February 2012

ClearDATA Partners with Comport Consulting for Cloud-based Medical Image Storage and Archiving

Grazed from PR Web.  Author: PR Announcement.

ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the fastest-growing provider of cloud computing services for the healthcare industry, has partnered with Comport Consulting Corp., a leading provider of data management and infrastructure solutions for healthcare providers, to deliver Medical Image Storage and Archiving solutions utilizing ClearDATA’s healthcare cloud platform.

Because of the increasing amounts of data created by medical imaging, hospital CIOs face significant challenges managing their PACs and clinical data storage infrastructure with predictable cost efficiency. “ClearDATA Medical Image Storage and Archive provides an economical, vendor neutral alternative to perpetually purchasing local hard drives by providing the right amount of storage at any given time. The hospital only pays for what they use.” said Brian Mitchell, VP Sales of ClearDATA. “The ClearDATA cloud network is 100% HIPAA compliant and manages data security beyond NIST standards, giving the client complete confidence that their data is in a facility that minimizes the risk of breach.”...

Beware cloud computing’s trapdoors

Grazed from The Globe & Mail.  Author: Grant Buckler.

The toll of cyber crime appears to be rising as criminals become more sophisticated and more focused on financial gain. And while businesses are doing a bit better at protecting themselves, criminals have become better at bypassing the standard security measures, experts say.

To complicate matters, more businesses are adopting cloud computing, in which they run software and store data on computers outside their own premises and their own direct control. (The term can also refer to internal or private clouds, which distribute work over multiple servers but only within an organization.)...

Army Looks to Cloud Computing to Trim IT Bootprint

Grazed from GreenBiz.com.   Author: Tilde Herrera.

We've all seen the recent headlines publicizing the Army's push to significantly scale back its operations.

That push reaches far beyond its ground forces to include a fleet of data centers that must shrink from about 200 to 20. The military arm's top IT brass wants the Army to meet this consolidation target ahead of its original deadline of fiscal year 2014.

Keeping in line with this timeline, the Army recently awarded its first cloud computing contract to several contractors to help create its own private cloud, including MicroTech, Lockheed Martin Corp. and IBM...

SGI Introduces SGI Modular InfiniteStorage Platform for Cloud Storage Applications

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing, today announced the introduction of SGI® Modular InfiniteStorage™, an integrated server and storage platform designed to provide Cloud and data storage customers with the maximum flexibility for compute and data management applications. Leveraging industry-leading density in an innovative, adaptable design, the core SGI Modular InfiniteStorage platform will be available as either SGI Modular InfiniteStorage Server (SGI MIS Server) or SGI Modular InfiniteStorage JBOD (SGI MIS JBOD) storage products, for wide-ranging, functional scalability in diverse data environments.

“The SGI Modular InfiniteStorage platform aims to allow IT managers to design customized solutions based on standards-based components.”

Gridstore's Scale-Out Storage Solution Wins the 2011 Cloud Computing Excellence Award Sponsored by Cloud Computing Magazine

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Gridstore(TM), the leader in grid based, scale-out storage solutions, today announced that the company has been awarded the first Cloud Computing Excellence Award from TMC. Gridstore was selected as one of the top 30 companies that most effectively leveraged cloud computing in efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. The winners will be published in the January 2012 issue of Cloud Computing Magazine.

With Gridstore's scale-out storage solution small and medium sized organizations enjoy simple plug and play scaling of capacity, IO and performance without the cost, complexity and 3X capacity bloat of first-generation cluster based offerings. Gridstore's unique grid based NAS is the only scale-out solution that provides a fault tolerant system designed to withstand multiple, simultaneous failures without downtime or data loss to ensure customers can run 24/7 non-stop...

EnterpriseDB Creates Database as a Service for Cloud Hosting Platforms

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Frank Ohlhorst.

EnterpriseDB has announced a new database-as-a-service offering, which will bring  EnterpriseDB’s PostgreSQL and PostgreSQL Plus database products to the cloud.

The company has already forged agreements with leading cloud services hosts to immediately offer EnterpriseDB's PostgreSQL Plus Cloud Service. Service providers, such as CloudBees and Engine Yard, will use  PostgreSQL Plus Cloud Service for their core offerings while Amazon EC2 and HP Cloud Compute will offer PostgreSQL Plus Cloud Service directly to customers.

Offering the service as an alternative to entrenched Oracle users means that EnterpriseDB must include some specific features to support enterprise customers. One critical feature that EnterpriseDB's PostgreSQL Plus Cloud Service includes is support for fully ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) compliant relational database service...

