May 2013

Cloud Computing: Mowbly Offers A Mobile Platform With A Single-App Approach

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Alex Williams.

Mowbly, which recently launched and is here at Disrupt NY, takes a counter approach to mobile development platform environments. Instead of a steady stream of apps, Mowbly uses a single-app approach that it offers through its mobile platform as a service (PaaS), said Co-Founder Vignesh Swaminathan. Mowbly offers third-party app support. But it only processes the data by calling the third party app’s API. Mowbly delivers the data but not the user experience of the app.

At its core is an aggregator that filters data for the customer, employee or partner and presents it through the app. The service has a cross-platform capability, a mobile server for building, managing and deploying apps and a mobile user interface framework. It can be used across multiple mobile platforms and requires no special mobile development skills. It allows IT departments to deploy the apps using browser-based tools rather than hire developers...

TeleProviders Expands Data Center and Cloud Offerings

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

TeleProviders Inc., a premier communications and technology solutions provider, expands its converged cloud and data center offerings with several technology providers in the cloud and data services sector. TeleProviders is able to help clients co-source products and services that include colocation, managed hosting and infrastructure as a service (IaaS.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer our clients innovative hosting and cloud solutions in addition to the traditional voice, data center and mobility services,” said Jason Sharek, TeleProviders CEO. “The convergence of enterprise hardware, software and IaaS services in our industry means our product mix is as varied as our clients’ needs. We have the specialized skill sets on staff to meet these needs.”...

SoftLayer and Basho team up for high-performance database-as-a-service offering

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

IaaS player SoftLayer and distributed software company Basho have come together in order to offer the latter’s NoSQL Riak database as a service operating on SoftLayer’s cloud. The companies claim the collaboration will make the open source database more accessible and flexible, as it is available on a pay-as-you-go basis. Marc Jones, vice president of product innovation at SoftLayer told Cloud Pro: “The overall goal is to launch a product on the SoftLayer platform that is very easy for customers to get started with their Riak and Riak enterprise deployments.

“We want to make it simple, starting from the up-front ordering process. We have designed what we call a solution designer and it allows customers to dynamically build Riak clusters and specify which SoftLayer data centre they want to build it in. So it’s not quite wizard style, but it is very easy to walk through.”...

Cloud Computing: Workspot Raises $1.9M

Grazed from WorkSpot. Author: PR Announcement.

Workspot launched a new bring-your-own-device solution for the mobile workplace. Workspot has created both a SaaS service for IT administrators, Workspot Control, and a mobile application for IPads called Workspot. Workspot also announced that it has raised $1.9 million in seed funding from Kleiner Perkins, Norwest, Redpoint, and angel investors including Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg.

Workspot is a single app and secure mobile workplace that helps end-users and IT departments conveniently separate work-related content and personal information stored on the device. End-users can flip between applications inside Workspot with ease, in a single, contained workspace including Intranet, SharePoint, Email, and Microsoft Office documents. Collaboration with co-workers is possible through applications that reside behind their organization’s firewall making full use of SaaS applications...

The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Sue Poremba.

Cloud block storage is a new way of thinking about how you store files and organise content. It allows you to abstract your infrastructure away from the implementation details specifying what hardware and operating system you need to manage to host the files your applications and organisation use.

“Cloud block storage allows organizations to focus on their content and trust the details of delivering that content to an established SaaS provider. It functions like a hard drive accessible via the Internet,” explained Troy Carl, vice president and lead tech engineer with Faith Comes by Hearing, an audio Bible organisation that utilises cloud block storage for its recordings. “Storing files and assets in the cloud is important because it means you have a large amount of flexibility in how you deliver them to your customers and employees,” Carl added. “Not only are the files constantly available, you have the ability to control – at a very granular level – who has access to those files and when they have access.”...

Actuate Integrates ActuateOne BI Platform and BIRT onDemand SaaS with Amazon Redshift for Big Data Analytics in the Cloud

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company(TM) -- delivering more insights to more people than all BI companies combined, today announced that they have integrated ActuateOne(R) -- Actuate's BIRT-based suite of commercial products for development and deployment of custom business analytics applications -- and BIRT onDemand(TM) -- Actuate's SaaS version of ActuateOne -- with Amazon Redshift, AWS's new petabyte-scale cloud warehouse service. This announcement heralds yet another addition to Actuate's rapidly growing stable of ActuateOne connectors for Big-Data-ready data sources that enable developers, IT departments and OEMs to deliver world-class BI applications.

When the already blazingly fast visualization and analysis features of ActuateOne are combined with Amazon Redshift's performance, scalability and low cost (under $1,000/terabyte/year) -- organizations of all sizes reap the benefits of ultra-fast access and near-speed-of-thought visualization for Cloud-based business analytics on real-time Big Data workloads of any size or complexity...

