Category Archives: Business of cloud

Global Music on Demand Market to Grow Says a New Research Report at Sandlerresearch.org

Sandler Research has issued a report detailing the surge in desire for on demand music from various devices. The report says a big portion of the increase is due to the escalation of offerings in music from social media platforms.

“Cloud computing provides consumers with legal access to music online and is rapidly being adopted by firms because it enhances portability, enabling subscribed users to access digital content stored in remote servers irrespective of the devices used. Listening to music, initially, was only possible using devices such as iPods. But the current scenario is witnessing consumers switching to an access-based approach, which consists of subscribing to digital music libraries stored in the cloud.

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OpenStack Delivers the Future of Cloud with Robust Open Source Features

Over at Talkin’ Cloud, David Darrough reports that leading open source cloud solutions provider, OpenStack, is showing the way into a cloud-based future with superb offerings in storage, compute and networking.

“The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users, and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds, enable technology vendors targeting the platform and assist developers in producing the best cloud software in the industry.

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Guest Post: Virtualizing Datacenter Storage with EMC ViPR

The way that we store data has changed and the need for a single solution that lets you pool all of your datacenter storage resources into a self-sustaining storage mechanism has presented itself. EMC ViPR lets you achieve the goal of grabbing virtual datacenter hard disk on demand. This free flow of storage space allows utilities and datacenter applications to function without restriction. It is important to note that just because a datacenter is virtualized, it doesn’t mean that the corresponding cloud is a private cloud.

How does Software Defined Storage work?

Storage solutions such as ViPR pool together storage resources and allow them to be accessed abstractly from within the network. A provisioning controller exists to handle requests while a self-service panel is available for users to request additional storage resources. A reporting component gives administrators up to the minute data on what is being using and how it is being used. The last component of software defined storage is the automation component, which can be setup with triggers that allow for more storage resources to be made available as needed.

Key features of using Software Defined Storage such as EMC ViPR

Change on Demand: Do you manage a dynamic pool of server resources? Perhaps these resources have needs that change rapidly? Using a software defined storage system would allow your organization to provide storage space on a scale that matches your business model.

APIs: APIs can help your existing tools interact cohesively with a software defined storage solution. EMC ViPR provides robust APIs that allow developers to specifically code using the framework provided. This allows organizations to flawlessly integrate with the Storage as a Service platform.

Diverse Storage Options: Regardless if you currently use file, block or object storage, a solution like EMC ViPR can help you pool these resources into an on-demand solution. This centralized approach helps administrators easily add storage into the Storage as a Service solution from a diverse array of vendors. This storage can then be queried when needed.

Can Storage as a Service really help?

EMC ViPR allows organizations to keep their existing infrastructure in place. Vendors such as EMC realize that organizations sometimes have millions invested in private cloud datacenter solutions. Instead of reinventing the wheel, EMC ViPR allows you to keep your existing infrastructure. These solutions allow you to abstract server storage resources and use them as needed within your environment. EMC ViPR doesn’t require you to tailor your existing infrastructure. The dynamic private datacenter storage solution is designed to compliment and enhance what you have already built out in your datacenter.

Author Bio:

Natalie Lehrer is a senior contributor for CloudWedge. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys exploring all things cloud and is a music enthusiast. Follow Natalie’s daily posts on Twitter: @Cloudwedge, or on Facebook.

 

CoolIT Systems Announces New Split Flow Design

CoolIT has announced receiving a patent for the company’s Split Flow Heat Exchanger technology.  The patent allows for greater cooling design while using less energy overall.

“This is a key patent for the company that adds significantly to our IP portfolio,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO & CTO of CoolIT Systems. “The invention relates to a compact method of delivering coolant through an opening over a central section of micro-channels resulting in a superior level of performance.  This patent strengthens CoolIT’s position with our proprietary technology giving us a tremendous advantage in the market.”

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Open Source Big Boys Join Forces to Offer Private Cloud Platforms

Over at GreatResponder, Mark Dallas writes that Canonical and Mirantis have come together to offer to offer a cloud computing platform based on OpenStack and Ubuntu.

“While providing the details of this collaboration, the VP of Cloud Alliances at Canonical, Mr. John Zannos said, “As the leading provider of scale out and open cloud solutions we are committed to interoperability and freedom from vendor lock-in. We support Ubuntu in the Ubuntu OpenStack distribution and, as part of this strategic relationship with Mirantis, will support Ubuntu in Mirantis OpenStack. This collaboration will further encourage adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise, and working together is a testament to our belief in interoperability and customer choice.”

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Leadtek Reveals Complete Cloud Computing Solutions at Computex

“For the first time, Leadtek will reveal its complete integrated video surveillance products which are vastly different from its competitors. Leadtek’s video surveillance solutions are the first in the industry to support SIP communication protocol. They include SIP IP phone, IP camera, SIP network video recorder (NVR), alarm devices and central management systems (CMS). This means that Leadtek’s video surveillance solutions can immediately integrate with existing SIP communication systems embedded in communities and organizations. The whole system is also connected to users’ video phones, whereby they can watch video surveillance footage by connecting their SIP video phones to any NVR.

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HP is Looking for a Senior Software Engineer – Cloud User Interfaces in our Job of the Week

Hewlett-Packard in Sunnyvale, CA is looking for a Senior Software Engineer – Cloud User Interfaces in our Job of the Week.

“HP Public Cloud (HPPC), is the division within HP delivering public cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, etc). We are a primary consumer, deliverer, and contributor to the OpenStack cloud infrastructure project and our services in HP Public Cloud are built on the OpenStack platform. Our goal is to provide the next generation of open source cloud infrastructure, platform services and cloud solutions for developers, ISVs, and businesses of all sizes.

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Is CAD Based in the Cloud a Viable Option?

Over at Cadalyst, Alex Herrera argues that the flexibility, scalability and elasticity of cloud computing really does offer the end user in the CAD environment many excellent options.

“Server-based computing (SBC) is back in the IT limelight. Granted, it has taken a different shape than in the past, and marches under several different banners: cloud computing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), client consolidation infrastructure (CCI), and hosted virtual desktops (HVD), to name a few. But while they may differ in implementation, they share one fundamental goal: to move the data and heavy computation and rendering away from distributed desktops and toward a central resource, accessible by many users rather than one. Not only does general operating system (OS) and application processing happen on the server, so does rendering, with image pixel data transmitted from host to client.

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Meridium is looking for an IS Administrator – Cloud in our Job of the Week

Meridium in Roanoke, VA is looking for an IS Administrator – Cloud in our Job of the Week.

“This position at Meridium will report to the Director of IT and Security and will take a key role in maintaining and enhancing internal systems. Along with troubleshooting issues and providing internal support to the Meridium team. The IS administrator will work with the Director of IT and Security and other SR IS Administrators as well as support the entire Meridium team.

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Atos Acquires Bull in Bold Move to Bolster Cloud Computing Capabilities

Over at Binary Tribune, the staff has reported that IT services provider, Atos, has purchased Bull for $844 million to bring them to the HPC market as well as shore up its cloud and Big Data offerings.

“The Chief Executive Officer of Atos SE – Mr. Thierry Breton, who was also part of the Bull’s team in the period from 1993 to 1997, said in the statement, which was cited by Bloomberg: “Bull’s highly recognized teams in advanced technologies such as high computing power, data analytics management, and cybersecurity ideally complement Atos’ large scale operations.”

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Softchoice First in North America to Launch End-to-End FlexPod Solution

Softchoice, based in Toronto, Canada, has announced a top-to-bottom approach to FlexPod services via what it calls its FlexPod Accelerator+ offering.

“Given the widespread popularity and success of FlexPod, we saw a need for companies to fast-track their adoption of the solution,” says Aaron Brooks, Director of Innovation at Softchoice. “FlexPod Accelerator+ helps clients build a converged infrastructure that increases IT’s ability to quickly scale and support the deployment of applications and data, and prepares them for a hybrid infrastructure.”

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Guest Post: Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on PRISM Scandal, Security and the Swiss Data Center

Mateo Meier

Artmotion is one of those companies whose name doesn’t portray what it does. Mateo Meier lends his time to find out more about a company whose level of secrecy and its close connections to some of the world’s biggest banks and tobacco companies are a credit to the culture of neutrality of the Helvetians.

Swiss banks are known to be governed by stringent laws, which also are a derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation, and now – thanks to the PRISM scandal – the country is fast becoming the ideal location for those turning their back on the cloud, says Mateo Meier, director at Artmotion, Switzerland’s biggest offshore hosting company.

As a result of the recent leaks of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programme (PRISM), which sparked growing concern over data privacy, businesses are now turning to Switzerland for their data hosting needs.

Swiss hosting companies are seeing growth because privacy in Switzerland is enshrined in law. As the country is outside of the EU, it is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, or other non EU countries. Artmotion, for example, has witnessed 45 per cent growth in revenue amid this new demand for heightened privacy.

