Service Providers

Amazon faces competition as cloud technology goes mainstream

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

Cloud computing is moving away from being monolithic, where Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the only major cloud service provider, to a marketplace technology, with several cloud-based service providers, as users’ appetite for cloud grows, according to analyst firm 451 Research.

“It has taken a few years, but 2012 is the year we have seen some big difference, most of it driven by Openstack providers such as Rackspace,” said Simon Robinson, research vice-president of 451 Research, at the SNW Europe 2012 conference in Frankfurt...

Savvis Recognized as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

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Savvis, a CenturyLink company (NYSE: CTL) and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, has been positioned by Gartner Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service. The report can be accessed at http://savvis.com/magic-quadrant-leader.

"Enterprises need perspective in today's competitive cloud landscape, and we consider our position in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service a strong testament of Savvis as a global cloud leader," said Bill Fathers, president of Savvis. "Enterprises turn to Savvis for the unmatched support and security that comes with having an extensive data center footprint, comprehensive suite of Symphony cloud services and high-performance global network integrated across our extensive portfolio of services."...

Internap Receives 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award for Agile Hosting Services

Grazed from 4-Traders. Author: Editorial Staff.

Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of intelligent IT Infrastructure services, today announced that it has been named a 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine. The award recognizes companies that exhibit innovation and excellence in bringing cloud services to market and that advance the technology to deliver an improved experience for enterprise customers and their end users.

Internap was honored for its Agile Hosting service, a high-performance, instantly scalable, global hybrid cloud offering that enables businesses to optimize their multi-tiered web applications by mixing and matching "bare metal" physical and virtual cloud infrastructure. Internap's solution maximizes application performance and efficiency - all while achieving web-scale within a single, hybridized environment...

Should cloud service providers take a vertical tack?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Christina Torode.

I know what I'm about to propose goes against the mass appeal of the cloud computing model -- low cost, on-demand standard configurations that meet the needs of a broad customer base. Customization does not, for the most part, enter into the equation, but there is an argument for a customization of sorts in the cloud.
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Data security, including regulatory compliance, is a big factor in keeping enterprise companies out of the public cloud. But some cloud service providers are starting to see the value in catering to industry-specific data security needs. This past May, for example, Microsoft introduced Office 365 for Government, which segregates government agency customer data in a multi-tenancy public cloud. Microsoft also has Office 365 ITAR, a caged data center environment that supports FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act)and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) requirements. The Federal Aviation Administration marked its entrance into the public cloud with plans to give 80,000 employees access to Office 365 productivity tools...

Threats and Opportunities for Communication Service Providers

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Saraj Kar.

Cloud computing is increasingly becoming a land of opportunities for companies in various industries. It is clear that we are migrating from the PC era (all information stored and available in one place) to the era of Cloud (information moved and accessed from any location and device), and in this process many IT vendors are beginning to see the advantages of the cloud not only for businesses but for consumers.

In this context of evolution, the big question is who will take the cloud to the next level? To answer this question, some eyes begin to settle on communication service providers (CSPs) because they offer diversity, focus on connectivity and its relationship with both corporate and end user customers...

Green House Data’s Public Cloud Service Attains VMware vCloud Powered Validation

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Green House Data, a leading provider of sustainable cloud hosting and colocation services, today announced that its Green House Data Cloud service has achieved VMware vCloud Powered status, illustrating to customers that the company’s cloud services are underpinned by VMware’s leading virtualization and cloud computing technology, namely VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director™. A member of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP), Green House Data provides its VMware vCloud Powered service as a set of cloud computing services across a common platform, supporting the largest set of existing applications and offering distinctive application mobility uniquely available from VMware.

"We are excited to join the VMware vCloud Powered program and are committed to providing our clients with simplified management of all their IT needs,” shared Shawn Mills, President, Green House Data. “The Green House Data vCloud Powered service is just another way for our customers to manage and customize their infrastructure on-demand.”...

CloudPassage Looks to Lock Down Cloud Servers

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Kenneth Corbin.

For IT pros, the benefits of the cloud are by now familiar. But as enticing as the agility, streamlined management and on-demand provisioning benefits that cloud computing offers, security remains an area of deep concern.

And while leading vendors have made considerable strides in addressing the potential security problems associated with the cloud -- both real and perceived -- the security burden still falls to both suppliers and customers, many of whom have been moving rapidly to embrace the technology but sometimes treat security as an afterthought.

"The race to the cloud is on," says Rand Wacker, vice president of product management at CloudPassage, a two-year-old startup specializing in securing cloud servers. "Companies large and small are scrambling to increase their speed to market, and reduce cost by moving their servers to a cloud-based architecture."...

Cloud Computing: RockyNet Launches Start-Up Program for Colorado Businesses

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RockyNet.com Inc., a Louisville-based Data Center and Cloud Computing provider, has recently announced an incubation program for start-up phase and emerging business named RockyNet Thrive. RockyNet’s President Paul Mako stated, “RockyNet Thrive is our way of leveraging our cloud and collocation infrastructure to help new businesses grow into the rebounding economy. If these companies are given the chance to thrive, we will all thrive.”

The program offers technical consulting on how to leverage the cloud and collocation in a startup business, free cloud and collocation services, and continued technical consulting as the business emerges into profitability. RockyNet Thrive is available to any registered Colorado business which has begun operations in the last three years and has less than 15 employees...

NTT Communications Named Key Provider of Cloud Computing Solutions in Spain

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

NTT Communications has been positioned by Penteo, an independent ICT analyst, as one of the key providers of cloud services in Spain to offer a complete portfolio of cloud based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

The report[1] analyzes and evaluates the main players in this area. It discusses the IaaS services aimed at large enterprise or the upper segments of medium enterprises, on grounds of capability (Global, European, Local) and type of solution (Cloud Private, Shared or Public). It concludes, "In recent years NTT Communications has developed a strong IaaS solution offering including public, private and hybrid clouds, which makes it the vendor with the most complete portfolio"...

XPERTECHS Brings Power of Cloud Computing to Local Businesses

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XPERTECHS, Baltimore’s leading provider of outsourced IT solutions, today announced it has ended Beta testing and added cloud computing to its service offerings to help local businesses take advantage of the benefits of this powerful new computing model.

“We are very pleased to be offering cloud services,” said Michael Mellott, President of XPERTECHS. “Instead of building and maintaining expensive IT systems on premise, businesses will now have the option of simply plugging into whatever IT resources they need, and only having to pay for what they use on a monthly basis. The cloud computing model is similar to the way businesses now consume and pay for electricity. After Beta testing for several months, XPERTECHS has on-boarded several clients in a full production mode.”...