March 2016

IBM Steadily Building Bluemix as Critical Part of Its Cloud Strategy

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM celebrated the second anniversary of its Bluemix Platform as a Service with by releasing a long list of new features at the company’s IBM InterConnect 2016 conference in Las Vegas last week. The new functionality includes a set of new Watson APIs available on the IBM Watson Developer Cloud on Bluemix. These include three APIs in beta evaluation mode, Tone Analyzer, Emotion Analysis and Visual Recognition.

In addition the company's updated its existing Text to Speech (TTS) API with new emotional capabilities and re-released it to generally availability as Expressive TTS. Since its introduction as a preview at the IBM Pulse conference two years ago, Bluemix has grown significantly. Bluemix is more than a typical PaaS, which enables enterprise developers to build, run, and manage applications without the expense and complexity of maintaining the computing infrastructure typically associated with modern software development.  Bluemix does all of that, but it also provides a broad catalog of services and adheres to IBM’s strict commitment to provide options for enterprises to run hybrid cloud environments...

Read more from the source @ http://www.eweek.com/cloud/ibm-steadily-building-bluemix-as-critical-part-of-its-cloud-strategy.html

Cisco Acquires Hybrid-Cloud App Management Specialist CliQr

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Cisco is bulking up its hybrid cloud technology portfolio. The networking giant kicked off the month today by announcing that it is acquiring CliQr Technologies, a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of application-centric hybrid cloud management software in a deal worth $260 million. "Customers today have to manage a massive number of complex and different applications across many clouds.

With CliQr, Cisco will be able to help our customers realize the promise of the cloud and easily manage the lifecycle of their applications on any hybrid cloud environment," said Rob Salvagno, vice president of Cisco Corporate Development in a March 1 announcement. CliQr co-founders Gaurav Manglik and Tenry Fu, both formerly of VMware, founded the company "to provide a uniquely easy and powerful way to make cloud computing simple and application-centric – a platform to model, deploy and manage the entire lifecycle of applications onto any data center or private or public cloud environment," wrote Manglik in a blog post today...

VMware's Number Two, Carl Eschenbach, Leaves Virtualization Giant for VC Firm

Article Written by David Marshall

Carl Eschenbach, VMware’s president and chief operating officer, has announced that he is leaving the company after 14 years of service.  In an official company statement made today, VMware confirmed that Eschenbach has resigned from his operational role to "pursue a new career opportunity."  VMware also stated that he would continue to strategically advise VMware chief executive officer Pat Gelsinger, the VMware Board of Directors and the executive team.

Although the official announcement did not specify where Eschenbach was headed, Fortune reported that he will land at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital as a partner.

 

Scaling the cloud

Grazed from SCMagazine. Author: Karen Epper Hoffman.

There used to be a time when large enterprises, in particular, took pride in the idea of managing all their various and sundry IT functions, every backend process, in-house. The idea was that these organizations fielded such depth and breadth of talent and infrastructure that they could manage all their IT tasks, store all their data and manage their security quite well.

But, arguably, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, directed by the prevailing winds of reducing capital investments and ongoing maintenance costs, improving technology assets more rapidly, and a growing appreciation for outsourcing opportunities. With that in mind, more and more organizations are utilizing cloud computing, software-as-a service (SaaS) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) to gain greater efficiencies and better scalability and taking advantage of newer technologies and more specialized expertise...

AWS cuts cloud data transfer fees for academic and research user groups

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Caroline Donnelly.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has agreed to waive some charges the academic and research community must pay to transfer data out of its cloud. As such, the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) company is offering to wipe up to 15% off users' monthly bill on AWS services, and dropping the upload charges when researchers and scientists choose to shift data between its storage, compute and database services.

In a blog post outlining the move, AWS said it wanted to lower the cost barrier to making scientific discoveries. “The pace of research is no longer limited by the availability of computing resources. Researchers are beginning to rely on cloud computing to drive breakthrough science at breakneck speeds, and AWS wants to fuel the pace of new discoveries by making it possible for all scientists to have their own supercomputers in the cloud,” the company said in the blog post...

Read more from the source @ http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500277797/AWS-cuts-cloud-data-transfer-fees-for-academic-and-research-user-groups

Zadara Expands Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service Coverage in AWS Seoul Region with eBiztech

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), and eBiztech today announced the availability of Zadara's award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array(VPSA) at Kinx data center, supporting the newly launched AWS Seoul, South Korea, region. The Zadara expansion follows the recent AWS announcement of their Seoul region. Zadara has previously announced regional support following AWS expansion into Dublin, Sydney, Tokyo and Frankfurt.

The South Korean market continues to show signs of rapid growth, driving the need for increasing amounts of high-performance, enterprise-class storage. IT professionals are leveraging the flexibility and economic benefits of public and private cloud architectures as they grow their infrastructures. However, they are quickly realizing that traditional Capital Expense-based (CapEx) storage does not meet their scalability and cost targets. Zadara Storage, with its Operating Expense-based (OpEx) offering provides a cost-effective, infinitely scalable, block (SAN) and file (NAS) Storage-as-a-Service solution.

