Cloud Software

Clouds obscure software licensing

Grazed from WhaTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

Before virtualisation and cloud computing became the norm managing software licences was relatively straightforward: you paid for every computer on which you wanted to run the software, or you made sure you did not run it on more machines than permitted by your licence. With the rise of cloud computing and ‘virtual machines’ all that changes. And it does not get any easier.

A white paper on the topic ‘Cloud licensing and software Asset management’ - authored by Peter Björkman, CTO and partner of Snow Software, a developer of software asset management technologies - gives one example. “Organisations using IBM’s enterprise applications are now required to navigate the complexity of its PVU (processor value unit) licensing model. Here, licensing obligations and costs are dependent on the hardware processing power accessed by the application(s) and therefore the total value derived to the organisation from hardware units rather than simply counting the number of users requiring access.”...

Cloudera Announces Enterprise-Grade Support For Apache Spark

Grazed from CloudComputingToday. Author: Arnal Dayaratna, PhD.

Cloudera recently announced the general availability of Apache Spark for Cloudera Enterprise. First developed at UC Berkeley, Apache Spark is a parallel data processing framework that supplements Apache Hadoop by facilitating the development of big data applications related to machine learning, interactive analytics and real-time analytics.

Spark allows users to write parallel sets of code in Java, Scala and Python that operate on Hadoop clusters with a speed up to 100 times faster than MapReduce. Moreover, applications developed in Spark tend to require 2 to 10 ten times less code than a corresponding MapReduce application...

Talygen Unveils Cloud Storage Feature That Lets Business Store and Share Files with Team Members and Clients

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Talygen, the world leader in Business Management Automation today unveiled its cloud storage feature. Companies can now store and share their files in the cloud for easy access and collaboration among managers, team members and clients. Users no longer have to worry about saving files in the wrong device or carrying large disk drives with them. Since everything is stored in the cloud, users can gain access to their documents as long as they have access to the internet.

This also means that users no longer have to worry about failed back-ups or corrupt documents. “Cloud computing is essential in project management since it involves a lot of communication and collaboration among teams and clients,” mentioned Harold Saini, Chief Program Manager at Talygen. “With our cloud storage capabilities, users can do that and so much more.” Some of the features and benefits that come with Talygen’s cloud storage include: ...

Private Cloud as a Service delivers OpenStack, ensures governance

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Caitlin White and Michelle Boisvert.

Enterprises wary of moving mission-critical data off-premises to a public cloud provider such as Amazon may find an OpenStack private cloud fits the bill.  But private clouds can be costlier than public clouds, and relatively few IT employees have OpenStack skills.

"We had quite a bit of developer need for self-service; we were spending quite a bit of time on deploying images for developers and just needed to get out of that for my team," said Joe Specht, senior director of system infrastructure at Seattle-based Tableau Software.  Tableau adopted Metacloud's "Private Cloud as a Service" product a little more than a year ago to help out...

ActiveState Stackato Connector for Citrix CloudPortal Simplifies Cloud Provisioning for IT

Grazed from MarketWired. Author: PR NewsWire.

ActiveState®, whose software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, today announced the launch of the Stackato® Connector for Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager 2.1. With the Stackato Connector for CloudPortal Business Manager, IT can now more efficiently access their Stackato private PaaS through a self-service catalog.

Organizations see the cloud as an important component to increasing productivity and delivering applications to market faster than before. As one of the cloud service catalog offerings available for the Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager, the Stackato Connector is part of the Citrix-Ready Partner ecosystem designed to unify and simplify the commerce, user management, service provisioning and operational aspects of a cloud...

InContact Announces Second Major Release Of Award-Winning Cloud Contact Center Software In 2013

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

inContact (SAAS), the leading provider of cloud contact center software and contact center agent optimization tools, today announced the market availability of the second major release of its award-winning cloud contact center platform in 2013. The new cloud software release is designed to enhance personalized service experiences, delivering more 1-to-1 connections with customers while providing game-changing contact center effectiveness.

“As the cloud contact center leader, we are excited to deliver our second major software release in 2013, enabling our customers to stay on the cutting edge of customer service technology,” said Paul Jarman, inContact CEO. “Unlike legacy premise solutions that lock customers into an 18 month cadence of waiting for new features, inContact gives our customers the continuous innovation they need to address their most pressing contact center challenges.”...

Meet Windows Server's BYOD features

Grazed from ComputerWorld. AuthorL Jonathan Hassell.

Microsoft execs are fond of the term "people-centric IT" -- it's their way of saying that workers are using whatever devices they want to, and are using them at home, on the train, in a hotel, on the beach, while skiing.... You get the idea. But IT needs a way to at least make sure this explosion of user choice does not put corporate data at risk.

Four of the features in Windows Server 2012 R2 are meant to bridge the gap between yesterday's world, where users have a corporate-issued laptop and a BlackBerry, and today's new BYOD environment, where users bring their own phones to work, use their personal tablets, work from a variety of locations and generally have a varied approach to how they engage with computer resources...

World’s #1 Open Source ERP xTuple Launches Cloud 2.0 Business Management SaaS

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

In its latest “next generation” leap to service the global business community, industry innovator xTuple takes on both proprietary and open source software with its Cloud 2.0 service and a new evaluation methodology, hosted in the Cloud.  Responding to community requests for a superior user experience, xTuple Cloud 2.0 servers are geo-located around the globe for a triple-fold improvement in connections.

“Cloud 2.0 is a significant achievement, made possible by the efforts of many, many people over the past months,” said BC Wilson, director of product strategy. “And, for the first time, this opens the door for anyone to obtain a trial of the Mobile Web application on-demand.”...

EPM Live Wins THINKstrategies "Best of SaaS Showplace" (BoSS) Award

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

EPM Live, the leading Enterprise Work Management platform built on Microsoft™ SharePoint and part of Upland Software's family of cloud-based project, portfolio, and work management applications, today announced that it has been named a winner of the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award. This program promotes the measurable business benefits delivered by today's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.

EPM Live's innovative cloud-based SharePoint Project Management software is able to support both project execution level and project portfolio level customers. The application's configurability and unique app marketplace allows it to quickly and easily meet the business needs of all departments and verticals, such as IT, Project Portfolio Management, New Product Development, Application Lifecycle Management, and Professional Services Automation. Its numerous out-of-the-box integrations allow organizations to bring all work into EPM Live for overall visibility and insight in one centralized location...

SaaS Performance Bar Rising

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Sevcik and Wetzel.

For mission-critical SaaS applications to displace their locally accessed cousins, SaaS end-user response times must rival those of the on-premises incumbents. Achieving this goal is challenging, and requires continuous end-user experience monitoring. SaaS vendors must use performance information to continuously improve response times to meet the same performance standards as on-premises software.

The performance of SaaS applications is subject to more variables than on-premises solutions. These variables include the performance of:

  • the application itself,
  • the data center infrastructure on which the application runs,
  • all of the network segments along the path between application and user, and,
  • the browser/client software on the user's computer or mobile device.