Cloud Servers

DigitalOcean Releases Free Cloud Firewalls Service to Strengthen Security for Large-Scale Applications

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DigitalOcean, the cloud for developers, today launched Cloud Firewalls, a free service that secures Droplets (cloud servers) by reducing the surface area of a potential attack. Developers can deploy the service in seconds without installing or configuring any software, and define what ports are visible on their Droplets to minimize risk. Along with DigitalOcean's free Monitoring Service launched in April 2017, Cloud Firewalls is a key part of DigitalOcean's continuous effort to add value back to developers by allowing them to deploy and scale applications of any size.

"We are committed to helping developers build great software. This includes offering a simple and automated way to secure their infrastructure," said Julia Austin, CTO of DigitalOcean. "Teams of engineers depend on DigitalOcean to stay true to our commitment to simplicity, and Cloud Firewalls ensures they can easily manage their production workloads securely, at scale."

Are You Scared of the Cloud? Well You Should Be…

Are you afraid of using cloud services? Well, you should be because the very computing service's model introduces many different reasons to be concerned. There are a number of security flaws common across many different cloud services. In some cases, the cloud service or website poses a security threat and risk to one's privacy by its very design. Let's look at the biggest problems that come with using cloud services, websites and their associated apps.

Non secure Exchanges of Information

When you are connected to the cloud, you have to exchange information with the cloud servers. Your data is at risk when you upload it to the cloud or download it. Dropbox had to patch a flaw found in 2015 that allowed hackers to steal new information uploaded to its cloud through compromised third party Android apps. This is separate from the 2011 glitch that temporarily allowed anyone with a password to log in and view customer accounts.

Gain access to an ARM server running Linux OS, through the cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Adam Shah.

If you want to play with an ARM-based server, you can now apply to gain access to one online through the Linaro Developer Cloud. The cloud service was announced in March but has finally gone live. It's mainly targeted at developers who want to evaluate ARM servers.

The free service is one way to access ARM servers, which aren't widely available. Applications go through an approval process, and only those serious about programming for ARM servers will likely be approved...

Canadian Web Hosting Upgrades Canadian Cloud Options and Expands Custom Cloud Server Types

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Canadian Web Hosting, the leading Canadian Cloud Hosting provider, has announced the general release of its custom cloud server types and custom SSD Clouds Servers that are now available in Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC through the website.  These new customizable cloud servers allow any customer to change sizes and resources to the exact number of virtual CPU, RAM and storage that they require.  The new cloud server options are designed to let developers and businesses save money and maximize resources by only paying for cloud infrastructure that they need rather than having to choose from predetermined instance types with fixed amounts of virtual CPU, RAM and storage.

GoDaddy enters the cloud business with new servers, applications for SMBs

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Natalie Gagliordi.

Small business domain host GoDaddy is entering the cloud business. On Monday, the Arizona-based company announced the launch of Cloud Servers and Cloud Applications -- a suite of Amazon-style cloud computing services that enables small businesses to build, test and scale cloud solutions on GoDaddy's infrastructure.

The service is aimed at smaller businesses making at least a partial move to the cloud. More specifically, this new toolset is geared toward the individual developers who work for small businesses as they look to spin up raw virtual machines to run software. "We're looking to make it easy for developers to serve small businesses with the technology they want," said Jeff King, SVP and GM hosting and security at GoDaddy...

Cloud Computing: Serverless computing - How did we get here? (Part 1)

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brian Butte.

Every once in a while I get asked what my background is, and my answer is always that I'm a generalist: a jack of all trades and master of some. Being a generalist is not easy in a world where IT professionals have been told since the beginning to specialize. However, it requires a generalist to see the forest for the trees, an analogy well-suited to the continually emerging world of cloud computing.

In 2001, I started my journey into the world of cloud computing. With a background in plant-floor automation and embedded systems, my point of view was admittedly skewed with a natural affinity for distributed computing. The hot topic at the time was grid computing, and as I was learning about it, I recognized a model that made sense: CPU scavenging. CPU scavenging virtualizes all the spare CPU cycles wasted on desktops and servers as they wait for something to do (when operating on a scale measured in billionths of a second, it turns out a lot of time is wasted waiting for something to do)...

Cloud Computing: Dutch Companies Look to Heat Homes With Servers

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Jeffrey Burt.

An energy company and a technology startup in the Netherlands are the latest companies to test whether housing servers in residences can help families reduce their heating costs as the systems run their workloads.

Eneco is installing radiator-size servers that the energy company is calling eRadiators in five homes in the country. The servers, built by 2-year-old Nerdalize, will be part of the system maker's compute cloud. While the servers are churning away, the heat they generate will be used by Eneco to heat the homes...

HP Unveils New Cloudline Servers for Service Providers

Grazed from CIOToday. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Hewlett-Packard has just unveiled new, low-cost servers -- the Cloudline family of servers -- to meet the needs of service providers that want to differentiate themselves in the market. HP said its new open standards-based solutions, partnerships and flexible business Relevant Products/Services models will help service providers drive growth, accelerate service delivery and reduce costs.

HP may be right on time with its solutions, given IDC research that shows most organizations will stop managing their own infrastructures over the next five years. The IDC data Relevant Products/Services suggests enterprises will more often turn to dedicated and shared cloud Relevant Products/Services offerings in service provider data centers in the years ahead...

Cloud computing reboots the relevance of the mainframe

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Alina Popescu.

IBM’s 13th generation of System z has just been launched and its integration with the cloud brings the “mainframe back on the table as a relevant piece of infrastructure,” says Dave Vellante in his opening analysis with John Furrier that kicked off theCUBE’s IBM zNext coverage on Wednesday. In itself, this billion dollar investment only generates 3 percent of the company’s revenue, but the added elements of software and mainframe boost it to over 20 percent.

Vellante pointed to a previous VMware statement about “building a software mainframe” which would have security built in, virtualization, and openness. “The industry has always wanted to build a mainframe. IBM has got one.” said Vellante. “The cloud and mobile drive this trend,” Furrier added. He also raised the question of how existing businesses will integrate this new system...

SherWeb Launches High Performance Cloud Servers - Benchmark testing shows new pay-as-you-go cloud server outperforms competitors

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Award-winning cloud services provider SherWeb today announced the highly anticipated official launch of its Performance Cloud, which has been available on a limited basis since May. Included in this announcement is SherWeb's most recent industry benchmarking data comparing SherWeb's public cloud solution with that of Google, Amazon and Rackspace. SherWeb's UnixBench score of 2178 versus Amazon's 1444 for overall server performance makes SherWeb's on-demand cloud servers by far the fastest among market leaders.

The long-time hosting provider says its new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution fills a major void in the market and that channel demand has been particularly strong. Unlike competing offers, SherWeb's Performance Cloud Servers do not make enterprise or SMB end-user organizations compromise performance for cost, or vice versa...