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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Over at Wired, Zvi Guterman writes that the end-user experience needs to be less complex for cloud computing to make an even bigger impact on IT environments.
Ideally, cloud computing would enable complex, virtual environments in the cloud for virtually any business user who would otherwise have to rely on IT to build and maintain an environment customized for their specific use case. The users with the greatest need come from the pre-cloud generation, the companies whose legacy infrastructures date back more than a few years. And perhaps the greatest demand today from within the enterprise comes from application development and testing, groups that have in a very short time watched development cycles shrink from years, months or weeks to just days or even hour
Over at Information Week, Michael Endler writes that Dell has been moving out of the strictly PC market and into the enterprise arena by adopting cloud technologies.
The announcements include a version of Dell’s Active System 800 converged infrastructure line optimized for Citrix XenDesktop. The product is a pre-integrated system that fits server, storage and networking into a modest footprint. It includes Active System Manager, which facilitates single pane management of both physical and virtual assets.
Puppet Labs, a leading provider of IT automation software, has agreed to a strategic partnership with VMware to push the enterprise data center to the cloud seamlessly.
Together with VMware, we’re transforming customers’ IT capabilities and enabling them to get the speed and scale benefits promised by cloud computing,” said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO, Puppet Labs. “When combined with our solutions for on-premise infrastructure and applications, Puppet Labs gives customers the IT automation tools they need to succeed in hybrid cloud environments.”
The Network Products Guide has given Venyu two prizes in the “Hot Companies and Best Product Awards” for its innovative cloud IT services.
We’re committed to providing our customers with the added peace-of-mind that their critical business data is retrievable and available, whenever necessary. Backed by the power of the cloud, our customers continue to drive new levels of efficiency and reliability across their business with Venyu,” said Scott Thompson, chief executive officer at Venyu. “We’re honored to be recognized by our peers and the thought leaders at Network Products Guide for our innovation in SaaS and cloud computing.”
Over at InfoWorld, David Linthicum writes that in order for enterprises to make the transition to a private cloud they must use the proper technologies to truly take advantage of the move.
What’s missing is the deep planning needed to understand the requirements of the applications and data that will reside on a cloud, public or private. Moreover, we aren’t keeping an open mind when looking at the right platform for the job — again, whether public or private.
Over at Talkin Cloud, Chris Talbot reports that the business analytics market based in the cloud will see a significant increase over the next few years.
According to a new report from MarketandMarkets, the cloud analytics market and its related sub-markets will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8 percent over the next five years. By 2018, that means the overall cloud business analytics market will total $16.52 billion. That’s a huge number no matter how you look at it, but compared to today’s market value of $5.25 billion, it’s clear the industry is expecting a spectacular increase.
Over at Wired, Vish Ganapathy reports that Big-box retailers are using Big Data analytics hosted in clouds to learn more about their customers and to compete with the e-commerce segment.
Cloud computing involves a new way of thinking about data. In a cloud, a single server can host many virtual servers, slashing hardware costs. The virtual servers can scale on demand depending on the need for computer capacity. That’s very useful for retailers, whose businesses are notoriously seasonal. Automatically expanding capacity on Black Friday, for example, can reduce lines at checkout counters and ensure quick service.