February 2012

Cloud Computing: Mobile Computing and Mitigating Risk

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

As it becomes clearer that mobile computing and the cloud are two ends of the same spectrum, IT organizations are increasingly coupling these technologies. Most IT organizations have little experience with creating mobile applications that need to be constantly updated. By developing and then hosting them in the cloud, IT organizations can not only minimize the risks associated with developing these applications, they can also more easily introduce new agile development methodologies.

To address the specific challenge, IBM recently moved to acquire Worklight, a provider of application development tools that allow IT organizations to create these applications and offers tools for managing them. At the same time, IBM also announced that its BigFix managed services platform includes support for a range of tablet PC devices in addition to smartphones...

More than a Third of IT Leaders Expect IT Hiring to Increase

Grazed from TEKsystems.  Author: Press Release.

TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, human capital management expertise and IT services, today announced findings from its quarterly IT Executive Outlook survey, conducted in partnership with the Inavero Institute.

While nearly half of IT leaders anticipate their temporary (55%) and permanent (57%) IT headcount to stay the same in the first quarter of 2012, more than a third also expect to hire temporary (34%) and permanent (35%) IT workers during the first three months of the year. Approximately 30% of those respondents expecting to increase hiring in the first quarter anticipate 10% increases to temporary and permanent IT headcount.

Virtual Bridges Names Iser Cukierman Chief Financial Officer

Grazed from Virtual Bridges.  Author: Press Release.


Virtual Bridges, Inc. today announced the appointment of Iser Cukierman to the company’s executive leadership team. Cukierman will serve as chief financial officer where he will oversee all finance and accounting operations and provide strategic and operational leadership for the company.

Cukierman brings more than two decades of experience running financial operations for multi-million dollar organizations as well as early-stage and emerging growth companies. Most recently he served as general manager and chief financial officer at Fiserv where he was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan related to revenues, profitability and growth. Before joining Fiserv, he served as CFO of Strategic Forecasting, a geopolitical analysis and professional services company. Cukierman has also held strategic finance and consulting roles at VirtualCFO, Softbank, Accenture and Ernst & Young.

Flexiant Founder Panelist at Cloud Connect 2012

Grazed from Flexiant.  Author: Press Release.

Tony Lucas, Founder of Flexiant will join a panelist of speakers to discuss the importance of selecting the right data center at Cloud Connect 2012 on Wednesday, February 15 from 13:15-14:15pm at the Santa Clara Convention Centre. Flexiant, a leading provider of cloud orchestration software for on-demand, self-servicing provisioning, multi-hypervisor support and automated billing, will also be exhibiting at the event.

Cloud companies must offer a product that provides optimal application performance, content delivery, reliability and security, and a host of other deliverables to satisfy the intense demands of today’s end-user. Selecting the right data center/s for your Cloud deployments is critical to delivering a differentiated Cloud offering. The session, sponsored by CoreSite and Interxion, will showcase the opinions of some of the largest Cloud computing providers as to what elements to look for in a data center provider and best practices for setting up strategic deployment locations.

AirVM Launches Cloud Services Partner Portal/Program at VMware PEX 2012

Grazed from AirVM.  Author: Press Release.

AirVM, one of the fastest growing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers, is announcing the launch of it's partner program designed to enable partners to be cloud server providers in seconds.

AirVM.com, launched two years ago and developed to demonstrate the disruptive nature of AirSembly, it's core cloud-engine automation technology, has revolutionized the manner in which enterprise-class, cloud servers are configured, provisioned and billed. Contrary to many cloud services providers, AirVM customers are provided clear and transparent details for the services they purchase, the performance guarantees included and exactly what prices they will be charged, hourly and monthly.

Before Marrying that Cloud Provider, Be Sure it isn’t a Bridezilla

Grazed from Logicalis.  Author: Press Release.

