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Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit. Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 A few general comments on the conference. First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere, how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so on. This was... (more)

Quest Software and Cloud Computing

It’s probably about time for me to provide a quick overview of what we at Quest Software are doing in the cloud computing area. There are two main “cloud” directions for us: Using the cloud for our own offerings. Enabling public and private clouds. 1. Using Clouds Using Cloud means providing our products as a service. Most of these efforts are not public yet, but you can get some of the information on what is coming if you see the recording of my TechEd session. Also, Quest has one of the best virtual desktop (VDI) solutions in the market – vWorkspace. And a growing number of servic... (more)

Cloud Computing Ain’t Electricity – It’s a Supermarket

Thanks to Nicholas Carr everyone loves to talk about Cloud Computing as electricity and how we are transitioning from own power-stations to central grid. After a lot of discussions about "the cloud", it occurred to me recently that there is a far better model to make cloud idea easy to understand - and it is supermarket. Electricity is kind of a wrong model. Not because so many folks are now trying to get the pendulum swing back and get to solar panels and other micro-generators, but also because software and IT services are much less uniform than electrical current. There's no ... (more)

Adobe Flash on the Road to Nowhere

This Wednesday was probably the first day on the (potentially long) path to Adobe Flash decline: the most popular video site out there – YouTube – started offering videos in Flash-less mode for browsers which support HTML 5 and h.264 video codec. This means that today the option is available for Chrome and Safari. Then at some point they will likely add the Ogg codec and support Firefox, or help Firefox get native h.264 codec support. And then IE9 ships and all latest browsers will play videos natively. Flash will no longer be required for video, and why would anyone want it then?... (more)

Cloud track announced for TEC 2011

What do enterprise IT architects need to know about the Cloud? What is the difference between SAML and OAuth? Can you really host an AD domain controller in the cloud? How do you enable single sing-on (SSO) between Active Directory and Salesforce.com? Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google Apps? What is the state of art for security and compliance in the cloud? These are just some of the questions which are probably going to be discussed at The Experts Conference 2011 in Las Vegas, April 17-20 2011. If these questions are relevant to you – register today and get the early bird discount... (more)