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Developer Trends: Ruby in the Cloud with Enterprise Class SLAs

Developer Trends: Ruby in the Cloud with Enterprise Class SLAs

Heroku is a platform that offers an effective join of the best parts of scaling cloud infrastructure with simple but great tools for immediately provisioning Ruby applications. Last week, at the Under the Radar event, where Heroku is a alumni, the company announced that they are nearly at 60,000 applications – marking a growth rate of over 1,000…

Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform Goes for the Endzone

Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform Goes for the Endzone

Yesterday, Hitachi took the wraps off their Unified Computing Platform by introducing its open data center platform. It is aimed at consolidating the enterprise functions of networking, storage, and compute into an orchestration layer.

Virtualization is still guiding the evolution of the data center, in this case all the way to the physical…

First Public Draft: Taking the Wraps off OAuth 2.0

First Public Draft: Taking the Wraps off OAuth 2.0

The OAuth 2.0 draft specification is out there. The efforts of the group working on the specification are paying off in the form of an IETF working group submission. One thing is clear, there is a natural tension in following the processes of IETF and the hyper-innovation cycle of web standards that are now powered by the growth of social…

Coming Soon: Multi-Tasking on the iPad with Many-Device Apps

Coming Soon: Multi-Tasking on the iPad with Many-Device Apps

Virtualization is a star – at least in the big stage of the iPad. Since the device launched, Citrix Receiver has been one of the top ranked business apps in the store.

Chris Fleck, mobility leader on the Citrix team shares this demonstration showing a Citrix Receiver application enabled with four applications running side by side on iPad. He…

Channeling Murdoch: Choices for Content Payments on the iPad

Channeling Murdoch: Choices for Content Payments on the iPad

With the launch of the iPad, the value of content is being reconsidered once again. It’s clear that free (the way of Google) isn’t the goal of the publishing industry. As a result, many new iPad owners are faced with the question of whether the book or magazine they own or consume should be purchased again on the iPad.

Similarly, developers are…

iPad: Citrix Brings Windows 7 Back to the Future

iPad: Citrix Brings Windows 7 Back to the Future

When will the iPad deliver in the enterprise? We first asked this question on Feb 11th when we interviewed the Citrix team. At the time, we gave it a thumbs-up as the Citrix team had good answers for all of our questions.

Today, with the launch of the iPad, Citrix has delivered on its promise of making Citrix Receiver (powered by XENApps…

Cloudkick Broadens its Scope: Now Monitors the Datacenter

Cloudkick Broadens its Scope: Now Monitors the Datacenter

Cloudkick is a cloud monitoring start-up that helps system admins manage cloud servers. Today, the company announced it is getting physical, bringing its cloud monitoring capabilities to internally hosted servers and virtual machines.

The company has had a lot of success in helping companies who startup in the cloud and start to achieve scale…

Earth Hour: Is it Time to Virtualize the Electrical Grid?

Earth Hour: Is it Time to Virtualize the Electrical Grid?

Another Earth Hour has passed by this weekend. Electrical systems across the globe were shut down to observe, for an hour, that energy is precious. In this moment, we also acknowledge that as humanity, we have the power to do better for ourselves. One great thing about Earth Hour is the photos. If you haven’t yet, check out the brilliant photo…

Enterprise Cloud Control: Q&A with Eucalyptus CTO Dr. Rich Wolski

Enterprise Cloud Control: Q&A with Eucalyptus CTO Dr. Rich Wolski

Eucalyptus a software layer that forms private clouds patterns in the enterprise. Private clouds are bringing together the best of Linux, Amazon, and VMware in a practical way.

It could be argued that the cloud itself is a product of the open source spirit. So, with that in mind, we took a closer look at Eucalyptus and sat down with Dr. Rich…

Rulers of the Cloud: Google Becomes the Cloud, Search is a Feature

Rulers of the Cloud: Google Becomes the Cloud, Search is a Feature

The shortest way to describe this is that Google is no longer a verb. It’s becoming a noun. Not just the few clicks to find information, but the information itself and the experience surrounding it.

Today, we get to add Google’s chapter to “Will One Company Dominate the Cloud” introspective series and take a glimpse of the silent revolution…

Got Budget? Virtualization Leads to Fewer Meetings

Got Budget? Virtualization Leads to Fewer Meetings

McKesson is a global health care leader that has 26 operating companies. The centrial IT group had the vision to automate “the last mile” of IT planning, the budget approval process. We think of it as the budget approval dance, and when containing costs, it’s a ritual that can leave scars. This company has evolved to the point of improving the…