As many of you are aware, Monday, April 19th, marked the first day of the
Cloud Computing Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
Prior to the opening keynote address by Richard Sarwal and Hasan Rizvi both
with Oracle, I ran into Fuat Kircaali, founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media,
Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc., and had the opportunity to meet him
before the event began.
As I sat waiting for the keynote to begin, I spoke briefly with Eirikur
Sveinn Hrafnsson, founder and CEO of the soon to be launched Greenqloud based
in Iceland, the world's first Green Cloud powered 100% by renewable
geothermal and hydro-power energy. Eirikur was mentioning the extent of
geothermal energy available in Iceland, though anything he could have said
about geothermal stores in Iceland would be an understatement given recent
I attended as many of the technical b... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Yesterday I had the opportunity to pay a visit to a few vendors at the
virtual VoiceCon event.
I enjoyed a chat with an Alcatel-Lucent representative, learned a bit about
Avaya's Aura Unified Communications (UC) platform, and viewed an IBM Lotus
Sametime Unified Telephony demo. Virtual attendance at the event during the
time that I joined was under 300 participants.
Other companies participating included Siemens, Sprint, and Acme Packet.
As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for
green technologies, businesses are seek... (more)
One of my grand hopes for all of you, and your respective enterprises in
2010, is that you find your way to the Clouds.
The coming years will be both exciting and challenging as we collectively
migrate our enterprises to cloud computing. Speaking of enterprises, I owe
all of you an article on preparing your enterprise for the cloud. I
continue to work on it, thought it's not quite ready yet. Besides, this
week, I have the pleasure of meeting with a world class, cloud computing
leader, and I hope to glean further insights that will help shed light on the
future of the enterpri... (more)
There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of
categories – calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others
focused around 3 main customer segments. Individual / Family Communities
Business / Corporate
While much of the functionality being delivered online is focused around
individuals communities in the form of collaborative and non-collaborative
communications, social and business networking, and infrastructure tools
(IaaS), my main interest is in the business / corporate segment. More
specifically, the small and medium business segment and... (more)
The notion that one huge, well-run data center is more energy efficient than
thousands of average data centers is at the crux of a study recently
concluded on behalf of NetSuite, a vendor of ERP and other business
management software that offers its solutions under a software-as-a-service
(SaaS) model. With SaaS, the vendor hosts and runs the system for you in the
Internet cloud, thus doing away with the need for your own data center
capacity for the applications you use via the cloud.
According to the NetSuite announcement on the study-conducted by green
solutions provider Gree... (more)