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Greg O'Connor

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AppZero Session at Cloud Expo Did you ever have the invisible dream?  I don't like it.  It's the one where I have "the answer" to a big problem (usually involving giant, malevolent aliens) but everyone walks right past me because I'm invisible. I had that feeling yesterday reading James Urquhart's blog titled, "Application packaging for cloud computing: A proposal". He'd written a series of posts considering deployment and operations in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments. Looking at the impact of cloud computing on the use of virtual machines and operating systems, Urquhart wrote, "The very heart and soul of software systems design is being challenged by the decoupling of infrastructure architectures from the software architectures that run on them." Yes.  Exactly what I've been saying.  Exactly what AppZero does in ... (more)

Occupy Cloud! Movement Set to Occupy Cloud Expo

As Occupy Wall Street went global mixing grievance with entitlement, the movement quickly became the melting pot for all things protest-able. Taking to the streets with euros, dollars, and yens taped across their mouths demonstrators marched, camped, and otherwise deplored the unfairness of reality. "But, who will speak up for production enterprise applications?" I thought.  "The reality is that 99% of production enterprise applications are still earth-bound ... not on the cloud. Those greedy, lightweight dev/test use cases are monopolizing the cloud." The paradigm-busting, wor... (more)

The Elastic Enterprise Extends IT Operations to the Cloud ….. Today

We were all there at the beginning when, "The Internet changed everything," morphed into the paradigm buster we now call "The Cloud." As an industry, we watched Amazon (AWS) break the $100M revenue mark in 2008; scanned Gartner's first cloud computing vendor list in 2009; and heard Microsoft declare itself "all in" in 2010. The cloud-as-infrastructure journey from promise to powerhouse has been at once exciting and disappointing. Exciting for obvious reasons and disappointing because the reality of cloud usage has largely remained the purview of development. To date, the predomi... (more)

Windows Server 2003 Migration By @AppZero_Inc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration It's spring in the Northeast, and this week we're launching a new blog post series, "Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration." Why a series of posts on WS2003? Even as summer and EOS is just months away, our "State of Readiness for Windows Server 2003 End of Support" survey reveals the shocking truth: most of you haven't done anything about remediation yet, and most will not complete your upgrades before the deadline. Fortunately, AppZero and our partners have been very, very busy. In case you... (more)

The Next Big "Cloud" Thing: VMWare’s Virtual Platform Stack

VMware Virtualization on Ulitzer VMWare's purchase of SpringSource came as quite a shock to many in the industry. Why?  Because, with this purchase, the Gorilla of Virtualization jumped from below the OS right smack up into application development and the runtime stack.  Now they can deliver a Platform as a Service (Paas) for everyone under the sun .... or, as is more likely, the cloud. At first glance, you might wonder why VMware would make this move into the application development space: What synergy is there between the below the OS infrastructure and application infrastructu... (more)