Cloud Software

IBM to Sell Cloud Software Directly to Corporate Executives

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Sarah Frier.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the largest computer-services provider, said it will sell software over the Internet direct to corporate executives, going beyond the traditional model of doing business with chief information officers. IBM will market more than 100 cloud applications to heads of marketing, supply chain, human resources and others, changing the way it sells software as competition from Silicon Valley startups mounts.

It’s the company’s second big move into cloud delivery this month, following the purchase of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a cloud-computing storage provider that will help it compete with Amazon.com Inc. Many of IBM’s customers are just starting to become interested in software delivered via the Internet, known as software-as-a-service or SaaS, said Marc Dietz, the director of SmartCloud solutions for IBM...

MessageSolution Showcases Cloud Archiving & eDiscovery Platform at HostingCon 2013, Introduces Enhanced MSP Partner Program

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

MessageSolution, Inc., the global technology leader in information archiving and eDiscovery solutions, will be exhibiting at HostingCon 2013 and showcasing its high-performance cloud computing and Managed Service Provider (MSP) platforms in Austin, Texas from June 17 to 19.

MessageSolution will also be introducing its enhanced partnership program, which is designed to simplify the transition from MessageSolution hosted cloud archiving to MSP hosted platform. While MSPs are familiarizing themselves with the MessageSolution features and functions, MessageSolution hosts the partner’s clients in its cloud. After partners develop a familiarity of the functionalities, they can migrate their clients’ archived data to their own data center or cloud networks to leverage their existing MSP infrastructure for a maximized margin...

IBM Improves Private Cloud Control With SmartCloud 3.1

Grazed from IT Jungle. Author: Alex Woodie.

IBM i shops and managed service providers that adopt the latest release of IBM's SmartCloud Entry for Power software will gain several new points of control over their private cloud environments, including the capability to start and stop workloads at any time, and the capability to deploy multiple copies of an image simultaneously. IBM also divulged pricing details with the SmartCloud Entry for Power version 3.1 announcements, and made a statement of direction regarding "adopting a common technology base" rooted in open standards for SmartCloud Entry.

SmartCloud Entry for Power is a lightweight (for IBM anyway), AIX-based software product that allows organizations to turn their Power Systems servers into an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) private cloud environment. The software lets administrators create, modify, and delete virtualized slices of their server over a Web interface. It also delivers self-service provisioning for end users; provides security, auditing, and authentication capabilities; and includes basic activity monitoring and billing functions...

Cloud-based office software usage tipped to rise ... and quickly

Grazed from Hydrapinion.  Author: Ian Grayson.

We all know cloud computing is changing the data centres of many organisations, but its impact on the corporate desktop is also increasing by the day.  Rather than shelling out for expensive office productivity packages, growing numbers of businesses are opting to provide their employees with cloud-based variants.

The trend first emerged among small and mid-sized businesses where the lower cost and reduced complexity of such an approach is particularly attractive. Now, however, the shift is becoming more prevalent inside larger outfits too...

CiRBA Debuts API to Optimize Cloud Workplace Placement

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

CiRBA is aiming to tie various cloud management platforms, including OpenStack, into its capacity transformation and control software with the release of a new API. The company noted in its announcement the new API enables organizations to connect the cloud management platforms they use with CiRBA with the end goal of optimizing new workload placements within internal clouds.

CiRBA specializes in providing analytics to determine the optimal placement of virtual machines within cloud infrastructure at the environment and server levels. According to the vendor, it reduces the risk of capacity shortfalls and driving up VM density by an average of 48 percent...

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Ali Raza.

By 2018, Gartner predicts that 70 per cent of professionals will conduct their work on personal mobile devices, enabled by the revolutionary concept of cloud computing. Cloud computing essentially separates software from the logical functionality of local hardware. In other words, instead of needing computing power to be housed locally, major computing functions will instead be accessible from afar, usually via the Internet. The obvious benefit here is that risk of ownership of software is eliminated, as well as the need to hire in-house resources to service them.

What will this do to the market?

In the case of hardware, cloud computing is likely to open the market up by lowering barriers to entry for manufacturing. The recent emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace presents renewed scope and opportunity for the hardware market, as by 2016, 38 per cent of businesses expect to stop providing devices to staff, allowing them instead to select their own...

CirroScope: Stealthy cloud security startup hatched by ex-Symantec teammates

Grazed from Network World. Author: Bob Brown.

A small team of ex-Symantec security experts has formed a stealthy Silicon Valley start-up called CirroScope that's focused on shielding enterprises from threats stemming from their use of SaaS applications such Box, Salesforce.com and Google Apps. CirroScope is keeping things pretty quiet on its website, only explaining that the company “is building a next generation security product to help businesses adopt and use popular cloud applications with confidence and ease!“ You can request a product evaluation, and will be asked, among other things, about how many cloud apps your organization is using.

CirroScope is looking to address the threat posed to enterprises’ data by breaches involving cloud apps, whether self inflicted or not. It points to events such as breaches of Evernote and Dropbox. But it also wants to help monitor your data, via a service, to eliminate the inadvertent release of private information by enterprises into the public cloud, as has been documented on Amazon Web Services and other offerings...

Apache CloudStack 4.1.0 emerges from incubation

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Ted Samson.

The Apache CloudStack project today announced Version 4.1.0 of the CloudStack, signaling that the cloud orchestration platform continues to thrive since emerging from the Apache Incubator in mid-March. The 4.1.0 release includes news features such as an events framework, API-request throttling, and Amazon Web Services-style regions. It also includes major changes in the codebase, aimed at making the platform easier for developers, along with a new structure for creating RPM/Debian packages and the full adoption of Maven as a build tool.

This new release of CloudStack should be heartening to supporters of the platform, which has been down a long and winding road since being acquired by Citrix in 2011 -- then handed it off to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) last year. In March of this year, the ASF approved CloudStack as a TLP (top-level project), helping the open source cloud software effort further establish its independence from Citrix...

nexMatrix to Release its ATLANTIS Application in Modular & Cloud Formats

Grazed from WiredPRNews. Author: PR Announcement.

nexMatrix Telecom has announced that it is making its ATLANTIS application suite available in modular form, both as an add-on to its Protel premise PBX line, and as a cloud (SaaS) solution. ATLANTIS (Automated Telemarketing Local Area Network Total Information System) was first developed in 1981 under the name Distribunet 2100. Originally released as an enterprise-grade suite of integrated applications, it includes modules for Contact Records Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Fulfillment, Support Ticketing, plus numerous accounting, distribution, human resources and many other functions.

ATLANTIS also forms part of the core of the nexMatrix premise and hosted PBX product line and its nexSwitch softswitch. The modular format will now allow customers to purchase only what they need instead of a full suite of the CRM through to the Supply Chain. Currently, ATLANTIS is only offered in it’s full format starting with sales right to manufacturing based on the pipeline. By breaking out the modules, the application can be used solely for the CRM function...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Quietly Gains Share in Virtualization

Grazed from Wall Street Journal.  Author: Steven D. Jones.

Virtualization underpins the shift to cloud computing, which makes more efficient use of servers by pooling their resources. The software allows companies to run multiple computers on a single machine, saving hardware cost and handling tasks from banking to retail.

Redmond, Wash-based Microsoft introduced its HyperV virtualization software in 2008 and has climbed to second in the $5 billion market behind industry leader VMware Inc. VMW -0.53% of Palo Alto, Calif.  “We’re now in a situation where we have a very, very strong market share. We’re growing every quarter, and the dominant guy is losing every quarter as it relates to virtualization,” Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said at an investment conference this week. VMware said no one was available to comment...