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Google boldly goes where no tech giant has gone before. The company’s stunning restructuring from Google to Alphabet signals a profound transformation in…
Sighs of relief abound
For cloud watchers, the real news out of Amazon’s fourth-quarter earnings call is that the company will finally break out Amazon Web Services…
Playing the field
Apprenda, which started out as a .NET-and-Windows-focused Platform-as-a-Service but has since opened up to other languages and technologies, continues to broaden its horizon. A new…
But is it true cloud?
Oracle, which ramped up its cloud marketing and product rollouts over the past year, touted some encouraging signs for that business in its second quarter, ending November 30.…
Not all are created equal
Sebastian Stadil has been managing cloud environments for years as the creator of the Scalr project and founder of the startup he built…
Cloud+Hadoop = $$
Qubole, the Hadoop-as-a-service startup from Ashish Thusoo and Joydeep Sen Sarma, has raised a $13 million series B round of venture capital…
Amazon Web Services didn’t announce any new price cuts at its annual re:Invent conference last month, but there’s more to the economics of cloud computing than just lower prices.
Amazon targeted with the enterprise with new announcements at re:Invent 2014 but it took a balanced approach by also targeting developers and operations professionals.
Shadow IT may seem like an easy solution, but stakeholders can end up with less than they wanted and put an organization’s data assets at risk.
Nearly 30 percent of U.S. IT decision makers at big companies are using cloud strategically, looking to drive new businesses and revenue streams.
Object storage is one of the key building blocks of infrastructure as a service. A number of disruptive trends are playing out in this part of the market as public cloud providers tussle for market share.
IBM announced a new, promising collection of cloud data services on Monday, adding to an already-impressive collections services on its Bluemix platform. At this point, though, IBM’s biggest challenge isn’t selling enterprise users on the cloud, but convincing them it’s still the best choice.
Swiss/U.S. infrastructure-as-a-service provider CloudSigma has joined the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in gaining Ubuntu certification — a move…
Cloudera has announced a new product called Director that will make it easier for customers to manage their Hadoop clusters on the Amazon Web Services cloud. It’s likely the first of many moves Cloudera will make to expand its presence outside of customer data centers.
IaaS is well known for producing benefits such as scalability, flexibility and agility but cost savings are not assured. Companies must follow best practices to optimize their cloud spending and get the most value out of their money.
Senior IT execs are more aggressive across the board in their plans for cloud adoption than their more junior IT management counterparts.
While some websites were forced offline as a result of Xen hypervisor updates affecting multiple cloud providers, Netflix once again remained up entirely. The biggest fear last weekend was for the nearly one-tenth of its Cassandra nodes that had to be rebooted.
SolusVM will give OnApp a more bare-bones deployment option for those who want it, but more importantly it’s intended to increase demand for the spare capacity rattling around in the OnApp marketplace.
The biggest question that public cloud providers must answer today is how to deploy PaaS as a major component of their cloud services. Multiple options exist.
The National Science Foundation is giving a combined $20 million to two projects that are building cloud computing testbeds for scientists. They’ll features a wide variety of processor, storage and networking options so researchers can test their workloads against new architectures.
Foundry Group Managing Partner and TechStars Co-founder Brad Feld came on the Structure Show this week to talk about why Amazon Web Services might be feeling the pinch from competitors, and how it and other cloud providers should approach their business models.
Open source platforms such as OpenStack, OpenShift, and Cloud Foundry have emerged as the best and brightest platforms for networking, data storage,…
The small IaaS player, which already offers an array of infrastructure to small businesses through VARs, says the money will help it add to its roster in part via strategic acquisitions.
Big data vendor Cloudera is no Google when it comes to data center footprint, but the cost and complexity of its infrastructure are growing with each passing year. Cloudera VP of engineering Peter Cooper-Ellis explains how better data centers and cloud computing help ease the burden.
On our Structure Show podcast, CenturyLink’s VP of cloud explains why he thinks the company be the first telco to really make a dent in the cloud computing market by leveraging its network assets and offering an enterprise cloud that also caters to developers.
The Structure Show: Andrew Higginbotham swears that CenturyLink can even beat Amazon on bandwidth price so if you thought the price wars were winding down, you have another think coming.
