August 2013

Cloud Computing: Tradescape raises $43M to help digital media companies manage finances

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Rebecca Grant.

Tradescape has raised $43 million for its software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to help online businesses handle their finances. The $43 million sum is the first chunk of of a proposed $114 million round. Tradecape works with ad agencies, content publishers, and content creators to manage transactions that start in digital media marketplaces.

Its “financial clearing” technology automates financial reconciliation, clearing, billing, settlement, invoicing, reporting, and auditing. Buying and selling media is a complicated process. Tradescape’s tools helps brands, agencies, and marketers ensure that they stay on-budget without constantly needing to check in with their partners and track campaign performance...

Basho Unveils Riak CS 1.4, Driving Distributed Cloud Storage Innovation for Public and Private Clouds

Grazed from Basho. Author: PR Announcement.

Basho Technologies, the leader in distributed systems software, announced today the availability of Riak CS 1.4 and Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise. Riak CS 1.4 continues Basho's commitment to provide cloud storage software that is simple to operate, highly available by design, and compatible with industry cloud standards. Riak CS is used by organizations worldwide to power their public and private clouds.

Riak CS 1.4 introduces formal integration with OpenStack, provides enhanced performance and manageability, includes community requests, and improves performance at scale. Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise significantly boosts the performance of multi-data center replication by allowing for concurrent channels, so the full capacity of the network and cluster size can scale the performance to available resources...

SaaS: Killer of the Traditional IT Department

Grazed from Wired. Author: Tom Kemp.

Historically, IT was one department that handled IT services for an entire company — one department to rule them all, if you will. From email to software to printer problems, they were relied upon for a variety of issues. As technology continues to evolve, more companies are turning to Software as a Service (SaaS) for their business needs. Of course there are various benefits that are associated with this new IT and employee dynamic, but also unintended consequences — a rift in the way IT works.

Gartner says enterprise apps will generate nearly $40 billion in sales for developers by 2016. A stronghold for consumer-friendly photo apps, games, and renegade business apps, the app stores of today are now going through a major renovation as the enterprise-class comes into its own...

CloudPhysics Releases SaaS-based IT Management for VMware

Grazed from CloudPhysics. Author: PR Announcement.

CloudPhysics, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $10 million in Series B funding and released its SaaS offering, which automatically uncovers hidden operational hazards before problems emerge as well as identifies radical efficiency improvements in storage, compute and networking with VMware workloads. The CloudPhysics tools give IT more power to understand, troubleshoot and optimize their virtualized systems.

CloudPhysics is opening a Card Store, essentially an app store built on an industry-wide dataset and community. The CloudPhysics user interface is composed of Cards, each of which is a highly focused app to solve a particular IT operations problem. Cards are built by CloudPhysics and members of its user community using the Card Builder feature of the cloud-based service and range across all IT operations use cases from planning, procurement, reporting, analysis, troubleshooting and capacity management...

Amazon revamps push notification service as cloud providers target mobile developers

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

In the fiercely competitive world of IaaS cloud computing driven by a race to the bottom on prices, service providers are constantly looking for new services that can be outsourced from the enterprise to their cloud data centers. Hoping to ride the wave of mobile computing, cloud service providers’ latest target is mobile application development.

This week Amazon Web Services made it easier for mobile developers to send push notifications at massive scale to all types of end points, including iOS, Android and Kindle mobile devices. AWS enabled the push notification functionality through its Simple Notification Service (SNS), which also supports e-mail, Simple Queue Service (SQS), which is a messaging platform, and HTTP. Amazon’s not the first to be targeting mobile developers, though, as Rackspace and Microsoft have each equipped their clouds with services targeted specifically at mobile developers...

Cloud Connect Chicago, October 21-23, 2013 - Navigating the Cloud for Enterprise Transformation

Grazed from UBM Tech.  Author: Event Announcement.

Cloud platforms are shifting today’s business models by enabling companies to quickly build, deploy and manage applications. The unlimited resource of the cloud is driving a breakneck pace of innovation and unprecedented value for companies prepared to take full advantage.

Cloud Connect Chicago, to be held on October 21-23, 2013, is the only venue where you will learn how to leverage the cloud ecosystem to develop new services, new revenue streams and new business models.  Cloud Connect offers three days of in-depth boot camps, panel discussions and access to a host of industry experts, all designed to help you weigh your cloud options and drive transformation. This year’s Sessions and Boot Camps include all the major cloud stack players including OpenStack, CloudStack, and AWS & Eucalyptus. Plus, don’t miss the Cloud Security Summit hosted by Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) or the CompTIA Cloud Essential Training...

Microsoft May Be Developing Government Cloud OS

Grazed from CMSWire. Author: David Roe.

There is further evidence this morning that cloud computing is getting specialized with reports that Microsoft may be in the process of developing one or more versions of its cloud operating system customized for government users.

