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Betcha IBM is worried that Amazon is gonna wind up owning the cloud. Betcha other companies are worried about that too. Amazon said Wednesday that it has extended EC2, its Elastic Compute Cloud, to Europe. European developers and businesses can now run their EC2 instances in what Amazon calls "Availability Zones" that are actually in the European Union. By operating closer to Amazon's EU-based S3 storage, it should mean lower latency. Amazon said it now has two Availability Zones in Europe that, besides EC2, also support Elastic IP addresses and Amazon Block Store (EBS) as well as S3 and Amazon CloudFront. It expects to add support for Windows Server and SQL Server like it recently did in the U.S. Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009 10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International, Absolute Performance, Ajaxo, Alentus, Appirio, Appistry, Aptaria, Arena Maxtron... (more)

Move Over BI, Here Comes PI - Performance Intelligence

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "As companies such as MySpace continue to expand the richness of their site, the big thing is trying to seek a higher level of customer experience by replicating "beyond capacity" in a test environment, so that a company can see what it is exactly that they will need when traffic surges to peak levels and beyond, so that they know the "risk points" of their own success," Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, told SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan in an interview with Cloud Computing Journal on the day that SOASTA announced a significant test of the newly launched MySpace Music Videos hub using the Cloud. "What companies want nowadays is actionable information," Lounibos (pictured below) continued. "They want PI (Performance Intelligence) instead of BI [Business Intelligence]." Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, spoke early in November at SYS-CON's 4th Cloud Expo. H... (more)

What is Elastic Computing?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about private clouds, public clouds and inter clouds and the problem in attempting to define their key attributes. The problem facing all the various cloud terms is the apparent lack of quantifiable characteristics. In contrast most other areas of technology include standard characteristics such as units of measurement that allows us to define specific quantifiable aspects. These aspects allow for the creation of complex models and formulas that enable a continued improvement and enhancement to the underlying platforms. I thought I'd briefly take a closer look at core concepts of elasticity and how it can be applied to cloud computing. For a lot of companies looking at entering the cloud computing marketplace the lack of quantifiable capacity metrics has become a particular problem point. Currently trying to plan future resource &... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing Belongs to Asia

People often ask me where I believe the biggest opportunities for Cloud Computing currently are, at first I thought they were asking about the technical particulars like public clouds, platforms etc, but recently I've come to realize it isn't so much the technology as much as where the technology is being adopted that is important. Really what they're asking me is where is the money? I'm here today to tell you, it's in Asia. One of the more interesting side effects of creating the CloudCamp series of events around the globe has been as a market research vehicle. As interest in Cloud Computing increases in various geographic regions, so does the interest in folks on the ground who want to help organize local CloudCamp events. This network of local organizers has become an invaluable resource into new markets. These events have also done a tremendous job of forecasting ... (more)

Microsoft Open Source Chief Goes to the Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s open source defector, whose imminent departure from the company became widely known when Microsoft set up its own CodePlex open source foundation a few weeks ago, has turned up at five-year-old cloud start-up Sonoa Systems, where he will head product strategy and business development. Sonoa, which has little open source exposure so far, does something called ServiceNet, which is supposed to set security and scaling policies for cloud-based services, acting as a proxy server between the service provider and the consumer. It says it provides the visibility, management and governance required to make cloud services and APIs as robust, compliant and scalable as internal on-premise applications. It uses a network-router design that supports the high concurrency required by the cloud with extremely low latency. The stuf... (more)

SOASTA Named "Bronze Sponsor" of World's Largest Cloud Computing Event

SYS-CON Events announced today that SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of 5th International Cloud Computing Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. SOASTA also recently received $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares its global expansion in 2010. "Leveraging the Cloud to test websites is a game changer for our customers," says SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos (http://tomlounibos.ulitzer.com). Read Tom Lounibos's insightful article "Why Has Web Testing Failed Us?" Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. This coming April, Cloud Expo is returning to New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponso... (more)

Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing: Far-Off Dream or Present Reality?

