June 2013

Private Platform as a Service Enables DevOps

Grazed from InfoQ.  Author: Aslan Brooke.

Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project, discussed how private Platform as a Service (or PaaS) fits into DevOps with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker in early may. Elis Booker facilitated the discussion with questions about DevOps, dispelling misconceptions about private PaaS, and how to get started with private PaaS. Each panelist contributed a distinct view on the topics to create a multifaceted message about private PaaS.

Gene Kim provided insight into the problem domain by describing the theory of constraints as it applies to DevOps and listing constraints in developing software that should be addressed in sequence:

  1. Provisioning of environments/deployment (for which PaaS is a solution)
  2. Test Setup, Test Runtime
  3. Architecture Changes
  4. Development/Product Management...

Why SaaS fragmentation is giving rise to new markets

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Mark Boyd.

Fragmentation between software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions is beginning to affect the average business that has moved from server-based software to the cloud.  Christian Staples runs spa installation business Arctic Spas Utah, and uses eight SaaS apps: accounting using Xero, CRM and support with Zoho, collections through Bill.com, ecommerce on Big Commerce, email marketing via Constant Contact, Service Pro, and a phone system from Ringio.

Like many businesses that have moved to some or all in cloud for their business IT, the difficulties now are in getting these apps to connect data and keep business processes flowing along.  “The frustration is to get everything to talk with each other and sync. Everything is manually entered. It is hours everyday for sure,” Staples said...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Quietly Gains Share in Virtualization

Grazed from Wall Street Journal.  Author: Steven D. Jones.

Virtualization underpins the shift to cloud computing, which makes more efficient use of servers by pooling their resources. The software allows companies to run multiple computers on a single machine, saving hardware cost and handling tasks from banking to retail.

Redmond, Wash-based Microsoft introduced its HyperV virtualization software in 2008 and has climbed to second in the $5 billion market behind industry leader VMware Inc. VMW -0.53% of Palo Alto, Calif.  “We’re now in a situation where we have a very, very strong market share. We’re growing every quarter, and the dominant guy is losing every quarter as it relates to virtualization,” Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said at an investment conference this week. VMware said no one was available to comment...

Corelynx Upgrades Its Services by Offering Best Breed Cloud Architecture through Amazon AWS

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Corelynx Inc, an enterprise software product development and services company, is now Consulting Partner of Amazon AWS cloud computing solutions to offer better and improved cloud hosting and delivering solutions to its clients.

Corelynx Inc., has been a pioneer in developing enterprise application suite and cloud hosting solutions since 2007. They were one of the early cloud hosting solutions providers capable of exploring the potential of cloud. Over the years they have garnered vast experience in delivering cloud to different business environment across industry verticals and helped organizations in making the most needed shift to cloud. They have earned experience in offering solutions in all three cloud computing models, namely - Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions...

Cloud Computing: Identity - the great enabler of what’s next

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Much like Moore’s Law and Metcalfe’s Law have fueled the utility of computing and networking industries over the past few decades, I’ve observed something else about the forward-moving nature of networking that seems to be rooted in some sort of universal law. Computers are driven to increasingly complex forms of networking to improve intelligence, efficiency, and productivity. Once networked, they never go back. Like life itself, computing is evolving into a higher form organism. With each new inter-connection, the whole system becomes smarter and more powerful. And we’re not just talking PC to PC, or smartphone to smartphone, it’s everything in between, including servers and APIs that connect people and things, consumers and enterprise.

Networking hates friction

While computing is driven to network, one of the biggest problems it introduces is how to secure each domain (e.g. protecting stuff behind the firewall), while simultaneously enabling transactions between the domains. It’s this last statement where we still have a massive problem today...

8 SaaS apps that are changing the way we do business

Grazed from The Next Web.  Author: Scott Gerber.

Thanks to a growing selection of Software as a Service (SaaS) apps, the mundane yet tedious activities of any business strategy can now be automated. These apps can capture the nuances of a customer’s online behavior while leaving no room for human error — why waste employee man hours on a repetitive process when there’s a game-changing app that’ll do it for you?  These SaaS apps are only getting better and better. I asked a panel of 8 successful young entrepreneurs the following question:

What newer SaaS do you think has the power to change the way we do business soon and why?