How to ensure trusted geolocation of data in the cloud

Grazed from GNC.com. Author: William Jackson.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence still is ramping up to full operational capability, but it has collaborated with industry to produce a scheme for ensuring trusted geolocation of work being done in the cloud. This first product was published as an interagency report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to address the challenges presented when sensitive applications or computing jobs are moved into a cloud where the user does not have direct control of the infrastructure.

“We have released a demonstration of how the end user can validate that the workload is in a secure location, and trace it through a hardware root of trust,” said Nate Lesser, deputy director of the NCCOE. The draft report, “Trusted Geolocation in the Cloud: Proof of Concept Implementation,” is an example of the solutions to security challenges faced by government and industry that the center of excellence will produce. The center focuses on implementing existing technology rather than developing new ones...

General Dynamics - Taking Cloud Brokerage to the Next Level

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

If your IT team has kept up with the latest cloud computing trends, chances are it has come across at least one of the cloud brokerages participating in an expanding market. Many companies have faced challenges in working with the public cloud. General Dynamics Information Technology is changing this, however. By using Gravitant’s flexible cloudMatrix platform, it is already offering cloud management systems to local, state, and Federal government agencies which previously struggled with such deployments.

These challenges include:

  • Cost savings: The idea of adopting cloud computing solutions is for companies to save money. The government’s Cloud First policy was enacted to ensure the goal of public cloud computing is to lower costs for organizations. In the past, government agencies could only use private and community clouds which do not typically result in the savings most organizations expect.
  • Complexity: Managing the appropriate solutions from different public cloud providers is often complex along with finding the most efficient ways to use them.
  • Standardization: If private and public clouds make up the IT infrastructure, centralized management is only efficient if there are standardized tools aiding the majority of users...

CloudSigma's Public Cloud Fuels 2013 NASA Space Apps Challenge

Grazed from IT News Online. Author: PR Announcement.

CloudSigma, an international, customer-centric, pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced that it has provided free, compute resources for 2013's NASA Space Apps Challenge participants. By contributing servers, featuring 30 Gb of storage, 2 Gb of RAM and 2 GHz of CPU, and a specially-configured central server, CloudSigma hopes to further participants' innovation to address today's top challenges on Earth and in space.

Now in its second year, NASA's International Space Apps Challenge is the world's largest, collaborative technology development event for software, hardware, data visualization and mobile apps. With 9,000+ participants (up from 2,000 the year before), this year's challenges included detecting near Earth objects (NEOs), revisiting how NASA offers data to the public, and more effectively curating how to tell the story of space to the world...

Cloud Computing: New Relic, ScienceLogic Partner on Application Performance Management

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Software as a service (SaaS)-based cloud application performance management provider New Relic has forged a partnership with IT management software provider ScienceLogic Inc. to offer combined application performance management (APM) and infrastructure performance management data for cloud services providers and businesses, hoping to assist them with performance and business goals. Here's the story.

According to the companies, the partnership, formed through New Relic's Connect Partner program leverages both companies' platforms to provide instant, comprehensive information to development and deployment teams. These teams are responsible for the management of applications running in the cloud and the data center. New Relic's Connect Partner program was created to help the company streamline product integrations with complementary technologies...

Cloud Crosswinds Ahead as Behemoths Battle on Price

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Ted Chamberlin.

With the recent announcement from the Microsoft Azure camp stating “ its commitment to price match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth, aligned with the general availability of Windows Azure infrastructure services,” the official race to zero begins in the Infrastructure as a Service market. This shot across the bow of AWS will most definitely bother AWS, but it should scare the stuffing out of the rest of the IaaS market. Particularly the providers who the traditional businesses trust a bit more for more enterprise-ish workloads should be concerned.

Providers like GoGrid, Tata, Savvis, Terremark, Rackspace Cloud and others just entering the market will face the heavier crosswinds as these behemoths engage battles. The stark reality is that hyper scale providers like Amazon use their operational acumen and scale to drive pricing down on IaaS services on a regular basis. This will create an exceedingly tougher environment for the rest of the cloud providers to compete. How is an IaaS provider to thrive, yet alone, survive?...

Past, Present And Future: Cloud Computing In Three Minutes

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Jula Holkkola.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cloud is just how fluffy it really is. Recent news indicates that it has finally gone mainsteam. Yet at the same time, most people are still not quite clear on what the cloud really is. To get a better understanding, here’s a three-minute summary of where the clouds came from and where they are heading.

Looking at the roots of the cloud computing movement, it all really started in the late ‘90s when companies with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model started surfacing. Perhaps the most well known pioneer is Salesforce.com, the first billion-dollar company in the cloud space. Today there is a plethora of companies offering all kinds of online applications shared by the public. As a rule of thumb, if you could run something on your own computer but choose to tap into shared online resources instead, you are dealing with the cloud...

Why the cloud will never (entirely) replace in-house applications

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steve Ranger.

Cloud computing, with its promise of cheap, easy access to enterprise-class applications via the internet, is a seductive concept for many cash-strapped organisations as it seems to offer state-of-the-art infrastructure without the need for epic IT integration projects — or expensive staff.

