April 2013

Evolution Capital Partners Adopts Navatar Private Equity CRM for Cloud Computing to Help Small Businesses Grow

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Navatar Group (@navatargroup), a premier cloud provider for financial services, today announced that Evolution Capital Partners (@evolution_cp), a Cleveland based small business private equity firm, has successfully adopted Navatar Private Equity CRM to manage their opportunity pipeline and deploy their funds most effectively.

Evolution Capital Partners invests growth capital nationwide in Second Stage Companies, providing the necessary resources to successfully navigate the critical transition through No Man's Land. "Our approach to investing involves a deliberate and defined process," said Jeffrey Kadlic, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Evolution Capital Partners. "The Navatar platform allows us to efficiently manage this process which supports our core values and ultimately allows us to better serve our investors and growth companies."...

Startup Nebula Launches a Plug-and-Play Cloud Computer

Grazed from AllThingsHD. Author: Arik Hesseldahl.

Here’s a name I haven’t heard in a while: Anso Labs. Remember this was the cloud computing startup that originated at NASA, where the original ideas for OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform was born? Anso Labs was acquired by Rackspace a little more than two years ago. It was a small team. But now a lot of the people who ran Anso Labs are back with a new outfit, still devoted to cloud computing, and still devoted to Openstack. It’s called Nebula. And it builds a turnkey computer, that will turn an ordinary rack of servers into a cloud-ready system, running — you guessed it — Openstack.

Based in Mountain View, Nebula claims to have an answer for any company that’s ever wanted to build its own private cloud system and not rely on outside vendors like Amazon or Hewlett-Packard, or Rackspace to run it for them. It’s called the Nebula One. And Nebula CEO and founder Chris Kemp said the setup is pretty simple: Plug the servers into the Nebula One, then you “turn it on and it boots up cloud.” All of the provisioning, and management that a service provider would normally charge you for, has been created on a hardware device...

Welcome to the Mind-Bending World of Cloud-on-Cloud Computing

Grazed from Wired. Author: Cade Metz.

John Engates is the chief technology officer at Rackspace, and even he had trouble wrapping his mind around the way his company runs its most important of technologies. Rackspace, you see, runs its cloud software on its cloud software. At first blush, this seems like some sort of cruel joke. Cloud software isn’t the easiest concept to grasp — even when you’re running the stuff all by itself. And it doesn’t help that the world’s PR departments have co-opted the cloud moniker and applied it to, well, just about everything.

But in the end, Rackspace’s cloud-on-cloud arrangement makes good sense. This sort of multilayered setup is rather common in the world of computer science, and if you take the time to think through what Rackspace is doing, it may even help you grasp the very real but often elusive ideas that underpin cloud computing — ideas that are remaking the way the world runs software and stores data...

IBM SmartCloud Underpins Avnet's New Custom Cloud Computing Services for Small and Midsize Businesses in India

Grazed from IBM. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has selected IBM SmartCloud as the foundation for Avnet Cloud Solutions, a portfolio of cloud offerings for small and midsize businesses in India. With IBM SmartCloud, Avnet offers compute and storage capabilities in a utility model and structures customized solutions such as disaster recovery and managed services.

Avnet has a strong presence in India, where it is expanding its portfolio of services to include customized cloud solutions for small and midsize businesses across various industries, including retail, logistics, manufacturing, banking and financial services, public sector and education, among others. Cloud computing holds tremendous potential for a significant number of small and midsize Indian enterprises with limited IT resources. IBM SmartCloud will enable Avnet partners to offer their customers access to enterprise-level IT at affordable price points without additional investment in infrastructure, security, back-up, upgrades and maintenance. This partnership will help those customers derive benefits by adopting a robust cloud architecture and service model, leapfrogging the traditional investment in enterprise IT...

Is Cloud Computing Experiencing The Same Security Threats As Enterprise Computing?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

People have always feared that cloud computing is inherently lacking in security because of the distribution methods used, allowing it to be more public than necessary. But research and reports indicate that it is not less secure than enterprise computing as they actually both suffer from the same types of attack. And it does not matter if you are a small organization or a large one you will still be the target of cyber-attacks as most of them are opportunistic in nature.