CloudPassage Launches Halo NetSec to Automate Strong Network Security in the Cloud

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

CloudPassage, the leading cloud server security company, today unveils Halo NetSec, an automated solution that provides advanced network access control for servers running in public clouds including Rackspace and Amazon EC2. Halo NetSec is specifically designed for multi-cloud environments, installs in less than five minutes and provides administrators with easy-to-manage perimeter controls.

"Cloud computing has ushered in a new set of security risks and challenges that are not addressed at the IaaS level, and traditional firewall defenses do not adequately translate into the cloud," said Andrew Hay, senior security analyst for 451 Research. "A host-based server security solution designed specifically for cloud environments picks up where the IaaS leaves off, providing organizations with the scalable security they need to consider when migrating traditional on-premise systems to the cloud."...

Gartner Says PaaS is on the Cusp of Several Years of Strategic Growth

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a core layer of the cloud computing architecture, and its evolution will affect the future of most users and vendors in enterprise software markets, according to Gartner, Inc.

"With large and growing vendor investment in PaaS, the market is on the cusp of several years of strategic growth, leading to innovation and likely breakthroughs in technology and business use of all of cloud computing," said Yefim Natis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Users and vendors of enterprise IT software solutions that are not yet engaged with PaaS must begin building expertise in PaaS or face tough challenges from competitors in the coming years."...

Cloud Computing: IBM Buys Worklight

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

IBM is buying a privately held 12-year-old Israeli outfit called Worklight for its write-once-run-anywhere application platform and tools for smartphones and tablets.

The price IBM is paying wasn't disclosed.

Worklight's widgetry, which can be used to create and run HTML5, hybrid and native apps, is supposed to put new and existing consumer and employee-facing apps on multiple mobile devices - including iPhones, BlackBerries and Androids - and then securely connect them to a company's data center...

Financial Information on the Cloud: Considering the Role of Trust

Grazed from Business Insider.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing is the latest buzz word. Many companies are adopting this convenient, on-demand service to enable themselves to save the costs involved in establishing computing infrastructure such as hard drives, development platforms, databases, computing power, or complete software applications.

Whether you are using public cloud, private cloud, virtual private cloud and/or hybrid cloud for your organization, cloud computing focuses on core business processes and offers greater efficiency by allowing data center upkeep and maintenance to be managed offsite. Cloud computing is certainly an alternative technology to get the job done in with less money.

Cloud computing has penetrated each and every department of any organization including human resources, maintenance/operations, marketing, product development, IT (maybe), logistics (if shipping/movement of items), customer service (if needed)/product support, and legal (if a large corporation)...

AAA picks Dell Boomi cloud integration tools over IBM, Jitterbit

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Mark Brunelli.

A newly adopted and highly aggressive cloud computing strategy has led AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah (AAA NCNU) to choose Dell Boomi cloud integration tools over IBM Cast Iron and Jitterbit, an IT official with the organization said.

The popular auto club, a $600 million company that provides roadside assistance, sales and membership services to about 4 million customers in the Western United States, said the decision to go with Dell resulted largely from financial considerations and a matter of multi-tenancy.

AAA NCNU wanted a “truly multi-tenant” cloud-based integration tool—a single version of the application that serves multiple clients—but IBM Cast Iron and Jitterbit didn’t fit the bill, according to Kirk Heughens, the auto club’s application integration leader...

Cisco upgrades switches to 100GBE to handle cloud traffic

Grazed from ITWire.  Author: Stuart Corner.

Cisco has announced the addition of 100GBE and 40GBE ethernet capabilities to its Nexus Switches and 40GE to its Catalyst switches in anticipation of surging data centre workloads driven by cloud computing.

Cisco's first Global Cloud Index, released in November 2011 predicted that more than 50 percent of computing workloads in data centres will be cloud-based by 2014 and global cloud traffic will grow more than 12 times by 2015, to 1.6 zettabytes per year.

According to Cisco, "Data intensive applications such as cloud, 'big data,' video, virtual desktop solutions and virtualisation are accelerating the adoption of 10GE at the server level and network access/aggregation layers, introducing bandwidth bottlenecks in the core interconnects connecting the data centre to the campus to the service provider."...

OpenStack Removes Hyper-V Support in Next Release

Grazed from PCWorld.  Author: Nancy Gohring.

