A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be
discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud
Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention
Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The event runs from November 2-4, 2009.
Building Scalable and Extensible RIAs in the Cloud - Ranjith Ramakrishnan,
Co-Founder & CTO of Cumulux, will be co-presenting a session in which
delegates will learn how to build scalable and extensible RIAs on the Windows
Azure Cloud. The session will cover enabling rich and complete User
Experience customizations and addressing multi-tenant requirements.
Cloud Security - is the focus of a whole welter of sessions in Santa Clara.
"It's Nothing New; It Changes Everything!" is the title of the session being
given by Sun's Chief Security Architect Glenn Brunette, for example. Brunett... (more)
It is well-know that Google is a powerful company that deals not only with
search. Today the company is a world leader in the development of gadgets,
internet services and other development. Also Google has a secret Google X
team which works on development of the most non-standart projects, and among
which there are airships that distribute wireless Internet and the
development of next-generation drugs, but this is just the thing we are aware
of. So, let summarize the ideas that the Internet giant wants to bring to
Probably, only a very lazy person hasn't spoken about this project of Google.
The idea is the following: you may forget about smartphones and computers
only thanks to putting these glasses as all the necessary info will be
available on the glass screen. Google Glass makes a revolutionary augmented
reality technology available to a wid... (more)
Cloud Computing is such a compelling area for government investment because
it offers multiple dimensions of business benefit, one of these being the
ability to play an accelerating role in economic stimulation, critically
important in our current climate.
The technology can reduce the operational costs of IT but it can also
provide for new ways of working, making available new SaaS applications that
can directly enable exciting new growth programs, like Cisco's idea of 'Next
Generation Clusters' aka 'Innovation Clouds'.
Cloud Innovation Hubs
Cost savings and new ways of working are each equally powerful business
benefits in their own right, but it's their combination that generates a
powerful compounding effect known as ''Multi-Factor Productivity' (MFP)'.
It's this MFP variable that Cisco stress in a new white paper intended to
identify Government best practices f... (more)
Twitter has bought a little four-man Palo Alto start-up called Ubalo that was
started in early 2011 "to make large-scale computing easier and more
accessible to a technical audience" according to its web site.
The object was to scale coding on multiple machines using the same widgetry
used for a single machine with no more overhead.
Its early technology could apparently "fetch 5,000 tweets and cluster them
based on the topic of discussion in 21.2 seconds. On a single computer this
task takes more than 10 minutes." It said, "Scaling Twitter search and
natural language processing tasks is easy with Ubalo."
It then moved on to R clusters and analyzed "sentiments corresponding to the
latest Twitter trends, processing 25,000 tweets in parallel in 19.6 seconds."
It said, "Scaling our application in R is easy with Ubalo's simple messaging
Ubalo, which means cou... (more)
Telecommuting at one time meant little more than working from one's kitchen
table, saving files onto a floppy disk, and possibly sending them into the
office via dial-up modem. There was no videoconference, no softphones to move
your office extension to wherever you were sitting at the moment, and no
Google Hangouts, Chatters, or virtual meetings with colleagues.
Under such circumstances, telecommuting was relegated to second-tier
employees that were cut out of the water-cooler loop. Because that early
telecommuting lacked any semblance of true collaboration, and also because
there was no oversight mechanisms built in, companies were reluctant to
embrace it in any meaningful way.
Since Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer made her pronouncement against telecommuting,
issues of telepresence, telecommuting and teleworking have been in the news.
Mayer is not alone in assuming that ... (more)
The age of manufacturing is moving past the dusty, oversized, broken-down
warehouse located on the edge of town and into industrial 4.0. This new
technological revolution is changing the way manufacturing operates within
the digital sphere. Nowadays, manufacturers can track production status,
machine functionality and operational flow with sensors, automation and
wireless IIoT solutions. That’s why this week’s top news is dedicated to
manufacturing of today and tomorrow, realizing this industry is evolving with
the digital revolution.
This is an exciting time for manufacturing, with more innovation integration
happening across the board than in the last twenty years. As the IIoT starts
to take center stage in many shop floors, new digital upgrades will require a
new plan of action to deploy wireless pilot projects for automation and
Now with the rise of s... (more)
It's no secret what's driving the move to virtualization in data centers. The
demand for new and expanded software systems is growing, but the geographic
and carbon footprint required for scaling underutilized dedicated servers is
too costly on many levels.
This issue has led to the maturation of the virtual server, where increased
reliability and stability means reduced risk, making virtualization of the
data center a viable solution. Virtualization makes it possible to replace
physical servers running at 10 percent capacity with fewer, more powerful
servers running at 60 percent capacity or more.
Figure 1: A-Network cloud connected to four servers running one process each.
B-Network cloud connected to two servers each running many processes.
Legacy virtualization platforms support up to four or eight virtual machine
(VM) instances per physical server. New virtuali... (more)
What is Metadata and Why Use it?
Metadata is descriptive information about data. It can be embedded into a PDF
file (as XML) to help identify its contents or characteristics during its
travels. Examples of metadata include: author names, document title, subject
description, source type, etc.
Metadata can help manage change. When businesses integrate metadata into
their work flows, they can better track their document life cycles and stay
ahead of document changes more effectively. However, as businesses grow and
integrate metadata, they often introduce:
Large amounts of unstructured metadata. For example, documents that are
appended or merged with others acquire additional metadata along the way.
Different frameworks to address the problem of unstructured metadata.
However, such frameworks hamper the efficiency of dissimilar systems to
interchange or process informa... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Cloud computing is offering advanced ways for businesses to apply the most
cutting edge technologies to support their key business processes - rapidly
and affordably. Now there is another interesting example as the video below
Google's Wave is a new and interesting seminal Cloud technology. Wave was
invented by brothers Jens Rasmussen and Lars Rasmussen at Google that builds
on the concepts of AJAX combined with fresh look at Operation
Transformation. The solution is so ground breaking the ways in which this
technology may transform web based communication is unclear. It will be up
to the community of developers working within and without the enterprise to
realize the evident potential of Wave.
From a technical perspective, Wave has the ability to interact with other
cloud platforms, like the Force.com platform. Watch the video ... (more)
Innovations Software Technology on Ulitzer
Amazon Thursday turned its Kindle e-reader into a software development
It means to release a limited beta Kindle Development Kit next month complete
with sample code, APIs, tools, and documentation so ISVs can build so-called
"active content" for the dingus.
Which means it could turn more than just an e-book. More like maybe Apple's
unannounced, presumably competitive and reportedly multi-function "iSlate,"
supposedly due to be unveiled Wednesday at a much higher price point than
The SDK will include a Kindle Simulator to simulate the six-inch Kindle and
9.7-inch Kindle DX on Mac, Windows and Linux desktops.
Exactly how limited the beta will be is unclear but Amazon is telling
developers to sign up at http://www.amazon.com/kdk/ so they're notified when
the widgetry's out.
For the past two years, Amazon h... (more)
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Computational science is the field of study concerned with constructing
mathematical models and numerical techniques that represent scientific,
social scientific or engineering problems and employing these models on
computers, or clusters of computers, to analyze, explore or solve these
Numerical simulation enables the study of complex phenomena that would be too
expensive or dangerous to study by direct experimentation. The quest for ever
higher levels of detail and realism in such simulations requires enormous
computational capacity, and has provided the impetus for breakthroughs in
computer algorithms and architectures. Due to these advances, computational
scientists and engineers can now solve large-scale problems that were once
thought intractable by creating the related models and simulate them via
high-performance compute ... (more)