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Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Virtualization Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA, on November 2- 4, 2009, is currently still open. The submissions URL is here, and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. Topics welcomed include every aspect of virtualization. For example: ... (more)

I Was at the Taping Of Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel in Times Square

I arrived in New York City this morning to attend the Cloud Computing Expo for the next three days. SYS-CON folks invited me on Sunday for the taping of the Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel which was taped at the Reuters Studios in Times Square. The live taping of the show was a blast. I met the panelists at the studio as well while watching the SYS-CON.TV show in the green room. The green room is actually gray and brown. The Cloud Computing Power Panel will be broadcast at the Cloud Computing Expo, March 31 - April 1, 2009, Roosevelt Hotel, in New York City. Two Cloud Computing Expo Power Panels taped today at SYS-CON's Times Square Studios featured rtghe following panelists: Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace; Rod Fontecilla - Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton; Hal Stern - CTO of Sun's Global Sales Force; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace;... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East Will Take Place April 19-21 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/09 -- SYS-CON Events announced today that the 5th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo  will take place April 19-20-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center 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 200 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. The three-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 80 sponsors and exhibitors on the 70,000 sq. ft. show floor and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different cou... (more)

Cloud Computing Public or Private? How to Choose Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is a relatively new concept that is becoming a more recognizable term in industry vernacular. Originally delivered as a service, it gained early popularity with Web 2.0 startups looking to outsource storage administration. As the concept spread and offerings expanded, the industry has now embraced two flavors of cloud storage: public and private. This article reviews the choices a user faces when choosing a private versus public cloud storage offering. It describes data types and identifies scenarios where cloud storage is a good solution and where it is a poor fit. This article also covers usage patterns, security, performance and cost implications to educate the reader on differences between public and private cloud storage. Public Versus Private, What Is the Difference? The difference between private and public storage clouds is simple. Where is th... (more)

ParaScale CEO Sees Storage Moving Increasingly to the Cloud

Cloud computing is grabbing headlines as more and more enterprises are turning to this emerging technology as a way to enable flexible computing power over the Internet. In 2008, many companies were wary of the risks and vulnerabilities of participating in the cloud computing model, and although the buzz was high, adoption was feathered. "This all changes in 2009," said Sajai Krishnan, CEO of cloud storage start-up ParaScale.  "The economic downturn and the addition of private cloud solutions to complement public offerings are creating an environment that enables incremental adoption of cloud storage on a very broad scale." In discussions with end users, ParaScale has found that the overwhelming majority indicate they are considering both public and private cloud storage. Storage Clouds are Attractive for Many Companies Krishnan identifies several considerations drivi... (more)

1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo: Observations

The ParaScale Blog Last week the masses converged on San Jose for the SYS-CON convention that covered SOA, Virtualization and Cloud Computing. The event spanned three days and was very well attended. I was surprised at how crowded the sessions were given the state of the economy these days. That is until I headed over to the SOA side of the conference. Granted the rooms were bigger but the SOA audiences were sparse. People love a trend and Cloud Computing is no exception. I managed to catch a couple of interesting presentations on the cloud computing side that were standing room only. The Rightscale CTO gave a good presentation and I finally understand what they do (think a dashboard and automation for cloud computing installations). There were lots of good hallway conversations and the audiences were eager to ask questions and learn more about Clouds. Consistently ... (more)

Cloud Storage: How Can Enterprises Build Secure Private Clouds?

"Cloud computing is here to stay as a major IT wave that will take its place in the data center alongside mainframes, client-server and 3-tier web, says Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal. "The recession is driving IT to consider newer, lower cost offerings and cloud computing is delivering on these requirements," he adds. Krishnan specifies the two primary concerns for users of the cloud right now to be Security and Lock-in. Cloud Computing Journal: David Linthicum, the industry analyst and commentator sees Cloud Computing as being divisible into ten distinct patterns: Storage-as-a-Service Database-as-a-Service Information-as-a-Service Process-as-a-Service Application-as-a-Service Platform-as-a-Service Integration-as-a-Service Security-as-a-Service Management/Governance-as-a-Service Testing-as-a-Service ... (more)

1st International Cloud Expo: What They're Saying Web-wide

"I think it was a great success" (Michael Sheehan, GoGrid); "very exciting times, and a great event" (Dmitry Sotnikov, Quest); "Interesting stuff" (Parand Darugar, Yahoo!); "I was surprised at how crowded the sessions were" (Mike Maxey, ParaScale); "jam-packed, with standing room overflowing into the hallway" (Stuart Charlton, Elastra) - just some of the many commentaries that have begun to appear Web-wide as people shake off their Thanksgiving torpor and post their thoughts about SYS-CON's highly successful 1st International Cloud Expo, held last month in San Jose, CA. The verdicts on the first-ever Cloud Computing Bootcamp were no less enthusiastic: "Really super class - the most informative one I have had in a long time." (Jim Stoll, Thermopylae Sciences) ... (more)

ParaScale CEO to Present at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale, will be presenting at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York City this coming March 30-April 1, 2009. Krishnan will be discussing the choices a user faces when evaluating a private versus public cloud storage offering. Speaker Bio: Sajai Krishnan is CEO at ParaScale, where he drives overall strategy and business execution. Before ParaScale, he was General Manager of the StoreVault Division of NetApp and before that, the GM of their Storage Management Software business. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in computer science from Rice University, and a B.S. is in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. Learn How to Leverage Cloud Computing and Virtualization in NYC This March Cloud Computing and Virtualization bo... (more)

NetApp Executive Joins Storage Startup Parascale as CEO

Storage industry veteran Sajai Krishnan will take the top office at Parascale, a startup company developing cloud storage solutions for rich-media content in traffic-intense applications. As Parascale’s new CEO, Krishnan will steer the company’s launch into software to power highly scalable cloud storage solutions. Krishnan comes to Parascale from NetApp, where he served five years. He was most recently the general manager of the company’s StoreVault business unit that focuses on network storage appliances for mid-market businesses. Krishnan also served as the general manager of NetApp’s Storage Management Software business, overseeing the company’s core management products. “As technology and demand trends converge, I am really excited about the opportunity Parascale has to dramatically change the economics of digital content s... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Coming of Age

SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal seeks to boost your understanding of Cloud Computing concepts and to bring you the latest news, views, and developments - but we couldn't do so without our amazing high-energy pool of contributors, including many of the hard-working executives driving some of today's most successful Cloud strategies, technologies and techniques. To date the distinguished author roster includes, among others: David Abramowski - CEO of MorphLabs Getting Your Groovy On with Grails and Cloud Computing Ilya Baimetov - Director of Technology, Saas at Parallel Is Virtualization a Feature or a Platform? Craig Balding - Security Practitioner at a Fortune 500 company 12 Signs that Your Company is Already in the Cloud Steve Brodie - Chief product and marketing officer, Skytap Out of the Boardroom into the Cloud Sam Charrington - VP of Product Management & Marketing at A... (more)