Category Archives: Migrating to the Cloud

BMC Software has a Launched Marketplace for Organizations to Run Online App Stores

Over at ITworld, Joab Jackson reports that BMC has launched a rather unique online store for peddling enterprise applications called BMC Marketplace. The store will allow software vendors to sell their software and services as well as products from their partners.

“It is sort of like an Amazon-like marketplace for enterprise customers or ISVs,” said Jason Frye, senior director in the office of the BMC Chief Technology Officer, referring to the popular Amazon online store. An app store can be set up within a few weeks, potentially cutting the time needed to set up a deployment from scratch, he said.

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IBM has Plans to Truly Dominate a Cluttered Cloud World

At The New York Times, Brian X. Chen reports that Big Blue is not backing down to its main rivals–Microsoft, Amazon and Google–and is in the mean time turning up the heat. The company is acquiring established companies like SoftLayer to bolster its ambitions of adding scores and scores of new cloud services and products as well as enhancing its Big Data offerings in an attempt surge ahead.

“In addition to the consolidation of online software and services, Mr. Crosby said, IBM is “absolutely” looking to sell its big mainframe computing capabilities as a cloud-based service. It also plans to draw on the insights it has gained from building and licensing technology used by Microsoft in the Xbox gaming console, and Google in its own network operations, he said, and will make more acquisitions for the cloud business.

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BitCloud Among Companies Encouraging Not-For-Profits to Go to the Cloud

Over at WhaTech, Ed Rooney reports that not-for-profits (NFP) are taking advantage of cloud service providers such as BitCloud to access world-class IT services. The NFP segment gains many advantages with these cloud offerings such as monthly billing, fewer local IT staff requirements and rapid deployment.

“Technology information resource for NFPs and libraries, Techsoup.org, makes a strong case for cloud computing adoption among NFPs. Anna Jaeger, co-director of TechSoup’s GreenTech Initiative, concludes: “Small to medium-sized non-profits who have limited capital, limited space, and limited technical staff can benefit financially and environmentally from using cloud computing. It saves energy, reduces the amount of hardware needed, and is often technically easier to install and maintain than in-house applications.”

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Salesforce.com and HP Join Forces to Offer Exclusive “Pods” in Data Center

Over at ComputerworldUK, Derek du Preez reports that Salesforce.com has enlisted the help of Hewlett-Packard to make so-called “Superpods” available to larger enterprises. The move will allow selected companies to have their own dedicated infrastructure in Salesforce.com’s cloud and will migrate away from the multitenancy model to create better security and customization.

“The Superpod was a particularly interesting announcement from Salesforce, given that in the past Benioff has consistently expressed the view that private cloud environments, which aren’t multi-tenant’, are not ‘real’ cloud environments. Denecken added that a ‘rip and replace with cloud’ approach for all areas of IT shouldn’t be the focus for enterprises, they should be looking at complete end-to-end business processes and using cloud where appropriate.

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Cyberport Announces OpenStack Initiative Aimed at Startups

Over at Datamation, Sean Michael Kerner reports that last week at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, Cyberport revealed an open source project that will greatly benefit startups. The cloud platform will help get startups to the cloud more quickly and thus to the market sooner.

“In a video interview at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, David Chung, CTO of Hong Kong Cyberport, explained how entrepreneurs can now benefit from the cloud and a new breed of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Chung explained that prior to the official launch, the Cyberport Cloud was in beta for a year, during which time, 30 customers signed up to be part of the program. The Cyberport Cloud is currently based on the OpenStack Grizzly release with the Ubuntu Linux as the bare metal operating system.

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Xangati Taps S. ‘Sundi’ Sundaresh as President and CEO

Xangati today announced the appointment of S. ‘Sundi’ Sundaresh as President and CEO of the cloud performance management company. Mr. Sundaresh brings a wealth of technology experience to the organization and will focus on growing revenue as well as fund raising.

“During my tenure as an advisor at Xangati, I was deeply impressed by the breadth of customers, and the quality and robustness of their solutions. Not only were customers expressing sincere delight at being able to solve crucial problems with Xangati, but I rarely heard any complaints. The company has grown well with very little marketing, relying mainly on the strength of its word of mouth,” said Sundaresh. “The recent $11 million funding round allows us to grow our customer base, engage with partners and invest in product development to expand our market. I am delighted to be joining Xangati at such an exciting time.”

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Senior Director of Cloud at Logicalis Talks Cloud Migration Strategies

Over at CloudTweaks, Kevin Gruneisen of Logicalis writes about employing a plan to get your company to the cloud. Mr. Gruneisen believes that leap should start with a thorough assessment of your current IT environment and should also include technology considerations along with businesses objectives as well.

“A detailed assessment will identify what resources are being used effectively as well as where there are inefficiencies associated with server sprawl. A large enterprise I visited recently had multiple, highly-virtualized server farms. An examination of how these resources were being used, however, revealed that one was only operating at 20 percent capacity and another one the same size was only 30 percent utilized.

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Rackspace Turns to SSDs to Vastly Improve I/O

At InformationWeek, Charles Babcock reports that Rackspace has figured out a way to get an incredible 132X boost in I/O throughput using solid state disks. The amalgam of SSDs, more RAM, and faster processors combine to take cloud server performance to an all-time high.

“It’s tying each virtual machine to its multi-tenant host with 40 Gbps of “highly available throughput to the host,” the announcement said. The 40 Gbps measure appears to stem from multiple 10-Gbps Ethernet ports being available to each Performance server, with a total throughput amounting to 40 Gbps. Most cloud virtual servers today are communicating with the host over either a 10-Gbps Ethernet link or a 1-Gbps link.

