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"We look forward to powering Time Warner Cable’s development of innovative managed and cloud services for its commercial customers," said R. Brooks Borcherding, President and CEO of NaviSite, as it was announced that Cloud Expo 2010  Sponsor & Exhibitor NaviSite had been acquired by Time Warner Cable for $230 million. "Our valued customers can rest assured knowing that NaviSite and Time Warner Cable are committed to helping them grow their businesses and to delivering the reliability, innovation, and customer service they have come to expect," Borcherding continued, adding: "On behalf of all the employees of NaviSite, we are delighted to join the Time Warner Cable family," The NaviSite booth was a prominent feature at Cloud Expo 2010 New York It is only last week that another major network operator, Verizon, agreed to acquire Terremark for $1.4 billion. Navisite Talk... (more)

SAP Unveils Updates to Growing Product Line of Cloud Offerings

HANOVER, Germany, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced several key updates across its growing portfolio of cloud offerings, including line-of-business application services and its cloud suite, the SAP Business ByDesign® solution. New and existing customers alike are responding to the company's set of cloud solutions, including SAP® Sourcing OnDemand, SAP® Sales OnDemand and the newest offering, SAP® Travel OnDemand. The announcement was made at CeBIT 2012, being held March 6-10 in Hanover, Germany. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/AQ34470LOGO) STULZ Air Adopts SAP Travel OnDemand for Mobile Workforce Designed to let business people travel smarter, spend better and get reimbursed faster while staying in compliance with corporate policies, SAP Travel OnDemand is now available in Germany and the United States. Following ... (more)

Big Data | Thinking Outside the Firewall

A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltwater as head of marketing and product (BTW Meltwater is hiring marketing and product managers!), I think a lot about big data and how to unleash it’s value to solve important business problems, because that is our business. How does big data go from “so what” to “must have”? The Big Data Challenge Big data is a by-product of the Internet and the ever increasing power of computers. Kind of like petroleum sludge. We know there must be great value buried within this vast, raw resource, but the challenge lies in figuring out how to turn it into something useful like plastic, or the other th... (more)

Introducing the 'Shamrock Cloud'

As the impact of cloud technology becomes better understood and really takes hold, organizations will need to restructure themselves to ensure they are able to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them and as a result stay relevant and alive. But to understand the impact of the future we need take a look back at some vital thinking that took place in the late 1980s: “we are entering an age of unreason, a time when the future in so many areas, is to be shaped by us and for us; a time when the only prediction that will hold true is that no prediction will hold true; a time, therefore, for bold imagining in private life as well as public; for thinking the unlikely and doing the unreasonable.” So said Charles Handy in his book The Age of Unreason first published in 1989. The quote may seem a little old, a little dated, and we are undoubtedly not enterin... (more)

Sun Microsystems Releases NetBeans IDE 6.8

Download GlassFish 3.0 Whitepaper Sun Microsystems and the NetBeans developer community announced the availability of the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 6.8, the first IDE to provide complete support for the Java(TM) Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) and Sun GlassFish(TM) Enterprise Server v3, as well as other innovative new features. Click Here to View GlassFish 3.0 Webinar With complete Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 support, the NetBeans IDE 6.8 makes language and platform improvements easily available to developers and helps accelerate application development. The NetBeans IDE 6.8 enables developers to take advantage of the latest Java EE 6 language features that simplify Java application creation, including POJO-like development, more annotations and less XML configuration. Additionally, developers can easily target and deploy to GlassF... (more)

GoGrid Exchange: BitNami Open Source Web Applications Images Available

GoGrid Session at Cloud Expo A few months ago, we introduced MyGSIs (personal server images) which allow users to create custom personal GSI (GoGrid Server Images) with all of their code, applications and data. These personal server images are then compressed and stored in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage for use later instantiating copies of those MyGSIs within a user’s GoGrid cloud. Building upon that framework, backend structure and concept, we have released Partner GSIs and the GoGrid Exchange. A Partner GSI appears in the same list of servers or sandboxes available for deployment. GoGrid has a growing number of partners, each of which specialize in a variety of capabilities including internet security, backup, monitoring, web applications, compliance and application scaling. New partners are being added regularly so be sure to check the GoGrid Partner page for additions... (more)

