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.
At PRWeek, Brittaney Kiefer reports that NASDAQ OMX has launched WorkSpace to solidify the company’s handling of sensitive data in real-time.
Launched on Monday, WorkSpace is part of NASDAQ OMX’s corporate solutions group. The virtual data room allows users to protect sensitive and proprietary information online, update it in real-time, and collaborate with colleagues on issues such as mergers and acquisitions, IPO preparation, bankruptcies and restructurings, auditing, reporting, market research, and fundraising. WorkSpace also offers an iPad app to give users mobile access to the platform.
Over at Talkin’ Cloud, Chris Talbot writes that IBM’s acquisition of UrbanCode will help Big Blue increase its presence in Cloud, Big Data and other areas as well.
UrbanCode’s technology promises the ability for organizations to reduce the cycle time of getting updates or new applications deployed from days or months to minutes, all the while keeping risks at a minimum and reducing costs. In the end, the goal is to provide end users with an overall improvement in the quality of applications and services.
You can use Cloud Servers for various purposes, including hosting websites and applications. A Cloud Server is an isolated server environment with an operating system and root access, that you can configure according to your needs. You can create, resize, or delete a Cloud Server at any time, making it a very flexible solution.”
In this slidecast, Ken Copas from Glasshouse presents an overview of the company’s Cloud services.
GlassHouse delivers clarity amid the hype, providing vendor independent, objective IT consulting, to drive customer defined business outcomes, and guide clients along the full lifecycle of transforming their IT infrastructure. We are unique in our focus not just on technology but also on our clients’ information policies, procedures and organizational design, as those have the most significant impact on IT costs and effectiveness. Our solutions cover end-to-end planning, design and deployment to fully managed services.”
Over at Datacenter Knowledge, writes that Windows Azure cloud services are coming to China through 21Vianet. The Chinese company has started construction of a new 42,000 square meter data center in the Daxing District of Beijing capable of holding 5,000 cabinets.
We are excited to announce the addition of this mega data center in Beijing, China,” said Josh Chen, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at 21Vianet. ”We believe this expanded facility will further bolster 21Vianet’s leading market position for hosting and management network services. In addition, we will also utilize this data center to power Microsoft’s premier commercial cloud services. We remain committed to providing our customers with the IT Infrastructure services required to grow their businesses and meet today’s increasingly complex and demanding networking requirements.”
This week Mellanox announced that the company’s InfiniBand solutions have been integrated into enterprise private and public cloud offerings at OrionVM. Based in Australia, OrionVM is now standardizing on InfiniBand for their enterprise deployments around the world.
OrionVM is moving towards using InfiniBand in all of its cloud services offerings,” said Sheng Yeo, OrionVM Managing Director. “We’re looking to offer our customers the highest bandwidth, lowest latency solutions, to enable leading and scalable application performance.”
OrionVM provides customers with a cloud platform to build and scale applications and websites on demand, instead of managing servers and networks. Mellanox InfiniBand enabled OrionVM to reduce the price point at which they were able to offer solutions to customers. Utilizing InfiniBand and their distributed storage system, OrionVM is able to offer customers a significantly higher performance cloud computing platform at a lower price. Best of all, the use of InfiniBand has reduced OrionVM’s cost of deployment and decreased the complexity within their data center environments.
Cloudability is one of a crop of startups aimed at helping businesses understand the costs of cloud computing as the technology matures and much larger businesses get more comfortable with the idea of renting or leasing remote computing capacity to run their software and IT infrastructure. At many companies, the “cloud” can involve an unwieldy, decentralized mess of hundreds of individual accounts and credit cards that can be hard to track. “Getting a developer to turn off a cloud server is like getting a kid to turn off the light switch,” says J.R. Storment, Cloudability’s cofounder and chief customer officer. Often they may just forget.
Today web hosting leaders DreamHost announced DreamCompute, a highly scalable and cost-effective cloud computing platform for Internet entrepreneurs and developers. Powered by OpenStack, DreamCompute’s open source infrastructure-as-a-service platform is ready to go for any size workload with compute instances from 1GB to 64GB RAM.
DreamCompute has been engineered from the operating system up to deliver the next generation cloud compute service that developers are craving,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost. “With OpenStack virtual machine management, reliable and resilient Ceph block storage, and software-defined networking that truly isolates each instance in the infrastructure, DreamCompute sets a new standard for compute-as-a-service. We’re very proud to be a part of delivering the future of the open and scalable cloud.”
According to Anderson, DreamCompute comes with no capital outlay or a lengthy procurement approval process; it can be billed to a credit card, making it easy to expense. Read the Full Story.
Today Mellanox announced that its end-to-end InfiniBand solutions have been selected to connect Atlantic.Net cloud infrastructures. As a leading cloud hosting provider, Atlantic.Net operates a massively scalable and secure cloud hosting platform to deliver performance optimized application services at lower costs.
Mellanox’s InfiniBand server and storage interconnect solution is a great compliment to our industrial-grade cloud infrastructure to provide the fastest and most robust cloud on the market. Using QDR InfiniBand, we are able to perform server provisioning in just seconds and provide extremely fast disk performance at 40Gb/s,” said Adnan Raja, director of business development at Atlantic.Net. “Mellanox InfiniBand has enabled us to dramatically reduce our cloud infrastructure costs and therefore provide better services to our customers. We will continue to enhance our offerings with many new features in development to provide a unique cloud experience that offers speed, reliability and ease of use.”