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Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can. First, let's set out some definitions: The draft NIST definition, perhaps the best we have at this point, states that "Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and rel... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

How to Sell an SOA

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time speaking to people about service oriented architecture (and it’s variants for infrastructure and enterprise) and about how best to create a true implementation (or at least, an effective one).  There is a great deal of detail in creating such an artifact – design yes, but also implementation, operational details, governance and a myriad of other tasks that can easily take up a chief architect’s entire day.  These tasks are all vital to the actual creation of the architecture, but for all that they may seem the fundamental first steps in evolving the IT shop, and yet there are even more necessary first steps – selling the concept in the first place. SOA in many ways reminds me of relational database technology. At it’s first inception, the concept of an RDBMS must have had a hard sell.  Sure it made perfect sense to arrange ... (more)

Aareon AG Acquires 1st Touch

Southampton UK, 9th July 2012: Aareon AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aareal Bank AG and the leading consultancy and IT systems house for the European property sector, has announced that it has acquired 1st Touch Limited, the UK's leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing and public sectors. The decision is seen as a reflection of Aareon's belief in the significant opportunities presented by mobile technology in the property sector across Europe and as complementary to the Group's other software investments in the sector. Commenting on the news, Dr. Manfred Alflen CEO of Aareon AG said; "1st Touch is the recognized market leader for the supply of mobile technology to the UK social housing and public sectors. Clearly with the rapid growth of demand for this kind of mobile solution, across Europe, the opportunities are enormous. Together we aim to c... (more)

Lenovo and VMware Expand ThinkServer Virtualization Capabilities

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/01/09 -- Today at VMworld 2009, Lenovo and VMware announced an agreement to provide VMware vSphere(TM) 4 on Lenovo ThinkServer offerings around the world. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2009, Lenovo will distribute and market VMware vSphere 4 through Lenovo's sales channels. This enhanced relationship builds on a previous agreement to provide VMware virtualization on Lenovo servers sold in China. Many businesses are interested in the benefits of virtualization technology. "IDC believes virtualization has moved to a mainstream technology embraced by most enterprises due to the potential cost savings and increased IT flexibility that server virtualization can provide. From a cost savings perspective, virtualization has the potential to reduce capex spending and improve server utilization. From ... (more)

Community Colleges With Foremost Use of Digital Technology Announced

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/08/09 -- e.Republic's Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine have announced the winners of their fifth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. Those named are leading community colleges across the U.S. that offer exceptional technology support to students and educators. The survey addressed multiple areas in digital technology, including online registration, distance learning, tutoring and advisory services; technology training for students and faculty; and Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities. Community colleges were placed in three categories based on size of enrollment for the 2008-09 academic year. College officials supplied answers to survey questions and the top colleges in each of the enrollment categories were named. First place winners in each category: -- Montgomery County Community College, Blu... (more)

Entiera Accelerates Global Marketing Campaign Analytics with Vertica

BILLERICA, Mass., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- On-demand marketing infrastructure provider Entiera has slashed the time it takes customers to create, execute and analyze marketing campaigns from hours to minutes using the Vertica Analytic Database. Entiera offers companies like Verizon, Equifax, TD Bank's Retail Card Services and Regus an enterprise marketing automation platform in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Entiera Insight, the company's core software suite, helps customers tackle the largest, most sophisticated cross-channel marketing campaigns while reducing their IT costs by up to 80 percent. As the campaigns and analysis clients were doing became more complex, Entiera sought out Vertica to meet that growing demand. In the process, the company initiated a major performance upgrade, according to Entiera chairman Jeff Wilkins. "We took the opportunity t... (more)

Strong Attendance Kicks Off FOSE Conference and Exhibition

FOSE 2010, the most comprehensive event for government information technology (IT) professionals, today announced that the Conference and Exhibition had a record first day, with attendees flooding the show floor and conference. Professionals from across industry and government convened today in Washington to discuss the latest issues in government technology, as well as share ideas and new innovations, from cyber security to cloud computing. Attendance has already broken last year’s opening day mark and exhibitor registration has exceeded expectations. FOSE is being held March 23-25, and is co-located for its second year with GovSec/U.S. Law, being held March 23-24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A standing-room only audience greeted Anthony Zuiker, creator and executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, who delivered a ke... (more)

2012 IBM Beacon Award and IBM Choice Award Winners Honored at PartnerWorld Leadership Conference

ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the winners of its 12th annual IBM Beacon Awards, which honor Business Partners, globally, for their information technology excellence, commitment to skills attainment, industry expertise and innovative solutions based on IBM technology and services. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO) Winners of the Beacon Awards are selected by leading industry journalists, analysts, and IBM executives for 27 award areas spanning Smarter Industries, Smarter Computing, Smarter Solutions, and Technical Excellence. The winning solutions showcase IBM Business Partner skills and expertise in developing innovative approaches to solving business challenges and helping clients grow. "The IBM Beacon Award winners and finalists are IBM Business Partners who have delivered unique and innovativ... (more)

Reddy Ice Boosts Productivity While Reducing Costs With Microsoft Hyper-V Server Virtualization Technology

REDMOND, Wash., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reddy Ice, a Dallas-based firm that manufactures and distributes 1.8 million tons of ice per year, has improved productivity, reduced IT infrastructure and increased network security by migrating to a Microsoft Hyper-V Server environment. In switching to a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement in the process, the company has reduced licensing costs and launched a sweeping IT modernization. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) Roughly 600 of Reddy Ice's 3,000 employees operate PCs at 58 manufacturing facilities and 67 distribution centers located throughout the U.S. In June 2010, the company's IT environment consisted of 40 standalone servers, most of which ran Windows Server 2003 on outdated hardware and relied on local disk storage. IT staff members spent much of their time responding to disk-space over... (more)

Teradici to Showcase PCoIP® Solutions at VMware® User Group Conference in Boston

Teradici, the developer of the PC-over-IP® (PCoIP®) protocol, will showcase its full range of desktop virtualization solutions, as well as its joint offering with Imprivata at the Boston VMware User Group (VMUG) Conference on September 20. Teradici systems engineer Jim Edwards will also host and present an education session at the event titled “How to Enhance your VDI Experience.” Enhanced performance with Teradici APEX™ 2800 Server Offload Card 2.0 Teradici will demonstrate the full benefits of the APEX 2800 server offload card and its compatibility with VMware View® 5.1 deployments. Monitoring the activity of all virtual machines on a server, the APEX 2800 dynamically offloads the most active 100 displays, improving the consolidation ratio by up to 2x and reducing the cost per virtual desktop. The combination of APEX 2800 software release 2.0 with Tera2 zero clien... (more)

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