Xangati today announced the appointment of S. ‘Sundi’ Sundaresh as President and CEO of the cloud performance management company. Mr. Sundaresh brings a wealth of technology experience to the organization and will focus on growing revenue as well as fund raising.
“During my tenure as an advisor at Xangati, I was deeply impressed by the breadth of customers, and the quality and robustness of their solutions. Not only were customers expressing sincere delight at being able to solve crucial problems with Xangati, but I rarely heard any complaints. The company has grown well with very little marketing, relying mainly on the strength of its word of mouth,” said Sundaresh. “The recent $11 million funding round allows us to grow our customer base, engage with partners and invest in product development to expand our market. I am delighted to be joining Xangati at such an exciting time.”
“The Senior IT Engineer position requires an experienced information technology professional with an advanced level of knowledge and experience in the area of virtualization and cloud computing, enterprise infrastructure for large scale hosting solutions, and proven experience leading the delivering business value with technology. Candidate must have experience engineering application architecture for horizontally scaled environments that are highly virtualized.
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Over at ihotdesk, Paul Sells reports that the High Performance Computing (HPC) world has increasingly turned to the cloud for data storage and compute power.
“Earl Joseph, program vice president for technical computing at IDC, said: “The most surprising findings of the 2013 study are the substantially increased penetration of co-processors and accelerators at HPC sites around the world. “[Also of note was] the large proportion of sites that are applying Big Data technologies and methods to their problems and the steady growth in cloud computing for HPC.”
CloudPhysics announces the release of an IT management system that takes advantage of products from virtualization giant VMware. The IT operations suite utilizes Big Data and the cloud to give real-time and dynamic approaches to storage, compute and networking.
Google uses analysis of anonymized traffic data from everyone’s GPS location streams to help users avoid accidents and bottlenecks and to make better driving decisions. CloudPhysics brings that same kind of power to IT so enterprises can make better operational decisions,” said John Blumenthal, CloudPhysics CEO and Co-Founder. “Our servers receive a daily stream of 80+ billion samples of configuration, performance, failure and event data from our global user base with a total of 20+ trillion data points to date.
Cloudera announces that employing the best of what VMware has to offer in the cloud and big data environments takes them to an new height in enterprise.
As Apache Hadoop gains traction within enterprises, VMware and Cloudera are collaborating to help customers benefit from virtualizing Cloudera Enterprise, Cloudera’s platform for big data,” said Fausto Ibarra, senior director, Product Management, VMware. “VMware continues to evolve vSphere to make sure customers can take advantage of the leading platform for all their applications and workloads, including Apache Hadoop.”
Joyent is determined to catch Amazon. Wasik said the Joyent cloud was initially equipped with a basic set of 10 virtual server selections. On Thursday, the company introduced 13 instance types that closely align with Amazon’s most popular virtual server types, from AWS Micro up to Standard Extra Large and Quadruple I/O Extra Large.
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.”
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.”
Over at The Nation, Nophakhun Limsamarnphun writes that EMC understands the enormity of endless data and what can and will be done with it.
To take advantage of this emerging trend, Joe Tucci, chairman and CEO of EMC whose revenues topped US$21.7 billion last year, told the EMC World 2013 conference in Las Vegas early this month that it’s necessary for EMC to deliver efficiency, control, choice and agility to its customers. The world is entering a new era of so-called third-generation IT platform that can support billions of mobile device users, cloud computers, and social media, according to Tucci.
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.
The software-defined datacenter vision took the industry by storm in 2012. It represents a prescriptive model that brings the benefits of virtualization to the rest of the datacenter. Expect to see the move towards a software-defined datacenter accelerate in 2013. Networking and infrastructure security represent some of the stickiest issues when it comes to the drive to a more agile data center. And because of this strong customer interest in SDDCs, you’ll also see more networking vendors and startups modify their roadmaps to steer towards a software-defined networking strategy.
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.
Over at the Forrester Blog, James Staten writes that VMware recent attacks on AWS shows that company is facing the Innovator’s Dillema.
This week at the VMware Partner Exchange, CEO Pat Gelsinger and his executive staff decided to demonize Amazon Web Services and their public cloud brethren in a very short sighted defensive move that frankly betrays the fact that they don’t understand the disruption they are facing. Pat, you and your market have the Innovator’s Dilemma and the enemy isn’t public cloud but private clouds.
Over at Admin HPC, Gavin W. Burris writes that virtualization has become a viable option for researchers with a need for cluster computing power thanks in part to StarCluster, MIT’s open-source toolkit for launching, controlling, and orchestrating clusters of virtual servers within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. StarCluster provides a number of images pre-rolled and ready to go, as well as a command line tool for wrangling them into functional computing power.
The cloud has become a key resource in the support of HPC. Given the proper use case, cloud offerings are an affordable fit for a variety of different workflows. A key tool in any systems programmer’s arsenal should be the StarCluster toolkit, which provides a powerful interface for harnessing these cloud resources in an effective manner. The toolkit builds from the well-established model of HPC clustering with Linux, providing a clear path to transferring existing skills and code to the cloud.
So what is SR-IOV? The short answer is that SR-IOV is a specification that allows a PCIe device to appear to be multiple separate physical PCIe devices. The SR-IOV specification was created and is maintained by the PCI SIG, with the idea that a standard specification will help promote interoperability.
Brendan Gregg from Joyent has written an in-depth post on performance characteristics of three virtualization technologies: Zones, Xen, and KVM. According to Gregg, Zones add no overhead, whereas Xen and KVM do, which could limit network throughput to a quarter of what it could be.
By default we encourage customers to deploy on Zones, for reasons of performance, observability, and simplicity (debuggability). This may mean compiling their applications for SmartOS (our illumos-based OS which hosts the Zones) if they aren’t already in the repo. In cases where they absolutely must have Linux or Windows, and the applications can’t run elsewhere, then it’s Hardware Virtualization (KVM).
In this video from the 2012 AWS Invent Conference, Eric Schultze and Steve Morad from AWS present: Virtual Networking in the Cloud.
Take Amazon EC2 to the next level and create a virtual network in the AWS cloud using our API-defined networking solutions. Learn how to create networks that closely resemble those used in a traditional data center, enhance your knowledge of elastic network interfaces and multiple IP addresses for EC2 instances, and learn how to leverage egress filtering and network ACLs for an additional layer of security for your network. In addition to discussing virtual network security appliances, internal load balancing, and site to site VPN connectivity, we also discuss the past, present, and future for Amazon virtual networking.