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Google has pulled out all 17 of its presentations from the upcoming JavaOne conference in San Francisco. Yes, it's because of that lawsuit. This is what Reuters has to say about it. Unless Oracle and Google will settle on their little issues, JavaOne may be dead. Or to say it properly, JavaOne will fork, bit it'll never be an event that would gather 10,00-12,000 ENTHUSIASTIC Java developers under the same roof. I'm still going there and, on return, will share with you what kind of vibe/energy I've experienced, if any. I know this guy who should consider this as an opportunity and create large conference, an alternative to JavaOne. He knows how to do it. In general, this Oracle/Google dispute may turn into a birth of a new language created by Google, which will make java obsolete like COBOL. Now there are 17 empty slots to be filled with substitute speakers. I'm wond... (more)

So Who All’s Going to the Oracle-Sun Hearing?

Oh, lookee there. Reuters says that the Justice Department, which cleared the Oracle-Sun merger this summer and publicly snapped – in diplomatic language of course – at the European Commission when it objected, is sending a representative to the sub rosa hearing Thursday and Friday at which Oracle is supposed to try to convince the regulator to let it swallow Sun MySQL and all. If the EC keeps going in the direction it’s been going – and it’s more than likely to – maybe it can manage to provoke an international incident out of the merger of two American companies like it nearly did when it blocked the GE-Honeywell merger, still a sore spot in certain circles, circles that may not be too thrilled with the way it’s treated two other American icons the last few years. If the EC’s antitrust czarina Neelie Kroes didn’t like the DOJ publicly looking askance at her state... (more)

Holiday Presents from the Cloud

Cloud Expo New York As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.  This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed their Windows pricing for cloud servers.  Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather un-cloudlike, where we want to only pay for what we use.  With this new feature, running Windows in Terremark’s cloud only costs a few cents per hour (Linux cost + 20%). Then came the snow—I live in New Hampshire, and on December 9th we received a foot of new snow to really get the season going. The very next day, Amazon ... (more)

HP Acquires Fortify: Application Security Finds the Lifecycle

HP has announced its intent to acquire Fortify Software. Fortify represents one of the last standing original independent application security software vendors. Back in 2003, application security vendors were all the rage. The idea that security vulnerabilities occur rather frequently at the application level was 100% accurate. The problem with getting development and QA shops to fully embrace the notion of application security was one of skills and communication across organizational boundaries. Think about developers and testing professionals, they have full time jobs that keep them more than busy. Now, add the complexity of developing and testing for security – that is a difficult task to add to an already full docket. Thus, application security, while necessary and vital, never gained the traction in the market that was expected. So, slowly one by one, the pure ... (more)

The Top 100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing it became clear that an expansion would be needed before too long. Thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account ( here goes - just three months before Cloud Expo Silicon Valley (November 7-10) - with an expanded roster, listed as before in alphabetical order since I am making no attempt at this stage to rank the various blogs, merely to map - and celebrate - their existence. Dustin Amrhein | "A View from the Clouds" Dave Asprey | "Cloudy Words" Ian Bergin | "Clouded Issues" Randy Bias | "Cloudscaling" Rick Blaisdell | "Rickscloud" Steve Bobrowski | "The Cloud View" Rene Buest | Larry Carvalho | "Robust Cloud" Andrew M. Chapman | "" Sam Charrington | "Cloud Pulse" Colin Clark | "Cloud Event Processing" Peter Coffee | cloudb... (more)

Mediaset Selects S3 Group for New Platform Validation

S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV content delivery platforms, today announced that Mediaset, the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy, has chosen StormTest Development Center as their multi-platform test automation solution. This decision was made after a rigorous search for the best-of-breed testing products around the world. Of the global participants, Mediaset chose S3 Group due to its ability to deliver world-class automated test capabilities. StormTest Development Center gives Mediaset the ability to accurately validate that the components in its content delivery platform, including set-top boxes (STBs), are ready for deployment. Mediaset recently began delivering services to additional devices such as Web-connected TVs, PCs, mobile phones and tablets, and selected S3 Group's solution and services to ensure these platforms were de... (more)

NaviSite Introduces Cloud-Based Desktop-as-a-Service

"Cloud is changing the way enterprises view the corporate desktop," said  Denis Martin, Executive Vice President and CTO at NaviSite introduced an enterprise-class, cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Services (DaaS) offering that enables IT organizations to deliver virtual desktop services to local and remote users from the cloud. "DaaS leverages the scale, simplicity and economics of the NaviCloud to deploy desktops across the enterprise," Martin continued, adding: "Enterprises can now rapidly provision a secure virtual desktop for users that can be accessed on any device, anywhere without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktops while adhering to corporate security and compliance policies. Additionally, most companies rarely have a disaster recovery plan for data maintained on traditional desktop solutions, but cloud-based DaaS offers centralised, built-in bu... (more)

Ziptip Adds Tipping Expert to Advisory Board

Boston, MA, March 15, 2012 --( Ziptip, Inc., a mobile payments application designed specifically for the payment of tips and gratuities, announces the addition of Wm. Michael Lynn, Cornell University Burton M. Sack Professor in Food and Beverage Management, and the U.S.’s foremost tipping expert, to its Advisory Board. Professor Lynn has studied the behavior of tipping for many years, and often writes about such behavior. Professor’s Lynn’s expertise will bring significant value to Ziptip. “I believe there is a need for the kind of direct consumer–to-worker, electronic payment of tips that Ziptip enables. Thus, I am happy to be a part of bringing Ziptip to service workers and consumers around the world.” Ziptip, Inc. was organized in 2011 to solve the many problems of both paying and receiving tips and gratuities. A Tipper’s ability to tip is limited by cas... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: Industry-Leading CxOs to Present June 11-14

What do the CTOs of the CIA and of the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of Eucalyptus, GoGrid, ActiveState, Appcara, OpSource and Nortonworks, the CTOs of Rackspace, SoftLayer, SOA Software and AppZero, the Founder & General Manager of Dell Boomi, the VP of Big Data & Streams at IBM, the Chief Strategy Officer at Pacific Controls, and the Co-Founder/CTOs of CiRBA, CodeFutures and Piston Cloud Computing?   Answer: all are due starting Monday of next week (JUne 11) to present breakout sessions as members of the largest-ever distinguished Speaker Faculty of Cloud Expo New York, taking place June 11-14, 2012, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The quality of the speakers is best evidenced by the fact that they include: Founder & GM at Dell Boomi - Rick Nucci CTO at the Central Intellig... (more)

10th International Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York – Photo Album

10th International Cloud Expo, held on June 11-14, 2012 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured four content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the cloud computing ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. We invite you to enjoy our photo album of the show - we'll be adding new images all week. ... (more)

Mastering Enterprise Mobility with SAP in ANZ

I am honored to have been invited to speak at a series of 4 one-day conferences in Australia and New Zealand in November, 2012.  The conference series is entitled, Mastering Enterprise Mobility with SAP and consists of 17 international and local mobile experts sharing their insights.  It looks like a great program! Topics include: Developing Your Enterprise Mobility Strategy (ME) Getting Mobile Solution Design Right Security Management, Governance and Compliance Communication Infrastructure and Device Management Understanding the SAP Roadmap and Products Developing the Business Case for Mobility Succeeding with Change Management Support and Administration of Mobility Projects Reporting, Analytics and Mobile BI Technical Connectivity and Continuity Australia is such a beautiful and interesting place to visit.  I have had the privilege of visiting and speaking in Austra... (more)