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Image by DBegley via Flickr Long known for their dominance on the desktop, Microsoft is now making a concerted effort to carve out a space of its own in the Cloud with Windows Azure. Amitabh Srivastava, the company’s Corporate Vice President with responsibility for Azure, spoke with me this week and the result has just been released as one of my podcasts. Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are available on their Nodalities blog. Amitabh talks about the company’s aspirations for Azure, and reports on the success of the current ‘Community Technology Preview;’ effectively a beta programme for Azure ahead of its formal launch towards the end of this year. We also discuss the nature of Azure, digging into the question of where Azure will be deployed, and the extent to which it will interact with desktops and data centres beyond Microsoft’s... (more)

Cirrhus9 Announces Innovation in Cloud Computing

Cirrhus9 has announced the availability of its new cloud computing infrastructure and related managed services. Powered in part by 3tera's AppLogic cloud computing platform and managed by Cirrhus9, the new services enable customers to benefit from Internet-scale infrastructure and prepackaged applications while paying only for the resources they actually use. To enhance the clients' capabilities in the cloud, Cirrhus9 has configured a suite of open source products, which provide prepackaged solutions that include email, document sharing, learning management and others. Service is available immediately at www.cirrhus9.com. The AppLogic grid operating system is a commercial cloud computing platform designed to enable a utility computing model. The system converts commodity servers into scalable grids on which users can visually deploy, operate and scale transactional... (more)

I Was at the Taping Of Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel in Times Square

I arrived in New York City this morning to attend the Cloud Computing Expo for the next three days. SYS-CON folks invited me on Sunday for the taping of the Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel which was taped at the Reuters Studios in Times Square. The live taping of the show was a blast. I met the panelists at the studio as well while watching the SYS-CON.TV show in the green room. The green room is actually gray and brown. The Cloud Computing Power Panel will be broadcast at the Cloud Computing Expo, March 31 - April 1, 2009, Roosevelt Hotel, in New York City. Two Cloud Computing Expo Power Panels taped today at SYS-CON's Times Square Studios featured rtghe following panelists: Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace; Rod Fontecilla - Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton; Hal Stern - CTO of Sun's Global Sales Force; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace;... (more)

3Tera Chairman To Present at Cloud Expo April 19-21 in New York City

3Tera Session at Cloud Expo IT is reliable today largely because of years of investment in management, monitoring and modeling. So, as the paradigm shift to Cloud Computing occurs, will we still be able to leverage these investments? This is the question that will be asked - and answered - by 3Tera Chairman and CEO Barry X Lynn in his upcoming session at the largest cloud computing event in the world, the 5th Cloud Expo in New York City (19-21 April, 2010). Lynn's session will focus on how the management of IT in the Cloud needs to evolve in order for Cloud to become pervasive and even more reliable that IT is today. Register Today and Save $800 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Expo, the world's leading Cloud-focused event since its launch in 2007, is held five times a year, in New York City, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Normal 0 false ... (more)

Citrix Cloud Center + 3Tera AppLogic Platform = Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing

“We carefully chose 3Tera to be one of our first strategic partners for C3 because of their deep experience offering a full and open cloud computing platform for running multi-tier applications in a massively scalable global cloud," said AJ Jennings, vice president of business development, Citrix Systems, as Citrix and 3Tera announced a partnership combining the new Citrix Cloud Center (C3) solution with 3Tera’s award winning AppLogic Cloud Computing Platform. “Adding XenServer Cloud Edition to our application packaging technology, global cloud presence, and disaster recovery appliances creates the first open cloud computing platform ready for mission critical applications,” said Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO, 3Tera (pictured). Lynn added: “As cloud computing moves from early adopters to mainstream users, new customers are demanding enterprise levels of reliability,... (more)

VMware's Cloud VDC-OS a "groping in the dark" stint?