Until now, the PRISM scandal has focused on the privacy of the individual, but surveillance undertaken by the NSA and Britain’s own GCHQ has spurred corporate concern about the risks associated with using American based cloud providers. Neelie Kroes, the European Commission Vice President went on to state that “the NSA scandal has had a chilling effect in Europe; businesses are worried about their resources being controlled by someone else.” It is especially troubling for businesses with data privacy issues, such as banks or healthcare organisations with ‘secret’ research and development needs.

However, the scandal has unearthed significant risks to data for businesses, as well as for their customers. With US cloud service providers, the government can request business information under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act without the company in question ever knowing.

The desire for privacy has therefore seen a surge in corporations turning to ‘Silicon’ Switzerland to take advantage of the country’s renowned privacy culture. Mateo Meier said: “Unlike the US or the rest of Europe, Switzerland offers many data security benefits. For instance, as the country is not a member of the EU, the only way to gain access to our data hosted within our Datacentre is if the company receives an official court order proving guilt or liability. This procedure applies to all countries requesting any information from a Swiss datacentre.”

About Artmotion

Founded in 2000, Artmotion specialises in secure IT solutions located in Switzerland, with a focus on data centre and server offerings. The company’s services attract an international clientele looking to benefit from Switzerland’s central location, respect for confidentiality and tax advantages. Strong demand for these solutions has helped Artmotion record an annual growth rate of over 45 per cent.

 

HP is looking for a Systems Engineer – Cloud Computing in our Job of the Week

Hewlett-Packard in Raleigh, NC is looking for a Systems Engineer – Cloud Computing in our Job of the Week.

“The Systems Engineer II will work at the client site and is required to support CBP with the development and testing of software applications. The developer shall assist with Requirements determination and documentation as well as the system design and documentation of the design.

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Microsoft Acquires Lord of the Rings Cloud Provider–GreenButton

Over at The Next Web, Jon Russell reports that Microsoft has taken on Azure partner, GreenButton, in attempt to boost its high performance computing as well as Big Data presence. The company, based in New Zealand, was used by The Lord of the Rings producers to handle massively scalable compute processing in the cloud.

GreenButton provides ‘on-demand’ cloud solutions, based around a high-intensity cloud burst technology — for example, customers can use its products to run high performance computer, or big data analytics in the cloud. The premise is that GreenButton saves them the pain of investing in and maintaining high-intensity hardware and network resources that are traditionally required to carry out these tasks.

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Intuit is Looking for a Staff Software Engineer (Cloud – AWS) in our Job of the Week II

Intuit in Mountain View, CA is looking for a Staff Software Engineer (Cloud – AWS) in our Job of the Week II.

“CTO Dev provides the  plug-and-play services, components, tools and service infrastructure to help maximize developer productivity company-wide. Our mission is to promote innovation, share synergies, leverage data assets, drive network effects and help every BU at Intuit delight their customers.

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ShopKeep Garners $25 Million in Venture Funding to Help Small Business POS Needs

ShopKeep, the small business Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) POS specialist, has raised $25 million in its third round of funding. As the competition heats up in the space, the company looks to use the largess to improve its software and go after new markets.

“With the rapid growth of Shopkeep and competitors like Boston-based Leaf, which raised $20 million earlier this year, it’s clear that cloud computing is really making an impact on the business technology industry. By building software which runs remotely, rather than on a servers located in a store, these startups can dramatically reduce costs, opening up new markets and erasing much of the maintenance and service fees that drive a large portion of legacy firms’ revenue.

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Salesforce.com Borrows Amazon’s Mayday Idea and Creates SOS

Over at ITworld, Chris Kanaracus reports that Salesforce.com has implemented an SOS approach inspired by AWS’s Mayday feature.

“Mayday allows HDX users who find themselves stumped to simply touch a button and be connected to a support representative via video chat. The upcoming Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS provides an SDK (software development kit) that companies can use to embed a similar button into any native iOS or Android mobile application, said Larry Robinson, vice president of product management.

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Press Release: Eucalyptus Executives Invited to Speak at Leading Open Source and Cloud Computing Conferences

Eucalyptus Systems has announced that the company will be discussing its open source, AWS-enabled private and hybrid cloud solutions in several upcoming shows.

“Eucalyptus Systems provides progressive IT organizations in enterprises and technology businesses with the leading open source software for building AWS-compatible private clouds. Eucalyptus supports industry-standard AWS APIs, including EC2, S3, EBS, ELB, Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, and IAM. By providing an open source platform for cloud computing, Eucalyptus is dedicated to the success of its active and rapidly growing ecosystem of customers, partners, developers and researchers.

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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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