CloudSwitch Makes Going Cloud as Simple as Can Be

CloudSwitch today launched the commercial version of its flagship product to help enterprise customers seamlessly move applications into the cloud. The startup claims that using it, applications from stack components to security protocols run in the cloud just as they do within the data center.…

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Former Sun Techie Is Now Cisco's Cloud CTO

The big buzz at our Structure 2010 pre-event event was about Lew Tucker, Sun Microsystems’ CTO & VP of Cloud Computing, joining Cisco Systems as the new CTO of Cisco’s fledgling cloud efforts. I'm being told the news is going to be announced very soon.…

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Open-sourced Membase Joins NoSQL Party

NorthScale, a Mountain View, Calif.-based web infrastructure startup, along with social gaming giant Zynga and a South Korean search and gaming portal are joining hands to launch Membase, a new open-source database that joins a fast-growing list of NoSQL databases that includes MongoDB and CouchDB.…

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Makara Builds a Cloud for the Java World

Makara, a Redwood City, Calif-based startup that's developed a cloud application platform for the Java world, is launching Makara Cloud for JBoss tomorrow at JBoss World. And while it supports LAMP-based applications and public clouds, Makara sees its future inside the enterprise.…

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Show Me the Gateway — Taking Storage to the Cloud

Since an API alone is not going to get the enterprise to the cloud, a new crop of companies are aiming to bridge this divide with familiar enterprise-style storage interfaces and bridge them to the cloud, or in some cases to a choice of cloud providers.…

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The Big Shift: The Rise of Cloud Computing

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Tilera Offering Tweaked Hardware for the Cloud

Tilera, the maker of a massively multicore chip, has signed a deal with hardware manufacturer Quanta to offer a server designed especially for the cloud, becoming one of several startups aiming to meet worldwide demand for compute-based services and amid concerns about energy efficiency.…

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Why Everyone Wins When Cloud Computing Meets the Channel

Selling cloud computing to established businesses is no easy feat. They understand the potential benefits, but they’ve just spent years on virtualization efforts, and they have their own specific problems that aren’t easily addressed by one-size-fits-all cloud offerings. As a result, many cloud companies are turning to channel partners to remedy these sales obstacles.…

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The Origins of Amazon's Cloud Computing

The story of Amazon creating a cloud computing business to take advantage of capacity left over from the peak holiday season has settled into the Internet apocrypha, but blogger Carl Brooks claims he’s uncovered the real reason the online bookstore got into the cloud.…

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Eucalyptus Enterprise Cloud Makes Friends With Windows

Eucalyptus Systems has launch which support for Windows virtual machines (VMs), that allows Eucalyptus users to run Windows images and applications. Eucalyptus now supports all major hypervisors. The new software allows easy switching from Amazon's EC2 to VMware-based cloud offerings.…

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Like Our Data, Storage Startups Are Multiplying

So far this week two storage startups offering a hardware product have launched in as many days, both offering variations on the theme that more data requires more storage and faster networks require faster access to stored data. The trend has been building for years.…

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Has the Consolidation of Cloud Storage Started?

IBM is reportedly close to buying Israeli-American storage startup Storwize for about $140 million. Such an acquisition could indicate the start of consolidation in the cloud storage sector, as predicted by industry insiders and venture capitalists.…

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SeaMicro's Low-power Server Finally Launches

SeaMicro, a startup building a low power-server using Atom chips and its own specially designed silicon to handle the networking, has finally unveiled its hardware, which is pretty darn impressive. But can its $139,000 box containing more than 2,000 CPU cores win over data center operators?…

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The VMotion Myth

While at some point, dynamically moving VMs inside a single data center or between two data centers will be a seamless process, it's not now. In the meantime, however, there are numerous opportunities for startups to offer solutions that will help make such seamlessness a reality.…

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Do Service Providers Forecast the Enterprise Storage Future?

Public clouds are the new storage service providers. So for those keeping an eye on the enterprise storage future, it makes sense to consider whether the infrastructure challenges being faced by these large service providers today indicate what the largest enterprises will face tomorrow.…

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What Should One Make of VMware's Shopping Spree?

VMware, the company that took the hypervisor mainstream and still controls the virtualization of some 80 percent of servers worldwide, is indulging in some retail therapy as it seeks to change its image from the provider of commodity hypervisors to become a concierge of the cloud.…

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Pew Parts the Clouds and Sees the Obvious

Pew Internet says the future of computing is Internet-based. One doesn't need a survey to figure that out. Just look at how we, our families and kids already use computing devices. Nevertheless, 71% of those surveyed say that by 2020, we will be cloud computing.…

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Exclusive: VMware in Talks to Acquire EngineYard

VMware is continuing its acquisition spree as it looks to raise its profile in the platform-as-a-service market, and sources tell me its latest target is EngineYard, the Ruby on Rails platform that's raised $37 million from the likes of Amazon and Benchmark.…

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When Amazon Resorts to Snail Mail, There's a Business Opportunity

Amazon's Import/Export Service, which allows companies with large data sets to mail their files to Amazon's cloud is now available to all. The success of the service points to several business opportunities when it comes to optimizing bandwidth, cloud portability and creating markets for big data.…

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Lazy, Hazy, Crazy: The 10 Laws of Behavioral Cloudonomics

Certain cognitive biases should be of particular interest to cloud service providers, as they can be intangible barriers to cloud computing acceptance, and to customers, who can recognize these behaviors and moderate their impact. With that in mind, I offer the 10 Laws of Behavioral Cloudonomics.…

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