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Cloud Computing: Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jef Cozza.

Violin Memory announced today that data Relevant Products/Services deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Customers will normally experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1, according to the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. The data reduction appliance offers up to 672 TB of usable storage at a data reduction rate of 6:1.

The company markets the Concerto 2200 appliance as an enhancement to its Violin 6000 and 7000 all-flash Relevant Products/Services arrays by reducing the amount of data written to them. According to Violin Memory, the solution can reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX) by slashing hardware expenses through space savings...

DISA harnesses the power of the cloud

Grazed from C4ISRNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Department of Defense CIO tasked DISA to be the DoD Cloud Broker to make it easier, safer and more productive to navigate, integrate, consume, extend and maintain cloud services, within the department and from other federal and commercial cloud service providers. As the department evolves to meet future requirements and a mounting demand for services and capabilities, DISA is charting the course to develop a robust cloud environment.

Likewise, while the department continues to gain momentum transitioning to a Joint Information Environment (JIE), the agency is acting on the necessity for a more streamlined, centralized, transparent and cost-effective system to fit current and future needs of all DoD agencies. Equally important, the JIE reduces the department’s overall attack surface to ensure secure cloud computing...

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Tier1 Launches Private Oracle Cloud

Grazed from PDDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Tier1 announced the availability of the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud, the most optimized and protected computing environment for Oracle Applications and databases. Leveraging Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) technology, the only virtual environment certified to use Oracle Trusted Partitions - the Tier1 Private Cloud provides the flexibility to license Oracle software on a virtual CPU basis.

The Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud is designed to minimize customer costs and the complexities they face when hosting Oracle applications in-house. Private cloud environments are hosted in a world class data center and designed specifically for Oracle customers. Tier1 CEO, Dave Busch, says, "We thoroughly evaluated the build versus buy for our private cloud solution and decided to purchase Oracle's VCA for a number of reasons: The VCA uses all Oracle products that are pre-configured and wired. It's a turnkey solution. It's pre-built, and it's easy to install and configure. We were able to get our virtual computer clients running very smoothly, very quickly."...

Cloud Infographic: The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudVelox offers the only highly automated solution for deploying multi-tier apps and services into the cloud without modification or virtualization. Critical authentication services (including LDAP and Active Directory) are integrated with the apps in the cloud, enabling hybrid cloud operating models and powerful new use cases, especially “pay as you go” disaster recovery and agile software development.

CloudVelox automates critical hybrid cloud infrastructure processes — from discovering the constituent hosts to replicating and provisioning and launching groups of systems — all with drag and drop menus. CloudVelox also extends the enterprise data center to the Cloud so that these distributed multi-tier applications can access any necessary services residing back in the enterprise...

VC investors hot for the cloud, mobile and robots

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Venture capital fundraising has picked up steam in the U.S., with cloud computing, mobile technology and robotics getting solid backing. U.S. technology companies are looking at a strong investment climate with global investor confidence in U.S. companies up significantly for the third year in a row, according to the 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey released by consulting firm Deloitte & Touche and the National Venture Capital Association, a trade group for the U.S. venture capital industry.

"For the past three years the U.S. has seen a significant increase in investor confidence, continuing the trend which began to take hold in 2012," said Jim Atwell, a managing partner at Deloitte, in a statement. "Improving capital market conditions lifted the pace of initial public offerings, fed by a strong lineup of new and innovative companies like we see on the Technology Fast 500 list, along with increased investor confidence both in the ability to fundraise, as well as to achieve favorable returns on investment."...

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Connectivity is Crucial for Cloud Computing Success: GTT White Paper

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

GTT Communications, Inc., the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational enterprises, announced today the release of a new white paper entitled Cloud Computing Success Demands the Right Connectivity. The white paper highlights why it is critically important for enterprises to use private connectivity, rather than the public Internet, to access their IT applications and services residing in the cloud.

"Cloud adoption has moved beyond the tipping point, with the majority of enterprises using some form of cloud computing in their business," said Rick Calder, President and CEO. "Many companies use the public Internet to access cloud applications, but a private network provides the security, performance and reliability many organizations need to support their mission-critical business operations."...

Google brings robust cluster scheduling to its cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Google is drawing from the work of the open-source community to offer its cloud customers a service to better manage their clusters of virtual servers. On Monday, the Google Cloud Platform started offering the commercial version of the open-source Mesos cluster management software, offered by Mesosphere.

With the Mesosphere software, "You can create a truly multitenant cluster, and that drives up utilization and simplifies operations," said Florian Leibert, co-founder and CEO of Mesosphere. Leibert was also the engineering lead at Twitter who introduced Mesos to the social media company...

Gartner Hype Cycle Highlights Challenges for Cloud, Big Data

Grazed from MidSize Insider. Author: Shawn Drew.

This year's edition of the Gartner Hype Cycle shows some big moves on the horizon for cloud computing and big data. Midsize businesses that need these technological advantages to stay competitive have to be ready to stay the course as these technologies are scrutinized.

Gartner Hype Cycle 2014

Gartner recently released the 2014 edition of its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, which looks at a range of technologies that are either in their infancy or in the process of changing the face of business technology, and analyzes how industry hype is affecting the perception of the technology that year. Once a technology makes it through the entire cycle, it either becomes obsolete or it becomes an accepted, trusted aspect of the overall technology landscape...

Google: The cost of hardware is falling at a faster rate than the price of cloud

Grazed from Network World. Author: Brandon Bulter.

About a year ago there was a big hub-bub about cloud pricing wars. It seemed like every couple of weeks one vendor or another in the public cloud IaaS market was dropping their prices. When one company did it, others seemed to follow suit within days, and sometimes even hours. It’s been a back and forth, cat and mouse game. Who can keep the lowest prices?

Google has hit the road this summer to show off its cloud, and at the company’s recent event in Boston one of the members of the Google cloud platform team, Dan Belcher, made an interesting statement: He said that the price of hardware that powers the cloud is falling at a faster pace than the price of cloud computing services are dropping...

GreenSQL Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

GreenSQL, the leader in database security and compliance solutions for the cloud, today announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. GreenSQL is a powerful “database firewall” and compliance solution that adds important security and auditing functionality to cloud-hosted and on-premises databases.

GreenSQL helps protect customers from SQL injection attacks and enables organizations to secure sensitive information (e.g., SSNs, credit card numbers, e-mails and passwords) from unauthorized database access, enforce separation-of-duties, mask sensitive data, monitor and audit data access and meet regulatory compliance requirements...