Microsoft Government Cloud OS?

The report that Microsoft is in the process of doing this surfaced in a report by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley who, citing unnamed sources, says that a new specialized version of Microsoft Cloud OS’s platform is currently under development. While this probably won’t be confirmed until the final product is ready for release, it does correspond with an emerging trend that we saw last week with ClearData where verticals that are managing sensitive data, and who want to move to the cloud, are looking for specialized, secure products...

Unexpected cloud computing costs cause sticker shock

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

The cloud offers easy resource provisioning and flexible pricing, but there are several cloud computing costs beyond the instance price lists to consider before deploying workloads there. Beyond the initial server instance, cloud computing pricing usually includes storage, networking, load balancing, security, redundancy, backup, application services and operating system licenses. Certain cloud computing costs -- resource contention, storage, bandwidth and redundancy -- can come as a surprise.

Server instance performance and provisioning costs

So-called noisy neighbors -- server instances from other tenants in the cloud that share the same hardware and cause resource contention -- are a common problem. "In a public-cloud world, you tend to have to have more capacity because of noisy neighbors consuming more resources than you'd expect on that shared host, the fact that certain hosts will become unresponsive, or the fact that you have to replace hosts frequently," said Jim O'Neill, CIO of the hosted marketing software provider HubSpot Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass. "We tend to see extra investment in additional capacity just to keep performance at a known state."...

Kelway Answers Industry Need for Disaster Recovery with ServiceWorks Assure

Grazed from Kelway.  Author: PR Announcement
Kelway today announces the release of ServiceWorks Assure, a highly scalable cloud based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution.  ServiceWorks Assure provides businesses with the ability to securely and efficiently replicate their VMware based server workloads to Kelway’s ServiceWorks Compute cloud infrastructure, which is hosted in Kelway’s UK-based datacentres.
Backed by award winning Zerto Virtual Replication technology, ServiceWorks Assure provides clients with the capability to meet their businesses workload protection requirements thanks to aggressive recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) of less than 30 minutes. In the event of a disaster within a client’s on-premise infrastructure, customers can simply and efficiently failover to the Kelway cloud infrastructure – using either a self-service capability, or by leveraging Kelway’s Service Operations Centre (SOC)...

Three Emerging Cloud Trends: Offshoring, Networking, Big Data

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Jeff Vance.

The cloud may not have quite reached maturity yet, but it's getting there. Plenty of businesses rely on the cloud for mission-critical applications, and cloud adoption is steady enough in the U.S. that offshore public cloud providers fear they'll never catch up to Amazon, Google, Rackspace and other cloud providers in the U.S.

From outsourcing to automation

"The initial resistance to public cloud has begun to subside and customers are beginning to realize its efficiencies as the solutions mature," said Ian Marriott, research vice president at Gartner. According to Gartner, spending on public cloud services is expected to grow 18 percent in 2013 to $131 billion. By 2015, Gartner believes the public cloud services market will exceed $180 billion...

Xactly CEO Discusses Big Data and Cloud at 16th Annual Oppenheimer Technology, Internet & Communications Conference

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Xactly® founder, president and CEO Christopher W. Cabrera will share strategies for leveraging big data and the cloud to drive business results at the Oppenheimer 16th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference. Cabrera’s panel, “Leveraging Big Data and the Cloud to Drive Business Results,” will take place on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:05 p.m. ET at the Four Seasons Hotel, Boston and via live webcast.

  • What: Leveraging Big Data and the Cloud to Drive Business Results
  • When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Boston and via streaming webcast:

ServInt announces availability of new version of its Jelastic cloud service

Grazed from ServInt. Author: PR Announcement.

ServInt, a pioneering provider of managed cloud hosting for businesses worldwide, today announced the availability of version 1.9.2 of its auto-scaling Jelastic cloud service. Jelastic is the only zero-code-change cloud hosting platform for Java and PHP applications. The new version 1.9.2 includes many new features, advancements and visible changes.

“Jelastic has been a core component of the ServInt product catalog since 2011 because it is one of the most powerful, innovative and easy-to-use PaaS products on the market,” said ServInt CTO Matt Loschert. “Now, with 1.9.2, it’s even better. The list of new features that users will be getting is simply extraordinary.”...

Logicalis US Announces New "On-Demand Cloud" IaaS Service

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Today, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider ( – and a company named “Best Cloud Consultant” at the Cloudcor UP 2012 Cloud Computing Conference – announced a new infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud resource, the Logicalis On-Demand Cloud.

The Logicalis On-Demand Cloud is a self-managed, multi-tenant public cloud infrastructure that provides the flexible compute resources, memory and storage necessary to complete projects such as test and development, proof of concept, training, bursting or other short-term needs. This new service is a pay-as-you-go offering with the benefit of not requiring customers to invest in building and managing their own on-premises infrastructure...

