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The move to cloud is far more than an IT delivery model adjustment. It really presents a unique opportunity to get IT -- and the business of IT -- right at the highest levels. On the main stage at VMworld 2011 this week, VMware Co-President Carl Eschenbach demonstrated that impact through testimonials on how cloud computing and virtualization infrastructure are advancing the business goals of three major corporations, Revlon, NYSE Euronext, and Southwest Airlines. BriefingsDirect caught up with Eschenbach after the presentation to gain his impressions and insights on the scope and depth of cloud computing -- and how it's impacting CIOs in general. The interview comes as part of a special BriefingsDirect podcast series from VMworld in Las Vegas. The interview was conducted by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. [Disclosure: VMware is a sponsor of... (more)

5th Cloud Expo in New York: Themes & Topics

Cloud Expo 2010 East Cloud Computing is making modern, world-class IT infrastructure available to companies of all sizes regardless of economic cycles. The Cloud has captured the imagination of IT because it promises compute capacity as a liquid currency that can be shared and made available on demand. Throughout business history those companies that best adapted and leveraged changes in the technology landscape have survived and thrived. Delegates who travel to New York this coming April 19-21 to 5th Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at The Jacob Javits Center with the 8th Virtualization Conference & Expo, want to be among the survivors and the thrivers. Here is a round-up of some of the Cloud & Virtualization themes and topics due to be discussed in the Keynotes, General Sessions,Breakout Technical Sessions, and Power Panels... INDEX TO TOPICS: Cloud Manag... (more)

Vertical Cloud Targets Needs of Wall Street

Our next VMworld case study interview revisits a unique vertical industry cloud -- NYSE Euronext's Capital Markets Community Platform -- to take stock of how mission-critical cloud services are being delivered. We'll learn about how this innovative cloud and groundbreaking business model targets the needs of Wall Street IT leaders, how the business of the financial services industry has received them, and explore how providing cloud services as a business has evolved. This story comes as part of a special BriefingsDirect podcast series from the 2012 VMworld Conference in San Francisco the week of August 27. The series explores the latest in cloud computing and software-defined datacenter infrastructure developments. Our guest is Feargal O'Sullivan, the Global Head of Alliances at NYSE Technologies. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Inte... (more)

Modernized IT Infrastructure Spawns Cloud and Mobile Computing Benefits

Rapid adoption of server virtualization that enabled desktop virtualization at a large Israeli insurance and financial services group then lead to rapidly modernized IT infrastructure that has in turn spawned cloud and mobile computing benefits. Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings, based in Tel Aviv, both satisfied current requirements and built a better long-term enterprise architecture from this path, clearly illustrating the multiplier effect of value and capabilities from such IT transformation efforts. In the latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion, learn how Clal’s internal IT organization, Clalbit Systems, translated that IT innovation and productivity into significant and measurable business benefits for its thousands of users and customers. Haim Inger, the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Infrastructure Operations and Technologies at Clalbit Systems, di... (more)

Virtualization Takes Cloud to the Next Level

Server virtualization success quickly set the stage for private-cloud benefits for banking services provider, BancVue. And that cloud enablement then provided business agility to BancVue's community bank customers, enabling them to better compete against mega banks on such critical areas as customer service and end-user portals. Learn here how BancVue creates the services that empower its customers to beat the giants in their field by better leveraging agile IT. Sunny Nair, Vice President of IT and Systems Operations at BancVue in Austin, Texas, discusses the journey with BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. [Disclosure: VMware is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] Here are some excerpts: Gardner: Many companies these days need to tackle the dual task of cutting costs, while also increasing agility and providing better serv... (more)

NetApp to Present at Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit on December 9, 2010

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/10 -- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Val Bercovici, cloud czar, office of the CTO, will present at the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit in New York City on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live audio Webcast of the presentation will be available at http://investors.netapp.com. The audio Webcast archive of the event will be available until noon Pacific Time on December 16, 2010. About NetApp NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com. NetApp, the NetApp logo, and Go further, faster are trademarks in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of ... (more)

Synchronoss Technologies to Present at the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR), the leading global provider of on-demand transaction management software platforms, today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen G. Waldis, and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Lawrence R. Irving, will present at the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit, to be held in New York City. The Synchronoss presentation is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live web cast as well as the replay will be available on the “Investor Relations” page of the company’s Web site: www.synchronoss.com. About Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR) is the leading global provider of on-demand transaction management technology. The company's ConvergenceNow®, ConvergenceNow® Plus+™ and InterconnectNow™ technology platforms enable ... (more)

Constant Contact to Present at the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit

Constant Contact®, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTCT), a leading provider of email marketing, event marketing, social media marketing and online survey tools for small organizations, today announced its chief financial officer, Harpreet Grewal, will present at the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit, to be held at the New York Palace Hotel in New York City. The Constant Contact presentation is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 11:30 am ET. A live webcast, as well as the replay, will be available under the “Investor Events” section on the Company’s investor relations website at http://investor.constantcontact.com. About Constant Contact, Inc. Constant Contact's email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, and online survey tools help small organizations grow their businesses by building stronger customer relationships. More than 400,000 smal... (more)

CA Technologies to Present at Lazard Cloud Computing Investor Summit

ISLANDIA, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA) today announced that it will present at an upcoming investor conference. Live and archived audio webcasts of the presentations, as well as any supporting materials, will be available on the company's website at http://investor.ca.com/. Conference: Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit Date/Time: Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. EST Location: New York Dave Hansen -General Manager, Management Products and Presenter: Solutions (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100516/NY05617LOGO ) About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables custo... (more)

SuccessFactors Chief Financial Officer to Present at Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Day

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SuccessFactors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFSF) announced that the company's Chief Financial Officer, Bruce Felt, will present at the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Day on Thursday, December 9 in New York, NY. Mr. Felt will present at 8:30 AM (EST) / 5:30 AM (PST). A live audio webcast will be on SuccessFactors' Investor Relations website at http://www.successfactors.com/investor. About SuccessFactors SuccessFactors is a global leader in Business Execution Software. The SuccessFactors Business Execution (BizX) Suite, which is delivered through the cloud, improves business alignment, team execution and people performance to drive results for companies of all sizes. Across 168 countries and 34 languages, more than 8 million users and 3,000 companies leverage SuccessFactors every day, up from approximately 300,00... (more)

F5 Networks to Present at Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that company management will participate in the Lazard Capital Markets Cloud Computing Investor Summit at The New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. F5’s presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 9, 2010. F5 representatives for the conference will include Karl Triebes, SVP, Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, and Cooper Werner, VP, Finance. A direct link to the live webcast will be available at www.f5.com/about/investor-relations/events-calendar.html and an archived copy will be accessible through January 10, 2011. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is a global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural fra... (more)