Cloud Software

LogMeIn AppGuru IDaaS Aims to Redefine IT's Role

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

LogMeIn has launched a preview of its AppGuru identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) offering that is intended to help IT professionals redefine their roles in a cloud-centric work environment by putting into place easy onboarding and offboarding of employees, as well as centralized user management.

Even more interesting with this announcement is that LogMeIn is trying to get ahead of the bring-your-own curve. AppGuru will give IT professionals the tools they need to securely manage employee-introduced cloud applications. Rogue cloud deployments (or shadow IT, if you prefer) have been a painful thorn in IT's side ever since it became possible to subscribe to cloud services with a credit card, but as the business world prepares for an influx of untested apps thanks to the emerging bring-your-own-application (BYOA) trend, IT pros are bound to be looking for easy ways to manage and secure employees' apps..., a Portland cloud computing startup, raises $3 million in venture capital

Grazed from OreganLive. Author: Mike Rogoway.

A new Portland cloud computing startup,, has raised $3 million in venture capital to help launch its technology. Orchestrate wants to make it easier to build online applications, and to make those apps run quicker. It has created standardized tools for frequently requested online information -- location, search and recommendation features, for example -- so developers don't have to build their own databases.

It plans to store that information at data centers distributed around the world, starting with outposts in Silicon Valley and in Tokyo, so that the data is readily available to the apps' users. Founder Antony Falco, 44, previously helped start a Massachusetts company called Basho Technologies, which has raised more than $30 million in venture capital and grown to more than 100 employees...

TIBCO Announces New Integration Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

TIBCO Software Inc. today announced the launch of TIBCO Cloud Bus(TM), its new subscription-based Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) offering that leverages the company's extensive integration expertise and presents users with the ability to drastically shorten time to market and lower costs as they migrate applications and workloads to the cloud.

"With Cloud Bus(TM), TIBCO is combining the deployment flexibility of the cloud with enterprise-class integration features in a single subscription service that customers can run anywhere -- on-premise, in the cloud, in bare metal or virtualized environments," said Matt Quinn, CTO for TIBCO Software. "TIBCO Cloud Bus provides ready-made integrations across popular SaaS and critical on-premise applications, while allowing subscribers the ability to identify, configure and extend integration templates for their own business context with ease. Finally, and as you would expect from TIBCO, Cloud Bus includes extensive capabilities for real-time integration, meaning changes are reflected in all connected applications as they happen, without waiting for the next batch update."...

AppNeta Wins SIIA Software Industry CODiE Award for Best Cloud Management Solution

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

AppNeta, the leading provider of SaaS solutions for exceptional performance of business-critical applications, was named the winner of the Best Cloud Management Solution category of the 2013 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. AppNeta's SaaS-delivered performance management solutions continuously monitor and assure the performance and delivery of cloud and web-based applications.

The Best Cloud Management Solution category recognizes the solution that best ensures cloud computing resources are working optimally. This includes performance monitoring, application management, security and compliance, storage and disaster recovery. AppNeta's performance management solutions help customers optimize the performance of their business-critical applications including cloud and web-based services...

Cloud Services Cannibalise Software And IT Services Spend

Grazed from BizTech2. Author: Editorial Staff.

According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book just released, IT spending was slightly below expectations in the second half of 2012 and first quarter of 2013.
Economic uncertainty surrounding the US government sequester, European debt crisis and weakening GDP in China has resulted in volatile spending patterns across most segments of the market, with many IT vendors reporting difficulty in closing deals at the end of Q1 2013. IDC now projects worldwide IT spending growth of 4.9 percent this year in constant currency, down from the previous forecast of 5.5 percent growth and representing a slowdown from the 5.6 percent growth recorded in 2012. As a result, IT spending will reach $2.06 trillion in 2013. Including telecom services, ICT spending will increase by 4.5 percent to $3.7 trillion.

The strength of the US dollar may continue to have an adverse impact on the reported revenues of US-based IT vendors. In 2012, IT spending increased by just 2.9 percent in US dollars, a significant downturn from 9.5 percent US dollar growth in 2011. Based on average exchange rates from Q1 2013, this year’s growth is on track to increase by 4.2 percent in US dollar terms...

