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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)

Enabling an Infrastructure for Cloudbursting

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog How do you effectively enable a kind of cloud overflow in a secure yet efficient manner? Jeff Barr from Amazon Web services has come up with a great new term to describe the need to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand by enabling a hybrid cloud computing model which combines both private data center resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon EC2. He called this model "cloudbursting". This term seems to be quickly becoming the preferred way to describe a major problem in the emerging cloud computing space - or for some the perfect "opportunity" (myself included). In doing some research earlier I came across the original definition of a cloudburst. In meteorology a cloudburst is an extreme form of rainfall, which normally lasts no longer than a few minutes but is capable of creating flood conditions. Similarly in IT a s... (more)

RightScale Follows Amazon EC2 to Europe

In keeping with its multi-cloud manifesto, RightScale, the cloud manager, has added support for Amazon's weeks-old EC2 Europe cloud. Amazon Web Services global and European Amazon EC2 customers can now access RightScale's automated cloud management platform to manage and scale cloud deployments as well as facilitate application migration and management back and forth between Amazon's US and EU clouds. In December, Amazon gave European businesses the option of running their EC2 applications on a local cloud. It's a way to reduce latency and help with EU regulatory requirements on data storage and processing. It also gives global companies the opportunity for added redundancy and disaster recovery. RightScale says its cloud management features, machine images and cloud-ready server templates are available for EC2 customers in the EU, and that migration from Amazon EC2 ... (more)

Creating a Common Cloud Computing Reference API - Part One

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog Over the last few weeks I've been engaged in several conversations about the need for a common, interoperable and open set of cloud computing standards. During these conversations a recurring theme has started to emerge. A need for cloud interoperability or the ability for diverse cloud systems and organizations to work together in a common way. In my discussion yesterday with Rich Wolski of the Eucalyptus project he described the need for a "CloudVirt" API similar to that of the Libvirt project for virtualization. For those of you that don't know about libvirt, it's an open source toolkit which enables a common API interaction with the virtualization capabilities of recent versions of Linux (and other OSes). I would like to take this opportunity to share my ideas as well as get some feedback on some of the key points I see for the cre... (more)

RightScale Supports Open Source Cloud to Tickle Cloud Adoption

RightScale, the cloud manager, is supporting the open source Eucalyptus Public Cloud (EPC) run by the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) for purposes of cloud research and experimentation. RightScale and Eucalyptus want to tickle widespread cloud development and adoption, and figure that letting people test and evaluate their applications on the UCSB cluster will get the ball rolling. The Eucalyptus environment is designed for anything from a small student application to a massive enterprise-level cloud deployment on Amazon's EC2. RightScale and the Eucalyptus Project Team are also collaborating to deliver a more robust private cloud for organizations whose testing requirements extend beyond those offered by the EPC. Eucalyptus stands for "Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your Programs to Useful Systems" and its current interface is EC2-... (more)

Rackspace Cloud APIs Open Sourced

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Rackspace Hosting Thursday open sourced the specifications for its Cloud Servers and Cloud Files APIs under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. It says it worked with developers in an open community to create the specifications and they can now copy, implement and modify the specs, which Rackspace figures should help enable a "truly open cloud." Of course Eucalyptus already offers an open source cloudware. Eucalyptus Systems CTO Rich Wolski said he welcomed Rackspace's decision to provide its client-side tools as open source because it will help achieve cloud interoperability. Rackspace is also making its Cloud Files language bindings for Java, PHP, Python, C# and Ruby available under the MIT license. The source code is up on GitHub, a public software versioning system, at, where external developers can con... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Mårten Mickos – Eucalyptus Systems

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now just one week away, what better time to remind you in greater detail of the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Mårten Mickos TWITTER: @martenmickos COMPANY: Eucalyptus Systems 10TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: Clouds Are All About APIs SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloud... (more)

Deltacloud Graduates to TLP

Apache Deltacloud, the Red Hat-contributed ReSTful API that abstracts differences between clouds so services on any cloud can be managed - provided of course there's a driver - has graduated from the Apache Foundation's incubator and is now a full-fledged Top-Level Project (TLP). There are drivers for Amazon, Eucalyptus, GoGrid, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack and Rackspace. GoGrid CIO Mark Worsey said developers only have to code to one API. Besides the API server, the project also provides client libraries for a variety of languages. Apache Deltacloud software is released under the Apache 2 license. ... (more)

Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenStack & OpenNebula: A Tale of Two Cloud Models

Over the last five years, since the release of the first open-source version of OpenNebula in March 2008, we have been involved in many presentations, discussions and meetings where people wanted to know how OpenNebula compares with the rest of open-source Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs), mostly with Eucalyptus and OpenStack. The most common understanding is that all CMPs are competing in the same market, trying to fill the same gap. Consequently, people jump to the wrong conclusion that after years of a fierce competition, there will only be one winner, a single open-source CMP in the market. However, as discussed by Joe Brockmeier in his post "It's Not Highlander, There Can Be More Than One Open Source Cloud", there is room in the market for several open-source CMPs that, addressing different cloud niches, will fit together into a broad open cloud ecosystem. W... (more)

SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo: Show Report

Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit. Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 A few general comments on the conference. First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere, how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so on. This was... (more)

Crunching Data in the Cloud

Image via Wikipedia Amid mounting international concern that the guidance lasers aboard Jeff Bezos‘ new Floating Amazon Cloud Environment would interfere with Rudolph’s sense of direction, sources close to the Amazon Web Services team tell me that they’ve been forced to alter priorities and switch attention to an early release of the next product on their roadmap. Today sees the release of Amazon’s latest web service; the Hadoop-powered Elastic MapReduce; “Using Amazon Elastic MapReduce, you can instantly provision as much or as little capacity as you like to perform data-intensive tasks for applications such as web indexing, data mining, log file analysis, machine learning, financial analysis, scientific simulation, and bioinformatics research. Amazon Elastic MapReduce lets you focus on crunching or analyzing your data without having to worry about time-consuming s... (more)