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When it comes to cloud technology, don’t lose your head!

Grazed from Lexology.  Author: Jason Dixon.

In the era of the cloud, it has been an advantage to be an early mover, but when you get into the clouds you don’t want to lose your head.  About five years ago “cloud” was the IT industry buzz word and heralded as the new revolution in IT. But while the cloud is becoming an integral part of the IT infrastructure of a growing number of companies – especially in the mid-market – the challenge now moves to how much or how little of the “cloud” we need.

It is the ability to buy as much – or as little – as is required that makes cloud computing a powerful option for mid-sized firms.” (Ian Grayson – The Australian, Wed 6 August 2014)

However, Jason Dixon, IT and IP law specialist at Ash Street, and former regional counsel for IBM Australia and New Zealand, urges a “buyer-beware” approach to businesses looking for their cloud solutions...

Amazon and Microsoft take aim at new workloads with souped-up cloud services

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Mikael Ricknäs.

Hoping to move new applications to the cloud, Amazon has launched a new virtual server with four high-end GPUs, while Microsoft has made its SSD-based storage offering generally available.

Amazon and Microsoft have methodically been launching new services and adding features to EC2 and Azure, respectively, to make the platforms more competitive and a better fit for different applications...

5 Reasons the Cloud and Mobile Are Inevitable

Grazed from SmartDataCollective.  Author: Kyle Cebull.

A lot of people think that, like the internet, the cloud is just a fad. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this so-called fad is gaining some serious momentum. According to a recent article, throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud is expected. With Millennials demanding that small businesses revolutionize their processes and workflows, more and more companies are jumping into the cloud to help streamline workflows and bring mobility to their workforce.

But it’s not for nothing, because the same article reports that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud. If you’re questioning the way things are moving or just aren’t on board with the cloud, here are a few reasons that we’re saying that the cloud and mobile are inevitable...

Data integration rises to the top of the cloud service stack

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Joe McKindreck.

David Linthicum, sage of sages of the IT world, has some advice for those hoping their vendors will come to the rescue to untangle their ever-growing hairballs of big data and services: don't hold your breath. "Those who think they can sit on the sidelines and wait for their data integration technology provider to create the solutions they require will be very disappointed," he cautions.

Instead of waiting on new releases of products, look to a rising breed of cloud-based services, David continues. As he explains in a new report (Sponsor: SnapLogic.), "everything you currently understand about data integration is changing. Assume that your traditional technology provider will soon be dead...

Simplify Managing Docker with Puppet

Grazed from Puppet Labs.  Author: Gareth Rushgrove

With the impending release of Puppet Enterprise 3.8, we will be adding support for managing Docker and Docker containers.

For those of you who haven't yet had the chance to take a look at Docker, it enables apps to be quickly assembled from multiple components and eliminates some of the friction between development, QA, and production environments. With new Docker Platform tools Swarm, Machine and Compose, it is a growing component of modern infrastructure.


Docker Releases Tool Enhancements That Extend Platform Capabilities Across the Entire Application Lifecycle

Grazed from Docker.

Docker, the open platform for distributed applications, today released new platform capabilities that enable organizations to more efficiently build, ship and run multi-container distributed applications across the entire application lifecycle. Using Docker’s platform, teams can collaborate on the development, testing and management of an application with an integrated effort that guarantees portability, improves productivity and accelerates deployment. These new capabilities for the first time - and moving forward - will be released simultaneously through coordinated updates of Docker Engine 1.6, Registry 2.0 and orchestration tools including Compose, Machine and Swarm. This unified release effort has been put in place to provide Docker users with incremental integrated platform capabilities every two months, providing continual improvement to all aspects of their application development lifecycles.

“Our community, which includes millions of developers and sysadmins, is depending on the Docker platform to support all stages of the application development lifecycle,” said Solomon Hykes, founder, chief architect and CTO of Docker. “These platform enhancements create new efficiencies and facilitate greater collaboration and a tighter integration between dev and ops. By synchronizing our releases, we are simplifying the evaluation and deployment process and enabling the community to immediately benefit from the integrated value that we’re building for them.”

The cloud IT arms race is going to the no-name infrastructure providers

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Larry Dignan

Enterprise hardware giants like to pitch themselves as enablers of the cloud via their data center gear. But the race to be a cloud arms dealer is going to the no-name hardware providers.

According to IDC, cloud IT infrastructure spending, which includes storage, server, and networking, was up 14 percent in the fourth quarter to $8 billion. About 30 percent of all IT infrastructure spending goes to the cloud.

Atrust introduces w100 is now certified for VMware Horizon View 6.1

Grazed from Atrust Computer Corp.

Atrust Computer Corp., the leading thin client computing and server manufacturer and VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program member, today announced certification for VMware Horizon View 6.1 on Atrust’s PCoIP zero client device w100.

Atrust w100 supports new features:                                 

RightScale Brings Best-of-Breed Cloud Management to ServiceNow Customers

Grazed from RightScale.

RightScale today announced integration between ServiceNow® and the RightScale Cloud Portfolio Management platform. The new intergration helps organizations quickly and easily extend the ServiceNow platform with best-of-breed cloud management functionality across major public cloud, private cloud, and virtualized environments. With the integration, users can launch, manage, monitor, govern, and track costs on all of their cloud applications and integrate into ServiceNow Service Catalog, CMDB, Workflow, Orchestration, and Incident Management.

A number of RightScale enterprise customers already combine RightScale with ServiceNow. Today’s integration will make integrating RightScale and ServiceNow in the enterprise even easier.

vArmour Expands Patent Portfolio for Data Center Security

Grazed from vArmour.

Carr & Ferrell LLP announced today that vArmour, Inc., the data center security company, is rapidly adding to its existing patent portfolio. With four patents already issued by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office and 14 additional patent applications recently filed, vArmour’s expanding portfolio will cover the micro-segmention of virtualized and physical workloads enabled by vArmour’s distributed security technology to protect enterprise’s most critical assets – their data.

“We are very excited to represent vArmour during this next phase of growth,” Carr & Ferrell attorney John Ferrell said. “They have structured a substantial patent portfolio built around a framework of inter-related, individual patents that will provide crucial protection for vArmour’s revolutionary new approach to data center security.”