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SYS-CON Events announced today that the 10th International Cloud Expo and the 1st Big Data Expo will take place June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. As at every Cloud Expo, we are offering in New York a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, our signature discussion "Power Panels" and a bustling Expo floor complete with two busy Demo Theaters so that as a delegate you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation. Just as Cloud and Big Data solutions will be side by side on the Expo floor, so they are in the conference program. We're including below a tiny sampler of the breakouts you can look forward to...and if you look at the welter of ... (more)

Disaster recovery service provider selection – what should be considered?

Let’s get back to disaster recovery issues. One issue that’s often overlooked is how to conduct disaster recovery service provider selection (evaluation). What is the right course of action anyway? You want IBM so you cont(r)act IBM right away without any evaluation whatsoever becouse IBM does not fail (you think)? Choosing the right DR service provider can be a dounting task. First of all, you need to do some serious preparation: 1) Have you conducted formal BIA? Do you know your RTO’s, RPO’s etc.? Do you have management approval of BIA results? So you’ve selected critical business processes and know which applications / IT services are critical? 2) Do you know how much you can spend? What is your budget for DR? What’s in your plans? 3) Have you documented business continuity / disaster recovery strategies regarding locations / premises, technology / network, data /... (more)

Wyse CEO Discusses Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security

Wyse Technology, a provider of cloud client computing, on Wednesday announced that Tarkan Maner, President and CEO of Wyse, will be a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012. The event theme "Bridging Regions in Transformations" takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from June 4-6, 2012. This historic summit returns to Istanbul and is backed by Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is the first time the WEF will hold a summit to handle both Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions in the 42 years of its history. The summit will bring together more than 1,000 people from the political, business, civil society and media sectors and participants will discuss economic growth and humanitarian development. Mr. Maner, a native of Turkey, will be a featured speaker at the Partnering for Cyb... (more)

Cloud Computing Reference Architectures, Models and Frameworks

There are a plethora of different reference architectures, models and frameworks for Cloud Computing (CC). As well as several vendors such as IBM or CISCO, it seems every standards or industry body has to have their own reference "thing" too. Hence there are architectures from DMTF, CSA, SNIA and the Open Group (which has been submitted by IBM) as well as several seemingly competing federal initiatives.  NIST, who have established the de facto definitions of CC and the service and deployment models also have a draft CC Reference Architecture. So which one should an organization adopt? Of course there’s no straightforward answer to that question and so I have published a research note on Everware-CBDI to provide guidance on how to organize some of the best ideas that are emerging in a practical structure that should stand the test of time. Reference ‘Things’A Referen... (more)

SMAC News Weekly – Week of February 3, 2013

Welcome to SMAC News Weekly, featuring the latest news and numbers relating to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) that I come across each week. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HMTL5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly According to global research firm Gartner, by 2015 nearly 4.4 million new jobs will be created globally by the ‘Big Data’ demand and only one-third of them will be filled. India, along with China, could be one of the biggest suppliers of manpower for the Big Data industry, said Naveen Mishra, Principal Analyst, Gartner. Read Original Content Adding to its analytics portfolio, IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire the software portfolio of Star Analytics, a... (more)

Flexiant and Arrow ECS UK Deliver a Complete Cloud Services Solution

Service providers now have access to a combination of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and leading hardware to get to market in days London, UK - February 3, 2014 - Leading international provider of cloud orchestration software, Flexiant, today announced it is working with Arrow ECS UK (Arrow) to deliver a complete solution of software and hardware to any service provider wishing to launch cloud services, in days. Working together, Arrow and Flexiant now offer a combination of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, the industry trendsetting cloud management software that has been validated on IBM Flex System. The combined solution provides high performance software, at low software entry costs, and high performance hardware for any service provider wishing to capture the growing demand for cloud services and the ability to confidently scale their business in the future. George Kn... (more)

IBM, Oracle and Samsung Electronics America Join AGMA

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/10/09 -- The Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA), a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the gray marketing and counterfeiting of branded goods around the globe, today announced that its base of member companies continues to grow as some of the biggest names in the high tech industry unite behind its cause. IBM, Oracle and Samsung Electronics America have joined AGMA. AGMA provides a platform for sharing collaborative strategies, brand protection programs and effective processes which address the growing threats of counterfeiting, gray market fraud and service and warranty abuse in the IT sector. Ultimately, AGMA and its member companies, now including IBM, Oracle and Samsung Electronics America, strive to reduce the risks these threats present to consumers and the IT industry as a whole. The goal is ... (more)

Schneider Electric Makes OB10 the Global Standard for All Its Electronic Invoicing

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has reached an agreement with OB10, the leading global e-Invoicing network, to expand its industry-leading electronic invoicing solution to all regions of its global operations. After a successful rollout of its e-Invoicing solution in North America 18 months ago, Schneider Electric will now bring the benefits of reduced operational costs, increased productivity, improved cash management and enhanced compliance to its worldwide organization. “OB10 has proven to be a valuable partner in helping us transform our Accounts Payable processes to ensure we have greater efficiency while capturing real cost savings in a way that positively impacts our bottom line,” said Tony Bylak, Vice President, Americas Shared Services, Schneider Electric. “With the enormous success of transitioning our manually-driven invoi... (more)

IQ Interactive Selected for Microsoft Silverlight Partner Program

IQ Interactive (IQ) announced today its participation in the Microsoft Silverlight Partner Program. This program provides IQ with a deeper level of access to Microsoft Corp.’s services, which helps enhance their ability to provide clients with some of the most advanced digital solutions in the marketplace. The program is a thriving community of Silverlight experts who have insights on the latest emerging Silverlight technology offerings. As a partner, IQ will have access to in-depth product information that will strengthen the intelligence and capabilities of the agency. “Our inclusion in the Silverlight Partner Program represents our continued commitment to bringing our clients the highest level of technical expertise possible,” said Charles Duncan, IQ Director of Technology. “As a Silverlight partner, we will have greater access to the tools and resources we nee... (more)

Alinean Challenges Frugalnomics to Drive Record 2012 Q1 Performance

ORLANDO, Fla., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alinean, the leading creator of interactive B2B value selling and marketing tools, today announced record results for Q1 2012, driven by the development and launch of several significant value selling and marketing campaigns for Alinean's existing blue-chip accounts, and the addition of six new customers including Dassault Systems, GE Healthcare, Concur, Kony, Isilon Systems, and Abiquo. The quarter also saw the return of Alinean's founder Tom Pisello, the ROI Guy, as he re-engaged in day-to-day leadership, and assumed the role of CEO. "There is a new breed of buyer, who is more in control, skeptical and frugal than ever before, a condition we call Frugalnomics," said Tom Pisello, CEO and Founder of Alinean. "In this environment, traditional sales and marketing won't work, as you now have to challenge the buyer's statu... (more)

Netuitive Announces Availability of Netuitive 6.0 -- Industry's First "Open" Analytics Platform for APM

RESTON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/12/12 -- Netuitive, a leading provider of predictive analytics software for IT, today announced general availability of Netuitive 6.0. Based on patented Behavior Learning technology, Netuitive 6.0, the industry's first predictive analytics platform with an open API, is a game-changing leap forward in application performance management (APM). Netuitive 6.0 equips modern businesses to meet APM-generated big data issues head on and deliver measurable business value by: correlating and extracting value from vast and unmanageable volumes of data collected from a variety of specialized monitoring tools across silos and domains in real-time (critical for accurately interpreting application performance) through the use of industry-leading analytics; enabling proactive service-based alarms before users of mission-critical applications (such as ... (more)