Despite Microsoft's stated commitment to Hyper-V in OpenStack, buggy code designed to support the hypervisor will be removed from the next version of the stack, developers decided on Wednesday.

An OpenStack developer wrote a patch that removes the Hyper-V support code, and two members of the core OpenStack team have approved the patch. That means the code will be removed when the next version of OpenStack, called Essex, is released in the second quarter. The code would have allowed a service provider to build an OpenStack cloud using Hyper-V...

Cloud management software: What’s in it for IT?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Alex Barrett.

While the average enterprise IT shop remains firmly grounded in its virtualized data centers, cloud computing is the next phase of evolution. The problem is, companies don’t quite know how to get there with the tools that they have.

A number of new cloud management software offerings from vendors large and small promise to move virtual infrastructure to the vaunted private cloud and serve as a bridge to public clouds...

Google to Capitol Records–We’re Not Going to Let You Shut Down Cloud Computing

Grazed from Business Insider.  Author: Mark Fidelman.

Can someone tell Capitol Records that the music has stopped?

If you haven’t been following events, Capitol Records (EMI) has sued Boston-based Redigi (a used digital music marketplace) for what amounts to copyright infringement. 

Today, Google decided to enter the fray as a third party, and filed an amicus curiae brief (friend of the court) to ask the court to allow their participation in some key disputes.  In Google’s estimation, Capitol Records is attempting to blur the established fair use, copyright legal lines...

BMC, VCE to jointly enhance converged infrastructures in cloud computing

Grazed from Computer Business Review.  Author: Editorial Staff.

They will collaborate across other areas of the BMC Business Service Management platform

Business service management firm BMC Software and Virtual Computing Environment (VCE), a company formed by Cisco and EMC, have partnered to address the demand for converged infrastructures in cloud computing projects.  Under the partnership, BMC and VCE will enhance the interoperability and integration of their products and collaborate to promote and offer their offerings in the market.

The VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform is integrated with BMC's business-centric cloud management offerings to help joint customers for BMC and VCE automate their management of comprehensive cloud infrastructures...

Amazon Web Services: The new Microsoft Windows

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

The news hit this week: "As of the end of 2011, there are 762 billion objects in Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). We process over 500,000 requests per second for these objects at peak times," blogged Amazon.com This represents an annual growth rate of 192 percent.

Pretty good for a cloud company still growing a retail business. The growth can be attributed to Amazon Web Services' focus on building a successful cloud storage offering and the rapid adoption of AWS -- including the S3 cloud storage service -- as the cloud computing standard...

Federal managers doubt cloud computing's cost-savings claims

Grazed from Federal Computer Week.  Author: Camille Tuutti.

Despite mandates that direct federal agencies to transition to cloud-based services, federal IT managers express reluctance in making the migration due to security concerns, a survey reveals.

The 2011 State of Cloud Services in the U.S. Federal Government poll from Ponemon Institute shows that more than one-third of the managers surveyed cited safety concerns as one of the reasons for not using cloud services. An even bigger number of respondents (42 percent) said lack of suitable applications or services prevent them from using a cloud approach.

But security emerged as the primary fear. Nearly half the respondents said they were “not confident” about the overall data protection and security features of their current or prospective cloud service providers. Twenty-six percent chose “confident,” while only 17 percent stated they were “very confident.”...

Cloud Computing In Financial Service Organizations

Grazed from CloudTweaks.  Author: Rick Blaisdell.

While technology seems to be the cost and time efficiency driver in many industries, cloud computing is the emerging solution for the financial service industry, especially capital markets. In order for their assets to be used optimally by multiple consumers, financial organizations require ad-hoc access to significant computing resources, virtual desktops, shared data information, cost transparency, and “What-If” capabilities.

I will list some of the most important cloud changing perspectives that can benefit large corporations and SMB’s:

    * Resource Management – enables organizations to build agile, responsive data center infrastructures;
    * Pay per Use – organizations pay only for the computing resources they are using and not more;...

Is the cloud really cheaper?

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Ed Zwim.

That there is growing company demand for cloud or software-as-a-service solutions should come as no surprise.

Finance and IT professionals, facing the need for greater computing power for everything from operational management to hedge accounting are understandably tempted by SaaS, given the cloud's relatively low startup costs and the fact they may lack the skills needed to build their own analytic solutions.

And the corporate migration to the cloud is in fact proceeding apace, with nearly one-third of organizations polled in a Gartner research study responding that they either already use or plan to use cloud SaaS offerings to augment their core business intelligence functions...