Category Archives: Business of cloud

Press Release: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: The Cloud Platform of Choice

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released by Canonical today bringing reliability, performance and interoperability to cloud providers.

“Ubuntu is the primary platform for cloud – public, private or hybrid. In this release, our third LTS with deep roots in cloud, we raise the bar for efficiency and orchestration at scale. That’s why businesses are adopting Ubuntu as they move to the cloud computing era,” says Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.

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Press Release: Docker and Red Hat Expand Collaboration Around Container Technologies

Docker has announced today an even closer partnership with Red Hat that includes expanded interoperability from the two companies.

“Red Hat has a long history of developing, investing in and fostering innovative technologies, including Linux Containers, an open source methodology that has seen numerous, fundamental contributions from Red Hat over the years,” said Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat. “The Docker technology, which helps eliminate the barriers facing enterprise adoption of containers – ease of use, application packaging and infrastructure integration – was very exciting to us. We believe that integrating Red Hat and Docker technologies offers both powerful developer capabilities and a lightweight application packaging approach for enterprise workloads across industries. By working together, we can bring an extended set of capabilities to not only Red Hat customers, but to the open source and Linux community at large.”

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Why the Main Frame Will Probably Never Truly Be Replaced by Cloud Computing

Over at Wired, Tom Bice writes that while the cloud has certainly made its impact on the computing world, the traditional main frame is still an excellent option for reliability, security and even scalability.

“The mainframe is not nearly as trendy as today’s hot topics like Big Data or the cloud, but it continues to serve as the central nervous system of major industries like finance and healthcare, which is something the public cloud has yet to achieve. Over the years, the mainframe has adapted with each new wave of technology to maintain its place at the center of many computing environments. At the same time today’s mainstream virtualization and security approaches have been part of the mainframe platform for decades.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is Looking for a Intern for Genetic Analysis Cloud Applications in our Job of the Week II

Thermo Fisher Scientific in South San Francisco, CA is looking for an Intern for Genetic Analysis Cloud Applications in our Job of the Week II.

“Are you a generalist looking for a complex, distributed system to challenge you? Then join a team at Thermo Fisher Scientific that’s on the forefront of two fast-growing technology trends – cloud computing and software architecture. You will be part of the team developing the foundational platform for Genetic Analysis cloud applications.

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Seagate Announces 6TB Hard Disk Drive Targeted at the Cloud

Over at GreatResponder, Maria Dehn writes that hard disk giant, Seagate, has launched a 6TB disk aimed at reducing the bottlenecks that often happen in cloud computing.

“The announcement was made in the wake of the exponentially growing demand of the hard disk drive space and performance in the cloud computing services both private and public clouds. Seagate has designed and developed the most efficient disk drives whose performance is about 25% higher than the highest performing disk drives in the marketplace. It was further explained about the importance of this disk in the domain of cloud computing services that the company has developed this disk that offers industry grade security, self encrypting drive or SED feature, and instant secure erase ISE features.

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HP is Looking for a Cloud Automation and Infrastructure Engineer

Hewlett-Packard in Seattle, WA is looking for a Cloud Automation and Infrastructure Engineer in our Job of the Week.

System engineer focused on automation and deployment of OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure software. Must be a generalist comfortable with all aspects of software development including planning, design, implementation, deployment and testing. Must be a self-starter who is passionate about the technology being built. Should enjoy working in a strongly collaborate team environment. Ability to work with remote co-workers and on external Open Source projects is essential.

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Oracle Solaris 11 and the Modern Data Center

Certainty most organizations now understand the value of cloud computing and what it can bring to day-to-day operations. Oracle’s Solaris 11 utilizes Unix to bring robust, reliable and secure solutions to the enterprise cloud.

“With server virtualization, virtual hosts, virtual storage, and virtual networks can be created, allocated, and deallocated as needed, increasing hardware utilization and offering greater operating flexibility. Virtualization is the key. To users, it appears as if they have their own private server somewhere on the internet or within a company’s private cloud. They really do not need to know where the server is physically located, what it looks like, or how to maintain it. It’s just there as long as they need it. In reality, the host OS has spawned itself into shared environments that appear to multiple simultaneous users as their own fully functional and private virtual computer.

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Press Release: PayStand Launches out of Beta to Provide One-Click Payment Solutions with $1M in Funding

California startup, PayStand, comes out of beta with a payment as a service platform to offer merchants multiple forms of payments–including bitcoins–at no additional cost.

“The current payments system was not built for the Internet age,” said Jeremy Almond, CEO and founder, PayStand.  “In the physical world we have lots of payment options – like cash, check, and credit – and there are reasons to use each one. PayStand provides these same multiple payment options, while also helping organizations avoid transaction fees altogether. Our checkout technology allows people to pay the way they want to, and accepts the latest digital currency. Ultimately we aim to bring fairness, predictable cost and powerful flexibility to the payments space.”

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It’s an All-Out Price War as AWS Slashes Cloud Costs to Match Google’s Move

Over at GeekWire, Blair Handley Frank reports that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has dropped its prices from 38% to 51%–depending on services–to counter Google’s reductions just days ago.

“The reductions come after Google announced a number of price reductions to its Cloud Platform yesterday, targeted at making on-demand instances less costly. While Amazon’s reductions will affect on-demand and reserved customers, the tone of the remarks today clearly show that Amazon thinks the best way to give users price reductions is to get them signed on to multi-year contracts.

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HP is Looking for a Cloud Application Engineer in our Job of the Week II

Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA is looking for a Cloud Application Engineer in our Job of the Week II.

“HP Networking Software Engineers play lead roles in multi-discipline teams working on new networking products and solutions. This includes active involvement in product feature definition, hardware feature requirements, SW development and test, customer documentation, and on-going product support. Projects typically involve coordination with internal and external development teams, often in other geographies. Enabling others is as important as personal contribution.

