Cloud Management

Cloud Computing: Embotics Aligns With IBM, Microsoft, Google, and Rackspace

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Embotics®, a leading provider of enterprise-class Cloud Management Software, today announced it is releasing a set of new multi-cloud cost management and financial analytics capabilities within its latest release of the Embotics vCommander™ software. The new vCommander 5.1 release is generally available this month, April 2014, and will expand on the company’s mission of helping enterprises and service providers to better analyze, orchestrate, govern and broker across multi-hypervisor and multi-cloud environments.

Support for IBM SoftLayer®, Microsoft® Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Rackspace® Public Cloud has been added to vCommander 5.1, allowing Embotics’ users to model and compare the economics of running their workloads across one or more hypervisor and cloud platforms. These new platforms are in addition to the support within vCommander for VMware® vSphere®, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the OpenStack® based HP Cloud...

CliQr Named 2014 Gartner "Cool Vendor" in Cloud Management

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CliQr Technologies, the leader in cloud migration and full application lifecycle management, today announced it has been recognized as one of the "Cool Vendors in Cloud Management, 2014(1)" for its CloudCenter(TM) technology by the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, Gartner, Inc. Each year, Gartner publishes a series of research reports in key technology areas that highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services.

"We're honored to be recognized as a 'Cool Vendor' by Gartner. We believe this inclusion validates our application-centric approach to cloud migration and management -- an approach that is already resonating with the market," said Gaurav Manglik, co-founder and CEO of CliQr. "Businesses today have come to realize that the ultimate benefit of cloud computing involves the ability to fluidly move and manage applications and data to and across a variety of users, and private and public clouds depending on workload criteria. This is the true promise of the cloud -- and to accomplish this in any scalable fashion organizations require the ability to liberate applications from being bound to diverse cloud infrastructures and services. And this is exactly what CliQr delivers."...

Verio Introduces New Cloudn Customer Management Portal

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Verio Inc., an NTT Communications company and the leading provider of online business solutions, today announced a new Cloudn portal which makes it easy for customers to provision, configure, and manage their cloud solutions by putting everything in a single convenient location. Additionally, Verio and NTT Communications reduced Cloudn pricing by up to thirty seven percent for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloudn offerings, effective May 2014. The price reductions are applicable to Cloudn virtual machine (VM) plans and existing customers will automatically be billed at the reduced rate, effective May 2014.

"By lowering pricing, Verio is demonstrating its focus to become a force in the North American IaaS market," says Fred Martin, Senior Vice President of Product, Engineering and Operations at Verio. "Customers do not like surprises and free bandwidth eliminates one of the largest, and most difficult to predict, expenses of cloud computing."...

Panda Cloud Systems Management Now Allows Management of Windows, Mac and Linux Devices, As Well as Tablets and Smartphones

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced the addition of significant enhancements and new features to Panda Cloud Systems Management (PCSM), its remote management and monitoring solution designed to help organizations manage, monitor and support all types of devices on their computer networks, both in the office and on the road.

The new features incorporated in Panda Cloud Systems Management include printer management via SNMP, which allows IT administrators to configure monitors and alerts to control printer status, track toner and paper usage, etc. This feature will extend to routers and switches in future releases...

Amazon Cost Explorer Provides Deeper Insight Into Cloud Spending

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Jason Verge.

Amazon Web Services has introduced Cost Explorer, a tool for managing spending on its cloud computing platform. It features reporting, analytics, and visualization tools to help Amazon users track and manage their costs. Pre-configured views and filters give customers control over how they view their spending and also offers an opportunity for further cost cutting through optimizing, right after the recent big overall price cuts.

Cost Explorer is integrated with the AWS Billing Console launched in November. It will be a welcome addition, as it’s not always transparent for some customers as to how much they’re spending, where the spending is coming from, and ways to cut those costs – unless they use third party tools...

Bright Computing Achieves Cloudera Certification for Bright Cluster Manager

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Bright Computing, a leading provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, today announced that Bright Cluster Manager® is now certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5. Bright and Cloudera will continue to work together to enable enterprise customers to deploy and manage big data projects with ease.

Bright Cluster Manager enables customers to build and configure a complete cluster on bare metal. Eliminating the complexity involved with installing, configuring, and managing a cluster enables customers to lower their operating expenses, and reduce system down time. "Cloudera Enterprise 5 is a leading choice for organizations that need an enterprise-grade solution to handle their data analysis," said Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, founder and CEO of Bright Computing...

Cloud Management Dashboard ECmanaged continues innovation

Grazed from ECmanaged. Author: PR Announcemet.

Today, ECmanaged, the award winning multi-Cloud and IT management tool released an upgraded version of its SaaS application and website. New features include a multilingual user interface, a fully programmable autoscaling feature, and the ability to set different user levels for security purposes as well as additional automated management features.

“User-friendliness is our aim. Providing ECmanaged in French, Spanish and other languages is a logical step that will provide ECmanaged a competitive advantage compared to unilingual American solutions” says Juan Carlos Moreno, CTO of ECmanaged. “In addition we have rolled out some key Cloud management features that distinguish us even more from our competitors.”...

ProKarma Partners With Scalr to Offer Cloud Management for Enterprise Private and Hybrid Clouds

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ProKarma, a global IT solutions company, today announced a partnership with Scalr, providers of the leading open-source enterprise cloud management platform, to deliver private and hybrid cloud management to its cloud computing customers. Scalr's open source Cloud Management Platform(CMP), offered as either a hosted or on premises solution, provides a single pane of glass management portal that enables both an enterprise's IT operations staff and developers to provision and manage application environments across the most popular clouds, including Amazon EC2, Google CE, OpenStack and CloudStack.

"We are pleased that ProKarma has added Scalr's Cloud Management Platform (CMP) to their enterprise cloud computing solutions," said Sebastian Stadil, chief executive officer, Scalr. "Together we can provide ProKarma customers with private and public/private hybrid cloud solutions that deliver the flexible infrastructure and platform capabilities they require."...

Feds & The Cloud: Management Approach Must Evolve

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Sean Rhody and Kevin L. Jackson.

Cloud computing has introduced a new model of acquiring hardware and software. In reality, you aren't acquiring anything physical, and much of the value of moving to the cloud is driven by the transition from using physical resources (hardware, software, and labor hours) to the consumption of online services (infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service) that deliver similar functions.

While the technical aspect of this change seems to capture all the headlines, the financial and governance aspects are just as important -- but end up on the back burner. Unfortunately, the necessary changes in management policy, acquisition processes, and organizational behavior rarely get the planning they deserve or get executed properly in advance. This disconnect can quickly derail any cloud transition...

Why Virgin Management is all in on cloud computing

Grazed from TechPageOne. Author: Dennis Smith.

In a Computer Weekly article, Archana Venkatraman discusses why Virgin Management opted for an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform. We’ve seen similar successes with other companies. There are several common threads among cloud computing adoptions that ensure successful outcomes, including cost, scalability, and capability.

As with many IT projects, simply deploying on existing infrastructure is seldom an option. Upgrades are usually needed, which can include increased server bandwidth and storage capacity, and new/additional software licenses. When a change is underway – as was the case with Virgin Management during office relocation – it becomes an opportunity for IT teams to identify new ways to optimize their resources. Cloud computing represents a significant opportunity to offload new or existing workloads...