Cloud Services

Cloud Computing: Need to Know - Satya's Microsoft

Grazed from WindowsITPro.  Author: Paul Thurrott.

After six months of speculation and rumors, Microsoft this month finally announced that it had selected Satya Nadella as its next CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. But who is Satya Nadella, and are there any clues –in his decades of experience at the software giant or otherwise—to suggest whether he'll toe the line on "devices and services" or plot a new path for the world's largest maker of software?

A cursory examination of Mr. Nadella's resume shows that he hails from Hyderabad, India, has serious education credentials—including an engineering bachelor's degree, a master's in computer science, and a second master's degree in business administration—and worked at Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft in 1992. But this early experience will almost certainly have less impact on his leadership tendencies than will his two decades at Microsoft...

Prevent “Cloud Spare”: Professional Services in the Cloud Era

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Don Simpson.

Whenever I get the chance to talk with our sales divisions, I always like to weave in a statement that gets their attention. During a recent meeting to discuss Professional Services, I started by saying, “The products that you resell are worthless!” After a pause for effect, I added, “Unless the customer actually uses the product.” I now had their attention.

What made me think of this was my time in the federal government as an agency CIO. Within the first few days on the job, I was briefed on a multi-million dollar software purchase that occurred more than two years prior. This agency had been spending several hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on maintenance and the software was up for renewal again. However, the software was pure “shelfware,” still in shrink-wrap: There was no adoption...

Gravitant adds support for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service to its Cloud Services Brokerage Platform

Grazed from Gravitant. Author: PR Announcement.

Gravitant, the leader in cloud services brokerage, today announced that it has added VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to its ecosystem of supported clouds. Gravitant's cloudMatrix brokerage-enablement platform gives enterprises optimized choice and control across the most widely used public and private cloud services. cloudMatrix makes it easier for enterprises to adopt cloud computing by providing a common collaboration platform between business and IT across the entire lifecycle - from initial application infrastructure design and sourcing to financial management and governance of the cloud spend. With the addition of vCHS to the cloudMatrix catalog, enterprise customers can now:

  • Design multi-tier cloud solutions across VMware-based public and private clouds using a visual cloud solution designer
  • Include vCHS in a consistent framework for cloud services order management using a comprehensive business platform
  • Add managed services as needed to complete their cloud infrastructure solution and enable production applications
  • Have a common consumption framework between VMware private clouds and VMware public clouds...

Calligo launches new cloud services

Grazed from Calligo. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud service provider Calligo has launched two new products, CloudAnalyser and CloudCentre, to assist client' moving to cloud computing. Written in-house by Calligo's software development team, these two solutions give Calligo clients visibility into their own environments to help them decide whether to move some, or all, of their IT infrastructure into the cloud, along with making the on-going management simpler.

CloudAnalyser imports statistical data taken from existing systems and combines this with the results of a detailed questionnaire. The software then uses custom algorithms to evaluate the costs and benefits of using the cloud along with recommending the type of cloud technology the client should be considering for each of their business applications...

12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio. Author: Jason Miller.

In the rush to the cloud over the last three years, most agencies have tempered their desires and excitement because of security concerns. Agency chief information officers have struggled to satisfactorily answer a number of questions regarding data ownership and protection, and how do the existing cross-agency cyber initiatives fit into the cloud structure.

A new white paper by SafeGov, an industry organization promoting safe and secure cloud computing, makes 12 recommendations to help agencies move to an integrated cloud and cyber approach and away from one that is fragmented and ad hoc in many respects. Karen Evans, a co-author of the report and a former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and IT, said this paper is a deeper dive into addressing the growing challenges of integrating cloud and cybersecurity...

DISA piloting DOD cloud security model

Grazed from FCW. Author: Frank Konkel.

The Defense Information Systems Agency is piloting the cloud security model it developed for the Defense Department in an effort to better formalize processes for future commercial cloud service acquisitions. To test the new model, DISA will leverage a series of pilot programs between mission partners -- various DOD agencies -- and cloud service providers as both take initial steps to harnessing commercial cloud computing services within DOD.

According to a DISA spokesperson, "If a mission partner wishes to execute a cloud service pilot with controlled unclassified information" - the information at DOD Impact Levels 1 and 2 - "it coordinates its implementation plans with DISA, the cloud broker." Once a mission partner procures the pilot cloud service, the agency and DISA will meet regularly to assess the pilot and its effectiveness...

Amazon moves to next-generation compute instances

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Sensing the customer need for more computational muscle in smaller packages, Amazon Web Services has added a number of new packages in its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service. The Amazon subsidiary also reduced prices on selected storage packages, reducing the cost of its Simple Storage Service (S3) by up to 22 percent and Elastic Block Service (EBS) by up to 50 percent. The new packages, or compute instances, in the EC2 line fill out the company's second-generation M3 line of instances, which the company is now touting as the successor to the original M1 line.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced the M3 series a year ago as a more performance-minded alternative to the base M1 offerings. The M3 series features faster CPUs, making them better suited for compute-intensive tasks such as video encoding, batch processing and caching. The M3 line also features SSDs (solid-state disks) which, according to AWS, offer a more consistent I/O rate than M1 services...

Rising Demand for Cloud Services Drives the Market for Cloud Programming

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The concept of Cloud Computing is relatively new and denotes an approach of computing wherein virtualized and scalable resources are offered as an online service. Cloud computing is a model for allowing on-demand, convenient, ubiquitous network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources such as services, applications, storage, servers, and networks that can be rapidly and easily provisioned and deployed with minimum service provider interaction or management effort.

Cloud computing is an emerging technology whereby data and services reside in massive, scalable datacenters, and is accessible on-demand via any connected device over the web. Growing demand for cloud services and rising number of on-demand and managed computing and hosting service providers is generating demand for cloud programming packages and tools that enable scalable data processing...

Dell, Red Hat co-engineer OpenStack private cloud services

Grazed from TelecomPaper. Author: Editorial Staff.

Dell and Red Hat will jointly engineer enterprise-grade, private cloud services based on OpenStack to help customers move to and deploy cloud computing models. As part of the expanded relationship, Dell becomes the first company to OEM Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The co-engineered service will be built on Dell infrastructure and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The service will be delivered by a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform practice within Dell Cloud Services.

Dell and Red Hat will also jointly contribute code to the OpenStack community and collaborate on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4, currently in beta, which integrates OpenStack Havana, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5...

Wipro plans to create a subsidiary for cloud computing services

Grazed from LiveMint.  Author: Anirban Sen.

On Friday, India’s third largest software services exporter Wipro Ltd posted better-than-expected results during a seasonally soft quarter, raising investor hopes of a revival in the fortunes of the Bangalore-based firm.  Wipro is making a massive push towards automating more parts of its commoditized information technology (IT) businesses and planning to boost its on-site efforts by hiring more people at client locations that feeds into its de-centralized organizational structure.

In an interview on Saturday, Wipro chief executive T.K. Kurien, who’s just completed three years at the helm of the firm, spoke about the challenges that Wipro has faced over the last three years, changes in the IT industry in the backdrop of automation and also the possibility of creating a separate subsidiary or business unit to focus specifically on cloud computing services. Edited excerpts:...