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Dell is Looking for an Android Sr. Software Engineer–Cloud Computing in our Job of the Week

Dell in San Jose, CA is looking for an Android Sr. Software Engineer–Cloud Computing in our Job of the Week.

As a Software Engineer you will be working on a small dynamic team working on a newly released product named “Wyse Cloud Connect”.  It has been favorably reviewed, and team is already working on the next version of this exciting new product offering from Dell Wyse. You will be able to help shape the product as it expands into several market areas. Android development skills in Java are needed. Experience with building or modifying AOSP is recommended.  This position reports directly to the Engineering Manager for the Pocket Cloud group.
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Cloud Computing in the Not-Do-Distant Future–More, Bigger, Better

Over at InfoWorld, Paul Krill reports from the IDC Directions conference in Silicon Valley on the future of cloud computing. A lot of the growth will be in the Big Data aspects of the cloud including data center builds, Hadoop services and in-memory databases.

“Speaking at this week’s IDC Directions conference in Silicon Valley, IDC analyst Frank Gens offered projections on a number of technology areas, including growth for cloud computing. “We know the last seven years, folks were building out global data centers. We haven’t seen anything yet. We’ll see a doubling of the footprint.”

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Alma Brings Students and Educators to the Cloud

Over at Gigaom, Lauren Hockenson reports that Alma seeks to modernize and simplify administrative duties of students and teachers by bringing a simple, all-in-one interface to the cloud.

“I see a parallel with hospitals and schools, but EdTech is so far behind.” Andrew Herman, co-founder and CEO of of education platform startup Alma, which launched Monday. “Nobody has come in with an idea that we can use these tools to automate work.” Simplifying the administrative duties of both teachers and administrators is the goal behind Alma, which will roll out to public school districts this fall. Based in the cloud, Alma is directly inspired by Herman’s experience as an educator in the public school system a decade ago.

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IBM CEO Rometty on What’s in Store for the Future

Over at ZDNet, Larry Dignan reports on IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s annual letter to shareholders. Rometty’s words definitely pointed in the direction of less hardware and more software and services in the cloud to bring Big Blue where shareholders expect it to be.

“Rometty’s comments won’t be surprising to people familiar with IBM, but the subtext to shareholders revolved around the company’s transition and how it’ll take some time for businesses like cognitive computing to outpace slowing growth in hardware. For shareholders, IBM is paying them to have some patience via dividends, but the company’s last earnings conference call surfaced some analyst angst over the lack of growth even as Big Blue hits earnings projections.

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Carpathia Launches Federal Advisory Council to Strengthen Cloud Computing Delivery to Federal Agencies

Carpathia takes on the big challenge of identifying and addressing federal cloud computing security and compliance issues.

“Cloudyn is providing different options to compare, and optimize the cost incurred due to the cloud computing services offered by major cloud based service providers – AWS and Google. Earlier, the company provided support for AWS services – but later on – it started support for Google computing services. Now, the company is eyeing on a broad range of cloud based services offered by numerous cloud service providers both in the public and private domain of cloud computing services.

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Metacloud Announces a New Solution for Hybrid Clouds Using OpenStack

Metacloud has announced a suite for hosted cloud environments built on OpenStack’s open source operating system. While the company has previously championed private cloud environments, it now sees the value in bursting into a public cloud with the advantage of elasticity, scalability and ROI.

“Metacloud’s Hosted Private Cloud is a natural extension of our current on-premises offering. It leverages the same enhanced version of OpenStack that we’ve deployed for our on-prem clients, and it is supported by the same team of accomplished cloud engineers,” said Steve Curry, co-founder and President, Metacloud. “The difference is that Hosted Private Cloud allows you to access the versatility and power of OpenStack without having to own a single server–or maintain your own data center. Everything you need is included. Just pick a location, then grow when you need to. And here’s the best part: you get white glove service, SLAs with teeth, and better performance, delivered on hardware dedicated to you–at a significant discount compared to existing public cloud options.”

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AT&T is Looking for a Sr Technical Architect Cloud in our Job of the Week II

AT&T in Dallas, TX is looking fir a Sr Technical Architect Cloud in our Job of the Week II.

“Strong initiative and communication skills, as well as the ability to build strong relationships are keys to success; you must know how to mediate opposing viewpoints and negotiate equitable solutions to ensure successful and stable outcomes. You will use your practical skills and experience across many application and infrastructure (operational) products, technologies, and services.

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Big Data Goes to the Cloud as Data-as-a-Service

Over at InfoWorld, David Linthicum reports on the massive migration to the cloud for Big Data. With scalability, elasticity, flexibility and ROI in mind, the cloud is an obvious place for data analytics to reside.

“The key initial driver is the move to single-purpose databases. Their use in the public cloud is largely driven by small, tactical enterprise IT projects that end up using database-as-a-service providers out of sheer need for the technology, as well as limited budgets. Because these databases are single-purpose, it’s easier for IT to address security and compliance issues related to cloud deployment, because the footprint of the effort is both smaller and clearly delineated.

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Dell is Looking for a Android Sr. Software Engineer–Cloud

Dell in San Jose, CA is looking for a Android Sr. Software Engineer–Cloud in our Job of the Week.

“As a Software Engineer you will be working on a small dynamic team working on a newly released product named “Wyse Cloud Connect”.  It has been favorably reviewed, and team is already working on the next version of this exciting new product offering from Dell Wyse. You will be able to help shape the product as it expands into several market areas. Android development skills in Java are needed. Experience with building or modifying AOSP is recommended.  This position reports directly to the Engineering Manager for the Pocket Cloud group.

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