When it comes to the cloud, selecting the right cloud provider can be challenging at best and nightmarish at worst. The cloud includes a variety of ways to deliver technology services, from standalone software applications like hosted email or databases to very new and exciting uses that include disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), storage as a service, or platform as a service (PaaS) applications. While there are obvious advantages to entering into a cloud partnership –including decreased IT costs, increased flexibility and a reduced focus on IT maintenance issues – selecting the right cloud provider is a critical first step in realizing those benefits in a way that creates a synergistic, long-term and fulfilling relationship. That’s why Logicalis, an international solution provider (http://www.us.logicalis.com/), has put together a list of the top questions IT pros should ask when they’re considering a cloud partner for the long haul.

“For a CIO or IT manager, choosing a cloud provider can feel like choosing a spouse,” says Tom Roberts, solution architect for Logicalis. “Joking aside, the relationship between the client organization and the cloud provider they choose is a deep and meaningful one. The client trusts the cloud provider with what oftentimes amounts to mission-critical data and information and relies on that provider to keep that information secure and available in sometimes heavily regulated environments. Therefore, choosing the right provider is a serious decision that has to be made with the utmost care and concern.”

Red Hat Introduces Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services

Grazed from Red Hat.  Author: Press Release.

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of the Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that is built on the former Gluster technology that the company acquired in October 2011. As the leading enterprise-ready scale-out NAS offering for the public cloud available on the market today, Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance enables organizations to extend their datacenter storage to the cloud. With the appliance, users have the ability to aggregate both Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, creating a highly available virtualized storage pool that offers enhanced scalability and performance in the cloud. This news comes on the heels of Red Hat's announcement of its Storage Software Appliance in December 2011. These two products provide greater flexibility to organizations looking to include file storage in their on-premise and cloud strategies.

Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for AWS features both synchronous and asynchronous file replication, assuring data availability across AWS Availability Zones. Synchronous replication provides users with redundancy and protection within a single datacenter or multiple datacenters and availability zones in a region, while asynchronous geo-replication offers data availability across all AWS Regions. Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance is POSIX compliant meaning that no application modifications are required for data access in the cloud.

VMware Introduces VMware vCloud Integration Manager to Help Service Providers Accelerate the Delivery of vCloud Services

Grazed from VMware.  Author: Press Release.

VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today introduced VMware vCloud Integration Manager, a new solution designed to help service providers automate the delivery and operations of VMware vCloud Director-based clouds. VMware also announced that nearly 90 service provider partners now offer services that have met VMware criteria as VMware vCloud Powered, an almost 3x increase since Q3 2011.

"Service providers are looking to get high-margin cloud services to market as quickly as possible," said Mathew Lodge, senior director of cloud services, VMware. "Until now that involved wrangling manual processes, diverting scarce development resources onto writing glue code and portals, or choosing to implement complex and expensive third-party systems. With VMware vCloud® Integration Manager™, providers of VMware vCloud services will have the tools they need to automatically provision services, enable reseller partners and speed customer on-boarding."

VMware vCloud Integration Manager software will allow service providers to quickly create and deploy cloud service offerings, operate at maximum efficiency and scale to meet customer demand in a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective manner. VMware vCloud Integration Manager will help service providers:

Wyse CEO to Discuss Leading Trends in Mobility and Cloud Computing at the Stifel Nicolaus Technology & Telecom Conference 2012

Grazed from VirtualStrategy Magazine.  Author: PR Announcement.

Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, today announced that President and CEO Tarkan Maner will present at the Stifel Nicolaus Technology & Telecom Conference on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 1:30pm PT, in the Adriatic Room within the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California.

Mr. Maner will discuss how cloud computing and mobility are the next wave of information technology enhancing economic growth. The conference runs from Tuesday, February 7th until Thursday, February 9th.

Mr. Maner has traveled the globe evangelizing the numerous benefits of the cloud and warning of its pitfalls -- in a personal, private, public or government cloud setting. Recently back from the World Economic Forum 2012 in Davos and numerous cloud forums and keynotes across four continents, Mr. Maner will share his vision of the future; controversial for some, inspiring for others, interesting for all...


