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OpenStack Leaders Nexenta and Canonical Join Forces to Support Enterprise OpenStack Customers

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader of Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) solutions and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack, today jointly announced its strategic alliance agreement. The alliance will allow Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack customers to benefit from Nexenta’s full spectrum of OpenSDS products for their large scale private and hybrid clouds.

Since its launch in 2004, the Ubuntu OS, has become the natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and individual technologists. With developers, support staff and engineering centers all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the leading cloud OS and Ubuntu OpenStack is the leading distribution of OpenStack. According to the OpenStack User Survey, over 55% of production clouds today run on Ubuntu, many of whom have large requirements for enterprise quality storage...

Cloud Computing: Dropbox for Business gets ISO 27018 cloud security classification

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Dropbox for Business has been awarded ISO 27018 cloud security certification by EY CertifyPoint, marking the latest step in the company's bid to allay customer fears about privacy and data protection. The certification makes Dropbox one of a select few cloud service providers to meet ISO 27018 standards. Microsoft's Azure platform was one of the first to receive the accreditation in February.

ISO 27018 was published by the International Organisation for Standardisation as a new component of the ISO 27001 standard in July 2014 and offers a variety of assurances for cloud service users. "ISO 27018 specifies guidelines based on ISO/IEC 27002, taking into consideration the regulatory requirements for the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) which might be applicable within the context of the information security risk environment(s) of a provider of public cloud services," read the ISO description...

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Big Data Integration Made Simpler

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

Under the heading of turning lemons into lemonade, Xplenty has reinvented itself as a provider of data integration services delivered via the cloud that don't require any programming expertise. Xplenty founder and CEO Yaniv Mor originally created the Xplenty solution to provide the market with a platform for running Hadoop in the cloud.

Unfortunately, however, in 2014, his company discovered that there just wasn't enough demand for Hadoop delivered as a cloud service, he told Talkin' Cloud. The two primary issues, said Mor, was that fierce competition in the form of services such as Amazon Redshift and the simple fact that when it came to Hadoop most organizations prefer to deploy the open source framework for managing big data on premise...

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Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Frederic Lardinois.

Google today announced yet another round of price cuts for its cloud computing platform, as well as a new instance type that will allow businesses to save even more on some of their cloud computing tasks. Today’s cuts focus on the Compute Engine side of the service and include cuts of up to 30 percent for the smallest instances.

A Micro instance on Google Cloud platform will now cost as little as $0.006 per hour under regular usage. For other instance types, the price cuts are somewhat less dramatic and range between 5 percent for High CPU instances and 20 percent for the Standard instances. Google argues that these cuts mean “Google Cloud Platform is now 40 percent less expensive for many workloads.”...

Cloud OSes: Benefit Or Bane?

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetsky.

Several suppliers have announced small, limited operating systems (OS) designed to live inside a virtual machine (VM). A few examples of this are the recently announced VMware Project Photon, Piston's CloudOS, CoreOS, and the OS component of Red Hat's OpenShift. When I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud, the company had the following things to say:

"Piston CloudOS is a new type of operating system that manages clusters of commodity servers in your datacenter as a single pool of highly-available resources. These resources may be shared by any service or framework, including OpenStack, Hadoop, Spark, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, or Mesos for better resource efficiency, and streamlined operations...

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CDW Outlines Cloud Computing Ambitions

Grazed from ITbusinessEdge. Author: Mike Vizard.

As part of an effort to provide a set of managed IT services in the cloud, CDW has announced that it will now manage implementations of the Microsoft Azure cloud on behalf of its customers. Best known as a multi-billion dollar reseller of IT hardware and software, CDW in recent years has expanded its service portfolio to include managed services for IT hardware and software installed on premise.

Now Stephen Braat, vice president of cloud and managed solutions for CDW, says the company is expanding the scope of those services to include the cloud. While not committing yet to providing managed services for clouds other than Microsoft Azure, the company does have plans to support multiple cloud computing platforms via its network operations centers (NOCs), Braat says...

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Switching Cloud Providers Is No Cakewalk, but Do Your Users Know That?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Paul Gillin.

Wikipedia traces the first use of the term “write once, run anywhere” to 1996. A Google search turns up 139,000 occurrences of that phrase. So why is the dream of absolute portability still elusive 20 years after it was first described? The cloud was supposed to make portability easier. In theory, fully virtual environments should reduce dependence upon underlying hardware, and cloud providers typically offer a choice of platforms and tools. Once an application is in the cloud, it should move anywhere else pretty easily, right?

Unfortunately, no two IT environments are exactly alike and the cloud is no exception. Users may not know this however. When the IDG Enterprise 2014 Cloud Survey asked if switching from one cloud provider to another is more or less difficult than switching from one on-premise provider to another, 29% of IT leaders said it is more difficult, compared to 22% of non-IT leaders. More than 40% of the non-IT leaders said they just didn’t know...

Should the Cloud be Standardised?

Grazed from BackupTechnology. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today, the cloud is not standardised. Companies operate in the cloud under different criteria. Basically, they all do their own thing without regard to what their competitors or other related companies do. Is this an effective strategy or does this lack of standardisation adversely affect the end user? If so, what can be done to streamline and harmonise the activities of cloud vendors?

Presently, we are seeing a plethora of cloud based vendors offering a variety of services ranging from financial management services, video applications, data storage and archiving, email hosting, and many other services. The cloud also allows businesses and individuals to have a virtual office, sharing and storing documents in a cost effective and time efficient manner. This is a boon for anyone wanting to do business more efficiently and cost effectively. However, cloud based vendors currently operate in a vacuum, and as a result, there are some challenges inherent in cloud computing that could be positively affected if the industry was standardised...

Cloud Computing: More Java holes found in Google App Engine

Grazed from ITNews. Author: Juha Saarinen.

A Polish security firm has discovered more vulnerabilities in the Java coding platform used on Google's App Engine (GAE) cloud computing service, which could allow users to get access beyond their own virtual machines. The Security Explorations team, which has made a name for itself by unearthing large numbers of security holes in Oracle's Java framework over the past few years, said it had reported seven vulnerabilities to Google, along with proof of concept code.

Three of the flaws allow complete bypass of the GAE Java security sandbox. Such a bypass could be used by attackers to glean information about the Java Runtime Environment as well as Google's internal services and protocols to spawn further attacks on the GAE platform itself...

Business growth is primary focus of mature cloud users

Grazed from EnterpriseInnovation. Author: Editorial Staff.

Business growth rather than cost reduction is the focus of organizations with a mature approach to cloud computing, a new IBM report written by The Economist Intelligence Unit reveals. They are also more likely to achieve those benefits as a result of their use of cloud. The global survey reveals that cloud is poised to become the dominant model for IT service delivery. Two thirds of respondents predict that 60% or more of the technology services will be delivered via the cloud within three years.

High cloud-maturity organisations are more likely to view “boosting customer demand” and “expanding sales channels” as drivers to cloud adoption, the report shows. They are also more likely to have achieved revenue growth as a result of their use of cloud. Low cloud-maturity organizations are typically more focused on cost reduction and efficiency...

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