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It has been less than four months since we introduced the first public preview for Windows Azure Mobile Services and in this short time we have seen continual improvements to the service offering including: SDKs for Windows Store, Windows Phone 8 and iOS app Auth using Microsoft Account, Facebook, Google and Twitter Push Notification support via WNS, MPNS and APNS Structured storage Deployments in East and West US datacenters What’s New We are continuing this great momentum and I’m happy to announce another round of exciting updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services. Rapid Development: configure a straightforward and secure backend for Windows 8 and mobile applications in less than five minutes. Scheduler (a.k.a “CRON”): you can now run a server script on a pre-set schedule or on-demand. This enables new scenarios, including: aggregating data from Twitter, RSS feeds, o... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

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)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Announces Cloud Expo 2011 New York Venue

Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that Cloud Expo 2011 New York, the 8th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo - International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world’s leading Cloud-focused event and is held in New York, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong. Over 900 corporate sponsors and more than 65,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Expo since its inception, tenfold more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! "Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (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)

SOA & Cloud Bootcamp: Comparing Cloud Computing Providers

I’ve just come back from hosting room another packed Cloud Computing Bootcamp, at the Cloud Computing Expo in Prague, Europe. We’ve done a number of these bootcamps in the last 6 months and we’re starting to see a common theme of questions bubble through. Namely, how fast is it, and what support can I expect? SOA & Cloud Bootcamp June 22-23, New York City We’re starting to see a number of real alternatives pop up on the cloud infrastructure scene now. In the past year alone, we’ve seen the number of providers nearly double, starting to give the ‘grandaddy’ of cloud computing, Amazon, a run for its money. So now we have real choice to build solutions that are no longer locked into a particular provider - assuming of course we don’t immerse ourselves too deeply in their feature list. But how can you compare providers? The first comparison point is of course performan... (more)

Cloud Integration: Best Practices for IT Managers at Cloud Expo 2011 New York

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $800 Savings here! As Cloud and SaaS applications become mission-critical to organizations, IT managers are being asked to integrate these new applications with existing on-premise applications and business processes. Successful cloud integration projects require collaboration between both the IT managers and business users to fully understand the business process requirements and technological challenges. In their session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Rick Nucci, Founder and CTO of Boomi, and Pradip Sitaram, senior vice president and CIO, Enterprise Business Partners, will cover a set of business and technical "Best Practices" for cloud integration, drawing on insights gained from thousands of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premise integration projects. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bios: Rick Nucc... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: Best Practices for Big Unstructured Data Storage

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Big Data has become very popular as what can probably best be described as "loosely structured large scale data", i.e., data sets of relatively small files. In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Tom Leyden, Director of Alliances and Marketing at Amplidata, will explain what Big Unstructured Data is (lots of large, unstructured files) and how you build scalable storage infrastructures that can handle such volumes of data. The focus will be on Object Storage, which is the future storage paradigm that uses concepts of cloud computing to optimize the back-end storage for cloud applications. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Tom Leyden is Director of Alliances and Marketing at Amplidata, a Belgian Object Storage Innovator. He joined Amplidata in 2009 to drive the company's marketin... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Zero to Empire in 89 Days

Slide Deck: Zero to Empire in 89 Days Check your misconceptions about Social Media at the door.  Forget about "buzz" and "awareness": Social Media can be - and should be - a huge revenue channel for your organization. In his session at the 13th International Cloud Expo®, Hollis Tibbetts, Director for Global Marketing Operations for Dell Software Group, reviewed the strategies, techniques, tools, "dos & don'ts" that will help you - whether you're an entrepreneur or a multi-national corporation - create practical and actionable plans for turning Social Media into a reliable and measurable revenue machine. This session is based on the presenter's real-life experiences and "lesson's learned" from the practical applications of Social Media as both an entrepreneur and as part of a Fortune 100 corporation. Explore Cloud Expo® Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker... (more)

An Exclusive Interview with Oracle, Cloud Expo 2010 Diamond Sponsor

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo "We believe that cloud is an important trend that we will support. We have two objectives. The first is to ensure that cloud computing is fully enterprise grade, meaning high performance, scalability, reliability, availability, security and standards-based for portability and interoperability. Second, we will support both public and private cloud computing in order to give customers choice," says Richard Sarwal, SVP Product Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager - and upcoming Keynote Speaker at SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Computing Expo - in this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Computing Journal: Oracle played a pioneering role in making Grid Computing relevant to enterprises - I'm thinking of Oracle Real Applications ... (more)

Shelton Shugar Says Yahoo! Already a Major Cloud Computing User

Yahoo! SVP Shelton Shugar, speaking at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo, outlined some of the detail involved in serving 600 million users per month while handling hundreds of petabytes of data. "We are building a private cloud to be used within Yahoo!," he said. Hundreds of applications have already been migrated to the cloud, he said, noting that "we are (now) focusing on the data processing environment and serving environment." "This is a long-term activity. started a few years ago," Shugar said. "And prior to cloud we might have had to literally forklift machines and move them when we want to move capacity. With cloud serving we are building a flat network and can basically point and click and move capacity from one place to another." Shugar outlined five areas of emphasis: Edge services - where the company deploys around the edges of the netwrok to ... (more)