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Ernest de Leon

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It seems like every major vendor out there from hardware to software has a different definition of what cloud computing is. I’ve dabbled a little with the definition on here before, but it still seems like there is a general lack of consensus when it comes to definition. With that said, does the definition matter much? Isn’t the business value of the cloud more important than the strict definition? Of course the value is more important, but the definition can have implications with respect to understanding and quantifying that value for your business. 4th International Cloud Computing Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors and expo floor was visited by more than 2,250 delegates in Santa Clara, CA Prior to the release of VMware’s vSphere, which consists of ESX 4.0 and the accompanying management platform, the big names in the cloud computing space were G... (more)

Introducing Indicee Cloud Reporting Company

Reporting Tools at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - I received an email letting me know about a new company, Indicee, that will be publicly launching within the next few weeks. The Indicee story includes a few key elements: a notable team, an innovative product and impressive financing. Indicee is a new arrival on a very competitive landscape but is filling a void left by most BI and reporting software available – allowing users and businesses to avoid the pain of dealing with spreadsheets and mashing data to create reports. Indicee provides the quickest and most effective way ... (more)

Sun Microsystems Brings Teleportation to VirtualBox

Virtualization on Ulitzer Some great news came out of Sun Microsystems this week with the release of VirtualBox 3.1.o. This is Sun’s virtualization platform, which has been at the core of many of Sun’s newest technologies. What is great about VirtualBox, aside from being a professional quality hypervisor based virtualization solution, is that it is open source. According to Sun, the newest major features added are: Teleportation (aka live migration); migrate a live VM session from one host to another (see the manual for more information) VM states can now be restored from arbitr... (more)

Ubuntu Executive Leadership Shifts Focus to Enterprise Customers

As Ubuntu seeks to become the “open platform of choice for almost all use types whether on netbook, notebook, desktop, server, embedded device or wherever people compute,” Mark Shuttleworth has decided to step down from the perch of Canonical CEO. Replacing him will be current Canonical COO Jane Silber. Mark has decided to focus more on his “passion of product design and development.” Jane Silber, a former VP at General Dynamics, has much experience in dealing with very large customers. This means that Canonical will be leveraging Jane’s experience in this market to woo the large... (more)

RDBMS as a Service? In the Cloud? Yes!

There are many amazing things emerging out of Dreamforce 2010 (I really regret that I couldn't make it) and thus far, one of the biggest may be Salesforce's new RDBMS as a Service offering. I don't suppose Salesforce could have purchased a better domain name, Database.com, but the prospect of having an RDBMS in the cloud is very appealing to a broad range of developers. So what is all the hoopla about with Database.com? Well, Database.com is essentially an enterprise grade database that is offered as a service in a utility billing context. That means that you only pay for what y... (more)