Three Reasons Why Cloud Computing Should Be A Phrase You Know

Grazed from BlogCritics.  Author: Ajeet Khuarana.

With the growth of cloud computing occurring so rapidly over the past few years, many individuals may have yet to discover what this phenomenon is all about and may have many questions. Cloud computing at its core is the allocation or lease of computer services and can include computation, software and data storage/access, which allows companies and individuals to access these functions from a remote location. In many instances, cloud computing allows for a “pay-as-you-go” solution to a variety of computing features and is the next big thing in personal and commercial computer solutions.

The most obvious advantage to cloud computing is the amount of money that a business or individual can save by switching over from a traditional infrastructure. Instead of directly buying software, hardware, infrastructure and employing technicians, users of the Cloud can simply purchase access to these elements and get only what is needed. Since everything is hosted remotely, there is no need for extra personnel to manage the infrastructure...

Modular Data Centers: Is Anyone Buying?

Grazed from Wired News.  Author: Mike Barton.

Is a data center built into a standard 20-foot shipping container on your shopping list, cloud service providers? That’s the question some are asking as these portable data centers, pioneered by Sun with its Project Blackbox (later dubbed Sun Modular Datacenter, or Sun MD), enter their sixth year of commercial availability.

Our friends at Data Center Knowledge (DCK) take stock of the market, noting that such modular designs are now common in huge cloud data centers and high-performance computing (HPC), with vendors saying they are set to become even more mainstream.

“Five years in, the questions abound: Are any customers really buying them? Who are they? How large is the potential market? What does the analyst community think about modular data centers?”

Cloud computing, apps power jobs growth in Silicon Valley

TheTimes of India.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.

The 2012 Silicon Valley Index found job growth in the high-tech hub far outpaced America as a whole last year. The region added 42,000 jobs, a jump of nearly 4 percent, compared with a nationwide increase of little more than 1 percent.  The current unemployment rate in the region stands at 8.3 percent, the same as the national average but well below the overall state rate of 10.9 percent.

Job growth occurred in all major sectors of the Silicon Valley economy except manufacturing. Key industries adding jobs included cloud computing, mobile devices, mobile apps, Internet companies and social media...

Cloud Computing: Its Implications on Education

Grazed from Cloud Tweaks.  Author: Cenon Gaytos.

Cloud computing is something which has become popular in almost all aspects of our lives. Indeed, it has even attracted the attention by the people in the academe, more specifically, in the field of education. But there is really no need to be surprised about it; in fact, some authorities have predicted this to happen.

The Economist, a well known journal in global circulation, once said that Cloud computing is something that will ‘get geeks excited.’ According to the journal, cloud computing will definitely affect the lives of everyone...

N-able Technologies and NTRglobal extend cloud computing services

Grazed from Fresh Business Thinking.  Author: Ben Simmons.

Building on a successful alliance, N-able Technologies®, providers of remote monitoring and management (RMM) automation software for managed service providers (MSPs) and IT departments, and NTRglobal, a specialist in cloud-based help desk and ITSM delivery systems, today announced the integration of the NTR Cloud into the award-winning N-central RMM platform.

Through its cloud-based API, NTRglobal enables ISVs to seamlessly integrate its secure remote connectivity technology. By leveraging this flexible interface, N-central now includes NTR Cloud unattended remote control functionality as part of its overall service offering. Available now, the powerful remote desktop module allows support technicians to securely connect to and manage a wide range of remote devices in seconds. It is also proven to reduce support queues, optimize workflow and boost time to repair by 50 percent or more by enabling faster, more effective incident resolution...

