My oh my: what cloud to buy?

RBC Capital Markets wants to help. Its new research compares the positioning and price/performance of many cloud options. Some of the findings confirm what we know, others are a tad surprising.

Joyent to Amazon: It’s on

Joyent isn’t being coy about it: It wants to compete head on with Amazon and that means it will offer many more options including some, it says, are cheaper than analogous AWS services.

Is Amazon yesterday’s cloud?

ProfitBricks, which goes head-to-head with Amazon for the IT budgets of startups with a new promotion, says the time is ripe to disrupt the disrupter.

Joyent offers up its take on Hadoop as a service

Cloud provider Joyent has a new Hadoop offering that the company claims can outperform most others on the market. However, the company says Hadoop is just its foray into big data and is promising bigger, better things to come.

Joyent has a new product and new CEO

Joyent has named a new CEO and announced the altest generation of its infrastructure as a service software. The moves are in preparation for a big play in the coming months as the company looks to build the right computing platform for data and cloud applications.

Joyent: Data centers are the new factories, making and moving bits

Data centers are like a virtual version of the traditional shipping industry, says Joyent founder and chief technology officer Jason Hoffman — they are becoming commoditized, but at the same time they are also disrupting digital businesses just as shipping disrupted traditional manufacturing.

A user revolt and the second coming of TextDrive

Asking your users to buy lifetime subscriptions to a service is an unconventional way to build a business. But in 2004 that’s what TextDrive did. But after those lifetime subscriptions were cut short, TextDrive’s co-founder has stepped out of retirement to keep them alive.


Understanding and managing the cost of the cloud

While computing in the cloud can cost less than running servers in your enterprise data center, the question of how much less isn’t an easy one to answer. The issue has gotten more complex, as Amazon and others have dozens of different cloud services available. In this research note, we look at some of the current challenges of calculating cloud costs when using services from the major Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendors, some of the more important pricing issues to understand, noteworthy third-party vendors to watch, and our predictions for the future.

Amazon pitches better-than-ever cloud deals

Amazon is offering customers unprecedented deals to stick with its cloud services. Some big companies can get annual “true up” deals while many report incentives to use reserved, rather than on-demand, instances. And Amazon is making an effort to keep startups in the fold.

3 things I learned about Node.js at Structure 2012

Node.js the event-driven programming language that is the darling of the real-time web world, is many things but it’s not a good business, nor is it applicable for all use cases, according to two panelists speaking in San Francisco at Structure 2012.

Outages prompt multi-cloud evaluations

It’s increasingly clear that no cloud is perfect. After public Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure outages — the latest just this week — more business customers are evaluating multiple-cloud deployments to build in redundancy and hedge their cloud computing bets.

Node.js head takes a breather, will momentum stall?

Ryan Dahl, the creator of Node.js, says he is taking a break. Dahl said he is stepping back from day-to-day Node.js gatekeeping duties, which will now be handled by Joyent’s Isaac Schlueter. Will this leadership change dampen momentum?

More proof that enterprises love Node.js

Node.js is following in Ruby on Rails’ and NoSQL’s footsteps to become the next hacker technology to be embraced by the enterprise. Just ask Flotype, the Berkeley, CA. startup which built its NowJS architecture atop Node.js, the server-side JavaScript-based toolset.

Prices are dropping, but IaaS isn’t a commodity yet

There’s a long-running debate in the cloud computing world about whether standard IaaS resources have become true commodities, but it doesn’t look like they’re there yet. Even as prices drop closer to zero across the cloud-provider landscape, there are still plenty of points of differentiation.

The Internet of Things and the cloud

For the Internet of Things to achieve its full potential, Alex Salkever of Joyent believes that operators must fundamentally change the way they build and run clouds. In particular, they need to update the decades-old infrastructure technology and create more flexible APIs.

Joyent Cloud takes on kingpin Amazon

Joyent pitches its revamped Joyent Cloud as a faster, cheaper platform that will give customers more insight into their cloud-based operations than the incumbent leader Amazon.

Joyent launches a new OS for the cloud

Joyent has open-sourced its cloud operating system. Called SmartOS and already utilized in Joyent’s public cloud and SmartDataCenter private-cloud software, it will be available via an open-source license much like the Joyent-led Node.js effort is, says Joyent CTO Jason Hoffmann.

