ProfitBricks Cuts IaaS Prices, Claims Pricing Leadership

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

ProfitBricks has slashed the price of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings and is claiming that it is winning the cloud price wars against its biggest competitor Amazon Web Services (AWS). For this volley in the cloud price wars, ProfitBricks has reduced its prices by 30 percent and "has doubled the price drop percentage of the industry leader in the last year," according to the vendor.

With this price cut, a cloud instance with two dedicated CPU cores, 7.5GB of RAM and 500GB of block storage is now $73.95 per month. That includes support. It's the first big price cut from ProfitBricks in a year, when it challenged Amazon with a major price cut and claimed its pricing was 50 percent of its rival's...

SingleHop Launches Virtual Private Cloud IaaS Solution for Enterprises

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Chicago-based infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider SingleHop has launched a private cloud solution that leverages tools from EMC (EMC), Veeam, VMware (VMW) and other technology giants. SingleHop's new release, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), is a cloud-enabled managed IaaS offering that "provides a groundbreaking way for businesses of any size to benefit from a private, yet scalable cloud strategy," SingleHop said.

"Our customers can take advantage of our enterprise-driven network and managed services," Jordan Jacobs, SingleHop's vice president of products, told Talkin' Cloud. "Our flagship offering gives customers the ability to granularly choose the level of management they need. We can fully manage our customers' entire VPC environment, [or] they can manage it themselves and everywhere in between."...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/iaas/102314/singlehop-launches-virtual-private-cloud-iaas-solution-enterprises

CloudSigma IaaS Signs Onto Equinix Cloud Exchange

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider CloudSigma has signed on to Equinix Cloud Exchange to give a boost to its hybrid cloud solutions portfolio. CloudSigma is also hoping to expand its global cloud footprint and make it easier to access its services around the world.

This announcement follows up on the October 2013 news that CloudSigma had expanded its presence in the U.S. using Equinix's DC6 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Washington, D.C. The addition of a relationship with Equinix for its cloud interconnect solution expands CloudSigma's footprint even more, providing it with the potential for accelerating adoption of its own cloud infrastructure services...

Behind the Curtain of OrionVM’s Next-Gen IaaS Platform

Grazed from OrionVM.  Author: Sheng Yeo.

By now, you’ve probably seen a great deal about our IaaS platform making business sense. Our Wholesale Cloud Platform provides a turnkey cloud computing infrastructure you can use to launch your own cloud, complete with a white label rebrand, integrated account management and no CapEx.

We think it’s pretty cool. But how did we build it? How does the underlying technology work?   Today we thought we would give you a look under the hood of our distinctive cloud architecture...

Rackspace Withdraws from IaaS, Focuses on Support

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

It appears that Rackspace (RAX) is ceding the growing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market to its competitors, instead preferring to focus on supporting customers that are planning to build their own clouds. According to a Network World article, the OpenStack company plans to discontinue its IaaS offering while shifting its focus entirely to its existing managed cloud business.

One could look at this as Lady Luck not being on Rackspace's side, but it looks more like the company is finally recognizing where its strengths-and weaknesses-lie. Instead of competing against Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (MSFT), Google Cloud (GOOG) and others making up the growing IaaS market, which Rackspace has been doing for the last few years, it makes a lot of sense for the cloud company to bow out...

Cloud Computing: Spotlight on Infrastructure as a Service

Grazed from Westel.  Author: Ediotial Staff.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in the cloud refers to shared online computing resources that include data processing, storage and networking. While users may not own the platform, they can control the operations of software and data for their purposes. The following characteristics will help you clarify this customized infrastructure.

On Demand Access

One of the most important characteristics of infrastructure as a service is on demand self-service for users. Examples might be the capabilities for consumers to set their own appointments or a function that allows them to independently upload and store content on a cloud server. Another characteristic is the ability for consumers to order as many items at a time as they choose...

IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

Grazed from MBTMag. Author: Adam Stern.

As adoption of cloud computing gains momentum within the manufacturing sector, there’s a corresponding growth in infrastructure-related services, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — a way to provide access to compute resources in a cloud-based environment. What sets IaaS apart is that the resources consist of virtualized hardware — infrastructure that is virtual as well as physical. IaaS offerings range from virtual servers to network connections to load balancers.

The major appeal of cloud server hosting is that the software (and with IaaS, the hardware), is virtualized. The hardware resources that support IaaS are pulled from multiple servers and networks, located across multiple off-site data center and maintained independently of the manufacturer using the service. The company pays a monthly fee to access these resources as needed. It’s the responsibility of the cloud service provider (CSP) to ensure ongoing maintenance of the hardware and virtualized services. And now that enterprise ERP solutions can live and prosper in the cloud — and that CSPs can install, manage, update, protect and support ERP software for a low monthly fee — the question has shifted from “to migrate or not to migrate?” to “which cloud environment suits us best?...

Infographic - Opsview Cloud, IaaS & Virtualization Survey

Grazed from OpsView.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Conducted in Q2 of 2013, Opsview's Cloud, IaaS and Virtualization survey explored implementation plans for more than 12 technologies, drivers of cloud adoption and provider-selection criteria. With contributions from over 420 respondents, we targeted IT decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in North America and Europe...

To see infographic and read more from the source, visit: http://www.opsview.com/about-us/blog/infographic-opsview-cloud-iaas-virtualization-survey#sthash.buZ4pcXw.dpuf

IaaS experiments lead to cloud confusion as companies search for their perfect vendor

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Colin Barker.

If your company is struggling to find the right cloud solution for your business, you are not alone - it appears an awful lot of companies are in exactly the same position. That was one of the principle conclusions from some new research by the cloud computing company iland, in conjunction with VMware, which found that the average company is using not one but at least three Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) companies for their cloud development. According to the research there are a number of reasons why organisations are casting around trying to find a cloud solution including:

  • An ongoing effort to find the 'right' solution.
  • A fragmentation of requirements at the departmental level.
  • An unwillingness by IT to standardise on one vendor.
  • A requirement for diverse suppliers because, amongst other reasons, of liability issues.
  • A general urge by cloud providers to continually try new ideas that might meet their needs...

OpenStack: What It Is, What It Does

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: David Darrough.

Anyone paying attention to all the cloud technologies discussions over the last 12 to 18 month has heard of OpenStack. Companies that are looking to reap the rewards of cloud computing often will hear things such as open source, avoiding vendor lock-in, IaaS, time-to-market, flexibility, capex vs. opex and control. So where does OpenStack fit into the conversation?

OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage and networking resources throughout a data center, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface...