Category Archives: Cloud in Industry

OSC Powers Welding Simulation in the Cloud

awesimThe DOE has announced a grant to Engineering Mechanics Corporation of Columbus (Emc2) and its partners for $1 million to develop a cloud-based tool that will simulate welding processes employed in the manufacture of metallic products.

Small and mid-sized manufacturing firms need improved weld-fabrication processes to ensure improved quality at lower costs to remain globally competitive,” said Frederick “Bud” Brust, Ph.D., senior research leader at Emc2. “A sophisticated high performance computing based tool will be accessible to SMM firms on a supercomputer center to easily permit use of these tools at affordable prices.”

Emc2 seeks to adapt a welding design software package known as Virtual Fabrication Technology, or VFT, to a more accessible “app” format through the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s (OSC) AweSim program. VFT is a mathematics-based computational tool developed in conjunction with Caterpillar in the late 1990s, with improvements since then to permit small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMM) to take advantage of the benefits of high performance computing. VFT allows designers to “predict weld-induced distortion and residual-stress states so that weld-design strategies can be implemented to significantly reduce or eliminate these undesirable states prior to fabrication.”

For this project, Emc2 has partnered with members of the AweSim program, a $6.4 million initiative led by the Ohio Supercomputing Center. The program kicked off last summer when the Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the public/private partnership a $3 million Innovation Platform Program grant to design and deploy easy-to-use advanced “manufacturing apps.” Client partners are funding the balance of the three-year project.

Virtustream Takes a New Approach to Take on the Giants of Cloud Computing

Over at Network World, Brandon Butler, reports that Virtustream–while not as big as Microsoft and AWS–has carved out a nice niche in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) world and takes a unique consultancy approach.

“Co-CEO and CTO Kevin Reid describes it like this: You can’t just walk into a bank and deposit $100,000; the financial institution would ask questions, making sure the money is not laundered or gained from some illicit activity. Similarly, Virtustream doesn’t just allow customers to swipe a credit card and get access to hundreds of thousands of virtual machines holding sensitive data of its large enterprise customers. “We want to know our customers,” says Reid, who used to manage a consulting firm that was bought by Capgemini before working at Virtustream. “We run more of what could be considered a community cloud, or a country club cloud. None of the workloads in our cloud are unknown to us – we know where they came from.”

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Northrop Grumman is Looking for a Sr. Cloud Software Engineer in our Job of the Week

Northrop Grumman in Annapolis Junction, MD is looking for a Sr. Cloud Software Engineer in our Job of the Week.

“As a Cyber Cloud Software Engineer, you will design, develop, document, test and debug cloud-based application software and systems that contain logical and mathematical solutions. Conduct multidisciplinary research and collaborate with software developers in the planning, design, development, and utilization of cloud based software. You will determine computer user needs; analyze system capabilities to resolve problems on program intent, output requirements, input data acquisition, programming techniques and controls; prepares operating instructions; designs and develops compilers and assemblers, utility programs, and operating systems.

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Zentera Systems Teams with Microsoft Azure to Bring Electronic Design Automation to the Cloud

Zentera Systems has announced a partnership with Microsoft Azure to offer security enhanced, hybrid cloud infrastructure for Electronic Design Automation.

“Zentera Online for Microsoft Azure is changing the way industries are approaching the leap to the cloud. Our virtual appliance based solutions let enterprise customers quickly deploy hybrid-cloud virtual infrastructures without having to change the underlying corporate IT infrastructure,” said Jaushin Lee, Founder and CEO of Zentera. “Our solution enables enterprise to capitalize on the business benefits of the cloud while retaining their security policies and control.”

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Intuit is Looking for a Staff Cloud Security Developer in our Job of the Week

Intuit in San Diego, CA is looking for a Staff Cloud Security Developer in our Job of the Week.

“The candidate should have extensive experience working with large scale deployments of networks, systems, and new development while remaining vendor agnostic; skilled in seeing past vendor sales discussions, and engineer a durable environment. They should be able to perform risk assessments in network, system and application areas. This person should be an expert with networking concepts like routing, filtering, and proxy technologies. Extensive knowledge of host and application security controls are a must.

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Interview: Mateo Meier of Artmotion Talks About Why Switzerland is the Country of Choice When it Comes to Security

When the PRISM scandal broke in the US awhile back, many concerns were raised over the security of the information in our data centers. Artmotion, based in Switzerland, stepped in with lock-down security and saw an increase in revenue of 45% almost immediately. We sat down with Mateo Meier to discuss why his company saw such incredible gains and to learn more about Artmotion’s offerings.

inside-cloud: What does your company do exactly?