Publishing analytics startup Parse.ly just switched its entire IT footprint to Amazon Web Services, saving money and improving performance in the process. As clouds keep getting cheaper and better, resistance to them is becoming futile.
The week in cloud: Firehost nets $25 million in new funding to add features to and market its secure cloud; Linode pours $45M into its infrastructure.
Google has kicked off a cloud price-cutting war with Amazon Web Services, which is a turn of events that doesn’t seem to bode well for small cloud providers that will have a hard time keeping up on price, features and scale.
The Madrid-based firm says fitting into the Spanish business culture counts for a lot in its quest to take on Amazon Web Services.
Amazon may still be the market leader in cloud, but there are five big changes that AWS customers are clamoring for, which means five big opportunities for the ever-increasing number of competitors to gain significant market share.
Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos has been around the private cloud space since its inception. Nearly five years after the company’s launch, Mickos shares his thoughts on a market that rose fast, fell hard and appears to be on the rebound.
The tie-in gives Parallels the ability to offer a fully hypervisor-agnostic package for service providers looking to provide infrastructure-as-a-service, and it gives Flexiant a huge boost to its reach.
IaaS and SaaS providers are stretched thin staying on top of generating revenue and the latest infrastructure technologies upon which to build…
Platform as a service has been hailed as the next frontier in cloud computing, but some experts are saying it’s more a feature than a market. James Urquhart says PaaS versus IaaS is a moot debate, because “Services as a platform” is the real cloud model.
PayPal is shaping up to be one of the biggest OpenStack users around, using it to manage a private cloud spanning a few thousand servers. Can its work on the platform help fill gaps that currently scare other enterprise users away?
The holidays are coming, but it was still a fairly busy week in the IT world. Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris break down all the news on this week’s Structure Show.
Hadoop is popular and so is cloud computing, so it comes as no surprise that a battle would break out to establish the best place for running Hadoop. Lately, Google has been scoring some victories on the user side.
Parse.ly Co-founder and CTO Andrew Montalenti shares his views on how startups can best keep their costs down and options open by using cloud computing wisely. But it’s a fast-moving market, so they have to keep abreast of what’s happening.
Google probably does need to become feature-competitive with AWS sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to match AWS tit for tat. Maybe being Google will actually pay off in the end.
Netflix is now running its streaming service live across two regions of the Amazon Web Services cloud platform, an architectural decision that should avoid a nasty service disruption like the one that struck last Christmas Eve.
Cloud platform provider Tier3 recently went from being a 60-person startup to part of a deep-pocketed telco with 55 data centers around the world. Here’s where Tier3 founder and now CenturyLink cloud CTO Jared Wray sees opportunities for startups and telcos alike.
http://blogs.gartner.com/alessandro-perilli/why-vendors-cant-sell-openstack-to-enterprises/ This is a good blog post from Gartner analyst Alessandro Perilli about some of the problems facing vendors selling OpenStack as…
Tier 3 brings enterprise-friendly management, a well-regarded IaaS and a PaaS with it to become the new CenturyLink Cloud.
Anyone wondering how Amazon Web Services is able to roll out so many new features to its cloud platform each year might just want to read the new biography on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose management style touches everything within the company.
Derek Collison, who left VMware’s Cloud Foundry effort to start Apcera, has been mum on details on his startup. Until now. The goal is a policy-aware platform that even IT pros can love. Oh, and it will compete with Cloud Foundry.
Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe dives deep into the economic and innovative benefits of running massive scientific workloads in the cloud. When researchers aren’t constrained by the systems the can afford, they can ask bigger questions and get better results.
IBM’s Steve Mills has been with the company for decades, and during that time has seen lots of technologies and trends come and go. Here are his thoughts on how the company approaches selling software in a changing IT world.
Ruedigar Baumann is leaving Zimory to pursue other opportunities.
The current middleman services that link connected devices and different web platforms are just the first step in building out a context-aware internet of things.
Couldn’t get to Hong Kong this week? No worries. Here are the top stories out of OpenStack Summit 2013.
Contributor James Urquhart takes issue with recent calls for OpenStack to build its own platform as a service. Citing the commercial success of VMware and Amazon Web Services, he claims the real benefit of any platform is its community.
