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2010 was certainly an exciting year in the Cloudsphere with every major technology company positioning their companies for the ultimate game of the decade – Who Will Be The Future King of The Cloud?  AT&T, CA, Cisco, CSC, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Verizon among others will continue to vie for the title this year. We say goodbye to a range of Cloud computing companies: Boomi, DocVerse, Makara, Cast Iron, 3Tera, Nimsoft, 4Base, Heroku, LineSider, Stratavia, CloudKick, and others acquired in 2010, and look forward to a new year in Cloud computing developments. Ninety Cloud Computing Companies to Watch in 2011 Amazon Google Apps VMWare Rackspace Equinix Zuora rPath Joyent Appistry Terremark Worldwide Navisite Rightscale GoGrid NetSuite Eucalyptus CohesiveFT Red Hat Savvis Citrix Appirio Parallels SuccessFactors SoftLayer Relational... (more)

Microsoft’s Cloud Trajectory

As Kevin Jackson points out in this post on Cloud Musings, the U.S. Federal Government CIO Vivek Kundra’s 25 Point IT Management Reform program ranges from a “Cloud-First” policy to consolidating 800 data centers. That’s a lot less data centers buying up servers and applications, and it’s a trend that today’s vendors can’t ignore. More recently, the Navy stopped its server purchases – Navy Halts Server Buys To Facilitate Consolidation – and the Army stopped their server purchases last year – Army Suspends Server Buys Amid Cloud Plans. The trend is a shift to cloud computing and i... (more)

Innovation and CyberOverload

Are you giving 100% at your job? 110%? If you said yes, you’re depriving yourself, your business, or your employer of your creative potential. Manufacturing facilities are not intended to run at 100% capacity all the time; plant managers understand the risk of trying to run at full capacity, and face it, you are human, not a machine. For knowledge workers, running at 100% capacity or more creates a different type of risk – an innovation and creativity deficit. So what can we do to fix that? Late last year I had the opportunity to read Dr. Joanne Cantor’s new book, Conquer CyberOv... (more)

IT Giants Battle for Virtualization and Cloud Computing Dominance

The Desktop and its Operating System was yesteryear's battleground. We know how that story turned out - Microsoft won that war. Then the browser wars began and that battle rages on. Similarly with the rise of smartphone technology and other mobile platforms, Nielsen has even declared Android as the smartphone winner - only time will tell for sure. The bottom line is that the giants of IT are seeking out a winning control point in this new Cloud computing paradigm, and virtualization - the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same physical server, which is currently d... (more)

The SaaS Sound Barrier

There are many cloud computing point solutions throughout a variety of categories – calendaring, scheduling, contact management, and many others focused around 3 main customer segments. Individual / Family Communities Business / Corporate While much of the functionality being delivered online is focused around individuals communities in the form of collaborative and non-collaborative communications, social and business networking, and infrastructure tools (IaaS), my main interest is in the business / corporate segment.  More specifically, the small and medium business segment and... (more)