Mateo Meier: Artmotion is located in Switzerland and specializes in secure IT solutions, with a focus on data center and server offerings. I founded the company in 2000 and since then the company’s services attract an international clientele looking to benefit from Switzerland’s central location, respect for confidentiality and tax advantages. Beyond that, Artmotion focuses on customers with high quality standards, who look for demanding security and confidentiality levels. For example customers like trading firms, banks and healthcare organizations with “secret” research or development needs. At the moment Artmotion’s customer base is from about 30 different countries around the globe and their main interest is secure hosting.

inside-cloud: The PRISM scandal was shocking here in the US. What was the reaction in Europe and specifically in Switzerland?

Mateo Meier: The NSA PRISM scandal had ambivalent effects on the Swiss hosting market. Speaking for Artmotion, after the first leaks were published we had an increase of 45 per cent in revenue and were able to grow with the scandal. Particularly, we were able to acquire new customers form the United States. As diverse online magazines state, in the worst-case-scenario the U.S. cloud market is about to lose approximately $35 billion to non-U.S. markets by 2016 (more details see:  Unfortunately, I cannot give you more numbers as those, as the effects of the scandal are still ongoing.

inside-cloud: How did this affect your business?  

Mateo Meier: As mentioned before, Artmotion had an increase of 45 per cent in revenue, since the first leaks were published and regarding this case we were able to grow with the scandal. On the other hand, many of our customers felt insecure about the security of their data and still feel unsettled about the matter. At the moment, Microsoft is updating their TOS, in order that the Cloud Service accommodates to the Swiss law instead of the US law. In general, there’s been a huge movement in this sector and the market has been changing intensely for the past couple months.

inside-cloud: Everybody talks a big game when it comes to security and privacy in the data center. What sets Artmotion apart? What sets Switzerland apart from other counties in this realm?           

Mateo Meier: Its location! One of the main reasons for companies to choose Switzerland as their hosting locations are Switzerland’s neutrality and independency, its low environmental risks and its long lasting political stability. As it is known, Swiss banks are governed by stringent laws, which also are a derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation. In consideration of data privacy and security issues, similar strict laws apply in Switzerland.  Moreover, Switzerland is a country outside of the EU and therefore is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, or other non EU countries. As you can see, hosting data I Switzerland has many benefits.

inside-cloud: What challenges does the future hold for data management? What exciting products will your company have to meet these challenges?             

Mateo Meier: One of the challenges I believe most hosting companies are facing right now, are multiple security issues in general. At the moment we are being challenged by our new “Hosted Desktop Workstation” products and are developing an overall secure solution.

Mirantis Looks to Make it Easier to Deploy OpenStack Cloud Computing

Over at The VAR Guy, Christopher Tozzi reports that Mirantis has initiated a database detailing which vendors offer OpenStack solutions to make it easier to deploy the open source infrastructure.

“Mirantis’s goal in releasing the dashboard, according to Boris Renski, the company’s co-founder and EVP, is to promote “open process and transparency in addressing vendor compatibility,” which it sees as “key to the success of the OpenStack community.” In other words, Mirantis believes that for OpenStack to continue to grow, users need to have an easy way of keeping up to speed with the latest innovations in OpenStack cloud development, which are issuing from a variety of different vendors and therefore not easy to track by watching a single source.

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Penguin Computing Announces MATLAB Available on HPC Cloud Service

Penguin Computing has announced the immediate availability of MATLAB Distributed Computing Server on its HPC Cloud. Users can now get instant access to compute intensive applications.

“With over a million users and growing, MATLAB is one of the most respected tools for programming and analyzing numerical data,” said Victor Gregorio, VP/GM of Cloud Services at Penguin Computing. “Penguin Computing is proud to be partnering with MathWorks to provide MATLAB on POD, where we have enabled an HPC Cloud environment for the MATLAB community.”

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Wipro and Nexenta Come Together to Offer Software-Defined Storage and Virtual Desktop Solutions

Nexenta has announced that it will bring its software-defined-storage solutions to Wipro to enable user data storage infrastructure for tens of thousands of virtual desktop customers.

“We needed a scalable and cost-effective file storage solution for our VDI implementation. Nexenta proved that we can achieve great performance metrics while being able to scale the storage capacity without excess expense,” said Andrey Zhulenev, General Manager and VirtuaDeskTM Practice Head, Wipro. “We are excited to work with Nexenta on our internal Wipro company storage requirements and offer the same solution to our VirtuaDeskTM customers.”

