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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)

What Matters is Asia and the Elements of Innovation -McKinsey

I focus on technological innovation because it drives innovation throughout the global economy, changing what we make, what we use, and what we do. Centers of technological innovation become centers of innovation across a broad economic spectrum for two reasons: innovation in technology is inseparable from the innovations that flow from it, and the regearing of a society for innovation of any kind has effects on law, capital, and business culture that spill across boundaries. To become a world-class center of technological innovation, a society must have three basic elements: • drive—a culture that supports change and hungers for it • human capital—the personal abilities that make world-class technology possible • a capacity for mobilization—a society’s ability to pursue ambitious new goals These basic elements are more fundamental than any current performance metr... (more)

The Beauty of the Cloud

What is cloud computing? What is the difference between a cloud and the internet?  Some Twenty-One Experts Define Cloud Computing differently, and there are even more definitions out there. Among many that I've heard are some of the following: Cloud = Internet Cloud = Innovation Cloud = On Demand Cloud = Autonomic computing Cloud = Distributed computing Cloud = Grid computing Cloud = Hosting Cloud = Multi-tenancy Cloud = SOA Cloud = Utility computing Cloud = Virtualization Cloud = SLA-driven Cloud = SaaS Cloud = PaaS / OPaaS Cloud = IaaS / HaaS Cloud = Just a marketing buzzword Cloud = Applications, Platforms, and Infrastructure delivered as a service Many also say, "Cloud computing is nothing new.  All of these technologies have existed for quite some time".  That's like saying the iPhone is nothing new because all the technologies existed prior to its arrival.  For... (more)

Creating Correlated Workflow Services in WF4 / .NET4 : Part 1

In the past, Windows Workflow Foundation hasn't gotten a (deservedly so) bad reputation for being full of needless bloat, overly complicated, and missing a lot of key things that make workflow productive for developers. As a result of that, Microsoft completely overhauled WF in the .NET Framework 4.0. One of the new features of WF4 is the concept of a workflow service. A workflow service is really nothing more than a workflow that is hosting WCF endpoints within the activity. This allows the workflow to progress from start to finish by communicating with external clients, such as websites, WPF applications, or Silverlight applications. In the sample I'm going to illustrate in this series of blog posts, I'm going to create a customer service helpdesk application. There will be a single workflow at the core of the application - the customer issue workflow. A customer... (more)

A New Medical Journal Search Tool from DeepDyve

A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First, they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second, getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or access to medical libraries. This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24 hours. You can get other “plans” that allow unlimited access for more money. Does this sound familiar, like renting movies? Got it. Their search engine is very simplistic — you can’t sort by date for example. But you can enter an entire abstract into the search query to narrow things down. ... (more)

DDN Plans to Roll Out Massive Digital Signage Network with 7-11

Digital Signage Journal There's a press release making the rounds today about a company called DDN - who you will have never heard of - announcing plans to roll out with convenience store giant 7-11. The deal between the the world's biggest c-store operator and Digital Display Networks, Inc. would create one of the bigger digital out of home networks, anywhere, if it gets out to more than 6,200 stores in the United States and Canada, reaching an estimated 190 million monthly viewers. The programming will have national and local entertainment news and weather, and a blend of house, vendor and third party ad spots running on two screens, with audio, in each store. Well, that constantly repeating audio loop will make working at a 7-11 just THAT much more pleasant, won't it? Ugh. This is a deal that has been around for all of this year, and I know the NYC-based guy cha... (more)

Specialized HPC Clusters in the Cloud

There are hundreds of life science labs in the U.S. using next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, proteomics, and molecular modeling to identify the genes behind, and potential drug targets to cure, many diseases including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. With increasing data coming off of modern scientific instruments, the demand for compute power to analyze the data is increasing dramatically. Currently, life science researchers in bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, and molecular modeling need to spend tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy server clusters to run their scientific calculations. High performance computing (HPC) has come a long way for life sciences. Twenty years ago, expensive parallel supercomputers were required to render proteins in three dimensions and run software that helped researchers understand their shapes. N... (more)

How to Maintain Your Network Operable with Network Monitor

Network equipment failures can cause grave consequences, such as material and data looses, bad relations with your customers, etc. System administrators should detect all the failures that can occur on all network devices (local computers, servers, switches, network printers and others) in time and recover them as fast as possible. That is why the network monitoring is vital in modern IT infrastructure. With the program 10-Strike Network Monitor, an administrator can solve this problem effortlessly. The program is to be installed on the administrator computer only and does not require installing any other software on remote computers. 10-Strike Network Monitor will scan your network, detect all devices, and create a list in the tree-like form. You can edit this list, for example, and organize hosts in folders. The monitoring process runs remotely via a network. Th... (more)

The Perfect "Innovation" Storm

Innovation Journal on Ulitzer Another storm?  Didn’t we just have one in the financial and credit markets you say? Well, yes, and no.  Yes, we did have a storm, though it wasn’t one of innovation, unless we count the complex and innovative derivative instruments created by Wall St. in which banks, investment firms, and insurance companies participated, creating global instability, and resulting in the largest economic crisis since WWII. One can clearly see the power of innovation, whether positive or negative, the lever of innovation at work has tremendous potential for global impact.  As we enter an ever accelerating period of innovation in science and technology, we are beginning to see its impact. In recent news we note the government jumping into the cloud computing pool GSA Outlines U.S. Government’s Cloud Computing Requirements and today, another telling art... (more)

Techno-SciFi For Engineers and Soldiers - Daemon

There is nothing more irritating or annoying to a professional soldier than to watch a movie and find technical errors. A haircut that is out of regulation, a misplaced ribbon or medal, errors in weapon nomenclature, or even unit designations and locations. A soldier knows within a millisecond when there is a technical error – and it dilutes even the best story line. Telecom and Internet industry-related professionals have the same emotion when terms, equipment, or architectures are mispresented in movies. Then along comes an author who has either really done his homework well, had great advice, or simply knows his subject matter cold. Once the credibility is firmly established, then there is an uncanny ability to lay a story on top of that technical credibility, and keep even the most critical geek engaged. Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" was the first novel I had ... (more)

Artificial Intelligence - It Isn't Science Fiction Anymore

Computer scientists have been pursuing artificial intelligence, using computers to simulate human thinking, for sometime and with little success. Recently, however, great progress has been made to create devices that can listen, speak, see, reason and learn. According to scientists the result is not only that artificial intelligence will transform the way humans and machines communicate and work together, but also that it will eliminate millions of jobs, create many others and change the nature of work and daily routines. Steve Lohr and John Markoff wrote a recent article in the NYT titled, "Smarter Than You Think" to learn how "AI" is progressing very rapidly and being experimented in the mainstream businesses today. Here is one of their observations: The artificial intelligence technology that has moved furthest into the mainstream is computer understanding of ... (more)