VeloCloud Selected to Present on SD-WAN Panel at Enterprise Connect Conference Next Week

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VeloCloud Networks Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, today announced that Michael Wood, VeloCloud VP of Marketing, has been selected to present on a panel titled "SD-WAN: Networking for the Cloud-based, Mobile, Real-Time Enterprise" at the Enterprise Connect Conference next week.

The panel, chaired by Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst at ZK Research, will be held from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm EST on March 8 in the Sun D Room of the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla.

Venyu Recognized as 2016 CRN Channel Chief for Creating up to 200% Partner Growth

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Venyu, a leader in business continuity, cloud-based virtualization, and battle-tested data recovery, today announced Blake Allen, Business Development Manager, has been named a 2016 Channel Chief by CRN. Allen is among a distinguished group of executives recognized for outstanding achievement driving growth and revenue for their organizations, as well as extraordinary channel leadership.

"We are honored to present the 2016 lineup of CRN Channel Chiefs, comprised of outstanding executives who move our entire industry forward by cultivating exemplary partner programs and executing cutting-edge business strategy," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their incredible strides and look forward to following their accomplishments in the coming year."

ElasticBox Extends Hybrid Cloud Management with Additional Support for Clouds and Containers

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ElasticBox, the hybrid cloud application manager, today announced updates to its enterprise SaaS and virtual appliance products. This release brings enhanced capabilities to enable IT organizations to drive value, productivity and confidence throughout the enterprise. ElasticBox enables enterprises to scale and update private and public cloud deployments, and to easily migrate workloads from one cloud to another. ElasticBox provides a highly adaptive model that helps customers standardize the process of deployments and provision environments to ensure the ongoing performance of production applications.

"Based upon customer feedback, we continue to enhance ElasticBox to help our customers maximize the efficiency of their cloud operations. We're excited about these enhancements which help enterprises take advantage of the latest services from cloud providers and the promise of containers," shared Carol Carpenter, CEO of ElasticBox.

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 Now Available to Reduce Private Cloud Complexities

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SUSE today announced the general availability of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds with less stress on IT staff and resources. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades for future releases, along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to make it easier to move business-critical applications and data to the cloud. In addition, SUSE is offering new OpenStack training and certification for deployment and operation of OpenStack private clouds.

"The market has started to realize that do-it-yourself approaches to deploying private clouds are too time consuming, too expensive and too prone to failure," said Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. "As the first to offer an enterprise OpenStack cloud distribution, SUSE continues to focus on providing the OpenStack solution of choice for businesses. We combine rapid and simple deployment, configuration, management and maintenance with enhanced high availability features and the widest hypervisor support in the industry to give our customers access to the benefits of OpenStack without the complexities that hold some companies back."

Few clouds in that blue sky for utilities

Grazed from IntelligentUtility. Author: Kathleen Wolf Davis.

The cloud—however you may define it—has morphed most of the modern world, but utilities are still a bit behind with this disruption. So, we sat down with Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst in energy with Navigant, to talk the how, whats and whys of this utility/cloud disconnect.

How are utilities utilizing cloud computing?

Elberg: For right now, minimally. Cloud computing can be done on a multitude of levels. With public cloud, there’s not a whole lot of that happening in the utility space. With managed services in a private cloud hosted by a vendor with limited access, there is more going on there. Some functions are being done in that way, especially back office items or areas related in some way to AMI...

Cloud Computing: Mozilla Jumps On IoT Bandwagon

Grazed from i-programmer. Author: Ian Elliot.

Mozilla has been clarifying some of its plans to convert the Firefox OS project into four IoT based projects. At a casual glance this seems like a naive move that is doomed to failure. Just about everyone wants a slice of the action that is the Internet of Things (IoT), but few are very clear how to make it happen or what is required - even though they are all 100% sure that they know.

Mozilla had a really good idea with Firefox OS. but the implementation was poor and progress slow. Without a market success it seems that Mozilla lacked the resources to keep working on it. So it decided to stop working on it, see Mozilla Confirms End of Firefox OS For Smartphones. Instead Mozilla has proposed four IoT oriented projects:...

Cloud Computing: Governments are digitally immature, Gartner finds

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Catherine Knowles.

Government digital transformation is still at its embryonic stage, largely because of shortages of skilled workers and rigid organisational culture, according to a new survey by Gartner. The 2016 CIO Agenda survey shows, analytics, infrastructure and cloud computing continue to be the top three technology priorities for government CIOs, but the skills shortage and unadaptable cultures are among the major barriers to implementing digital priorities.

The 2016 CIO Agenda survey asked 2,944 CIOs worldwide about their top digital business opportunities, threats and strategies, and includes responses from 379 government CIOs. The government survey data indicated that leveraging digital technologies to transform traditional operational and service models has risen to the top of the business agenda for many elected leaders and public officials...

AIS Introduces Cloud Ready Industrial Panel PCs With Open Standard Architecture Enabling Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 Apps

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: PR Announcement.

American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), an innovator, designer and manufacturer of Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), HMI Touch Panels, Industrial Touch Screens, Displays, Operator Interface Terminals (OITs), Box PCs, Industrial PCs, and Thin Clients, announce their Smart family PC-based HMI Touch Screen Panels and Industrial Panel PCs (IPCs) are designed and engineered to accommodate and support key requirements of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things applications for control, monitoring and automation.