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Sunedison is Looking for an Enterprise Architect–Cloud in our Job of the Week II

Sunedison in St. Peters, MO is looking for an Enterprise Architect–Cloud in our Job of the Week II.

“Lead the execution and the evolution of the enterprise information systems architecture, including an appropriate balance of enterprise information, technical and solution architectures. Identify and analyze enterprise business drivers to develop architecture requirements. Analyze technology industry and market trends and determine the potential impact on the enterprise. Assist in the enterprise architecture governance structure based on business and IT strategies. Develop and execute a communication and education plan for enterprise architecture standards.

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Equinix Launches Cloud Exchange to Unlock Full Potential of Cloud Computing

Equinix has announced the launch of Equinix Cloud Exchange which enables organizations direct access to multiple cloud services with exceptionally fast throughput.

“As an increasing number of enterprises move to the cloud, they require a new level of interconnectivity to access multiple clouds, across multiple sites, from a broad range of networks,” said Tony Bishop, chief strategy officer at The 451 Group.  “With its global datacenter footprint and extensive ecosystem of network and cloud service providers, the Equinix Cloud Exchange addresses many of the most pressing challenges holding corporate users back from relying on the cloud for mission-critical business including latency, security and performance issues.

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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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MathWorks is Looking for a Quality Engineer – MATLAB Cloud Services in our Job of the Week

MathWorks in Boston, Massachusetts is looking for a Quality Engineer – MATLAB Cloud Services in our Job of the Week.

“As a Quality Engineer you will be responsible for hands-on testing of cloud infrastructure and services supporting MATLAB on the Web and our Massive Open Online Courses. In this role, you will engage early in the software development process, influencing requirements specifications, attending usability sessions, and discussing software design and testability with developers. You will collaborate with the team to deliver high quality software and products in functionality, performance, security and reliability.

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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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SAP to Use 100% Renewable Energy for its Cloud Services

Over at Enterprise Irregulars, Tom Raftery writes that enterprise software giant SAP is seeking to decrease its environmental footprint by going 100% renewable in powering its data centers.

“This is good for SAP, obviously, as they will be reducing their environmental footprint, and also good for customers of SAP’s cloud solutions who will also get the benefit of SAP’s green investments. How are SAP achieving this goal of 100 per cent renewable energy for its data centers and facilities? A combination of generating its own electricity using solar panels in Germany and Palo Alto (<1%), purchasing renewable energy and high quality renewable energy certificates, and a €3m investment in the Livlihoods Fund.

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Happy Birthday Amazon Web Services–The Service Turns 8 Years Old

Over at InfoWorld, David Linthicum writes that cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) has now been offering Storage as a Service (SaaS) for eight years. Not only did AWS re-define how the cloud was used, it is now in a position of domination in the arena.

“The unique aspect of AWS is that pushed ahead with its own way of doing cloud, rather than try to replicate the work of others. Storage as a service was around then, but AWS’s use of well-defined APIs made the difference. Moreover, AWS presented the value case to developers, helping embed the notion of storage services into actual software. Finally, the Amazon name mattered greatly, thanks to the company’s reputation for having excellent internal technology that supported an amazing scale of operations.

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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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SAP Announces Subscription Services Based on Hana

Over at InfoWorld, Chris Kanaracus reports that business software giant, SAP, has announced a new pay-as-you-go model for in-memory cloud platform called Hana.

“Customers were already able to bring their existing on-premises Hana in-memory database licenses to SAP’s infrastructure service. Now it’s possible to buy Hana software via subscription there as well, SAP said Wednesday. A third cloud subscription option adds a series of development tools and services to the infrastructure and Hana software components.

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L-3 Acquires Data Tactics Corporation

L-3 Communications has acquired Data Tactics, provider of cloud Big Data analytics and cloud computing solution services. L-3 is a leading supplier of command, control, communications, Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and needed solutions for massive data analytics.

“Data Tactics adds key capabilities in Big Data analytics to L-3’s portfolio, a very attractive and specialized domain that immediately enhances L-3’s existing National Security Solutions business and supports its growth as a solutions integrator for the national security and international markets. It also creates adjacent opportunities for L-3’s ISR business,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This acquisition supports our strategy of providing differentiated technologies and solutions that enable market share gains and distinguish L-3 from our competitors.”

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