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Surgient Session at Cloud Expo Surgient added to its existing suite of recognized innovations with a newly granted patent on the, “Creation and Management of Federated Virtual Server Clouds.” Additionally, three separate organizations honored Surgient for being among the fastest growing and most successful technology companies. Surgient has long been a leader in providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) through its purpose-built, seventh-generation cloud automation platform. Everyone wants to lower their capital expenditures and increase operational efficiency - it's a sign of the times. The economy of the past 12 - 18 months has forced all organizations to do more with less and become more efficient. While everyone can identify with the request to do more with less, they can also identify with the overwhelming need to deliver quality. The need to deliver qualit... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of May 26, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly Claiming its latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world, South Korea’s Samsung is developing new technology offering access to high-speed networks at 100 times current speeds.  Samsung expects to roll out its 5G network by 2020.  Read Original Content The BroadcastAsia2013 International Conference will be held June 18-2... (more)

Desktop Virtualization: SWsoft's Parallels Partner Program Expands

'We've received an overwhelming response to our ISV Initiative as software developers and users alike realize the benefits of desktop virtualization,' said Bryan Goode, Parallels' Director of Business Development, as SWsoft announced today that EMS Database Management Solutions, Inc. has joined the Parallels Partner Program's ISV Initiative. Parallels’ award-winning desktop virtualization software is made by SWsoft. "SWsoft's Parallels Partner Program is a great opportunity for companies like EMS to reach new customers," Goode added. The Parallels ISV Initiative enables Windows-only software vendors to quickly and easily extend their reach to the fast-growing Mac and Linux markets by incorporating Parallels virtualization software. Software vendors receive streamlined application compatibility testing, technical support, sales support and co-marketing opportun... (more)

Europe's Virtualization Experts Head to Prague for Virtualization Expo 2009

From tomorrow Virtualization and Cloud Computing are going to be center stage, 18-19 May, at the Prague Hilton as the Czech Republic plays host to Virtualization Conference Europe 2009, co-located with Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009 - the first conference outside the USA in SYS-CON's world-beating series of events devoted to the two hottest interlinked topics in Enterprise IT today. Speakers and attendees alike are converging on Prague from all over Europe, and indeed many are even flying in from the USA and other continents in order to familiarize themselves with where exactly Europe is located on the Cloud/Virtualization spectrum right now. Here is a round-up of speakers, arranged by country of origin. View the Full Schedule Here Register Today and Save €450 ! From Finland: Petri Lillberg - EVP of R&D, SSH Communications Security Session Title [click for full deta... (more)

Big Data Meets Data Virtualization

“Not Your Grandfather’s Data Warehouse – Big Data and Virtualization Impact your EDW Architecture” is the title of a recent CIO.com blog by Brian Hopkins, a new analyst in Enterprise Architecture group at Forrester Research. Brian makes some great points about how two key technologies, Big Data and Data Virtualization, are impacting information architecture strategies and changing the role of the enterprise data warehouse as we know it. Enterprise Architects should consider Big Data and Data Virtualization impacts on their future DW architecture Above is the subtitle of Brian’s article.  Wise guidance if you ask me.   And certainly in line with the work Composite Software is doing with our most advanced data virtualization customers. Regarding Big Data per se, Brian makes the point that “Big Data expands the scope of data warehouses.” Further he points out that “Bi... (more)

A Ticked-off HP Is Coming Out Against Cisco With Both Guns Blazing

(April 20, 2009 - 11 am EST) - Well now the fat is in the fire. A ticked-off HP is coming out against Cisco with both guns blazing. It claims it's been working for years on the kind of all-in-one compute-storage-network-fabric-power-and-cooling convergence that Cisco says it has. HP says it's had such a thing in mind ever since it started its adaptive infrastructure initiative. So naturally it claims that what it's got is better than anything Cisco, a veritable server neophyte, can field and that its widgetry will "fundamentally change the way technology is used to deliver business services" while cutting infrastructure costs and data center complexity. (Where have we heard this before?) It calls the stuff Matrix and says it will automate data center processes complements of a Matrix Orchestration Environment (MOE), basically a console that can do template-based prov... (more)

Making the Switch to Desktop Virtualization

Traditionally, organizations have had two choices for delivering a PC application: a "fat" PC or server-based terminal services. Terminal services is an approach that hosts the application in an x86 "mainframe" environment, collects keystrokes and mouse clicks from the user, and delivers the resulting screen changes back to the user using a bandwidth-efficient protocol such as RDP or ICA. A small piece of client software running on a thin client or an old PC would decode the instructions and "draw" the screen changes on the monitor. The leading solutions for terminal services software include Microsoft Windows Server (with its terminal-services mode) and Citrix Metaframe. Now there's a new way to deliver PC applications - a virtual PC. Virtualization is a process that can break a physical server into lots of smaller machines. The software that does this is called a... (more)

Citrix Teams with Andy Bechtolsheim

Well, look who Citrix has tied up with. Arista Networks where Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim retreated after he left Sun for the second time. Bechtolsheim started Arista with his buddy, Stanford professor David Cheriton; the two of them were the first investors in Google. Anyway, Citrix and Arista, which does 10 gigabit Ethernet switches and has started to chase the cloud, say they are working on cloud networking solutions for large datacenter and cloud service provider environments. They're going to test and integrate the Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual appliance with Arista's 7000 series switch. They aim to deliver a cloud networking solution married to wire-rate, high-density 10G switching with proven L4-7 application delivery services. Arista's platform is based on a new software architecture with self-healing properties and live in-service software upgrade capabil... (more)

Interfacing Private Clouds with the libvirt Virtualization API

In my post "Interfaces for Private and Public Cloud Computing", I briefly described the main differences between public and private cloud computing from the perspective of their different application scope and interfaces. My position was that a private cloud interface should provide rich enough semantics, far beyond of that provided by public clouds (such as Amazon EC2 APIs), to ease the integration of the distributed virtual infrastructure in the data-center management stack, including user and administration support. Such interface should provide additional functionality for virtualization, networking, image and physical resource configuration, management, monitoring and accounting, not exposed by pubic cloud interfaces. I also envisioned that, although conceived as a library to interface with different virtualization technologies, the libvirt virtualization API co... (more)

IBM and Canonical Launch Cloud Computing Software in Africa

IBM and Canonical are introducing a new, flexible personal computing software package for netbooks and other thin client devices to help businesses in Africa bridge the digital divide by leapfrogging traditional PCs and proprietary software. This is the first cloud- and premise-based Linux netbook software package offered by IBM and Canonical. Part of IBM's Smart Work Initiative, the new package targets the rising popularity of low-cost netbooks to make IBM's industrial-strength software affordable to new, mass audiences in Africa. Businesses that could not afford traditional PCs for all employees can now use any type of device and low-cost software to enable all workers to work smarter anywhere using a variety of devices, regardless of the level of communications infrastructure. The IBM Client for Smart Work is now available across Africa and is being piloted for o... (more)

What Does 2010 Hold for Desktop Virtualization?

Desktop Virtualization on Ulitzer At the end of last year I made some predictions for how I think desktop virtualization will develop in 2010. People who have listened to Brian Madden TV's prediction show will have heard references to some of them and I think the time is right to share the whole list with our broader readership. I am interested in your thoughts too, feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree. 1. The proof year for hosted virtual desktops From talking to our numerous customers and partners around the world, we see there is now general acceptance that the componentized desktop model is the way to go, and there is a good understanding of the sorts of benefits we will see.  We believe 2010 will see a distinct move to non-persistent, component-based desktops in large enterprises as challenges such as how to manage the user experience in a standa... (more)