Cloud Services

IBM To Acquire Silverpop, Enlarges Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from MediaPost. Author: Laurie Sullivan.

IBM reported Thursday entering into an agreement to acquire Silverpop, a privately held software company based in Atlanta, Ga., as it attempts to grab a bigger share of cloud computing to support marketing services. Big Blue believes combining its enterprise marketing portfolio with Silverpop's marketing automation and real-time personalization technology will create the most complete and advanced customer engagement solution for all types of businesses, start-ups to multinational enterprises.

Privately held Silverpop employs about 500. Founded in 1999, it supports email marketing, lead management, multichannel marketing and marketing automation. The company extends IBM’s client base to power the marketing capabilities of 8,000 organizations in more than 50 countries worldwide...

AWS Adds 12 Purpose Built EC2 Cloud Instances

Grazed from TomsITPro. Author: James Sullivan.

AWS is a beast that continues to grow, and this most recent expansion sees 12 new EC2 Elastic MapReduce instance types and an entirely new EC2 instance category, the R3. Amazon is also adding new regional support for several instance types. The AWS blog categorizes their new instance types into five functionality-based categories:

  • General Purpose (m3.xlarge and m3.2xlarge)
  • Compute-optimized (c3.xlarge, c3.2xlarge, c3.4xlarge and c3.8xlarge)
  • GPU (g2.2xlarge)
  • Memory-optimized (cr1.8xlarge)
  • Storage-optimized (i2.xlarge, i2.2xlarge, i2.4xlarge and i2.8xlarge)...

IBM Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Mainframes, Unveils Cloud Services

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Barry Levine.

This week IBM is celebrating the 50th anniversary of System/360 mainframes by announcing new cloud services for businesses. The new services include the first System z-based integrated system for the cloud, called the Enterprise Cloud System. The System/360 mainframe, first shown on April 7, 1964 -- when Lyndon B. Johnson was president -- was the first system whose processors could be upgraded while keeping the same software and peripherals.

The term "main frame" came from older equipment where extras were added to frames, as well as from the main frame telephone exchange that housed incoming lines. The announcements also include a pricing model where service providers can pay for mainframe cloud infrastructure based on computing load consumed...

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 2: Top 5 Considerations for Purchasing Hosted Services - Software/Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from NationalLawReview. Author: Christine M. Wahr and Sarah T. Hogan.

You’ve read part 1 of our series, and you’re now armed with the knowledge about hosted services and cloud computing that you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. To help you bring it home – virtually – we offer our top 5 considerations when purchasing hosted services for your organization:

1. Implement processes for agreement to non-negotiable terms. Many lower priced hosted services providers will present terms of use in a “click-through” or “click-wrap” agreement. These “take it or leave it” terms are intended to avoid a costly negotiation over legal language where this is low profit margin for the services. While the vast majority of click-through terms will be acceptable for the services being purchased, your organization should make sure individuals with purchasing authority are trained to recognize provisions that raise your organization’s risk profile, and to escalate those provisions for legal review. For example, legal and IT security should review all terms relating to privacy and data security. Additionally, users should escalate for legal approval any provision requiring indemnification by your organization, as well as any provision purporting to claim ownership of any of your organization’s data or intellectual property...

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 1: Hosted Services Basics for the Sourcing Professional - Software/Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from NationalLawReview. Author: Christine M. Wahr and Sarah T. Hogan.

In today’s world, it seems that virtually every business is using or offering some degree of online services. If you’re involved in making technology purchasing decisions for your business, you likely receive numerous requests related to purchasing hosted services, though the nuances of what a hosted service is and the particular legal considerations such a purchase raises may still be hazy concepts. If this resonates with you, you are not alone – even the most tech-savvy users can be left confused in this ever-evolving industry. To assist you in responding rapidly to these requests, we have pulled together a two-part series containing a quick reference guide of basics and top 5 considerations for purchasers of hosted solutions. Welcome to part 1 of this series, Hosting 101: The Basics.

What is a hosted service? The term “hosted service” is used to refer to a product or service powered by information technology resources that you do not own or control. Users are provided with access to the product or service without the need to purchase and maintain the necessary software,hardware, server space and other logistical and technical resources. You may run into hosted services that are provided on a dedicated server owned by the provider, but today, more often than not, hosted services are provided via the cloud...

Ingram Micro Selects Parallels Automation as Core Cloud Services Platform

Grazed from Parallels. Author: PR Announcement.

Parallels, a leading hosting and cloud services enablement provider, today announced a significant expansion of its strategic alliance with Ingram Micro Inc., a leading master cloud services aggregator and provider, as well as the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services.

As part of the relationship, Ingram Micro will adopt and deploy Parallels Automation as the core service delivery platform for its new global Cloud Marketplace, which was announced today at the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2014. Parallels expanded relationship with Ingram Micro also includes an equity investment by the distribution leader that demonstrates Ingram Micro's commitment to the platform and the alliance...

Federated Cloud Services Offer Response To Commodity Pricing

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: George Leopold.

As cloud services rapidly become a commodity, smaller local service providers are feeling the heat as market leaders Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft engage in a price war that is quickly boiling down to who can best compete on average hourly price for storage, computing, and other cloud offerings.

Hence, smaller and mid-tier service providers looking to survive in an increasingly cutthroat cloud market are touting a “federated” approach that would allow service providers to share capacity. This, proponents argue, would allow smaller competitors to scale their cloud infrastructure services while offering customized services that would differentiate them from the likes of AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure...

Draw inspiration from NetflixOSS, open source projects aimed at AWS reliability

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Tony Patton.

One benefit of Google, Netflix, and other companies that build businesses on the web is that the innovations these businesses spawn can benefit everybody. Amazon is a great example; the company turned its infrastructure expertise into Amazon Web Services (AWS), which now powers much of the web.  Netflix utilizes AWS for services and content delivery and has refined the technology to better fit its customer base. Netflix is sharing this refinement with the world.

Make AWS more reliable

Netflix's Open Source Software (NetflixOSS) is aimed at making the services provided by AWS more reliable; the company's efforts have involved everything from infrastructure to caching to building and deploying. Netflix has not reached the point where outages do not occur (is that possible?) as we saw in December 2013...

Arab company Mobily achieves SAP certification as provider for cloud hosting services

Grazed from ARNews.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Mobily, a major enterprise-class cloud solution provider, announced that it is now an SAP-certified provider of hosting services for SAP Cloud technology.
This is in line with its strategy to become an ICT key player, Mobily stated, adding that it is among the first SAP partners in the GCC to achieve this certification from SAP AG.

This certification recognizes Mobily ability to deliver services for SAP Cloud with high-quality operation standards.  The company delivers cloud hosting services across the entire life cycle of the SAP Business Suite applications — test, development, quality assurance, staging and production by utilizing Virtustream xStream cloud management software and its µVM technology, which enables application-level SLAs to guarantee performance and availability of critical SAP Business Suite applications running on the platform....

Cloud Computing: How Microsoft’s Cortana will take digital personal assistants to the next level

Grazed from ArsTechnica.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

When Microsoft unveiled its Cortana “digital personal assistant” technology this week, some dismissed it as a far-too-late answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. But aside from a female voice and some functional overlap, Cortana is not strictly an answer to either of those voice-based tools—it is an answer to broader questions about how to wield the power of cloud computing services in a personal, non-intrusive way.

Cortana is just the first big pay-off from Microsoft’s continuing investment in the Bing platform as well as a host of big-data technologies that could have wide-ranging impact on how people interact with information, applications, and the world around them...