Below are their top picks. Which of these do you use, in or out of the office?...

Cloud Computing: Ubuntu’s #1 bug 'fixed' thanks to Android and iOS

Grazed from Tech2.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Nine years ago when Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical started shipping Ubuntu, he had declared his #1 bug as "Microsoft owning the majority share in the market". Shuttleworth now declares the bug closed as personal computing market has a healthy amount of competition and is not dominated by Windows any more. Needless to say, it wasn’t the popularity of Ubuntu that has helped achieve this, and he has thanked OSes like iOS and Android. Though Ubuntu has played a very small part in the shift, he thinks it's important to recognize that the shift has taken place and from Ubuntu's perspective, the 'bug' is now closed.

Mark Shuttleworth wrote, “Personal computing today is a broader proposition than it was in 2004: phones, tablets, wearables, and other devices are all part of the mix for our digital lives. From a competitive perspective, that broader market has healthy competition with iOS and Android representing a meaningful share. Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.”...

Verizon deploys 100GE technology to meet enterprise cloud, video demand

Grazed from FierceEnterpriseCommunications.  Author: Fred Donovan.

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is beefing up its global IP network by deployed 100 gigabit Ethernet (GE) technology to the edge routers of its Private IP network to give enterprises faster speeds and increase bandwidth for cloud and video services.  Enterprise cloud services are on the rise, with three-quarters of enterprises recently surveyed by cloud management firm RightScale saying they are adopting cloud computing.

The 100GE technology is designed to provide enterprises with the bandwidth and speed needed to access data securely at remote storage locations as more applications and data are moved to the cloud, Verizon explained in a release.  "Governance for all" is more than an end goal written in a plan; it's a strategy that unites IT and business content owners. Now you can learn to create a governance strategy to suit all your needs. Learn More...

Extending Privileged Identity Management To The Cloud

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: Dale R. Gardner, Director of Product Marketing, Xceedium

In working with customers and prospects moving to the cloud, Xceedium finds approximately 80 percent of organizations attempting to re-use privileged identity management solutions from their existing physical environments encounter problems. They quickly learn these solutions-designed for relatively static data center environments-lack the complete set of controls needed to manage privileged users in the cloud, as well as the flexible, scalable architecture the cloud demands.

Efforts to simply migrate existing privileged identity management offerings to hybrid-cloud environments result in a number of issues. These traditional solutions aren't built to gracefully adapt to the dynamic nature of the cloud-and as a consequence, slow administration and management efforts. That imposes an unacceptable drag on operations-minimizing, if not outright eliminating, one of the principal benefits of the cloud. The lack of appropriate and complete controls leave sensitive cloud-based applications and systems open to compromise and misuse. And inflexible deployment options increase costs and constrain security architectures.

Top Players in the Enterprise IaaS Market

Grazed from GoLime. Author: Matthew Ramsey.

The decisions your IT team must make when considering Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS, will affect the future path of your enterprise in regards to success and growth. Each organization has different needs. No matter what these are, your stakeholders are going to have to choose a vender that best accommodates the company. With so many vendors now out there, the decision must be approached carefully. The basic steps to coming to a final decision include:

  • Research: The only way you’ll know if what the vendor offers is right for your enterprise is to research its reputation and services. Look into the type of cloud infrastructure, the storage and bandwidth, and quality of service provided.
  • Longevity: Look into not only the lifespan of the provider and its services (Many providers are just getting started in IaaS, but have at least some technology expertise), but the kinds of equipment and software it uses. Also consider the future as to whether the service can be scaled with the growth of the enterprise.
  • Service Level Agreements: What the provider guarantees makes them accountable for service outages and other issues, while outlining how these impact monthly fees. Availability times, performance demands, and trial period privileges are implemented here too...

Why The Data Problem Is A Good Thing For The Open Cloud Movement

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Alex Williams.

