Cloud Comparison

Aerohive First to Answer Customers' Age-Old Question: How Am I Doing Compared to Others?

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Aerohive Networks, a Cloud Networking Leader, today announced Cloud-based Comparative Analytics for enterprise access networks. As the capability is built out, customers will be able anonymously and dynamically to compare infrastructure and client metrics to similar-sized deployments and/or industries to help them proactively determine if and where to focus corrective or optimization efforts.

Quantifying and qualifying the operational effectiveness of the access point of an enterprise network has always been problematic because of variable usage and demand by users, compounded by the remoteness from IT resources. Using the power of the Cloud, Aerohive's new, totally anonymous Comparative Analytics capability will allow IT professionals to accurately compare key infrastructure and client metrics, at first dynamically and within a few months over time. Finally, Aerohive's Comparative Analytics capability will answer the age-old customer question of how to compare operating effectiveness to others of similar size and similar industries, as well as whether the metrics are getting better or worse over time.

CloudPhysics Unveils Cost Calculator for Private Cloud With Public Cloud Comparison Tool

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CloudPhysics, provider of data-driven insights for smarter IT, today introduced the Cost Calculator for Private Cloud with the Public Cloud Comparison tool. This data-driven solution automates the process of determining the accurate costs of a customer's currently resourced on-premises Virtual Machines (VMs). Customers can compare those amounts to the costs for the same VMs if they were migrated to a public cloud.

The Cost Calculator for Private Cloud allows the customer to rightsize VMs by comparing a VM's current resources, such as CPU and storage, with the amount the VM actually requires to perform its functions. Because many VMs are overprovisioned with resources, rightsizing helps a customer save costs per workload, whether on-premises or in the cloud. By rightsizing workloads, customers are assured that VM provisioning fits actual usage. 

RightScale Launches Free Cloud Comparison Tool

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RightScale Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise universal cloud management, today announced that it has launched a new free tool to help enterprises quickly and easily compare top public cloud providers.

The new tool will be available within the RightScale product suite, as well as accessible via http://cloudcomparison.rightscale.com.

"Enterprises are using public and private in record numbers, and as we saw in the RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud Report, 82 percent of enterprises report a multi-cloud strategy," said Kim Weins, VP of Marketing at RightScale. "Now one of the big questions is how companies can pick the best, most optimized cloud for each specific workload or use case. We created RightScale Cloud Comparison to make it easier for IT to become an effective cloud broker of different cloud services across the leading public clouds."

How to Evaluate Cloud Solutions vs. Legacy IT Operations

Grazed from InformationManagement. Author: Ravi Shankar.

Enterprise executives are always facing new challenges when it comes to running their IT operations. Today, this is especially true as the number and demand for new cloud applications spurs a corresponding complexity of service delivery models. More and more, IT departments are choosing a hybrid model that incorporates several options: developing “born-in-cloud” applications, selecting certain external applications to be hosted in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environment, and modifying existing applications that then must be hosted either on premises or in the cloud.

In the end, IT executives must ensure that each application meets the business needs and computing architecture policies of the company. To do so, IT leaders must apply a set of high-level evaluation questions:..

IBM SoftLayer vs. AWS cloud security: Choose your tools wisely

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

IT pros considering IBM SoftLayer and Amazon Web Services will find solid security in both clouds, though true cloud security should ultimately be something the user controls, experts say. IBM SoftLayer and Amazon Web Services (AWS) both cater to enterprises with extensive cloud security features, as well as marketplaces full of third-party products to secure the customer's side of the cloud.

Much of AWS cloud security revolves around encryption. It encrypts data at rest in the Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Block Store (EBS). With the AWS Key Management Service, Amazon offers customers a choice of using master keys managed by AWS for encryption or controlling their own keys...

Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services: Cloud Comparison

Grazed from Tom's IT PRo.  Author: William Van Winkle.

Operating officially since 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is closing in on its 10-year anniversary. Some might call that old, while others would say that Amazon has merely had that much more time to build an incredible head start over its competition. One of those competitors, Microsoft Azure, entered the market in 2010. But by this time had Amazon already sprinted ahead to an insurmountable lead?

Microsoft doesn't think so, clearly, and has been building its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering out from AWS' shadow ever since.  Of course, insurmountable leads and shadows are largely irrelevant to your own enterprise. These companies are both global titans with the resources to make their respective cloud services as robust and expansive as they want...

Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure

Grazed from JavaWorld. Author: Peter Wayner.

If the cartoonists are right, heaven is located in a cloud where everyone wears white robes, every machine is lightning quick, everything you do works perfectly, and every action is accompanied by angels playing lyres. The current sales pitch for the enterprise cloud isn't much different, except for the robes and the music. The cloud providers have an infinite number of machines, and they're just waiting to run your code perfectly.

The sales pitch is seductive because the cloud offers many advantages. There are no utility bills to pay, no server room staff who want the night off, and no crazy tax issues for amortizing the cost of the machines over N years. You give them your credit card, and you get root on a machine, often within minutes...

Is IBM’s $4.4 Billion Cloud Bigger Than Amazon’s? Not Quite.

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Is it possible that IBM’s new cloud computing services business unit — the one that got suddenly bigger last year after the acquisition of SoftLayer — is bigger than cloud computing’s dominant player, Amazon Web Services?  It turns out that it is, but it’s not a very good comparison. It all depends on what you consider to be “the cloud.”

Let’s start with the basic numbers, which have emerged in recent days as both IBM and Amazon have reported their fourth-quarter and annual results.  If you look at IBM’s cloud business strictly by revenue, the company’s CFO Martin Schroeter disclosed on a conference call with analysts on Jan. 21 that it finished the year with $4.4 billion in cloud revenue, a 69 percent increase over the prior year...