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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)

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)

IT Industry Luminary Bill Coleman Joins 3Tera's Advisory Board

3Tera, a provider of cloud computing technology and utility computing services, today announced that Bill Coleman has joined its advisory board. A technology luminary and Silicon Valley veteran for over 30 years, Coleman will provide strategic insight and guidance to 3Tera's management team as it positions the company to further pursue the enterprise and service provider markets.   "I firmly believe that 3Tera's cloud computing technology and vision will drive fundamental change to the next generation of information technology," said Coleman. "I am excited to be a part of this and to share my views and expertise, helping 3Tera position itself best to lead the cloud adoption in the enterprise."   "Having Bill Coleman join our advisory board is a testimony to how much 3Tera has accomplished," said Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO, 3Tera, Inc. "Bill's insights into l... (more)

Developing Disaster Recovery Models with Cloud Computing

Disaster Recovery Session at Cloud Expo How does a small or medium business ensure it can meet the basic needs for disaster recovery and business continuity? Whether it be Internet-facing applications, or Enterprise-facing applications and data, one of the most important issues faced by small companies is the potential loss of information and applications needed to run their operations. Disaster recovery and business continuity. Recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives. Backing up data to offsite locations, and potentially running mirrored processing sites – it is an expensive business requirement to fulfill. Particularly for budget conscious small and medium-sized companies. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Christoph Streit, founder of Hamburg-based ScaleUp Technologies, believes cloud computing may offer a very cost-e... (more)

Cloud Computing Coming to Asian Market

Net One Systems and 3Tera announced that the two companies have signed a multi-year agreement naming Net One Systems as the exclusive distributor of 3Tera's AppLogic, the commercial grid OS for cloud computing, in Japan. Starting immediately, Net One Systems will offer cloud computing infrastructure and services using 3Tera's AppLogic. First customer deployments will be announced later this month. "Net One Systems focuses on helping our customers leverage emerging technologies to provide robust and efficient ways to manage IT infrastructure," said Mikio Yanashita, vice president, Business Development, Net One Systems, USA. "Cloud and utility computing allow companies to focus on building applications instead of configuring hardware, installing software, moving data or modifying code. We are excited to work closely with 3Tera and be the first to offer these solution... (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)

Virtualization Conference & Expo 2009 West: Call for Papers Closing

Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Virtualization Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA, on November 2- 4, 2009, is currently still open. The submissions URL is here, and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. Topics welcomed include every aspect of virtualization. For example: ... (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)

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)

Firstservis to Offer Cloud Computing Solutions Powered by 3Tera’s AppLogic

Firstservis and 3Tera have announced that 3Tera has chosen Firstservis as the first reseller and distributor of 3Tera's AppLogic cloud computing platform for Australia and New Zealand. Beginning immediately, Firstservis will resell, support and offer cloud computing solutions and services using 3Tera's AppLogic "Cloud Computing is the next big shift in technology and it will have as big an impact on Australian enterprise IT organizations as the Internet," confirmed Bob Hayward, Director IT Advisory Services, KPMG Australia. "Enabling massively scalable IT infrastructure on a 'pay-as-you-go' model to a wide variety of online services, offers enormous opportunities for agility, innovation, responsiveness and cost optimization. Cloud computing is already transforming the datacenter, providing Australian companies with a solution for responsible energy consumption and ... (more)

3Tera Named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that the innovator of cloud and utility computing services 3Tera was named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/), which will take place on March 30-April 1, 2009, in New York City. The event is expected to attract over 1,200 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and delivery is plunging fast by several orders of magnitude. This is why many analysts and industry-watchers believe that Cloud Computing is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. Leading financial analysts estimate that by 2... (more)