Timothy really wrote a cool post. Since Ashlee has left The Register, you just don't come across a well written post. I am by no means saying that Ashlee wrote any meaningful stuff (Its a joke, Ashlee) but he did make us all smile. Heck its really cloudy out there, it doesn't make any sense and a lot of vaporware might float. Amazon is probably the only one that is seriously building a business around it. Google is beginning to work hard with Gear, AppEngine and a lot of other smaller vendors like 3Tera, ParaScale, FlexiScale are doing a great job there. Anyways here's what Timothy has to say about VMware's stint at Cloud Computing: Whenever I see such announcements, I never see anyone say this: Our product is not just about managing Linux and Windows, whether physical or virtual. But rather managing all kinds of servers in the installed base, and that includes AS/4... (more)

3Tera Beats Amazon in Windows Cloud Computing Support

3Tera has put out its AppLogic 2.4 beta, the grid operating system that supports virtual appliances running Windows Server in all the infrastructure components necessary to run Web applications including storage, networking and load balancing. It gleefully sniffs that Amazon only plans to offer Windows support. “Windows support is an important requirement for an open cloud computing environment robust enough to take on any Web or enterprise application,” said Bert Armijo, 3Tera senior VP of sales and marketing, in a statement. “Solutions like .Net, IIS, SQL Server and Exchange have made Windows a critical part of IT infrastructure.” 3Tera’s widgetry can support both a cloud-based service and private clouds and the company claims that for the first time a cloud platform can enable virtual datacenters that exceed the capabilities of traditional datacenters in commerc... (more)

Layered Technologies Brings 3Tera's AppLogic Cloud Computing Solution for Windows to the Grid

Layered Technologies has announced it will give enterprise customers the option of transferring their Microsoft Windows operating system (Windows OS) environment to an AppLogic-based cloud computing solution. Layered Tech will use 3Tera's AppLogicT 2.4 to enable customers to run their Windows OS platform in a virtual computing environment, which means customers will have the same high-availability as their dedicated physical servers but with far more scalability, all for a fraction of the cost. "In the current economic conditions where everyone is looking to spend less but still achieve their business objectives and profitability, Layered Tech is presenting customers with a particularly compelling opportunity to significantly cut costs by consolidating their Windows OS server operations onto our virtualization platform," said Jack Finlayson, CEO of Layered Tech. "B... (more)

Cloud Power Panel at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Expo

The future of cloud computing is all about lowering costs and getting the ability to easily move between service providers. At the Cloud Power Panel on Friday at the 1st International Cloud Expo in San Jose, CA, the power panelists - Songnian Zhou, CEO of Platform Computing; Thorsten von Eicken, CTO of RightScale; Peter Nickolov, President & CTO of 3tera; Erik Carlin, Sr. Cloud Architect, Mosso/Rackspace; and Steve Herrod, CTO, VMware - examined the risks and rewards of Cloud Computing for the enterprise. From left, Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair; Songnian Zhou, CEO of Platform Computing; Thorsten von Eicken, CTO of RightScale; Peter Nickolov, President & CTO of 3tera; Erik Carlin, Sr. Cloud Architect, Mosso/Rackspace; and Steve Herrod, CTO, VMware Songnian Zhou compared the idea of clients moving to the cloud by comparing it to someone moving from a home to a hot... (more)

Tap In Systems Manages the Cloud

One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.”  He did reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core application” with 200 EC2 instances. Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)

3tera Drops IPv6 Into Their AppLogic Cloud Computing Platform

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "If we look at cloud (service) in a global sense, not just as my service or your service, or my country or your country, then IPv6 is part of the future and the solution." (Bert Armijo, SVP 3tera) IPv6 is hitting everybody in the Internet industry on a global scale. 3tera recognized early in the evolution of cloud products that IPv6 was critical for long term, and short term development of their AppLogic product within both public-facing Internet services, as well as cloud deployments within the enterprise. The need is real. The IPv4 Reality 3tera Faced The Internet operates with devices connecting to each other on a global scale. Each device, wither a physical switch, server, or computer, has an address. Each application, piece of data, and content is located in the Internet through use of an address. Everything in the Internet uses an ... (more)