Cloud deployment

CloudConnect Announces Release of DesktopConfig 3.6 with Citrix Adaptive Transport

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CloudConnect, a leader in Cloud Infrastructure technology and application delivery, announced today that it has released version 3.6 of CloudConnect's DesktopConfig.

CloudConnect announced release of the latest version of its Cloud deployment tool. DesktopConfig manages lifecycle management and provides tight integration with Microsoft Windows, augmenting Citrix to include items such as common bug fixes, workarounds, and reliability of the Current Release XenApp track. With DesktopConfig, CloudConnect enables customers of Citrix technologies to realize the full benefits of Citrix and the XenApp Long Term Service Release.  

Chef Automate Now Available as Fully Managed Service on AWS

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At AWS re:Invent 2016, Chef announced that the full capabilities of Chef's commercial platform have been integrated into a new managed service provided, supported, and backed by Amazon Web Service (AWS). AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes configuring, deploying, and scaling cloud and on-premises infrastructure simple and secure by automating infrastructure as code. The new joint solution gives AWS customers access to Chef's entire platform in just a few clicks, while also taking care of all Chef maintenance, from provisioning environments to backups. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate underpins core components of DevOps by automating everything from cloud migration to continuous application deployment, accelerating time-to-value for software development and reducing infrastructure management.

"Many of our customers have been using Chef for years to easily manage their cloud infrastructure. This new solution delivers robust automation capabilities with almost no setup or maintenance required," said Scott Wiltamuth, VP of Developer and Productivity Tools, AWS. "AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate makes it even easier for customers to ensure their cloud and on-premises resources are fast and secure. Development and operations teams have a strong foundation for leveraging DevOps practices in AWS or on-premises to turbocharge software delivery."

EU cyber security agency issues cloud deployment guide

Grazed from FutureGov. Author: Medha Basu.

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has recommended that the European Union (EU) develop a unified strategy for government cloud in order to enable member countries to securely deploy government clouds. The report recognises that public sector organisations are increasingly switching to cloud computing, and government clouds can simplify citizen interactions by reducing information processing time, lowering cost of government services and enhancing citizen data security.

However, cloud adoption in the European government sector has been very heterogeneous. ENISA recommends that member states develop a framework to mitigate loss of data control and a regulatory framework to address concerns regarding the physical location of data in the cloud...

Moab Cloud Suite 7.2 Speeds Time to Effective Cloud Deployment for Businesses

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Adaptive Computing, the largest provider of private cloud management and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workload management software, today announced the release of Moab Cloud Suite 7.2. Now Moab Cloud Suite provides improved time to cloud deployment offering out-of-the-box integration with existing infrastructure, minimizing system upgrades by leveraging existing investments. It also enables IT departments to more easily meet the needs of different organizational groups by streamlining tasks with a new dashboard portal and automating budget allocation.
 
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Six pitfalls to avoid with enterprise cloud deployment

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Bart Copeland.

Many companies — perhaps blinded by all the hype and marketing claims — are still hanging back when it comes to cloud adoption. They shouldn’t. They should make the move now — but keep these 6 potential pitfalls in mind.

Done right, the enterprise cloud reduces IT overhead, delivers scalability, fosters innovation, and improves the way enterprises work. And that can save time and money. You’ve heard the cloud marketing spiel … faster, better, cheaper. Those are seductive adjectives. But for some organizations, cloud benefits like that can remain out of reach. Cloud Computing is just so…new, and as some industry experts have oh-so-astutely noted, “much can go wrong.” And that’s reason enough for many to fear cloud computing...

Deploying to a public cloud? Deal with data integration first

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

If your organization has moved past all the excuses to use the public cloud, congratulations! But did you think through your data-integration strategy before deployment? If not, you'll find it difficult to maintain your corporate data in a public cloud.

The best bang for the cloud computing buck comes from using public cloud resources, such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Rackspace, IBM, and Microsoft. But that means you have to move some of your corporate data to the public cloud to take advantage of its cheap storage and per-use rental of compute cycles.

When you move even a smidgen of data to a public cloud, you quickly understand the need for some sort of synchronization with on-premise enterprise systems. Otherwise, users will rekey data, overnight USB drives, and take other ugly approaches to data movement -- it happens more often than most IT organizations realize...

The No. 1 Threat to Private Cloud Deployment: IT Management and ITIL

Grazed from NetworkComputing. Author: Greg Ferro.

People are the No. 1 reason why private clouds fail. The traditional IT management team is composed of tactically oriented, powerless leaders who aren't familiar with their core business and aren't equipped to handle dynamic IT business challenges presented by private clouds. They're more comfortable with sticking with what they know, avoiding change and ignoring the business risk of preventing change. They will be the downfall of your private cloud deployment.

Today's IT management is unprepared for change and unable to map a dynamic IT environment like a private cloud into a static and unyielding business process such as that espoused by ITIL or The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). Everyone can see that business drivers are changing. Engineers have already embraced the new technologies of the private cloud. Management must deliver new accounting methods, better risk management and long-term funding to develop new private cloud infrastructures. At the same time, IT managers are refusing to change the existing business processes, accept risk and move their organizations forward...

China is racing past US, rest of world - and into the Cloud

Grazed from The Register. Author: Phil Muncaster.

China has finally stepped out from the shadow of the United States and is leading the world at the cutting edge of cloud computing deployments, according to EMC.

Speaking at the storage giant’s EMC Forum 2012 event in Hong Kong last Friday, president of Greater China, Denis Yip, argued that mainland customers are often unencumbered by complex legacy systems, making them more agile and willing to take the leap to cloud.

“China is leading the way, which is strange because this is normally what happens with the US and then China follows – it has been like that for the past 20 years,” he said...

Red Hat's RHEL 6.3 aims at large-scale cloud deployments

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.3, Red Hat has tweaked the enterprise grade Linux distribution to add new capabilities in storage, virtualization, security, scalability, and performance.

"This is one of largest update release to date," said Tim Burke, Red Hat vice president of Linux engineering development. "It has a lot of performance scalability optimizations specifically targeted at virtualized cloud deployments in the data center."

To improve overall performance, RHEL 6.3 features a new technology called NUMAD (Non-Uniform Memory Alignment Daemon [5]). NUMAD is based on ideas behind NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Architecture), a memory management technology developed for supercomputers with large-scale distributed memory. NUMAD will align data in working memory so it is most easily accessible by the processor working on the data...

Gemini Cloudian and Citrix Partner to Enable Seamless Deployment of S3 Compatible Cloud Storage for Apache CloudStack

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Gemini Technologies today announced the integration of its industry-leading Cloudian Cloud Storage Platform with Citrix CloudPlatform, the market leading open source cloud platform based on the Apache CloudStack project, currently undergoing incubation at the Apache Software Foundation. Utilizing the Cloudian and Citrix CloudPlatform combination, cloud service providers and enterprises can seamlessly deploy S3 compatible cloud storage quickly and cost-effectively along with a state-of-the-art cloud computing platform.

The integration of Cloudian and Apache CloudStack unifies the S3 compatible cloud object storage service along with the file system requirements of the CloudStack cloud compute environment.  Users and their applications can directly utilize S3 cloud storage as they normally would with Cloudian, taking advantage of Cloudian's S3 compatibility to deliver interoperability with the wide diversity of tools and applications found in the S3 ecosystem...