Carpathia takes on the big challenge of identifying and addressing federal cloud computing security and compliance issues.
“Cloudyn is providing different options to compare, and optimize the cost incurred due to the cloud computing services offered by major cloud based service providers – AWS and Google. Earlier, the company provided support for AWS services – but later on – it started support for Google computing services. Now, the company is eyeing on a broad range of cloud based services offered by numerous cloud service providers both in the public and private domain of cloud computing services.
In this video Keith Wymbs, Chief Marketing Officer at Elemental Technologies, discusses Elemental’s latest foray into the height of video processing. The newest of the company’s products involves bringing world-class video to the cloud.
Codero has announced an $8 million round of funding from Silicon Valley Bank and Farnam Street Financial to expand its world wide data center footprint.
“We have outpaced our industry’s growth, expanding faster than other hosting and cloud providers due to our commitment to providing customers with unparalleled performance, expertise, support and value,” said Emil Sayegh, president and CEO of Codero Hosting. “The support of SVB and Farnam Street Financial helps us accelerate our growth and capitalize on our market success.”
Over at MailOnline, the staff reports that IBM is bringing the supercomputer and Jeopardy winner, Watson, to the cloud to be used by various users. The company is investing $1Billion in housing the computer in New York offices and is giving financial, banking and health industries access to it.
“IBM has transformed Watson from a quiz-show winner, into a commercial cognitive computing breakthrough that is helping businesses engage customers, healthcare organizations personalize patient care, and entrepreneurs build businesses,’ said Michael Rhodin, who will head the new Watson Group. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said that Watson is built for a world where big data is transforming every industry and every profession. ‘Watson does more than find the needle in the haystack,’ Rometty said in remarks released ahead of the company’s Thursday presentation. ‘It understands the haystack. It understands context.’
Over at VentureBeat, Jordan Nevet writes that IBM looks to lower carbon emissions in the cloud as a way to not only be environmentally conscious but to be more competitive in the space.
“The new collaboration with the Trinity researchers resulted in a set of algorithms named Stratus. Carbon dioxide production, electricity cost, and the time it takes to move and crunch data all factor into the researchers’ experimental model, which was based on Amazon Web Services’ popular EC2 public-cloud service. As a result of the work, the researchers managed to drop carbon emissions by 21 percent, IEEE Spectrum reported.
Over at the EE Herald, the staff reports on the intense competition that ARM 64 bit processor core for servers has bought to Intel’s and AMD’s dominance.
“With this trend of availability of ARM 64 bit processor core for servers, Intel is now facing a competition from around half a dozen of chip companies who are designing server chips based on ARM 64-bit processor core. The 64-bit ARM processor cores compete with Intel’s server processor chips mainly on the power consumption and the size. This is turning out to be interesting race. It’s like Intel versus group of ARM based server chip vendors. In this there is also a startup Calexda found to design exclusively server chips based on ARM 64 bit arch.
Over at InfoWorld, Mikael Ricknäs writes about Amazon’s latest offering in data analysis for enterprise called Kinesis. The service, now in public beta, is designed to process massive amounts of real-time data giving companies tons of scalability in provisioning and deployment.
“Amazon sees a number of use cases for Kinesis; the service can collect data generated by an application and make it available for identification of slow queries, page views or resource utilization. Kinesis can also collect and analyze financial information in real-time or help game developers see how the players are interacting with their game and each other.
Over at The Nation, Asina Pornwasin reports that Dell made several announcements last week at the annual Dell World regarding the direction the company is going in the newest of technology environments. Chief among these are big data, cloud computing, social media and mobility.
“Our vision with a consistency strategy through the last five years is to become the leading provider of end-to-end scaled solutions. We invested US$13 billion, doubling the enterprise services solution business from about $10 billion to more than $20 billion. And we built across the portfolio. Now, as a private company, we accelerate our strategy, take a longer-term view of innovation,” Michael Dell said.
At The New York Times, Brian X. Chen reports that Big Blue is not backing down to its main rivals–Microsoft, Amazon and Google–and is in the mean time turning up the heat. The company is acquiring established companies like SoftLayer to bolster its ambitions of adding scores and scores of new cloud services and products as well as enhancing its Big Data offerings in an attempt surge ahead.
“In addition to the consolidation of online software and services, Mr. Crosby said, IBM is “absolutely” looking to sell its big mainframe computing capabilities as a cloud-based service. It also plans to draw on the insights it has gained from building and licensing technology used by Microsoft in the Xbox gaming console, and Google in its own network operations, he said, and will make more acquisitions for the cloud business.