Amazon Web Services continues to sell like hotcakes although it may or may not be the most price-efficient option; and this week’s Structure Show.
HP is all about the enterprise cloud and all about OpenStack, although its approach might seem very different for devotees of open source software or Amazon Web Services. Here’s how HP’s Margaret Dawson explains the company’s strategy.
Paypal is a finalist in the Netflix OSS Cloud Prize contest for a project called Aurora, which is Netflix’s Asgard cloud-management system rebuilt for OpenStack. Netflix is famously a big Amazon cloud user, so seeing its technology retooled for OpenStack is an interesting turn.
James Urquhart examines the different technology concerns between developers and traditional IT buyers and how that affects their cloud-buying behavior. While VMware has a strong position right now, he argues, it might not last.
Publishing analytics startup Parse.ly moved its production application off of Rackspace in 2011 to save costs. Two years later, it has watched Amazon Web Services costs drop precipitously, and now CTO Andrew Montalenti says it’s probably time to head back to the cloud.
Rackspace VP of Technology Nigel Beighton shared his thoughts on the most important tools in the cloud at Structure: Europe. If you want to get the most out of the cloud, virtual servers alone won’t cut it.
Is it better for hosting providers to band together to take on Amazon Web Services or to focus on what each service provider does best?
It’s not just U.S. companies such as Pinterest, Netflix and every SaaS startup under the sun that are running on cloud infrastructure. There are a lot of major European companies and organizations using cloud computing, too. Many of them will be at Structure: Europe.
Amazon Web Services experienced a brief outage on Sunday afternoon. It only last about 60 minutes, but appears to have taken down popular sites such as Instagram, Flipboard and Vine for short periods.
Google cloud platform manager Greg DeMichillie was on our Structure Show podcast this week to defend Google’s position in the cloud computing market. He makes some fair points, but will they be enough to lure in developers and companies en masse?
The London-based cloud outfit plans to offer infrastructure in all major European countries — both to set potential customers’ minds at ease over data protection issues, and to offer low latency.
It’s well and good for a cloud to offer tons of compute, storage and networking services, but tying them together in a way that non-techies can use them, is value in and of itself, says Tier 3.
Rackspace grew its public cloud revenues 36 percent year over year, to $99 million. That’s steady growth, although hardly the meteoric growth its chief rival Amazon Web Services seems to be experiencing.
Google has announced the availability of free load balancing for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service product and other new cloud features as it looks to rev up and challenge Amazon Web Services.
DigitalOcean, a young Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, is taking seed funding to add capacity and build out its services. At the same time, the company wants to remain easy to use.
The Swiss cloud infrastructure provider says it has dropped its compute prices as a result of its homegrown stack’s efficiency, not because it’s joining Amazon’s race to the bottom.
VMware leaders had good financial news to report on Tuesday’s earnings call, but they didn’t say much about the string of executives leaving recently, among other challenges .
Google’s cloud products took on $200 million in revenue last quarter, TBR analysts estimated. They see full speed ahead for adoption from developers and enterprises.
While VMware just revealed the specifics on its shared-infrastructure play and has to play catch-up with Amazon Web Services, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger can think of a few advantages of its own.
For all of its benefits, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is still not a turnkey solution–and it shouldn’t be.
Amazon Web Services outages have prodded customer Netflix to write software that can keep the service alive amid infrastructure issues. Now comes a new tool addressing issues around the Christmas Eve outage.
Google wants more marketshare in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market, so it’s cutting prices on the BigQuery data-analysis service and adding features to boost the appeal of the larger Cloud Platform.
IBM has big plans following its acquisition of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer, and while the roadmap isn’t clear, the deal could yield benefits for current SoftLayer customers.
VMware executives shared the prices that its customers will pay to use its new vCloud Hybrid Service launching later this year, but it’s unclear if customers and partners will be happy with the offering.
The multinational-targeting cloud platform is currently based on in-house technology, but France Telecom’s business services arm is considering options such as OpenStack for the future.
The British telco, which was recently ranked as the third-biggest infrastructure-as-a-service provider in the world, is expanding its corporate-focused platform into major new markets.
A startup called ParElastic thinks it can change the cloud database game by helping companies scale their MySQL environments without resorting to sharding or deploying an entirely new database.
