Cloud Management

How AWS CloudFormation helps streamline cloud resources

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Dan Sullivan.

Deploying and configuring AWS resources can be time consuming and error-prone. If you ever had to configure an application stack using someone else's janky documentation, you will appreciate AWS CloudFormation.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CloudFormation allows developers to capture the state of existing platforms, tailor them to additional requirements and redeploy them as needed, in an automated way. It is designed to streamline the process of managing resources, such as storage, servers and security controls...

Managed AWS: Fusing managed services expertise and AWS power

Grazed from CloudComputingNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Those who implement cloud computing in general, and AWS in particular, are often confused by the role that managed services providers play. Cost and simplicity are driving the movement to leverage AWS through managed services providers as enterprises look for more ways to consume AWS services. These services are easier to mix and match with existing applications, and provide a better and more effective way to leverage AWS.

Managed services providers can place a well-defined layer of infrastructure, management, and governance between the cloud provider, in this case, AWS, and those who consume AWS as a managed service. Managed service providers get enterprises on-boarded quickly to AWS, and avoid initial issues that many enterprises encounter when going directly to AWS...

Dell tackles cloud market with 'multi-cloud' management approach

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Roland Moore-Colyer.

Cloud is one of the biggest trends in the IT industry, driving revenues for major technology brands and changing the way organisations manage their IT infrastructures and processes. As such, virtually every major technology firm has its approach to adopting the cloud, and Dell recently outlined its cloud strategy at the company's 2014 Solutions Summit attended by V3.

However, unlike other tech giants, Dell's approach, according to Nick Hyner, EMEA director of Cloud Services at Dell, is to act as a facilitator of cloud adoption for enterprises, rather than provide its own cloud services. This might come as a surprise as Dell – a manufacturer of servers and a provider of cloud-ready tools, with vast resources at its disposal – might be expected to set up its own service similar to that of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Cloud...

SNIA announces Cloud Data Management Initiative (CDMI) V1.1

Grazed from SNAI. Author: PR Announcement.

In case you missed it, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recently released their version 1.1 of its Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) specification. Highlights of CDMI version 1.1 include:

  • New functionality to ease CDMI implementation with other cloud API’s (e.g. AWS S3, OpenStack Swift, etc.)
  • Expanded cloud data services along with backwards compatible to earlier versions among other enhancements.

Check out the full specification here.

Speaking of SNIA and CDMI, check out this pod cast post of CDMI in a conversation with Wayne Adams and David Dale of SNIA.

Piston Delivers Secure 'Management Free' Private Cloud Software

Grazed from Piston. Author: PR Announcement.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. today announced a new release of Piston OpenStack™, a software product that automates the orchestration of an entire private cloud environment on x86 servers. Companies building web, mobile, and big data applications use Piston’s secure and cost-effective Amazon Web Services (AWS)-like capabilities to bring new products to market faster.

By managing a group of servers as a single pool of elastic and scalable computing resources, Piston OpenStack improves datacenter efficiency thereby accelerating the application development process. In conjunction with today’s product news, the company also introduced a simple-to-use Piston OpenStack TCO calculator that estimates the total cost of ownership of a Piston private cloud and allows customers to compare it to their AWS bill...

Red Hat announces CloudForms 3.1

Grazed from CloudComputingInfo.  Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudForms is Red Hat’s cloud management platform, built from the open source ManageIQ acquired in December 2012 and part of the company’s new open hybrid cloud program that aims to converge private, public and hybrid clouds.

Yesterday Red Hat announced version 3.1 of CloudForms, that will be generally available in September also as a part of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, this new release will introduces the following new capabilities:...

ITonCloud announces bespoke cloud management solutions for industry

Grazed from PRWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud specialist ITonCloud today announced a new service tailored specifically to professional services industries including legal, accounting and aged-care.  Hosted in multiple robust, secure environments in Australia, ITonCloud now offers bespoke cloud solutions specific to industry requirements from $199 per user per month, with no upfront fees and no lock-in contracts.  The service includes a fully maintained ITonCloud environment, an Intelligent Desktop Terminal, and unlimited support calls.

“We’ve been providing end-to-end cloud solutions that deliver the full benefits of cloud to customers, including line of business applications all Microsoft desktop application and licensing in a hosted desktop ,” said Andrew Tucker, Chief Executive Officer, ITonCloud.  “Delivered by our partners, we’re now including industry-specific, tailored applications for the legal, accounting and aged-care sectors in our managed services portfolio.”...

IBM patents cloud data location management tech

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Leon Spencer.

IBM has filed a patent for a technique that will automatically manage cloud data across geographic regions, claiming it will allow client companies to comply with regulations governing where data can be stored in different countries and continents. "During the early years of cloud computing, it was evident that storing and accessing business data across geographically dispersed cloud computing environments could present logistical and regulatory challenges," said IBM's Sandeep Ramesh Patil, co-inventor of the patent.

"Our team of inventors designed a system that will allow businesses to efficiently manage and move data in the cloud, while meeting required compliance mandates in different countries." Although IBM waited until August 8 to announce the new technique, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published the patent on March 18. The patent was first filed with the USPTO on September 23, 2010...

Nivis Announces Cloud Network Operations Center for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) -- Connected Smart Objects

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Nivis, a global leader in Smart Grid and Industrial Wireless networking, today announced the availability of the Cloud Network Operations Center (NOC), a core component of the Nivis Smart Object Platform. Cloud NOC is a web-based management tool that leverages cloud computing technologies to provide a simple yet powerful interface to support Smart Objects in highly scalable wireless mesh networks.

Cloud based NOC provides a robust platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling the deployment of applications in hosted or cloud (private or public) environments that automatically scale to meet demand, from the first prototype to field pilot tests and production systems. Cloud NOC offers easy integration with Internet of Things (IoT) -- connected Smart Objects devices, remote network management, secure data transport and storage, data visualization, and export capability. Web services facilitate integration with external systems, simplifying the development of applications using device data...

Red Hat Adds Cloud-Management Certification for OpenStack Partners

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Red Hat (RHT) is introducing a new incentive for enterprises to adopt its open source OpenStack cloud computing solutions. Now, the company will certify cloud-management solutions for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The certification offering comes as part of Red Hat's OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, which the company calls "the world's largest commercial ecosystem for OpenStack." Through the program, Red Hat will provide certifications for integrating channel partners' cloud-management products into RHEL OpenStack.

Red Hat is pitching this initiative as a way for enterprises to take full advantage of the diversity of OpenStack solutions now available on the market without having to commit to a single vendor's offerings. Instead, they will be able to adopt any of a wide range of the certified OpenStack management tools and integrate them into RHEL OpenStack...