"We formed Formation several years ago to really address the need for bring
complete modernization and software-defined storage to the more classic
private cloud marketplace," stated Mark Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Formation
Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9,
2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
20th International Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits
Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star
conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all
sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the
reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a
hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of
The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), sponsor of the IoTivity open source
project, and AllSeen Alliance, which provides the AllJoyn® open source IoT
framework, today announced that the two organizations’ boards have approved
a merger under the OCF name and bylaws. This merger will advance
interoperability between connected devices from both groups, enabling the
full operating potential of IoT and representing a significant step towards a
The newly merged groups will collaborate on future OCF specifications, as
well as the IoTivity and AllJoyn open source projects. The expanded OCF board
of directors will consist of executives from a wide array of leading
companies: AB Electrolux, Arçelik A.S., ARRIS International plc, CableLabs,
Canon, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., GE Digital, Haier, Intel, LG Electronics,
Inc., Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung Ele... (more)
Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model
When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications &
Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve
ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT
Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and
Jelly, which tells us a lot about how we view the field of IT.
For those that may not be familiar with the role of IT Operations, Joe
Hertvik does a great job here of describing IT Operations Management as
someone engaged in the role of providing this service to the business. As you
can see it’s very interesting how he specifically addresses the gap between
responsibilities regarding IT Applications and IT Operations as a Venn
diagram in which there is no overlap.
However, as we progress from a pre-Cloud Operating Model world t... (more)
Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung
i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?"
Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing
completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving
the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical
Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not
(yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do
to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see
end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve,
December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of
each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!
In alphabetical order the nominees are:
Tim Berner... (more)
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Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that Cloud Expo 2011 New York, the 8th
International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9,
2011, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Cloud Expo - International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the
world’s leading Cloud-focused event and is held in New York, Silicon
Valley, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong.
Over 900 corporate sponsors and more than 65,000 industry professionals have
participated in Cloud Expo since its inception, tenfold more than all other
Cloud-related events put together.
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"Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud
computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud
Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (more)
More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point,
Florida, by her Syrian National uncle, who is practicing medicine in the
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
Last March, a Florida judge issued an order to pick Sofia up from the uncle's
house in Chicago and return her to her home to Florida.
Due to a jurisdiction question in court - since Sofia had never lived more
than 6 months in one state at the time of her abduction - the judge later
gave temporary custody to her mom until the court could determine final
jurisdiction between Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois.
Sofia at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on her way home after her initial
kidnapping from her home in Lighthouse Point, FL, by her uncle who is a
practicing MD in the Chicago area.
In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her
mom to Syria where she ha... (more)
I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having
said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning? "Because
they can only give you answers."
Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would
share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application
pioneers are thinking may be the next questions that we need to see answered.
From that readers can themselves infer where AJAX is headed.
What are the top questions to ask next about AJAX?
Eric Miraglia of Yahoo!
1. (From March'08) How do I calculate the ROI of building my RIA on the
iPhone SDK vs using AJAX?
2. How do I assess the performance of my app and decide what to do next to
make it faster?
3. When it comes to accessibility, how do I know what's required of me for
my rich web apps? Beyond what's required, what makes good business se... (more)
In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010)
being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time
to give my earlier list a complete overhaul.
Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the
I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this
year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and
continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be
sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them
in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced the first annual "Iron Cloud IoT Shootout" to
be held on November 6, 2014, at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley at Santa Clara
Convention Center in California. The "Iron Cloud IoT Shootout" will be a live
competition among all the key Cloud Computing platforms, and will be held on
Day 3 of the show, Thursday, November 6, at the Santa Clara Convention
So far five platforms - Amazon AWS, Google GCE, Microsoft Azure, IBM
SoftLayer, and Rackspace - have been named as part of the live competition.
The "Iron Cloud IoT Shootout" will feature teams representing each platform.
Team members may or may not be employees of the companies that represent the
competing platforms. Each team will create an IoT app or service and be
judged by everyone in attendance.
The specific time, location, and detailed rules of the live competition will
be announc... (more)
The Dark Art of Container Monitoring
Containers are revolutionizing the way we deploy and maintain our
infrastructures, but monitoring and troubleshooting in a containerized
environment can still be painful and impractical. Understanding even basic
resource usage is difficult - let alone tracking network connections or
In his session at DevOps Summit, Gianluca Borello, Sr. Software Engineer at
Sysdig, will cover the current state of the art for container monitoring and
visibility, including pros / cons and live demonstrations of each method.
Special emphasis will be put on sysdig, an open source troubleshooting tool.
Sysdig offers unprecedented container visibility without the need to break
the "sanctity" of the container.
Gianluca Borello works at Sysdig, where he wears many hats. He's a core
developer of the sysdig troubleshooting ... (more)
Making Agile Real: The Zen of Continuous Delivery
By Andrew Phillips
Much of what is written about Continuous Delivery at present seems to revolve
around technical challenges and technical choices: “Which is better:
Puppet, Chef or Salt?”, “Should I use Jenkins, Go or XL Release?”,
“How do I build a CD pipeline with containers?” etc. etc. If we’re
looking at CD properly, though, this is the sideshow – an implementation
detail at best. The real CD story is much bigger.
Don’t get me wrong: as a technical kind of person, I can get very
enthusiastic about the tech: there are a lot of cool tools and frameworks out
there and the tooling landscape is expanding rapidly. Working with evolving
technology is a lot of fun, and there are plenty of challenges to be solved
around supporting Continuous Delivery at scale…which is why we develop XL
Release, XL Deploy and XL Test.
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Jan. 18, 2017 03:45 AM EST Reads: 3,993
Technology vendors and analysts are eager to paint a rosy picture of how wonderful IoT is and why your deployment will be great with the use of their products and services. While it is easy to showcase successful IoT solutions, identifying IoT systems that missed the mark or failed can often provide more in the way of key lessons learned. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst for IoT & Digital Supply Chain to Flatiron Strategies, will focus on how IoT depl...
Jan. 18, 2017 02:30 AM EST Reads: 1,820
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at Dell EMC, introduced a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organization...
Jan. 18, 2017 02:15 AM EST Reads: 3,215
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
Jan. 18, 2017 01:30 AM EST Reads: 4,202
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
Jan. 18, 2017 01:15 AM EST Reads: 4,891
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market?
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Jan. 18, 2017 01:00 AM EST Reads: 6,046
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Jan. 18, 2017 12:00 AM EST Reads: 2,259
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
Jan. 17, 2017 11:00 PM EST Reads: 637
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
Jan. 17, 2017 10:30 PM EST Reads: 748
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation; Alan Williamson, Principal ...
Jan. 17, 2017 10:30 PM EST Reads: 2,373
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was.
You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Jan. 17, 2017 09:15 PM EST Reads: 7,566
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched.
@WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here
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Jan. 17, 2017 08:00 PM EST Reads: 11,649
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
Jan. 17, 2017 06:45 PM EST Reads: 6,232
Providing secure, mobile access to sensitive data sets is a critical element in realizing the full potential of cloud computing. However, large data caches remain inaccessible to edge devices for reasons of security, size, format or limited viewing capabilities. Medical imaging, computer aided design and seismic interpretation are just a few examples of industries facing this challenge. Rather than fighting for incremental gains by pulling these datasets to edge devices, we need to embrace the i...
Jan. 17, 2017 05:15 PM EST Reads: 3,573
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Jan. 17, 2017 04:45 PM EST Reads: 3,057
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walked through how Octob...
Jan. 17, 2017 04:30 PM EST Reads: 2,912
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
Jan. 17, 2017 04:15 PM EST Reads: 1,992
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a leading digital experience intelligence company, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Catchpoint Systems is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into your customer-critical services to help you consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed for digital business, C...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:30 PM EST Reads: 1,749
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 3,644
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Jan. 17, 2017 02:00 PM EST Reads: 5,384