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The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. 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 cited. Launches OpenStack-based Private Cloud Software — Enables Businesses to Install, Test and Run Private Clouds in Minutes Available as a free download, the software empowers customers to deploy private clouds San Antonio, TX – August 15, 2012 – Today, Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack– making it simple and easy for companies to install, test and run a multi-node OpenStack based private cloud environment. The software, code named “Alamo,” uses the same OpenStack compute platform, Nova, used to run Rackspace clouds and is available as a free download from the Rackspace website. This software is based upon Rackspace’s experience in deploying and operating OpenStack-based public and private clouds in a variety of environments including in Rackspace’s own datacenters as well as in external datacenters.

IaaS for Resellers White label, rebrand, and resell cloud infrastructure solutions and raw IaaS offerings. Extend Your Reselling Services with Private Cloud Managed Service Providers (Telcos, SaaS, and System Integrators) can use GoGrid's Private Cloud as a platform to extend their current service offerings. Lies, Damned Lies and Big Data This is a guest post by David Hales, a fellow associate of the new complexity think-tank, Synthesis. David specialises in computational social science and here he provides a thought-provoking response to the rise in big data, and some of the more outlandish claims made about it. For a good example of the latter, see Chris Anderson’s piece ‘The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete‘. In this piece, David makes some very relevant points for development big data initiatives. Almost everything we do these days leaves some kind of data trace in some computer system somewhere.

What is Cloud Computing by the Rackspace Cloud No matter which provider you choose, you'll find that almost every cloud has these core characteristics: It's virtual Imagine racks of servers, humming along in a data center. NEW: Big Data vs Open Data - Mapping It Out - Open Data Now Follow this site on Twitter and subscribe to biweekly Open Data Now Insights As I’ve worked on my upcoming book, Open Data Now – to be published by McGraw-Hill on January 10 – I’ve had to think through and explain how Open Data, Big Data, and Open Government are related to each other. Lately I’ve seen a number of others, like the authors of the new McKinsey Open Data report (see page 4), try to map the territory in similar ways. The Open Data community is producing a lot of Venn diagrams these days, with a lot of colorful overlapping circles. (Some also deal with the use of Personal Data, but that’s one circle too many for me.)

What cloud computing really means Cloud computing is all the rage. "It's become the phrase du jour," says Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring, echoing many of his peers. The problem is that (as with Web 2.0) everyone seems to have a different definition. Software defined storage Software-defined storage (SDS) is a term for computer data storage technologies which separate storage hardware from the software that manages the storage infrastructure. The software enabling a software-defined storage environment provides policy management for feature options such as deduplication, replication, thin provisioning, snapshots and backup. By definition,[1] SDS software is separate from hardware it is managing. That hardware may or may not have abstraction, pooling, or automation software embedded.

Why Big Data Will Change the World Big Data is THE biggest buzzword around at the moment, and I guess it makes sense to start my new ‘The Big Data Guru’ column with a post that goes back to basics and establishes what big data really is, what is isn’t and why it matters to everyone. One thing is certain: big data will impact everyone's life. Having said that, I also think that the term 'big data' is not very well defined and is, in fact, not well chosen. Cloud computing: Pros and cons Network World - ON THE UPSIDE1. Fast start-up "Cloud computing is really a no-brainer for any start-up because it allows you to test your business plan very quickly for little money. Every start-up, or even a division within a company that has an idea for something new, should be figuring out how to use cloud computing in its plan," says Brad Jefferson, CEO of Animoto, a New York company that creates full-motion videos out of customer-selected photos and music. "Cloud computing has changed the game for entrepreneurs -- the greatest part about it is that on launch day, you have the confidence that you scale to the world." 2.

RemoteStorage-2011.10 - Unhosted Web Community Group Introduction Adding WebFinger, OAuth and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) to an online storage makes it usable as per-user storage for web apps. This specification describes a common interface for such a per-user online data storage. Best Supercomputers Still Not Best for Big Data This week, China reclaimed the distinction of running the world’s fastest supercomputer; it last held that first-place ranking for eight months starting in October 2010 with its Tianhe-1A machine. Its new Tianhe-2 (“Milky Way–2”) computer is putting its competition to shame, however, performing calculations about as fast as the most recent No. 2 and No. 3 machines combined, according to Jack Dongarra, one of the curators of the list of 500 most powerful supercomputers and professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Murphy chairs the executive committee of an alternative supercomputer benchmark called Graph 500.

Debating the Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing Deciding the merits and demerits of cloud computing The relative popularity of the cloud computing business model deserves a debate. It is always easy to wax lyrical about the merits of a new technological innovation without looking at some of the disadvantages that might accrue as a result of that innovation.

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