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BDNA to Launch Cloud Asset Insights to Optimize Cloud Management for Amazon EC2 Deployments

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BDNA, the leader in delivering the most trusted and comprehensive technology asset information, announced today an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a unique, new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Cloud Asset Insights offers a comprehensive view of software assets for improved cloud management and enables organizations to accelerate business transformation. 

Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Using Amazon EC2, companies can launch as many or as few virtual servers as needed, configure security and networking, and manage storage.

BDNA Cloud Asset Insights collects, normalizes, enriches and reports on software assets residing on Amazon EC2 instances as well as the instance details. The solution can also capture short-lived or ephemeral instances and the software running on them. Cloud Asset Insights reduces operational cost and financial risk to simplify cloud management by providing greater insight and transparency into asset technology spend and opportunities in the cloud. Data enriched with market intelligence provides clean, accurate and relevant data to drive business decisions.

Calgary Scientific PureWeb Supports Next-Generation GPU-Powered Amazon EC2 Instances (G3)

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Calgary Scientific announced that its PureWeb software development platform supports the new AWS G3 Instances for Amazon EC2. The PureWeb platform transforms graphics-intensive applications into cloud-based services that can be accessed from the web or via any mobile device. The G3 instances combine the power of the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU along with more CPU power and host memory than any other cloud GPU instance available today for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications.

AWS Announces G3 Instances for Amazon EC2

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Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the availability of G3 instances, the next generation of GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances designed to make it easy to procure a powerful combination of central processing (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM) for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Backed by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU, than the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. To get started with G3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/.

Customers running complex modeling and 3D visualization analyses, such as medical image processing, computer-aided design, and seismic visualization jobs, require significant CPU processing power and memory. To offer the best performance for these graphics-intensive applications, the largest G3 instance offers twice the CPU power and eight times the host memory of the previous generation graphics instance (G2). The g3.16xlarge features four NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs with 64 CPUs using the latest custom Intel Xeon E5-2686v4 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of RAM, and Enhanced Networking using the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor. The G3 instance also features two Amazon EC2 "firsts" to speed video frame processing and improve image fidelity for graphics workloads: support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, including the ability to support four monitors with resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160), and hardware encoding to support up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams per GPU.

New CopperEgg Cloud Sizing Tool Helps Enterprises Choose the Perfect Amazon EC2 Instance

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CopperEgg Corp., a leading cloud monitoring and analytics company, today announced a new Cloud Sizing Tool that accurately benchmarks enterprise and cloud servers to help customers choose the proper Amazon EC2 instance types, pricing, and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) configurations from over 200 possible Amazon Web Services (AWS) combinations. Businesses can save money and ensure application performance by using the Cloud Sizing Tool to rightsize instances during cloud migrations, resize existing EC2 instances, and avoid over- or under-provisioned cloud resources. CopperEgg will demonstrate the Cloud Sizing Tool at the AWS Summit 2013 in New York City on April 18 and at the Opscode #ChefConf 2013 in San Francisco.

“The cloud sizing report gives us a better way to measure server usage,” said Jonathan Marbutt, Vice President of WayCool Software. “By changing cloud providers and switching to AWS, we were able to reduce cost by at least 30 percent, plus gain more powerful servers in the process. Our app response time has also improved.”

 

HotLink Debuts Amazon EC2 Plug-in for Microsoft SCVMM with Latest Release of HotLink Hybrid Express

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HotLink Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for heterogeneous virtualization management, today announced the latest release of HotLink Hybrid Express™, the industry’s simplest solution for deploying, administering and managing hybrid clouds. The new release provides Amazon EC2 plug-in support for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) so IT can deploy, administer and manage hybrid on- and off-premise resources using existing virtualization management infrastructure. Additionally, HotLink Hybrid Express is now available in a free edition for both Microsoft SCVMM and VMware vCenter environments.

HotLink Hybrid Express, which also supports VMware vCenter, is the only solution to natively extend on-premise virtualization management infrastructure to public cloud resources like Amazon EC2. HotLink’s patent-pending transformation technology abstracts public cloud platforms and workloads so on-premise management consoles treat them just like on-premise hosts and virtual machines — fully integrated and managed as a unified pool of resources without the need for a separate management console. Since HotLink natively integrates cloud-based resources, Microsoft SCVMM or VMware vCenter-compatible orchestration tools, service catalogs and self-service portals work seamlessly out of the box. Customers can implement hybrid clouds in just a few hours as opposed to weeks or months.

AWS Marketplace Announces Support for Software Running on Microsoft Windows

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Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that the AWS Marketplace now supports Windows-based software and other new software categories including Big Data solutions. AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare, and immediately start using the software they need to build products and run their businesses. Customers can now quickly discover and 1-Click deploy software products running on Windows Server to the AWS Cloud, including well-known business intelligence, database, and hosting solutions. As with all products in the AWS Marketplace, customers pay only for what they use and can scale their software up or down as needed. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running Windows Server, include 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 editions, and as with all Amazon EC2 Windows instances, customers have the option of enterprise-class support and updates, while taking advantage of the security, scalability, and pay-as-you-go pricing of AWS. To learn more about the AWS Marketplace, visit http://aws.amazon.com/marketplace.

 

FatPipe Offers Remedy to Amazon's Cloud Services Failure

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For the second time in five months, some of Amazon's data center services located in Northern Virginia failed. The failure began Monday morning, lasting for over 12 hours, affecting many companies that depend on its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) used in conjunction with Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service to conduct business. Major sites including Foursquare, Flipboard, Instagram, and Netflix were taken down during the two outages, along with corresponding apps.

FatPipe Networks, the inventor and multiple patents holder of Wide Area Network (WAN) redundancy, security, and optimization products, specializes in providing solutions that transcend failures that affect WAN connectivity to maintain business continuity and provide alternate paths to backup sites when data centers fail.

 

EC2 Instance Types - Pricing, Comparison, and our Favorites

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EC2 Instance Types – Pricing, Comparison, and our Favorites

Recently at the local Austin DevOps Meet-up, I talked about the CopperEgg EC2 infrastructure that is the back end of our server performance monitoring product. Of particular interest was the piece on a few common EC2 gotchas.  One of the things I talked about is a spreadsheet we use to compare different EC2 instance sizes together to optimize the right fit for our needs. 
 
We commonly need to adjust our infrastructure. So there are frequent questions, like "We need more memory, which size do we upgrade  to from a c1.xlarge?"  So, we put a spreadsheet together to help us remember some of the qualities of the different instances. It helps us translate the hourly cost to a monthly cost, and show the reserved instance cost as well.
 

ScaleXtreme to Support Google Compute Engine

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ScaleXtreme, a leading provider of cloud and server management products, announced coming support for Google Compute Engine. As part of this support, ScaleXtreme customers will be able to monitor, manage, patch and automate deployment of Google Infrastructure-as-a-Service servers.

“We’re excited to see Google give public cloud computing customers additional choices in who to partner with for infrastructure,” said ScaleXtreme CEO Nand Mulchandani. “We built ScaleXtreme to handle multiple clouds simultaneously and along with internal enterprise infrastructure. Google Compute Engine, along with services like Amazon EC2, Rackspace, HP Cloud Services, Microsoft Windows Azure and VMware vCloud powered services is making multi-cloud infrastructure a reality for customers, and ScaleXtreme has given customers native support for all these platforms.”