Cloud Management

4 tips for buying cloud management software

Grazed from Network World. Author: Brandon Butler.

Managing clouds can be a challenge given that virtual machines and storage are running in two different environments simultaneously. A crowded industry of cloud management platforms (CMP) has emerged to help. Gartner Research Director Mindy Cancila says the CMP market is young and maturing; customers should understand the limitations of various options. Here are four tips from Cancila for organizations considering cloud management products.

IaaS needs its own tools

Many organizations began their cloud journey by using SaaS tools like Office 365, Salesforce or some other business planning software. These SaaS platforms may require some new skills, but customers don’t usually need to purchase a whole new management platform to use them. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is different...

Cloud Computing: The Future of Content Management

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: John Newton.

We know that big data is a big issue. Day by day, the data that businesses create is getting increasingly cumbersome and the value it contains is being outweighed by the complexity its management creates. This problem is one that John Newton has tackled over the last 25 years, first by designing and developing Documentum in the early Nineties and then with Alfresco, the world’s second largest open source enterprise content management company. John has had one of the longest and most influential careers in content management and he has invented many of the concepts widely used in the industry today.

How has the content and document management market changed since you started in the field?

Content and document management started really when the client/server revolution started to take off back in the late Eighties/early Nineties. Windows and Macs provided an environment to create more and more content and displacing mainframe applications. Storage at the time was limited to organising all those files using an eight letter name followed by a three letter extension...

Ixia Announces CloudLens Platform to Deliver Visibility Across Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds

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Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, today announced CloudLens, a platform consisting of existing Ixia solutions and planned products that will integrate network visibility across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Combining the power of Ixia's virtual network taps, packet and application flow filtering, Netflow with advanced application identification and geographic location, SSL decryption, and industry-leading deduplication capabilities, Ixia’s CloudLens platform provides service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises with unprecedented insight into network traffic in both physical and virtualized environments.

Hyperscale deployments are characterized by continuous configuration changes based on demand. While resource pooling and elastic scale are part of the cloud value proposition, the ability to monitor virtual traffic flows at the same scale has been limited. Ixia’s CloudLens platform will provide the framework for virtual taps and data filtering to meet the elastic demands of cloud customers in a multi-tenant self-serve model. Using products in the CloudLens platform, users will be able to deploy a highly scalable traffic monitoring system in a matter of minutes, not hours or days.

Talligent Partners With Trilio Data to Provide Data Protection Services With Advanced Cloud Management

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Trilio Data
, the creators of the first Data Protection-as-a-Service specification for the OpenStack community, Raksha, and Talligent, providers of cost and capacity management solutions for production-ready OpenStack clouds, have entered into a partnership. Organizations who use both Trilio Data's solutions and Talligent's solutions will have both comprehensive data protection and capabilities to report and bill departments and divisions for their use of data protection services. 

"There's a common misconception that OpenStack does not need comprehensive data protection," said Sanjay Mishra, founder and CEO, Talligent. "In truth, the inherent features in OpenStack warrant a completely new thinking around data protection services. TrilioVault from Trilio Data delivers full capabilities to backup, migrate and restore their OpenStack applications, data and files."

Management Complexity In The Multi-cloud

Grazed from TechWeekEurope. Author: Ben Sullivan.

Organisations are turning to the public, hybrid and multi-cloud to accelerate digital transformation. A 2015 Oxford Economics Survey entitled ‘The Cloud Grows Up’ shows that 69 percent of global business leader and IT executive respondents planned to make moderate to heavy cloud investments over the next three years; not only to save money, but to enter new markets and develop new products, services, lines of business and business models fast.

But one of the biggest challenges of hybrid and multi-clouds is achieving visibility, performance and management across the entire complex estate. You can wrestle with multiple cloud-provided tools and instrumentation, but that can be time consuming and frustrating. However, there is a surprisingly simple path to holistic visibility; the application delivery infrastructure...

Blue Medora Announces vRealize Operations Management Pack for KVM

Grazed from Blue Medora.

Organizations that need to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot their entire open-source virtualization environment can consolidate and automate operations with a new management pack from Blue Medora, the leading innovator in enterprise cloud and data center management.

The Blue Medora vRealize Operations Management Pack for Kernal-based Virtual Machines (KVM) collects performance data from critical Linux-based virtual machine resources within the end user's KVM landscape and makes it available in a single VMware vRealize Operations console.

ElasticBox Extends Hybrid Cloud Management with Additional Support for Clouds and Containers

Grazed from ElasticBox

ElasticBox, the hybrid cloud application manager, today announced updates to its enterprise SaaS and virtual appliance products. This release brings enhanced capabilities to enable IT organizations to drive value, productivity and confidence throughout the enterprise. ElasticBox enables enterprises to scale and update private and public cloud deployments, and to easily migrate workloads from one cloud to another. ElasticBox provides a highly adaptive model that helps customers standardize the process of deployments and provision environments to ensure the ongoing performance of production applications.

"Based upon customer feedback, we continue to enhance ElasticBox to help our customers maximize the efficiency of their cloud operations. We're excited about these enhancements which help enterprises take advantage of the latest services from cloud providers and the promise of containers," shared Carol Carpenter, CEO of ElasticBox.

VMware Updates Horizon and Unveils Cloud Management Suite

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Keith Ward.

Attempting to capitalize on the twin trends of cloud computing and end-user computing, VMware has announced an upgraded version of Horizon and taken the wraps off of what was known as "Project Enzo," and officially dubbed it "Horizon Air." Horizon 7 adds three important new capabilities, which are focused around speedier creation of desktops, and faster delivery of those desktops along with their associated apps.

Now called "Just in Time Delivery," Horizon 7 leverages Instant Clone Technology to create "full-featured, personalized digital workspaces" (i.e., desktops) in seconds, or even faster. Formerly known as "Project Fargo," it creates a new virtual machine (VM) from an existing one (the "Parent"), and uses that VM's disk and memory, allowing the near-instantaneous creation...

Read more from the source @ https://virtualizationreview.com/articles/2016/02/10/vmware-updates-horizon-and-unveils-cloud-management-suite.aspx

CloudBolt Announces Availability of Their Cloud Management Platform in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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To meet growing demand for Microsoft Azure on its proven cloud delivery platform, CloudBolt Software is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Customers can quickly deploy CloudBolt with Microsoft Azure from the Azure Marketplace portal to manage servers, applications, and environments across a wide range of virtualization and cloud providers.

As enterprise use of cloud computing grows, there is increasing demand for vendor-agnostic multi-cloud management. CloudBolt delivers IT automation and end-user self-service through a simply powerful console. Administrators can control their virtualization environments, private clouds, and public clouds all from a single interface, and they can present services and applications to end users through an intuitive user portal.

Red Hat Releases Ansible 2.0, Expanding Support for Hybrid Cloud Deployments and Introducing New Automation Capabilities

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Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Ansible 2.0. This new release of the leading simple, agentless, and powerful open source IT automation framework brings increased stability, new automation capabilities, and new integrations with a variety of services and providers, broadening support for public, private, and hybrid cloud deployments, and expanding Ansible’s footprint into Microsoft Windows environments and network management.

Ansible is designed to enable developer and operators in IT organizations to quickly learn and deploy the software, empowering them to break down barriers between IT teams by automating routine activities. Ansible 2.0 makes getting started with Ansible easier than ever with the following improvements: