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HP's Helion Rack Aimed At Private OpenStack Builders

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

HP has launched a Helion Rack offering that comes pre-configured with OpenStack cloud software, combined with the rich Cloud Foundry development platform. This optimized hardware package is aimed at enterprise customers looking to build out a private cloud infrastructure.

HP is trying to recoup ground heavily contested by competitors Dell, Red Hat, Microsoft, and IBM. These vendors already offer their own on-premises OpenStack private-cloud-building services. However, HP is the sole public cloud service-provider that is also a major supplier of x86 servers, giving the company a shot at shipping pre-configured servers...

Private vs public vs hybrid cloud: Which one to choose?

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: Editorial Staff.

Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective way.

This is no small feat. Dozens or even hundreds of applications built at different times, in different languages, and by different teams need to be evaluated for migration to the cloud, which often requires deep knowledge of the existing IT infrastructure as well as the public cloud resources that could replace these functions...

Amazon Offers Unlimited Cloud Storage, Cheap

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Frederick Lane.

In a move aimed directly at the crowded cloud Relevant Products/Services storage market, Amazon announced on Thursday that it is now offering all consumers two plans for unlimited storage on its Amazon Cloud Drive. The new products will put pressure on existing cloud storage companies such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and the dozens of other storage competitors.

“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up,” said Josh Petersen, director of Amazon Cloud Drive. “With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space -- they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music and files in one convenient place.”...

Faction and SoftNAS Partner to Deliver Enterprise Grade Cloud Storage Service

Grazed from SoftNAS. Author: PR Announcement.

Faction, an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service provider offering hybrid, private, and public cloud solutions, today announced its partnership with SoftNAS™, a leading cloud storage software company. Faction partners with SoftNAS to complement its NetApp storage portfolio and address a growing need for on-demand, enterprise-class network-attached storage (NAS) and cloud file gateway capabilities with advanced Network File System (NFS)/Common Internet File System (CIFS) shared storage in the cloud, a mainstay storage solution for customers moving to the cloud.

With Faction’s recent rebranding, the company introduced a flexible cloud computing portfolio designed the way customers want it — with deep access, broad customization capabilities and patented layer 2 private pathways to the Faction cloud. Faction’s core bundles called Cloud Blocs are modular, flexible, and completely customizable so customers can design them with their unique network, processing and storage requirements. Storage is an essential component for enterprises of any size, so they can archive, back up and protect their business-critical data environments and applications...

Security remains a major obstacle to cloud adoption, study finds

Grazed from Datapipe. Author: Richard Dolan.

Ever since cloud computing first began to enter the mainstream, security has been its most controversial component. For years, business leaders were reluctant to adopt any cloud services whatsoever out of a fear that this would expose their networks to data loss, theft or exposure. Over the past few years, these concerns have largely softened as business leaders gained more exposure to and a greater understanding of cloud services.

But that doesn't mean that cloud security is no longer an issue. On the contrary, as a recent LinkedIn Cloud Security Spotlight highlighted, security is still a major obstacle to broader cloud adoption. This is not enough to stop or even really slow down the overall trend toward widespread cloud deployments...

ProfitBricks ignites cloud pricing war with AWS, Google and Microsoft

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Caroline Donnelly.

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) player ProfitBricks has vowed to match the price and performance of any workload that users have running in Amazon, Google or Microsoft’s clouds. In fact, ProfitBricks claims it will cost less to run any workload in its cloud at the same performance level as those hosted on its competitors’ infrastructure.

It also said the move makes it the first provider in the industry to offer a price/performance guarantee to its customers. The guarantee only applies to ProfitBricks’ IaaS on-demand instances, and will be based on the publicly listed prices given by all three of these cloud giants...

Vormetric Releases Cloud And Big Data Security Report and Infographic

Grazed from Cloud Computing Today.  Author: Arnal Dayaratna.

The following Infographic, courtesy of Vormetric, illustrates widespread adoption of cloud computing and Big Data technologies at rates of 80% and 30% respectively.

However, the graphic also points to intense concerns on the part of IT Managers about cloud and big data security, particularly insofar as those security considerations involve lack of control of the location of data and inadequate encryption and security protocols and frameworks for the protection of data and sensitive environments...

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ProtectWise Unveils Cloud Network DVR for Breach Detection

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Frederick Lane.

Security startup ProtectWise just debuted its Cloud Network DVR, a service that can record and store enterprise Relevant Products/Services network activity for more than a year. If there's a network intrusion or breach, IT security Relevant Products/Services professionals can easily playback all recorded activity to help locate the source of trouble.

CEO and co-founder Scott Chasin -- who has a long history in network security, including most recently as McAfee's Chief Technology Officer -- described the service as "a virtual camera in the cloud Relevant Products/Services." It records "everything on the network and allows security professionals to see threats in real time." It also goes back in time for "days, weeks, months and even years of historical data Relevant Products/Services," automatically to help discover previously unknown threats...

HP's push to build EU-wide "one-stop shop" for cloud gathers pace

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.  Author: Caroline Donnelly.

HP’s Europe-wide effort to drive up cloud adoption in the 28 member states of the EU has entered a new phase, with the IT giant calling on users to get involved.  The firm made the plea at its Cloud 28+ event in Frankfurt, where it showcased the progress being made in its push to create a centralised catalogue of cloud services for use by European commercial and public sector organisations.

This is a cause that HP has been championing since April 2014, and has previously seen the firm call on cloud service providers, independent software suppliers and members of the reseller community to help populate the catalogue with their offerings...

Joyent Unleashes Triton Cloud For Docker Containers

Grazed from Talkin Cloud.  Author: Mike Vizard.

Now that Docker containers have emerged as a disruptive alternative to virtualization, the debate over where they should actually run is starting to get fierce.  As one of the earliest proponents of making use of containers in the cloud, Joyent has always made the case for running containers on physical servers; an argument it extended this week with the unfurling of a Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure cloud service for Docker containers that organizations can invoke as either a private or public cloud.

Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill says the cloud service provider (CSP) is leveraging all the management infrastructure it originally created to manage containers in a production environment to now provide that same capability using Docker containers in a production environment in the cloud...

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