum disk utilization for virtual server and virtual infrastructure users. Product highlights include x64 versions, a new “Transporter” feature allowing for conversion between the different flavors of physical and virtual servers, a pioneering, waste-free space reclamation capability for thin provisioning, and ground-breaking support for “mega caches” that deliver lightning-fast (electronic memory speed), storage performance. For more details on the newest versions of SANmelody and SANs... (more)

AMD Delivers and Submits for Certification Industry’s First OpenCL™ Software Development Platform for x86 CPUs

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is now offering a free OpenCL™ for CPU beta download as part of the ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta Program. The beta will help programmers to more easily develop parallel software programs and take further advantage of multi-core x86 CPUs to accelerate software and deliver a better computing experience. AMD has submitted conformance logs from its Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® CPU beta releases to the Khronos Working Group for certification. AMD is the first to deliver a beta release of an OpenCL software development platform for x86-based CPUs, highlighting AMD’s commitment to deliver a complete heterogeneous OpenCL development platform for both the CPU and GPU. AMD’s OpenCL for CPU beta is a key component of the complete OpenCL development platform included in the next ATI Stream software development kit (SDK), which is expected later... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
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DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...