Cloud Providers

FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

Grazed from IntelligentAerospace.  Author: Courtney Howard.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, wanting to benefit from advanced computing solutions in the Cloud, awarded a $108 million, 10-year contract to CSC Government Solutions, which will lead an overall integration effort to include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers.

The contract enables the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies, such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service, and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment, officials say.  Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money and simplify information-sharing...

Cloud Computing: Demystifying AWS Spot Instances through three use cases

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Sharon Wagner.

Around six years ago, Amazon introduced an EC2 usage option at very low costs: Spot Instances. With EC2 Spot Instances, you can save money, but there’s a catch - they won’t necessarily be available when you need or want to use them. Managing and strategising around such temperamental instances can be challenging, not to mention unsuitable for AWS customers who are looking to provide stable online end user experiences.

Amazon created this type of resource in order to optimise their data center utilisation by leveraging their data centre’s spare capacity. However, if a customer on a higher-priced on-demand, or reserved capacity plan requires an instance, Amazon will take it from the Spot Instance pool to provide it to the higher paying customer...

IBM unleashes NVIDIA GPU on SoftLayer cloud for faster processing power

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

While the rest of the tech media marvelled at the world’s first seven nanometre chips unveiled by IBM earlier this week, the Armonk giant has quietly pushed out a couple of impressive cloud announcements alongside it.  IBM – who, let us not forget, wants to be seen as a cloud-first organisation – has announced the availability of NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators on bare metal cloud servers. In other words, it provides supercomputing powers to the SoftLayer cloud without the need for companies to expand their existing infrastructure.
GPU, in a cloud environment, works alongside a server’s CPU to accelerate application and processing performance. Combining the two instead of using a CPU alone, utilising thousands of small efficient cores, results in faster processing of information...

DigitalOcean Raises $83M to Help Move Cloud Provider Forward

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Cloud vendor DigitalOcean today announced that it has raised $83 million in a Series B round of funding led by Access Industries and with the participation of Andreessen Horowitz. The new funding, according to Ben Uretsky, co-founder and CEO of DigitalOcean, will help finance his company's growth, buying new servers and investing in the facilities and assets that are needed to move the company forward.

"We're trying to look two to three years ahead to understand what the capital needs of the business are," Uretsky told eWEEK. "When you go out to raise capital, what you're doing is balancing the valuation against the time horizon." To date, DigitalOcean has raised $123.4 million in venture capital, with a $3.2 million seed round of funding in July 2013 and a $37.2 million Series A round in March 2014...

How Cloud Service Providers Enhance Your Cloud Computing Experience

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud has been around a long time, but recently there has been an increase in business’s urgency to move to the cloud and create a computing environment that is accessible from anywhere. Most businesses looking to create a cloud environment can greatly benefit from partnering with a cloud service provider – from choosing the best way to implement cloud services to establishing effective ongoing support. We’ve found the following provider services are essential to successfully utilizing the cloud...

1. Find the Best Approach

Many cloud conversations begin with misunderstood concepts about the cloud environment they require. For example, a common request from clients is to have their hardware moved off-site. This solution, typically referred to as co-location (or co-lo for short), will be perfect in some scenarios, but is not actually a cloud solution and likely does not address the technical or business case that is the true reason for migrating to the cloud...

Compare the market-leading public cloud providers

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Brien Posey.

You've done your homework and determined you need to extend your data center to the public cloud. You've researched the technology and determined the criteria you will use to make your purchasing decision. Now, it's time to choose the public cloud provider to host your virtual machines.

But which provider offers the services and support that best matches your environment and needs? This is the final article in a series about cloud computing buying decisions. The first article described the benefits of hosting virtual servers in the cloud, while the second detailed public cloud costs and risks...

Choosing A Cloud Hosting Provider With Confidence

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

Since cloud computing hit the commercial market, cloud service providers have exploded in popularity, with a huge variety of different services each tailored to its own unique variety of client. For clients, though, this presents a challenge: how to find the right provider? Out of all the numerous options, which one is best for your business?

Of course, in order to answer that question, you first need to know what needs a cloud provider will serve. In other words, what is your unique set of priorities in making the selection? For most people, the primary benefit of cloud computing is that it reduces costs, and so price will be a prime consideration in choosing a service provider...

Surprising No One, HP Admits It Can't Compete As A Public Cloud Vendor

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

HP has had an incredibly tortured history in the cloud. One of the backers of the OpenStack open source cloud platform, HP has re-branded and relaunched its own cloud offering several times. The product, now called Helion, is widely regarded as being little more than shelfware – actual customer usage is low to non-existent.

Last year HP made a big bet by acquiring another open source vendor, Eucalyptus. This was a strange sort of a deal considering that Eucalyptus sold itself as being AWS-compatible. AWS is, after all, OpenStack’s natural nemesis. At the time the saving grace in the deal was that HP got the services of Eucalyptus’ former CEO Marten Mickos...

Predicting The Future Of Cloud Service Providers

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

 47% of marketing departments will have 60% or more of their applications on a cloud platform in two years.  When asked which Value-Added Reseller (VAR) is most likely to win their enterprises’ business for a significant hosting project, the majority said IBM IBM +0.8% (18%) followed by Microsoft MSFT -1.02% (11%), Amazon (8%) and Dell (7%).

Database (57%), e-mail (54%) and business applications (ERP, CRM & industry-specific apps) (49%) are the three leading application hosting investments enterprises will be making in the next two years...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Rolls Out New Azure Backup and Recovery Services

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Availability is not merely disaster recovery in the cloud Relevant Products/Services -- it’s the empowering connection between a data Relevant Products/Services center and the cloud for protection Relevant Products/Services and value creation. That’s what Microsoft Azure Product Marketing Group Manager Joel Ferman said when he announced new features for the Azure Backup service.

Microsoft now offers on-demand availability in Azure for both hybrid and heterogeneous environments. That lets organizations harness a nearly unlimited amount of compute and storage in the cloud for developing and testing cloud bursting, migration, reporting and analytics, recovery, backup and long-term data retention, Ferman said...