Cloud Management

Scaling Data Management to Meet the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The cloud may be the newest technology on the enterprise block, but in many ways it is following the same deployment pattern of previous hardware and software developments.

One habit that never seems to change is the need to get up and running with the latest offering and save pesky details like monitoring and management for later. Unfortunately, some top-tier firms that are already pushing workloads onto the cloud are finding that later is already here.

Managing Clouds Within Clouds

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Abiquo Gives CIOs More Control Over Cloud Computing

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Robert Mullins.

Abiquo, which bills itself as an enterprise cloud management software company, has released version 1.7 of its flagship software for a company to set IT business policy and apply that policy to physical or virtual data centers and even to third party hosting providers. Abiquo 1.7 overcomes some of the major impediments to wider adoption of cloud computing, which is the inability of a company to decide what IT resources are available to them, said Peter Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo.

"Today that decision is made almost exclusively by humans, and that is the barrier to cloud adoption," Malcolm said.

Data management tools 'to help tackle information growth'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

More businesses will be seeking out data management tools in the near future as they attempt to meet the challenge of information growth within their organisation, Gartner has forecast.

According to research conducted by the independent IT analyst, 47 per cent of large enterprises rank this issue as their top data centre hardware infrastructure challenge, ahead of system performance and scalability.

Gartner predicted that corporations will be looking to address this problem by bringing in new data management tools, consolidating storage and investigating the use of information reduction techniques.

Credit Suisse Spawn DynamicOps Enters Private Cloud Game

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Enterprise data management work 'needs organisational backing'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

An entire organisation needs to throw its weight behind data management initiatives for them to be a success.

Writing on the Financial Director website, columnist Richard Crump explained that many businesses are struggling to come to terms with demands for improved performance and transparency levels, as well as having to deal with uncertain economic conditions.

He said that financial directors can employ business intelligence (BI) systems to help them out in regard to these issues, but pointed out that they also require the backing of their colleagues.

Cloud computing can be integrated with existing management processes

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

While cloud computing appeals to startups and small businesses due to its responsiveness and the way it avoids capital expenditure, larger organisations need to blend it with their existing IT practices, Herb VanHook, vice president of strategy at BMC, told iTWire.

Such organisations want to adopt the dynamic, self-service, agile model that cloud offers, while retaining their existing request management, change management and software release management systems. For example, a self-service request for a particular function should generate a change ticket which is automatically closed when the function is delivered.

RightScale Raises $25 Million in New Funds

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Editorial Staff.

RightScale, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based cloud management software maker, has raised $25 million in new funds from Tenaya Capital, joined by DAG Ventures and other current investors: Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures and Presidio Ventures. This is RightScale’s third round of funding, bringing the total funds raised to $42.5 million.

HP offers telcos cloud-based device management tools

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: David Meyer.

The Cloud Services Enablement for Device Management as a Service (CSE for DMaaS) product lets wireless and broadband companies provide services such as managing companies' smartphones, notebooks and other mobile devices for them.

IT staff at those companies would be able to manage these devices, as well as PCs, through a secure, customisable web portal that would allow for the distribution of applications, the configuration of devices, the diagnosis of problems and the enforcement of security policies. Full back-up and restore features would also be possible using the system.

Novell Cloud Manager Offers On-Demand Workload Provisioning

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Computer management services specialist Novell announced the availability of Cloud Manager, a solution designed to enable customers to create and securely manage a cloud computing environment as an extension of existing data center resources. Cloud Manager is designed for the heterogeneous reality of most IT environments, which the company said gives users the freedom and flexibility to create and manage private clouds which support all leading hypervisors, operating systems and hardware platforms.