Why the cloud needs new forms of networking

Networking is getting sexy again, thanks to OpenFlow and other approaches to network virtualization. So what has prompted this movement towards smarter and more flexible networks? Blame it on the cloud, and the fact that the old ways of networking simply can’t keep up with it.

Future clouds: low-energy boxes, immersive services

The world is becoming a giant computer comprised of data centers, networks and devices on the fringe, but that’s not good enough. Datacenters need custom multi-core processors, improved memory and better software before we can gain the rich, immersive services that some computer scientists envision.

Data Science: The 3 Elements of Big Data

Joyent Founder and Chief Scientist Jason Hoffman redefined the concept of big data in a panel on data science with Chief Scientist Hilary Mason, Cloudscale Founder and CEO Bill McColl, Fluidinfo Founder and CEO Terry Jones, and nPario President and CEO Bassel Ojjeh.

Is Features vs. Performance the New Cloud Battle Line?

As Amazon Web Services continues to roll out new features and services for its cloud platform, its competitors increasingly tout better performance as a key point of differentiation, which has me wondering if either approach — more features or better performance — will clearly win out.

5 Cloud Software Vendors Dell Should Buy

Michael Dell is talking this week talking about having acquisition plans in “software, data centers, cloud computing, storage and virtualization,” which raises questions about who it might be eying up. There are five vendors, in particular, that could give high value for a relatively low price.


9 Companies that Pushed the Infrastructure Discussion in 2010

We’ve already covered the trends that began to shape up in the infrastructure market in 2010 and will really materialize in 2011. Several companies played — and will continue to play — a big role in making those trends happen. From Facebook to Cloudera to Microsoft, here are the companies that ruled the market this past year.

Joyent Targets Large-Scale Online Gaming

Joyent today launched three new services targeted at online gaming studios. They’re noteworthy on their own because of the natural symbiosis between online and mobile games and cloud computing, but they’re also part of a greater trend of prepackaging cloud solutions for specific audiences.

At Cloud Scale, Data Centers are the New Servers

The analogy goes that with more organizations hosting applications in the cloud, and with data volumes skyrocketing, the data center takes the place of the on-premise server. If that’s the case, the cloud computing management software must be the new operating system, so scalability is critical.

Intel Pumps $30M into American Startups

Intel has taken up a patriotic cause, paying special attention to U.S.-based companies and especially those in the cloud. The chipmaker announced today four investments which have collectively received over $30 million from its Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund including Joyent and Adaptive Computing.

Intel Pumps $30M into American Startups

Intel has taken up a patriotic cause this year, paying special attention to promising U.S.-based companies. The company announced four software and chip companies that have collectively received over $30 million from its Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund, including an energy software maker.

Intel Pumps $30M Into American Startups

Intel has taken up a patriotic cause this year, paying special attention to promising U.S.-based companies. The company announced four software and chip companies that have collectively received over $30 million from its Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund, including an energy software maker.

What We’re Reading About the Cloud

In today’s cloud news we’re tackling the Large Hadron Collider and its petabytes of data as well as the importance of knowing where your apps will eventually run with so many diverse client devices out there. HP is also attempting another cloud play.

Citrix Buys VMLogix — It’s All About the Hybrid Cloud

In an effort to steal some attention away from VMware’s (s vmw) VMworld event starting today, Citrix (s ctsx) is announcing that it will acquire VMLogix as an integral part of it’s efforts to create the ability for enterprises to utilize clouds without fears of vendors lock in.

How Much Money Did Joyent Really Raise?

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] Intel (s intc) today said it’s invested an undisclosed amount in Joyent, the 6-year-old Sausalito, Calif.-based startup that started out as…

11 Top Open-source Resources for Cloud Computing

[digg=] Open-source software has been on the rise at many businesses during the extended economic downturn, and one of the areas where…

Glum Economy Brings On Good Times for Joyent

Joyent, a Sausalito, Calif.-based cloud storage startup, says the economic downturn is bringing on the good times and that since August its annualized revenue is up more than 25%. Is Joyent’s good fortune a sign utility computing will get a boost from the glum economy?

The 19-employee company provides scalable cloud storage and got a start with a seed round four years ago and is cashflow positive, according to Rod Boothby, Joyent’s V-P of platform evangelism.