Cloud Software

Cloud management software firm Zimory lands $20m from Deutsche Boerse and others

Grazed from TheNextWeb.  Author: Robing Wauters.

Zimory, a Berlin-based company that delivers cloud management solutions to service providers, enterprises and ‘cloud brokers’ worldwide, today announced that it has raised $20 million in funding.  The financing round was led by new investor Deutsche Boerse, with participation from prior backers Creathor Venture, High-Tech Gruenderfonds (HTGF), IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft (IBB), KfW and Deutsche Telekom’s venture capital arm, T-Venture.

Deutsche Boerse is not only an investor in Zimory but also a business partner. Just last week, the German financial markets operator said it is planning to launch an independent exchange for trading cloud computing capacity in partnership with the Berlin startup...

Cloud Computing: Talygen's Newest Release Adds Communication Options for Businesses

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

Talygen’s newest release of its industry leading Business Management Automation application has given Business Owners and Managers multiple new ways to communicate with their Employees and Clients. Talygen offers advanced features that are not available anywhere else in the marketplace. With Talygen this entire suite of advanced business productivity applications are available, fully integrated, in just one easy to use application.

Talygen is a Software as a Service (SaaS) web application with a very easy to use touch friendly interface and easy scalability. There is no other Business Management Automation application with Talygen’s advanced features and rich customizable work flows.  Talygen also offers Smartphone apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry to help users on the go.Talygen’s mobile application is designed to help managers supervise tasks and employees at multiple levels...

Continuing evolution of cloud application software

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Brian Sommer.

In technology, everything evolves, mutates and, eventually, goes away after being replaced by something altogether better, newer, cooler and more powerful. Sometimes, even new technologies experience rapid evolution. Cloud computing is definitely in the mutating and evolving phase of its existence.  Let’s look at how cloud computing has changed in the application software space so far.

Early cloud pioneers, think and Plex, were launched in the late 1990s, offered a multi-tenant SaaS (software as a service) solution. Their chief selling points were economic in nature. There was no software to install, no on-site hardware required, etc. Many early cloud SaaS solutions even came priced on a monthly basis. These solutions could scale up or down based on business need...

Microsoft previews Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials with cloud and virtualisation enhancements

Grazed from  Author: Daniel Robinson.

Microsoft has announced a preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the upcoming version of its server line targeted at SMEs.  While the new version continues to focus on offering value for smaller businesses, Microsoft said it has added capabilities to allow it to scale to larger deployments, while making it easier for customers to take advantage of virtualisation and cloud services.

Microsoft unveiled previews for its mainstream Windows Server 2012 R2 releases at its TechEd conference last month, but the Essentials R2 preview has only just been pushed out.  Essentials itself was only officially released last October, replacing the former Windows Small Business Server (SBS) product as Microsoft's small business offering...

Cloud based IDEs to replace desktop development tools in five years

Grazed from The Server Side.  Author: Jason Tee.

Organizations are constantly looking at ways that they can creatively leverage cloud computing and subsequently reduce their operating costs, which is why Tyler Jewell, CEO of Codenvy, had our full attention when he shared his vision of the future of coding in the cloud. "We believe that in five years, there will be no viable reason for developers to develop on a desktop ever again." If you initially scoff at that idea, you're not alone. On the face of it, there seems to be no way that developing in the cloud could ever be as fast, interactive or enjoyable as developing on your local hardware. The simple physics of the equation mean latency will always be higher if you are working on a remote platform.

According to Tyler, latency issues aren't as big of a barrier as you might suppose. He boasts that certain workflows can actually perform better in the cloud by taking advantage of cloud resources for things like continuous compilation, incremental compiles, and even thorny parallel compilation problems. However, what developers really need to consider is the bigger picture of what's slowing the entire development process down – and what could speed it up...

How to Take Your Enterprise Applications to the Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Mark Clayman.

With so many stories about cloud computing, IT outsourcing, hosting, SaaS solutions and managed services, we should all be well beyond the question of whether organizations should be moving their enterprise applications to the cloud. For those companies that have not yet started to move these applications outside of their own four walls or, worse yet, have yet to develop a plan to do so, a window is ever shrinking on your ability to keep up with your competitors. Why?

Because unless your value proposition to your customers is managing data centers, connectivity, routers, firewalls, servers, storage, backups, operating systems, databases, applications, etc., you'll always be a step or maybe even two or three behind cloud service providers that do this day in and day out as part of their core business model...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Moves To Weekly Software Updates

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Kelly Sheridan.

Microsoft announced that it will be offering free weekly updates for Windows 8 users later this year. Its new plan, announced this week at its Build conference, will help Microsoft remain competitive in the rapidly changing tech industry, in which most companies already offer updates on a weekly to daily basis.

For decades, Microsoft has released new versions of its Office software about once every three years -- too slow for today's consumers. In a statement to Bloomberg, IDC analyst Marissa Webster said, "Microsoft, on this every-three-year schedule for the massive wave of new products, looks like a dinosaur. Three years is a lifetime in tech these days."...

Stratus Planning Fault-Tolerant Software for OpenStack Clouds

Grazed from Virtualization Review.  Author: Jeffrey Schwartz.

Stratus, a provider of hardware and software for mission-critical, high-availability computing, will deliver a solution designed to enable fault-tolerant operations in OpenStack clouds.

The company has watched the evolution of cloud computing and has come to the conclusion that the open source OpenStack effort has the strongest support behind it, said Dave LeClair, Stratus' senior directory of strategy. "OpenStack is gaining a lot of momentum in the public and private cloud space," LeClair explained. "The OpenStack community is expanding rapidly."...

Cloud Computing: Puppet Labs Rolls Out Puppet Enterprise 3.0

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge. Author: Colleen Miller.

Puppet Labs, a provider of IT automation software for system administrators, has made Puppet Enterprise 3.0 available. It delivers a complete cloud automation solution for enterprise customers, providing scalability and orchestration capabilities and a unified, software-defined approach to automation of compute, network and storage layers. This enterprise edition enables customers to reap the full benefits of cloud computing.

“Some of today’s largest and most successful SaaS clouds use our solutions to automate their infrastructure,” said Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs. “With Puppet Enterprise 3.0, we’re making the scalability, orchestration and software-defined capabilities that power those SaaS clouds accessible to any IT organization, enabling customers to take full advantage of their dynamic infrastructure.”...

Has Microsoft Ditched Its Own Cloud Software For Oracle's?

Grazed from Wall Street Cheat Sheet.  Author: James Flaherty.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will headline a list of new clients for Oracle’s (NASDAQ:ORCL) most recent foray into cloud software.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on Thursday hinted at the fact that his company had new alliances with their cloud technology. Microsoft then announced that on Monday they would be holding a press conference to highlight a new partnership with Oracle. According to The Wall Street Journal, the headliners for the press event are Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Oracle President Mark Hurd, and the president of Microsoft’s division with server and cloud software, Satya Nadella.

In Oracle’s earnings call Thursday, Ellison let slip that his company would be announcing new partnerships for its cloud computing software — also known as SaaS, for software as a service...