While organizations and businesses are the target of online attacks, the real entryways for these attacks are unsecured personal computers. These form the backbone of the cyber-criminal’s arsenal. Hijacked computers referred to as zombies or bots are being used to make brute force attacks on different networks both within the cloud infrastructure and on-premise infrastructure. No one is actually safe, whatever kind of infrastructure that they are using. Others might be more privy to attacks due to the nature of their service like banks or the possible wealth of information that they bring, like government networks and industry leaders in technology research...

SingleHop Launches VMware® Enterprise Private Cloud and Meets Security and Compliance

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

SingleHop, a global leader in highly automated cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service, announced today the availability of its VMware Enterprise Private Cloud, which offers a private cloud environment powered by the VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus platform. The product is a secure single-tenant pool of computing resources, custom-built for every client, and connected with a highly scalable SAN storage solution. The end result is a private computing platform with the flexibility and scalability of the cloud with industrial-strength security capabilities.

The Enterprise Private Cloud utilizes SingleHop's tried and tested automated infrastructure platform in accordance with VMware's enterprise-class cloud computing technology. Some of the features of this blend include:..

Amazon.com upgrades Cloud Drive with file syncing

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Jeremy Kirk.

Amazon.com has added a file-syncing feature to its online storage product, Cloud Drive, putting the service on par with competitors such as Dropbox and Google's Drive. The syncing feature will allow users to view an up-to-date file across several devices. Cloud Drive is a desktop application for Windows and Mac, and Amazon.com also has a version designed for Android, just for photos. Amazon.com also offers a Web-based upload panel if users don't want to download the desktop application.

Online storage applications are a very competitive market segment. The services allow users to spread the same version of a file across several computers and prevent the loss of a file in case a computer is lost or stolen or breaks. But it is also an area where technical glitches and performance issues are a concern...

Research: 96% say IaaS meets expectations

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Teena Hammond.

The word “cloud” is being used with ever-growing frequency, but exactly who is using it and are the results satisfactory? To find out the current IT mindset on cloud/Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), TechRepublic did an informal, online survey in early March, asking IT leaders if they’d moved to the cloud, and if so, what business drivers led that decision. The survey delved into whether public, private or hybrid cloud solutions were chosen, and the benefits of choosing one versus the other. Download the full IaaS Research: Leaders Share Cloud Strategies for the 21st Century Data Center report. Topics covered in the survey include:

  • Vendors used for current cloud services
  • Vendors being considered for future cloud services
  • Reasons for going to the cloud
  • Does the cloud meet expectations
  • Why some companies aren’t adopting the cloud
  • Current cloud status
  • Public, private or hybrid?

Are hybrid clouds a solution to PaaS and SaaS integration issues?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Users of cloud services report that Software as a Service and Platform as a Service create more application integration problems than Infrastructure as a Service -- or even private IT. That can’t continue if cloud services are to reach maximum potential. Hybrid clouds can help by creating a uniform platform for deployment of integrated applications, facilitating the use of deployment/integration tools, and guiding application development and application lifecycle management practices to optimize integration. However, if hybridization isn't done right, the result could be worse than before.

Application integration is the process of linking application components to connect workflows and to optimize user access to productivity tools. Nearly every enterprise uses application integration with their internal IT assets, because most applications today are componentized in some way -- at the minimum they are presented from an application server through a Web server and to a range of browsers or mobile applications...

How to build a safe cloud

Grazed from Symantec. Author: Editorial Staff.

Building a safe cloud: Start with hardware

Ensuring a trusted and stable framework is in place should be the priority, beginning with securing the hardware. Cloud providers will differ in their management practices and procedures, and in order to establish that these guarantee your data’s safety, it is recommended to undertake an independent security audit of the cloud host.

The Service Level Agreements for availability of Reputable hosts' will be in excess of 99.9%, any less and protection could be severely compromised, while support needs to be guaranteed indefinitely. Ensure auto fail-over for hardware failures and consider adopting multiple instances of critical services...