Over at ComputerworldUK, Derek du Preez reports that Salesforce.com has enlisted the help of Hewlett-Packard to make so-called “Superpods” available to larger enterprises. The move will allow selected companies to have their own dedicated infrastructure in Salesforce.com’s cloud and will migrate away from the multitenancy model to create better security and customization.
“The Superpod was a particularly interesting announcement from Salesforce, given that in the past Benioff has consistently expressed the view that private cloud environments, which aren’t multi-tenant’, are not ‘real’ cloud environments. Denecken added that a ‘rip and replace with cloud’ approach for all areas of IT shouldn’t be the focus for enterprises, they should be looking at complete end-to-end business processes and using cloud where appropriate.
CoolIT Systems has announced that Leeds University is to employ its liquid cooling technologies for cloud-based strategies. The University sees this research in cooling as a means to enhance its already formidable reputation in green computing.
“A new collaboration between CoolIT Systems, Canada, and the Schools of Computing and Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds (member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities) has been setup to analyse the influence of proximity liquid cooling on cloud based workload algorithms. The University has already received awards for analysis and development of Green IT solutions in the past couple of years.
“As an Operations Technician, you’ll install, configure, test, troubleshoot and maintain hardware (like servers and its components) and server software you’ll also tackle the configuration of more complex components such as networks, routers, switches and networking protocols. You’ll participate in or lead small project teams on larger installations and develop project contingency plans. A typical day involves manual movement and installation of racks, and while it can sometimes be physically demanding, you are excited to work with infrastructure that is at the cutting-edge of computer technology.
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Over at CloudTweaks, Kevin Gruneisen of Logicalis writes about employing a plan to get your company to the cloud. Mr. Gruneisen believes that leap should start with a thorough assessment of your current IT environment and should also include technology considerations along with businesses objectives as well.
“A detailed assessment will identify what resources are being used effectively as well as where there are inefficiencies associated with server sprawl. A large enterprise I visited recently had multiple, highly-virtualized server farms. An examination of how these resources were being used, however, revealed that one was only operating at 20 percent capacity and another one the same size was only 30 percent utilized.
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.
The study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows results that validate Asetek’s claims of 50% and higher reductions in data center cooling costs with RackCDU D2C. The study also shows that IT server power load is significantly reduced.
“One surprising result of the study is that substantial savings are achievable by connecting RackCDU to existing chilled water systems,” notes Henry Coles, Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “The ability to achieve savings by simply tapping into existing chilled water systems broadens the base of data centers that will find deploying RackCDU attractive.”
“The latest move comes from ViaWest, which launched an enhanced channel partner program today. The goal: Promote colocation services as a stepping stone to cloud and managed services, both for channel partners and their customers. ViaWest Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Christopher Rajiah is driving the partner program. He’s a familiar name across the cloud and IT channel markets. Rajiah previously led Rackspace’s (RAX) partner program, and earlier he drove channel engagements at Extreme Networks.
Violin Memory has announced that its scale-out memory solutions have been optimized for Windows Server 2012 R2 for high-end storage products. Using Windows applications natively on the the platform allows customers higher performance, scalability and ROI.
“Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers groundbreaking scalability to enable customers to evolve their virtualized and global-scale cloud environments,” said Chris Phillips, Partner Director PM at Microsoft. “By using Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Violin Memory scale-out memory array platform, our joint customers can achieve the scalability and performance requirements of their most demanding workloads in the cloud.”
Mellanox has announced an end-to-end Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) to power private cloud for the enterprise. The architecture is based on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and uses Mellanox RDMA-enabled InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnects.
“We’re pleased to see a customer such as Pensions First take advantage of the trailblazing functionality of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V, as well as SQL Server 2012, and gaining speed, efficiency, and flexibility with Mellanox RDMA-based InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnects,” said Chris Phillips, Partner Director PM at Microsoft.
CoolIT enters into partnership with CoinTerra, the performance and value leader in Bitcoin ASIC Mining solutions. CoolIT’s cooling products–used in HPC, cloud and enterprise–are a natural fit for the high performance processor company.
“Working with an industry pioneer like CoinTerra® is an important step towards liquid cooling becoming an industry standard,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. “We started CoolIT Systems to deliver on the promise of maximizing the performance of well designed silicon through better cooling technology. CoinTerra’s ASIC chip, The GoldStrike1™ combined with CoolIT’s DCLC™ can do just that.”