June 2014

 

Rugged Cloud Inc. was founded to address the needs of converged infrastructure and cloud management platforms. The company develops purpose-built rugged servers and provides professional services to help analyze, design and deploy extremely reliable platforms for both VMware and Openstack cloud management platforms.rc-logo-email

“At Rugged Cloud we believe the underlying infrastructure should not fail. We have taken the concepts of system level hardening which the military uses to deploy information technology for the warfighter and applied those design principals to commercial-grade cloud management platforms. We are capable and proud to offer our systems with military grade hardware at commercial prices,” stated Michael Cobb, Founder and CTO.

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CompuCom, a leading technology infrastructure services company and a VMware Premier Partner, announced that it will deliver VMware’s new desktop as a service offering, VMware Horizon DaaS, as part of its technology portfolio. Announced in March 2014, Horizon DaaS provides cost-effective, enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.LogoCompucon

The service offers the industry’s first hybrid desktop as a service (DaaS) solution that gives enterprises the ability to blend public cloud hosted desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high-quality, full Windows desktops to end users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, tablets (Apple iOS, Google Android) and other mobile devices.

As a complement to the VMware Horizon DaaS platform, CompuCom’s industry-leading End-User Enablement and Service Experience Management portfolios provide additional solutions to complete the cloud-based desktop lifecycle. These include solutions such as image creation and management, application packaging and delivery, patch/update management, as well as end-user support and break/fix services. Through a combination of technology provided by VMware and tailored CompuCom services, customers receive an end-to-end, flexible, and service level-driven desktop experience.

“We are pleased to work with CompuCom to deliver VMware Horizon DaaS,” said Frank Rauch, vice president, Americas Partner Organization, VMware. “Horizon DaaS, along with CompuCom value-added solutions, give enterprises the ability to provide their workers blended public/private cloud desktops and a superior user experience.”

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Cloud Providers Profit by Serving Nonprofits

25 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

One of the sure signs of a maturing company, or even an entire industry, is the ability to offer free services to nonprofit organizations in order to demonstrate benevolence. However, such charitable acts aren’t just about being altruistic. As a growing number of cloud providers are discovering, there are plenty of new revenue and profit opportunities in the nonprofit sector.nonprofits-look-to-the-cloud-for-optimization_504_468794_0_14060671_500

I have a particular awareness of the fertile market opportunities associated with the nonprofit world because I started my career working for United Way, the nonprofit fundraising organization that has been doing business for more than 50 years.

Many know United Way from its long-standing relationship with the NFL and regular promotional messages during the football broadcasts. While those advertisements focus on the millions of volunteers that deliver services funded by the United Way, there is an equally impressive group of corporate executives on the boards and operating committees of United Way and its member nonprofit agencies who are responsible for governing the allocation process and quality of services.

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Mesosphere, a new startup founded by engineers from Twitter and Airbnb, today announced it has closed $10.5 million in series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with additional investors Data Collective and Fuel Capital. The company’s mission is to accelerate adoption of Apache Mesos by providing new enterprise products and commercial support for the open source software that lets organizations manage their datacenters and cloud resources like a single machine.1402318260Mesosphere

Twitter runs its private datacenters on Mesos (where it is widely credited for eliminating the “Fail Whale”). Airbnb and HubSpot manage their Amazon cloud infrastructures with Mesos. Other companies “powered by Mesos” include eBay, Netflix, OpenTable, PayPal, and Shopify. Mesosphere brings next-generation datacenter management to everybody by means of Apache Mesos and game-changing enhancement products. Enterprises are turning to Mesosphere to help them simplify their datacenter operations and scale applications across private datacenters and cloud.

“Mesosphere is driving the next-generation datacenter defined by companies like Google and Twitter,” said Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and former CEO of Xensource, a virtualization pioneer. “Growing numbers of companies are building reliable and high-performance datacenters using Mesos software. This is the direction of the new datacenter and the shift will be as transformational as virtualization has been over the past decade.”

Mesosphere helps organizations use Mesos to treat their datacenter as if it is one big computer. This optimizes the utilization of datacenter resources, simplifies application development and automates IT operations. For developers, Mesos provides simple command-line and API access to compute clusters for deploying and scaling applications, without depending on IT. For operations teams, Mesos abstracts and automates even the most difficult low-level tasks related to deploying and managing services, virtual machines, and containers in scale-out cloud and datacenter environments. Mesos provides true automation, fault tolerance, and improved server utilization for organizations at virtually any scale, lowering total cost of ownership.

