August 2012

Cloud Computing: Google Postpones Indefinitely Shipments of Nexus Q Home Media Streamer

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Google's Nexus Q, the futuristic-looking, globe-shaped media streaming device that the company introduced June 27 along with the Nexus 7 tablet, is not shipping on the schedule the company originally planned.

In fact, the ship schedule has been postponed indefinitely. Nexus Q units were supposed to start moving to customers two weeks ago.

The giant search, Web services and media device provider alerted via email customers who had pre-ordered the $299 device that it is holding off shipments "while we work on making it even better.”...

Chinese Angel Innovation Works Bullish on Cloud Computing

Grazed from Wall Street Journal. Author: Sonja Cheung.

For angel investor Innovation Works, heaven would likely be filled with a load of Chinese companies using cloud storage as enabling systems–this sector being the firm’s latest investment target as it looks to complete a final close of its second fund later this year.

Mickey Du, part of Innovation Work’s investment team, highlighted U.S.-based company Asana, which uses cloud, as the type of portfolio company the Beijing-based firm is eyeing, although at the seed and angel stages. Co-founded by Facebook alumnus Dustin Moskovitz, Asana has developed task-management software for workplace tasks, and recently received a $28 million Series B round from investors such as Benchmark Capital, Dow Jones VentureWire reported in July...

SUSE is Most Widely Available Enterprise Linux Vendor in the Cloud

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

SUSE® is now helping more than twenty top global cloud service providers accelerate the growth of their businesses by delivering the platform that over 15,000 enterprises worldwide rely on for their mission-critical computing needs. Unique in the industry, the SUSE Cloud Provider Program offers the flexibility to tailor solutions that fit a wide variety of emerging cloud business models. Included as part of the program are tiered pricing - ideal for on-demand computing delivery, cloud-enabling tools that simplify deployment and management of workloads to the cloud, and a variety of enterprise support alternatives.

Since its inception in 2010, the SUSE Cloud Provider Program has helped companies such as Amazon Web Services, 1&1, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Tencent, SHI, SGI, Verizon and Vodacom Business offer customers of all sizes the ability to run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server via a seamless, pay-as-you-go purchase experience with the widest range of support options...

Cloud Computing: How Birst thinks it can make data warehouses useful again

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

Analytics startup Birst wants to plant a cloud seed in your data warehouse to make it accessible to the business users who actually need it. No, it’s not trying to move any data to the cloud, but rather is implementing tried-and-true cloud product architecture to rethink how users interact with their companies’ centralized and valuable data.

The problem, according to Birst Founder and CEO Brad Peters, is that using data warehouses has traditionally been a cumbersome process. Only a limited amount of data — perceived to be the most valuable data — goes in, and doing any work on that data within the warehouse usually requires the assistance of the IT department. As a result, data warehouses have essentially become staging grounds from which data is shuttled via feeds to various departments that analyze it against data on their own systems...

Cloud as the enabler for M2M mass adoption

Grazed from FireceIT.  Author: Bill Leisure.

Maravedis-Rethink recently concluded a study on the intersection of M2M and cloud computing.

A key driver of the study was to analyze the impact that cloud computing will have on mass adoption of M2M solutions. The study asked which M2M mass adoption challenges cloud will most likely have the biggest positive impact on...

Rackspace: 'We're playing a different game' than Amazon

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

For Rackspace, there’s no turning back from OpenStack now. As of Wednesday, all new customer workloads will deploy on the company’s open source cloud computing platform, leaving the company’s legacy platform for existing customers that want to take their time transitioning to the new cloud. Now, the competition to dethrone cloud king Amazon Web Services really begins. Or does it?

I recently spoke with Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, who shared his vision for how OpenStack is changing his company from the inside out and how he doesn’t necessarily view Amazon as direct competitor...

Cloud Computing: SaaSID partners with EMC Greenplum to provide BigData Analytics

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Elizabeth White.

Cloud application auditing and security company, SaaSID, has announced its partnership with big data and business analytics company, EMC Greenplum.

EMC is a global leader in cloud computing, enabling the world's largest organisations to store, manage, protect and analyse their information: transforming their operations. In July 2010, EMC acquired Greenplum, a vendor of database technology that is optimised for large scale data warehousing and business analytics.

SaaSID's software provides organisations with a simple way of provisioning, controlling and reporting on cloud-based application use, to extend corporate information security, identity management and governance to the browser. All user interaction with applications managed by SaaSID is provided in a detailed audit trail, to help organisations to maintain regulatory compliance when they adopt cloud-based applications...

