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Mike Norman
Mike NormanDr Mike Norman, IT Strategist and Entrepreneur - Open Source; Server Scalability and Performance; Virtual/Remote Desktop. 10 years as a CEO at Scapa Technologies ensuring the scalability and perfromance of the largest Citrix, TS and VDI implementations on the planet. 5 years on the Board of Directors of the Eclipse Open Source Foundation. Set up and led the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Project. 5 years as an analyst/consultant - Large-scale Database, Data Warehouse. Currently implementing hosted systems for virtualised application delivery, based on open source stacks.

News: Ulteo Betas HTML5 client

September 13, 2012
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Ulteo has taken advantage of the Guacamole project's Open Source RDP client technology to provide a native HTML5 client for the Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) presentation virtualization solution for Windows and/or Linux desktops, which we recently reviewed.

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PaaS vendor AppFog acquires Nodester

September 6, 2012
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CloudComputing

AppFog, the Universal PaaS company formerly know as PHP Fog, has acquired Nodester, a framework-specific PaaS vendor for Node.js (server-side javascript) applications.

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Xeround – Free Database as a Service for PaaS

August 31, 2012
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CloudComputing

Xeround is a SQL Database as a Service vendor which is aggressively targeting the PaaS vendors as a channel. It has established relationships with Heroku, Engine Yard, AppFog and AppHarbour so that if you subscribe to their PaaS you are offered an upgrade to their bundled MySQL database services through a service from Xeround.

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VMworld 2012: VMware joins OpenStack

August 27, 2012
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Some interesting news about VMWare was made public on Sunday 26th August - the day before VMWorld - that VMware joins OpenStack. This appears to be driven largely by the acquisition of Nicira - and the role that Nicira currently plays in the implementation of virtual networking in OpenStack.

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Why You Should Invest in ASaaS, not PaaS

August 20, 2012
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CloudComputing

In addition to PaaS there is a class of vendors who provide external services to PaaS through "marketplaces" that the vendor sets up. We refer to these generically as Application Services as a Service (ASaaS). The stakes are potentially huge - the PaaS takes over from the Operating System as the dominant factor in the…

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Uhuru – How CloudFoundry learned to stop worrying and love .NET

August 16, 2012
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CloudComputing

At this point in the evolution of PaaS, we are starting to see an enormous diversity of innovation around CloudFoundry, as multiple vendors come to market with differentiated PaaS offerings. Uhuru Software, based in Seattle, is entering its second Beta phase with the Uhuru PaaS, with a major focus on .NET support.

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VMware and Public Cloud Computing – A Discussion

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Microsoft is offering public cloud, service provider, and on-premise versions of Azure. Will VMware follow suite with a vSphere based Public Cloud Computing offering?

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3rd-Party Application Services – a sign of PaaS maturity

August 9, 2012
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CloudComputing

As mentioned in a number of posts, there is a clear trend away from Platform-specific PaaS (where you write your application to the platform) and Language-Specific PaaS (which provide support to one or possibly a couple of languages) to Universal PaaS, which is capable of supporting any language and any platform. There's a little bit…

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Azure and Service Providers

August 7, 2012
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CloudComputing

We recently wrote about Microsoft's Three Pronged Windows Azure Strategy - particularly with reference to the Service Provider offering. I've now had a certain amount of time to reflect on the announcement and try and work out what is going on and it doesn't seem to constitute a wholehearted strategy to put resellers on a…

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