Piston Cloud Co-Founder Joshua McKenty says the OpenStack customer ecosystem has four emerging market segments. On one side are the customers who hire consultants to build them a cloud. On the other side are the IBM customers who will always be IBM customers.

And in the middle are two classes of customers who have one thing in common, McKenty said. They have a data problem and with that comes deeper interest in the infrastructure, be it their own or a third-party that manages it for them...

5 tips for avoiding private cloud failures

Grazed from Network World. Author: Christine Burns.

According to Piston Cloud Computing's CTO, the rate at which his customer’s pilot projects turn into production private clouds is pretty typical of most OpenStack-based providers – and it’s pretty low. “Roughly for every 20 pilot projects we open up, we see one of them make it into production,” says Josh McKenty, who prior to founding the Seattle-based Piston, worked at NASA and served as a technical lead on the project that evolved into OpenStack, one of three open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platforms vying for enterprise attention.

So why do the other 19 drop off? Good question, admits McKenty. According to analysts, developers and cloud practitioners, the answer turns on miscommunication (between corporate IT department and their potential “customers”), dependencies (on beloved features of gear sitting in the data center or on the network) and unruliness (of applications not built to run on the cloud at inception)...

Cloud Computing: The Double-edged sword that is the Pay-as-you-go Model

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

We always open up with something like “Cloud Computing offers cost savings because you pay-as-you-go and because of economies of scale” or “Cloud Computing offers elasticity and seemingly infinite computing resource as long as your wallet is also infinitely flowing” in our write-ups and articles. I know I just did. This is because one of the unspoken tenets of Cloud Computing is “minimal barrier to entry and economic scaling”, so it is ingrained into everyone who knows about Cloud Computing that the main reason for moving to the Cloud is cost savings. But the pay-as-you-go model is a double-edged sword, it can also hurt you.

We call Cloud Computing as utility computing where it is treated like electricity or water, you only pay for what you use. But here is where the similarity ends, water and electricity use are not particularly variable, they are often stable. They very seldom get usage spikes even when there are special occasions in your house. So the utility bills that arrive every month will look fairly similar, only varying slightly. But the cloud is seldom predictable as usage will change depending on the time of day or external events that happen across the globe, and, so usage spikes become unpredictable...

Centrify Enables Fast and Easy Migration to Microsoft 365 with AD Integration for Single Sign-on and Access Management

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Centrify Corporation, the leader in Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile, today announced Centrify for Office 365, the industry's most comprehensive solution for Active Directory-based single sign-on, user provisioning and mobile management for Office 365. With Centrify, organizations can simplify and speed Office 365 migrations and initial deployments within a matter of an hour for employees, reduce helpdesk burden, improve access controls, and leverage their existing Active Directory infrastructure and skillsets. Centrify is also announcing that Microsoft has evaluated Centrify for Office 365 across key user scenarios and has qualified it as a "Works with Office 365" solution.

Centrify for Office 365, an Azure-based service, delivers full support for Office 365, simplifying the deployment of federated identity, providing a rich catalog of pre-integrated SaaS apps, and delivering "Zero Sign-On" (ZSO) for rich mobile clients that require access to Office 365. Centrify for Office 365 delivers seamless integration with Active Directory in minutes — without the hassle of managing server clusters in the DMZ, creating security issues by poking more holes in the firewall, replicating identity information to the cloud, or acquiring and maintaining public certificates. The solution will be unveiled and demoed publicly for the first time this week at TechEd 2013 in Centrify's booth No. 2418...

BYOD, cloud computing make network upgrades a CIO priority again

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steve Ranger.

The network may be one of the less glamorous elements of the enterprise technology infrastructure, but it's an essential one — and it's getting an overhaul. New initiatives such as cloud computing and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are imposing new burdens on the corporate network, which means CIOs are looking at upgrades, new technologies and new techniques to ensure that it can deliver the required services.

Cloud computing, for example, means that networks have to be reliable for staff to be able to access core business applications, while BYOD support allows staff to use their own devices on the corporate network, which may create additional demand — for example by increasing the amount of video traffic...

