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Amazon's Cloud Burst: Streaming Media, Privacy and Price Bidding

amazon_aw_logo_2010.jpgAmazon (news, site) Web Services is bursting at the seams with a raft of new features and services that will make it easier and more affordable to work in the cloud.

Survey: 61% of Developers Adopting Hybrid Cloud Model

evans_data_2010.jpgHere’s some food for thought: A recent Cloud Development Survey reported that 61% of the developers in Evans Data Corp (news, site) believe that a portion of their IT resources will move to the public cloud within the next year.

But how much of those IT resources exactly? The portion size is up for debate, as over 87% of the 400 developers surveyed in November and December of 2009 believe that only half or less than half of their resources will move.

Meaning? The hybrid cloud is what you might want to watch out for.

“The hybrid Cloud presents a very reasonable model, which is easy to assimilate and provides a gateway to Cloud computing without the need to commit all resources or surrender all control and security to an outside vendor, "said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data."Security and government compliance are primary obstacles to public Cloud adoption, but a hybrid model allows for selective implementation so these barriers can be avoided."

Some other tidbits from the survey to think about:

  • MySQL is the preferred database for use in the public cloud cited by over 55% of the developers
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) expect their cloud apps to extend to mobile devices
  • VMWare is the favorite hypervisor vendor or user in a virtualized private cloud (28.6%) followed by Microsoft and IBM

For a preview of the 113 page report, head on over to EDC's site.

Latest Kentico WCM Release Focuses on Enterprise Level Performance and Scalability

kentico_logo_2010.jpgKentico (news, site) aims to please heavyweight site builders with the latest updates in version 5.0 of its ASP.NET CMS.

SPDY: Can Google Make the Web Faster?

Raise your hand if you hate the idea of the Web running faster! Yeah, I thought so. In apparent frustration with not being able to deliver their massive array of content as quickly as they'd like, Google (news, site) is working on this very problem.

How Integrated is Your Web Analytics Package and is That a Good Thing?

According to BtoB Magazine the web analytics market is expected to hit US$ 953 mil by 2014, and suggesting that the pickings might be even juicier Adobe recently acquired Omniture for the tidy sum of about US$1.8 billion.

If you're on top of things Web, then you've probably noticed a growing hum of activity in the analytics space. Here's a quick scan around the field and a look at what all this Web CMS + analytics integration news we've been hearing about means.

A Sneak Peak at HTML 5.0

HTML 5 (news, site) is the fifth major revision of the web's core language and it has been designed to support the rapidly changing Web 2.0 world we live in today. Let's take a little tour of what this latest version means for web development.

Kentico Launches New Partner Portal, Revamped Partner Program

Kentico Launches New Partner Portal, Revamped Partner Program More news from Kentico (news, site). This time it’s not a new release, but a new version for its Partner Program that will give its 900 partners added support for the development of better, if not bigger, Kentico ASP.NET websites.

While announcements about extending  partner programs come a dime-a-dozen, this one is slightly different in that Kentico has divided its partners into three different levels of partners and provided a new portal where they can interact.

Basically, partners will from here on be divided into three different categories: Partner, Certified Partner and Gold Certified Partner. The portal provides support for business and web development with the services offered depending on level of partnership.

As it stands 69 of Kentico's partners have attained Gold Certification, 122 have achieved Certified, with the rest classified as partners. Presumably, the more you use Kentico products, the more likely it is you will be elevated.

The fact that 35% of the Partners are in the US indicates how well and successfully the Czech-based web content management provider has been in the US, and is only topped by the number of European partners at 39%. Interesting to see if this figure changes by this time next year.

Alcatel-Lucent Connects Service Providers with Web 2.0

Alcatel-Lucent Connects Service Providers with Web 2.0Alcatel-Lucent has a set of new capabilities for all the service providers, content providers and application developers out there. The release, which includes the Application Exposure Suite and an Open API Service, aims to speed up the creation of Web 2.0 services while keeping the process secure and controlled.  

Google Go, A New Programming Language After Microsoft's Dev Community?

