How Cloud Partners Can Identify (and Plug) Datacenter Security Holes

Grazed from RPCMag.  Author: Gladys Rama.

As solution delivery increasingly involves cloud-hosted services, solution providers regularly find themselves in the business of taking on new vendors who provide key services from datacenters over which the solution provider has no control. The vendors might be giants such as Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), Google Inc., Rackspace Inc. or Microsoft, with their own massive datacenters.

They might be smaller vendors providing their services from their own purpose-built datacenter. They might be a co-location arrangement with a services provider of any size. Or they may simply be reselling the service of another vendor, abstracting the whole question...

Cloud Computing: Take a Look Inside SingleHop's New State-of-the-Art $30 Million Data Center

Grazed from ChicagoInno.  Author: Editorial Staff.

With private cloud hosting companies, enterprises receive the same agility and control that they would with a public cloud provider (like DigitalOcean or AWS), but with fixed economics and superior hands-on service. Because of this, 'Hosted Private Cloud Solutions' has been SingleHop's fastest-growing and most popular product category in 2014.

To meet this demand, SingleHop - a Chicago-based provider of cloud computing and IT infrastructure - launched a brand new, state-of-the art $30 million data center today that features key capabilities designed specifically for hosting private clouds...

Cloud Computing: Why the data center needs an operating system

Grazed from OReilly. Author: Benjamin Hindman.

Developers today are building a new class of applications. These applications no longer fit on a single server, but instead run across a fleet of servers in a data center. Examples include analytics frameworks like Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, message brokers like Apache Kafka, key-value stores like Apache Cassandra, as well as customer-facing applications such as those run by Twitter and Netflix.

These new applications are more than applications, they are distributed systems. Just as it became commonplace for developers to build multithreaded applications for single machines, it’s now becoming commonplace for developers to build distributed systems for data centers...

Global Cloud Computing Boosts the Mega Data Center

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Global cloud computing is changing the future of the mega data center. Firms that aim to benefit from cloud computing will be a part of this future, according to new research.

Growth and Interconnection

A new report from Research and Markets featured in BusinessWire reveals that mega data centers will grow heavier in data loads thanks to the deluge of data that will continue to be transferred to them. According to the report, the growing global cloud computing market will provide the integration of both software and IT infrastructure. The data center landscape will be changed because firms can expand network capacity at a faster pace by moving their collaboration and computing applications via cloud computing...

Cloud Computing: Intel's Super Elastic Datacenter Bubble Plastic

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

IT spending is growing at a few measly points a year, at best, and guess what? Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, is not even breaking a sweat. And the reason why is simple: revenues from the chippery that Intel sells in servers, storage, and switches has been growing much faster than the market at large and is projected to do so out until 2018, which is the edge of Intel’s planning horizon.

At the company’s annual Investor Meeting late last week, the top brass of the chip giant gave Wall Street and the rest of us who care about Intel’s fortunes because so much of the datacenter is underpinned or driven by Intel some insight into how they think the future will play out...

ProfitBricks Launches New Cloud Data Center Management Tool

 Grazed from WebHostReview.  Author: PR Announcement.

ProfitBricks, the price/performance leader in cloud computing IaaS, has once again raised the bar for cloud computing infrastructure and data center management by releasing a completely new version of its unique Data Center Designer.

In response to today's increasingly complex cloud infrastructure provisioning and deployment processes, the new Data Center Designer (DCD) is a complete rewrite of ProfitBricks' game-changing visual management tool, enabling even easier design and management of cloud computing infrastructures. Included with all ProfitBricks cloud computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) accounts, the new DCD further reduces design and management overhead with faster performance, streamlined tools, more intuitive visual representations and comprehensive account information...

Cloud Computing: Number of Data Centers To Decline After 2017

Grazed from Sci-Tech.  Author: Shirley Siluk.

hanging IT needs will drive more enterprises away from in-house data centers to off-site facilities in coming years, according to a new forecast from the analyst firm IDC. The future will also see a rise in super-size "mega datacenters," leading to a decline in the overall number of data centers around the world even as total data center space keeps growing, the report stated.

According to the IDC forecast, released earlier this week, the total number of data centers will peak at 8.6 million in 2017 and then start to decline. However, total data center space will increase globally, rising from 1.58 billion square feet in 2013 to 1.94 billion square feet by 2018...

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...

Outstanding datacentre and cloud companies invited to nominate for Datacloud 2015 Awards

Grazed from BroadGroup. Author: PR Announcement.

Outstanding players in datacentre and cloud are being asked to nominate themselves for the annual Datacloud Awards 2015 which will be presented at a gala ceremony that takes place in Monaco, 2nd June 2015. Now in its 8th year, the Judges have sought to set the bar even higher for 2015 and are seeking exemplar companies that demonstrate excellence and inviting nominations from service providers and end user organizations across Europe.

As such this year’s categories are designed to reflect changes in markets and technologies, but retain their focus on recognising excellence across the datacentre and cloud sector. Four main Awards will be given for datacentre companies, and four prizes for Cloud. Both datacentre and cloud will hold one prestigious accolade each of Prix européen...

Cloud Computing: Getting Ready for the Software-Defined Data Center

Grazed from USANews.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The Software program-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is at an early stage in its improvement, but software and hardware vendors are currently lining up to sell you SDDC items. EMC lately released its Federation Software-Defined Data Center Answer, a combined software stack that it hopes will serve as a reference architecture for all future application-defined data centers, equivalent to the way the Java EE reference architecture is a template option for several Java enterprise applications.

The objective of a SDDC is to do away with massive infrastructure boxes and replace them with network solutions dedicated to and tuned to the requirements of person applications. This will let applications to be decomposed into compute workloads, transport workloads, and storage workloads - and these many tasks can be executed wherever it makes the most sense...