Keen on proving its SDN with IaaS providers, Midokura raises $17.3M

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Jordan Novet.

In 2010, the founders of Midokura set out to become the top provider of public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds in Japan, but they realized networking challenges stood in the way. So they decided to focus on networking, and in the meantime the software-defined networking (SDN) space got hot. Now Midokura is trying to rack up more large-scale customers, particularly existing IaaS clouds, to validate its software’s capabilities.

Toward that end, the company has secured $17.3 million in Series A funding, bringing the total the company has raised to $18.6 million. The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan led the round, which also included participation from NEC Capital Solutions and NTT Docomo Innovations Ventures...

Red Hat Hires Microsoft Cloud Exec for OpenStack, Virtualization Push

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Azure cloud veteran Radhesh Balakrishnan has joined Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) to drive the open source company's OpenStack and virtualization strategies. Balakrishnan's career move comes at a critical time for Red Hat, which is striving to push beyond Linux to compete with Microsoft and VMware (NYSE:VMW) across private and public clouds.

Although Red Hat remains in growth mode, the company's most recent financial results disappointed Wall Street. Some investors worry that Red Hat is too small to focus on so many priorities -- Linux, virtualization, middleware, storage and now cloud computing...

Jamcracker Releases Third Annual Report on Cloud Adoption Trends

Grazed from MarketWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Jamcracker, the leading Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) enablement company, today announced the results of the third annual report on cloud adoption and usage. The explosion of cloud services offerings over recent years has presented a tremendous market opportunity for solutions that simplify the complexity associated with delivering and consuming multiple cloud services from disparate providers.

The largest segment of cloud adoption continues to be software-as-a-service (SaaS), followed by infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), as organizations of all sizes are shifting from an "operation" focus to an "aggregate" IT delivery and consumption model. Cloud adoption by small and medium enterprises is increasingly happening through CSB providers, such as telcos and traditional IT distribution channels. Large Enterprise and Government IT cloud adoption is gaining traction, driving an interest in on-premise as well as hosted Internal CSB deployment models. Additionally, Jamcracker observed collaboration and messaging applications accounted for nearly 50 percent of cloud sales, suggesting that organizations are consuming services that accommodate the "bring your own device" and mobile workforce trends...

PEER 1 unveils Mission Critical Cloud

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

PEER 1 Hosting has taken the wraps off its enterprise-focused Mission Critical Cloud offering, which features built-in disaster recovery capabilities. The product offers both Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technology in a PEER 1-managed and hosted environment. The offering is powered by cloud services provider Tier 3, and is virtualised using VMWare’s technology.

Richard Rivera, HPC specialist at PEER 1 told Cloud Pro: “We found that we needed to give either the entrepreneur or the business executive choice, but they have different needs. "You have an IT business professional that desires more service, desires a managed environment, desires security and desires high availability. Then you have the entrepreneur who desires to be self-managed.”...

The Pivotal Initiative - Aiming for the PaaS Crown

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Archie Hendryx.

If you were to ask EMC or VMware whom they consider their major threat and competition you'd be easily forgiven for being mistaken to think it was NetApp, HP or offerings such as Hyper-V. With many terming us to now be in the third era of corporate computing, with mainframe and the client/server being the first two, the current cloud era has undoubtedly been spearheaded by the likes of Google, Amazon and Facebook. It is here where EMC and VMware face their biggest challenge of remaining relevant and cutting edge in a market that demands automation, simplicity and speed of deployment.

Despite major marketing campaigns of "Big Data" and "Clouds" that have seen airports littered with exorbitant amounts of posters and adverts, as well as numerous acquisitions of various companies that have extended already huge product portfolios, both EMC and VMware have struggled to release themselves from the shackles of being deemed just a Storage and Hypervisor company. So in light of this it's no surprise to see both companies spin off a new and independent venture that will address this very challenge, namely the Pivotal Initiative...