Cloud Computing: Box scores a big $125M payday

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Enterprise cloud storage player Box netted a huge $125 million Series E funding round led by growth equity firm General Atlantic Partners. The cash influx brings the total funding for 7-year old Box to $287 million.

The Los Altos, Calif.-based company will use the money to fund international expansion. “We’re going to scale out the team all round — the top net new priority is international expansion which we already started with the opening of a London office,” Box co-founder and CFO Dylan Smith said in an interview on Monday.

Smith also said the company is girding for an IPO but is in no hurry, reiterating that the company, with about 500 employees, should be in a position to go public sometime next year. “We’re focused on growth and market share and, depending on what the market looks like, that will be the ultimate driver,” he said...

Transactional Processing, Secure In the Cloud - Now a Reality with TransCertain and RACE

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Today’s IT security is a triple constraint: be ahead of those who are after your data, make your data usable, and comply with the regulations that govern your industry. Moving your business “to the cloud” further complicates this situation. While the cost savings sought by hosting data and processing it in the cloud makes a compelling argument to give up control of your data, the risk of data loss, hacking and loss of credibility can quickly outweigh these potential cost savings.

The standard IT security answer has always been when in doubt, deny the risky request. With the recent incidents such as the LinkedIn™, eHarmony™ and other hacks dominating the news, the decision to move your data to a cloud storage provider seems an easy “no”. Thanks to a little innovation, it is now possible to not only manage but concur the triple constraint. “Responding to the speed of business should not be a crime” said Rob Fioto, CEO and Chairperson of RACE. “We simply needed to provide IT security folks with a stronger toolset so they could safely mitigate the many cloud-based risks.”...

AWS launches new I/O service for cloud databases

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Maxwell Cooter.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking to crack a thorny problem for cloud computing – the ability to run high-performance databases. Applications with I/O intensive workloads rely on consistent response times and that’s not always been easy for cloud to deliver.

AWS’s attempt to tackle this problem is a new service called Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Provisioned IOPS. The system has been designed to offer AWS customers the ability to specify volume size and volume performance so that Amazon EBS will deliver that specified performance.

According to AWS, customers will be able to provision an EBS volume through the AWS management console. Currently, users are limited to 1,000 IOPS per Provisioned IOPS volume – although AWS hopes to deliver higher limits shortly...

Cloud Forces a Paradigm Shift for CIOs

Grazed from IT Evolutionary Transition. Author: Tim Crawford.

Cloud computing has turned the technology world on it’s head. Some argue this is a bad thing. However, I believe it is a great thing and something we need. For some time, businesses have requested more and more from IT organizations. Several years back, cloud computing came about and provided a significant opportunity for IT organizations and the businesses they serve. However, cloud is not just a change in technology.

New Paradigm

With significant changes in innovation come changes in the way we think. Cloud is no exception. It presents a new way for delivery of services. For IT organizations, this means changing who delivers the services. It means thinking differently about how services are delivered and how relationships are maintained. Further, the fundamental nature of the relationship has changed too from transactional to value. Even within the technology realm, the focus moves from operational to integration. There are many more changes that must be considered when introducing cloud-based solutions...

Businesses don't have the tools to manage clouds

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Vishy Narayan.

"Over recent years, cloud computing has taken the IT industry by storm, with businesses swept along by the promise of a flexible, scalable, secure storage environment. However, as the cloud frenzy settles, IT teams are being brought back down to earth with the realisation that a speedy implementation isn't enough. What they really need for the long-term success of their cloud projects is to establish the same governance and management processes that currently apply to their traditional IT systems. And, this is where the industry has come against a big stumbling block, as currently businesses simply don't have the tools or systems in place to facilitate this.

As a result, there is a real danger that the investment that has already gone into these cloud projects will go to waste, or even worse, that businesses could be putting themselves at risk, for example if an incomplete view of an enterprise's cloud network means they fail to comply with a key regulation. While every business wants to choose and maintain the best cloud infrastructure possible, and for the lowest cost possible, the truth is that they simply lack the time and resource to do this without help...

Data Mobility, Security Top Cloud Computing Concerns

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Nathan Eddy.

The biggest concerns of IT decision makers dealing with public clouds are the loss of corporate data and control of data, a reflection of the known threats and risks of data leakage into the public cloud, according to a survey of more than 150 chief information officers (CIOs) conducted by storage services specialist Mezeo Software.

