October 2010

Hitachi Data Systems Unveils Next Gen Storage

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Beth Bacheldor.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today introduced a new platform that Hitachi says provides organizations with more intelligent, scalable storage and also prepares them for the next-generation data centers leveraging virtualization and cloud computing. HDS unveiled a new upgrade to its management software that, among other things, can manage more volume of objects and capacity via one management server and offers visibility and correlation of applications, virtual machines and servers and logical storage devices for traditional and virtualized VMware and Microsoft Hyper V environments.

Software-as-a-service 'differs greatly from ASP model'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  James Glass.

There are "large and importance" differences between software-as-a-service and Application Service Provider (ASP) models.

This is according to TNooz columnist Glenn Gruber, who compared the merits of both methods of accessing software applications on the internet.

He said that software-as-a-service's advantage is that it has a consumption-based model, which allows companies to only pay for the services they use.

ASP instead offers a hosted single instance of the software and database for each user, Mr Gruber explained.

BMC targets hybrid cloud environments for growth

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Kevin Kwang.

Robert Beauchamp told ZDNet Asia in an interview that the company is focused on providing its customers with "dynamic, integrated business service management" tools to better handle the complexities of straddling between private and public cloud networks. The executive was in town recently for a short stopover to meet up with local business partners.

HP shock as former SAP chief Apotheker becomes new CEO

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  James Niccolai and Marc Ferranti.

Hewlett-Packard has named former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker to be its new president and chief executive, replacing Mark Hurd, who resigned abruptly last month in the midst of a scandal.

HP's announcement was a surprise, since the company had reportedly been focusing on internal candidates. Apotheker's name had not been raised by industry pundits as a likely successor.

It also means that HP overlooked two internal candidates for the position -- Ann Livermore, the head of HP's enterprise business, and Todd Bradley, who runs its giant PC division.

Cloud is overhyped says Brocade VP

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King

The adoption of cloud computing is being “overhyped” by the IT industry, according to John McHugh, vice president at networking firm Brocade.

Cloud computing would lack a serious uptake for another 10 years, except for private clouds within businesses, he said. Until then, it would likely only form a relatively small part of businesses’ setup.

“Cloud computing is going to be adopted much more slowly than predicted,” McHugh told delegates at the NetEvents Summit in Istanbul.

Feeling overclouded? Many CIOs feel the same

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Maryfran Johnson.

"I think I'm becoming overclouded! Is that a word?" asked a CIO friend of mine a few weeks ago. (It may not be yet, I was thinking, but it will be soon.)

We were chatting about cloud stuff-the hype, the reality, the love affair that marketing wordsmiths have with the term.

"Most of us are uncomfortable with the security aspects of all this," said this CIO. "How do you know there's really a firewall around your data? Who's responsible when it's breached?"

What the Web Is Saying: HP’s New CEO Fail

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Mathew Ingram.

Software as a service puts public networks under pressure say analysts

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

The development of Cloud, software as a service and video streaming is putting public networks under severe pressure, analysts at the NetEvents Summit in Istanbul, have warned.

New networking technology and supporting applications are available and network suppliers should to be bold in innovating to keep pace with data growth, said Jeremiah Caron, VP at Current Analysis.

Hadoop: From Open Source Project to Big Data Ecosystem

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Martin Hall.

Enterprise data management work 'needs organisational backing'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

An entire organisation needs to throw its weight behind data management initiatives for them to be a success.

Writing on the Financial Director website, columnist Richard Crump explained that many businesses are struggling to come to terms with demands for improved performance and transparency levels, as well as having to deal with uncertain economic conditions.

He said that financial directors can employ business intelligence (BI) systems to help them out in regard to these issues, but pointed out that they also require the backing of their colleagues.

Telecoms demand gets cloudy

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author:  David Swan.

In a new report, the independent telecoms analyst claims that wholesale telecoms providers are set to benefit from growing consumer and business demand for cloud-based services, provided by a new breed of enterprise.

Dialogs necessary for evolving cloud regulations

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

Speaking at a media lunch Tuesday, Jim Ousley, Savvis chairman and CEO, said companies are now open to cloud as an option when upgrading their systems. Their concerns currently lie with how to satisfy internal and governmental security requirements, he noted.

Government regulations also need to evolve with new technologies and can be achieved through two-way conversation between the regulators and other stakeholders, said Mark Smith, Asia-Pacific managing director at Savvis.

Microsoft bringing Office Web Apps to its cloud service

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Juan Carlos Perez.

Microsoft has definite plans to add Office Web Apps to its hosted Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS), but the company isn't providing a specific timetable for the integration.

Microsoft’s cloud investment will deliver in long run

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Leo King.

chief executive Steve Ballmer has said the company’s continued heavy investment in cloud computing will pay off “in the long run”.

Insisting that the shift to the cloud was one of the most important changes in the history of IT, Ballmer said: “I’m not going to apologise for our investment in cloud computing. We have to invest in the long run and not just the short term. We’re sticking with what we believe in.”

Zimbra Executive Heads To Hot Storage Startup

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Scott Dietzen, co-founder President and CTO of Zimbra, is headed to a hot stealth-mode startup, PURE Storage, a company started by John Colgrove, a veteran of storage industry and founding engineer at Veritas, a storage software company.

PURE Storage, according to industry sources, is said to be working on an SSD-drive-based network attached storage and has developed unique software to enhance the performance and dependability of these expensive storage systems.

AWS Launched Read Replicas for its Database Service

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Amazon Web Services, a division of Amazon announced it’s launching Read Replicas, a new feature for its relational database service, RDS. The new feature would make it easy to scale MySQL deployments, and would make it a breeze for Amazon customers to create one or more copies of a MySQL database instance.

Utilities Turning to WiMAX for 4G Smart Grid Now

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Katie Fehrenbacher.

Another Wave of Infrastructure Apps

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

Recently, I took a look at the arrival of infrastructure apps. In the past, application developers often had to build a host of additional supporting functions, many of which required their own physical infrastructure. Today’s cloud computing platforms give rise to a new class of web-accessible application support functions, aka infrastructure apps, that replace costly integrated hardware and software.

For this round, I’ll look at companies that share these common themes:

Understanding, Evaluating Your Cloud Options

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: John Storts.

BMC buys Neptuny Software

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Joab Jackson.

Business service management software provider BMC has acquired the software business of Neptuny Software, a provider of capacity management and IT performance optimisation software, the companies announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BMC will fold Neptuny's Caplan line of capacity management software into its own BSM portfolio and cloud management offerings. Neptuny's Consulting Services business unit was not included in the purchase. That unit has been re-established as an independent company under the new brand Moviri.