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The religious war between Java and .NET is heating up again, and it has little to do with deathless zealotry for their similar, yet incompatible core programming languages.  Nor is it because Oracle, the new owner - caretaker, really - of Java, is even more antagonistic than the previous one, Sun was to .NET's keeper, Microsoft.  It has everything to do with cloud computing, and today, at the JavaOne confab, Colorado-based JNBridge announced "Project Lightning", a new technology initiative with a goal that will be hard for any reasonable techie to refudiate: interoperability between cloud infrastructures based on the two dominant applications frameworks - Java and .Net. Many early conflicts between proponents of each focused on the differences between their primary programming languages - the Java language versus the .NET languages (VB.Net and C#).  But, these wer... (more)

Tiny Company Solves Giant Problems in Cloud-Based Document Management

Multi-party file sharing and document management is a useful and increasingly popular business application in the public cloud domain.  Such solutions include vertical enterprise solutions like M&A "deal rooms" from Intralinks and Brainloop, general purpose "office" applications suites from Zoho and Google, collaboration/communications platforms from Central Desktop and Akiva, web-based document management systems from KnowledgeTree and Confidela, and file utilities from Box.net and SugarSync. Never Use an Application to Do Middleware's Job Regardless of their purpose or features... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Channel Conflict - Deja Vu All Over Again

When Microsoft announced their new cloud-based Office 365 service yesterday, the press release didn't say much about how it would actually be deployed.  But, from what their executives said at the announcement event, the take-away was that customers would get at the new on-line versions of Office, Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync through a Microsoft-run public cloud.  So I thought and thus reported, but that was only the less interesting half of the story. Fortunately I am read in Redmond, and this morning someone from Microsoft who works in the area of "hosting, telecommunication... (more)

Cisco/EMC/VMware Triad Lets Orange Play With Its VBlocks

Like d'Artagnan joining the Three Musketeers, Orange Business Services has teamed up with the VCE Coalition triad of Cisco, EMC and VMWare in a thing called Flexible 4 Business, to provide VBlock-based cloud infrastructure solutions to enterprise customers.  VCE's VBlocks are pre-configured, pre-tested "infrastructure packages" that come in three sizes - "moderate", large, and "massive" - and comprise Cisco's Unified Computing System blade servers and Ethernet switches, EMC's storage systems, and VMware's VSphere virtualization software. For its part in the Flexible 4 Business e... (more)

Brocade Wants to Kill Your Cloud Buzz

Providing a remarkable contrast to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's exuberant "I got your big honkin' cloud right here" demonstration of his new vertically-integrated Exalogic Elastic Cloud server at OpenWorld, Brocade CMO John McHugh, speaking  at the NetEvents 2010 EMEA Press Summit in Istanbul, took a different, decidedly downbeat view of cloud computing, calling it "overhyped" and predicting that it "is going to get adopted and embraced much more slowly than people believe." In his talk, which was subtitles, an industry visionary seeks gold amongst the chaos of change, McHugh, rat... (more)