Over at TechCrunch, Josh Constine reports that @WalmartLabs has acquired OneOps to increase its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings. The retail giant also procured social software developers Tasty Labs in a related move.
OneOps developed a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capability that Walmart explains will enable it to “significantly accelerate” its PaaS and Private Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) strategies. The company offered developer tools built from the ground up for those who host their applications on cloud services like Amazon Web Services, for example, as well as Rackspace and HP Cloud. Developers could publish to any cloud and seamlessly port their apps elsewhere as needed, eliminating lock-in.
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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.
Matt Petronzio at Mashable interviews Adrian Cockcroft about his role in the massive cloud deployment that Netflix utilizes.
My job is to have an overall view of the components and patterns that Netflix uses to build its streaming service in the cloud. When I see a gap or have an idea for something we need to build, my job is to set the context around that idea for the engineers, then get out of their way and let them figure out the details. I also document and explain the architecture by running internal training classes and external presentations at conferences. I have had most input on the availability and disaster recovery mechanisms built into the architecture.
David F. Carr atInformation Weekcovers the keynote panel at Interop and their conversation regarding the future of SDN and network admin.
The point of SDN is to make networks easy to configure and reconfigure in software rather than hardware, with many more networking functions migrating from being embedded capabilities of a network appliance to being defined in software. Network systems are migrating incrementally in that direction as networks follow the same path toward virtualization as servers and storage, he said. Ultimately, the goal is to provide every data center with the flexibility associated with cloud computing.
In this video from Moabcon 2013, Robert Clyde and Chad Harrington from Adaptive Computing discuss the company’s recent announcement that Adaptive has been named as a “Cool Vendor” in Cloud Management by Gartner.
We believe to be recognized as a ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner for our cloud management technology is confirmation of our pioneering work in policy-based optimization for this space,” said Robert Clyde, CEO of Adaptive Computing. “Our Moab Cloud Suite allows enterprise IT leaders and cloud architects to maximize cloud return on investment through cost savings in capacity and management complexity. Moab’s ability to perform ongoing service optimization ensures organizations achieve both agility and service performance with their private cloud.”
At Information Week, Charles Babcock reports that Google is no longer employing its custom version of Linux instead opting for the open-sourced Debian.
In moving to Debian, Google is demonstrating that it wants Google Compute Engine to become less Google-technology specific and more of a standard platform. Compute Engine’s predecessor, App Engine, a developer’s platform as a service, restricted itself to Google’s favorite language, Python, at its launch. Compute Engine workloads based on Debian means the favored operating system will be supported by a community larger than Google’s development team itself.
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.
Over at Forbes, Tom Coughlin writes that RDMA extends the capability of fast direct access to memory between computers in a cluster to greater distances, within a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN ) or even in a Wide Area Network (WAN) that can span continents.
RDMA over a WAN allows some very useful capabilities that can increase the overall power of a clustered computer system. It can provide remote collaboration with a remote file system allowing access as though it were local, enabling apparent real-time collaboration. RDMA also allows very efficient file transfer over a WAN. This direct data placement is accomplished with little impact on the processors on either end of the file transport. These features are very useful for working with large data files such as those common in many HPC applications. Storage at a Distance will not directly impact conventional client computing since these devices typically don’t have access to dedicated high-speed Internet connections. However with the growth of on-line (cloud) services the use of RDMA could accelerate many background processes within a given data center and between data centers. This could improve overall cloud performance and provide services such as fast backups and replications of data to provide data recovery. Thus Storage at a Distance could have a great impact on the overall performance and capabilities available over the Cloud.
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.