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Simplifying Key Criteria for Cloud Infrastructure Decisions In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Brad Winett, Senior Technologist for DDN Storage, will present several current, end-user environments that are using object storage at scale for cloud deployments including private cloud and cloud providers. Details on the top considerations of features and functions for selecting object storage will be included. Brad will also touch on recent developments in tiering technologies that deliver single solution and an end-user view of data across files and objects to support high performance cloud applications like transcoding, content distribution and SaaS. Speaker Bio Brad Winett is Senior Technologist for DDN Storage and has seventeen years of tenure at DDN and over 21 years in the storage industry. He has served many roles at DDN, including Vice President of Business Deve... (more)

Enzu to Exhibit at @CloudExpo New York and Silicon Valley | #IoT @EnzuInc

"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu,  in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.   SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st Int\ernational Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu's mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a sui... (more)

Juniper Networks to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | @JuniperNetworks #AI #ML

SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value. For more information, visit www.juniper.net. The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA) Full Conference Registration Gold Pass and Exhibit Ha... (more)

[session] #FinTech SaaS | @CloudExpo @delaPlexSoftwar #AI #ML #Blockchain

FinTech SaaS in the Cloud: Idea to Execution FinTech is the sum of financial and technology, and it's one of the fastest growing tech industries. Total global investments in FinTech almost reached $50 billion last year, but there is still a great deal of confusion over what it is and what it means - especially as it applies to retirement. Building financial startups is not simple, but with the right team, technology and an innovative approach it can be an extremely interesting domain to disrupt. FinTech heralds a financial revolution that is for everyone. Ideally, it's cloud-based, consumer friendly and offers education in a consumable manner with mobility and portability. In recent years, the financial services market has seen a major disruption wave coming from the FinTech sector. Surprisingly, innovations were brought not by industry experts, but by technology ex... (more)

Scorecard for #SaaS | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #SaaS #FinTech #DataCenter

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for the Saas World: Subscription Scorecard The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a tool that organizations have used for many years to measure strategic, operational and financial performance. The concept behind the BSC is simple: a company and/or business unit prioritizes a set of 15 to 20 financial and non-financial metrics across four quadrants linked to the company's market and operations strategy in order to measure and manage performance. While the BSC is a good organizing framework and remains relevant today, it needs a major shift to be effective in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) world where traditional BSC measures don't adequately gauge and predict performance. SaaS companies have a constant window into how customers use their products as well as an opportunity to gain insight and add value at continuous customer touch points. Whe... (more)

SaaS Performance | @CloudExpo @Catchpoint #DevOps #WebPerf #AI #SaaS

Managing Performance for SaaS-Based Applications Software as a service (SaaS), one of the earliest and most successful cloud services, has reached mainstream status. According to Cisco, by 2019 more than four-fifths (83 percent) of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud, up from 65 percent today. The majority of this traffic will be applications. Businesses of all sizes are adopting a variety of SaaS-based services - everything from collaboration tools to mission-critical commerce-oriented applications. The rise in SaaS usage has many positive benefits, but one drawback is that as demand grows, SaaS providers are having a harder time ensuring a high-performing (fast, reliable) end-user experience - at the same time performance expectations are growing higher than ever. SaaS Providers Struggle to Meet Modern Day User Performance Expectations Websites and a... (more)

Mastering Your SaaS Provider Relationship | @CloudExpo #SaaS #Cloud

Tips for Mastering Your SaaS Provider Relationship By Christine Cignoli In this modern world of IT, you've probably got some new colleagues in your life - namely, the cloud and SaaS providers who now hold your infrastructure in their hands. These business relationships - yes, they're technology-based, but cloud and SaaS are business models - will become as important to your IT team and your company as the hardware and software you used to install. Once you've adopted SaaS, or inherited SaaS, it's on you to avoid price hikes, licensing issues and app or provider sprawl. Budgeting for these apps, which means understanding their pricing models, is also likely in IT's hands. There are plenty of challenges to adopting SaaS applications, and then challenges that will emerge once you've had those applications in place for awhile. Entire businesses today are running on SaaS ... (more)

SaaS Adoption: Before You Sign on the Dotted Line | @CloudExpo #API #SaaS #Cloud

The purpose of this article is draw attention to key SaaS services that are commonly overlooked during contact signing that are essential to ensuring they meet the expectations and requirements of the organization and provide guidance and recommendations for process and controls necessary for achieving quality SaaS contractual agreements. Introduction The attraction of Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings for businesses include advantages such as speed of delivery, scalability, low cost of entry, accessibility, and lower costs to just name a few. But one can't deny another aspect of SaaS adoption which is the "selling" aspect of such solutions. SaaS providers want their customers to feel that not only do they have the best solution, but they have your best interest in mind and will take care of everything for you. They will often pitch their solution services as co... (more)

Cloud Operations | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #SaaS #APM #SDN #Monitoring

Cloud Operations Can't Be Ignored By Christine Cignoli Lots of cloud technology predictions and analysis are still dealing with future spending and planning, but there are plenty of real-world cloud use cases and implementations happening now. One approach, taken by stalwart GE, is to use SaaS applications for non-differentiated uses. For them, that means moving functions like HR, finance, taxes and scheduling to SaaS, while spending their software development time and resources on the core apps that make GE better, such as inventory, planning and sales. Essentially, as for more and more large enterprises, GE is getting out of the infrastructure business. And at another company that's been around for awhile - Intuit - the CIO has focused on spending transparency and business outcomes, both essential to IT strategy in this cloud computing era. For them, any digital p... (more)

Cloud #Serverless Architecture | @CloudExpo @AccentureCloud #AI #DevOps

Cloud Is the Engine of Ingenuity Contrary to conventional wisdom, we are not entering a new era of technology. We're already there. We are living in the midst of one of the most disruptive periods in enterprise IT, and cloud is the leading catalyst. There are several trends marking this dramatic transition in 2017, five of which warrant close scrutiny. 1. Public cloud use continues to grow at hyper-scale A global survey from Accenture of nearly 1,900 executives across 15 industries reveals massive growth in public cloud. In the study, four out of five executives indicated that they intend to move more of their operations to the cloud within the next several years. Despite common misconceptions that public cloud leaves companies more vulnerable than private cloud, business leaders are seeing the light. While our survey revealed that security is still a concern among e... (more)

Choose Your Cloud Services Wisely to Build Trust with Business Leaders | @CloudExpo #SaaS #Cloud

Choose Your Cloud Services Wisely to Build Trust with Business Leaders By Joe Michalowski The first step to solving a problem is recognizing that it actually exists. And whether you've realized it or not, cloud services are a problem for your IT department. Even if you feel like you have a solid grasp of cloud technology and the nuances of making a cloud purchase, business leaders don't share the same confidence. Nearly 80% feel that IT lacks the skills necessary to help with cloud purchases-and they're looking to cloud brokers for help instead. It's time to admit we have a cloud services problem and start adapting to modern business technology. Part of that is understanding which services to outsource to the cloud so you can start proving your cloud knowledge to business leaders. Certain use cases and outsourced cloud services are better suited for a particular clo... (more)