Best SaaS Integration Practices for SMB

Grazed from SaaSAddict. Author: Omri Erel.

SaaS integration is becoming increasingly prevalent in the business world. The 21st century has finally taken true hold on the world, and the digital environment is now in the forefront of daily life. As a result, digital services have become an integral part of the business atmosphere as well. Everything is handled by computers, from accounting, to ordering, maintenance and finances. Increasingly, communication and customer transactions are entirely digital.

For business, this started early, before SaaS integration was even an issue. Businesses used computers first, after the government. Finances became some of the first uses of modems, and are still the main users of this arcane medieval form of connectivity as well...

CloudSigma Announces All-SSD Storage for Public Cloud IaaS Platform

Grazed from I.T. News Online.  Author: PR Announcement.

CloudSigma, an international, customer-centric, pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced at SNW Spring 2013 that it's upgrading its public cloud storage offering to an all solid-state drive (SSD) solution, powered by SolidFire. Abandoning magnetic-based, hard-disk drive (HDD) storage altogether due to its inability to keep pace with the randomized, multi-tenant access of a public cloud, CloudSigma's new, all-SSD offering enables companies to realize the scalability, flexibility and cost-savings advantages of a public cloud while ensuring the reliability and performance of their storage.

"With SolidFire's SSD technology, we have radically improved the performance of our entire cloud," said Robert Jenkins, CloudSigma CEO and co-founder. "After pioneering public cloud SSD technology two years ago, we have seen the value of SSD's ability to successfully remove storage bottlenecks and inconsistent performance in the cloud for critical systems and applications, especially when backed by an SLA. And now with SolidFire, we expect to see even greater performance improvements and growth for our customers."...

Citrix Releases CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0

Grazed from VirtualizationReview.  Author: Gladys Rama.

Version 2.0 CloudPortal Business Manager, Citrix's cloud services delivery platform, was released last week.  Citrix acquired CloudPortal Business Manager, along with the CloudPlatform cloud orchestration layer, two years ago when the company purchased CloudStack software provider Cloud.com. CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0 is the first time the product has been updated since Citrix acquired it, according to Tom McCafferty, senior director of product marketing within Citrix's Coud Platforms Group.

"CloudPortal Business Manager is kind of a self-service or management overlay that sits on top of our CloudPlatform orchestration system. That's what it was originally designed to do," McCafferty explained in a briefing. "It was for cloud service providers, building an Infrastructure as a Service [IaaS] cloud, who needed a way to deliver that service to their end users. And they needed a way to connect that service on the back end of their business to meter and bill it."...

Cloud Computing Snafu Shares Private Data Between Users

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Robert McMillin.

New York startup DigitalOcean says that its cloud server platform may be leaking data between its customers.  The company aims to fix this problem, but the snafu preys on many of the fears that so often prevent people from moving to cloud services — shared online services that provide instant access to computing resources, including processing power and storage space.

A low-cost competitor to giants such as RackSpace and Amazon, DigitalOcean sells cheap computing power to web developers who want to get their sites up and running for as little as $5 per month. But it turns out that some of those customers — those who were buying the $40 per month or $80 per month plans, for example — aren’t necessarily getting their data wiped when they cancel their service. And some of that data is viewable to other customers...

CliQr Adds Performance, Manageability Features to CloudCenter 2.0

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Chris Talbot.

CliQr Technologies has added a new set of features around performance and manageability to support mission-critical cloud computing in the latest version of its CloudCenter solution. CloudCenter 2.0 is also being targeted at cloud services providers—and cloud providers in general—to make it easier for them to migrate customers' applications to private and public clouds.

CloudCenter 2.0 was designed to make it easy for cloud services providers to manage private and public cloud deployments for a variety of applications and to support different use cases such as cloud-based disaster recovery and public development and test environments. With the Vendor Edition of the product, cloud services providers can "progressively retain and repurpose intellectual property from one client engagement to another by publishing applications and application templates to an established repository." Basically, do it once and then reuse templates—a process a lot of vendors and partners have turned to make things as simple as possible in an increasingly complex IT environment...