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Technology of the Year for 2016 - The Web Platform We’re starting to see predictions about what’s going to be hot in enterprise technology in 2017.  Cloud (yet again), Blockchain, Big Data / Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) are all among the top of the list. However, it was Krish Subrumanian’s humorous tweet that started me thinking about what will be the single most important contribution from the enterprise technology community in 2016. While all the aforementioned technologies will certainly see a lot of interest and growth, they’re all enabled by a Web platform. A platform is an architectural pattern and design that underlies all these capabilities. Its attributes are the ability to deliver a focused service and facilitate interaction through programmatic interfaces. The cloud platform delivers metered software and infrastructure services. The Blockchain p... (more)

Workspot DaaS 2.0: A Full-Cloud Desktop | @CloudExpo #DaaS #Cloud #DataCenter

What is new about Workspot Desktop as a Service 2.0 (DaaS 2.0) on Microsoft Azure? Brad Peterson, VP of Marketing at Workspot: First, Workspot VDI 2.0 is the industry's first cloud-native, multi-tenant, infinitely scalable VDI solution, when combined with a customer's datacenter infrastructure, can have desktops and apps up and available to their users in a day.Now, Workspot DaaS 2.0 is the industry's first full-cloud Desktop as a Service solution combining Workspot VDI 2.0 with Microsoft Azure to deliver thousands of desktops in a day, in any part of the world and with zero CapEx. Are you a DaaS platform provider (a company that supplies the technology but offers services like on-boarding assistance for an additional fee) or a DaaS service provider (a company that manages your VDI environment after deployment as a part of the service)? Peterson: Workspot is a DaaS... (more)

New Marketing Methods for Cloud Software | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DataCenter #Virtualization

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Why did you choose Workspot as a company, and why do you think the Workspot product is a winner? Brad Peterson, New VP of Marketing at Workspot: I've known and respected Amitabh Sinha for years - we worked together at Citrix in the early days of VDI.  As I learned more about what Workspot has created over the last 3+ years, I came to understand the significance of their value and timing. During my time at Citrix, I had the honor and pleasure of hosting CIOs from around the world. We would get into discussions regarding their biggest challenges and opportunities, and I had a front row seat to emerging trends like VDI, BYOD, mobility, and the emergence of the cloud. What I learned in the end was that VDI is vital to the success of many enterprise and SMB companies, yet the complexity and expense of managing the infras... (more)

Turning IT Departments into Superheroes | @CloudExpo #ITaaS #Cloud #Virtualization

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is Nerdio all about. What do you do? Vadim Vladimirskiy: Nerdio is a proven IT-as-a-service platform with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology at its core. Nerdio is designed for IT departments that need a way to easily manage their ever-increasing workloads. Nerdio allows users to efficiently manage their complete IT environments by giving them full visibility and control of users' desktops. In addition to virtual desktops, the Nerdio platform includes unlimited virtual servers, Microsoft Office 365 security, and disaster recovery - plus 24/7/365 support. Who is your target audience and how do you reach them? Vladimirskiy: We have a two-pronged approach to market: direct and channel (managed service providers, or MSPs). On the direct side of things, we target internal IT professiona... (more)

The Communication Challenge | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData

The question in a recent #CIOChat tweet chat (Weekend Edition) was, "What are the hardest tech skills to find for your IT organization? Do you groom them or recruit them?" A recurring theme that quickly appeared in the responses was communication skills. This was not surprising, as it is a frequent theme and topic of discussion. The ability for technologists to be able to communicate well with the business is critical to the overall success of an organization. We all speak the same language, so what makes this such a difficult challenge? Surprisingly, I came across a great movie this weekend that helped focus on that question. Context and perspective are key "The Arrival," which came out this weekend, is a science fiction movie about the sudden arrival of 12 large alien ships at different locations around the globe. One of the key plot lines revolves around the vario... (more)

The Rise of the Cloud Put Messaging and Collaboration in the Dark | @CloudExpo #APM #Cloud

The Rise of the Cloud Put Messaging and Collaboration in the Dark Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is the New GSX Solutions and Gizmo all about and what do you do? JF Piot, Vice President Product Management at GSX: GSX Solutions specializes in the monitoring of Messaging & Collaboration environments. For many years now, GSX has helped its customers by providing state-of-the-art monitoring capabilities for IBM applications, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business along with the entire Office 365 suite. What's new with GSX V12 is the ability to deploy and manage multiple GSX Robot Users centrally in order to test all these services from every critical location that our customers may have. The rise of the cloud has put Messaging and Collaboration in the dark when it comes to measuring the service delivered to end-users... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Put the Power in PowerPoint by Creating Meaningful Connections | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Put the Power in PowerPoint by Creating Meaningful Connections with Audiences Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is Zeetings all about and what do you do? Rob Kawalsky: Zeetings is a cloud-based presentation and content interaction platform that transforms an audience from passive viewers into active participants. We believe presentations are more than a set of slides-they are about building a connection between presenters and their audiences. We also believe that great outcomes are achieved not just by talking but by listening. Zeetings creates this genuine connection between presenters and audiences, changing the paradigm from a one-way monologue to a two-way conversation. Unlike a traditional presentation, a "zeeting" is a social and interactive experience accessible via any connected device, coupled with data-driven analytics... (more)

How to: Create a Site Collection at the Root Level of Your Web Application

Have you ever wanted to create a site collection off the root of your site at a path such as (/MySiteCollection), only to find a screen that looks like this? This really stinks.  After all, I don’t want my site new site collection to be under /personal or /sites. I want it to be under the root (/). The link to the left points us to the managed paths page, but you need to know what you are doing.  Going to the managed paths page, we see something like this. As you can see we have four entries listed, but only two are setup as Wildcard inclusions.  Looking at the dropdownlist from the first screenshot, we can quickly put two and two together and realize that it has to be a wildcard inclusion to show up in the list.  So at this point, it seems we need to change the (root) inclusion to be a wildcard.  However, there is no edit button, so this leaves us with no choice ... (more)

New Sidechain Technology for the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Blockchain

New Sidechain Technology for the Internet of Things, Sharing Economies, and Social Networks Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is Lisk all about and what do you do? Max Kordek, CEO of Lisk: Lisk is a cryptocurrency based on Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS), but also a blockchain application and sidechain platform. With our Lisk App SDK, JavaScript developers can deploy their own sidechains and develop blockchain applications on top of them. The fact that Lisk apps are running in their own sidechains allow them to be extremely flexible. Developers can design their own sidechain and app with all the necessary features. Additionally, being on sidechains, the Lisk platform can host thousands of apps without a problem. The main blockchain of Lisk stays extremely lean and efficient. All apps are easily accessible from within our own app... (more)

AJAX Lowers Yahoo! Page Views, Eric Miraglia Explains Why That's Good

We're all familiar with the names: YUI, Prototype, Dojo, JQuery, MochiKit, Tibco, Backbase, and many more. Some are free; some aren't. Some are well documented; many more aren't documented at all. Some support all the browsers you care about; some don't. Some are accessible and work well with assistive technologies; many don't. Some are spry and fast; some are heavy and slow. What all the prominent JavaScript libraries have in common is that they promise to save you time in building rich internet applications by offloading some of the heavy lifting that characterizes development in the browser. However, libraries on the client-side of the browser-server divide are different than libraries in other software development environments. Client-side libraries are transmitted to the client with each page, loaded and processed with each page, and their ability to render UI is... (more)