Cloud Computing: VCE Taps Cisco ACI for New Vblock System, More Secure Data Centers

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

The next evolution of VCE's Vblock System has emerged with a little help from Cisco. This version integrates the networking giant’s Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, or ACI, to help developers build secure, flexible data centers that can adapt more rapidly -- and with less effort -- to business and app requirements as they change.

That sounds like a tall order but it’s the potential fruit that the partnership between Cisco and VCE could deliver by tapping into software-defined innovations to drive operational efficiencies. The proposed endgame: to help customers be more successful in a competitive cloud era...

Cloud Computing: The future of the data centre - Sustainability, the IoT, and downsizing

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

The push is on to better streamline unused data centre capacity – and according to a missive from network provider Emerson Network Power, 2016 will see a greater emphasis on shared service distributed cloud computing models. According to the company’s five trends shaping the data centre landscape for 2016, enterprises which have data centres either as ‘comatose’ – buildings which have not delivered computing services for at least six months – or data centres with free room will be able to sell excess capacity on the open market as the evolution from basic software as a service to more hybrid environments intensifies.

Recent Stanford research found 30% of physical servers were comatose. This greater use of resources is seen elsewhere in Emerson Network Power’s predictions. No longer are companies focused on efficiency, but a greater emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility is key – and the company argues this trend will not just be limited to on-premise technology decisions...

Cloud Computing: How data centre investments are transforming IT industry - and why it won’t slow down

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

As global spend on cloud infrastructure continues to rocket, leading cloud providers have to up their game and invest billions of dollars in expanding their network of hyperscale data centres. That’s according to the latest data released by Synergy Research. The company notes the top four cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM – have approximately 110 data centres located in 20 different countries.

More than $25 billion has been spent in recent merger and acquisitions related to data centres, Synergy argues, with Equinix, Digital Realty, NTT and IBM at the head of operations. IBM’s $2bn acquisition of SoftLayer in 2013, while NTT’s spree of acquisitions over the past five years includes Dimension Data ($3.2bn), Raging Wire ($0.4bn) and e-shelter ($0.5bn)...

Part 1: The Cloud, The IoE, And You - Why everything is becoming inextricably woven, especially in the datacenter

Grazed from SemiEngineering. Author: Ernest Worthman.

If you’re anywhere in the high-tech biz, the two terms that are rocking your world are the Internet of Everything and the Cloud. Whether you are on the inside track of these, or on the sidelines, they are going to be two of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. The cloud is already here and gaining momentum.

Some people will argue that the cloud has been here since the inception of the Internet—or that it is the Internet. They define cloud computing as, simply, having access to data and programs via the Internet rather than going to your computer’s hard drive. While that has some element of accuracy, the original representation of the cloud can be traced back to early explanations and drawings of the Internet. It was a big, puffy, white cloud, interconnected to everything and existing above everything...

What the FCC can teach other feds about moving to the cloud

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Greg Otto.

The on-premise data centers at the Federal Communication Commission’s headquarters are a mess. Wires are hanging out of the floor, discarded monitors are strewn about and server racks are all out of place. FCC chief information officer David Bray loves this mess. It means the agency’s data center is empty and the move to the cloud was successful.

There was a time over this past Labor Day weekend where it looked like that move could have been a failure. During the process of moving 200 servers and 60 racks to a commercial data center in West Virginia, Bray’s team of agency IT staff and contract workers rescued the project after spending 55 consecutive hours replacing all the cabling necessary to turn the system back on...

Alibaba to Open Second Silicon Valley Data Center to Meet Rising Cloud Demand

Grazed from DigitalJournal. Author: Editorial Staff.

AliCloud, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, today announced that it has launched its second data center based in Silicon Valley in the United States, addressing increasing demand for affordable and secure, mission-critical cloud computing while creating an infrastructure for high availability and effective disaster recovery. Cloud customers can apply for the center’s services starting Monday (October 12).

The new facility is AliCloud’s ninth globally and the fourth data center announced in 2015, after its first U.S. data center in March 2015, a Singapore data center announced in August, and an environmentally-friendly lakewater-cooled data center at Qiandao Lake, China in early September. AliCloud also maintains data centers in Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai in China, and plans more facilities in other international locations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe in the future...

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AWS opens London cloud space to target start-ups

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Clare Hopping.

Amazon's Pop-up Loft programme has launched in London, targeting start-ups with training and web service support for using its own public cloud. The initiative will be stationed in Fore Street, close to the City of London, until the end of October and will allow developers, engineers and entrepreneurs collaborate on AWS solutions with Amazon's experts and other cloud computing partners on hand to give advice and direction.

The aim for Amazon is to encourage entrepreneurs to use AWS for building systems for their start-up, while the training courses, boot camps, self-paced labs, seminars and networking events will help spread knowledge among the developer community. The programme comprises different paths for developers to take, covering different subject areas including Ask and Architect to give developers one-to-one advice about their existing architecture, features and saving costs, while the Technical Bootcamp strand will be one-day training sessions that will guide developers to create their own AWS live environments using the AWS Management Console...

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Cloud Computing: Intel's Plan To Grow Its Share Of Datacenter Wallets

Grazed from Author: Thomas Prickett Morgan.

The only number you need to remember about Intel’s Data Center Group business for the next three years is this one: 15 percent. That is the annual growth rate that general manager Diane Bryant says that the company can deliver, on a compound annual growth rate basis, “out through time,” although the presentations that the top brass from Data Center Group only did comparisons between 2014 and 2018.

To deliver such growth – and consistently year after year, given the uncertainties of the global economy and the tectonic shifts taking place in the datacenters of the world – would be a truly remarkable feat. Assuming that Intel makes its numbers for 2015 and grows Data Center Group revenues by 15 percent, the company has averaged 17.7 percent growth, with a few blips up and down from that average, and even more significantly, has been able to grow its operating income at nearly twice that rate...

Big Blue Brings OpenStack Blue Box Cloud to Global Data Centers

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

IBM isn’t wasting any time leveraging the strengths of its Blue Box acquisition. Big Blue has integrated the private cloud software into its broader portfolio of OpenStack-based solutions less than 90 days after buying the firm. IBM made the announcement today at the OpenStack Silicon Valley event in Silicon Valley.

Blue Box Cloud Dedicated blends private cloud performance and cost management with public cloud provisioning and operations support. The technology offers a single management tool for OpenStack-based private clouds in any location for more consistency with public, private and hybrid cloud operations...

Alibaba to Open New Cloud Data Center

 Grazed from SentinelRepublic.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The Singapore facility will become operational in September. He also revealed that Aliyun was building a new portal to serve the different language and payment needs of businesses based in an economically and culturally-diverse region such as South-east Asia.  Although the new data center won’t open until next month, Aliyun has started accepting pre-orders for “elastic” cloud services and computer resources such as storage, processing power, and network bandwidth.
“Singapore is a natural destination to be our headquarters for overseas expansion”, Mr Ethan Yu, vice president of Aliyun said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 18).  This time, Alibaba has chosen Singapore as the site for its new data center, whilst simultaneously marking it as the new headquarter for its overseas business...

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