[berkman] Brett Glass on the Life of an ISP

Wireless Technology on Ulitzer Brett Glass is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk. Brett runs a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) in Laramie, Wyoming. “Lessons from Laramie: Broadband Innovation on the Wireless Frontier” [his slides] NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Brett begins with a photo of him on a 50′ tower on top of a 6-story building, which is what you have to do to be a WISP in Wyoming. He’s going to talk about what it’s like to be a WISP. “My entire life brought me to this,” although he didn’t know it as the time. He had worked at TI designing chips, and got a masters at Stanford. He was a computer journalist for many yea... (more)

Will Microsoft Survive until 2018?

Probably many of the readers of this post will read it because of the title. Provocative titles such as:" IT does not Matter" (Nicholas G. Carr, MIT), "The End of Corporate Computing"(Nicholas G Carr, MIT), "The End of the IT Department" (Neil MacDonald, Gartner Group) attract readers attention and sometimes trigger emotional reactions. By using provocative title you can make sure that your opinion and your arguments are read, noticed and commented at. Many readers are probably sure that Microsoft will be a dominant market player on 2018; however my opinion is that the probability for scenario of that kind is less than 100%. Let's go back in time to 1989. If someone would have written an article (no Blogs and Posts on that time) titled: Will DEC survive until 1999? And explain why DEC will not survive, he would have been mocked. Dec was the second or third largest... (more)

Dell and Infobird Build Target Cloud Computing

As the new year begins, Dell, the global IT giant, and Infobird, China's leading "cloud management" system vendor, have entered into an official strategic partnership. The partnership, seen as a pioneering agreement between a renowned global IT company and a Chinese company, will set-out to explore the huge potential of the cloud computing technology market. At the core of this partnership, the two companies will jointly provide cloud-computing-based enterprise-level Internet communication platform services to companies.   It will leverage Dell's extensive small-and-medium enterprise (SME) customer base by providing them with a cloud-computing service platform from Infobird that will in-turn enhance their client's effective business communication and customer management. As one of the pioneering partnerships in the IT industry on tapping into the broader applicati... (more)

Rights of a Sovereign Nation or Invasion of an Open Internet?

The headlines are no surprise to those in the Internet business. "Police in Central China have shut down a hacker training operation that openly recruited thousands of members online…" (AP) We've know China, Russia, and several of the former Soviet block countries are the source of sophisticated hacking, and those activities have at least been tolerated, if not directly supported, but the host governments. The recent dispute between Google and China's government brings another question into the breach – does a national government have the right to censor or control the flow of information in or out of the country? While China may be in the news, citizen journalists in Tehran have been severely punished for attempting to Tweet, email, blog, or transmit cell phone images outside of the country. Under the umbrella of national security do countries like Iran have the r... (more)

TM Forum Confirms Additional Keynote Speakers for Management World 2010

Executive Vice President & Board Member, China Mobile and CEO, BT Wholesale join prestigious keynote line-up for Management World 2010 conference MORRISTOWN, NJ—March 2, 2010 - TM Forum today confirmed Liu Aili, Executive Vice President and Board Member, China Mobile and Sally Davis, CEO, BT Wholesale are to deliver keynote presentations at the Management World 2010 conference, to be held 18-20 May, 2010 in Nice, France. The TM Forum also announced the conference is on track to break all records, with pre-bookings at an all time high, and sponsorships almost sold out. "The communications industry is experiencing a period of unprecedented change," said Nik Willetts, chief marketing officer, TM Forum. "Cloud-based services and the explosion of mobile data represent a very real opportunity for service providers, but they need to move fast. Management World brings toget... (more)