Cloud Offerings

Microsoft's New Azure Database Offerings Challenge (and Maybe Surpass) AWS Cloud

Grazed from ADTMag. Author: Drew Robb.

In its database offerings, the Microsoft Azure cloud is starting to look a lot more like the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud. At this week's Build developer conference, Microsoft made a bunch of cloud-based data announcements, including previews of new Azure database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL. Perhaps not coincidentally, AWS already has similar offerings: Its Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) features PosgreSQL and MySQL as database engine options. AWS also offers a fully managed MySQL-compatible relational database called Amazon Aurora.

It's another new Azure offering, though, that may see even AWS playing catch-up: Azure Cosmos DB. "Today, we announced Azure Cosmos DB, the first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global distribution with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile," Microsoft exec Scott Guthrie said in a blog post yesterday...

Microsoft refreshes Azure Stack preview - adds new cloud services

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Mary Jo Foley.

Microsoft has refreshed the third (and said to be final) Azure Stack technical preview with lots of new features and fixes. Don't call it Azure Stack Technical Preview (TP) 4. But given the many features and fixes in the April 6 update, you might be excused if you do. Today's update includes previews of the Azure App Service (web apps, API apps, and mobile apps), Azure Functions server-less computing, and updated version of of SQL/MySQL database services.

In addition, according to Microsoft's blog post on the update, "Based on feedback and several ongoing improvements/bug fixes, we've also updated the Azure Stack TP3 software for a better deployment and operational experience." In order to try out the new Azure Platform-as-a-Service services introduced today, users must first move to the updated TP3 software, which includes refreshed features for both administrators and tenants...

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Dell Adds To Its VDI, Cloud Offerings

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetsky.

Dell recently announced a number of things it is relating to enterprise VDI and Azure-based cloud computing. The announcement included the release of Wyse 7000 and 5000 series Windows 10-based thin clients, Wyse vWorkspace 8.6 and the Dell Unified Communications Command Suite (UCCS). Let's examine these one by one:

Wyse Windows 10-Based Thin Clients

Dell announced the Wyse 7490-Z90Q10 and 5490-D90Q10 thin clients. The devices will be available with the specialized "Windows 10 IoT Enterprise" operating system, starting July 29. The company says these thin client devices are "secure, highly scalable and provide a superb user experience." The devices are based on AMD G-Series quad-core microprocessors...

IBM Platform Computing Delivers New HPC Cloud Offerings

Grazed from InsideHPC. Author: Editorial Staff.

High Performance Computing (HPC) users are always looking for more performance at a lower cost. In the past, organizations would purchase specific sets of servers that would be destined for a specific workload. When that workload changed or was modified, the existing systems that had been acquired may or may not be able to run efficiently or be the best choice for the application. In addition, the CAPEX and OPEX costs would rise.

Learn how IBM Platform Computing is transforming isolated clusters and grids into flexible, dynamic, high performance private, hybrid and public clouds. Clusters that are purchased for specific applications tend not to be flexible as workloads change. What is needed is an infrastructure that can expand or contract as the workload changes, depending on user requirements and demands...

Despite new public cloud offerings, VMware still playing catch-up

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The newest feature added to VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud is the ability to spin virtual machines up and down with just a few clicks and pay for them by the hour. This better positions VMware to go head-to-head with public IaaS cloud vendors Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, but analysts say VMware still has lots of catching up to do.

VMware’s stronghold in the virtualization market has made it an important cloud computing vendor to watch. The company, touting a software-defined data center strategy since its VMworld event last year, has helped many customers migrate their virtual environments into private clouds via automation and self-service provisioning features...

Amazon begins offering heavy-duty C4 instances on AWS cloud platform

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Amazon has made available new C4 virtual machine instances on its Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud platform, designed to offer a higher level of processor performance for customers with demanding workloads. First announced last year, the new C4 instances are being delivered from infrastructure based on a custom version of Intel's latest Xeon E5 v3 processors, created specifically to meet the requirements of the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, according to AWS.

The new instances are available from today in seven AWS regions covering the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the firm said, with charges starting at $0.116 per hour for the smallest c4.large instance with two virtual processor cores (vCPUs) and 3.75GB of memory. This scales up to 36 vCPUs on the c4.8xlarge instance with 60GB memory, which is charged at $1.856 per hour...

Amazon’s C4 cloud-computing instances may launch soon

Grazed from VentureBeat.   Author: Jordan Novet.

Amazon Web Services, the leader in the market for public cloud infrastructure, is getting ready to release its latest server slices to developers the world over.

The C4 instances, first announced in November, will launch in seven regions, according to a blog post that went out in an RSS feed but is now unavailable online.  The C4 instances run on Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (Haswell) chips customized exclusively for Amazon, according to the blog post, written by Amazon Web Services chief evangelist Jeff Barr...

Rackspace opens Cloud Office suite

Grazed from RackSpace. Author: PR Announcement.

Rackspace has created a business unit called Cloud Office which aims to unify its portfolio of Rackspace and Microsoft business productivity and collaboration tools. The suite of solutions available under Cloud Office at Rackspace includes hosted Microsoft Exchange and Rackspace Email, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint collaboration tools and Jungle Disk backup services, all backed by Fanatical Support.

"We've combined the power and expertise of Rackers, who understand that each customer has unique needs in their work environment, with a broad selection of productivity tools to help customers manage and run their business in a way that meets their specific needs," said Bret Piatt, general manager of Cloud Office at Rackspace. "We are proud to deliver this IT productivity suite as a service to exciting new companies as well as established brand names including Star Network Services, Jordan Lawrence and 42 Inc." The announcement comes weeks after Rackspace announced it will be offering managed IT services for the full Google Apps for Work suite.

Rackspace Brings the OpenStack Cloud to Bare Metal

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

An open-source OpenStack effort, known as Ironic, is a key enabler for Rackspace's new OnMetal offering, which also supports the Docker container model.  Rackspace aims to shake up the cloud market with the launch of its new OnMetal OpenStack cloud service that enables users to directly provision physical hardware.

The promise of the cloud is highly available, elastic computing power that is available on-demand. For the most part, that promise has been enabled through the use of virtualization and multi-tenancy, where many different users share the same physical hardware...

IBM puts all its cloud services in one place

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

IBM has assembled a vast array of hosted cloud services, and now it has somewhere to show them off. On its IBM Cloud online marketplace that goes live on Monday, enterprises can find the full range of IBM's offerings behind a single gateway. "So many of our customers want to build new cloud-based, front-end systems, but they want to tie them into their back-end infrastructure. We're delivering a whole set of integration components and control services to do the connection, and monitor and control what is taking place," said Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president and group executive for software and systems.

The marketplace has more than 100 hosted IBM applications, as well as middleware components from IBM's Bluemix platform as a service (PaaS). It also serves as a portal to IBM's SoftLayer infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and houses a collection of services from IBM partners...