Nov 29

I was at SYS-CON’s 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo last week preparing for my talk and observing my fellow attendees. Interesting stuff. The gentlemen seated on either side of me at the last talk were Japanese. As I fumbled around with my Blackberry and iPhone while trying to get Wifi to work on the laptop and reading email, I noticed the rapt attention paid by these gents to the speaker. Both listened attentively and took photos of every slide with their ever-present digital cameras. One took copious notes while the other not only took notes but also recorded the audio.

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Nov 29

I was at the Cloud Computing expo last week preparing for my talk and observing my fellow attendees. Interesting stuff. The gentlemen seated on either side of me at the last talk were Japanese. As I fumbled around with my Blackberry and iPhone while trying to get Wifi to work on the laptop and reading email, I noticed the rapt attention paid by these gents to the speaker. Both listened attentively and took photos of every slide with their ever-present digital cameras. One took copious notes while the other not only took notes but also recorded the audio.

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Nov 29

Anti-Globalism writes with this excerpt from PCWorld: “Last year, consumers spent $733 million on Cyber Monday, and it’s expected to be even bigger this year. According to a survey by online shopping site Shopzilla for the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org, nearly 84 percent of online retailers plan to have a Cyber Monday promotion on December 1. That’s up from just 72 percent last year and zero percent in 2005, says Shop.org executive director Scott Silverman.”

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Nov 29

SYS-CON Events, producer of the 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, to be held March 22-24, 2009, in New York City, announces that its Call for Papers has been attracting a record number of submissions. Topics proposed include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies. Financial analysts estimate that by 2011 the volume of Cloud Computing market opportunity will amount to $160BN, including $95N in business and productivity apps (e-mail, office, CRM, etc.) and $65BN in online advertising. Help plant your company’s flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking proposal today!

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Nov 29

How does SOA work, how can it be used? And what is WOA? With the use of a real-world example,this article describes why a properly planned and implemented Service Oriented Architecture can create a flexible way of aligning business and IT.

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Nov 28

Most Cloud providers let you run apps of any kind on their compute, store, and connectivity resources. Salesforce, which up until now limited themselves to their own apps for SFA and CRM, has declared itself a Cloud Computing company. In their case they really are a Cloud Computing Company, but I am going to try to outline this whole phenomenon and discussion in terms that I can relate to. Perhaps you can to.

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Nov 28

Carl Icahn, the activist stockholder – and champion of the apparently futile “Microsoft Buys Yahoo” plan – who pushed his way onto the Yahoo board by dint of a threatened proxy fight, bought roughly 6.7 million shares of Yahoo the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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Nov 28

Carl Icahn, the activist stockholder – and champion of the apparently futile “Microsoft Buys Yahoo” plan – who pushed his way onto the Yahoo board by dint of a threatened proxy fight, bought roughly 6.7 million shares of Yahoo the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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Nov 26

Released to manufacturing on Oct. 21, the Microsoft SC VMM 2008 can now manage VMware ESX servers. SC VMM 2008 can now also create new VMs on Windows Server 2008 systems and will automatically turn on the Hyper-V role if it is not already active on the target hardware.
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Nov 26

Next to ensuring the safety, health and well being of your employees, the next most important business continuity task is resuming business-critical operations. Keeping servers highly available is what likely keeps most data center managers up at night. There is a higher probability that most data centers will be affected by a virus, hardware failure, power failure or upgrade gone wrong than by a more disastrous weather-related event like wind, fire or rain.

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