The IaaS provider, which is a supplier to Europe’s performance-hungry Helix Nebula science cloud, has abandoned magnetic disks for solid-state storage, and all without raising its prices.
The infrastructure-as-a-service company offers flexible instances, high performance across all service levels, and enterprise-grade redundancy. Right now it’s also undercutting key European rivals, but its international expansion plans will need further funding.
The EU security agency ENISA has released a report on the cloud’s increasingly critical nature. Yes, it highlights the risks associated with the shift to the cloud, but also some notable security benefits.
We all know Europe’s a bit behind the curve on cloud, but that’s not the only reason the fast-growing IaaS platform is finding the going tougher there than elsewhere.
Both Amazon Web Services and Netflix — its most-prominent customer — have released details on AWS outage that took down Netflix’s streaming service on Christmas Eve. AWS attributes the issue primarily to human error. Netflix just wants to avoid this situation again, whatever the cause.
Seville, Spain-based startup Besol is trying to take on companies like RightScale with a new cloud-management platform called Tapp. The company is currently honing its skills providing management interfaces for European telcos’ cloud offerings, and will start a push into North America in 2013.
Nasdaq OMX is offering a new service called FinQloud for financial services clients that want to store regulatory data or analyze trade data using on-demand resources. Built atop Amazon Web Services, the service seems to be the result of a close partnership between the two companies.
OpenStack is hot, but determining which companies are best poised to capitalize on its promise is hard to do. Prabhakar Gopalan assesses what hardware vendors, software vendors and service will have to do if they want to be among the big OpenStack winners.
The role that IT plays is transforming. Thus, the skills, roles, and tools for CIOs have to transform too. Why? If the trend toward cloud-based services continues, then the role of the CIO will shift from being a builder/technologist to becoming an integrator/vendor-manager.
We previously detailed the test architecture that NASA built to ensure the live stream of the Curiosity landing could handle traffic, and now Amazon Web Services is showing what the final architecture looked like. NASA scaled up its test build and monitored traffic in real time.
OpenStack has had a great week with eBay coming out as a user and Rackspace rebranding around the open source cloud project, but life isn’t all good in OpenStack world. There are still plenty of questions over its governance and development models that keep skepticism strong.
With millions of viewers expected to watch history Sunday night, NASA couldn’t afford to let the live stream of its Mars rover Curiosity landing go untested. Here’s how NASA put its Amazon Web Services-based infrastructure through its paces to ensure it keeps up with demand.
The Rackspace Cloud is now based fully on the open source OpenStack platform. I recently spoke with CEO Lanham Napier, who discussed how his company doesn’t necessarily see Amazon Web Services as a direct competitor, and how OpenStack is changing his company’s entire business.
Benchmarking results from Zencoder show that Amazon Web Services beats out Google’s Compute Engine in a test of a specific CPU-intensive workload. Compute Engine’s performance was hindered by a lack of HPC instances, which Google could one day add. But it’s nice to see real-world comparisons.
EMC might be smarter than we thought it was. If it handles the rumored spin-out and the Maritz-Gelsinger transition well, the companies under its banner could do great things. Of course, there are a lot of moving parts here and the transition won’t be easy.
VMware has acquired DynamicOps, a Burlington, Mass.-based cloud computing startup that spun out of banking giant Credit Suisse’s IT department in 2008. VMware is touting DynamicOps ability to manage resources running on Hyper-V- and Xen-based hypervisors, and Amazon EC2.
While much of the industry today is focused on improving speeds and feeds inside the data center, we need to recognize the importance of improving the networks that connect enterprise data centers to each other, and to the public cloud. This post explains why.
A startup called ThroughPuter has a message for the world’s cloud computing providers: Come talk to us, we can make your cloud fly for serious applications. The company has built a hardware platform designed from ground up to run parallel-processing applications in a multitenant environment.
Google’s new infrastructure-as-a-service offering Compute Engine is a big, big deal in the world of cloud computing. Now that it’s a reality, here are five things I think Google Compute Engine means for the cloud industry.
Wipro’s latest IT foray — a global infrastructure as a service for enterprises — shows how the giant Indian outsourcers are striving to become strategic cloud partners for their business clients and compete for cloud implementation money with IBM, CSC, as well as their in-country rivals.
