Cloud Applications

NetFortris Offers Cloud-Based Solutions for App, Data, Voice Services

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Cloud-based voice and data communications provider NetFortris yesterday unveiled new services for mid-sized, multi-location enterprises. NetFortris, previously known as Telekenex, is offering a Cloud Communications Platform (CCP) that manages application and network resources.

"The NetFortris CCP is a powerful platform upon which organizations can grow their business," NetFortris CEO Grant Evans said in a prepared statement. "We've built a world-class support infrastructure, giving companies the support they need as they build their IT infrastructure on the NetFortris platform."...

Cloud Computing: VMware Invests In Software Management Startup JFrog

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ben Kepes.

As infrastructure becomes more and more commoditized by cloud computing vendors like Amazon Web Services and DigitalOcean, those legacy vendors whose bread and butter relates to infrastructure provision are scrambling to find product offerings to fill the revenue gap left by dwindling sales. I’ve written at length about Cisco’s attempts to staunch the flow but another company in a similar situation is VMware. Long the king of virtualization, VMware VMW -0.73% still has great revenues, but these are being threatened as more and more organizations forego virtualization to move “up the stack”.

VMware hasn’t stood still however, it has invested in other solutions – from its hybrid cloud offering, VCHS, to multiple end user tools rolled out by its end user computing group – VMware has been full throttle on innovative revenue streams. It is this same quest for new and interesting products that has led the virtualization juggernaut to invest in JFrog, the bizarrely named startup that delivers tools to ease software management and distribution...

Windows 9 features may address unified apps and the cloud

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Robert Sheldon.

As I've already noted, rumors abound regarding Windows 9 development at Microsoft. There are Windows 9 features to consider beyond the possible release date, subscription cost and whether the older Start menu will be fully restored. What kind of apps will Windows 9 run, and how much will it integrate with cloud computing?

Windows 9 applications

Microsoft has great hopes for Windows 9 applications. The company is aiming for a common development platform, which enables a developer to create a single app that can run on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One. These unified apps would rely on a common Windows runtime that spans all devices to deliver a consistent experience on each device, while still accounting for the differences in the devices themselves, just like the operating system is supposed to do...

Moka5's Enterprise AnyWare Looks to the Cloud

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Moka5, the leading provider of next generation end-user computing solutions, today announced new cloud enhancements to its core infrastructure – Moka5 Enterprise AnyWare – enabling the widest range of deployment options for secure, client-side container management: on-premises (on-prem), cloud, or anywhere in between.

“While there’s been a lot of discussion about cloud computing and its impact on enterprise IT, most enterprise organizations aren’t ready for cloud-only infrastructure management,” said Dave Robbins, CEO of Moka5. “IT needs a flexible, intelligent architecture for container management that enables them to deploy wherever they need based on their requirements...

AWS offers Marketplace software on annual subscriptions

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: John Riberio.

Amazon Web Services is offering on its Marketplace annual subscriptions to over 90 software products, which could help customers cut software costs by over 40 percent, the unit said. Customers can purchase AWS Marketplace products on an annual subscription basis and have unlimited use of the software for that Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance for the next 12 months, wrote Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services, in a blog post on Monday.

Users can apply one annual subscription to a Marketplace software product to one EC2 instance, Amazon said in its help section. The products on offer under the annual subscription program include those from software vendors such as Alert Logic, Barracuda Networks, Citrix Systems, Fortinet, Riverbed Technology and Sophos...

Infosys to boost investment in cloud computing, apps

Grazed from TheHansIndia.  Author: Kuldeep Nayar.

India's second largest IT services provider Infosys Ltd said on Friday it would boost investment in cloud computing, smartphone apps and other new technologies to win more high-margin outsourcing contracts.
The move towards these more lucrative deals heralds a change in focus by Infosys, once a trendsetter in India's $100 billion IT outsourcing industry but which has struggled in recent years to retain staff and market share. Analysts say new technology is the next big requirement for global corporations. Infosys currently derives the bulk of its revenue from low-margin and highly competitive businesses like application development and maintenance and IT infrastructure management services. "Change is inevitable," Outgoing Chief Executive Officer and co-founder S.D. Shibulal told reporters after Infosys posted a higher-than-expected quarterly net profit growth of 21.6 percent...

Types of cloud application integration

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Amy Reichert.

Your organization is ready to move to the cloud in order to reap all the benefits of pre-built development and deployment tools; seamless data access; and a fast, reliable user experience with your application. All your organization's "stuff" is accessible, and if the system goes down, the vendor has to respect the service-level agreement and fix it. All your organization needs to do is crank out applications and features. It sounds too good to be true.

It sounds too good to be true because it's complex. The complication is due to the number of integration points between information and the applications in a cloud platform, as well as the legacy applications that already exist. Any time code is altered to accommodate new technology, those changes tend to expose integration problems...

Making the most of the cloud: A software-defined approach

Grazed from FCW. Author: Colby Hochmuth.

Cloud computing has become ubiquitous for the federal IT workforce, as many if not most agencies have begun to move functions like email or data storage into the cloud. But approaching cloud as a software-defined environment is still a relatively new concept in government.

A software-defined approach holistically automates network, computing and storage capabilities and opens the lines of communication between them, according to Anil Karmel, founder and CEO of C2 Labs Inc. and former deputy chief technology officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration...

Cloud Computing: Amazon takes on Google, Microsoft with new collaboration tool

Grazed from CNet. Author: Donna Tam.

Amazon Web Services, Amazon's cloud computing arm, on Thursday launched a new cloud storage and sharing service, signaling the company's first steps into territory dominated by tech titans Google and Microsoft. The service, called Zocalo, allows users to share files between desktop and mobile devices, and collaborate by highlighting content and adding notes.

It's also integrated into Amazon Workspaces, a virtual desktop Amazon launched in March. These are enterprise cloud tools a company implements for its employees. Cloud storage and collaboration have become popular services in recent years, with startups like Box and Dropbox leading the charge for working in the cloud, often painting Microsoft as a dinosaur with outdated office tools...

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time? Part 2

Grazed from Cadalyst.  Author: Alex Herrara.

Where should the concentration of power for high-performance computing reside? The first part of this series retraced the basic history of client/server computing, in which the prevailing wisdom at times pushed that concentration toward servers in the datacenter and at others swung it toward desktop workstations. Today, IT strategies are in flux again, with many headed in a very clear direction: toward server-based computing (SBC) models that pack not only computation and data on the server but — for the first time — high-performance graphics processing as well.

Manifested in a range of IT solutions tagged with hot buzzwords — such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), desktops as a service (DaaS), hosted virtual desktops (HVD), and, of course, cloud computing — SBC approaches the promised IT nirvana: anytime, anywhere access enabling across-the-globe collaboration, along with the ultimate in security and ease of management. By keeping models and databases resident in a central resource, IT managers are far better equipped to manage everything in this age of "big data." And most relevant to those relying on visually intensive CAD applications, this latest thrust in SBC is promising one more feature: interactive, high-performance 3D graphics...