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Generally IT folk, whether in Storage, Virtualization, Change Management or Project Management love the use of acronyms and synonyms to express key concepts amongst each other. What other industry would allow an individual to spurt a line such as "Have SOX seen the BCP and CAB approval for our VDC's DR SAN and will this then be added to the CMDB by CoB today?" without immediately flinching or bringing in a logopaedics specialist for help. More often than not, IT folk have also used these synonyms and acronyms as smokescreens to prevent outsiders from realizing "well this IT stuff is actually quite easy to understand and quite straightforward". Hence no surprise that when the seemingly simple concept of Cloud Computing took off, so did the emergence of an abundance of acronyms and synonyms reaping a new breed of I.T. professionals who were the only ones that could ... (more)

Logicalis Announces Cooperative Enterprise Cloud Service

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Following the recent formation of its dedicated cloud consulting group, international solutions provider, Logicalis, today launches its Cooperative Enterprise Cloud Service. Architected on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp storage solutions, the service is the first to offer a single reference blueprint for on-site and hosted cloud services, enabling enterprises and public sector organisations to flex and scale their cloud computing strategies while ensuring seamless interoperability. On-site services will be delivered with Logicalis' Bespoke On-Site Cloud Service (BOCS), a right-sized computing and storage infrastructure utilising Cisco's UCS stateless computing platform to enable virtualised and non-virtualised applications to coexist on the same platform. Logicalis' hosted Cooperative Enterprise Cloud will offer a range o... (more)

ActiveState Launches Business Edition

Open Source Journal on Ultizer ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support, and cross-platform access. "ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance, minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in compliance with their open source policies." ActiveState Business Edi... (more)

Voltaire Announces 32% Revenue Growth in Q4

Voltaire Ltd. (NASDAQ: VOLT), a provider of scale-out data center fabrics, on Monday announced financial results for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2009. Main Fourth Quarter Highlights Operating loss on a GAAP basis, narrowed to $0.4 million; operating profit on a non-GAAP basis of $0.3 million; Net loss on a GAAP basis, narrowed to $0.5 million; net income on a non-GAAP basis, of $0.3 million; Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2009 totaled $47.5 million; and Introduced 2010 annual revenue guidance range of $66-69 million, an increase of 31-37% year over year; Fourth Quarter Results Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled $17.4 million, an increase of 32% compared with $13.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2008. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled $8.7 million, an increase of... (more)

Virtual Instruments' Wisdom Provides Essential SAN Insight

It was about three months ago that one of my friends had informed me he was leaving HDS to join a company named Virtual Instruments. ‘Virtual Instruments?’ I asked myself, trying to fathom if I’d have heard of them before only to realize that I had once seen a write up on their SAN monitoring solution, which was then termed NetWisdom. I was then inadvertently asked to mention Virtual Instruments in one of my blogs - nice try pal but I had made it clear several times before to vendors requesting the same that I didn’t want my blog to become an advertising platform. Despite this though I was still intrigued by what could have persuaded someone to leave a genuinely stable position at HDS to a company I hadn’t really had much exposure to myself. Fast forward a few months, several whitepapers and numerous discussions and I find myself writing a blog about the very said... (more)

SAP HANA’s Real Time Challenge to the Oracle Empire

When the character Maverick from the movie Top Gun exclaimed, "I feel the need, the need for speed", you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a sound bite from a CIO discussing their transactional databases. Whether it's a financial organization predicting share prices, a bank knowing whether it can approve a loan or a marketing organisation reaching consumers with a compelling promotional offer, the need to access, store, process and analyze data as quickly as possible is an imperative for any business looking to gain a competitive edge. Hence when in 2011, SAP announced their new in-memory platform HANA for enterprise applications everyone took note as they coined the advantage of real-time analytics. SAP HANA promised to not just make databases dramatically faster like traditional business warehouse accelerator systems but instead speed up the front end, enabling c... (more)

The Inevitability of the Hybrid Cloud

How have most organizations been building hybrid clouds to date? Despite all the marketing and promotion surrounding the benefits of dynamically bursting into a hybrid cloud from inception, this rarely seems to be the case. If anything the current trend towards building hybrid clouds still stems from an organic growth and demand that has emanated from either an existent public or private cloud deployment. Certainly private clouds are the most common origins of hybrid clouds as organisations look towards adding further agility to the many benefits they've attained. A lot of organizations have also recently been pushed towards the many new vendor hybrid cloud offerings that have hit the market. Here the initiative is drawn to promises of a seamless management experience across they're already deployed private cloud and newly considered public cloud as well as vice ver... (more)

Survey Reveals More Than Eighty Percent of IT Executives Plan to Keep Cloud Initiatives within Their Own Firewalls

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty-three percent of IT executives intend to keep their cloud initiatives within their own firewall, according to a survey of delegates by Platform Computing at the Supercomputing Conference (SC'09) in November 2009. Platform Computing surveyed 95 IT executives across the research, manufacturing, government and education industries to determine why organizations are investing in cloud solutions, their concerns about cloud computing and plans for future initiatives. Although most organizations are experimenting with cloud computing, the majority (82%) do not foresee cloud bursting initiatives, demonstrating that cloud models are still early in their adoption and that executives are cognizant of the very same security and management issues that drive them to create a private cloud in the first place. Executives see the value of a ... (more)

IT Spending to Grow Nearly 5% This Year

Analyst Gartner released a report that says IT spending globally will grow this year a total of nearly 5% over 2009 and reach $3.4 trillion. From a "Great Recession" point of view, that's good news because IT spend actually fell by nearly that much from 2008 to 2009. Plus, it's a change from Gartner's previous estimate earlier this year that IT spend wouldn't hit 2008 levels until next year. Gartner's prediction follows forecasts by other research firms and technology companies of a huge IT spending surge. "Although recovery will be slow, over the next 12 to 18 months, gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to increase, consumer confidence is expected to improve, and the availability of credit should increase," said Gartner Research Vice President Richard Gordon in a statement, reported by  "At the same time, pent-up demand for new technologies will be ... (more)

Surgient Launches Cloud Express to Help Enterprises Turn On Private Clouds

Surgient Session at Cloud Expo Surgient, a provider of private cloud automation for the enterprise, on Monday launched Surgient Cloud Express -- a new program that combines the best of cloud computing technology and implementation services to help organizations deploy on-premise clouds within 30 days. The offering is designed to help enterprises more quickly and easily experience the improved performance, provisioning, and security benefits private clouds can deliver. Surgient Cloud Express is available for $50,000 USD, and includes all the software, documentation and services needed to roll out a comprehensive private enterprise cloud environment on virtualized infrastructure. “A properly implemented private cloud is the key to solving costly IT service delivery challenges in the enterprise,” said Tim Lucas, president and CEO of Surgient. “This carefully designed ... (more)

Navigating The Cloud Wave

Chief Information Officer on Ulitzer So, you’ve run a tight ship for the past 18 months, battening down the hatches, freezing hires, and going into a virtual operations lockdown waiting for the proverbial “rainy day” to stop and the sun to come out – corporate hibernation. That’s a sensible legacy business approach to technology capital and operations expenditures in recessionary economic climates for previous decades, when your competitors followed a similar approach given limited alternatives, and only a few corporate giants had the war chest to invest in a downturn. The good news is that with cloud computing this decade will differ in many ways, from business strategy and driving your offering portfolio into the marketplace, to ongoing operations and support, and that includes your company’s ability to continue to operate right through the next recession at pe... (more)