Elastic Computing

ECS Achieves AWS Service Delivery Designation for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud for Windows

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ECS, a leading technology provider serving public sector and commercial customers, announced that it achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for Windows. As a Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) with AWS Service Delivery designation for Amazon EC2, ECS is recognized for managing secure, reliable, and high-performance environments for deploying Windows-based applications and workloads.

Windstream Hosted Solutions Introduces Elastic Hybrid Cloud to Managed Services Portfolio

Grazed from CNN. Author: Editorial Staff.

Windstream Hosted Solutions, provider of cloud and data center solutions and part of Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced the availability of its Elastic Hybrid Cloud as an enhancement to the Windstream Managed Private Cloud. Elastic Hybrid Cloud provides a bridge between private and public clouds, enabling greater data and application portability.

Windstream's Elastic Hybrid Cloud reduces costs by efficiently delivering resources to businesses through secure virtual data centers, leveraging existing investments and open standards to ensure interoperability and application portability between clouds. Windstream's Private Cloud customers can now manage data resources and workloads on demand by elastically bursting virtual machines from a private cloud to a public cloud...

Cloud Computing: IBM Unfurls Global Project Elastic Storage Initiative

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Michael Vizard.

In theory at least, cloud computing is pretty much defined by elasticity. The whole idea of building a cloud after all is to make IT infrastructure resources available on demand. IBM announced today that it is applying that concept to storage on a global scale regardless of the format in which it is stored or the devices used to house it.

Later this year, IBM will deliver a truly elastic data storage capability, code named Project Elastic Storage, on top of the IBM SoftLayer cloud computing platform. Built on top of the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) technology that IBM has been using in high performance computing (HPC) environments for decades, Project Elastic Storage turns GPFS into a cloud service capable of supporting file, block and object-based storage services...

Making elastic cloud computing a reality

Grazed from UNSW.edu.au. Author: Editorial Staff.

UNSW researchers are using artificial intelligence to create a computer network capable of regulating its own consumption of public cloud services. The team, led by School of Computer Science and Engineering Lecturer Srikumar Venugopal, hopes the research will make truly elastic cloud computing a reality.

Elasticity is seen as a key benefit of the cloud, allowing companies to automatically and immediately dial up or down the consumption of cloud computing power based on need. The idea is to prevent companies over- or under-provisioning resources to run a particular workload. Presently, companies set rules to manage when to spin-up new virtual servers or shut them down. Systems administrators use their experience and historical data to set the rules...

Peaks and Valleys: Software Licensing for Elastic Cloud

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Richard Northing.

One of the most compelling aspects of cloud computing is its elasticity. With cloud provisioning models such as SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, organizations can scale up capacity to support business growth and/or temporary spikes in demand much more easily than they can with traditional IT architectures.  They can also scale down capacity when business slows and/or spikes are over.

Just as important in an uncertain and unstable global economy, the cloud mitigates the risk of being locked into fixed IT costs in the vent of a business downturn. So even if the business continues to grow, the rental model offered by the cloud still feels more prudent than the capital model...

On the Hunt for 'Elastic Computing'

Grazed for IT Business Edge.  Author:  Arthur Cole.

The enterprise is quickly transitioning from the concept and design phase of cloud development to a deployment and operations phase. In many ways, this is where the rubber meets the road in that we will soon learn what the cloud can actually do as opposed to what has been promised.

Part of this proof-of-concept period is the idea of elastic computing. Can a cloud environment actually provide the kind of dynamic infrastructure that will allow users to pick and choose the operating environments, applications and data sets to achieve their self-defined goals?