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Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

How the Dotcloud Affects the Need for Startup Funding | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DataCenter

How the Dotcloud Affects the Need for Startup Funding When you decide to launch a startup company, business advisors, counselors, bankers and armchair know-it-alls will tell you that the first thing you need to do is get funding. While there is some validity to that boilerplate piece of wisdom, the availability of and need for startup funding has gone through a dramatic transformation over the past decade, and the next few years will see even more of a shift. A perfect storm of events is causing this seismic shift. On the macroeconomic side this storm includes the still-persistent repercussions of the Great Recession, historically low interest rates, and uncertainty about global commerce and trade. On the technology side, still more realities add to the perfect storm, including the increasing popularity of as-a-service options, which make it easier for startups to l... (more)

Cloud BI Guru Believes Great Companies Can Be Built in the Cloud

In the brave new world of cloud computing, what is the secret to building great companies? That was the question answered by Roman Stanek, pioneer of Business Intelligence (BI) in the Cloud, who on Monday keynoted SYS-CON's Cloud Expo Europe 2009. The first major Cloud event in Europe was co-located with Virtualization Conference Europe 2009, and took place May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic, ans was sponsored by Sun Microsystems, VMware, GoodData Corporation, and 3tera. Stanek delivered his Cloud Expo Europe keynote on May 18, 2009 at Hilton Prague In his presentation, titled: "Building Great Companies in the Cloud," Stanek - a technology visionary who has spent the past fifteen years building world-class technology companies - talked about what it means to be 'born on the cloud.' Specifically he shared with delegates his thoughts on how to use cloud com... (more)

Bad Economics Are Difficult to Shake Off

GoodData Session at Cloud Expo September 24, 2009 - Terry Pratchett once wrote that “Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off”. We could make a similar comment about the financials of SaaS BI companies. As much as startups in this field would like to shake off their bad economics, reality always catches up. We’re seeing one after another SaaS BI startup to go out of business. Back in June it was LucidEra and earlier this week Blink Logic ceased operations. But anybody who only briefly looked at Blink Logic’s finances (it was a public company) shouldn’t be surprised by this event. Why do so many of the attempts to marry BI and SaaS fail? The problem is that Saas BI sounds simple … simple enough to take an existing BI asset (integration engine, open source analytical engine, columnar database, dashboarding, even domain expertise & consulting) and just host it! All... (more)

Time For Cloud-Based Online Google Bank?

Slowly -- and sometimes not so slowly -- the bricks have been giving way to the clicks for the past 15 years. Plenty of formerly unassailable business models have suffered as a result. The tears flowing for these companies, however, have been few outside their own high, stony walls. Users, customers, innovators, seekers -- the majority bottom sections of the social and economic pyramids -- these are the big winners in the many wonderful effects of the Web and Internet. And I for one have the freedom, productivity, choice and empowerment to prove it. Except in one glaring area: banking. We are by no means done on the disruption front. I have had it with the old financial processes, lack of capability, murky institutions, rips-offs, peonage fees/rates -- and especially attitudes. As far as I'm concerned -- as a consumer, family, and business -- I'd ready to fire them al... (more)

How to Deliver Rich Web Apps Accessible from Any Web-Enabled Device

"As end-user demands and requirements have evolved, extending the performance and scalability benefits of our Ultra Messaging software to audiences accessing applications on any Web-enabled device has been a priority for many customers in the financial services arena" said Mike Pickett, VP of Product Marketing for Ultra Messaging at Informatica, as it was announced jointly by Informatics and Kaazing that Kaazing's WebSocket Gateway technology will henceforth be integrated into Informatica's Ultra Messaging product line to enable the seamless, reliable and secure delivery of real-time information to any Web-enabled device. "Ensuring that information is delivered in real-time between a client and a browser," Pickett continued, "Kaazing's WebSocket Gateway technology gives Informatics the power to do just that, allowing customers to reach new audiences and expand thei... (more)

