August 2011

Priming the private cloud pump, HP releases VirtualSystem for VMware at VMworld

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Dana Gardner.

HP is taking full advantage of the VMworld conference in Las Vegas this week to make a series of major announcements around its virtualization and cloud computing products. One of the most important is the announcement of HP VirtualSystem for VMware...

HPC Startup Backs into Cloud

Grazed from HPCWire.  Author:  Nicole Hemsoth.

Some could argue that it really does take a rocket scientist to address the limitations of high performance computing systems.

According to one rocket scientist we talked to recently, the problem with HPC clusters for aerospace engineers has little to do with the applications or the real science behind the rockets. Rather, he says the thorny issues are rooted in the limitations, complexity, and general care and feeding distractions that require scientists and non IT-experts to work double-duty as HPC system managers...
 

Can any cloud catch Amazon Web Services? Part 1

Grazed from CNET.  Author: James Urquhart.

While there has been an incredible increase in the competitive landscape for various cloud computing services, one company stands out to me as unique in both its approach and its success. That company is Amazon, and their Amazon Web Services offerings.

Before you accuse me of being some kind of fanboy, I want to explain why I say this. And in part 2 of this series, I'll point out how this uniqueness will be challenged in the coming year or two. There is no guarantee that Amazon will be the dominant cloud capacity provider forever, but they deserve their props when it comes to what they have achieved to date, and how--at least for now--they continue to go about staying the leader...

Interphase clouDevice VDI Thin Clients Achieve VMware Ready Status

Grazed from Dallas Morning News.  Author: PR Announcement.

Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ: INPH), today announced that its clouDevice™ K01 Series thin clients have achieved VMware Ready™ status. This designation indicates that Interphase clouDevice has passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed on the VMware Partner Product Catalog.

Passing the extensive VMware-specified testing helps ensure that clouDevice makes best use of VMware technology and is ready for deployment in customer environments...

The taxman cometh for cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

 

You had to see this one coming. As local municipalities and states seek to find additional revenue in this down economy, they now have their sights on the emerging market of cloud computing. As more companies use cloud services, the traditional rules of taxation based on physical presence no longer fit. However, the new set of proposed tax laws could drive more confusion and remove much of the costs savings of transitioning to the cloud...

Cloud Computing: Data Center-On a Cloud

Grazed from Voice & Data.  Author: Archana Singh.

Cloud has always been associated with flexibility and economic viability. Cloud has successfully shrugged the hype factor and has over the years grown well in India. Currently most of the cloud market is addressed by Indian data center service providers and global cloud service providers. However telecom companies are taking significant share in overall cloud opportunity with strengths like broad network reach and wide customer access. From the time, telecom companies have started considering cloud as a serious business concept, storage companies have been their 'friend in need'. While storage has been a de-facto component of the cloud architecture, telcos have been leveraging the relationship for the best business advantage...

Cloud computing and the public sector: What IT managers need from suppliers

Grazed from ComputerWeekly.com.  Author: Bill Goodwin.

Cloud buyers and suppliers on their first date

IT departments and suppliers have a long way to go before they understand each other on cloud computing.

That was the conclusion when IT practitioners and suppliers met at London law firm DLA Piper to discuss the barriers to cloud.

In the words of Mark O'Conor, partner at London law firm, suppliers and buyers are like a tentative couple out on a first date.

"It feels like we are at odds," he says. "Each side is looking to the other and both sides are waiting for each other to take a step forward."

Cloud computing - which offers IT departments the potential to buy in IT services as a commodity when they need them - has become one of the hottest, most hyped and perhaps most confusing topics in IT...

CSC Introduces Secure Cloud Services to Streamline Insurance Agents’ Work

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

CSC (NYSE: CSC) today announced the introduction of Breezeway, a collection of cloud-based, Web-subscription services usable on multiple devices and platforms that enable insurers to tap into offerings in a secure, highly scalable environment. CSC’s first series of services in the Breezeway collection provides virtual agents with a desktop application built on Force.com, salesforce.com’s leading enterprise cloud computing platform, and will support a wide array of multiline insurance agency functions starting with the electronic new business application service...

IBM Offers New Hybrid Cloud Solution Using Cast Iron, Tivoli

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: Josette Rigsby.

Security and integration are two of the biggest challenges of cloud computing. They drive many enterprises to manage their most sensitive assets internally — creating a complex portfolio of systems spanning public and private clouds. IBM wants to make the complexity a little easier to manage.

IBM Simplifies the Hybrid Cloud

IBM has announced a new hybrid cloud solution designed to reduce the time and challenge of connecting, managing and securing public and private clouds. The new solution leverages the application and data integration IBM acquired from Cast Iron and the company’s Tivoli cloud management software...

