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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 events. I attended as many of the technical b... (more)

Telepresence – The Face of the Cloud

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)

A Golden Key To The Cloud - For You!

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)

The SaaS Sound Barrier

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)

NetSuite Quantifies Green Benefits of SaaS Model

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)