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"How to Solve the Top 5 VMware VM Issues" - VMware Expert Webinar

Grazed from VirtualizationSoftware.  Author: Webinar Announcement.

Attention VMware Admins... How would you like to find out what the top 5 virtual machine problems are, how to find them and the steps you need to take to fix them permanently (with GUI and PowerCLI instructions)?

If you haven't had these virtual machine problems yet - trust me, you will.  These VM problems and their solutions have been selected based on the real-world feedback from thousands of VMware Admins and you'll have two VMware vExperts live on the Webinar to offer insight and remedies...

Serious question: Who will win the "race to zero" in the cloud?

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Editorial Staff.

As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.

Yet, now that last week’s re:Invent conference has left AWS fanboys and girls satiated by new features, I couldn’t help but notice the conspicuous absence of the familiar price reduction announcements that have consistently generated juicy headlines. I’m not the only one. What does this mean for the race to zero? Is the cloud price war effectively over with only Google and Microsoft left playing a game of “how-low-can-you-go” chicken?...

The Cloud: A Transformative Business Model?

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Keith Tilley.

Cloud computing has been touted as an IT game-changer for over 10 years, but it’s only now that businesses have become comfortable enough with the model that we’re starting to see real innovation in the market. Cloud computing has opened up a whole world of possible industry disruptions – allowing start-ups and SMEs to compete successfully with long-established enterprises. For as long as entrepreneurs can re-invent business models the capacity of the cloud will continue to surprise us.

Netflix is often, and deservedly so, cited as one of the best examples of using the cloud to disrupt the industry. While competitors such as Blockbuster and HMV poured time and effort into working out the best way to sell DVDs via the internet, Netflix rewrote the question, asking ‘how can we use the internet to help people watch movies?’...

NSF Commits $16M to Build Cloud-based, Data-intensive Computing Systems for Open Science

Grazed from ScientificComputing. Author: Editorial Staff.

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of such resources. As supercomputing — also known as high performance computing or HPC — becomes central to the work and progress of researchers in all fields, from genomics and ecology to medicine and education, new kinds of computing resources and more inclusive modes of interaction are required.

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced support for two new supercomputing acquisitions for the open science community that will complement existing resources with capabilities that allow advanced computing to be available to a broader portfolio of emerging scientific frontiers and communities. The new resources are anticipated to come online in early 2016...

Read more from the source @ http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news/2014/11/nsf-commits-16m-build-cloud-based-data-intensive-computing-systems-open-science

Cloud Computing: Hewlett-Packard Profit Declines as Breakup Plan Begins

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Quentin Hardy.

When celebrities break up, it is a “conscious uncoupling,” and done in a few weeks. At a big technology company, the split is no less deliberate, but considerably more complex. In the month since Hewlett-Packard announced it would become two organizations in a year, a team of 450 people has been designated to smooth the transition.

The company is also looking at ways that the two organizations can share in their component purchasing to contain the prices of their respective computers, HP’s chief executive said. What the announcement of the split has not done, apparently, is increase interest in buying HP products...

Cloud Computing: ConnectWise, StorageCraft Release Integration Module for MSPs

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Managed services providers (MSPs) leveraging technology from both ConnectWise and StorageCraft Technology Corp. now have an integration module available to them. According to a press release sent out by StorageCraft — a Draper, Utah-based disaster recovery and business continuity solutions provider — MSPs can now automate billing processes by mapping and synchronizing data from the StorageCraft MSP portal and StorageCraft Cloud Services with their Connectwise business management platform.

ConnectWise MSP partners can take advantage of this integration directly from within the StorageCraft MSP portal, where they can gain access to account and data mapping capabilities. The professional services automation (PSA) company's customers can also manage licenses for components of the StorageCraft Recover-Ability Solution...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing/11252014/connectwise

The one thing missing from Amazon's big cloud conference

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

When Amazon Web Services has a big press or customer event, the company usually has one staple that it announces: Price cuts. Such was not the case earlier this month at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the third-annual installation of the company’s big cloud conference. So what’s going on here? Have the prices in the cloud market stabilized?

Or is AWS attempting to be rise above the fray of other cloud providers who are undercutting the market leader on price? We asked AWS and they did not respond. But, analysts say while price is important, it’s not the end all for users deciding whether to use the cloud or not. About a year ago the cloud price wars in the IaaS cloud computing market were at their height...

Here's What the Rewrite of DOD's Cloud Strategy Will Look Like

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Editorial Staff.

An update to the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy aims to decentralize the process for purchasing commercial cloud solutions away from the Defense Information Systems Agency and toward individual agencies, according to a draft document of the retooled cloud strategy obtained by Nextgov.

The 46-page draft document has not been released publicly and is subject to change, according to a DOD spokeswoman. DOD acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen alluded to its pending release in a recent speech. The new strategy, “DOD Cloud Way Forward,” describes a “cradle-to-grave process” that service providers and customers can follow to get DOD computing to the cloud...

Cloud Computing: Intel's Super Elastic Datacenter Bubble Plastic

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

IT spending is growing at a few measly points a year, at best, and guess what? Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, is not even breaking a sweat. And the reason why is simple: revenues from the chippery that Intel sells in servers, storage, and switches has been growing much faster than the market at large and is projected to do so out until 2018, which is the edge of Intel’s planning horizon.

At the company’s annual Investor Meeting late last week, the top brass of the chip giant gave Wall Street and the rest of us who care about Intel’s fortunes because so much of the datacenter is underpinned or driven by Intel some insight into how they think the future will play out...

GridVision Brings Cloud-Based IT Automation to SMBs

Grazed from IT BusinessEdge. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

GridVision, a small and midsized business (SMB) IT specialist, has launched a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool that helps companies spend less time maintaining their IT environments and more time serving their customers. When it comes to IT management, small business owners have two choices.

They can either pay IT experts a tidy sum to keep their systems up to snuff, or they can become IT experts themselves spending their days manually updating and configuring their servers, desktops and Web services. It goes without saying that neither of those scenarios appeal to businesses that are just getting off the ground. So Christian Ehrenthal, GridVision's co-founder and CEO, looked to the cloud...