Juniper Launches New Cloud Offering

Grazed from Zacks.  Author: PR Announcement.

Networking component major Juniper Network (NASDAQ:JNPR) is gradually tightening its grip on the cloud computing market. The company recently made significant additions to the Juniper Networks vGW Virtual Gateway solution for customers looking for a comprehensive virtualization security platform.

These newly added functions with virtualization-specific antivirus (AV) will secure and continuously monitor malware and hackers, as well as ensure that security does not impede virtualized workload performance or present a barrier to implementing large-scale virtualized environments...

5 Rules to Make Sense of Using Cloud Computing in Your Business

Grazed from GreenBiz.  Author: David Metcalfe.

In today's (more or less) post-recession market, CIOs and other senior IT decision makers are under pressure to do more with less. The demands on IT solutions are escalating, but execs are unable, or unwilling, to let technology budgets expand at the same speed...

Sentilla Launches Tool to Help Companies Make Smart Cloud Migrations

Grazed from GreenBiz.  Author: Matthew Wheeland.

Cloud computing is still riding high on Gartner's Hype Cycle, with private clouds at the peak of "inflated expectations" as of August 2011. 

High expectations leads to high demands in the enterprise, and CIOs now face questions from their bosses and their IT managers about developing a cloud strategy -- especially one that saves energy and money...

Symantec and VMware Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Desktop-as-a-Service Solutions

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Today at VMworld(R), 2011, Symantec Corp. /quotes/zigman/78627/quotes/nls/symc SYMC +1.30% and VMware /quotes/zigman/464645/quotes/nls/vmw VMW +4.51% announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to define and architect Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions with the goal to provide secure, pre-integrated and well-managed enterprise-quality virtual desktop computing environments for enterprises and IT service providers. This initiative will leverage VMware virtual desktop and cloud infrastructure solutions including VMware View(TM), VMware vShield(TM), VMware vCloud(R) Director 1.5 and VMware vSphere(R) 5 with Symantec Endpoint Protection and the Altiris Client Management Suite to deliver a secure, manageable and cost-effective DaaS solution...
 

A new way to predict the energy efficiency of cloud computing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

Remember that whole debate over whether moving to cloud computing is a greener option? Well, data center monitoring startup Sentilla is introducing an analytics tool that can predict whether moving your company’s IT to cloud computing (both private and public) is a smart play from an energy bill perspective...
 

LightEdge Launches VMware vCloud for Cloud Computing Customers

Grazed from WebWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

LightEdge Solutions, a customer-centric leader in cloud computing and resilient collocation services, today announced that it has launched the initial phase of a vCloud administrative portal for its virtual server customers.  This addition elevates LightEdge within the industry as one of only two VMware VSPP partners in the Iowa with vCloud capabilities in place to support their public and private cloud virtual server customers.  LightEdge will use this tool as a critical differentiator for the company to continue to drive the rapidly expanding cloud computing market place...
 

VMware CEO says cloud computing technologies are the future

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author:  Wendy Schuchart.

VMware Inc. CEO Paul Maritz has been around the IT world for a long time -- he started back in what he calls the "mainframe era," but cloud computing technologies and virtualization were the focus of his keynote Monday at the 2011 VMworld General Sessions in Las Vegas.

"I spent my whole life working on the PC," he told the 19,000 audience members. However, he explained, the future of IT is seated in cloud technology. "In three years … more than 80% of the devices connecting to the Internet will not be Windows-based personal computers. With that kind of scale, we're going to have to see new techniques and new approaches introduced into the world of IT."...

EnCrisp to Deliver Cloud Governance Risk and Security Management Solution on the Force.com Platform

Grazed from OnlinePRNews.  Author:  PR Announcement.

EnCrisp LLC,a leading independent provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, today announced ClearGRC® Enterprise and Social Governance Service built and delivered natively on Force.com, the leading enterprise cloud computing platform. The suite of products include the patent-pending cloud Governance-as-a-Service™ platform named ClearGRC®. These sustainable governance, risk and security compliance applications are designed to effectively govern and provide transparency and monitoring across compliance with quality and security standards, industry regulations, risk programs and corporate policies for private and public global organizations of all sizes...

ANX, OpSource Partner to Deliver Secure Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from TMCNet.  Author:  Rajani Baburajan.

ANX has now become a Validated Cloud Solution provider for OpSource customers.

The association enables OpSource clients to deploy cloud-based solutions with ANX Secure Cloud Access, a managed service for user-to-cloud connections. Leveraging the secure solutions, OpSource clients can secure endpoints, eliminate access security concerns associated with cloud computing, company officials said...