IaaS

Oracle Launches New SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Cloud Services to Help Organizations in Their Journey to the Cloud

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Oracle today announced that it has expanded its cloud portfolio, releasing new Oracle Cloud services over the past several months to help companies transition to the cloud. The new services enhance the breadth and depth of Oracle's extensive cloud portfolio across all layers of the stack -- SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

With these new advancements, Oracle provides all of the cloud-based services that organizations need to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, social, mobile, and IoT, as well as continue to extend foundational use cases that enable organizations to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. Oracle continues to help organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The new PaaS and IaaS services can be deployed wherever an organization chooses -- in the Oracle Cloud or in their own data center via the Oracle Cloud at Customer offering

SoftLayer IaaS v2.1 Manager Now Available for the Ensim Automation Suite

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Ensim Corporation, a leading provider of an end-to-end platform for monetizing any offering with marketplace, subscription management, service catalog, provisioning, usage collection, and billing for service providers, MSPs, and enterprises, today announced the availability of a major update to their integrated solution with IBM Cloud / SoftLayer. The integration with the Ensim Automation Suite enables complete customer life-cycle management with full usage collection, rating, payment, and billing.

The Ensim Automation Suite enables the complete quote to cash process, from the initial order configuration, quote, approval process, notifications, deployment, and usage tracking, to billing and payment for the full array of SoftLayer offerings. Providers can bundle with 100s of other XaaS applications that are pre-integrated with the Ensim Automation Suite for monthly, yearly, or flexible subscription and payment plans. Single sign-on directly via the Ensim portal to the SoftLayer administrative console ensures ease of management, while automated usage collection ensures accounts are always in sync and accurate. Delegated administration portals enable simplified and automated user and administrator self-service at all levels (customer, agent, reseller, service provider).

Internap Expands OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS Footprint Globally

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Internap Corporation, a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced the expansion of its OpenStack-based bare-metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0, to its data centers in Amsterdam, Dallas and Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2015 out of Internap's New York Metro data center in Secaucus, N.J., AgileSERVER 2.0 is now available in four locations globally, enabling enterprises and devops teams running mission-critical applications and big data workloads to build scale-out infrastructure environments that are higher performing and more cost-effective than commodity public cloud platforms.

"OpenStack has become the emerging platform for innovation and digital transformation, and Internap is focused on making this adoption seamless for companies worldwide," said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, Internap. "Our next generation of OpenStack-powered AgileCLOUD and AgileSERVER provides IT organizations a way to rapidly deploy a flexible public or private cloud environment using open standards and simplified management tools. This latest expansion of our OpenStack cloud footprint enables our customers to build out high-performance infrastructure environments for their applications on a global scale."

Cloud now makes up one third of Microsoft revenues as Azure soars

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 While revenue in the "Intelligent Cloud" segment grew 5 percent from the previous year to $6.3 billion. This figure was down two percent on the same period past year, but up three percent in "constant currency" figures when currency fluctuations are taken into account, Microsoft said.
 
On Thursday, the company said its revenue and profit fell in the last quarter, however, this doesn't make much of a difference as it made more from cloud computing with the stocks increasing by more than five percent after the release of the numbers...

Azure Pricing: Navigating Microsoft's Azure Cloud

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Microsoft may have been late to the cloud party, but steady investment and improvements to its Azure cloud have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yet like most cloud platforms, Azure pricing is filled with potential complexity. Among the many advantages of moving to the cloud for cash-strapped IT departments is saving on continued investment in on-premises infrastructure by off-loading to an off-premise cloud platform. In addition to savings in hardware costs and the real estate required to maintain a datacenter, management and security is handled to a great extent (though not completely) by the cloud provider.

Cloud systems let you pay for what you need and scale up, which is far better than guessing at, for example, how many servers you need to buy and maintain in-house and risk getting more than you need or scrambling to add as demand increases. One reason some industries – like retail – overbuy is to handle demand spikes around the holidays even though that means a fair bit of capacity will go underutilized during other parts of the year...

Host.net Selects Embotics vCommander to Deliver IaaS

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Embotics, the leading provider of platform-neutral, hybrid cloud management software, has partnered with Host.net to expand cloud capabilities to its enterprise customers acting as a natural extension of its IT operations.

As Gartner Analyst, Douglas Toombs, notes in his July 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting North America Report "Cloud-enabled managed hosting brings cloudlike consumption and provisioning attributes to the traditional managed hosting market. It represents an evolution of a mature market in which the wide variety of offerings and capabilities means vendors must be chosen carefully."

Hive-IO Launches Enterprise Cloud Compute Platform for a Complete Software-Defined Infrastructure Solution

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Hive-IO today launched its software-defined compute solution available as a complete infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering for large enterprise and SMB customers.  This solution – based on the world's largest virtual infrastructure implementation – is offered at a small fraction of the cost of traditional approaches.

"The public cloud is too open to provide a secure infrastructure and the private cloud is too costly and cumbersome.  We offer a unified architecture on a bare metal install that removes up to 30% of existing hardware requirements and eliminates vendor layer complexity in a cost-effective holistic solution. As enterprises and organizations look forward to cloud-enablement, the lightweight approach offered by Hive-IO provides a clear upgrade to traditional VDI, servers, storage, and platform solutions. " – Kevin McNamara, CTO and Founder, Hive-IO

 

In Pursuit of Efficiency and Elasticity, Cloud Pharmaceuticals Succeeds with ProfitBricks Cloud Infrastructure

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In pharmaceutical design, working with the smallest molecular structures creates some of the largest computing workloads. This comes from the need to parse massive amounts of algorithmic chemistry calculations to help discover and develop new drugs. Over the past year, Cloud Pharmaceuticals became more efficient, in both time and cost, thanks to the power and flexibility of the ProfitBricks cloud. 

North Carolina-based Cloud Pharmaceuticals designs new drugs and drug candidates, accelerating the developmental process using cloud computing technology in place of traditional, expensive and slow on-premises infrastructure. In 2014, Cloud Pharmaceuticals migrated to ProfitBricks, the leading provider of painless cloud infrastructure, in pursuit of the perfect balance of power and efficiency for its pharmaceutical design teams, and has since seen a reduction in cloud computing costs of 45 per cent.

LeaseWeb expands global IaaS footprint with new cloud platform in Asia

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LeaseWeb, one of the world's largest hosting brands, today launches LeaseWeb Cloud in Asia. The new cloud platform, operated by LeaseWeb Asia Pacific and based in their Singapore data center, brings the full range of LeaseWeb's public and private cloud products to the region. The platform was previously launched in Germany, the USA and the Netherlands. 

The LeaseWeb Cloud portfolio consists of public cloud as well as Apache CloudStack and VMware-based private cloud solutions. All services have an extensive feature set, including: instant deployment, fully redundant architecture, full flash-based storage, flat flee pricing, intuitive customer portal, and extensive APIs. LeaseWeb Asia Pacific also provides dedicated hosting, CDN and hybrid solutions.

 

IaaS and PaaS cloud computing: Benefits, myths and common mistakes

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The “cloud” has been a hot term for a while. Regardless of the fact that the concept has been around for about 10 years, its superstar status produces many delusions and misconceptions.  There are still misunderstandings even about what cloud is. Technologies that have nothing to do with the cloud are given the buzzword name, and cloud hosting is marketed as a solution to every problem a business owner might have.

Therefore, before we talk about advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, it is important to understand what the term “cloud service” really means. The main characteristics of the cloud are:

  • On-demand
  • Self-service
  • Scalable and measurable...