Category Archives: Migrating to the Cloud

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.

 

Cloud Computing is Becoming More Ubiquitous and More Vital Survey Says

A survey published by Unisphere Research discovers that the use of the cloud is more pervasive and is becoming more important in day-to-day operations.

Close to two-fifths of organizations now run private clouds in one form or another, and one-fourth are using public cloud services in an enterprise capacity. Private clouds are being extended deeper into the organizations that have them — a majority expect to be running most of their workloads in the cloud within the next 12 months, especially Platform as a Service middleware.  In addition, close to one-third of public cloud users report they are employing hosted services to run their private clouds for them.

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OpenStack’s Newest Release, “Grizzly” to be Featured This Week at Annual Summit

Over at Computer Weekly, Adrian Bridgwater writes that at the OpenStack Summit this week in Portland, Oregon, organizers will focus on the latest release of the cloud control software referred to as “Grizzly”.

The Grizzly release is a clear indication of the maturity of the OpenStack software development process, as contributors continue to produce a stable, scalable and feature-rich platform for building public, private and hybrid clouds,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation.

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Magento Gives Rackspace Even Stronger Presence in E-Commerce

The VAR Guy‘s Christopher Tozzi reports that Cloud giant, Rackspace, has partnered with Magento to provide both companies with greater strategic advantages.

From a broader channel perspective, there are two key points to note from this news. First, it underlines the growing convergence between cloud computing and online retailing, which hasn’t always been at the top of the list of cloud applications. That’s changing as more and more commerce shifts online, and companies seek to operate in larger markets that may involve less consistent traffic patterns.

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IT Organizations to be Profoundly Affected by the Cloud in the Future

Over at IDG, Bernard Golden writes that the tone of cloud computing discussions have turned from sexy to the practical and chief among these topics is the nature of IT organizations down the road.

It’s remarkable how the tone at Cloud Connect in Silicon Valley has changed over the years. The conference has turned from cheerleading to nuts and bolts. This means it’s less fun, but it’s also more grounded in the day-to-day realities of implementing change instead of envisioning utopia. Many presentations focus on real-world use cases and concrete action steps, with a strong focus on hybrid cloud computing.

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Video: The Improvement of the Cloud Computing ERPs

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In this video, Dr. Zenon Michaelides from the University of Liverpool Management School describes how Cloud Computing enables a paradigm shift in the way we have been interacting with systems. This presentation focuses on achieving visibility in cloud-based enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems. It reviews how cloud-based ERP systems are being widely adopted and extensively used in decision support. Furthermore, we discuss how cloud-based ERP systems enable SMEs to collaborate and be more competitive in the extended enterprise.

How the Cloud is Revolutionizing Pharma

Over at OpenSource Connections, Douglas Turnbull writes that a recent event brought home how quickly Cloud Computing, Full Text Search, and Big Data are revolutionizing genomics and pharmaceutical research.

Cycle Computing showed how its platform affordably gathers EC2 spot instances to maximize compututational power to work on computationally hard problems in the pharma space. By doing this, Cycle can capture a massive amount of computational power. Their platform deals with the “spotty” nature of these instances — adding fault tolerance and managing the dynamic nature of the instances. Cycle’s platform can also balances stable local resources in conjunction with spotty cloud resources to provide these services.

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Video: The UberCloud HPC Experiment – Paving the Way to HPC as a Service

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In this video from the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference, Wolfgang Gentzsch presents: The UberCloud HPC Experiment – Paving the Way to HPC as a Service.

You can participate in this experiment as an industrial End-User in need of instant additional computing power accessible remotely, or as a compute Resource Provider, or as a Software Provider, or as an HPC Expert.

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