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Storage is part of cloud computing's brain, as essential as the microprocessors that work with it to bring cloud computing alive. Along these lines, I was engaged in a short, interesting conversation with Quantum Corp.'s SVP of Strategy Janae Lee in the days before our recent Cloud Expo in New York. Janae's been in the storage business a long time, having put in stints at IBM as well as two companies that were acquired by EMC. She's been at Quantum since 2007. I asked her a bunch of questions as I was preparing for New York, and she provided a bunch of detailed answers. Now that I've had some time to recover from New York (even as we prepare for Cloud Expo Silicon Valley in November), it seems like a good time to report on what she said: Cloud Computing Journal: Could you briefly describe where Quantum is at with regard to cloud computing and big data? How does its... (more)

More IoT, Less Sports

Technology in general and the Internet of Things in particular has the potential to drive vast improvements in the lives of people worldwide. In addition to its potential to create a renaissance in manufacturing, its potential to make the globe smarter about energy use could help eliminate poverty and save humans from destroying ourselves. Pretty big objectives, but we have to believe they're achievable. It is in this spirit that we approach the upcoming @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara, co-located with @CloudExpo. I'm honored to serve as Conference Chair for both events. Not... (more)

SoftLayer Adds London Datacenter, Paris Services Agreement

A new SoftLayer facility in London with a capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers is the most recent of IBM's ongoing campaign to invest $1.2 million in 15 new datacenters worldwide. The new facility will complement an existing SoftLayer datacenter in Amsterdam and London network Point of Presence (PoP), according to IBM. "We're excited to give our large customer base in London a full SoftLayer data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and control the SoftLayer platform offers," said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer CEO. He also said that "organizations o... (more)

Podcast: IBM's Sandy Carter Gets Social

"Companies that don't leverage social will be extinct before long," noted Sandy Carter, IBM's General Manager of Ecosystem Development and Social Media Evangelist, in this exclusive Q&A. Sandy recently spoke to me about social media, the cloud, and all that it entails for Big Blue. She outlined an ecosystem of traditional partners and "influencers," a diverse group that includes customers, academia, agencies, as well as technology partners. "The cloud has really changed the game," she said. 'It's really opened the door for these new types of partners." Listen to what else she h... (more)

IBM's Mac Devine To Discuss "Perfect Storm" of Cloud/BD/IoT

IBM is devoting increasing resources to the Internet of Things, and a nice chunk of that commitment will be visible during the upcoming @ThingsExpo, co-located with Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 10-12. There will, in fact, be five speakers from IBM on the program. One of them will be Distinguished Engineer Mac Devine who will discuss "The Perfect Storm of Cloud Computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things." He will present on the Internet of Things Track at 11:40am, Tuesday, June 10. "Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet-of-Things but how can busin... (more)