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"People will still be predicting the end of middleware ten years from now!" stated Cedric Thomas, CEO of OW2, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "The Internet has fostered the use of simple, robust protocols," Thomas continued. "That middleware we used to know, when information systems were organized in silos is no longer center stage." Cloud Computing Journal: Why in your view is open source so important to the future of infrastructure? Cedric Thomas: The infrastructure is typically what is shared by different users, different applications, different information systems, different companies. People want an infrastructure that is generic, standard, robust and scalable; an infrastructure that they can trust and that they can share. From that perspective, open source is the right model: users, and the economy in general, are much mo... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Amplifying the Power of Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! When the advent of Infrastructure-as-a-Service first took hold a few years back, virtualization of the network was nothing but a pie in the sky idea. Fast-forward a few years and the race to achieve network virtualization is reaching the finish line. In his session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, James Meredith, a product manager for the Rackspace Open Cloud, will discuss how software-defined networking (SDN) will break down another barrier to entry for cloud, pros and cons and everything else in between you need to know to opt... (more)

Dell to Acquire SonicWALL

Dell on Tuesday announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SonicWALL, Inc., a provider of advanced network security and data protection. SonicWALL’s industry-leading Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewalls complement Dell’s security solutions portfolio, enabling it to offer customers a broader range of enterprise offerings. Customers of all sizes face increasing challenges in maintaining effective IT security, from the exponential growth of data and rapid adoption of cloud-based solutions, to the increased presence of consumer devices... (more)

SoftLayer Empowers Customers with Next Generation Intel Xeon Processors

SoftLayer Technologies on Tuesday announced it will offer servers featuring the Xeon E5 2600 series processor. The E5-2600 series is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture and delivers more cores, memory support and I/O bandwidth making it ideal for powering cloud applications, virtualized computing and content streaming. Sam Fleitman, Chief Operations Officer for SoftLayer, stated, "We are ensuring that the newest Sandy Bridge processors are publicly available on day one for our power-hungry customers, who are looking to create tomorrow's leading Web applications and advanc... (more)

j2 Global Acquires Offsite Backup Solutions

j2 Global, Inc., the provider of cloud-based services for businesses, on Monday announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Offsite Backup Solutions, LLC, a Phoenix-based provider of online backup solutions. “This acquisition brings us an established customer base of online backup services in the U.S., marking our launch of online backup services in the U.S., and expands our suite of U.S.-based cloud services for business,” said Hemi Zucker, CEO of j2 Global. “We intend to roll these customers onto our flagship KeepItSafe brand, which currently operates exc... (more)