Era of Analytic Applications – Part 1

I was talking to one of the prominent General Partners at a Venture Capital firm here in Silicon Valley over the holidays…discussing how the Cloud market is evolving. We both agreed that 2013 will mark yet another shift in the evolution of web applications. I personally simplified this view of cloud evolution by defining its progression in the following back to these noteworthy events: ISP Era: Software Tool & Die is founded in 1989 ASP to SaaS Era: TeleComputing founder coins ASPs in 1996 IaaS & PaaS Era: Amazon EC2 is Launched in 2006 Analytics Application Era: Apache Hadoop 1.0 launched 2012 Sure, Apache Hadoop was technically released on December 27, 2011...but most of us were out drinking brandy eggnog then (just as I am now). Let's just look at the beginning...when The World operated by Software Tool & Die started the first ISP. Pretty cool t... (more)

Big Data Machine Learning Start-Up Gets $30.8 Million

Five-year-old Big Data start-up Ayasdi, out only six months, has gotten B round funding worth $30.6 million led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) with newcomers GE Ventures and Citi Ventures kicking in as well as existing investors Khosla Ventures and Floodgate participating. That makes at least $42.6 altogether. IVP gets a board seat. Ayasdi's built what it calls an Insight Discovery platform designed for domain experts and business people who are supposed to use it to automatically derive insights from complex data and "operationalize" them to help enterprises solve difficult and expensive problems. According to GE it can find a "needle in a haystack." Its approach combines advanced machine learning techniques with a branch of mathematics called Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to discover insights without coding, scripting or querying manually. The technolo... (more)

Prolexic Raises $30 Million Round

Prolexic Technologies, the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation company, has gotten a $30 million Series C round led by new investors Trident Capital and Intel Capital. That makes $51.9 million altogether. Its existing shareholders include Kennet Partners, Camden Partners and Medina Capital. Trident will get a board seat. The 10-year-old company says its year-over-year revenues are up 65% and its EBITDA is positive. The company says this year it mitigated the single largest attack in its history (167 gigabits a second), as well as the world's most powerful attack campaign (144 million packets a second). To keep pace with bigger, stronger and more sophisticated attacks, it will use the new funding to expand its worldwide scrubbing center footprint, increasing the capacity of its cloud-based DDoS mitigation platform beyond 1 Tbps. It will also develop new... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Abstractions

One month from today, Plexxi’s Nils Swart and Derick Winkworth will participate in SDNCentral’s DemoFriday to illustrate application abstraction using OpenDaylight. We encourage you to register here and check out the demo on March 14 at 10 a.m. PDT.  In our video of the week, Dan Bachman discusses how the Plexxi switching solution makes use of a fabric control protocol and explains whether there are any changes to how this works in a pod architecture. Here is our video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!     Leveraging Python on Network Devices to Monitor Interfaces in Realtime This week Jason Edelman expanded on a prior post on the Cisco Nexus 3000 and its built-in Python interpreter and discussed an example that integrates Python with the native Linux operating system. I like how this post provides examples of real-world automation. As... (more)

Business experts from IT-Security and Telecommunications join secucloud team

Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann PhD, Ilijana Vavan and Ulf Heggenberger support sales and business development of the Hamburg-based start-up secucloud. Hamburg, 11 July 2014 - Security is one of the basic human needs. Therefore, we carefully protect almost everything in our everyday life - houses, cars and capital. Simultaneously, our virtual reality is becoming more real than ever - just like its dangers. There is an urgent need for a security solution, which enables small companies and private users to protect their Internet data streams without much effort. This is the daily business of secucloud - from now on supported by the business and security experts Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann, Ilijana Vavan and Ulf Heggenberger. They will strengthen the team surrounding Dennis Monner, former head of Hamburg's firewall provider gateProtect. Dennis Monner, Founder and CEO of secu... (more)