Cloud Computing, Mobile Technologies Key to Small Business Success

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Small businesses have the power to revive the nation’s economy, they just need the opportunity, technology and the right government policies to help them succeed, according to a report from the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) and the Digital Dialogue Forum (DDF). The report also notes small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and they are responsible for two-thirds of the 40 million jobs created in the country over the past 30 years, calling them the nation’s greatest source of innovation and vital to maintaining the country’s economic competitiveness.

In a December forum in Washington, DC, entitled “Creating Jobs and Unleashing the Potential of Small Businesses through Technology and Innovation”, addressed many issues that impact the ability of American entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life both at home and abroad, including the growing importance technologies like cloud computing and mobile connectivity hold for start-ups and small businesses...

Cloud Computing: AMD Vows Not to Be Road Kill

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

AMD Thursday told financial analysts it's gonna try not to become road kill by addressing the "trends around consumerization, the cloud and convergence" and switching to a new "ambidextrous" strategy that includes other people's technologies and IP to deliver differentiated products such as a tablet.

That means AMD might pump for mobile maven ARM, whose low-power chips are challenging Intel enough for AMD CEO Rory Read to prophesy "the breakdown of proprietary control points." Such a move has been suspected.

The fact that AMD didn't have a mobile strategy cost the company's last CEO Dirk Meyer his job...

Research and Markets: Cloud Computing Services - Global Strategic Business Report - Forecasts to 2017

Grazed from Business Wire.  Author: Editorial Staff.

This report analyzes the Global market for Cloud Computing Services in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2008 through 2017. The report profiles 298 companies including many key and niche players such as Akamai Technologies Inc., Amazon Web Services, LLC, CA Technologies, Caspio, Inc., Dell Inc., Eucalyptus Systems, Inc., ENKI, Flexiant Ltd., Google, Inc., GoGrid, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P, IBM Corporation, Joyent, Inc., KloudData, Inc., Layered Technologies, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Netsuite Inc., Novell, Inc., OpSource, Inc., Oracle Corporation, RightScale, Inc., Rackspace Hosting, Inc., Red Hat, Inc., Salesforce.com, Inc., Skytap, Inc., Terremark Worldwide, Inc., and Yahoo! Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources...

Cloud Computing: EMC Touts Isilon for Hadoop

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

EMC moved to make Hadoop safe for the Joe Blow big company that wants to figure out what's in all that unstructured data it's got.

It's integrated the Hadoop file system into its Isilon scale-out NAS storage and lets the two of them cuddle up with its Hadoop-digesting Greenplum analytics machine. Greenplum also handles structured data so users can run queries across both datasets.

EMC says that makes Isilon the very first enterprise-class scale-out NAS system with native Hadoop support, giving Hadoop Big Data enterprise comfortable features like snapshots, replication and backup...

vCloud Integration Manager ties Cloud and CRM Together

Grazed from Enterprise Networking Planet.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

VMware (NYSE:VMW) is well known in the industry for its dominance in enterprise virtualization. VMware is now well positioned to dominate the cloud as well with its rapidly expanding vCloud programs and a new solution that will get those clouds provisioned quicker.

According to VMware, there are now 90 service providers and data center partners around the world that are vCloud Powered. The vCloud program was first announced in 2011 and by August had at least 25 data center partners. The new vCloud Integration Manager is all about helping data center partners to get their cloud deployments setup in an integrated way with existing customer relationship management systems...

Apica Sponsors, Showcases Cloud Performance Testing and Monitoring Technologies at Cloud Connect and Cloud/GOV 2012

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Apica, a leading load testing and performance-monitoring provider for cloud and mobile applications, today announced its sponsorships for two significant cloud computing industry conferences being held next week, Cloud Connect and SIIA's Cloud/GOV 2012.

Apica will also be exhibiting at both conferences and provide live demonstrations of its Apica WebExcellence Suite, which includes Apica LoadTest, Apica WebPerformance and Apica WebOverload. This suite helps users test, monitor and optimize cloud applications enabling a true understanding of how cloud applications will be and are performing...