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We were recently Tweeted an inquiry about what exactly cloud computing means.  If you are listening in to tech chatter these days it's impossible to avoid the flurry of opinions about what the cloud is. So ... we figured we might as well add our two cents and spent a thought provoking morning developing a cloud stack analogy. Cloud services tend to fit into the category of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) or IaaS(Infrastructure-as-a-Service), each one delivering a service that encompasses the stack components below.  So, IaaS provides everything needed for server operation so that customers don't have to set-up their own server operation, hardware and server connectivity.  PaaS adds a further layer of integrating providing the traditional server stack elements and installed code bases and databases as well as frequently layering on a codele... (more)

USACI teams up with Tegile Systems to Amp Up XenWinGo Cloud Services

NEWARK, Calif., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tegile Systems (www.tegile.com), a leading provider of hybrid storage arrays for virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that USACI, a growing professional services firm with a specialty in providing hands-on services to help its clients resolve problems, increase performance, upgrade existing products, and assist in database design and tuning has implemented Tegile Zebi arrays to supercharge its XenWinGo cloud services. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130215/LA61196LOGO) USACI provides programming services for custom applications, technical support, training, QA testing and maintenance. From product development and project management through implementation and support, USACI helps customers manage IT improvements from beginning to end – from formulating the big-picture plan to add... (more)

SugarSync Teams Up With Staples to Offer Comprehensive Cloud Storage Solution to Small Businesses and Consumers

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/05/14 -- SugarSync, a premium service that lets you back up, access, sync and share all files and folders across all your computers and mobile devices, will partner with retailer Staples to offer small businesses and consumers a comprehensive cloud storage solution. Beginning on February 5, 2014, SugarSync will be offered in Staples retail stores as part of Staples' EasyTech support services. SugarSync supports Mac and PC platforms as well as Android and iOS devices. Staples customers who adopt the service will be able to back up and share their files on any device. "Partnering with an iconic brand like Staples is an exciting development in the growth of our company," said Alan d'Escragnolle, vice president of marketing at SugarSync. "Working with Staples will allow us to show a new group of customers how our service can provide ... (more)

Research and Markets: High Performance Computing User Site Census: Storage 2014

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/bl24jk/high_performance) has announced the addition of Intersect360 Research's new report "High Performance Computing User Site Census: Storage 2014" to their offering. This report examines storage usage within the HPC user community and explores how this usage varies based on categories such as storage capacity, site configuration, supplier, and network Key findings of the survey include the following: - Approximately 32% of the total available storage at respondents' sites resides on compute servers. Storage available to each node (referred to as node-level storage) represents 12% of the capacity and storage available to the server (referred to as system-level storage) accounts for 20% of the total available storage. The remaining 68% of storage is found at the site level, generally on Network-Attac... (more)

RealPlayer Cloud Now Available Worldwide

SEATTLE, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced the global roll-out of RealPlayer® Cloud, allowing users to easily move, watch and share videos on any device or operating system, anywhere in the world. Consumers can now use RealPlayer Cloud on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8 Modern UI, Windows, Kindle Fire, Roku and Chromecast. "We're excited to bring RealPlayer Cloud to consumers worldwide. In just five short months, we've experienced extensive user growth and now have more than 500,000 users in the U.S. and Canada," said Rob Glaser, founder and interim CEO of RealNetworks. "Clearly there is a real need and demand for RealPlayer Cloud, which is essentially Dropbox for videos." The amount of video being captured on smartphones and tablets is exploding, yet not all platforms and devices get along. With RealPlayer Cloud, consu... (more)

WISeKey Unveils WISePhone.CH at Mobile World Congress 2014

GENEVA and BARCELONA, Spain, February 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WISeKey, a leading Geneva-based eSecurity company has launched a new WISePhone.ch product suite today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's largest mobile event. This new product generation provides individuals with the same level of digital protection traditionally provided to large-scale private and public entities. In view of the growing consumer demand for digital id and data protection for individuals, WISeKey has brought together its WISeID™ app and WISePhone™ in one singular product configuration. WISePhone.ch. provides the technology and the ability for its users to communicate freely and in full confidentiality with their peers, family or friends, by voice, video and instant messaging, creating the first worldwide secure, encrypted and Trusted Social Network Telecom™ platform. ... (more)

VMware vCloud(R) Hybrid Service(TM) Now Generally Available in Europe

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/25/14 -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the general availability of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ in Europe from a data center in Slough, UK. Complementing VMware's existing US data centers, the Slough data center provides customers with a European location that addresses UK and EU compliance and data sovereignty demands. VMware's UK service expansion demonstrates the company's commitment to provide customers a Hybrid Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) footprint internationally and marks the beginning of a planned rollout of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service across key European locations. "Customer response to the UK public beta of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ has been tremendous," said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general... (more)

The Cloud Computing Kettle Heats Right Up

4th International Cloud Expo Photo Album on Ulitzer The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for yourself, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal brings you a timeline of the trajectory of the Cloud so far. NOVEMBER 13, 2006 Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet - BusinessWeek publishes a cover article on Amazon's "Elastic Compute Cloud" (EC2) - a totally new on-demand, pay-as-you-go storage and computing service launched earlier that year, in August 2006. [From the article: "Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online ... (more)

4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Starts Today

A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The event runs from November 2-4, 2009. Building Scalable and Extensible RIAs in the Cloud - Ranjith Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder & CTO of Cumulux, will be co-presenting a session in which delegates will learn how to build scalable and extensible RIAs on the Windows Azure Cloud. The session will cover enabling rich and complete User Experience customizations and addressing multi-tenant requirements. Cloud Security - is the focus of a whole welter of sessions in Santa Clara. "It's Nothing New; It Changes Everything!" is the title of the session being given by Sun's Chief Security Architect Glenn Brunette, for example. Brunett... (more)

An Exclusive Interview with Oracle, Cloud Expo 2010 Diamond Sponsor

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo "We believe that cloud is an important trend that we will support. We have two objectives. The first is to ensure that cloud computing is fully enterprise grade, meaning high performance, scalability, reliability, availability, security and standards-based for portability and interoperability. Second, we will support both public and private cloud computing in order to give customers choice," says Richard Sarwal, SVP Product Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager - and upcoming Keynote Speaker at SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Computing Expo - in this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Computing Journal: Oracle played a pioneering role in making Grid Computing relevant to enterprises - I'm thinking of Oracle Real Applications ... (more)

Cloud CEOs, CTOs & SVPs to Speak at 4th International Cloud Computing Expo

What do the following industry executives have in common: the CTOs of Citrix, EMC and Sybase, the Founders of ParaScale and CloudSwitch, the CEOs of Zetta and Kaavo, the Chief Security Architect at Sun, the President of Hubspan and the Chairman of NComputing? The answer is that, along with another 100 or so experienced and industry-savvy speakers, they are all members of the distinguished Speaker Faculty at the upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center, November 2-4, 2009. The lineup includes plenty of other CEOs too, such as the CEO of Bycast, and of Grid Dynamics, newScale, JRapid, Adaptivity, and RocketLawyer.com. As for CTOs, the Santa Clara Convention Center will be playing host to breakout sessions from not just those already ... (more)