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Five Steps to Migrate Unisys Mainframes to AWS By Craig Marble, Senior Director of Legacy Modernization, Astadia Key Takeaways - Cloud providers like AWS have proven to be a viable option for running mainframe application workloads - The most effective method to exploit the value of Unisys mainframe applications and data is a transformative migration to modern systems frameworks in AWS, reusing as much of the original application source as possible. - Execute a discover, design, modern, test, and implement cycle to move mainframe applications. - Some mainframe migration tools can keep existing code in place, but expect to replace components and rethink data storage. The Mainframe Conundrum If you have a Unisys mainframe, you may be thinking that cloud computing isn't an option. You'd like to take advantage of all that cloud computing offers but don't think it's pos... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Announcing @CloudRank “Bronze Sponsor" of @CloudExpo | #AWS #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Academy is the leading technology training platform for enterprise multi-cloud infrastructure. Cloud Academy is trusted by leading companies to deliver continuous learning solutions across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud computing technologies. From the fundamentals to advanced scenario training, Cloud Academy empowers organizations with the skills, critical thinking, and hands-on experience needed to discover, deploy, and optimize the multi-cloud. For more information, please visit https://cloudacademy.com/. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2,... (more)

Cloudistics “Bronze Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | @Cloudistics #AI #DX #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a single platform to drive unprecedented simplicity in the data center. Customers can start with a base infrastructure and scale to multi-site and multi-geo infrastructures with predictable economics and performance. With open and secure virtual networking, elastic storage, application orchestration and SaaS management, Cloudistics is the blueprint for ap... (more)

Amazon Vets Social Mobile Cloud Apps

Amazon Web Services has announced the beta availability of new mobile software development kits for the Android and iOS platforms.   It was previously possible to write apps for those devices that could work with the Amazon cloud, but it wasn't easy.  As the announcement on the AWS blog points out: "Previously, developers either wrote their own libraries to handle the HTTP connection, request retries, and error handling, or built additional infrastructure to proxy the API requests through a server fleet." Now, though, developers can call AWS web service application programming interfaces directly from mobile apps running on Android smartphones, tablets, and the new Chrome netbooks, or alternately on Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. As you might expect, the Android kit is written in Java and the iOS one in Objective-C, which are similar, but incompatibl... (more)

How a Multi-Cloud Strategy Can Benefit Your Business | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics #DataCenter

Clear Skies Ahead: How a Multi-Cloud Strategy Can Benefit Your Business As more organizations move to the public cloud, they face an important decision: Should they use just one cloud provider, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), or should they adopt a multi-cloud strategy, one that makes use of multiple cloud providers? There are several major cloud platform providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The advantage of a multi-cloud strategy is that organizations can reap significant benefits by using the best of different platforms, rather than relying on a single provider for all of their cloud needs. Many companies are now realizing this advantage. According to Rightscale's 2016 State of the Cloud Report, companies are using an average of 3.6 separate public clouds. It's not always on purpose. In some organizations, multi-cloud happens by... (more)

Top 10 Drivers of the Storage Industry in 2011 - Part 1

Most predictions about the storage industry seem to be either in the weeds (”will FCOE take off - and what flavor?”) or driven by the most sensational news possible (”Cisco will buy EMC and Oracle will buy NetApp!”).   This list strives to take a balanced view that takes positions on the key drivers transforming our industry. With that in mind, here are the first 5 of the ten most important trends in storage with predictions about what will change in 2011: 1.  Capacity demands will continue to grow exponentially. It is amazing how little this one is mentioned.  Think about what happened to the bandwidth market when it was realized that internet usage was doubling every year.  OK - that might be a painful reminder for those of us that experienced first hand the telecom bubble.  The point is that one of the world’s largest industrieswas rad... (more)

Building Vagrant Machines with Packer

Sharing a common development environment with everyone on your team is important. It is really hard though to keep the same dependencies, database versions and other systems in sync between different machines. Vagrant is a great tool that helps with this and manage the lifecycle of a virtual machine. As nice as Vagrant is, provisioning machines with it has always been a pain. A couple of months ago Mitchell Hashimoto, the creator of Vagrant, launched Packer. Packer lets you build Virtual Machine Images for different providers from one json file. You can use the same file and commands to build an image on AWS, Digital Ocean or for virtualbox and vagrant. This makes it possible to use exactly the same system for development which you then create in production. In this blog post we will show you how you can use Packer to build your vagrant machines. In a follow up post... (more)

Amazon’s IoT Strategy | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #AWS #BigData

Amazon's IoT Strategy: A Force to Be Reckoned With Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic investments of its Venture group, strategic partnerships with 50+ major consumer package goods companies and the 50-70 million current Prime customers to become a dominant force in IoT. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, will discuss how Amazon does not just want to domina... (more)

Streaming Media in the Cloud by Amazon and Adobe

CloudFront Session at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Amazon Web Services announced, on Wednesday, streaming media delivery for Amazon CloudFront, the content delivery service from AWS. This new feature enables streaming delivery of audio and video content, providing an alternative to progressive download where end users download a full media file. Amazon CloudFront streams content from a worldwide network of 14 edge locations, ensuring low latencies and providing cost-effective delivery. Like all Amazon Web Services, Amazon CloudFront requires no up-front investment, minimum fees or long-term contracts, and customers only pay for what they use. To learn more about Amazon CloudFront and to start streaming content, visit http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront. “Many customers have told us that an on-demand streaming media service with low latency, high performance and r... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)