According to some doomsayers, innovation is dead and Silicon Valley is just a muck pond where social media companies breed and reproduce like mosquitoes. That’s not entirely true, but the face of innovation has changed. Cloud computing has made innovation something anyone can do.
Positioning his company as David to Amazon’s Goliath, Appfog CEO Lucas Carlson blasted Amazon Web Services for locking developers into a closed ecosystem. As AWS adds more services, it’s harder for developers to get out, he said.
Rackspace is the Dr. Jekyll of hosting. For the last few years, it has been a legacy managed hosting provider by day that dabbled in cloud computing at night. As Dr. Jekyll ultimately did, though, Rackspace is becoming Mr. Hyde for good.
Legacy IT vendors used to dealing with one or two ways of delivering their products and services to market, now must handle four, five, maybe more business models as cloud computing takes off. And many, according to Accenture, are not prepared for that complexity.
Piston Computing plans to integrate VMware’s Cloud Foundry platform as a service with Piston’s own OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure as a service offering in what the two companies are billing as an integration of “the world’s most popular open source IaaS and PaaS together.”
In a cloud computing market dominated by large, well-known companies such as Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, it’s difficult to find much upside investing in the competition. However, Battery Ventures has done just that, leading a $27.5 million round in SingleHop, a Chicago-based infrastructure-as-a-service provider.
The marketplace concept does a good job of bringing the simplicity of the Apple App Store model to server applications. It has the potential to revolutionize IT consumption. And if no one else steps up, Amazon is going to own this part of the cloud, too.
According to analysts at Morgan Stanley, Amazon’s cloud computing division could be a shining star (even if not too bright) on the company’s long road toward increased profit margins. While margins are flat, there’s opportunity for growth as Amazon Web Services keeps evolving.
Cloud computing provider Virtustream, a hot player in the enterprise cloud space, with a cloud platform designed for mission-critical and heavy-duty enterprise applications such as SAP, has raised another $15 million in investment capital. The money brings Virtustream’s total funding to $75 million.
Developers concerned about confining their apps to a single cloud need worry no more. If they’re willing to utilize Cloud Foundry, the open-source PaaS project, developers can now run apps that move seamlessly between any infrastructure already running a Cloud Foundry-based service.
AT&T has decided to build another cloud, this one focusing on developers and, ultimately, incorporating elements of the open-source OpenStack project. It’s an ambitious undertaking as AT&T tries to prove it can hang with the big boys in delivering cloud infrastructure to the masses.
Cloudability, a startup that bills itself as “Mint.com for the cloud,” has raised $1.1 million in seed funding for its service that helps companies keep an eye on their cloud-computing spending. It recently let one user spot an exploit that could have cost the company dearly.
Virtustream, a fast-growing enteprise cloud provider, is buying cloud-computing pioneer Enomaly for an undisclosed amount. Enomaly, which launched in 2003, sells one of the first private-cloud management products, Elastic Computing Platform, and in the last year launched an infrastructure resource exchange called SpotCloud.
According to a new survey by CSC, cloud computing is not the money saver it’s sometimes made out to be. But don’t fret — it’s still a very valuable delivery model for IT resources. The cloud brings with a wealth of benefits around mobility, efficiency and jobs.
Bessemer Venture Partners’ Byron Deeter shares his firm’s Cloudscape, a visualization of the leading companies in the cloud computing revolution, which Bessemer presented at its annual CEO Conference on cloud computing.
If a recent blog post by Gartner analyst Lydia Leong is telling, it looks as if cultural hurdles are impeding private cloud adoption as well as public cloud adoption — at least when it comes to doing it right. It takes sacrifice to operate like Google.
Managed-hosting provider turned cloud provider Internap now has an OpenStack-based cloud ready for public consumption, beating even OpenStack founder Rackspace to the punch. It’s a big day for OpenStack, the open-source cloud computing platform, but it’s likely only the first of many.
“Other,” the revenue category in Amazon’s reports that encompasses Amazon Web Services, is growing like mad — 70 percent over last year, in fact. This matters because it likely means AWS is outpacing its projected growth and is rapidly approaching a $1 billion run rate.
