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Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Announces Cloud Expo 2011 New York Venue

Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that Cloud Expo 2011 New York, the 8th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo - International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world’s leading Cloud-focused event and is held in New York, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong. Over 900 corporate sponsors and more than 65,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Expo since its inception, tenfold more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! "Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (more)

Scott Jenson's Google #IoT Session @ThingsExpo

Internet of Things at Google Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Scott Jenson has been at the forefront of user interface design for over 25 years. He was the first member of the User Interface group at Apple in the late 80s, working on System 7, the Apple Human Interface Guidelines and the original Newton. Following that he was Director of Product Design for Symbian, then managed the mobile UX group at Google and was Creative Director at frog design. Scott is now back at Google, on a quest to bridge the physical and digital worlds. Exclusive Photo: Physical Web beacon prototype (pen for scale) Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic... (more)

Opinion: Who Made Amazon the Judge of What's Legal on the Web?

[This post originally appeared on Joseph Galarneau's blog and is republished here in Cloud Computing Journal (www.CloudComputingJournal.com) by kind permission of the author.] When you visit Newsweek.com, the words you read started their journey milliseconds earlier from an Amazon.com datacenter somewhere in northern Virginia. And if you visited Wikileaks.org earlier this week, the bytes comprising leaked U.S. embassy cables would have traveled a similar path from Amazon servers based in northern California or Ireland. While WikiLeaks and Newsweek are very different organizations, we both relied on the 21st century equivalent of the printing press – cloud computing – to distribute our information. Amazon shut off WikiLeaks servers Wednesday, citing the company’s violation of Amazon rules, coincidentally at the same time government officials called for similar action... (more)

Google's OpenSocial: A Technical Overview and Critique

Dare Obasanjo's Carnage4Life Blog One of the Google folks working on OpenSocial sent me a message via Facebook asking what I thought about the technical details of the recent announcements. Since my day job is working on social networking platforms for Web properties at Microsoft and I'm deeply interested in RESTful protocols, this is something I definitely have some thoughts about. Below is what started off as a private message but ended up being long enough to be its own article. First Impressions In reading the OpenSocial API documentation it seems clear that is intended to be the functional equivalent of the Facebook platform. Instead of the Facebook users and friends APIs, we get the OpenSocial People and Friends Data API. Instead of the Facebook feed API, we get the OpenSocial Activities API. Instead of the Facebook Data Store API, we get the OpenSocial Pers... (more)

Government IT Expo: eGov and Open Standards

When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information. The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act's dollars will be spent. As chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, Kundra raised the bar by making government data more readily accessible to its residents, leveraging pre-existing Web 2.0 technologies like Facebook and YouTube. Federal agencies are now banding together to plan for how they are going to provide this information in an open, standardized ma... (more)

[Update] Swiss Bank Closes Assange’s Account

PostFinance, the Swiss Post Office bank, has closed the account that WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange opened after PayPal late Friday closed the one the renegade site has been using to collect donations. The Swiss Post bank said Monday morning that it found "Assange provided false information regarding his place of residence when opening the account." The statement on the bank's web site adds that "The Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process. Assange entered Geneva as his domicile. Upon inspection, this information was found to be incorrect. Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance. For this reason, PostFinance is entitled to close his account. If there is any indication that the information provided ... (more)

Portable Persistence Using the EJB 3.0 Java Persistence API

Experience has taught us that it's not enough to simply have a persistence standard as part of an enterprise specification. It must be a standard that can solve people's problems and be useful to most of the applications that want to use it. While earlier versions of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) persistence met some of the needs, they were primarily focused on the distributed problem domain. It is now known, and has been proven by successful commercial products like Oracle TopLink and Open Source projects like JBoss Hibernate, that the objects to be persisted don't have to be anything more than simple Java objects. The proof was in the popularity of these Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) tools; most developers have tended to pick up and use these tools rather than adopt the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) entity bean programming standard. The problem was that even th... (more)

Creating a Common Cloud Computing Reference API - Part Two

Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog So it would seem my cloud standardization post has hit a nerve with a few. So I would like to post a some follow on ideas I've had, since writing it. First of all I'm also not totally sold on the whether or not cloud computing is ready for a cloud standard just yet. What I do think we need is a reference implementation (Platform & Infrastructure) and common extensible API - "CloudVirt" This API may someday form the basis for a standard, but in the meantime gives us a uniform API to work against, so whether you're using Google App Engine or Force.com, GoGrid or EC2, Nirvanix or S3, you'll have a central point of programmatic contact. I personally don't want to have to rewrite my platform for every new cloud provider's API, which is exactly what we're doing now. Also a few people have point out the CIM (Common Information Model) could be ... (more)

UK Police Arrest Five Anonymous Hacktivists

In a coordinated 7am raid Thursday morning British bobbies swooped down on houses in London and towns around the country and arrested five men and boys suspected of being part of Anonymous, the loose international coalition that last year unleashed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on companies such as PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and PostFinance for refusing to handle payments to the cable-leaking WikiLeaks site and its organizer Julian Assange. They also tried to take down Amazon for turning off WikiLeaks’ cloud servers. The culprits are aged 15, 16, 19, 20 and 26 and are being held at their local jails waiting to be charged under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act of 1990. They each face an $8,000 fine and a 10-year stretch in one of Her Majesty’s prisons. The police said the round-up was part of an on-going investigation by international law enforcement agen... (more)

Oracle Demonstrates WebRTC Solution with CounterPath's Bria

CounterPath Corporation, a leading developer of award-winning desktop, tablet and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, Tuesday announced its suite of telecommunications solutions will be showcased at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco on September 22-26. OpenWorld attendees will have the opportunity to see CounterPath's Bria softphone solutions leveraged in live demonstrations of Oracle's Tunneled Service Control Function (TSCF), which delivers an infrastructure-based alternative for real-time, over-the-top (OTT) communications that enables increased secure connectivity, enhanced firewall traversal, and interoperability with newly acquired Acme Packet SBCs. Additionally, Oracle is demonstrating their WebRTC solution and using CounterPath's Bria connecting endpoint. Bria will enable Oracle's Unified Communications Suite to demonstrate its XMPP-based mess... (more)