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Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, held on November 2 - 4, 2009, in Santa Clara, attracted more than 40 sponsors with over 2,000 delegates, a record attendance. The three content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing. Enjoy here our photo album of the show. Now held three times a year -- in New York, Prague, and Santa Clara -- the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. The event in Santa Clara, CA, was co-located with our 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo. Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates from ... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

CIOs' Top Priority: Analytics and BI

Whether as a driver for growth, a means to attract and retain customers, or a way to drive innovation and reduce costs, the business value of analytics and business intelligence has never been higher. Gartner's Amplifying the Enterprise: The 2012 CIO Agenda as well as IBM's Global CIO Study 2011 confirm this point, with analytics and BI setting atop CIO's technology priorities in both reports. Data Integration Is the Biggest Bottleneck Providing analytics and BI solutions with the data required has always been difficult, with data integration long considered the biggest bottleneck in any analytics or BI project. Complex data landscapes, diverse data types, new sources such as big data and the cloud are but a few of the well-known barriers. For the past two decades, the default solution has been to first consolidate the data into a data warehouse, and then provide use... (more)

Citrix & Dell Partner on Server Virtualization

Citrix announced the availability of Citrix XenServer software factory integrated on Dell PowerEdge servers. Citrix and Dell have partnered to make integrated server virtualization technology a reality for customers of all sizes. The initial products now available to Dell customers worldwide include the Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition and Citrix XenServer Dell Enterprise Edition as part of factory-integrated solutions designed to make it even easier for customers to begin implementing their virtualization strategies. The Citrix XenServer Dell products are virtualization solutions that feature integrated Dell management agent technology. As a result, customers can use the same familiar Dell OpenManage System Management software on their existing Dell servers to help increase server and storage utilization. By coupling Citrix XenServer with Dell’s PowerEdge serv... (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)

Wyse Launches New Class of Virtual Clients

New Wyse C class Thin Clients Combine Breakthrough Performance, Compactness, and Energy Efficiency while Integrating PC, Phone and TV Functionality into One Single Platform for the Enterprise Users LONDON, UK. – 8 Sept 09 - Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced the release of the Wyse C class, the new standard in compact, high-performance thin clients.  A new benchmark in thin computing has been set by its small size, low TCO and excellent performance.  Wyse's new C class thin clients feature innovative, rich multimedia using a separate hardware graphic accelerator for unparalleled performance in its class.  Its local multimedia performance also ensures a lighter load on the central server, enabling Wyse's original Collaborative Processing Architecture™ to deliver the best user experience using VMware View 3... (more)

Managing the Transition to Net-centricity with Open Source SOA Road Maps

SOA & WOA Magazine on Ulitzer An Open Source SOA Roadmap is a SOA governance stone that kills two items - spaghetti enterprise architectures and endless middleware license fees. Robert J. Williams Jr, Chief Enterprise Architect at Maxworks, will demonstrate how in a breakout session to be given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo). 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., and you can attend both Williams' session and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] FREE COUPON CODE FOR VIP PASS REGISTRATION: VIPguest (case sensitive) Open Source SOA Roadmaps orchestrate SOA and open source technologies/techniques into a concrete transition action plan. Where that plan is more likely to be funded and deliver tangib... (more)

Tactical Cloud Computing - Defense, Homeland Security & Law Enforcement

Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Tactical Cloud Computing refers to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. This discussion panel at the 1st Annual Government IT Expo on October 6 in Washington, D.C., will explore how defense, homeland security and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage this new and exciting IT capability. At SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., and you can attend this discussion panel and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] FREE COUPON CODE FOR VIP PASS REGISTRATION: VIPguest (case sensitive) Register Today and Save ! Vie... (more)

Desktop Virtualization.... The Right Way (Part 2)

Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer One of the questions you must ask yourself when designing a desktop virtualization solution is understanding the user patterns.  This has a direct impact on XenDesktop farm design and scalability with respects to boot up storms and logon storms. Let's take two different examples so you can get a better idea for what I'm talking about: Scenario 1: 9-5: In this scenario, all users logon in the morning and logoff in the evening.  There might be some sporadic users working after hours, but for the most part users stay within these working hours.  This is a fairly easy scenario, which is why I've started with it.   To design your environment, you need to make sure that the boot up storm doesn't overwhelm your environment.  You will be starting a large number of hosted virtual desktops and that has a direct impact on your hypervisor of ch... (more)

Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo Microsoft on Tuesday announced new investments around desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), to help organizations of all sizes increase flexibility, employee productivity and IT cost savings. "Employees crave options in where and how they work. And yet, IT still needs to enforce security and compliance of devices. The business is being pulled in two directions," said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Services Division at Microsoft. "Microsoft's desktop virtualization strategy is unique in addressing this balance. It builds on existing investments and comprehensive management to mitigate risks and control costs, while still equipping end users to be more productive from anywhere." Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! ... (more)

Five Virtualization Best Practices

As our reliance on effective data centers continues to grow, we run into more and more issues that must be addressed to ensure security and availability. We've been turning to virtualization solutions for some time now, and many organizations have come to believe that it is the cure-all that will save them money and reduce the level of complexity. However, virtualization isn't a plug-n-play kind of thing. You can't just set it and forget it, because if it isn't done exactly right, you will only shift the costs and complexities rather than eliminate them. In order to get the most value out of the data center, it is important to understand the challenges and implement the associated best practices. As the number of business applications and volume of data continues to increase, data centers need solutions like virtualization to remain profitable - but simply installi... (more)