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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...

Heroku publishes API for its platform cloud

Grazed from The Register. Author: Jack Clark.

Heroku has released the public beta of a platform API to help its developers build apps and services that sit on top of its PaaS, which in turn sits on Amazon Web Services. With the platform API, Heroku is letting developers "automate, extend and combine Heroku with other services," the company wrote on Thursday. This lets you build a service which sits on a platform (Heroku) that sits on a virtualized infrastructure cloud (Amazon).

Potential use cases include automating workloads, combining Heroku with other services, and building apps for controlling Heroku environments from smartphones and tablets. A handy way of thinking about this is that Heroku is a pilot fish to Amazon's great big shark, and now Heroku has made an API available that could let developers build little complementary Heroku fish...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce unveils Company Communities

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Jane McCallion.

CRM Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) giant Salesforce has debuted a new product that it claims will “reinvent the intranet for the mobile world”. Dubbed Company Communities, the organisation claims it will give businesses the power to connect employees to a custom intranet, featuring apps, people and content, anywhere and from any device. Like many other SaaS providers, Salesforce claims employees want to bring the experience they gain from apps as consumers into the workplace, but that legacy intranets fail to deliver this.

“Companies invest more than $2 billion (£1.32 billion) every year maintaining intranets that were created more than a decade ago. “Optimised for desktops, these intranets are not designed for today’s real-time business environment, where employees need instant access to company information and people to be successful,” the company said...

Cloud Elements Adds Pre-Built Integration for Cloud Foundry Developers

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Cloud software developers and ISVs look for ways to speed up their development and integration, and so the current trend is all about creating pre-built elements to accelerate that process. The latest entrant into this space is Cloud Elements, which is aiming to extend Cloud Foundry's PaaS offering and help developers build apps on top of it.

The company's pre-built "Elements" are intended to save developers and integrators hundreds of hours per engagement. They're built as an extension to Cloud Foundry's PaaS and enable developers to leverage the pre-built integrations to develop cloud apps faster. Cloud Elements offers a console developers can use to select, provision, monitor and maintain cloud service APIs integrations in much less time and with a much smaller budget, according to the company...

Cloud Computing: SAP Revamps R&D - It All Hinges On HANA

Grazed from CRN. Author: Rick Whiting.

Lars Dalgaard, who has overseen SAP (NYSE:SAP)'s expanding cloud computing efforts since the company acquired SuccessFactors early last year, is leaving SAP following a reorganization of SAP's research and development efforts.

SAP is creating a single development organization it said would put development operations under the direction of Vishal Sikka, a member of the SAP Executive Board and head of technology and innovation. Sikka has been highly visible at such events as SAP's Sapphire Now conference earlier this month, where he touted the company's HANA in-memory database technology...

Fedora 19 lands in beta with updates for devs, cloud

Grazed from The Register. Author: Neil McCallister.

The Fedora Project has announced the beta release of Fedora 19, codenamed "Schrödinger's Cat", almost exactly six months since the previous version entered beta. The release brings the Fedora project back on track after the much-delayed Fedora 18, which shipped two months later than expected due to lingering bugs.

Among its major new features, Fedora 19 is the first to bundle Red Hat's OpenShift Origin platform-as-a-service (PaaS) management software, something that was meant to be included in the previous version but was bumped to give the OpenShift devs time to upgrade their code to run on the new version of Ruby on Rails...

Tibco offers integration in the cloud

Grazed from ITWorld.  Author: Howard Soloman.

The cloud is a place to store data, to buy processor power and to buy complete services.  Increasingly, it’s also a source of integration services that join the cloud and on-premise data and applications.  Tibco Software Inc. is the latest to join the movement by offering its Cloud Bus integration platform as a service (iPaas) for joining social media cloud applications – such as Salesforce – with data held behind the firewall.

“We recognize customers are not going to be 100 per cent in the cloud as there’s still a lot of on-premise data that is very interesting to them,” said Steve Lueng, Tibco’s director of product marketing for cloud computing.  “So to fulfill the need of integrating cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premise we’ve released Cloud Bus.”...

Boundary Leads Way in Cloud Ops Management

Grazed from Technorati.  Author: Mary Dumon.

San Francisco-based Boundary is the first cloud-based IT operations management system and the company is leading the way in an evolving field.  This past week, Boundary CEO Gary Read discussed his company’s cloud-based innovation with San Francisco Business Times.  Read believes that his ops management software is on the cusp of a major disruption in the systems management market. 

Boundary is a unique SaaS offering that collects and analyzes data center monitoring information from a variety of data center environments.  The company’s analytics consolidates data from a number of “new stack” leaders including AppDynamics, Joyent, New Relic, Opscode, Plexxi, Puppet labs, Splunk, and others and processes this data in real time and delivers information in a single dashboard...

Building a cloud ecosystem with open source software

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Michelle Boisvert.

Mention the words "open source" to IT pros interested in adopting cloud computing, and their ears likely will perk up. Open source software offers a solution to the vendor lock-in concerns many enterprises have with committing to a cloud platform. And cloud platforms like the OpenStack Foundation, which fosters 'coopitition' among seeming competitors in the hot cloud computing market, give companies the option to build interoperable open source clouds. But what options do enterprises have when seeking open source PaaS?

SearchCloudComputing spoke with Cédric Thomas, chief executive officer of OW2, a Paris-based, independent community focused on creating a code base of open source software for cloud computing. Similar to Apache and the OpenStack Foundation, OW2 concentrates on infrastructure software as well as the tools to develop, deploy and manage applications for approximately 100 projects over a 60-member community that's 22,000 developers strong...

Informatica intros cloud-based data integration, SaaS solutions

Grazed from Informatica. Author: PR Announcement.

Data integration software player Informatica Corporation introduced Informatica Cloud Summer 2013, the latest release of its Cloud family of cloud-based integration and data management software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

  • Powered by integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), Informatica Cloud Summer 2013 delivers:
  • New SAP Connectivity via Informatica Cloud SAP Connector.
  • Informatica Cloud Extend capabilities for integration task flow and business process automation.
  • Cloud Connectors and Get it Now Cloud Integration Templates on Informatica Marketplace.

General availability of Cloud Data Masking service to protect against data breaches in development and testing environments.