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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer In this article, we take a look at the basic interoperability requirements when communicating with the Cloud, and in particular at techniques and standards used to express and enforce wire-level contracts between communicating parties, as these parties are increasingly also contracting parties in a Cloud environment. Many standards already developed for Web services and service-oriented architectures provide to the communicating parties a good understanding and control of the expected quality of service at the most basic level of the interaction. Using Web Services in Cloud Computing is not a new idea. Some vendors of Cloud platforms, which provide services necessary to run Cloud applications, supply these as Web services, especially for management functions of the Cloud (on the provider side) and for storage, versioning, upgrades, migrati... (more)

Server Sales Were Healthy in Q2: IDC

Worldwide server revenues surged 11% to $10.9 billion in Q2, according to IDC, which calls it the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, the fastest quarterly revenue growth since 2003 and the fourth consecutive quarter of improving server market demand. Trouble is that was two months ago and, what with Wall Street saying PC demand has subsequently tanked, one would really like to know whether server sales are still looking better. Based on its Q2 numbers IDC says it "continues to see widespread infrastructure refresh occurring across all geographies. While much of this refresh is occurring first in x86-based servers, IDC expects the recovery to extend to Unix and mainframe platforms in the second half of 2010." Guess we'll see. Anyway, server unit shipments increased 23.8% in Q2, indicating there was real appetite out there. Blades, regardle... (more)

Fujitsu and Citrix Make It a Good Week for Cloud Maturity

A slew of announcements from Citrix Systems and a debut in North America for an aggressively priced Fujitsu public cloud IaaS set demonstrate that the post-PC cloud world is maturing rapidly. Whereas the web took longer than many people 15 years ago though to impact the enterprise IT landscape, cloud computing may actually gain maturity and subsequent acceptance faster than the conventional wisdom holds. Why did Citrix at its Citrix Synergy event move the needle forward on cloud maturity? They showed how an end-to-end, hybrid cloud model can readily work, one that addresses the network, user, enterprise, SaaS applications, and public cloud providers. Citrix calls the hybrid cloud networking achievements a cloud "bridge" and "gateway." But in effect the architecture addresses how an individual user can be recognized and managed in the cloud from wherever and how ever the... (more)

Application Server Market

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Application Server Market IBM is moving toward domination of the application server market, going from 55% share in 2011 to 60% share in 2012, buttressed in part by its dominance in supporting development of mobile apps. This achievement of 60% share of the application server market provides IBM with a defacto standard status in the market. Mission critical application servers are needed in the enterprise to support scalability, reliability, and security. More light weight open source application servers have a place in the market for web presence software, but for a solution that involves transac... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Fujitsu To Buy Out Siemens For Half a Billion Dollars

Fujitsu is going to buy out its antsy partner Siemens for 450 million euros (currently a bit over $575 million) and take control of Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV come next April 1 when the joint venture will be integrated into the greater Fujitsu Group. Fujitsu says it will then try to make the venture profitable again. The 50-50 joint venture managed to last nine years and it wasn't clear there for a while that Fujitsu would relieve its partner, which is now on a tear to save $1.5 billion by 2010 after it got caught bribing folks for contracts connected with other parts of its business. Meanwhile, Fujitsu Siemens president and CEO Bernd Bischoff has resigned – supposedly for “personal reasons” – and has been replaced by the company’s CFO Kai Flore. Fujitsu would of course be the most natural company to acquire Sun Microsystems given its long-standing Sparc interest... (more)

DMTF to Develop Standards For Managing a Cloud Computing Environment

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), announced that it has formed a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” will work to develop a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management. No specific standards currently exist for enabling interoperability between private clouds within enterprises and hosted or public cloud providers. DMTF’s Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on addressing these issues by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats and security mechanisms to facilitate interoperability. The Open Cloud Standards Incubator was formed as part of the DMTF Standards Incubation process, which enables like-minded DMTF members to work together and produce informational specifications that can later be fast-tracked through the... (more)

Covario Releases v2.0 of Patent-Pending Audit Score for SEO Health

Covario, Inc., has announced the availability of the latest upgrade to its patent-pending Covario Organic Search Insight solution which includes Audit Score v2.0 -- a measure of the alignment of an advertiser's website with the methods used by search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN to display natural search results. Natural search drives 75%+ of the traffic to websites -- making search engine optimization (SEO) a key determinant in the value an advertiser realizes online. Audit Score v2.0 is based on proprietary data developed by Covario from audits conducted on over 500 different websites across its customers -- making Audit Score v2.0 more accurate than Google Page Rank in predicting how effective an advertiser's SEO investments are in driving measurable business improvements. In addition to the launch of Audit Score v2.0, Covario is releasing a white paper that o... (more)

NetSuite Hosts Online Event 'SAP for the Rest of Us' To Demonstrate Cost Savings and Superior Capabilities Of Cloud Computing Business Suites

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computing business management software suites, today announced the details of a special online event demonstrating the business case for cloud computing in modern enterprise, particularly mid-sized enterprises and divisions of large corporations. The event, SAP for the Rest of Us: Why ERP Needn't Cost an Arm and a Leg, will be presented by Bruce Richardson, Chief Research Officer at AMR Research and Zach Nelson, NetSuite CEO, and will be joined by Franklin Christopher, President and CEO of major millwork manufacturer Commco. The trio will explain how NetSuite's next-generation solution has revolutionized enterprise software, enabling eye-popping cost savings and business benefits beyond those of conventional on-premise ERP systems. This eye-opening one-hour ... (more)

DMTF Standardizes CIM Policy Language for Managing Computing Resources

Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has announced the release of its Common Information Model Simplified Policy Language (CIM-SPL) standard. CIM-SPL provides a standard language for writing system management policies based on CIM profiles, enabling IT personnel to more effectively manage their computing resources. With this standard, IT administrators are able to define rules and allocate resources within their computing systems, provide a foundation for automated systems management in distributed environments and support more efficient systems management. CIM-SPL can be used with any CIM-based implementation, including those comprising DMTF’s DASH, SMASH and VMAN initiatives. “CIM-SPL is critical for enabling organizations to take full advantage of DMTF standards for effective, interoperable IT management,” said Winston Bumpus, DMTF president. “Because CIM is ... (more)

Oracle Fusion Middleware Delivers World Record Single-Node Result

Today, Oracle announced that Oracle® WebLogic Server, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle Database 11g running on an HP ProLiant DL785 G6 server, achieved a world record single-node result with the SPECjAppServer2004 industry standard benchmark(1). This result surpasses the best IBM WebSphere SPECjAppServer2004 single node result by nearly 7 times(2). Oracle WebLogic Server with Oracle Database 11g achieved 9,455.17 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard (jAppServer Operations Per Second). The Java Application Server was running on a HP ProLiant DL785 G6 with a Six-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 8439 SE 2.8 GHz processor and used HP StorageWorks 70 Modular Storage Arrays for external storage and HP ProCurve networking switches for connectivity. Oracle Database 11g was running on an identical hardware configuration. Both the application server and database ... (more)