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Cloud Computing, the long-held dream of computing as a utility, has the potential to transform a large part of the IT industry, making software even more attractive as a service and shaping the way IT hardware is designed and purchased. But if it is already a commercial reality, why does Richard Stallman call it "worse than stupidity"? What, if any, are the new economic models enabled by Cloud Computing, and how can a service operator decide whether to move to the cloud or stay in a private datacenter? What changes should be made to the design of future applications software, infrastructure software, and hardware to match the needs and opportunities of Cloud Computing? All these questions may leave you wondering, but at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo, Rob Walters, Willie Tejada, Terry Woloszyn, Barry X Lynn, Adam Blum and Gre... (more)

CTO Power Panel at Cloud Expo Streaming Live on SYS-CON.TV

This fast-moving industry Power Panel held at Cloud Computing 2009 West was moderated by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. The power panel was composed of Jonathan Bryce,CTO & Founder of The Rackspace Cloud; Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO of 3Tera, Inc.; Irfan Khan, CTO of Sybase; Dave Cohen, Chief Architect of the Cloud Infrastructure Group at EMC; Ken Gardner, executive chairman for SOASTA; Rick German, Co-founder, CEO and Chief Technology Officer of Stoneware, Inc.; and Brian Clark is Vice President, Product Management at Objectivity. Click Here to View This Power Panel Now! Jonathan Bryce is CTO & Founder of The Rackspace Cloud. He started his career working as a web developer for the managed hosting giant, Rackspace. During his tenure at Rackspace, Bryce and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and busines... (more)

SOASTA Performs 500th Test in the Cloud

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/27/09 -- SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, today announced the completion of its 500th CloudTest(TM), affirming that customers are leveraging the Cloud as both a destination for their applications and as an affordable, scalable platform for testing. With over 6,500 testing hours in the Cloud simulating over 50 million global virtual users against real world usage scenarios, SOASTA has helped customers determine application reliability across a variety of market segments. SOASTA has delivered CloudTest On-Demand services for hundreds of Web applications from a wide variety of industries such as consumer products, mobile, social networking, and financial services. Customers include Hallmark, Genentech, Marvel Entertainment, Chegg.com, Proctor & Gamble, Qtrax, and Pelago -- all seeking ways to ensure Web application performance... (more)

Cloud Expo Sponsor Secures $10M Funding

SOASTA at Cloud Expo SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, announced the successful close of $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares its global expansion. The round was led by UV Partners, and included participation from all existing investors Canaan Partners, Formative Ventures and The Entrepreneurs’ Fund. The company’s growth plan includes the opening of offices in Europe, broadening of the reseller channel and increasing its technology roadmap with product enhancements to address the growing demand for SOASTA’s cloud-based testing service. The announcement follows other significant company milestones. SOASTA recently announced a new partnership with Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), a leading managed services provider, who has integrated CloudTest into its Trusted Cloud Services offering and its testing and development methodology. The company com... (more)

Cloud Expo Sponsor SOASTA Makes WSJ's Hottest VC-Backed Firms List

SOASTA Session at Cloud Expo SOASTA, a Bronze Sponsor of 5th International Cloud Expo cloud computing conference, upcoming next month in New York (April 19-21, 2010), has been named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the fifty "hottest" VC-backed firms in the US - the only Cloud player among the seventeen IT companies  listed. The WSJ rankings were calculated based on how each company scored in the following components: the track record of success for the venture-capital investors who sit on the company's board (Board Ranking); the amount of capital raised by the company over the last three years, in comparison to its peers (Total Equity Ranking); the track record of success for the company's founders and chief executive (Executive Ranking); and the recent growth in the value of the company (Valuation Ranking). SOASTA, Inc. CEO Tom Lounibos talks to Cloud Expo Co... (more)