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HP Links SDN, OpenStack In New Application

20 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

HP today announced a new SDN application, Virtual Cloud Networking (VCN), that integrates with Helion, HP’s own distribution of OpenStack. HP also announced a new switch line, the FlexFabric 7900, and a new service offering to help organizations transition to software-defined networking.HP-SDN-Ecosystem

VCN runs on HP’s Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN controller. The VCN application aims to make it easier for organizations to roll out private and hybrid clouds by simplifying the creation of virtual networks.

HP says VCN is an enhancement to the OpenStack Neutron plug-in, which is the network component of the OpenStack project. Neutron talks to the VCN application to request network services, which the controller then configures.

Network administrators use the VAN controller to create policies that describe network resources available to applications. This allows a Helion administrator to automatically provision individual networks based on those pre-defined resources.

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Pluribus Networks, the company that brings together compute, network, storage, and virtualization into a single, open and programmable SDN platform, will participate in the HostingCon conference, taking place in Miami Beach, June 16-18, 2014. At the conference, the company will demonstrate its open “cloud-in-a-rack,” a combination of the Supermicro MicroBlade platform switching blades with the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system and its Freedom F Series that operates as an OpenStack-based cloud controller, managing servers, storage, virtual machines and other switches.hostingcon

Enterprises, scale-out data centers, cloud service providers and even SMBs can now take advantage of Supermicro’s server and switch expertise, combined with the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system, maximizing performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot. The optional addition of OpenStack includes a set of orchestration capabilities for IT and service provider cloud deployments along with the advantages that a converged infrastructure brings.

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Three Examples Show How Microsoft Is Gaining Ground in the Cloud

16 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

A few years ago, a VMware software stack was the de facto standard for most IT organizations when it came to building private clouds. Today, however, cloud architects are reconsidering their options and many are moving to Microsoft with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.

cloud-careers-tlp-imageWhy? There are three main reasons:

  • Virtualization improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V
  • Enhancements to the Microsoft cloud stack with System Center 2012 R2
  • A growing desire for hybrid cloud solutions with Microsoft Azure

At NetApp, we are working with an increasing number of customers who want to deploy private clouds based on Microsoft stacks. The following examples show how three companies took different approaches to integrating Microsoft cloud technology with NetApp® unified storage.

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A Deep Dive into Storage Performance Benchmarks

13 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Deep-DivingStorage system benchmarking is part science and part art. The latter is especially true with benchmarks performed by vendors who are seeking to show favorable results for their own solutions. In this article, I review important information to look for and red flags to avoid.

There are three common benchmarks for enterprise storage systems: SPC-1, SPC-2, and SPECsfs. There are also popular application-specific tests that are often used as benchmarks, such as ESRP (for Microsoft® Exchange Server). Let’s take a deeper look into each one.

SPC-1 and SPC-2

First released in 2002 (for SPC-1) and 2006 (for SPC-2) by the Storage Performance Council (SPC), SPC-1 and SPC-2 are used by storage vendors to test the performance of their block-based (for example, Fibre Channel) storage subsystems. Vendors can choose to test and publish their system performance against SPC-1, SPC-2, or both.

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Survey Spotlights IT Need to Address Cloud Security

11 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Data security company Sophos released the results of a survey it conducted on enterprise use of popular cloud-storage services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive.cloudsecurity

Sophos collected responses from more than 725 members of online IT forum Spiceworks.com between April 29 and May 16, 2014. The company found that even though only 38 percent of respondents “feel secure sharing or collaborating on corporate content between the cloud and mobile devices,” 84 percent still “allow some level of access from company-issued devices to cloud share services,” and 65 percent “do not encrypt data between the cloud and mobile devices.”

Encryption isn’t the only way to protect corporate data from cloud risks. Some enterprises choose to block or limit cloud access. For example, 38 percent of Sophos’s respondents said they block some cloud services, and 13 percent block access to all cloud services.

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Microsoft Buys Capptain for Mobile Analytics, Cloud Services

09 Jun 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Microsoft plans to boost its Azure cloud services with its acquisition of Capptain, whose product helps developers track and analyze usage of their Web and mobile apps and implement customer retention strategies.

Cloud Computing“We are hard at work integrating Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services so that enterprises can not only build mobile apps to engage customers and employees, but also analyze and optimize that engagement,” wrote Microsoft official Omar Khan in a blog post.

Capptain, based in France, defines its product as a “response marketing tool” designed to let developers slice and dice usage data, and based on that information, push targeted messages, announcements and offers to customers in real time.

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