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Citrix is going to try to bar VMware from getting its hooks deep in the cloud by developing the open source Xen hypervisor, already used by public clouds like Amazon, into a full-blown, cheaper, non-proprietary Xen Cloud Platform (XCP). It intends to surround the Xen hypervisor with a complete runtime virtual infrastructure platform that virtualizes storage, server and network resources. It’s supposed to be agnostic about virtual machines and run VMware’s, which currently run only on its own infrastructure. The announcement will be made Monday in VMware’s own house at the kickoff of the VMworld conference in San Francisco where VMware is expected to show off its new vCloud Express. In varying degrees Oracle, HP, Intel, Novell, Dell, Fujitsu, AMD, NetApp, Juniper Networks, Eucalyptus Systems and GoGrid are backing the effort to realize a complete open source cloud-o... (more)

Salesforce.com and Google Clouds Get Cozier

Salesforce.com, which used to be just a chi-chi SaaS house until it realized that identifying itself with cloud computing would make it even more fashionable, has expanded its alliance with Google. It’s come up with Force.com for Google App Engine, described as a new set of tools and services for application development in the cloud. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It mates the Salesforce Force.com widgetry with Google App Engine, connecting the two cloud platforms. Both Salesforce and Google claim it will create "entirely new Web and business applications.... (more)

EMC Names Old Maritz Crony To Run its Cloud Biz

EMC Tuesday tapped Harel Kodesh to be president of its cloud infrastructure and services business, reporting to EMC capo Joe Tucci. Kodesh will also serve as the CEO of Decho, the subsidiary EMC recently created to focus on personal information management in the cloud. Decho includes Mozy, EMC’s cloud backup unit, and Pi Corp, the mystery “personal information” start-up that Paul Maritz, now CEO of VMware, another EMC unit, founded and sold to EMC before EMC’s impatience with VMware co-founder Diane Greene led to her ouster and Maritz replacing her. Tucci said in a canned statement t... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there... (more)

SAP Standardizes on Citrix XenServer & XenApp

Citrix has picked up a little showcase account. It says SAP will virtualize about 500 servers with XenServer by mid-year to reap the rewards of server consolidation. Of course Citrix (whose CTO Simon Crosby is pictured below during an appearance on SYS-CON.TV) and SAP have been tight for a long time and of course XenServer is now free for unlimited production deployment. The servers include boxes in Germany that power SAP’s worldwide training centers and development, test and support environments. By the end of the year the rollout should embrace SAP’s offices in Asia and the US.... (more)