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DevOps Summit Early Bird Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, providers of Stackato, the platform for the agile enterprise, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 2nd DevOps Summit, which will take place on June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Explore DevOps Summit Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities! ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies use ActiveState... (more)

Amazon Dash Embodies the Stackato Vision: Part 2 By @BernardGolden | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

I recently wrote about how Amazon's new Dash service embodies the Stackato vision; in that post I discussed how Dash reflects the Business Agility portion of our vision. As the image to the left shows, Dash is a service that offers a small button; when pressed, magic happens and an order is placed for the product (in this example, Tide detergent), which is eventually delivered to the customer. Dash presents a very different model of retailing, changing the purchase execution from a physical retail outlet or an online website to the very location of product consumption. With this service, Amazon boxes out its retail competitors by offering a more convenient and immediate transaction. I think Dash is a really interesting and innovative offering that foreshadows the enormous changes the Third Platform portends. In this post, I'd like to discuss the technical underpinni... (more)

Accelerating the Enterprise Use of Private Clouds

"The Obama/Kundra effect of pushing more government data to the web and promoting the application of cloud scale efficiencies has been felt across all markets," noted Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "The thought leadership and leadership by example," Copeland continued, "has raised both the visibility and spurred the growth of a number of important projects." Cloud Computing Journal: How fast will the last remaining barriers to enterprise-wide cloud adoption melt away - are secure public clouds feasible, for example, or only private ones? Bart Copeland: Enterprise adoption of private IaaS is definitely on the rise as one solution for eliminating these barriers. We believe that the advent of Private PaaS solutions such as Stackato will further accelerate enterprise use of ... (more)

Is VMware the New Microsoft in the PaaS World?

In 2000, Microsoft announced that it is building a brand new runtime and a framework called .NET. At the heart of .NET was the Common Language Runtime (CLR) designed to execute an assembly like language known as Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL). This was at a time when Sun was trying to lure the developers away from Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++ to their flagship Java platform. It was not just Microsoft but an array of language and platform players were seriously threatened by Java’s dominance. Microsoft realized that by supporting more languages on top of .NET could bring multiple vendors to join them in challenging Sun. So, Microsoft created a standard called Common Language Interface (CLI) and submitted it to ISO and ANSI. Along with it, Microsoft started engaging with Fujitsu, ActiveState and academia to bring COBOL, PERL, Fortran, Python and even ... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead: PaaS Carefully

We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a Cloud First Policy, nor in State government (see Time For State And Local Govs To Head To The Cloud). Is the Cloud chasm too wide for legacy players (like Harris) to cross? Everyone in the industry is positioning for the game of the century as a result of the disruptive Cloud forces. As I wri... (more)

Is There a CIO Inferiority Complex? (Yes and Here’s How to Get Over It)

It used to be so easy. The company needed more IT infrastructure, so you bought more components, built more technology, and scrambled to keep it all well oiled. Then along came the cloud and the world shifted under your feet - or perhaps more accurately, over your head. Suddenly they wanted you out of the server room and (instead) in the boardroom, assessing the services of cloud computing vendors and discussing the cost benefits of the new technology. And then it's all "strategy this, planning that." But you keep thinking to yourself: What was wrong with the old stuff? And do things really have to change? If "Internal Trembling" is all that comes to mind at the mention of "IT" nowadays, you're not alone. For the past few years, CIOs have developed an inferiority complex, questioning the very skills that got them where they are now and assessing how they can be use... (more)

Cloud Brings out New Equations to the Ecosystem

During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players. Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Center. Same was the case with IBM who was trying to compete through the Rational, WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and MQ Series platforms. Sun and Oracle complemented each other and ran an integrated GTM to win the enterprise customers. The goal of every player was the same – displace competition and own almost every aspect of enterprise IT including the directory services, messaging, databases, business intelligence, systems management, collaboration and enterprise integration. In the era of Cloud, it is unrealistic to think of just one player providing end-to-end capabilities for the enterpris... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Exits from VMware and HP, Announcements and More

Last week we saw a few interesting announcements from some of the cloud providers. Also, there were some ‘must read’ posts published by Microsoft, Amazon and Kinvey. In addition, there were some announcements on new release from Hortonworks and MongoHQ. Yet another important news was the key changes to the leadership team that took place at VMware and HP Cloud. Here’s the summary of the happenings from the cloud world during the last week. Beginning with the popular PaaS player, Windows Azure has provided guidance on the optimal approach to handle restarts correctly by using ‘OnStop’ Method. This method would eventually help in avoiding data loss, data corruption, quick shutdowns, restarts and handles new requests efficiently. In addition, they have also published a new tutorial series and a sample application that shows how to work with Windows Azure Storage table... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Major Updates to PaaS

Over the last week the cloud world seemed to be showered with heaps of new offerings and releases from the cloud providers. There had been a few announcements and new feature release from Microsoft, Amazon, Cloudera and StackMob. Also, there was some good news for developers from Google, CloudFoundry and Hortonworks. Plus, HP Cloud showcased its new cloud migration service to the enterprises. Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week. Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has introduced a new High Memory Cluster Eight Extra Large instance for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Which is designed for memory-intensive applications, like in-memory analytics, databases, caching, and scientific computing. One of the new IaaS players, HP Cloud has showcased its Application Workload Migration services. They have presented a live demo on how quickly the... (more)

Weekly Roundup: SAP Business Suite Is Certified for AWS

Over the last week, the cloud world has witnessed a few important announcements from a couple of major cloud players. There were some new feature releases from Amazon and Microsoft. In addition, Amazon has announced the SAP Business Suite certification on AWS. Also, there was a ‘must read’ post published by Microsoft. Plus, ActiveState has announced about its significant revenue growth from the past year. Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week. Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has introduced the integration of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) with Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS). This service allows a user to set up notifications for any RDS instances by creating an Event subscription. Next, Amazon has announced that AWS has been certified to host the SAP Business Suite environment in full production mode. Thus, increase... (more)

Cloud Computing: Solving the Next Friction Point

Cloud Expo® New York Early Bird Savings here! Today, developers and business units are leading the charge to cloud computing. The primary driver: faster access to computing resources by using the cloud's automated infrastructure provisioning. However, fast access to infrastructure exposes the next friction point: creating, delivering, and operating applications much faster. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Bernard Golden, VP of Strategy at ActiveState, will discuss why solving the next friction point is critical for true cloud computing success and how developers and business units can leverage service catalogs, frameworks, and DevOps to achieve the true goal of IT: delivering increased business value through applications. Explore Cloud Expo® Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Bernard Golden is Vice President of Strategy at ActiveState. He has vast ... (more)