At the moment cloud still accounts for a relatively small slice of enterprise IT spending — perhaps no more than five or six percent of the total software market, although one prediction sees this climb to 20 percent by the end of the decade. That's partly because companies remain cautious about the new technology, but also because they have significant investments in their existing on-premise IT infrastructure, both hardware and software...

Citrix Cloud Advisor Program Takes Citrix's SaaS to the Channel

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Tom Flink.

Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) is launching a new program designed for cloud service providers to take Citrix cloud-based services offerings to market. Anticipated partners for the program include large service providers and telecom providers, especially those outside of the United States. Here are the details.

The new program is called the Citrix Cloud Advisor Program and Tom Flink, the company’s VP of Worldwide Channels and Marketing, told MSPmentor that the program will roll out in the months ahead and expand the go-to-market strategy for Citrix’s cloud-based services.  There are two models for this...

Software-as-a-Service Ship Is Cruising Full-Steam Ahead

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Eric Lundquist.

"The software-as-a-service ship has sailed," Google CIO Ben Fried told attendees at the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit in New York City late last month.  Where once there were entire conferences dedicated to whether or not cloud computing would ever be right for the enterprise, that argument is now moot. OK. So it is a moot argument, but the reality is that it isn't one boat but an entire flotilla of boats that have sailed.

Not to belabor the metaphor all that much, but there is the SS Amazon, the SS Rackspace, the SS OpenStack and a mixed crew of major vendors, independent developers and CIOs. The CIOs attending the Bloomberg forum weren't disputing the value of cloud computing, but were still concerned about security, privacy and liabilities related to the cloud...

What the Future Holds for Cloud Computing

Grazed from ERPCloudNews.  Author: Christopher Allen Samson.

When it comes to the future of technology, cloud computing is seeing a massive growth for many reasons. Most individuals and companies that have adopted cloud services are reporting positive experiences and results, which are helping this area to grow at a fast rate. Over the next four years, it is expected that spending for public IT cloud computing services will near $100 billion.

The annual growth rate is expected to be 26.4 per cent, which is five times that of the traditional growth of the IT industry. More and more leaders in business are shifting to using cloud services over other IT applications...

Intelisys' Cloud Computing Offensive Is Picking Up Steam

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Steven Burke.

The recurring revenue cloud computing offensive from Intelisys is paying off in big sales gains for the master agency and its partners.   Solution providers say Intelisys has delivered the sales training and technical muscle that have allowed them to start quickly booking significant recurring revenue cloud computing sales. They say none of the other master agents have put as much muscle into helping them make the leap into the fast growing cloud computing services market.

What's more, partners credit Intelisys with bridging the gap between telecom agents and VARs and even sparking partnerships between the historically distinct channels with what at one time seemed impenetrable cultural and business model differences...

Cloud Computing: Heirloom Computing Blows Away Mainframe Performance at a Fraction of the Cost

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

The latest benchmark testing by Heirloom Computing revealed that the company’s ELPaaS cloud platform for legacy applications is much faster than mainframe computing alternatives, while costing companies 90% less.  The results strongly validate the viability of cloud computing as a less expensive and highly reliable alternative to traditional and expensive mainframe computing solutions.

In this TPC-C benchmarking test, Heirloom used an HP Compute Cloud “Standard, Extra Large” (4 CPU, 16GB RAM) instance as its building block. Blocks can be added or removed dynamically for exceptional scalability and flexibility. Heirloom used 1,500 terminals to achieve a transaction throughput rate of 12,105 CICS transactions per minute, equivalent to a 905 MIPS mainframe – well within the needs of the vast majority of mainframe users...

Cloud Computing: VDI and SBC performance testing now easier and more realistic than ever with Login VSI 4.0

Grazed from LoginVSI. Author: PR Announcement.

Login VSI B.V. announces 4.0, a major new release of its flagship product Login VSI, the industry standard performance and scalability testing tool for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments.

The design of this new release has been driven by extensive customer feedback programs, and production testing projects executed at multiple customer and vendor sites, including the tests done for the acclaimed independent research project Virtual Reality Check. Login VSI 4.0 makes testing of VDI and SBC environments easier and more realistic than ever before...

iYogi Launches Digital Service Cloud

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

iYogi a global provider of software and technical support services has launched a cloud based solution that drives service innovation through support automation and customer experience management. With iYogi’s ‘Digital Services Cloud’ (DSC), telecom companies, OEM’s, technology retailers and BPO companies can address new opportunities and generate revenue, while enhancing customer experience and reducing costs.

“Digital Service Cloud has a proven capability to increase customer lifetime and value, and can generate operating income between USD 15 and USD 20 for every customer interaction. By using Digital Service Cloud telcos, technology retailers, OEMs and global service providers or BPO companies can not only use support as a channel for new revenues, but also expand their business by adding tech support services, the market for which is estimated at USD 100 Billion globally and at least INR 20,000 crore in India.” said Uday Challu, CEO and Co-founder of iYogi...