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SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT transformation company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Expo (, which will take place on April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Adaptivity's CEO Tony Bishop ( will be offering major thought leadership on Day Two of the 3-day event in a Morning Keynote. Read Exclusive Cloud Computing Journal Q&A with Tony Bishop here. Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New York City with 450 delegates. Next April, Cloud Expo is returning to New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. The three-day event will attract more than 5,000 delegates from 48 co... (more)

IT Must Invest in Architecture and Engineering: Adaptivity CEO

Blueprint4IT on Ulitzer In this exclusive Q&A for SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal with Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, Tony Bishop - Founder & CEO of Adaptivity - discusses Adaptivity's "IT Transformation Factory" and their Cloud Computing strategy. Bishop gave a General Session at the 5th Cloud Expo in New York in April entitled "Understanding the Relationship Between Workloads and the Cloud." About Tony Bishop: As Chairman and CEO, he leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for Adaptivity's key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking ... (more)

Adaptivity Named “Gold Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT transformation company, was named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. These solutions help customers and partners change how they organize, architect, engineer and manage their IT supply chain.  The company's solutions help customers transform their datacenters, enable cloud computing paradigms, and radically reduce IT costs one application or volume store at a time. Adaptivity provides integrated solutions that automate IT Delivery optimization across enterprise computing environments. Their integrated solutions in... (more)

Virtualization Does Not a Cloud Make

In a previous post we discussed the positive shift in the cloud computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered the following list of things not to do: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs As we continue our discussion of these missteps, in this post we'll address both a mistake and a common misconception. Cloud computing is not about any particular technology, but rather is a new operational model for the delivery of IT services. Make no mistake: technology and implementation decisions have the potential to radically change your IT financial models by increasing IT efficiency. But this does not mean that specific technolog... (more)

The Enterprise IT Economic Model Blueprint for the Cloud

The Economic Model for Enterprise IT can be thought of as the Business & IT linkage of demand and supply. In particular, it is the interactive dynamics of consumption of IT resources by the business and the fulfillment behavior of processing by IT. An economic model blueprint for Enterprise IT must orientate service delivery (people, process and technology) as a digital supply chain. This supply chain must adhere and be managed against the IT economic model. The blueprint for an enterprise IT economic model - standardizes 5 key components of an organization’s operational model into a pipe and filter process that creates a continuous loop system that generates an objective and agile mechanism to drive change. The 5 key components are: Demand Management – the continuous identification, documentation, tracking and measuring of day in the life of the business, what they ... (more)

Ever Wonder WHY Your VMware Deployment Stalled?

The past week hosted the increasingly popular VMworld 2010 event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The title of the conference was "Virtual Roads, Actual Clouds", but the undercurrent of the show was all about ‘VM stall' and of course whatever vendor XYZ can do to help you get your VM deployment moving again. While we certainly want to un-stick any optimization effort, it's often prudent to understand WHY something happened before attempting to fix it. It's difficult to generalize the reasons for every situation, but we're willing to venture a guess: failing to understand the workload. The workload is not simply an application name, the programming language it's written in, and the hardware configuration it runs on today. Those things are a good start, but hardly provide enough information to determine the correct optimization approach. And yes, the implicatio... (more)

Adaptivity CEO Addresses Workloads and Cloud Computing

Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop took his audience through a tour of what the self-described geek thinks is of critical importance when looking at workloads and cloud computing, in general session at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. "Who are the users? What do they want? How much are they willing to pay for it?," he asked rhetorically. "These are questions you need to address early, this is information you must collect before you even start thinking about the compute. Are you capturing this information (early) in the process?" he asked during his presentation. Key areas to address are: low latency, complex transactions, information integration, ubiquitous users, and numerical processing, he noted. "Measuring, metering, and monitoring the work, and understand its physics so that you can understand where to m... (more)

Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop's Cloud Expo Presentation on SYS-CON.TV

Adaptivity Keynote at Cloud Expo The applications in support of an enterprise exhibit a wide range of operational characteristics. That diversity is the key to business success, but it has consequences. Three different perspectives must be accommodated: Enterprise Application Architect - Recognition that a single standard platform configuration is insufficient to meet the behaviors exhibited across the portfolio of applications. Most critical applications have extreme operational requirements that require specialized adjustments to operating environments. Data Center Manager - Accommodating a proliferation of platforms makes it impossible to contain costs, manage complexity or maintain reliability, especially for those critical applications. Business Executive - Applications cost too much to develop, run, and maintain. They cannot correlate growth to investment in I... (more)

Adaptivity’s Kurt Tatum to Discuss Applying IT Blueprinting Science and Tools

Adaptivity Session at Cloud Expo The "root cause" of IT delivery limitations is directly linked to how systems are designed, built and implemented. In his session at the 5th International Cloud Expo, Kurt Tatum, Chief Infrastructure Architect at Adaptivity, will demonstrate how to profile business demand, IT supply and operations while incorporating aspects of workload, and IT physics that demonstrate a proven method for balancing business performance with an efficient IT solution. You wouldn't build a building without a blueprint, right? So why would you build a Cloud for IT without a blueprint? Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Expo is the world's leading Cloud-focused event since 2007, and is held five times a year, in New York City, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The 5th International Cloud Expo is co-locate... (more)

Back to the Future: Monitoring the Cloud

Over the past several weeks we have been discussing some of the mistakes made in early cloud deployments. As a refresher, here are the issues we outlined: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs This week, we're exploring the problems associated with leveraging traditional monitoring solutions in a Cloud delivery paradigm. There is a common assumption that leveraging a Cloud operating model will save money. We won't debate the accuracy of this statement (tune into our next installment for that discussion!). For the purposes of this discussion, we'll assume it's true. But if that's the only benefit who, besides your CFO, really cares? Everyone wants to save money, but if you told a critical business customer that you w... (more)

Who Really Needs a Blueprint?

A few days ago we facilitated a passionate discussion on the subject of Blueprints (ah, the joys of an emerging market). The gist of the conversation was focused on deciding where limited marketing resources should be applied, and during that exercise a surprising insight came to us. It seemed so counter-intuitive at first, then as we kept exploring it became so blindingly obvious that we questioned our intelligence for not thinking of it before. What was this revelation, you ask – and more importantly, why should you care? An Architect doesn’t need a Blueprint. Let’s step outside IT for a moment and use the analogy of a Blueprint for a building to illustrate this point, since no one questions the value of either an Architect or the Blueprint in that context. The Architect has the smarts; with years of experience they interview the client to gather requirements and ... (more)