Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer
The most anticipated talk of the day yesterday, at the 4th International
Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill
Singer. Her talk was entitled, "Enterprise Cloud Computing, the
Infrastructure’s Final Revenge."
She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, and then went on
to give her paragraph-length definition of “the cloud”. Her talk focused
on the part of the Cloud behind the firewall.
“Today’s CIO must increase the flexibility of the infrastructure,” said
Singer. “Today’s CIO must manage cost to free dollars for [other
purposes] …and work to improve the competitiveness of the larger
“Faster, Better, Cheaper, and Safer” was the overall theme of her talk,
and she pointed out that the good CIO should be able to get all four out of a
cloud computing environment.
She t... (more)
BEA was named the application server market leader in a recent IDC report
entitled "Worldwide and North American Application Server Software Platform
2003." BEA was named the leader in application servers on Linux in terms of
license revenue and maintenance fees for the third year running.
The report paints a picture of the Linux application server market in the
throes of hyper-growth. BEA's license revenue grew 166% year over year. IBM
and Oracle saw 148% and 122% growth in their Linux-based application server
Dave Cotter, Director of Developer Marketing a... (more)
IBM and the Apache Foundation announced that IBM is contributing the
Cloudscape product it acquired from Informix to the Apache open source
program. The project name for the effort will be "Derby." The contribution
amounts to more than 500,000 lines of Java code. In related news IBM also
clarified its Linux distribution strategy.
An IBM press release said that Derby will be "a Java-based relational
database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires
zero administration support." In conversations with IBM executives, they
repeatedly emphasized that Cloudsc... (more)
I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love
them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless
boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage
to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out. From a
numbers point of view, they are nearly always a waste of money. (Except in
Europe. I am still looking into that one).
We recently attended the Cloud Expo/Virtualization Expo in Santa Clara, put
on by my old friends at SYS-CON. The traffic was good, and the content was
too. In the past, I h... (more)
Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, kicked off
the second day of the 2004 Java Conference in what was largely a reshash of
Monday's keynote by Jonathan Schwartz, with a few notable exceptions.
In front of an 80 foot-wide HDTV-driven screen, McNealy started out with his
standard stand-up routine, railing against press and analysts, and his recent
appearance in Playboy magazine about CEO pay, written by former US Labor
Secretary and Brandeis University Professor Robert Reich.
One constant theme of the Sun keynotes this year has been the mantra that all