Cloud Software

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.

OpenNebula Releases Version 4.2 and First Cloud Conference Schedule

Grazed from OpenNebula. Author: PR Announcement.

The OpenNebula Project is excited to announce the first update of the fourth series of its widely deployed OpenNebula cloud management platform, a fully open-source solution for data center management and enterprise cloud computing. With a sysadmin-centric approach, OpenNebula is the open operating system of choice in the converged data centre, combining a powerful virtualization manager that supports traditional IT features such as fault tolerance and failover, with the dynamic provisioning, elasticity and multi-tenancy of the enterprise cloud.

OpenNebula 4.2 gives users and administrators an easy way to create, publish, share, and manage multi-tier cloud applications and define auto-scaling policies based on service level metrics and time schedule. The new service flow functionality converts an infrastructure cloud into a powerful environment for the execution of elastic business applications. OpenNebula 4.2 also includes improved VMware drivers, enhanced support for Xen4, a new simple provisioning tab for Sunstone, and other minor enhancements like datastore monitoring and more hooks...

Cloud Computing: TIBCO Positioned as a "Leader" in Gartner's On-Premise Integration Platforms Magic Quadrant

Grazed from MarketWired.  Author: PR Announcement.

TIBCO Software Inc. TIBX -0.94% today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the "Leaders" quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for On-Premise Integration Platforms."  "We are happy with our continued placement in the 'leaders' quadrant, especially in a market that is at the core of our strategy," said Lou Jordano, senior director of product marketing, TIBCO.

"In addition to helping our customers extract value from their applications, integration nowadays allows them to manage the increased volumes coming from their Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data initiatives in real time."...

EMC Profit Boosted as Cloud Potential Shines

Grazed from NewsFactor. Author: Editorial Staff.

EMC Relevant Products/Services's second-quarter net income was driving higher by nearly 8 percent thanks to surging demand for data Relevant Products/Services storage Relevant Products/Services equipment. The company affirmed its full-year profit and revenue guidance, and its shares jumped more than 6 percent in early trading. For the quarter ended June 30, EMC earned $701 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with $650 million, or 29 cents per share, last year. Adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expenses, amortization costs and other items, earnings were 42 cents per share.

Revenue rose 5.7 percent to $5.61 billion from $5.31 billion, with both product sales and services logging gains. U.S. revenue, which represents just over half of all revenue for the company, rose 4 percent. Revenue outside of the U.S. jumped 8 percent. The Asia Pacific and Japan and the Latin American regions both posted double-digit gains, EMC said...

Arrow to Resell RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS Through the ArrowSphere Cloud Services Platform

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

RiverMeadow Software(TM) Inc., developer of the world's only automated server migration solution developed specifically for carrier and service provider clouds, today announced that RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS is available through the ArrowSphere cloud services platform. Under terms of the agreement, Arrow will integrate RiverMeadow's Cloud Migration SaaS into the ArrowSphere cloud services portfolio and resell RiverMeadow to its Cloud Service Provider channel as a standalone service or bundled with other cloud services.

"RiverMeadow's Cloud Migration SaaS provides an easy and cost-effective cloud migration solution," said Jim Livingston, vice president of services for Arrow's enterprise computing solutions business in North America. "Adding RiverMeadow to our solutions portfolio strengthens our leading position in the cloud market and provides our solution provider community with a tool to automate the migration of applications into the cloud."...

e2b teknologies to Exhibit Cloud Business Applications for Sage ERP at Sage Summit 2013

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Today, e2b teknologies, a Sage Software partner and developer of cloud business applications, announces that the company will exhibit the e2b anytime apps product line this week in booth #1155 at Sage Summit 2013. The annual conference for Sage customers and partners will be held July 21-26 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

The product line to be exhibited at Sage Summit includes cloud business applications such as Anytime 500, Sage 500 ERP extensions for distributors and manufacturers; Anytime Collect, accounts receivable credit and collections management software; Anytime Supply Chain, integrated supply chain management system; and Anytime Commerce, a fully configurable B2B ecommerce storefront that integrates directly with Sage ERP. Product information and e2b teknologies’ representatives will be available at booth #1155 from July 21-26 to answer any questions regarding the products listed above...

Cloud vs traditional software - Part 1 of 2

Grazed from Digital Manufacturing: Randy Wheeler.

With something as revolutionary as cloud computing, it is appropriate to compare and contrast that which software developers, designer/architects and others have experienced with cloud versus traditional software. The transformation of the software industry from traditional enterprise solutions to the cloud is one of these changes that deserve a review from that perspective. 

If you look up cloud computing, you will find a dozen variations: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), etc. For most people, SaaS is the cloud computing layer that they best understand and are most likely to use. If you’ve run or Google Apps, you’ve used SaaS products...

Cloud vs traditional software - Part 2 of 2

Grazed from Digital Manufacturing.  Author: Randy Wheeler.

One argument often heard against the Cloud platform is that customer specific requirements and customisation can’t be accommodated. That argument suggests that the customer requirements for unique fields, workflows, screens, triggering of special processes and other personalisation is something that is not all that prevalent in the cloud environment.

According to Lance Ford other developers know all too well that the customer specific needs of their client base have all been covered by the multi-tenant design. There are some platforms which do allow for what he calls un-managed packages and this is not conducive to multiple applications and customer personalisation working together harmoniously...

Flexera Software Unveils FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand Cloud-Based Software License Optimization

Grazed from Flexera Software.  Author: PR Announcement

Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the unveiling of a cloud-based version of its market-leading Software License Optimization solution, FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises. FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand provides software license management functionality to enterprises seeking to reduce software spend and maintain license compliance through a low overhead software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering.

"While on-premises applications will always be part of the IT mix, many organizations see operating expense (OPEX) and capital expense (CAPEX) benefits in purchasing software through a SaaS-based delivery model," said Alan Swahn, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. "FlexNet Manager Suite On-Demand will enable these organizations to implement best-in-class Software License Optimization, while enjoying the benefits of reduced infrastructure requirements, accelerated deployment times, lower learning curves, and a lower initial investment."

Giva Launches New Standalone ITIL Cloud Change Management SaaS Software

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud vendor, Giva, today announced a significant new standalone cloud product release for ITIL change management for Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliance for IT service management.

With all of the demands imposed by SOX compliance and other industry specific compliance policies such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), there is a very high demand for IT change management software in the cloud. Giva is the only vendor that provides standalone cloud IT change management software. Many vendors provide IT change management software, but they are highly integrated with IT service desk incident and problem management modules. The problem is that many organizations already have such systems in place and only need the functionality of IT change management. Also, these integrated systems are expensive, difficult to customize and very complex to use...