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The SMS message was desperate. AJ sent the plea “If I have to see one more picture of a cloud in a PPT I might lose it…” After two days of presentations at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo, where companies tried to bring the audience up to an Intro to Clouds 101 level, some attendees were grasping for new ideas, new information, new reasons why companies should release their IT models currently based on strict FUD-Factor (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) compliance, to the new generation of cloud computing. The “same slides, different day” approach was starting leave some attendees a bit glazed, until Shelton Shugar, SVP of Cloud Computing at Yahoo! kicked off the morning with his keynote speech “Accelerating Innovation with Cloud Computing.” Shugar woke the audience up with an overview of how Yahoo! Is “walking the talk” with cloud computing deployments in t... (more)

A Cold, Wet Blanket of Politics Covers the Copenhagen Climate Summit

The headlines say it all… "Further commitment needed to break negotiation deadlock." The rich nations vs. the poor nations. Industrialists vs. environmentalists. And at the end of the day, looking out over the Pacific Ocean towards Catalina Island from Long Beach, the dense brown sludge of polluted air is a constant reminder we are dumping horrifying amounts of human waste into the oceans and air. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says "world policymakers do not have to choose between a clean environment and economic growth." Schwarzenegger believes people worried about ... (more)

Life is Not Fair, But We Must Be Fair

Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer Normally I will not watch Fox News, and even if I somehow stumble upon Fox News I would rather watch the Cartoon Channel before listening to Glen Beck or Sean Hannity. But here I was, a Saturday night hitting the treadmill at the Burbank YMCA, and the TV lineup offered a college bowl game with two teams I had never heard of, the food channel, the house hunting channel, reruns of MSNBC’s Lockup, and a rerun of the world’s dirtiest jobs on Discovery. And Glen Beck. His guest was Jon Huntsman, Sr. (Click here for a link to the interview) Jon Huntsman, Sr... (more)

OSS Development for the Modern Data Center By @John Savageau | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Modern Data Centers are very complex environments.  Data center operators must have visibility into a wide range of integrated data bases, applications, and performance indicators to effectively understand and manage their operations and activities. While each data center is different, all Data Centers share some common systems and common characteristics, including: Facility inventories Provisioning and customer fulfillment processes Maintenance activities (including computerized maintenance management systems ) Monitoring Customer management (including CRM, order managemen... (more)

The Real Story Behind Independent Internet Consultants?

So you have 20 years of engineering and business management experience under your belt. It is logical that you will have a level of tacit knowledge many companies will pay for. In the years following the Dot COM meltdown I remember encountering many consultants. Guys we’d worked with for many years, and knew the telecommunications business cold. Everybody thought when the Dot COM meltdown occurred, these guys would do great with their new consulting careers. I mean, with that amount of experience young companies should be throwing money at these guys with all the experience. In ... (more)