VCs Hot on U.S. Market for Cloud, Mobile Technology Investments

Grazed from ChannelNomics. Author: Chris Gonsalves.

Global investors are feeling more confident about the U.S. economy and are poised to start shoveling money into select technology investments, according to new research from Deloitte LLP and the National Venture Capital Association.

The 9th annual Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey, released today, indicates global investors are increasingly enthusiastic about technology investments in mobile, cloud, enterprise software and health care IT, all areas of significant focus for technology channel partners...

6WIND Announces Membership in CloudNFV Initiative

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

6WIND, the gold standard for data plane processing in software-defined networks, today announced that it is a founding member of the CloudNFV™ initiative. CloudNFV is a group of vendors dedicated to creating a technical framework and demonstration platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based on cloud computing and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies in a multi-vendor environment. Tom Nolle, CIMI Corporation President, is the architect and facilitator of CloudNFV and, in addition to 6WIND, the other founding members include Dell, EnterpriseWeb, Overture and Qosmos. These six companies each bring unique technologies and expertise to complete the framework needed to demonstrate the multi-vendor CloudNFV vision.

NFV has emerged as a key approach to maximize network resource utilization by virtualizing functions traditionally implemented in dedicated hardware, thereby minimizing both CAPEX and OPEX. Service providers are increasingly exploring SDN-based network architectures in order to improve network manageability and accelerate the deployment of new services...

IBM Awarded 10 Year $1 Billion Cloud Hosting Services Contract To Assist US Dept. Of Interior's Move To Cloud

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM today announced it will work with the United States Department of the Interior (US DOI) as the Department embarks on a decade long transformation of their information technology (IT) systems to a cloud computing model. As part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued for IBM up to $1 billion, the Department may use IBM cloud computing technologies, services and hosting as the foundation of their next generation infrastructure.

IBM's solution for the DOI is based on the company's secure and high availability Federal Data Center capabilities using open computing and process standards. The US DOI will leverage IBM expertise in data storage, secure file transfer, virtual machines, database, web hosting, development testing and SAP Application Hosting. The Department will also be able to tap IBM's Smart Cloud for Government hosted at the IBM Federal Data Center, the Smart Cloud for Enterprise (SCE) commercial offerings and the very cost competitive IBM AIX Cloud...

Cloud Computing: What Exactly Is Big Data, Anyway?

Grazed from Epoch Times. Author: Kannan Sankaran.

We live in a time where nearly everyone is participating in creating a very large amount of data everyday—from engaging with social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, to watching videos in multimedia sites like YouTube and Vimeo, to performing searches using Google and Bing. What happens to this data? Where does it get stored? How does it all become relevant? Understanding big data gives us the answer. To understand big data, it is essential to first know about the three main Vs of data – Volume, Variety, and Velocity, as outlined by Doug Laney of Gartner Inc. in a report in February 2001:

1) Volume – It refers to the volume of data that is being stored everyday by companies, in data centers. According to, a staggering 58 million tweets are sent out each day that is stored by Twitter.

2) Variety – This refers to the collection of data in various structured and unstructured formats like GPS sensors, images, videos, and blog posts. My personal Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone has numerous sensors that are also contributing to this data...

What to look for in mobile cloud-based storage

Grazed from ConsumerAffairs. Author: Mark Huffman.

Hackers and identity thieves are increasingly focused on mobile computing. With so many smartphones and tablets now in use, mobile is increasingly becoming how consumers use the web. Criminals also like the fact that many mobile devices have little or no security protection – not on the device itself and not on the data that is stored in the cloud.

Mobile data can be stored both places and security experts say both need strong protection. Chris Rancourt, an editor at, says consumers who use an online backup service to store and share their data in the cloud need to be especially careful...

Tier 3 says its new cloud is useable by mere mortals

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Amazon Web Services-like public cloud infrastructure offers great scale and flexibility. What it’s not so strong on is being easy for non IT types to comprehend and use on their own without having to call in a devops or IT professional as intermediary. That’s the market Tier 3 is attacking with the latest release of its public cloud infrastructure.

In startups, devops or sysadmins typically set up (and wind down) compute resources in the cloud, but established companies want their business folks to be able to manage their cloud and oh-by-the-way self-provision the applications they need without bothering techies...

UberCloud Preps for Round Four of Cloud HPC Experiments

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Alex Woodie.

Since it launched last July, the UberCloud Experiment has held three rounds of trials that demonstrate the viability of running HPC workloads in the cloud. With the fourth round set to begin soon, attention once again focuses on encouraging the HPC community to invest in the development of cloud HPC resources that have the potential to benefit smaller organizations.

While the cloud computing has really started to take off in the last few years, interest in running HPC applications in the cloud has not kept up with spending and interesting levels in the overall cloud market, according to Wolfgang Gentzsch, who co-founded of the UberCloud Experiment with Burak Yenier in 2012...