Cloud Services

Rackspace Hybrid Cloud Expands Regions, Counters Amazon Web Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Rackspace (RAX), a Top 100 Cloud Services Provider for 2013, has expanded its Rackspace Hybrid Cloud to the Northern Virginia (IAD) region, bringing the total global region count to five: Dallas, Chicago, Northern Virginia, London and Sydney. In some ways, Rackspace is pushing into Amazon Web Services (AMZN) regions -- perhaps trying to pull Amazon customers onto the Rackspace platform. According to a Rackspace blog post, the hybrid cloud computing company isn't slowing down. In fact, Rackspace said it's currently building out another region, but wouldn't state the location.

The company said all Rackspace infrastructure cloud products will be available in this new region, as well as any of the company's global products. Additionally, customers in Rackspace's IAD2 and IAD3 data centers can also leverage the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud through RackConnect, which aims to connect dedicated environments to the cloud...

Top cloud IaaS providers compared

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Thoran Rodrigues.

It has been about a year since I last updated the comparison of cloud infrastructure-as-a-service providers. Over the course of this last year, we’ve seen even more changes to the market, from the pricing and plans to the market players to the services being offered. Some companies, such as Softlayer, have been acquired by others (IBM, in Softlayer’s case), and yet more new entrants have appeared.

To account for these changes, and for other situations, I've made some changes to the comparison. First, IBM was dropped from the list, since the pricing information for its public cloud offering is no longer available online (they've shifted the focus onto Softlayer). Hosting.com also had to be dropped from the list since their pricing data is no longer online for anyone to access either...

HP introduces SAP HANA-based cloud service

Grazed from HP. Author: PR Announcement.

Hewlett-Packard has introduced a cloud service around SAP's HANA in-memory database, targeting customers who want to analyse Big Data. Called HP As-a-Service Solution for SAP HANA, it will be available worldwide, but initial roll out is for Australia and New Zealand, HP has said.

The service runs in an HP managed cloud environment, as a managed virtual private cloud or a managed private cloud, within a regionalised, enterprise-class HP data centre facility, the company said. It is powered by HP AppSystem for SAP HANA which is SAP certified, and allows customers to benefit from in-memory computing technology and process large quantities of data in the main memory of the server to provide quicker results from analysis and transactions...

Will Cloud Turn Around Troubled HP Enterprise Services?

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Poor HP (HPQ). The technology giant is experiencing trouble, as indicated by CEO Meg Whitman only a couple of days ago during a Q3 2013 earnings call. As Talkin' Cloud noted in its coverage, HP failed to provide any evidence of cloud computing momentum during the quarter, and the company even scaled back its revenue expectations for the 2014 fiscal year.

However, the company is placing big bets on cloud computing and is hoping to drive that future success through its channel partners. Cassandra Mooshian, an industry analyst with Technology Business Research (TBR), noted that HP Enterprises Services is continuing to struggle and will likely weaken even more through the rest of 2013 and into 2014. But cloud—and partner success in cloud—may be the bright spot that could turn the struggling business unit around...

IBM Buys Trusteer To Bolster Its Cloud Services

Grazed from Trefis. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Israel-based Trusteer, a security software company. While the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet, Bloomberg said the acquisition is worth around $800 million citing a person familiar with the deal.

In its 2015 roadmap, IBM stated that cloud computing will be the key driver for revenue growth and has spent billions of dollars building its cloud business globally with a number of acquisitions in the past three years that includes Softlayer, Keneax, DemandTec and Sterling Commerce, etc...

GetCloudServices Announces Availability of New SSD Powered Cloud Services and PaaS Portfolio

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

GetCloudServices, a leading Cloud Services Provider announce immediate availability of a new suite of SSD powered cloud services powered by CumuLogic, Citrix CloudPlatform, and Solidfire. GetCloudServices provides users with instant access to services, such as fully managed and scalable Relational and NoSQL Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Elastic Load Balancer and distributed in-memory Cache-as-a-Service. Free 30-day evaluation accounts are being offered for a limited time to new or existing customers looking to try GetCloudServices’ SSD-based PaaS and cloud services.

GetCloudServices PaaS and Cloud Services is the advanced service suite for crafting and managing complex distributed applications in a cloud environment. Developers and DevOps engineers now have all the key foundational services to build, deploy and manage native cloud applications plus web and legacy applications migrated to a cloud...

Avaya launches UC, cloud consulting services

Grazed from FierceEnterpriseCommunications. Author: David Weldon.

Avaya has launched two new cloud computing and unified communications consulting services, aimed at cloud service providers and enterprise customers. The first service is called Cloud Transformation Services and is a set of services to help customers transition their Avaya communications services to the cloud, according to a report on CRN.

With Cloud Transformation Services, Avaya is offering cloud service providers end-to-end guidance for deploying a hosting strategy, according to CRN. This ranges from architectural designs to the testing stage. For the enterprise, Avaya is offering a suite of services, including cost-benefit analysis of various cloud models, financial modeling, collaboration technology evaluation and architectural design for cloud-based communications...

Tech Data AirVM Deal Brings Cloud Services to Partners

Grazed from The Var Guy. Author: DH Kass.

Distributor Tech Data (TECD) last week added Ontario, Canada-based AirVM, a white-label infrastructure provider and VMware (VMW) cloud specialist, to its supplier lineup to help channel partners capitalize on cloud services sales without significant capital expenditure for infrastructure.

Under terms of the agreement, Tech Data’s channel partners will gain access through the TDCloud portal to AirVM's Cloud Delivery and Commercialization Platform—built on VMware's virtualization infrastructure—for services housed under the hosted AirSembly brand. The AirVM-backed AirSembly white-label infrastructure enables channel partners to brand, sell, and manage their own customized catalog of cloud services and hold down infrastructure-associated costs...

Tier 3 says its new cloud is useable by mere mortals

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Amazon Web Services-like public cloud infrastructure offers great scale and flexibility. What it’s not so strong on is being easy for non IT types to comprehend and use on their own without having to call in a devops or IT professional as intermediary. That’s the market Tier 3 is attacking with the latest release of its public cloud infrastructure.

In startups, devops or sysadmins typically set up (and wind down) compute resources in the cloud, but established companies want their business folks to be able to manage their cloud and oh-by-the-way self-provision the applications they need without bothering techies...

IBM Awarded 10 Year $1 Billion Cloud Hosting Services Contract To Assist US Dept. Of Interior's Move To Cloud

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM today announced it will work with the United States Department of the Interior (US DOI) as the Department embarks on a decade long transformation of their information technology (IT) systems to a cloud computing model. As part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued for IBM up to $1 billion, the Department may use IBM cloud computing technologies, services and hosting as the foundation of their next generation infrastructure.

IBM's solution for the DOI is based on the company's secure and high availability Federal Data Center capabilities using open computing and process standards. The US DOI will leverage IBM expertise in data storage, secure file transfer, virtual machines, database, web hosting, development testing and SAP Application Hosting. The Department will also be able to tap IBM's Smart Cloud for Government hosted at the IBM Federal Data Center, the Smart Cloud for Enterprise (SCE) commercial offerings and the very cost competitive IBM AIX Cloud...