September 2011

Joyent arms cloud for death match with Amazon

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Cade Metz.

A month after open-sourcing what it calls "the first major hypervisor" to arrive in half a decade, cloud computing pioneer Joyent has added this hypervisor to its flagship service, allowing Linux and Windows applications onto the Joyent Cloud for the first time.

The Joyent Cloud – an "infrastructure cloud" along the lines of Amazon's EC2 – is built atop a Solaris-based operating system known as SmartOS, and as originally conceived, the OS did not include hardware virtualization. This meant the Joyent Cloud could not run applications built for Windows or Linux or any other outside operating systems...

SAP's cloud offering - now ready for industrial deployment

Grazed from CloudPro.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

While SAP has been variously described as both ‘investing’ and ‘seeking customer feedback’ on its cloud computing strategy to date, the company’s insistence on its ability to ‘leapfrog current software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings’ by 2014 has arguably worn a little thin by now given the general maturity of the industry...

EMC’s New Center Of Excellence And Cloud Data Center Powers Company’s Cloud Computing Vision

Grazed from 4-Traders.  Author: PR Announcement.

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced its new 450,000 square foot Center of Excellence (COE) in Durham, North Carolina, which will deliver on and demonstrate the promise of cloud computing and IT as a Service (ITaaS) for EMC and its customers.  In addition to housing a highly-virtualized cloud data center that supports EMC’s more than 50,000 employees around the globe, the COE includes 130,000 square feet of global research and development labs and will be a technology showcase to help EMC customers accelerate their own cloud computing and IT transformations...

SilkRoad Technology Appoints Roland Berthelot as Senior Vice President of Global Services

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author:  PR Announcement.

SilkRoad technology, inc., a leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions, announced today that Roland Berthelot has been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Services. With more than 10 years of experience in cloud computing, consulting and sales, Mr. Berthelot joins SilkRoad with proven expertise in transforming business operations through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model for major Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Berthelot will report directly to Brian Platz, COO of SilkRoad...

Google Buys Some Java Patents Off IBM

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Google has bought what appears to be another 1,023 patents from IBM, a transfer recorded by the US Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday and noticed by Bloomberg, which said Google bought them on August 17...

Heads up: 3 cloud performance gotchas

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Those moving to the cloud are weighing numerous factors, including the type of cloud and cloud brand to use, as well as the best path for migration. However, most IT organizations aren't considering performance, and they're making huge performance mistakes as systems on clouds move into production...

Windows Server 8 and Cloud Computing

Grazed from Tech Broiler.  Author:  Jason Perlow.

Since last Thursday, I was ordered under strict nondisclosure to keep my mouth shut. And that was really hard for me to do because I could barely contain my enthusiasm for what is probably the most significant server operating system release that Microsoft has ever planned to roll out.

Nothing from Microsoft, and I mean literally nothing has ever been this ambitious or has tried to achieve so much in a single server product release since Windows 2000, when Active Directory was first introduced...

NIST identifies cloud computing standards gaps

Grazed from FierceGovernmentIT.  Author: David Perera.

When it comes to gaps in technology standards for cloud computing, security and privacy stands out as the area with the most holes, according to a National Institute of Standards and Technology cloud computing standards roadmap released Sept. 13...

Developments in the Azure and Windows Server 8 pairing

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Roger Jennings.

The shroud of secrecy has been lifted surrounding Windows Server 8 and Azure. What lies behind it is greater symmetry between the cloud computing and virtualized HA infrastructures, improved storage and an Azure toolkit that promises to help enterprises easily develop an Azure service and deploy it to end users. ..

Cloud Computing: The Evolution of Cloud Standards

Grazed from FormTek.  Author: Dick Weisinger.

The good news is that there seems to be near universal agreement, excluding perhaps from public cloud-leader Amazon (although Amazon might be considered the de facto standard), that standards are important for the future success of cloud computing.  The problem at this stage of cloud development technology lifecycle is that  the landscape can be confusing for organizations trying to make decisions about how they should use the cloud.  But the fact that so many bodies are springing up to create what they see should be the standard for the industry is likely a good thing — it sets the stage for a sort of Darwinian selection from among the standards, with hopefully the best ideas ultimately winning out in the end...

Intel lays out vision of “cloud 2015″

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Jon Stokes.

