Archive for March 2012

IBM Champion Award

Matjaz B. Juric has been selected as an IBM Champion for WebSphere software.

Excerpt from the original letter: “IBM Champion program recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to our IBM communities by evangelizing and advocating solutions; sharing their knowledge and expertise; and helping nurture and grow independent communities.

After reviewing your nomination and related information from communities with which you are involved, the selection committee agreed that your efforts over the last 12 months distinguish you as a true IBM Champion. You are among an elite group of enthusiasts to be chosen for this recognition. Congratulations!”

This is the third award for Matjaz B. Juric, who has also received Java Champion and Oracle ACE Director awards.


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Hewlett-Packard will offer a Cloud Computing service similar to Amazon Web Services. This should happen in about two months. HP Cloud will be focused more on enterprise users and will offer personalized services. The cloud should support Java, PHP, Phyton, and Ruby. The highlight HCG Diet will be an online store for selling, renting and purchasing applications. Another difference will be that HP will several install small data centres around the globe. This differs from Amazon’s, Google’s and Microsoft’s approach with few large data centres.

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European Science Cloud

Because of the increasing concerns over America’s Patriot Act, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), ESA (European Space Agency) and EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) are going to launch a massive cloud computing project called Helix Nebula – a science cloud named after a large planetary nebula in the Aquarius constellation.

The goal of this European project (with a two-year pilot phase) is to become a mainstream cloud for scientists by the year 2020. It will contain scads of data, with open source tools and an “infinite amount of computing power” accessible from any device, anywhere. The project will include all the major companies in the Europe, including Atos, Capgemini, CloudSigma, Orange Business Services, SAP and two Telco companies: Telefonica and T-Systems. Some well-known organizations are also going to participate, such as CSA (Cloud Security Alliance), OpenNebula Project (founded as an European FP7 project) and the EGI (European Grid Infrastructure).