Cloud Services

Network Virtualization: The Next Step for Cloud Services?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

Server virtualization is a given for most midsize businesses. Any company running on a shared public cloud stack understands that while their data lives alongside information from other customers, there is no communication and no diffusion of data across hypervisor partitions. The result is a single server taking the place of multiple servers and portioning out resources as needed. While it is easy to argue for cloud computing as the final step in the virtual chain, the emergence of viable network virtualization technologies may be changing this landscape again.

Not So Smart?

Virtualized networks are not new. As a recent Forbes article notes, they are needed to operate multiple guest operating systems (OSs) on most physical servers; but this first-gen network virtualization technology is not particularly bright. Author Kurt Marko describes the infrastructure as "rather dumb devices, really more bridges than switches, and completely isolated from and ignorant of the underlying physical network topology they operate on." New technologies aim to bolster virtual network intelligence using overlay software, tunneling protocols such as VXLAN or NVGRE and software plug-ins that permit hypervisor oversight. In short, network virtualization is getting schooled...

SEC shuts down cloud computing scam targeting Asians, Hispanics

Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Jonathan Stempel.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday said it has shut down a worldwide pyramid scheme that falsely promised fast gains to tens of thousands of Asian-American, Hispanic and foreign investors from cloud computing services.  A federal judge on Thursday granted the regulator's request for an asset freeze over entities operating as WCM and WCM777, which are based near Los Angeles and in Hong Kong and run by Ming Xu of Temple City, California.

WCM and WCM777 allegedly raised more than $65 million since March 2013 by promising people they could double their money in 100 days by investing between $399 and $1,999 in cloud services such as website hosting, data storage and software support...

AWS Summit should provide guidance for companies in market for cloud services

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Bert Latamore.

Today’s one-day AWS Summit in San Francisco, which will be covered by theCUBE with a day of interviews of key players, comes at a particularly interesting moment in the development of the high-growth business-to-business cloud services market. For the last two years AWS has been growing at a phenomenal rate, with no sign that that growth is going to slow anytime soon. Yet despite that incredible growth and its dominant position in the market, AWS has just cracked the surface of the potential market, and despite its success its service is far from fully formed and is in some ways immature.

This year for the first time it is facing real competition from providers with the resources to match its own, in the form of IBM and potentially HP and the Google Compute Engine. At this one-day summit and at the East Coast summit later this spring in Boston, AWS should map out its direction forward, what it is doing to strengthen is service portfolio, and how it will react to this competition to maintain its dominant position...

Cloud Computing: Piston Makes Creating Servers Easy

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Adam Ritchie.

Piston Cloud Computing Makes Creating and Managing Private Cloud Servers Easy with OpenStack 3.0. OpenStack is a project that shares a free, open source cloud computing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), written in the Python coding language. This project was initiated by Rackspace Hosting and NASA in July 2010. Big name tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Go Daddy and Yahoo! have all contributed processing, storage and networking resources to the OpenStack community.

Who is Piston Cloud Computing?

In 2011, Piston was formed by some of the original creators of the OpenStack project. Their objective is to further the growth of the OpenStack project, while also providing a software product that uses advanced systems intelligence to make managing IT infrastructure as simple as possible...

Cloud Computing: Box to offer usage-based pricing, file conversion service

Grazed from Stephen Lawson.

As it heads toward an estimated $250 million initial public offering, cloud storage and collaboration provider Box is thinking outside, well, itself. The nine-year-old company introduced an alternative to its traditional per-user pricing on Wednesday, as well as its first service that doesn't rely on customers storing their data with Box.

Box has built its business on giving enterprises a place to store files for easy access and sharing by employees, partners and customers. It claims 25 million users. They can tap into the platform through Box's own software or integrate it with desktop and mobile applications using APIs (application programming interfaces)...

Military Green Lights Amazon Cloud Services for Defensewide Use

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Aliya Sternstein.

The Pentagon has authorized Amazon Web Services to rent computing space to all Defense Department components, company officials announced on Wednesday. The decision was based on past security tests conducted through the governmentwide Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, as well as an evaluation of additional Defense-specific protections.

Any contractor hoping to sell government agencies cloud services must pass FedRAMP by June. Approval signifies a system is safe for use governmentwide and comes with a reusable set of documented tests to prove it. Some agencies that determine FedRAMP protections, such as, perhaps, antivirus scans, do not meet their security needs can add more controls. The Pentagon is one such customer...

Cloud Computing: Windows Azure Will Be Renamed Microsoft Azure in April

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

It's official. Microsoft dives headlong into the cloud era by leaving Windows behind, even if in name only. Windows Azure, Microsoft's suite of cloud computing services, will soon float on without being bogged down by its sometimes divisive PC-era brand. The software giant officially announced on March 25 that beginning in early April, its cloud computing platform will be renamed to Microsoft Azure.

"This change reflects Microsoft's strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live," stated Steven Martin, general manager for Windows Azure, in a brief blog post. Microsoft will institute the change on April 3, day two of the company's upcoming Build conference in San Francisco, noted ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley in her March 24 report...

Google Cloud Platform Live - Blending IaaS and PaaS, Moore's Law for the cloud

Grazed from GoogleCloudPlatform. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today, at Google Cloud Platform Live we’re introducing the next set of improvements to Cloud Platform: lower and simpler pricing, cloud-based DevOps tooling, Managed Virtual Machines (VM) for App Engine, real-time Big Data analytics with Google BigQuery, and more.

Industry-leading, simplified pricing

The original promise of cloud computing was simple: virtualize hardware, pay only for what you use, with no upfront capital expenditures and lower prices than on-premise solutions. But pricing hasn’t followed Moore's Law: over the past five years, hardware costs improved by 20-30% annually but public cloud prices fell at just 8% per year...

Defense Department Deploys Secure Cloud Service

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Henry Kenyon.

The Department of Defense (DOD) is rolling out a new cloud computing service as part of its ongoing efforts to trim IT costs and provide more streamlined services to its military and civilian users. The service, called MilCloud, provides an integrated suite of capabilities, including the ability for users to configure infrastructure resources and manage applications on a self-service basis.

Developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency, the DOD agency responsible for managing the military's communications infrastructure, MilCloud represents the latest effort by DOD to reduce IT costs. But DISA officials also claim the service will provide agencies with more flexibility and control over how they manage their computing environments...

Microsoft woos small enterprises with Azure cloud platform

Grazed from BusinessLine. Author: Venkatesh Ganesh.

Satya Nadella has fired his first shot to take on competitors like Amazon, Google and SAP by wooing Indian businesses with its Azure technology. The newly appointed boss of the world’s largest software maker has outlined his vision for taking on competition by getting Indian enterprises and small businesses to adopt cloud computing through its Azure technology platform.

In line with this, the company announced its hardware trade-in scheme for SMBs in India through which these businesses can sell their old hardware for monthly credits that can be redeemed for using Windows Azure software. “We are at a pivotal time in our industry and users are relying on cloud and mobile computing technologies,” said Nadella, addressing more than 500 delegates through a video message at the Windows Azure conference recently...