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When is a VMware cloud a vCloud? Let the API wars begin

Attention enterprises —Pop Quiz: If your favorite hosting provider launches a cloud service that supports VMware vSphere and is part of the VMware vCloud initative, are they providing you with the rich vCloud functionality VMware is touting at VMworld this week?The answer is no, because vCloud hasn’t been delivered yet and probably won’t be until the first half of 2010.

September 2, 2009 by James Staten

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Xen.org: Stop the forking. Forrester: About time

Xen.org, the open source community behind the leading IaaS cloud computing hypervisor finally made a bold move today by stepping up to the plate of delivering a complete open source virtual infrastructure for cloud platforms.

August 31, 2009 by James Staten

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Survey your workforce to understand their technology needs

What technology tools does your workforce need? Your workforce is diverse, unique, different, special. They have only one thing in common: They work for the same organization. Forrester's Workforce Technographics analyzes what information workers need from technology.

August 25, 2009 by Ted Schadler

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VMware completes the PaaS to vCloud

If you’ve been wondering why an infrastructure leader would acquire a developer framework, the answer is a bit more complex that what shows on the surface — and a lot more strategic. As stated in the press release and in the blogs by VMware CTO Steve Herrod and SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson, the acquisition helps by, “creating a single, integrated, build-run-manage solution for the data center, private clouds, and public clouds.

August 11, 2009 by James Staten

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Don't rely on industry averages for cost of downtime

On a weekly basis, I get at least one inquiry request from either a vendor or an end-user company seeking industry averages for the cost of downtime. Vendors like to quote these statistics to grab your attention and to create a sense of urgency to buy their products or services.

August 10, 2009 by Stephanie Balaouras

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Can velocity revolutionize the data center business?

Digital Realty Trust is trying to do to the data center business what Dell did to computer manufacturing and Wal-Mart continues to do to the retail market — make delivery efficiency the killer app. It claims it can build out a complete enterprise-class, energy-efficient data center in as little as 26 weeks (versus 16-24 months by its competitors) and for less than half the competitive cost.

August 5, 2009 by James Staten

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