More Efficient Cloud Computing with Cloud Hardware Miniaturization

Grazed from BenchMarkReviews. Author: Editorial Staff.

With rapid growth and strong competition in the Cloud Computing sector, cloud service providers are looking for ways to increase efficiency to remain competitive. Learn more at this year's Cloud Computing Expo in New York, where Innodisk, a DRAM and Flash Storage manufacturer, will be sharing their thoughts on cloud storage solutions in a special session. With more efficient hardware, cloud service providers can increase profit margins, cut costs, and boost scalability and performance of their systems.

This year's Cloud Computing Expo is at the Javits Center in New York City from June 10-13, 2013. Please join Innodisk Senior Engineer, Edwin Lam, for a special session, "Maximizing the Small Things: Efficiencies for Cloud Hardware", on June 11th, 8:15am-9:00am, in Room 1A10. This session will focus on SATADOM, a very small form factor boot device for the cloud, and how it contributes to performance and scalability of cloud servers, as well as the requirements for tomorrow's cloud hardware...

Did Amazon Already Win Cloud Computing?

Grazed from WallStreetCheatSheet. Author: Eric Schaal.

How far can Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) go in the cloud computing game? Though Amazon Web Services is already believed to be clocking around $2 billion a year, a report indicates that number could grow to an imposing $24 billion in the next decade, which would make Amazon a terror to all competitors and possibly give the tech giant a monopoly in the industry.

A report by Morgan Stanley analysts sees Amazon in the top five and gaining fast in cloud computing, which they believe will have a TAM of $152 billion ten years from now. As for the inevitability of a world turning entirely to cloud services by 2022, that’s considered a given, and bad news for companies like NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) and EMC (NYSE:EMC). Of course, someone will need to be the host, so the market for servers won’t entirely disappear, Morgan Stanley’s analysts noted...

Transparency, not security, is biggest cloud challenge, says Verizon

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Warwick Ashford.

Transparency is the biggest challenge in moving to cloud computing, not security, according to Gavan Egan, vice-president of sales at Verizon Terremark Europe. “Most big organisations do not see security as a challenge because serious cloud providers understand security and security infrastructure,” he told Computer Weekly. Verizon, which has a long-established security tradition, encrypts all data in its cloud environment and ensures that none of its employees have access to the data. All staff are also screened.

Egan, who formerly headed Verizon’s security services business in Europe, sees transparency as a far bigger issue for organisations making the transition to cloud. “IT departments not only have to ensure that cloud deployments comply with external and internal regulations, but they need to be able to prove that compliance to auditors and regulators,” he said...

The IaaS Merry-Go-Round

Grazed from Web Host Industry Review. Author: Stacy Griggs.

The Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) marketplace is rapidly evolving to be a clash of four titans plus a number of other companies trying to differentiate themselves based on price, service, compliance or sales models. Let’s take a quick look at the major competitors and some recent news they have announced.

  • Amazon AWS – Recently passed $2 billion in revenue and Morgan Stanley is predicting that AWS will hit $24 billion in revenue in the next 10 years. With their dual devotion to engineering and price reductions, they are the most formidable (by far) competitor in the cloud...

Big Brain Targets SMB Customers with High Availability Cloud Hosting Built on OnApp

Grazed from OnApp
OnApp today announced that Virginia-based hosting provider Big Brain Global has launched a new range of cloud services built on the OnApp Cloud platform. Big Brain chose OnApp to create cloud services for its small and midsize business (SMB) customers, who need affordable but very high availability hosting for database-driven applications. The new Big Brain cloud joins the company’s existing range of virtual private server (VPS), dedicated server and colocation hosting services.
Big Brain chose OnApp after narrowing its options to OnApp and VMware. OnApp’s built-in autoscaling, automatic failover and flexible support for different billing models played a major role in the company’s decision, enabling Big Brain to give its customers enterprise-class features and performance while only paying for the cloud resources they use. OnApp’s ability to manage VMware workloads was also significant in Big Brain’s decision, since it gives its customers greater choice of hypervisors and enables the company to target larger business customers with its cloud services.