Over at InformationWeek, Elena Malykhina reports that the SSA is in the process of shopping potential cloud software providers. The agency believes that a private cloud will help automate current tasks as well as streamline operations end-to-end.
The “desired software” would be integrated into the SSA’s VMware server virtualization infrastructure to “create a self-service virtual machine (VM) provisioning portal, automate common administrative tasks like VM creation, recoup unused resources, and infrastructure maintenance tasks,” the agency said in the RFI.
Over at GreatResponder, Maria Dehn reports that IBM will invest more than $1.53 billion in cloud computing to further strengthen its global presence.
“The senior vice president of IBM global technology services, Erich Clementi said, “IBM continuously focuses on investment of high growth areas like cloud computing technologies.” “This bulk investment by IBM would help strengthen its muscle power in cloud services across the globe, especially in Asian emerging markets and North Americas” he added. It has been estimated that the cloud market will cross about $200 billion mark by 2020. The major growth would be observed in major financial hubs and diverse geographical locations across the world.
Over at MailOnline, the staff reports that IBM is bringing the supercomputer and Jeopardy winner, Watson, to the cloud to be used by various users. The company is investing $1Billion in housing the computer in New York offices and is giving financial, banking and health industries access to it.
“IBM has transformed Watson from a quiz-show winner, into a commercial cognitive computing breakthrough that is helping businesses engage customers, healthcare organizations personalize patient care, and entrepreneurs build businesses,’ said Michael Rhodin, who will head the new Watson Group. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said that Watson is built for a world where big data is transforming every industry and every profession. ‘Watson does more than find the needle in the haystack,’ Rometty said in remarks released ahead of the company’s Thursday presentation. ‘It understands the haystack. It understands context.’
Over at The VAR Guy, Charlene OHanlon reports that cloud back up provider, Carbonite, has streamlined its cloud offerings to better serve its partners and customers.
“The company is doing away with its current five-plan menu of services and is now categorizing its plans into three core areas: Personal, Pro and Server, said David Hauser, senior director at Carbonite. The move coincides with what the market needs and how the market is purchasing new cloud services, he noted. “What we found out with our current structure is people have different needs—some SOHOs have a personal need for backup, while some just want to do servers,” he said. “These better align with what the market is asking for.”
Corelynx has revealed that its cloud architecture has now embraced the open source cloud operating system, OpenStack. This will benefit the company greatly in the innovation that comes from the open source community and will increase the interoperability of the software.
‘’OpenStack easily manages and automates pools of compute resources. With no proprietary hardware or software requirements, it is architected to provide flexibility in cloud. Also, it can work with widely available virtualization technologies, along with the high-performance computing configurations’,” said Manash Chaudhuri Director and CEO of Corelynx Inc.
Over at AllThingsD, Arik Hesseldahl reports that Dell has announced that an alliance with open source powerhouse Red Hat will be followed by an enormous amount of resources and attention. Red Hat’s OpenStack cloud computing software will benefit in that it will more easily interact with the major players in the arena–AWS, Google and Microsoft.
“The relationship hearkens back more than a decade to when Dell and Red Hat collaborated closely on the open-source Linux operating system. Red Hat’s implementation of Linux is now generally considered the gold standard for enterprise computing environments. As one source put it: “Red Hat wants to be the arms merchant of choice for OpenStack.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.