The big cloud presentation at Tuesday’s IDF was a post-lunch session called, “Driving towards cloud 2015: a technology vision to meet the demands of cloud computing tomorrow” by Intel Senior Fellow Stephen S. Pawlowski. Pawlowski’s job at Intel is “pathfinding”—he’s one of the guys who looks at long-term trends and tries to help steer the company in the right direction. As a big-picture guy, Pawlowski’s presentation was necessarily pretty general, since he had a ton of ground to cover in laying out the trends and issues that Intel sees as shaping cloud computing between now and 2015...

Amazon Cloud Services Meet Federal Security Standards

Grazed from Network Computer.  Author: Elizabeth Montalbano.

Key pieces of Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud-computing infrastructure have achieved certification with the federal standard for IT security solutions, making the services a more viable option for adoption among federal agencies...

Semiconductor sales fall could herald cloud computing rise

Grazed from iHotNews.  Author: PR Announcement.

Worldwide semiconductor sales have slowed, which could mean that more companies are making the most of cloud computing to maximise the use of their existing resources.
Gartner has revealed that the market is on pace to shrink 0.1 per cent from last year and will stand at $299 billion (£189 billion) by the end of this year...

Journey Towards Cloud Computing

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author:  Gagan Deep Saini.

As IT infrastructure is moving toward cloud frameworks, many organizations are investing in the consolidation of their data centers and working toward moving their existing heterogeneous data centers (Virtual Servers, Physical Servers) to complete a virtualized environment. Reducing power needs is just one reason why enterprises in virtually all industries are consolidating data centers. Other reasons include assimilating systems from companies acquired in mergers and acquisitions; cost-cutting; replacing outmoded server hardware and software with newer, more efficient models; and improving operational efficiency and most important moving towards cloud computing. In fact, improved operational efficiency was the reason behind data center consolidation that was cited by nearly 60 percent of the IT Industry...

Three Years of Transforming Businesses with Cloud

Grazed from Wired.  Author:  Lauren States.

In working with thousands of clients, IBM has established that businesses and the world at large have become more interconnected and certainly more intelligent. Just to toss out a few factoids – data is growing at 6 trillion bytes per second, IP traffic will accelerate in 3 years to over a trillion gigabytes, and as of 2010, there were an estimated 30B RFID tags across the global ecosystem. Almost 162 million smart phones were sold in 2008, surpassing laptop sales for the first time. Soon there will be one trillion connected devices in the world, constituting an “Internet of things.” This environment provides both the individual and the organization the opportunity to adapt their thinking and actions to address the challenges of the new world...

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Data Center Designs and Costs

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Bernard Golden.

If you've read this blog for a while, it's no secret that I believe that one aspect of cloud computing is a dramatic drop in the cost of computing. While many discuss cloud computing's cost advantage in terms of better utilization via resource pooling and rapid elasticity, we believe that there is a more fundamental shift going on as data centers are redesigned to focus on scale, efficiency, and a shift to commodity components...

Infosys cloud computing services grow five times

Grazed from Financial Express.  Author: Goutam Das.

Riding on a global surge in cloud computing demand, India’s second largest IT exporter Infosys has grown its cloud engagements five times over the past one year, jumping from about 20 last year to over 100 engagements currently...

The Future Belongs to the Hybrid Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Cloud computing can take many forms and will likely tap into numerous systems and environments at the typical data center. However, if one trend is becoming clear, it's that most organizations will deploy some form of hybrid cloud over the next several years...

Cloud computing market is starting to look a lot like one big data center

Grazed form IT World.  Author: Kevin Fogarty.

An interesting thing has been happening on the way to the fully cloud-ified IT universe in which every company is able to call on as much computing power as it needs, of whatever kind, using whatever software, then return it to the vast, immutable ether, paying later only for what the used of this vast and magical power without being responsible for creating, training, feeding or protecting anything at all...

Evolving Data Center Management and Virtualization Technologies Drive Cloud Computing Adoption

Grazed from Computer Technology Review.  Author: Martin May.

Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing trends in the Information Technology world. It is a simple concept in which shared resources, including software and applications, are consumed by organizations on-demand from a cloud-based service provider. They are paid for according to consumption in much the same way as water or electricity is bought from a public utility company...