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Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM. Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys Stealth (described bel... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the articl... (more)

Tap In Systems Manages the Cloud

One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly fro... (more)

IBM Smart Business #CloudComputing Press Release (DRAFT)

*** DRAFT - UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL JUNE 16, 2009 at 12:01AM ET Published here after NY Times broke the embargo IBM Readies Cloud for Business New Choices to Automate and Simplify IT for Inefficient Business Tasks ARMONK, NY – JUNE 16, 2009 – IBM today introduced the industry’s first set of “cloud” services and integrated products for the enterprise. This will give clients a reliable way to standardize IT functions that are rapidly becoming too costly or difficult to use. Based on nearly two years of research and hundreds of client engagements, the IBM Smart Business cloud portfolio ... (more)

Hyper-Scale Cloud Apps with GigaSpaces XAP

I had a call with Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces this morning to discuss their announcement of their XAP (eXtreme Application Platform) 7.0 release.  XAP is like JBoss or WebSphere on steroids with lots of support for scaling out and leveraging today’s multi-core server environment.  There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to look at GigaSpaces, including the ability to squeeze a lot more performance out of the same number of boxes. Here’s the marketecture view that shows support for a variety of application frameworks — not just Java. One thing that’s cool about them... (more)