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Ernest de Leon

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Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in the developers willing to create on that platform. Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers, developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now the cloud, this is becoming even more important. 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 If you just do some casual research, it is easy to see that the largest and most heavily trafficked sites on the web are written in languages such as PHP, Ruby on Rails ... (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)

LinkedIn Poll offers many insights into what businesses want from virtualization.

I was looking over a recent poll from LinkedIn (Click here for Poll) and it revealed many things about what businesses want from virtualization. Being that LinkedIn is a professional-centric site, this could offer some great insight to VMware and other virtualization vendors with respect to actual customer demand in the market. By far, the greatest percentage of respondents, 39%, are looking for reduced costs from virtualization. Second, at 29%, was business continuity. High availability followed at 22% . Server consolidation and fast installation were nearly tied at 4% and 3% r... (more)

The Public Cloud Sector Heats Up with ScaleMatrix and AppLogic

As mainstream cloud adoption picks up pace, concerns such as security and compliance have spurred growth in the private cloud sector. New offerings in this sector seek to balance the economies of scale that a public cloud can offer with the security and control that a private cloud offers. Whereas the original offerings in the public cloud space were cloud-washed hardware and software products haphazardly thrown together, several firms have introduced well-executed complete solutions that integrate all aspects of cloud infrastructure and scale with the needs of the end-user. San... (more)

Why do I need a private cloud? A perfect usage scenario.

One of the questions that is often asked of me as a Cloud Solutions Architect and Consultant is: Why do I need a private cloud? This is a valid question on several levels, but rather than give the usual spiel on ‘security’ and ‘control’, I want to delve into a tangible usage scenario where a private cloud makes sense. While this is just one scenario, think about the ways that this can apply to so many more scenarios that are similar or have similar goals and end-states. There is no question that with AWS, Amazon has stepped forward to provide the de facto public cloud offering, ... (more)