Early last month Google tossed its latest creation into the shark pool: A new programming language called Go. To the surprise of exactly no one, the experimental project has survived its first month without scathe or scar. Could this mean it’s once again time for Microsoft to batten down the hatches?

SAP Betas, A Google Wave Competitor?

SAP Betas, A Google Wave Competitor “Imagine a virtual war room,” says SAP (news, site) of their upcoming potential Google Wave competitor. The private beta version of the cloud-based application (codenamed Constellation) is called 12Sprints, and promises to expedite the decision making process for business users with pre-defined tools.

Nstein Lends Sentiment Analysis to Reputation Measurement

Nstein_logo_2010.jpg Nstein (news, site) recently stepped up their relationship with evolve24, an analytics research firm in St. Louis. The collaboration gives evolve24 access to Nstein’s handy Sentiment Analysis module, allowing them to quickly determine an article’s overall tone for key insight into a company’s representation.  

"Reputations are built over time and are the response to actions taken by a corporation,” explained Scot Wheeler, Vice President of Strategy & Client Services for evolve24. “For example, reputation can be hurt by unaddressed negative responses to products and services, including poor customer support, regulatory or legislative issues, insensitive ad campaigns, or any perceived affront to an audience, while a new product announcement, a viral campaign or launch of user groups may create highly positive coverage in influential publications and blogs which will help build reputation.”

Wheeler estimates that one person at peak performance can detect the tone of 25 articles per hour. Nstien's technology will reportedly boost that number to tens of thousands of pieces of content per day and still require only one person to manually test and verify results. 

“We are thrilled that evolve24 continues to expand its relationship with Nstein”, said Nstein CTO Jean-Michel Texier, “This collaboration allow us to deepen our knowledge of marketing decision support systems and accelerate the reinforcement of our technological offering in opinion mining and automated brand monitoring.”

Want your reputation measured? Check out evolve24's site here

Microsoft Offers 5 Web Specs Under New Open Web Foundation Agreement

openwebfoundation_logo_2009.jpg Microsoft has opened up 5 of their Web Specifications as part of the Open Web Foundation's new legal framework agreement

Chrome Gallery Now Welcomes Third Party Extensions

It seems that Google Chrome is (still) slowly but surely moving in the frills direction. This spring Google announced the simple browser's first official extensions, and then in September they removed the developer flag, opening up the doors for higher volume participation. 

This week it was announced on Google's blog that the Chromium team is officially accepting submissions from third-party developers. Big G provides information for writing an extension here, and once it's ready to go all a developer has to do is upload a zip file of the code and an icon for easy recognition. Descriptive information in the form of text and screenshots or YouTube videos is also welcome. 

Once an extension is uploaded, Google takes care of packaging and signing, and if a developer wants to update their baby, all it requires is a new file uploaded to the gallery. Additionally, over the next few days Google plans to open up the gallery to a select group of testers in order to provide insights and bug reports. 

And all of this is happening before the beta launch in hopes that things will be extra polished for the real release. 

"We can't wait to share all the great extensions that you'll submit with all of Google Chrome's users," writes Lei Zhing of Google Chrome. And honestly? We're pretty curious ourselves. Let us know what you'd like cooked up, or check out what people are already asking for here.

CloudBerry Manages CloudFront Content, Offers Online Backup

CloudBerry Manages CloudFront Content, Offers Online Backup CloudBerry Lab (news, site), a young player in the cloud computing game, has just announced some updates for helping users manage and backup their files in their Amazon S3 accounts

Webtrends Churns Out Updates, Says Hello to iPhone

Webtrends Delivers Data in Real-Time via Custom AlertsSaying there’s been a lot about web analytics of late is an understatement. After several fresh sandboxes, shocking acquisitions and curious new approaches, we think it’s safe to say that 2009 will go down as the year that jump-started our understanding of these data.

Webtrends (news, site) is taking the delivery reinvention route, highlighted back in August by their release of Webtrends Analytics 9, a platform that likes to tell stories, literally. The company is taking it a step further by adding real-time alerts and updates via popular vehicles like e-mail, Twitter, RSS and even an iPhone app. Welcome to yet another way to stay constantly connected. 

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