Cloud Providers

Plexxi Pulse—Adding Flexibility to the Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Michael Bushong.

It’s been a busy week here at Plexxi. On Tuesday, we announced our partnership with, a high-performance, scalable and flexible hosting platform based on Microsoft Cloud OS.’s newly released CARIcloud service is powered by Plexxi and uses software-defined networking to allow companies to automatically adjust to conditions on their networks and make sure that the most important applications are never starved for performance. The platform enables customers to manage organizations and scale their data centers without being restricted to a single cloud service provider...

CenturyLink Said to Seek to Acquire Rackspace Hosting

Grazed from Bloomberg.  Author: Alex Sherman.

CenturyLink Inc. (CTL), the Louisiana-based landline phone service provider, is seeking to acquireRackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX) to further expand into cloud-computing services, according to people familiar with the situation.  CenturyLink has discussed the possibility with San Antonio-based Rackspace, which last month said it is still conducting an internal review of its strategic options, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about private information. One of the people said a deal may not be reached for the company, which now has a stock-market valuation of $5.33 billion.

The deal would add more Internet and cloud services to Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink’s roster of phone and data communications packages, helping it better compete against Inc. (AMZN) in Web-based services. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Google Inc. (GOOG) are also vying for business as companies transition from owning and operating servers to renting space in the cloud...

Cloud host DigitalOcean catches Docker fever

Grazed from DigitalOcean.  Author: Joab Jackson.

One of the fastest growing cloud hosting services, DigitalOcean, now offers one of the hottest virtualization technologies, Docker.  Customers now have the option to run the Docker-friendly CoreOS Linux distribution as a virtual machine on the service. Running CoreOS "is the easiest way and most affordable way for developers to start experimenting with Docker containers," said Mitch Wainer, the company's co-founder and chief marketing officer.

Users can run a DigitalOcean virtual machine for as little as US$5 per month.  The hosted version of CoreOS also provides DigitalOcean customers with a way to rapidly set up clusters of virtual machines to work together on one large task, such as running a heavily used Web application...

Cloud Computing: Amazon’s Stock Can’t Defy Gravity Forever

Grazed from WallStreetDaily.  Author: Louis Basenese.

Amazon (AMZN) has been basking in the glory of higher sales and share prices, thanks to a phenomenon known as “showrooming.”  That’s when consumers hit their local stores to get an up-close look at a product, but then head home to purchase it online.

Chances are you’re guilty of this behavior, too, since an annual Harris poll shows that 46% of Americans admit to showrooming (up from 43% the year before)...

Microsoft's Cloud-Computing Service Azure Experiencing Outage

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Jack Clark.

Key components of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Azure cloud-computing service are currently unavailable for users around the globe. The world’s biggest software maker said today that Azure, which lets businesses access computing resources and run programs via the Internet, is undergoing a service interruption in at least six of its major components in multiple data centers around the world.

Azure, which competes against rival businesses from Google Inc. and Inc., also experienced some outages in August. It’s unusual for cloud outages to affect more than one data center at once, and this is Microsoft’s most severe Azure interruption since some storage tools went offline in February 2013...

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X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: John Dixon.

Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. In this post, I’ll discuss XaaS: what it is and why you might want to consider using it.

First, what is XaaS? Is this just more marketing fluff? Why do we need to define yet another model to fully describe cloud services? I contest that XaaS is a legitimate term, and that it is useful to describe a new type of cloud services — those that make use of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS all neatly delivered in one package. Such packages are intended to fully displace the delivery of a commodity IT service...

Choosing a cloud provider? Follow the happy employees

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

Back in March, Louis Columbus reported on some numbers from showing employees' rankings of their cloud technology companies. They are not perfect indicators of company culture, but are certainly worth your consideration if you're looking to work for a cloud provider -- or trying to figure out which ones to use as a provider.

Reports like these give an insider's view into some of the top cloud technology companies. I can get an idea of what the culture is really like, which is an indicator of how well they are building and deploying their cloud tech. People say that having a bunch of unhappy employees doesn't measure the value of company's technology...

The Truth about Ingram Micro’s Foray into the Cloud Service Provider Space

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Earlier this year the channel was set abuzz by the announcement from Ingram Micro that it was entering the cloud service provider space with three new Ingram Micro-branded and hosted cloud solutions: Ingram Micro Hosted Exchange, Ingram Micro Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and Ingram Micro Web Hosting.

I recently spoke with Renee Bergeron, vice president of Managed Services & Cloud Computing at Ingram Micro, to get a better understanding of what these new additions mean for Ingram Micro and its channel partners...

How Niche Cloud Providers Compete With AWS, Google And Microsoft

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Mike Kavis.

Last week I wrote about Rackspace’s pivot from a pure play IaaS vendor to a managed service provider. In the article I questioned how the smaller, niche IaaS providers could compete with the “big three” IaaS companies and whether playing the price war game was a losing choice. I spent this week researching the answer to that question and here is what I found out.

Thoughts on Rackspace

I interviewed top executives from CloudSigma, DigitalOcean, and ProfitBricks and asked them about their thoughts on Rackspace’s announcement. Not one of the three companies was surprised with Rackspace’s move to managed services. In fact, Rackspace started out as an MSP before going head to head with the large IaaS providers and this area has always been their strength...

HP Launches Helion Virtual Private Cloud for Mid-Sized Enterprises

Grazed from Cloud Computing Path. Author: Pravin Anchan.

Hewlett Packard has just introduced a low cost virtual private cloud offering in the shape of HP Helion Virtual Private Cloud Lean. This is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) aimed at improving workload performance for mid to large sized enterprises with an emphasis on collaborations and application development.

The Helion VPCL includes some standard sized features such as virtualization, backup, recovery and clustering plus SAP HANA add-ons. HP’s VPCL assures lower latency, higher availability, more security and better compliance in a low priced offering. According to Jim Fanella, VP of workload and cloud for HP Enterprise Services, VPCL offers affordable enterprise class performance...