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Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

C12G/OpenNebula to Contribute to the European Cloud Strategy

C12G/OpenNebula will participate in the panel about Cloud Computing Fostering Innovation of the workshop Towards a Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe: Matching Supply and Demand organized by the European Commission to help identify the main elements of a European Cloud Strategy. This panel will discuss the opportunities presented by the cloud, interoperability and standards issues, and the potential for innovation. Other panelists are senior-management representatives of European companies, organizations and networks, and the European Parliament. The workshop is part of the 1st Digital Agenda Assembly. Read the original blog entry... ... (more)

Why Is OpenNebula the Solution for Private Cloud Computing?

OpenNebula comes with several characteristics that makes it a unique software for the management of private clouds. This is actually not a mere coincidence, but rather a consequence of the design principles followed by the OpenNebula team at the time of creating the architecture and whenever a new feature is planned. So, without a shred of a doubt, we can claim that OpenNebula has the ability of managing Private Clouds embedded in its DNA. Let’s see the three stronger points of OpenNebula when managing a local set of physical and virtual resources, for in-house consumption: Data models adjusted to the datacenters. The entities that OpenNebula work with, as abstractions of the physical and virtual resources, are a reflection of the typical resources found in traditional datacenters. In this way, the command-line interface (CLI) and the APIsoffered by OpenNebula are ab... (more)

OpenNebula 4.4 Beta Released

You are surely aware of the new features introduced in OpenNebula 4.2 Flame, and its focus to strengthen the most demanded and useful features. So now is time to move forward and implement new features demanded by our uses and that's why  the beta version OpenNebula 4.4 Retina is out for testing!  This release includes important features that meet real demands from production environments, with a focus on optimization of storage, monitoring, cloud bursting, and public cloud interfaces. OpenNebula Retina includes support for multiple system datastores, which enables a much more efficient usage of the storage resources for running Virtual Machines. This feature ships with different scheduling policies for storage load balancing, intended to instruct OpenNebula to spread the running Virtual Machines across different storage mediums to optimize their use. This translat... (more)

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. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

The Foundation of Cloud Computing Infrastructures: Virtualization

Ignacio Martín Llorente's Blog One of the relevant contributions of cloud computing is the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model. There are a number of research challenges in cloud infrastructures that, in my opinion, will need to be addressed in 2009. The open research issues are mainly related to new virtualization technologies to enable efficient, dynamic and scalable Cloud operation and interoperation. Cloud computing enables the deployment of an entire IT infrastructure without the associated capital costs, paying only for the used capacity. The new “Infrastructure as a Service” paradigm has been introduced to better respond to changing computing demands, so allowing to add and remove capacity in order to meet peak or fluctuating service demands. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), GoGrid and FlexiScale are examples of cloud providers of elastic capacit... (more)

OpenNebula 1.2 for Data Center Virtualization & Private Cloud Computing

We have just announced the availability of OpenNebula 1.2, the second stable release of the project. This is an important milestone for the project and marks that most of the components of OpenNebula are now in place. See this post with the details of the first release. What is OpenNebula? The OpenNebula virtual infrastructure engine provides efficient, dynamic and scalable management of groups of interconnected VMs within datacenters involving a large amount of virtual and physical servers. OpenNebula supports Xen and KVM platforms and can interface with remote cloud sites, being the only tool able to access on-demand to Amazon EC2 to dynamically scale the local infrastructure based on actual usage. OpenNebula also exhibits an open and flexible architecture which allows the definition of new algorithms for virtual machine placement, and its integration with any virt... (more)

Innovations in OpenNebula 1.4

This is the first post I am writing to illustrate the main novelties of the new version of the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Manager. OpenNebula is an open-source toolkit for building Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud infrastructures based on Xen, KVM and VMware virtualization platforms.OpenNebula v1.4 is available in beta release, incorporating bleeding edge technologies and innovations in many areas of virtual infrastructure management and Cloud Computing. While previous versions concentrated on functionality for Private and Hybrid Cloud computing, this new version incorporates a new service to expose Cloud interfaces to Private or Hybrid Cloud deployments, so providing partners or external users with access to the private infrastructure, for example to sell  overcapacity. The new version brings a new framework to easily develop Cloud interfaces, and implement... (more)

Predicting the Great Cloud Shakeout – Don’t Become CloudKill

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Setting aside the shameless cloud-washing that’s going on from some vendors, there are a lot of cloud service providers (CSPs – providers of cloud) today. Many of those listed in SYS-CON’s Top 150 report are CSPs, while others are providing extensions, tools or services for clouds. Everybody’s a cloud provider these days – and as Larry Ellison recently said “All boats are cloud boats.” Every telco, every hoster, every data center outsourcer, most systems providers and many, many startups are becoming CSPs.  After all, there have been thousands of hosting providers over the past several years competing for your business.  A few were huge, several were large, and most were small but often profitable.  I’m convinced this time it might be different — the cloud provider market will be increasingly consolidated with fewer opportunities for new ... (more)

OpenNebula Cloud Computing Architecture at Cloud Expo

Hybrid Cloud Session at Cloud Expo The OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit is a widely used open source Cloud manager for building private, public and hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds. In his session at the 5th International Cloud Expo, Ignacio M. Llorente, will describe the innovations in cloud management brought by the OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit. Register Today and Save $800 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event since 2007, and is held five times a year, in New York City, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The 5th international Cloud Expo is co-located with the 8th international Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors participating in t... (more)

Cloud Expo to Offer Special Free Pass to Everyone Who Retweets @CloudExpo

Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that it will offer a special free "TwitterVIP" pass to everyone who retweets the upcoming event @CloudExpo. The largest Cloud event in the world will take place April 19 -21 at the Javits Center in New York City. Free "Twitter Retweet" event passes will be issued to everyone who retweets the event @CloudExpo. Simply copy paste and tweet or retweet: "Register for #CloudExpo New York for FREE at @CloudExpo! http://bit.ly/deupdq" The "TwitterVIP" pass offers free access to the three full-day special events that are co-located with Cloud Expo New York. "TwitterVIP" pass registration offers access to the following full-day session each day. Monday, April 19 - CloudStorm @ Cloud Expo : 10:00AM - 12:00PM Tuesday, April 20 - CloudCamp @ Cloud Expo : 5:40PM - 8:15PM Unconference Wednesday April 21 - RightScale User Meetup : 9:00 AM - 4:00 ... (more)