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"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu,  in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st Int\ernational Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu's mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a suite of proven hosting and management services, Enzu wants companies to focus on the core of their online business and let Enzu ... (more)

My new project: OpenRemote

I have been studying a new industry lately, it is called Home Automation or Domotics in Europe. It is really a fancy name to describe the age old problem of "why can't my mom operate my remote". Every self respecting geek has one day felt the urge to program his or her house. Home Automation in the field is lights, AV, AC, Security. Today it is a bit of an expensive hobby, even downright elitist in some cases, but the technology is rapidly democratizing, due to Wifi, Commodity software/hardware, the iPhone and the housing crisis. What started for me as an infatuation with the iPhone as a universal remote (I built a prototype on Linux with Appcelerator to command comcast) has evolved into a full blown affair with an open community that congregates over at www.openremote.org. The community is fun. Turns out HA is one of those things like sports, you can discuss it with ... (more)

Cfengine Launches Commercial Open Source Company

Starting in 2009 popular, autonomic configuration management tool, Cfengine will be commercially supported by a company formed by Cfengine author, Mark Burgess. Cfengine has a laundry list of brand names that are using their software –AT&T, Bloomberg, IBM, Nokia, and many more. I suspect that many of them would pay for commercial support: Here’s the news from the newly formed Cfengine AS: Following 5 years of research and development under the technical direction of its long time author Mark Burgess (a professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College), the recently formed support company Cfengine AS today released a major upgrade of the Open Source, self-repairing software cfengine based on its innovative Promise Theory technology. Unlike would-be alternatives, cfengine is not about producing alarms and reports to notify about errors and mi... (more)

The Table Stakes for Managing IT Just Went Up

CIOs see operational excellence as the "table stakes" in the high-roller game of IT. Often thought of as the starting point to creating value for the business in this game, businesses use IT for competitive advantage, and the business that is most successful wins. However, operational excellence has always been a moving target - more of a journey than a destination because it's seldom attained, and then not for very long. What was good enough yesterday, no longer meets the today's needs and surely won't meet tomorrow's. Today's financial climate adds massive complications to this journey and totally changes the stakes for CIOs and the IT organizations they run. To succeed in competitive markets, operational excellence needs to constantly improve over the next several years. Attaining operational excellence will require IT to change how it approaches system operatio... (more)

The days of IP-based management are numbered

The focus of cloud and virtualization discussions today revolve primarily around hypervisors, virtual machines, automation, network and application network infrastructure; on the dynamic infrastructure necessary to enable a truly dynamic data center. In all the hype we’ve lost sight of the impact these changes will have on other critical IT systems such as network systems management (NSM) and application performance management (APM). You know their names: IBM, CA, Compuware, BMC, HP. There are likely one or more of their systems monitoring and managing applications and systems in your data center right now. They provide alerts, notifications, and the reports IT managers demand on a monthly or weekly basis to prove IT is meeting the service-level agreements around performance and availability made with business stakeholders. In a truly dynamic data center, one in wh... (more)

Nick Carr's Cloud-Network Disconnect

Virtualization and cloud computing are promising to change the way in which IT services are delivered and, in effect, transform computing as we know it today.  I think the promises are likely to come true, if and only if critical technology issues are addressed. Nicholas Carr told a recent audience at IDC Directions that "Cloud computing has become the center of investment and innovation."   While he is not a technologist, his sometimes shocking insight into the transformation of IT have been prescient, even if he doesn't sweat the details of how complex IT infrastructures can morph into the equivalent of today's public utilities. To his credit Carr has predicted the rise of the cloud computing press release, multiple cloud conferences and panels and even the SaaS repositioning exercise.  He also foresaw the rise in Amazon and Google cloud announcements, perhaps year... (more)

MySpace Music Announces Executive Team (Internal Memo)

MySpace Music, the joint venture between MySpace and the major labels to provide free streaming music to users, is announcing its executive team this afternoon. The president of the company, Courtney Holt, was announced late last year. Today the company showing off the rest of the team. The key new executives are Jamie Kantrowitz (SVP Strategy and Global Marketing), Alex Maghen (CTO), Nancy Taylor (Lead Counsel, VP Business Development & Legal Affairs), Roberto Fisher (VP Product and Operations) and Frank Hajdu (Executive Director, Strategy & Business Development). The memo from MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe to all MySpace and MySpace Music employees is below. Kantrowitz, Hajdu and Fisher were previously with MySpace and transition over to the music team. Maghen previously was CTO of both Yahoo Music/Launch and MTV Networks Online. Taylor has held a number of senior man... (more)

Fujitsu and Salesforce.com Sign Partnership in Software-as-a-Service for CRM

Fujitsu and salesforce.com have announced that they have signed a sales and marketing agreement whereby Fujitsu will provide Salesforce CRM[1] cloud applications as well as application development and integration services on salesforce.com's Force.com platform. The partnership is designed to enable customers in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and finance, to dramatically reduce IT costs and increase business competitiveness. Amid a global economic recession and intense industry reorganization, customers are seeking to accelerate their management processes and reduce costs. In managing their IT, customers are demanding solutions that lower operational costs in particular. In the areas of CRM and SFA[2], demand has increased significantly for Software-as-a-Service solutions which can minimize upfront deployment costs and eliminate ... (more)

Red Hat Collaborates with HP on SOA Solutions

Red Hat has announced an optimized solution developed with HP around service-oriented architecture (SOA) Governance. The JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform has been optimized to be governed by HP SOA Systinet software. With the addition of HP SOA Systinet, customers have an opportunity to drive revenue, remove costly errors and respond to market changes when they automate business processes through a deployment on JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform. “Our collaboration with HP and its Systinet team offers a direct benefit to our SOA customers because now they will be able to deploy the two solutions together and know that they have a secure and trusted governance framework that enhances their ability to reap the full benefits of their SOA deployment,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president, Middleware, Red Hat. JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform is the next-generation integration and b... (more)

Unisys & Cloud Computing: Breaking Through Barriers to Adoption

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) yesterday moved to overcome CIOs’ concerns about security of data in the cloud, cited by organizations and industry analysts as the top impediment to adopting cloud computing for business needs. Unisys unveiled an innovative cloud computing strategy and solutions portfolio for organizations to move enterprise application workloads securely to tailored cloud environments with greater confidence in maintaining the integrity of critical information. "I believe that cloud computing will revolutionize the way enterprises obtain business and IT services and change the kind of payback they get from their IT investments," said Rich Marcello, president, Unisys Systems and Technology (pictured below), adding: "Our clients tell us that they see great value in moving enterprise applications and data to the cloud. However, they have lacked the c... (more)

Yahoo! to Keynote 4th Cloud Expo: Accelerating Innovation with Cloud Computing

Yahoo! is investing significantly in Cloud Computing to support the company's global applications and audience of more than 500 million users. Yahoo!'s cloud confronts technical challenges at an almost unprecedented scale - requiring tens of petabytes of storage, tens of thousands of machines, and synchronization across multiple data centers around the globe. Shelton Shugar will describe how Yahoo! leverages Cloud Computing to improve agility and drive innovation in his keynote at SYS-CON's upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo being held November 2-4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Yahoo! is developing and utilizing Internet-scale cloud computing services to improve Yahoo! consumer experience for half a million people around the world, speed the innovation of its developers, simplify operating environments and reduce c... (more)