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Cloud Computing: Goes Past 400 Million Users

Grazed from Technorati.  Author: Adi Gaskell.

It doesn't seem that long ago that Microsoft announced the demise of webmail stalwart Hotmail.  The plan was to migrate users over to a new service.  Microsoft announced this week that the migration was completed yesterday and that 400 million people are now active users of the new service.  They went on to say that 150 petabytes of email data was migrated as part of the transition in the past six weeks alone.

The company also revealed that it will be adding a couple of new features to  The first is called SMTP Send, which will make it easier to send mail from different email accounts.  The second is a much better and deeper integration with SkyDrive...

Microsoft IaaS Product Line Architecture Guides on Server 2012 and System Center 2012

Grazed from  Author: Marcel Van Der Berg.

Microsoft published two very interesting documents which assist in designing and understanding  Infrastructure as a Service based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1.

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide (Windows Server 2012).
    This 112 pages document provides specific guidance for developing fabric architectures (compute, network, storage, and virtualization layers) of an overall private cloud solution. All of the Windows Server 2012 features are discussed.
    Very much recommended reading if your task is to design a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V infrastructure.
    Download here...

Cloud Computing: Eucalyptus Systems Offers Extended AWS Compatibility with Version 3.3

Grazed from Web Host Industry Review. Author: Nicole Henderson.

Private cloud computing software provider Eucalyptus Systems launched Eucalyptus 3.3 on Monday, offering new scalable application features through the support of Netflix open source tools like Chaos Monkey. Eucalyptus says its newest version simplifies the development and testing of applications built for AWS, and its new features including auto scaling, elastic load balancing, and CloudWatch, offer developers AWS compatibility of any private cloud solution.

“Eucalyptus was the first private cloud platform to support Netflix OSS tools, including Chaos Monkey, Asgard and Edda, through its API fidelity with AWS,” Adrian Cockcroft, cloud architect at Netflix said in a statement. “Thanks to this integration, those tools can now be used in both private and public cloud environments.”...

Intelisys' Cloud Computing Offensive Is Picking Up Steam

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Steven Burke.

The recurring revenue cloud computing offensive from Intelisys is paying off in big sales gains for the master agency and its partners.   Solution providers say Intelisys has delivered the sales training and technical muscle that have allowed them to start quickly booking significant recurring revenue cloud computing sales. They say none of the other master agents have put as much muscle into helping them make the leap into the fast growing cloud computing services market.

What's more, partners credit Intelisys with bridging the gap between telecom agents and VARs and even sparking partnerships between the historically distinct channels with what at one time seemed impenetrable cultural and business model differences...

Why the cloud will never (entirely) replace in-house applications

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steve Ranger.

Cloud computing, with its promise of cheap, easy access to enterprise-class applications via the internet, is a seductive concept for many cash-strapped organisations as it seems to offer state-of-the-art infrastructure without the need for epic IT integration projects — or expensive staff.

At the moment cloud still accounts for a relatively small slice of enterprise IT spending — perhaps no more than five or six percent of the total software market, although one prediction sees this climb to 20 percent by the end of the decade. That's partly because companies remain cautious about the new technology, but also because they have significant investments in their existing on-premise IT infrastructure, both hardware and software...

Cloud Computing: McAfee Adds Identity and Access Management to Security Connected

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

McAfee is giving a boost to its Security Connected portfolio with the addition of identity and access management capabilities. They were previously developed and sold by Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), but now McAfee is bringing them to market as McAfee Cloud Single Sign On and McAfee One Time Password.

Additionally, McAfee launched Identity Center of Expertise, which is staffed by experts in identity and cloud security that are specifically there to help users with questions related to identity and access management issues...

VMware vCloud Suite takes a centralized approach to cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

If OpenStack is the embodiment of the community cloud model, then VMware vCloud Suite is an example of a focused, single-vendor cloud. The goal of vCloud is to create a data center that's completely virtual -- all resources, all locations. And while vCloud is neither free, open source, hypervisor-agnostic nor backed by a consortium of vendors, it could be a good choice for companies that see the benefit in commercial software's documentation, centralized support and focused development and enhancement.

VMware vCloud Suite creates a virtual data center defined by software, and it is close to a completely transparent resource pool. It also aims to link the cloud to productivity and business agility value at all levels, unlike the positioning for most cloud computing services, which tends to focus on the public cloud or on a simple extension to virtualization. The cloud platform builds on the wide success of VMware Inc.'s virtualization products -- vSphere and vMotion...

Cloud Computing: CIOs to cut spending on communications equipment, increase software investment, says Forrester

Grazed from FierceEnterpriseCommunications. Author: Fred Donovan.

Chief information officers (CIOs) are expected to cut spending on computer and communications equipment while increasing investment in software, especially for software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps, analytics and mobile apps, Forrester Research is predicting.

Enterprise spending on telecom services is predicted to grow more slowly than the tech market overall, which Forrester predicts will increase 6.2 percent this year and 6.8 percent next year, according to a blog by Andrew Bartels, vice president and principal analyst serving CIOs at Forrester...

Opscode Chef configuration automation tool aids cloud management

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Beth Pariseau.

Configuration automation tools like Opscode Chef aren't just for DevOps anymore.  They also come in handy for provisioning resources at the speed of cloud, according to attendees at ChefConf 2013 here this week.   "Half the time, our developers don't know where CloudStack ends and Chef begins," said Joshua Miller, Linux administrator for, a publisher of automotive information websites based in Santa Monica, Calif. Edmunds uses a plug-in for Chef's knife tool as a command-line interface for developers to provision resources in CloudStack.

"Developers are spinning up and blowing away systems at a rate of dozens a week and hundreds per month," Miller said. "If the operations team had to handle all that, we couldn't deliver on it."  Instead, the ops team focuses on improving the integration between Opscode Chef and CloudStack, and other higher-level duties than provisioning and configuring servers, Miller said...

Taulia Brings Cloud Based Spend Management Platform to the Automotive Industry

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Taulia Inc., the market-leading SaaS platform for dynamic discounting, announced the addition of one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers to their rapidly growing client portfolio. Taulia will provide its entire Business Exchange Suite to the auto, motorcycle and power-equipment manufacturer, which will include its innovative dynamic discounting and supplier self-services solution.

Taulia's cloud-based platform will allow the manufacturer the ability to eliminate supplier invoice inquiry calls, reduce operating expenses and save millions annually by capitalizing on early payment discounts. For the automaker's supplier-base, the switch to Taulia's platform will provide a host of benefits, including:...