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Network and Cloud Optimization Connecting to major cloud service providers is becoming central to doing business. But your cloud provider's performance is only as good as your connectivity solution. Massive Networks will place you in the driver's seat by exposing how you can extend your LAN from any location to include any cloud platform through an advanced high-performance connection that is secure and dedicated to your business-critical data. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Paul Mako, CEO & CIO of Massive Networks, will discuss the intricacies of network and cloud management optimization." Speaker Bio Paul Mako, born and raised in Minnesota, is the CEO & CTO of Massive Networks (massivenetworks.com). Graduating at the top of his class in computer science and literature from the University of Colorado, he began his journey in custom network engineering back i... (more)

[session] Composable Infrastructure | @CloudExpo @HTBase @Azure #AWS

Composable Infrastructure and Multi-Cloud Imagine having the ability to leverage all of your current technology and to be able to compose it into one resource pool. Now imagine, as your business grows, not having to deploy a complete new appliance to scale your infrastructure. Also imagine a true multi-cloud capability that allows live migration without any modification between cloud environments regardless of whether that cloud is your private cloud or your public AWS, Azure or Google instance. Now think of a world that is not locked into that rigid appliance vendor or specific public cloud provider, where all silos are now unified into one. No longer do you have to imagine as that is Composable Infrastructure. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, will discuss Composable Infrastructure, the next evolution of hyper-convergen... (more)

Serverless Computing: Ready for Prime Time | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #Serverless #DigitalTransformation

Serverless Computing: Ready for Prime Time The cloud ushered in a fundamental change in the way applications are deployed. Instead of worrying about how much dedicated hardware to order for your data center, you simply spin up as many servers as you need to do the job, then decommission them once the job is done. Yet, you still have to plan how many servers you will need at each stage of processing; you still have to remember to decommission them when done; and you pay for the entire virtual machine during the time you use it even though the server may be idle for most of that time. The next stage in the evolution of the cloud is serverless computing. After all, the servers you order in the cloud are only a means to an end - they provide the plumbing needed to run your code in response to various events. In the serverless computing paradigm, you supply the set of e... (more)

The Titanic and Your Network: 37 Seconds from Disaster? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Cybersecurity

The Titanic and Your Network: 37 Seconds from Disaster? Put yourself in the shoes of Captain Edward Smith of the RMS Titanic, seconds after the iceberg was reported to him and seconds (there were 37 of them, reportedly) before he reacted. In this critical timeframe - this brief space of time when the inevitability of disaster became clear - was the great ship's fate decided? Like the maritime world before marine radar, there are times in IT security when the iceberg of an attack remains shrouded in fog and invisible. Yet there are also times when disaster is clearly right in front of us. It is these times - when we can see the data breach coming and need to steer the ship around it - that truly test our foresight. When Can You See It Coming? There are many clear indicators of impending attacks and scenarios in which attacks are likely. The question is whether we're a... (more)

Understanding Virtualization | @CloudExpo #VM #AI #DX #Virtualization

A Look at How Virtualization Is Setting Business Free from Physical Constraints Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business? The floodgates have officially opened. Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants, looking for any opportunity to reduce their dependence on physical assets and environments. But is it worth the cost? This is a question that many businesses find themselves wondering and the answer isn't always clear. Four Trends in Virtualization For the purposes of this article, the term virtualization will be used to describe any activity that involves digitizing processes that were otherwise physical and/or manual in nature. In other words, virtualization is the process of mo... (more)

You Are the Network | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #DX #AI

First there was the Stone Age. Then we learned how to manipulate and smelt metals, which led to an Agrarian age. From there, machines helped bring about the Industrial age, then the Space Age. So where are we now? Shall We Call It the Network Age? Metcalfe's Law holds that the value of a connected network, telecommunications in the parlance of his day, is proportional to the square of the number of connected users. Or stated more simply, the utility of a connected ‘thing' increases as more and more ‘things' are connected. The telephone acts as an easy example. One phone by itself is a paperweight, but one million connected to the same network is immeasurably powerful. We live in a day of increasing connectivity. Think back to just a few years before the ubiquitousness of the Internet. How did we look up information? A phonebook for a phone number? An encyclopedia for ... (more)

Interoute @CloudExpo Bronze Sponsor | @Interoute #IoT #DigitalTransformation

SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centers across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world's leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute's Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, ... (more)

Five Network Metrics | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #APM #SaaS #AI #DataCenter

Five Network Metrics for a Cloud World By Christine Cignoli As the network has moved from a physical entity to a more abstract one, IT has valiantly kept pace by researching and deploying new network devices and functionality. IT teams have had to shift workloads and mindsets to the cloud and to SaaS providers, while remaining responsible for end-user experience-which is ever more important. It's a tangled web in the networking world today, but all is not lost. We recommend these five metrics as the building blocks to measuring end-user experience and network performance in the cloud. They'll likely look pretty familiar: They're the same old metrics as were useful in the pre-cloud world, and can offer valuable insights now, too (though you'll need to be able to see into the cloud to get them - AppNeta can help with this). 1. Latency. This metric measures the time it ... (more)

Accelerate Mobile & Web Application Development with Linked Data Services

Over the past few years, the demand for applications that run on mobile devices has exploded and there is no sign of this demand decreasing anytime soon. This, coupled with the rapid growth of cloud computing, has resulted in a large number of business applications that live outside the corporate firewall but still require agile access to data in corporate data centers, partner sources and public data like social media. These applications need quick and easy access to this data if they are to evolve rapidly in response to changing user preferences and business needs. Organizations are now discovering a new resource-oriented, web-friendly, RESTful approach to data services for mobile and cloud application development. This approach uses data virtualization to deliver what are called "linked data services." Data Challenges Facing Mobile and Cloud Developers Mobile and... (more)

Close Familial Ties: SDN and NFV | Part 2

In a previous blog I took the opportunity to comment on the role of billing in a future of Software Driven Networks (SDN). However, before we get too caught up in the billing component, it might be worthwhile to discuss where SDN itself is going and to tease out some of the distinctions between SDN and its cousin, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). For those who are not deeply involved in the development of either SDN or NFV, some of the discussions might seem arcane, while some of the distinctions might seem overly subtle. SDN and NFV have different origins and different interest groups championing their causes. SDN, as I described in the last blog, originated from some interesting thoughts from Stanford and Berkeley. It now has its own organization, the Open Network Foundation (ONF), which is pushing the idea forward. The motivation for this work lies in th... (more)

Storage Virtualization By @RickNotDelgado | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

How Businesses Can Benefit from Storage Virtualization Virtualization has almost become a no-brainer for most major companies out there. The added benefits of greater efficiency and lower energy costs are certainly excellent reasons for adopting a virtualization strategy and the vast majority of big businesses are taking advantage of it. Trailing behind them are the small businesses which, with limited resources, have slowly but steadily been catching up to their bigger competitors. For several years now, the focus has been on how server virtualization can give small businesses a boost, but many of these same companies are beginning to realize the benefits that come from storage virtualization too. According to one report, more than half of small businesses have implemented storage virtualization already, and as the rest begin to integrate it into their operations, t... (more)