Cloud Services

Connector Systems and 2X Software sign distribution agreement, making the move to cloud computing simple

Grazed from WhatTech. Author: Luke Frost.

2X Software, a global leader in virtual desktop and application delivery, remote access and corporate mobility, today signed a distribution agreement covering the A/NZ Markets with Value Added Distributor, Connector Systems. Andrew Craze, Connector Systems Country Manager (Australia), said: “The 2X Software offering fits perfectly with our solution portfolio, particularly our VDI/Thin Client Business Unit.

2X Software is the number one alternative to Citrix. The 2X ApplicationServer XG platform offers enterprise-rich functionality at a fraction of the cost of the usual offerings.” “Not only does 2X Software develop innovative products such as 2XOS for converting desktop PCs into thin clients, they create solutions, such as 2XLifeCyclePlus, designed to prolong the life of legacy Windows XP PCs...

Google Buys Stackdriver to Boost Cloud Computing Services

Grazed from StackDriver. Author: PR Announcement.

Google said on Wednesday that it acquired startup Stackdriver to help improve the Internet giant’s cloud computing services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stackdriver’s technology lets developers monitor how their apps and other software services are performing as they run on cloud computing platforms including those offered by Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.

Stackdriver employees, currently based in Boston, will be moving to Google’s Cambridge, Mass. offices where they will integrate the startup’s monitoring technology into Google’s Cloud Platform services. Google recently announced a big new push to get more developers using its cloud platform, which offers remote computing power and storage that can be rented rather than owned...

IBM puts all its cloud services in one place

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

IBM has assembled a vast array of hosted cloud services, and now it has somewhere to show them off. On its IBM Cloud online marketplace that goes live on Monday, enterprises can find the full range of IBM's offerings behind a single gateway. "So many of our customers want to build new cloud-based, front-end systems, but they want to tie them into their back-end infrastructure. We're delivering a whole set of integration components and control services to do the connection, and monitor and control what is taking place," said Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president and group executive for software and systems.

The marketplace has more than 100 hosted IBM applications, as well as middleware components from IBM's Bluemix platform as a service (PaaS). It also serves as a portal to IBM's SoftLayer infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and houses a collection of services from IBM partners...

Avnet Expands Cloud Service Portfolio with SoftLayer

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: Michael Cusanelli.

Avnet Technology Solutions has expanded its long-standing distribution relationship with IBM to include services from cloud infrastructure provider SoftLayer. Avnet (AVT) says the new distribution agreement for North American channel partners will allow it to help resellers develop their cloud portfolios with a new range of IBM middleware and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

"Avnet and IBM share a common passion for investing in market opportunities, such as the cloud, that will help business partners and their customers evolve to better meet the needs of an ever-changing world," said Fred Cuen, senior vice president, general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, IBM Solutions group, in a prepared statement...

Cloud Computing: VMware Snags AIS as New Service Provider

Grazed from TheVarGuy.  Author: Michael Cusanelli.

VMware (VMW) announced this week that it is adding AIS (American Internet Services) to its growing list of service providers. AIS will take on the role of an Enterprise level member as the latest addition to the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP).

AIS has been a major provider of VMware-based cloud services in the U.S. Southwest since 2012, most notably with the company’s popular AIS BusinessCloud1 IaaS which utilizes VMware infrastructure, according to the press release. AIS also provides resellers with client-specific network, compute and storage resources for virtual data centers on internet accessible secure platforms, making it a prime candidate for the VSPP. "...

Cloud Services Become, Quite Literally, A Commodity

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tim Worstall.

This is pretty quick for a product that is so new. Cloud Services have only been around for a few years as the technology to make them possible began to exist (specifically, cheap enough servers and broadband) but they’re already just about to become, quite literally, commodities. For the commodity markets are about to start trading a contract in cloud services:

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that’s the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a “definitive agreement” to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the buying and selling of infrastructure-as-a-service contracts whose value will be determined via a technology from cloud measurement firm 6fusion...

Verio Introduces New Cloudn Customer Management Portal

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Verio Inc., an NTT Communications company and the leading provider of online business solutions, today announced a new Cloudn portal which makes it easy for customers to provision, configure, and manage their cloud solutions by putting everything in a single convenient location. Additionally, Verio and NTT Communications reduced Cloudn pricing by up to thirty seven percent for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloudn offerings, effective May 2014. The price reductions are applicable to Cloudn virtual machine (VM) plans and existing customers will automatically be billed at the reduced rate, effective May 2014.

"By lowering pricing, Verio is demonstrating its focus to become a force in the North American IaaS market," says Fred Martin, Senior Vice President of Product, Engineering and Operations at Verio. "Customers do not like surprises and free bandwidth eliminates one of the largest, and most difficult to predict, expenses of cloud computing."...

Oracle Offers New Cloud Services

Grazed from ChannelPartnersOnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

If someone were to say, “Oracle is the most comprehensive cloud provider on the planet," would you believe them? Based on the company’s track record, probably not. But make no mistake, the company that makes the above claim – Oracle itself – is getting very serious about cloud computing.

This week, the Redwood Shores, Calif., company announced the availability of two important services that will be delivered as a service over the Web: the Oracle Database Backup Service and the Oracle Storage Cloud Service. According to Oracle, the new announcements provide customers “the flexibility to easily move critical applications and data from on-premises to the cloud and vice-versa."...

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)...