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The explosion of cloud computing providers dramatically lowered the barriers to entry for web entrepreneurs and innovative projects. However, the lack of interoperability and consistency across services keeps many businesses from adoption. There have been several calls for standards to help make the cloud more useful to businesses followed by responses from those who fear standards will stifle growth. Who's right? Is there a compromise? The Founder of Mosso, the cloud computing division of Rackspace, will explore the questions surrounding standards, providing different perspectives and potential outcomes. Bryce joins a star-studded lineup of speakers covering the hottest IT topic for years, with not just Amazon but also IBM, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Intel, HP and a host of others all offering, using or developing high-end computing services typically described as “cl... (more)

Two Keys to Enterprise-Class Cloud Computing: Interoperability and Openness

When Sun announced its Open Cloud Platform today, developers around the world with an interest in cloud computing benefited from the arrival on the scene of a powerful new force in favor of cloud architecture that is both interoperable and open. According to Sun's Sr. VP of Cloud Computing, David Douglas, what Sun envisions is "a world of many clouds - public and private - that are open and interoperable" and this paradigm shift away from proprietary clouds is a recurring theme in the infrastructure industry. But a world of multiple clouds is not without its complications. Thorsten... (more)

IBM Advances Research through Cloud Computing

IBM has announced it is working with six universities to leverage IBM Blue Cloud solutions to speed up projects and research initiatives that were once constrained by time, limited or unavailable resources, or overloaded IT systems. The Qatar Cloud Computing Initiative, driven by three universities, will open its cloud infrastructure to local businesses and industries to test applications and complete various projects, including seismic modeling and the exploration for oil and gas. The University of Pretoria, is using cloud computing to test the development of drugs to slow the... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe to Take Place May 18-19 2009 in Prague

Cloud Expo Europe 2009, the first event outside the USA in the industry-leading International "Cloud Expo" series produced by SYS-CON Events, is to be held May 18-19, 2009, in Prague in the Czech Republic. The conference theme is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise" and it is the perfect event for anyone looking for a jump-start on delivering and/or using massively scalable Enterprise IT as a service using Internet technologies. The Cloud is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and ... (more)

Oracle To Keynote Cloud Computing Expo

Enterprises large and small are drawn by the advantages of cloud computing -- pay-for-use, self-service, elastic scalability and the elimination of hardware management – resulting in very low barriers to entry and exit and high agility. However, enterprises are also concerned about security, quality of service, integration, compliance, lock-in, and the long-term costs of public clouds. Private clouds for the exclusive use of one enterprise can however mitigate these concerns by giving the enterprise greater control. In a keynote address to be given at SYS-CON's 4th International ... (more)