The cloud is a killer. Other than the microprocessor, OutSystems’ Mike Jones believes we would be hard-pressed to find another technological innovation that has so effectively killed off its predecessors. Though SaaS had once been the savior of businesses, XaaSes are rapidly stealing the spotlight.
The OpenStack community is pleased that RackSpace will relinquish control of the open-source cloud infrastructure effort, but many OpenStack Conference attendees want to see the details before they fully endorse the effort. The foundation is expected to be operational next year.
Rackspace will be giving up control over its OpenStack cloud computing project to an indepedent foundation. OpenStack is the open-source cloud computing platform that Rackspace and co-founder NASA began pushing last year, but it has been somewhat plagued by concerns over Rackspace’s control of the community.
Amazon Web Services said Tuesday night that it’s now hosting 566 billion objects in S3. The volume has more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year. If that doesn’t suggest that cloud use is picking up, I don’t know what does.
Managed-hosting veteran and now enterprise cloud-computing provider Savvis is trying to woo even more big-name customers with its new Symphony Database service that features Oracle Database 11g and Microsoft SQL Server with their usual cumbersome enterprise licenses.
In its new Diablo release, the OpenStack cloud OS gets perks including a dashboard to give IT a peak into what’s happening in the cloud, better authentication that ties into existing directories, and an API to ease integration into big, dynamic networks.
On Wednesday HP released its first two public cloud computing services for private beta, based in part on the open-source OpenStack code. The services, some details of which were leaked in the spring, are HP Cloud Compute and HP Cloud Object Storage.
Eucalyptus Systems released the third generation of its pioneering private cloud computing software on Wednesday, complete with high-availability capabilities to ensure maximum uptime. Rumors of Eucalyptus’s demise have been circulating since OpenStack launched its open-source cloud project last summer, but the company isn’t slowing down.
Amazon Web Services announced a trio of features designed to lure in enterprise users, including dedicated 1- or 10-Gigabit links to its cloud data centers. AWS is doing everything it can to make its services as flexible, reliable and secure as possible for enterprise users.
Citrix Systems has bought hot private-cloud startup Cloud.com, a move that immediately makes Citrix a leader in the quest to help companies build on-premise Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds à la Amazon EC2. Cloud.com brings an impressive list of customers that includes Bechtel, GoDaddy and Zynga.
At last week’s Structure conference, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels used his “State of the Cloud” keynote to highlight how cloud computing is evolving beyond its traditional IaaS, PaaS and SaaS layers. I’m not so sure it’s outdated yet, but it’s getting there.
After purchasing Terremark in January for $1.4 billion, Verizon today announced an expanded suite of cloud infrastructure services for enterprises. Bob Toohey, President of Verizon Business, says the company knows it has to give some control and flexibility in order to attract customers to its cloud.
IDC today released the results of a report finding that the cloud services market by $72.9 billion by 2015, drive almost entirely by Software as a Service. This suggests — likely accurately — that SaaS is the key to cloud computing ubiquity.
Zynga has been releasing details about its innovative hybrid cloud deployment, called Z Cloud, over the past year, and it has finally revealed the final piece of the puzzle. Namely, that the private cloud component of its infrastructure was built using Cloud.com’s CloudStack software.
It looks like web hosting giant GoDaddy is getting ready to launch a new cloud computing service called Data Center On Demand that could potentially make a dent in the market share of providers such as Amazon Web Services
Systems giant HP today announced a slew of new enterprise cloud products and services, but it won’t be until later this summer — when it unveils its public cloud services — that we’ll see just how big a role HP will play in the cloud computing space.
Cloud-management platform provider RightScale is launching a service to help customers manage private and hybrid clouds similar to what RightScale customer Zynga does with its vaunted Z Cloud infrastructure. Hybrid cloud computing is hot, and MyCloud might represent a better way of thinking about the model.
Since the concept of “private cloud” was introduced, there have been efforts by certain people to prove it “wrong” or show that it doesn’t make sense when compared with the public cloud. This seems like a silly crusade — both provide tremendous value.
Earlier this week, cloud provider GoGrid announced that founder and original CEO John Keagy is leaving that post and transitioning into a new role, a decision Keagy told me this morning is the result of the company growing too fast.
