Jul 31

oxide7 writes “Starting from August 1, internet users will have to register using their real names for playing online games, China Daily reported on Saturday. The regulation, issued by the Ministry of Culture on June 22, is said to be part of a nationwide campaign to improve management of the virtual gaming industry and protect the minor from unwholesome content. It applies to all multiplayer role-playing and social networking games.”

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Jul 31

The past few weeks we have been discussing some of the mistakes made in early cloud deployments. This week we are discussing a key mistake that occurs fairly often; one that only manifests long after the solution is operational…blindly assuming that Cloud equals costs savings. Blasphemy, you say – how could it possibly not cost less? Let’s take a look at the considerations and components of IT cost, and revisit this question at the end.
The unfortunate truth is that most enterprises have well-established IT cost allocation mechanisms, but few of these have any basis in actual consumption. Put simply, can you (or your users) confidently say that your IT bill reflects how much – or little – you use something? Traditional approaches to IT chargeback involve aggregating the net IT cost, and allocating it proportionally to business units based on head count, server count, or some other surrogate for allocating actual cost. This approach (sometimes affectionately referred to as ‘peanut butter’ – you spread it around) has merit in its simplicity, but cannot be allowed to persist as we move toward Cloud operating models.

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Jul 30
VMworld 2010 Fun Run

The VMworld 2010 Fun Run is on! It will take place on Sunday, August 29 at 5:00 p.m. starting at Crissy Field in San Francisco. All registered VMworld attendees and their spouses are invited!

 

It doesn’t matter whether you run every day or don’t run at all. The relatively flat course takes you along the beautiful San Francisco Bay with a full view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

 

No need to bring a camera, VMware’s very own Luke Kilpatrick will be photograping the event. Come to have a great time and get over your jet lag before VMworld kicks off.

 

The important information:

 

What: 5k out-and-back course
When: Sunday, August 29th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Crissy Field, San Francisco
Who: VMworld 2010 attendees and spouses
How: Registration and further information to come out next week.

 

 

Stay tuned for more information; until then, enjoy the view from Crissy field:

 

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Jul 30

A ClearPath to the development skies

A mainframe cloud may seem oxymoronic like a lead Zeppelin (”a” included on purpose), or intuitively obvious (given the virtualization and metering capabilities that have been in mainframes for decades). But Unisys has nonetheless fluffed up a mainframe cloud for its ClearPath mainframe customers.…

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Jul 30

Today’s IT organizations face a dual challenge of “keeping the lights on” while providing “new services” at unprecedented rates with reduced investment support from the business. At the same time, the very business model of IT is changing – how applications, content, information, and infrastructure are delivered.
One of the biggest barriers to business execution and innovation today is managing complexity. This barrier forces the largest IT investment spend to be focused on keeping lights on while containing infrastructure sprawl. IT’s inability to focus a majority of its time and investment dollars on innovating and differentiating business through IT leads to missed expectations and disappointment within the business user community.

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Jul 30

ScaleMP , a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, today announced that the company experienced record growth in the… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Jul 30

SYS-CON Events announced today that Objectivity, a leading provider of highly scalable data management and large-scale graph computing solutions for mission-critical, real-time and distributed applications, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON’s 7th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Objectivity, Inc. provides highly scalable, distributed data management solutions for government, business and science organizations, and is the enabling technology for some of the most complex and mission-critical systems in operation around the world today.

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Jul 30

BriefingsDirect assembled a group of IT industry analysts and executives at the recent Ariba LIVE 2010 conference to explore the business implications for ecommerce in the cloud-computing era.
As more services, applications, and data are developed for — and delivered via — cloud models, how do business to business (B2B) commerce and procurement adapt?
Or, perhaps we have the cart in front of the horse. Are the new requirements and expectations of modern, global business processes, in fact, driving the demand for IT solutions that can be best delivered via cloud models?

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Jul 30

Microsoft’s Software-plus-Services strategy represents a view of the world where the growing feature-set of devices and the increasing ubiquity of the Web are combined to deliver more compelling solutions. Software-plus-Services represents an evolutionary step that is based on existing best practices in IT and extends the application potential of core service-orientation design principles.
The Windows Azure platform represents one of the major components of the Software-plus-Services strategy, as Microsoft’s cloud computing operating environment, designed from the outset to holistically manage pools of computation, storage and networking; all encapsulated by one or more services.

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Jul 30

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world’s premier Linux certification organization, launched the “Virtualization and High Availability”… Read more at VMblog.com.

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