Private clouds

Maybe the PaaS market got ahead of itself from Day One

The platform-as-a-service market hasn’t caught on was wildly as some anticipated a few years ago, and Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller has some ideas why that it is. He says his PaaS company is killing it because it made some smart — and prudent — decisions.

Rackspace launches OpenStack private cloud

Two weeks after launching its public OpenStack cloud, Rackspace follows suit with its private cloud implementation. The availability of both options will make it easier for customers interested in running hybrid cloud for their workloads, the company said.

BofA Tech Guru preaches 6 cloud truths

Brad Spiers, who runs cloud IT for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has some thoughts about the uses of cloud computing by financial services firms and what is holding back adoption of hot technologies like solid state storage and in-memory databases.

VMware backs down, changes vSphere 5 pricing

VMware has addressed customer concerns over its new vSphere 5 platform by overhauling the pricing model. When VMware launched its vSphere 5 platform last month, most of the talk was about the new features, but a few customers raised concerns over higher prices.

Appistry raises $12M, realigns around big data

Appistry, a St. Louis–based software company, has closed a $12 million Series D round for its family of distributed computing products. The company also appears to have changed its corporate messaging — from that of a cloud-computing vendor to that of a big-data vendor.

Cisco: We’re all you need for cloud gear

At its Cisco Live event today in Las Vegas, Cisco rolled out a range of new features and products designed to convince companies that Cisco is all they need for their cloud network and server needs. But will customers actually buy into Cisco’s vision?

How VMware wants to be the OS for the cloud

VMware on Tuesday morning launched the latest version of its vSphere virtualization management software, as well as a suite of integrated products for managing cloud computing environments. There isn’t much new aside from the capabilities in vSphere 5, but VMware’s timing was ideal.

NEA’s Sonsini: Cloud infrastructure still king for VC cash

Apple’s iCloud and other consumer-focused cloud efforts represent a golden opportunity for startups to raise venture capital, but it might not be from jumping on the bandwagon. According to NEA’s Peter Sonsini, the key to getting VC investment is selling the infrastructure that underlies popular clouds.

Why It’s Too Early to Call the Private-Cloud Fight

Despite a lot of speculation lately about who’s winning the private-cloud race and what companies might be on the way out, it’s far too early to call the game in anyone’s favor. Adoption is picking up, but it’s nowhere near ubiquitous, so there’s plenty of time.

Is Tibco’s Buyout Rejection a Cloud Setback for HP?

Overlooked in the buzz following a Reuters report that acquisition talks between HP and enterprise software vendor Tibco have fizzled out is the possibility that the loss represents a setback in HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s grand cloud computing vision, as well as HP’s big data strategy.

Nimbula’s Cloud Software with EC2 Pedigree Finally Available

The flagship private-cloud software from Nimbula, a startup created by two of the driving forces behind Amazon EC2, is now available for purchase by the public. Nimbula Director promises to give users an Amazon EC2-like IaaS experience within their own data centers or in hybrid environments.

Cloud.com Expands Service Provider Footprint

Private cloud software startup Cloud.com announced that both Tata Communications and Logicworks have selected Cloud.com’s CloudStack software as the foundation of their IaaS offerings, suggesting that it’s still service providers that seem to be buying the most cloud computing software.

Cloud Startup Nimbula Opens Doors to Partners

Hot private-cloud startup Nimbula is getting in on the ecosystem act, announcing this morning a partner program currently comprised of Opscode, Puppet Labs, Scalr, enStratus and Cloud Cruiser. It’s more proof that it’s very difficult to go it alone in the cloud computing software space.

Puma.com Runs on Eucalyptus Cloud; Is There a Lesson Here?

Athletic apparel brand Puma is running Puma.com and related sites on a Eucalyptus-powered private cloud. Puma is another well-known customer win for Eucalyptus, and that it’s running a web site on Eucalyptus infrastructure might also help suggest what the first round of private-cloud-hosted applications will be.

Dell Cloud OEM Partner DynamicOps Gets $11M

DynamicOps has raised $11 million in Series B funding from Sierra Ventures, Next World Capital and investment bank Credit Suisse’s Next II venture group. Given its already-solid foundation, the new capital could go a long way toward making DynamicOps a household name in the private-cloud space.

In 2011, Cloud Computing Will Enable ‘IT as Business’

2010 has been dubbed the “Year of the Cloud” — and from an adoption perspective, this assertion holds true. But when it comes to realizing the benefits of cloud computing and truly running “IT as a business,” things are just beginning to heat up.

Hot Cloud Startup Nimbula Launches Public Beta

Nimbula Director is now available as a public beta release. Nimbula has received lots of attention since emerging from stealth mode in late June, primarily because of its founders’ pedigrees as the creators and builders of Amazon EC2, but now Nimbula’s product has to prove itself.

Microsoft Pushes Hyper-V Cloud Agenda

Microsoft has expanded its cloud options again, this time with a set of programs and offerings centered on its Hyper-V hypervisor. More strategic than technological, the new programs essentially affirm Hyper-V plus System Center as Microsoft’s internal cloud play by slapping the “cloud” label on them.

Credit Suisse Spawn DynamicOps Enters Private Cloud Game

The cloud-management space got a little more crowded with the release of DynamicOps’ Cloud Automation Center. That market is full of startup vendors, but DynamicOps has a couple of aces in the hole that might make it particularly appealing to enterprise customers.

HP Takes the Consulting Fight to IBM With Cloud Design Service

Continuing down its consulting-based path to cloud computing revenues, HP today introduced its Cloud Design Service. The new offering is an attempt to capitalize on HP’s role in designing private cloud infrastructures, including the Department of Defense’s much-ballyhooed RACE platform.