The new trend in cloud computing appears to be app-store-like marketplaces where software vendors and infrastructure experts can share their operational know-how. Cloud-computing management platform RightScale became the latest to hop on the trend today with its MultiCloud Marketplace.
Server vendor and services provider Fujitsu is bringing its global cloud computing platform to North America beginning May 31. The offering will be an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud complete with computing, storage and networking delivered via a self-service portal.
Red Hat today is launching two new cloud computing offerings, IaaS software called CloudForms and PaaS software called OpenShift. CloudForms helps users configure, deploy and manage virtual resources, and OpenShift is Red Hat’s incarnation of the Makara technology that it bought it November.
An HP executive “accidentally” spilled the beans of HP’s upcoming cloud computing plans on his LinkedIn page yesterday, but the mere presence of the plans isn’t as important as is the fact that they look pretty solid.
Managed service provider Internap (s inap) has announced that it will be offering a public infrastructure-as-a-service cloud built atop the OpenStack platform. The service will be available in the third quarter of this year, and also features the option of running applications on VMware-based virtual infrastructure.
Rackspace has informed Slicehost customers that it will be shutting down the popular cloud-hosting service. Rackspace bought Slicehost in 2008 to serve as the foundation of its Rackspace Cloud business, but Rackspace now betting its cloud computing future on the OpenStack platform.
Cisco’s cloud computing ambitions might be judged by outsiders as being centered around selling servers and networking gear to cloud data centers, but recent developments show that such an assessment might not be entirely fair as Cisco comes around on open source software.
After years of debate over the role of open source in cloud computing, the possibility of a top-to-bottom, open-source, infrastructure stack now looks very real, with much of the designs and code needed to build a cloud from the ground up available free of charge.
After years of talking about cloud computing but offering services that bore little resemblance to the public infrastructure-as-a-service clouds with which most people are familiar, IBM is finally offering a cloud that will compete with those from Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and other major cloud providers.
Cisco said it plans to buy newScale, a software provider that allows more control and visibility inside a compute cloud. The deal highlights the rise in M&A activity among cloud vendors as well as the need for more accountability in corporate cloud environments.
Cloud provider Tier3 announced this morning that it has secured $8.5 million from Ignition Capital and Madrona Venture Group to fund its “enterprise platform-as-a-service” offering, a term that might not be entirely accurate, but that might actually be indicative of a forthcoming trend in cloud marketing.
We can cross off another item from the list of features that Amazon Web Services doesn’t offer, as this morning it announced an automated template feature called CloudFormation. It might not be the be-all, end-all of cloud templates, but it might not need to be.
Switzerland-based cloud provider CloudSigma opened a U.S. office this week, the first step in what could be a successful attempt to bring its unique brand of cloud computing to the United States. CloudSigma’s “freedom through technology” approach stands out in its resemblance to traditional colocation services.
Verizon has agreed to buy Terremark, a provider of managed and cloud services for $1.4 billion. The deal is an aggressive move to gain customers in the red-hot cloud computing market, and makes sense, as the network and the computer are moving ever closer.
Cloud provider GoGrid has expanded its Infrastructure-as-a-Service catalog by launching a Hosted Private Cloud that maintains all the features multitenant clouds, but on dedicated physical servers. It’s an interesting tactic, and it highlights the different value propositions and visions of the leading cloud providers.
New cloud provider NephoScale announced its presence among IaaS providers earlier this week, touting itself as “an advanced cloud service for serious programmers.” However, I’m afraid its message might fall upon deaf ears, as there’s little evidence the world is clamoring for another IaaS cloud.
Often overlooked is the tool that made high technology possible: the human brain. But as it turns out, that’s something we can access via the cloud too. Some call it “labor as a service,” others call it “labor-on-demand,” but everyone should call it cloud computing.
The much-hyped benefits of cloud computing are of interest to a growing number of industry sectors, each of which brings with it a particular set of requirements. Possibly more esoteric than most, exploration of the cosmos presents diverse challenges for those working with the constant streams of data beamed down from distant sensors. Inside NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), separate teams are working to understand how — if at all — cloud-based infrastructures might aid in furthering understanding of the worlds around us.
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