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Recently I was having a conversation with Jeremy Geelan on Skype, sharing screens on the proposed cloud expo boot camp agenda, and then the most annoying thing happens: the local electric company drops power for two whole minutes. I lose my Internet connection and we resume our conversation about 5 minutes later. Although this is rare in our neighborhood, this was just an annoyance without too much of loss of productivity. On the other hand, a disconnected scenario can be severely more painful if it happened in a commercial setting. Imagine the following scenarios if with a broken link: A manufacturing shop floor application running on a hosted application; a retail store Point of Sale application on a Friday at 5 pm; an insurance agent standing with an application running on an iPad completing a claim at an accident site. Application developers are accustomed in b... (more)

Apple App Store and Its Influence on Hosted Business Applications

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer How is Apple’s success influencing the future of computing? Force.com and Google Apps now have marketplaces similar to the Apple App store whose target is businesses not consumers. You will get very few of these free or something that costs just a couple of bucks. These apps usually these have monthly maintenance fees associated with these and a lot of them have a “freemium” model, free for limited functions with a cost for value-added functionality. This is probably going to change the way business applications are delivered. Going from an in-premise model ... (more)

Intel’s Intelligent Buy

It took me a while to digest Intel’s acquisition of McAfee. Other than giving Intel an opportunity to improve the desktop architecture by integrating security into chips and expanding their software footprint, this acquisition can also make a huge impact on the cloud computing architecture. Security is one of the biggest roadblocks that customers have to address when evaluating the possibility of using cloud computing technology in their solutions. Current technology to address security concerns increase hardware, software and services costs reducing benefits gained. Project times... (more)

Let the Platform-as-a-Service Battles Begin!

Platform as a Service(PaaS) is a growing area of interest in cloud computing. The inclusion of infrastructure with industry leading middleware capabilities reduces the barrier to create and deliver innovative applications and business processes to customers. PaaS can be a game changing direction taken by start-ups, independent software vendors, systems integrators and hosting companies who are all involved in putting their solutions to end customers. Start-ups have the potential to build and deliver applications leveraging their domain knowledge with flexibility and agility never... (more)

Speed Demons: Giants Collaborate, Give Customers Rapid Results on the Cloud

There are several platforms available to Systems Integrators (SI’s), Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) and start-ups to migrate or develop their cloud computing solutions on. The battle between cloud computing technology vendors is to attract partners to their technology platform. Several aspects go into the decision of platform choice including vendor experience, technology readiness, skills availability and standards support. In addition existing partnerships, trust and relationships play an important role. In the days of PC operating system market share battles, vendors who ... (more)