GigaSpaces' New Cloudify Player Designed for OpenStack

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Chris Talbot.

GigaSpaces Technologies is has launched a new testing and development service designed for OpenStack-based clouds and aimed at taming even the most complex, multi-tier big data applications. The new service is now available as a free cloud-based services on both GigaSpaces' own Cloudify platform, as well as on HP Cloud Services (NYSE:HPQ).

Cloudify Player is meant to make testing and development as simple as playing a video on YouTube, according to the company. The service's source code is available as an open source project on Github and was developed in collaboration with HP Cloud Services...

Engine Yard Announces General Availability of PHP on Engine Yard Cloud and Support for Riak Distributed Database

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Engine Yard, the leading Platform as a Service (PaaS), today announced general availability of PHP on Engine Yard Cloud. Building on its commitment to transform cloud application development, Engine Yard offers increased levels of choice, control and management to PHP developers and DevOps professionals. Engine Yard also introduced support for Riak, the distributed, highly available database from Basho. Both of these announcements coincide with reductions in Engine Yard pricing that make it even easier to get started and scale applications.

"As a strong advocate of open source technology, and with our acquisition of Orchestra in 2011, PHP has been a key part of our vision for a flexible application cloud, which is now a reality with our release of PHP on Engine Yard Cloud," said Bill Platt, senior vice president of operations at Engine Yard. "PHP developers will benefit from our leading commercial grade platform and world class support services, while taking advantage of the new innovative technologies that continue to be rolled into Engine Yard Cloud."...

S4i Systems Introduces Electronic Document Management in the Cloud

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

S4i Systems is widely known for its service to the IBM System i market with their EDMS solution, S4i Express. Driven by innovation, S4i Express is now available as a Cloud or SaaS offering. This provides organizations with the same stable and robust document distribution and content management solution without regard to the organization’s hardware infrastructure. Susanne Moore, Director of Marketing and Client Services at S4i Systems, states, “Over the past couple years, we have seen an increasing demand from our customers for a solution that will work with a variety of business server platforms.

Organizations want assurance that we can support them, not only today, but into the future regardless of the path that their core business applications take them. Additionally, organizations with limited IT resources are looking for more options that will allow for varying levels of support for managing business applications and servers. This has opened up a whole new market for us, which we feel we are well equipped to respond to. So when it comes to EDMS, we can respond with a proven application on a proven server platform that scales beautifully!”...

How Cloud Broker Software Is Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Migration

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Hampton.

When I say “Cloud Broker”, don’t confuse it with the official definition which is – an agent who assists cloud consumers choose or migrate to single or multiple cloud platforms. There’s a new set of software which sits on top of the Cloud stack and adds value by providing new solutions on the Cloud, migrating enterprise systems along with the data or migrating between different cloud services. Much like the stock brokers, cloud broker software is acting as an enabler and a catalyst in Cloud adoption.

HHS (Health and Human Services Department) recently floated a RFI to determine detailed requirements for Cloud broker software. In this article I will discuss some of the key requirements laid out in the document...

Debian 7.0 debuts with private cloud deployment tools

Grazed from ITNews. Author: PR Announcement.

The Debian Project has released the finalised version 7.0 of its latest free operating system distribution, with tools to set up private clouds built into it. Code-named Wheezy, Debian 7.0 provides testing packages for the open source OpenStack cloud operating system, and also the Xen Cloud Platform enterprise server virtualisation and cloud computing platform.

This enables Debian users to set up small OpenStack clusters with two or more servers, and also try out virtualisation with XCP. It is now also possible to run 32 and 64 bit software packages on the same machine, through the multiarch support in Debian 7.0. There is now support for booting with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI that replaces the older BIOS computer hardware start-up code. Secure Boot, a controversial security feature in newer UEFI-based PCs that prevents the installation of operating system code not signed with a private Microsoft cryptographic key, isn't yet supported however...