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VMware announced its vCloud Initiative, with support from 100+ partners, to deliver enterprise-class cloud computing, by federating compute capacity on demand between virtual datacenters and cloud service providers to support existing and new application loads. By enlisting broad support from partners across the industry, including BT, Rackspace, SAVVIS, Sungard, T-Systems, and Verizon Business, the VMware vCloud Initiative is aimed at helping companies both large and small safely tap compute capacity inside and outside their firewalls – how they want, when they want, and as much as they want – to ensure quality of service for any application they want to run, internally or as a service. VMware Infrastructure is broadly used by businesses to operate internal IT infrastructure, as well as by traditional and emerging service providers, to deliver managed IT services ... (more)

McKinsey Report Aims To Keep Expectations About Cloud Computing Realistic

Clouds already make sense for many small and medium-size businesses, but technical, operational and financial hurdles will need to be overcome before clouds will be used extensively by large public and private enterprises. This is one of the principal conclusions of a report just published by McKinsey & Company, called "Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing." The report, authored by McKinsey's William Forrest, aims "to focus the nascent cloud industry and its consumers on setting realistic expectations by taking a 'hype free' approach." Forrest starts with the most basic question of... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe 2009: Where Are Europe's Cloud Providers?

SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009, held in Prague, Czech Republic, finished on May 19th, since when many blogs and articles have been appearing analyzing the many sessions and discussions that featured at the event. A very interesting angle was raised in a post-conference blog by Dr Guy Bunker, Symantec's Chief Scientist, and that is the whole question of whether the absence of ‘true’ European cloud providers is acting as a brake on the adoption of the cloud in Europe. Here's what Bunker (pictured above on the keynote stage, seated to the far right) wrote: "It’s an intere... (more)

How to Transition to Cloud Computing Webinar

Join RightScale on July 23 for a live panel discussion moderated by Dave Nielsen, founder of CloudCamp and Principal Consultant at Platform D. Hear from leading experts in cloud computing to gain real-world insight into how their customers are using cloud computing and achieving new levels of backup, recovery and reliability. Learn how you can migrate your apps and data to the cloud in a way that's affordable and reliable. July 23, 2009 at 11am PT / 2pm ET 7pm UK (London) 20:00 CET             Topic: Transitioning to the Cloud: Implications for Reliability, Redundancy & Recover... (more)

4th International Cloud Expo: Photo Album

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, held on November 2 - 4, 2009, in Santa Clara, attracted more than 40 sponsors with over 2,000 delegates, a record attendance. The three content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing. Enjoy here our photo album of the show. Now held three times a year -- in New York, Prague, and Santa Clara -- the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in... (more)