AIS's Premium, Standard and Compact series of advanced, intelligent HMIs support Open Platform Communications (OPC), Message Quieting Telemetry Transport (MQTT) and Representational State Transfer (REST), Internet of Things (IoT) Protocols and Web-based software necessary for IIoT applications...

Advanced Clustering Technologies Partners with CD-adapco to Offer STAR-CCM+® In the Cloud

Grazed from Virtual-Strategy. Author: PR Announcement.

Advanced Clustering Technologies, a leading manufacturer of high performance computing solutions, today announced it has partnered with CD-adapco to offer the company’s industry-leading engineering simulation software solution, STAR-CCM+®, to customers using Advanced Clustering’s on demand HPC cluster in the cloud, ACTnowHPC.

“We’re pleased to announce that our HPC cloud now makes STAR-CCM+® immediately accessible to engineers who purchase the license from CD-adapco,” said Kyle Sheumaker, President of Advanced Clustering Technologies. “With STAR-CCM+®, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers to enhance workflow productivity in order to discover better designs faster.”...

3 Reasons Why APM is Important for Cloud Computing

Grazed from RiverBed. Author: Ian Downard.

Everyone loves talking about the weather but when it comes to taking the temperature of cloud infrastructures too many businesses throw caution to the wind. If your organization only recently started investigating cloud computing, you may not yet understand how much money you can save by provisioning just the right amount of compute power to meet demand.

In this blog, I'll talk about how cloud computing is creating new opportunities for application performance monitoring (APM). I'll give you three reasons why APM is something enterprises on the cloud can't live without and I'll talk specifically about how Riverbed is providing new APM capabilities for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform with SteelCentral AppInternals...

Cloud and its impact on the CIO: then and now

Grazed from EnterpriseInnovation. Author: Allan Tan.

“As its technologies and processes mature, the cloud is being increasingly relied on as a vehicle for agile, scalable and elastic solutions. To build competitive advantage and cut costs, CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.” So says Gartner in its Predicts 2016: Cloud Computing to Drive Digital Business report.

The Cloud terminology has become ingrained in business vocabulary and represents what many businesses see is the next evolution of IT: the ability to source the required IT resources – be it computing resources, storage capacity, network connectivity, mobile application or secured services. However, despite the acceptance of cloud, public or private or hybrid, as an acceptable strategy that delivers on the promise of utility-like services the use of public cloud to host critical business applications at scale remains limited to the puzzlement of cloud service providers...

Cloud Computing: Is it time for virtual reality to influence the data centre?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

The part virtual reality (VR) can play in the evolution of the data centre has been mooted as far back as 2013 – but now the future looks good so long as organisations’ infrastructure can stand up to it, according to Aegis Data. Three years ago, writing for Data Center Knowledge, Rich Miller reported on data centre provider IO, whose latest innovation was to provide a 3D visual representation and walkthrough of a customer’s specific environment, with IO describing it as a “gamification of the data centre.”

And according to Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data, the data centre industry has the potential to be the largest beneficiary of VR – but it will take time. “As a concept, its presence has been felt for a long time but limited computing power combined with slow connectivity speeds means there has always been a cap as to what can be achieved,” said McCulloch...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft is bringing SQL Server to Linux next year

Grazed from theInquirer. Author: Daniel Robinson.

In an unexpected move, Microsoft has announced that it is prepping a version of SQL Server for Linux systems. The company has provided public preview releases of SQL Server 2016 since May last year, and the release candidate version was last updated at the start of this month. Microsoft will now herald the arrival of SQL Server 2016 with a Data Driven event in New York on 10 March culminating in general availability of the platform later this year.

However, Microsoft has announced that it will also bring SQL Server to Linux, starting with the core relational database capabilities currently available in the private preview release and full availability slated for the middle of 2017. Bringing SQL Server to Linux will enable Microsoft to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premise and cloud, according to Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group...

New Talligent Industry Survey Highlights Key Areas of OpenStack Use and Adoption in 2016

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Talligent, the leading provider of cost and capacity management solutions for OpenStack and hybrid clouds, today announced the results of its inaugural ‘2016 State of OpenStack Report,' an independent survey focused on identifying the key use cases, barriers and what's driving OpenStack adoption.

The open source cloud computing project, OpenStack, has come a long way since NASA and Rackspace first launched it in 2010. However, with all of its recent successes, this survey shows there are still questions and debates that surround OpenStack that are worth answering.

Commissioned by Talligent through media firms CloudCow and VMblog, the 2016 State of OpenStack Report surveyed 647 virtualization and cloud IT professionals and executives from across the globe.  The survey found respondents in varying stages of familiarity with the cloud technology ranging from those currently using it to support projects or production workloads (30 percent), evaluating it (32 percent) or familiar with it but not yet implementing the technology (36 percent). But once in place, respondents stated they expect to quickly expand beyond development environments, with lab growth moving from 43 percent to 89 percent and QA/Test to grow from 47 percent to 91 percent, both within the next 12 months.