Results suggest the worry factor over data leakage onto the public cloud was high, with more than 80 percent of respondents rating their concern as an eight or higher on a scale of one to 10, with 10 representing the most worried. Compliance and data availability were also highlighted as concerns, but were considered less worrying than data leakage. For the most part, survey respondents were not as concerned about data theft. However, no one believed their organization was exempt from data leakage to public clouds...

ISACA White Paper lists 5 Hidden Costs of Cloud Migration

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud computing promises low cost of entry and fast return on investment, but that ROI can fall short of expectations if hidden costs are left out of the equation. A new white paper from global IT association ISACA, "Calculating Cloud ROI: From the Customer Perspective," shows the true costs of cloud migration and offers a practical framework for calculating ROI.

The free paper outlines five hidden costs that enterprises may not anticipate when moving to cloud-based services:

-- Bringing services back in-house due to stricter data privacy laws

-- Implementing measures to mitigate risk...

Cloud Computing: NetApp and Fusion-io Team Up

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

NetApp and flash storage start-up Fusion-io are going to create software-defined "solutions using server-side flash and caching software products when used in conjunction with the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier."

They are "collaborating on low-latency, high-performance solutions for compatibility between the Fusion ioMemory platform and NetApp's Data ONTAP operating system, as well as key caching solutions, including NetApp Flash Cache, NetApp Flash Pool and Fusion-io caching software."...

Cloud Computing: Apple Loses Chip Designer to AMD

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

AMD has poached the director of Apple's mobile-focused Platform Architecture Group Jim Keller, credited with architecting several generations of the ARM-based chips found in the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.

It will be Keller's second go-round at AMD. He was there years ago working on the Athlon 64 and Opteron 64 processors that featured the world's first native x86-64 bit architecture, a scheme Intel was forced to follow.

He also co-authored AMD's HyperTransport specification and the x86-64 instruction set...

Virtual Internet launches control panel software to facilitate cloud computing management.

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Virtual Internet, a leading managed web host since 1996, has launched a new product to assist with the management and utilisation of cloud computing.

The team at Virtual Internet have announced the new product called Virtual Datacentre [http://vdc.vi.net ], a simple control panel that allows users to launch multiple cloud servers automatically from 15 locations around the world within an instant and without having to deal with other suppliers.

Patrick McCarthy, Managing Director of Virtual Internet, has been very upbeat about launching the new datacentre: "We found that what our customers were really after was a control panel that not only let them manage their current servers, but also enabled them to launch a new VPS simply and quickly, without having to begin a new contract. So that's what we've built!"...

Cloud Computing: Windows 8 Released To Manufacturing (RTM)

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

Windows 8 was released to manufacturing Wednesday morning, a hallelujah moment for Microsoft that nowadays means OEMs and manufacturing partners are getting the final code on which Microsoft's future depends.

The new "re-imagined" operating system, with what Microsoft calls "thousands of new features," won't get to the broad market on PCs and online for another three months, October 26 to be precise.

Developers with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions will get access to the code and the new Visual Studio on August 15 and companies with Software Assurance licenses will follow on August 16. Volume customers without the license will get it September 1...

Scattered clouds: Why I don’t trust other people with my data

Grazed from BetaNews. Author: Ian Lewis.

It’s the Next Big Thing. Any vaguely IT-related person just has to say something like “computing is moving to the cloud” and everyone nods their heads wisely. And so it is with Office 2013. I’ve been using the Public preview of Office since it appeared two weeks ago, and I have to say I like it; and I also like the much more straightforward integration with Skydrive and Sharepoint. But there’s still no way I’m going to change my default habit of local saving and working to using the Cloud as my primary storage. And here’s why.

There are several aspects to this, and the first two are most revealing of the way in which people sitting in Redmond, Wash., Cupertino, Calif., or most other major corporations live in a different world from the rest of the population of this little blue planet of ours.

Top of the list are power -- meaning electricity, availability, reliability and security. I live and work in a town about 40 miles from London -- not exactly in the wildernesses of a developing country -- but (for local reasons, and that’s exactly the point) we still experience a handful of power cuts every year. Some of them are only momentary, usually just long enough to restart any computers, but a few winters ago, we had one which lasted several days...

Mobile Computing Increasingly Does the Heavy Lifting

Grazed from IT Business Edge. Author: Carl Weinschenk.

At best, mobile technology provides a robust set of applications and network platforms that are the next best thing to being in the office. But, for some workers, the next best thing isn’t quite good enough. These workers need platforms that are equal to what they use in the office.

The industry is not quite there yet, but it is getting close. Yesterday, I blogged on Gartner’s perception that social media, cloud computing, the “ubiquity of information” and mobile technology is creating a new reality...