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Nebula and GigaSpaces Team Up to Enhance Private Clouds

Over at InformationWeek, Charles Babcock writes that Nebula has joined in a partnership with the OpenStack-driven, GigaSpaces, to automate and orchestrate the devops process for migrating enterprise applications to a private cloud.

“Cloudify steps in where we step off,” said Carlen. In effect, Nebula uses its expertise to assemble and configure hardware to run OpenStack in the manner that the customer wants to. Then Cloudify is available to help orchestrate the migration of legacy applications onto the OpenStack private cloud.

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Civic Operations Being Refashioned by Cloud Technology

At The Washington Post, Doug Cox reports that cloud computing is altering how civic leaders and planners approach American cities. Basic services like water and electricity have improved with these technologies as well as transportation and emergency response.

“But the cloud’s appeal goes far beyond simple cost savings. By compiling into one system all the key data and applications that are now siloed away, cities create a foundation for rolling out new services for citizens and employees, gathering and sharing urgent, useful information, and layering on new technologies, such as sensors, analytics, and mobile apps, which can help make their communities safer and more livable.

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Cloud to Reach Nearly $23 Billion by 2016 Says 451 Research

Over at CIOL, the staff reports that the Market Monitor has the cloud industry projected to be at an incredible $23 Billion by 2016. Among the areas of growth will be virtualization, automation and security.

“The drivers of growth are twofold,” said Victoria Simons, Research analyst, 451 Research. “Initial adoption of the cloud is driven by the need for cost reduction and more efficient computing options. As the infrastructure is virtualized, customers then need tools to manage, control and secure their IT environments to fully realize the benefits of virtual/cloud environments. We see the cloud-enabling technologies market growing strongly as large enterprises and SMBs continue along the path of flexible computing.”

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Isaca UK: Risk Assessment Must be Led by Enterprise

Over at ComputerWeekly, Warwick Ashford reports that the UK security advisory group, Isaca, has recognized that wholesale cloud migration and the associated risks must be led by the needs of business. The group addressed these issues this week in the opening session of the EuroCACS Information Security and Risk Management Conference in London.

“Mr. Singh said he has lost track of the cloud offering due to a deluge of services including software, infrastructure, governance, risk and storage. But this is a challenge all organisations need to meet, because Singh believes everyone is going to move to the cloud eventually because cloud is the default platform for all new products and services.

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Opscode Releases Enterprise Chef to Expand its Cloud Repertoire

Over at V3, Daniel Robinson writes reports that Opscode’s new product, Enterprise Chef, brings the company up-to-speed and beyond in the realm of cloud networking and storage. Chef will allow users to automate the provisioning and configuring of platforms in IT environments for both the private and public cloud.

Adam Jacob, Opscode co-founder and chief customer officer, said that businesses are in the midst of a major transformation in the way they operate their IT services, and need greater flexibility in deploying and managing infrastructure. “Today we’re delivering an automation platform that accelerates this transformation by delivering on-demand IT services to achieve the speed necessary for meeting the new expectations of customers,” he said.

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Egnyte Uses Local Storage as Well as the Cloud to Set it Apart

Over at The VAR Guy, Christopher Tozzi reports that Egnyte combines local storage and cloud storage from Google Drive in one place to give users flexibility.

The solution allows users to access all of their files, whether they are stored locally or in the cloud, from a single location. Importantly, it also lets enterprise IT staff manage permissions and perform auditing on that information, which is one of the features that make Egnyte different from other services including Dropbox.

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CEO of Web Standards Organization Says Normalization of Cloud Policies is Paramount

Over at ZDNet, Nick Heath reports that the CEO of W3C, Dr. Jeff Jaffe, believes that without standardization of policies the cloud will not live up to its considerable hype.

The growth of the cloud computing industry is being held back by a lack of standardisation in the technologies that underpin cloud services, warned the head of the web standards body W3C said on Wednesday. Fragmentation in underlying cloud technologies today reduces interoperability between competing cloud services and slows adoption due to lock-in fears, said Dr Jeff Jaffe, chief executive of the World Wide Web consortium.

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Google to Bring Cloud Computing to all Corners of the Globe

Over at ITworld, Tom Spring reports that Google is launching an initiative to bring internet access to the world via enormous balloons. In typical, irreverent Google fashion they are calling the ambitious exploit Project Loon.

Google is bringing new meaning to the word “cloud computing.” No Google is not rolling out a new SaaS solution. Instead Google is launching Project Loon that aims to bring Internet access to every corner of the globe via high-altitude balloons. Yes, that’s right it’s called Project Loon, as in “a crazy person” as Merriam-Webster defines the word. But it’s June and this is not an elaborate April Fool’s joke.

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Job of the Week II: Principle Cloud Solutions Consultant

Verizon Wireless in Rye Brook, NY is looking for a Principle Cloud Solutions Consultant in our Job of the Week II.

The Principle Cloud Solutions Consulatnt is responsible for the support and driving the sales of Global Services to top tier Verizon/Terremark customers. These accounts are Fortune 100 enterprises and require interaction with the most senior levels, VP and “C” levels, of the customer organizations as well as high ranking executives within Verizon/Terremark.

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Study Led by Google Finds That Cloud Computing Has Positive Impact on the Environment

Over at Forbes, Ucilia Wang writes that a Google-funded study finds that centralizing resources in data centers greatly lowers energy consumption and increase overall efficiency.

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have come up with the answer by creating a model for measuring the energy use and carbon footprint of cloud computing. Using the model, the project, funded by GoogleGOOG -0.91%, concludes that moving some of the most common software programs, such as email, spreadsheets and customer relationship management software, to the cloud can in fact save enough electricity each year to power Los Angeles for 12 months. That would amount to cutting the energy use by 87%, or roughly 23 billion kilowatt hours, the report said.

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