Ravello Launches New Technology for Integrating Clouds

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Steven Norton.

Ravello Systems Inc. Tuesday released a tool that it says will help CIOs more easily move software development environments from VMware Inc. to Amazon Web Services and Google Inc. clouds. It joins companies like International Business Machines Corp., EMC Corp. and others in the shift to knit together hybrid cloud environments, a mix of public and private clouds and on-premise applications.

As cloud computing becomes more pervasive in corporations, many CIOs are shifting from having a portfolio of disparate clouds to a hybrid environment, often managed by a single user interface. The ability to easily integrate and manage those complex environments is top of mind for many CIOs who are bringing the cloud deeper into the mainstream...

2014: The year the cloud killed the datacenter

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jason Perlow.

Back in the summer of 2013 I wrote a series of articles on what I called the "Datacenter Zombie Apocalypse." The first was an observation of the troubles IBM was undergoing trying to shift its very datacenter-oriented services and outsourcing business to one that was more cloud focused and how it might serve as a bellwether for the IT industry as a whole.

The other was about how, as an IT practicioner, one might transition their skills to be more cloud-oriented. Where are we now with all of this, over a year later? IBM's situation has gotten worse. While it continues to invest in Cloud, its services revenue is flat, and has been forced to divest two separate hardware businesses — its x86 server business to Lenovo and its silicon manufacturing capacity that powers their System p and System z enterprise systems to GlobalFoundries...

Rackspace beats earnings expectations, cloud services going strong

Grazed from TechTimes. Author: Chritian de Looper.

Rackspace's financial results for the third quarter in 2014 show a better-than-expected jump of 18.3 percent in revenue from the same time last year. Revenue in the quarter was $460 million, up by 4.2 from the previous quarter. Net revenue was up by 4.4 percent from last quarter and 16.1 percent from last year.

"We are pleased with our operating performance this quarter and encouraged by the momentum we are seeing in the business," said Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace. "We are poised to capitalize on the massive opportunity ahead in the managed cloud market, where we see increasing demand for our managed services and expertise. And while we made strong progress this year, we're determined to continually improve our execution and seize our future."...

Startup Dedicated to Using Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Cloud-Computing Power to Tackle Trademark Management Issues

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

TrademarkNow, a Helsinki-based legal technology startup with a stellar client base of well-known international companies, is expanding to the United States with the opening of a new office in New York City. Since the company's founding in 2012, TrademarkNow has fulfilled an unmet need in the trademark management space felt by enterprises, law firms and branding agencies around the world. With numerous clients using their platform on a daily basis, the company's rapid growth led to TrademarkNow securing Series A funding of $3.5 million in May 2014 to invest in strengthening the company's global coverage and presence. Investors included Balderton Capital.

The core technology behind the TrademarkNow platform is based on 12+ years of research, and powers the two current solutions, NameCheck and NameWatch. NameCheck delivers comprehensive trademark search reports in seconds that reflect not only database searches, but analyzes of millions of existing trademarks and other relevant data for product similarity, how the word looks, how it sounds when pronounced, and word meaning in over 150 languages...

Does Cloud Need A Privacy Police Force?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Companies in all business verticals are using cloud computing and its hosted virtualized methods for supplying software applications along with data processing power and storage. This basic axiom we know to be true, so what factors are changing? Somewhere around ten years ago it was a case of ‘cloud is a security concern’. Five years ago it was ‘maybe let’s consider cloud for some use cases’.

Now as we close 2014 it is increasingly ‘cloud first’, or ‘born on the cloud’ if you will. This means that applications and data sets are being architected and structured for a hosted virtualized existence from the start. In turn then, this means that a new operational layer has sprung up i.e. firms are exchanging cloud-based information around the world and some of it is sensitive as it comes under the purview of regulatory controls...

Cloud Computing: These Are The Only 3 Things Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Cares About

Grazed from Fool. Author: Evan Niu.

Microsoft hosted a media event at its Redmond headquarters last week, and CEO Satya Nadella gave some key insights to investors on where his priorities lie. At a high level, the CEO only cares about three things when it comes to customer usage and the source of Microsoft's revenue. Unsurprisingly, they are Windows, Office 365, and Azure.

The big three

Of course, Windows and Office have long been Microsoft's two primary cash cows, followed closely by the company's server offerings. Compared to those three businesses, Azure is relatively young. With the announcement of Windows 10, Microsoft is doing away with the distinction between Windows and Windows Phone. Windows 10 will operate on all form factors, including smartphones and tablets...

SoftNAS Cloud Version 3.2 Debuts

Grazed from NewsFactor. Author: Editorial Staff.

SoftNAS, the No. 1 Best-Selling NAS in the Cloud, today introduced version 3.2 for SoftNAS Cloud, a full-featured, enterprise-grade NAS (Network Attached Storage) filer for private, public and hybrid clouds running on popular cloud computing platforms, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware vSphere.

SoftNAS also announced Express Edition, with a usable capacity up to 1 Terabyte (TB), as well as integration with Docker, an open platform, or container, where developers can build, ship and run distributed applications. SoftNAS Cloud version 3.2 provides persistent shared storage, as opposed to Docker’s native ephemeral storage, to the Docker container to ensure high-availability and scale-out clustering for DevOps professionals delivering continuous deployment/integration and applications that scale...

A fun cloud run: 70,980 cores on AWS for $5,593.94

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

Cycle Computing which specializes in technical and high-performance cloud computing, and Western Digital's HGST unit ran the largest Fortune 500 production workload and went from zero to 50,000 cores in 23 minutes. The cloud computing run, executed over the weekend and code-named Gojira, utilized various regions on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and maxed out at 70,980 cores.

In 60 minutes, the companies built a 729 TeraFLOPS cluster, or the equivalent of the No. 63 supercomputer on the June Top500 list. The workload ran over 8 hours. Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing, said the HGST workload is an example of how enterprises are increasingly using technical computing and high-performance clusters to run analytics workloads and simulations...

Securing The Cloud: Why You Need Cast-Iron Guarantees

Grazed from CIO. Author: Emma Byrne.

Whether you’re a CIO or an executive in a non-technical role, you owe it to yourself to be aware of cloud computing issues—particularly data security. While there are no easy asnwers, new industry standards are here to help... In the previous parts of this series I said the cloud could help, rather than hinder, your organization’s security, and I outlined the responsibilities of the executive team when it comes to assessing your organization’s readiness for the cloud.

In this third and final part, I’ll explain how to ensure that your cloud services are as safe as possible...

Storage Wars: Can Dropbox, Box Survive A Price War With Microsoft, Yahoo And Google?

Grazed from IBTimes. Author: Salvador Rodriquez.

Microsoft last month announced it would give Office 365 paid subscribers unlimited storage in the cloud -- a bargain at just $6.99 per month for a service that also includes the Office productivity suite. It was the latest example of a tech giant using free storage to lure customers into paying for other products.

Yahoo last year began giving Flickr users 1 terabyte of free storage in an attempt to drive traffic back to the forgotten photo-sharing service. More recently, Apple gave its users more incentive to store their files within its ecosystem by dropping the price of iCloud storage, offering 20 gigabytes of space for $0.99 per month -- down from $40 per year, or about $3.34 per month. And in March Google slashed its 1 terabyte plan from a monthly charge of $49.99 to just $9.99...