Category Archives: Migrating to the Cloud

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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The Next Wave of the Cloud Must Be More End-User Friendly

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

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Dell Bolsters End-to-End Mission with Citrix-Based Environments

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.

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Puppet Labs Announces its Inclusion in VMware’s Cloud Services

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.”

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Venyu Cloud Suite Garners Top IT Honors

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.”

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Private Clouds Must Use the Appropriate Code and Data to Make Migration Work

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.

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Cloud Big Data Market to Reach $16.52 Billion by 2018

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.

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The Future of Brick-and-Mortar Retail Lies in Big Data and the Cloud

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.

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Australian HPC Company Looking to the Cloud for Rendering Blockbusters

Trevor Clarke at The Sydney Morning Herald, writes that Animal Logic realizes the potential the cloud can provide when faced with the need for additional resources in rendering visual effects.

Despite this computing power, in the last nine months the company’s workload – it has been working on The Great Gatsby, Walking with Dinosaurs for the BBC and also Iron Man 3 – has meant it needed additional resources, which it sourced from service provider Steam Engine.

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Major OS Providers Put to Task by Cloud Technology

At Information Week, Thomas Claburn writes that Mozilla and Otoy have partnered to offer a JavaScript library that allows applications to be streamed from the cloud that is hardware and operating system (OS) neutral.

With ORBX.js, native code and legacy applications can be hosted in the cloud (e.g. Amazon EC2), and stream interactive graphics, 3D rendering or low latency video to a standard HTML5 page without using plugins or native code, or even the video tag (which, like Google NaCL,is vendor specific — ORBX.js works on all five major browsers),” explained Otoy founder and CEO Jules Urbach in an email. “The video codec created for ORBX.js can decode 1080p60 at a quality on par with H.264, using only JavaScript.”

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Big Data and the Cloud to Power the Future

Over at Power Engineering, LS Subramanian writes that Big Data and the use of cloud technology will be vitally important in meeting the world’s energy needs down the road.

As the cost of energy increases and its availability decreases there is an extensive use of collating data in the discovery, extraction, processing and transmission and distribution of energy. The energy business is increasingly using Big Data and cloud computing to ensure efficiency and cost effective solutions.

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Microsoft Ups the Ante in Public Cloud Business

Software giant Microsoft sets its sites on the big cloud players like Amazon to become a contender in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market.

It is now a serious business for Microsoft. Microsoft is aggressively targeting competitor Amazon in the infrastructure as a service (Iaas) market.It recently reduced the general availability prices on Linux and Windows Server virtual machines and cloud services by 21-33% to match Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) prices.

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Interview: Chris Kenyon Talks About Ubuntu and OpenStack

In this interview at the OpenStack Summit 2013, Chris Kenyon, S.V.P. of Worldwide Business Development at Ubuntu, talks about Ubuntu’s role in OpenStack development.

Inside-Cloud: Chris, Ubuntu has many functions as an OS, what are its applications when it comes to Cloud Computing?

Chris Kenyon: The Ubuntu Server is really where we really started to focus about 5 -6 years ago and the focus was on what the ideal server would look like in a scale-out environment when you’re building many many nodes,10′s, 100′s, 1000′s, 10,000′s.  And we started to think about that world which people call Scale-Out Computing as being very different–Scale-Out is fundamentally different from Scale-Up. Ubuntu Server is very much about Scale-Out Computing and we are obviously here at  the OpenStack Summit and OpenStack is for us the leading solution for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and we’ve had a great history with them focusing on how Ubuntu plays both as the best host operating system as well as a great guest in a cloud environment.

Inside-Cloud: Ubuntu and the OpenStack Community have had a close-knit relationship for several years. Can you give me a little history here?

Chris Kenyon: Well the relationship was born partly out of destiny and it was partly fortuitous. We were working at the time on some Open Cloud solutions with NASA–we were using Eucalyptus then–and they were looking to do their own Open Compute project and then they teamed up with Rackspace to create OpenStack. OpenStack from day 1 has been rather closely tied–almost at the hip–to Ubuntu so it releases 4 weeks before Ubuntu releases so we have time for full system testing. It is probably the case that now 9 out of 10 OpenStack clouds are based on Ubuntu and there is a lot of goodness there in terms of how OpenStack works on top of Ubuntu as a host.

Inside-Cloud: So why is this? Why is Ubuntu the go-to OS in developing OpenStack?

Chris Kenyon: To put it simply, it just works better. We’ve been working on it for 3 years, everyone who is building on it is building it on Ubuntu, the testing, the fixes are on Ubuntu and there are sets of functionality that really only work on it. So it really has become a de facto standard.

Inside-Cloud: Where is Ubuntu and OpenStack relative to enterprise?

Chris Kenyon: OpenStack is rapidly maturing, I think this really is the year of OpenStack by the enterprise. We had Bloomberg on stage yesterday talking about how they are using OpenStack built on Ubuntu– we have Best Buy and Comcast doing the same thing. These are companies with a high level of competency in technology. I think we are now seeing the next wave of adopters coming in and saying, “Okay, I see this works”. It is a huge validation to OpenStack as an ecosystem just by the number of vendors who have joined and the fact that now IBM, HP, Dell are all throwing their weight behind it is very, very significant.

Inside-Cloud: What’s the future–let’s say 2, 3 years down the road–look like for OpenStack and Ubuntu?

Chris Kenyon: I really see OpenStack everywhere. Its one of these things where traditionally in the industry we overestimate how quickly change will happen but we underestimate just how significant the change will be. OpenStack will become THE standard way of doing compute in the enterprise across the board over the next 15 years. The early adopters got behind it, now all of the large vendors are behind it. This how we will think about Public Cloud, Private Cloud and Hybrid cloud.