July 2014

 

Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Storage Adds Erasure Coding, Tiering

30 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

red-hat-logo-XPSORedHat Inc. today released a new 1.2 version of its Inktank Ceph Enterprise software, featuring erasure coding, cache tiering and updated tools to manage and monitor the distributed object storage cluster.

The release marks the first product update since Red Hat acquired Inktank Storage Inc. in May for about $175 million in cash. Targeted at cloud, backups and archives, Inktank Ceph Enterprise (ICE) combines open source Ceph software for object and block storage, Calamari monitoring and management tools, and product support services.

Red Hat’s ICE 1.2 software-defined storage brings the commercially supported product in line with the latest Firefly release of open source Ceph storage software, and two key new features — erasure coding and cache tiering — are already generating interest.

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Google I/O: Hello Dataflow, Goodbye MapReduce

28 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Google I/O this year was overwhelmingly dominated by consumer technology, the end user interface, and extension of the Android universe into a new class of mobile devices, the computer you wear on your wrist.Google-IO-2014

At the same time, there were one or two enterprise-scale data handling and cloud computing gems scattered among all the end user announcements.

One was Cloud Dataflow, introduced at the San Francisco event during a keynote presentation Wednesday. When it comes to handling large amounts of unstructured data, one of Google’s original contributions to the field was MapReduce. When combined with a distributed file system, it became a fundamental new type of data sorting, analyzing, and storage mechanism of the era: Hadoop.

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Cloud Platform Simplifies Spark Clusters, Big Data Deployments

25 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

In his keynote at Spark Summit 2014 in San Francisco today, Databricks CEO Ion Stoica unveiled Databricks Cloud, a cloud platform built around the Apache Spark open source processing engine for big data.spark%20summit%202014

Spark, which got its v 1.0 release just one month ago, is a cluster computing framework designed to sit on top of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) in place of Hadoop MapReduce. With support for in-memory cluster computing, Spark can achieve performance up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory or 10x faster on disk.

Spark can be an excellent compute engine for data processing workflows, advanced analytics, stream processing and business intelligence/visual analytics. But Spark clusters can be difficult beasts, Stoica says. Databricks hopes to change all that with its hosted Databricks Cloud platform as a turnkey solution.

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MapR Closes $110 Million Financing Led by Google Capital

23 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the distribution for Apache Hadoop, has completed a $110 million financing.mapr

Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.

In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

“MapR helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop rapidly and reliably, generating significant business results,” said Gene Frantz, general partner, Google Capital. “We led this round of funding because we believe MapR has a great solution for enterprise customers, and they’ve built a strong and growing business.”

In conjunction with this investment, Frantz will join the board of directors.

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CloudPhysics Got $15 Million in Funding

21 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

CloudPhysics_logo_v6_SCloudPhysics, Inc., providi,g predictive analytics for virtual datacenter management, has secured $15 million in a series C round of funding, led by venture capital firm Jafco Ventures with participation from the company’s existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield Fund.

CloudPhysics, who has raised $27.5 million to date, will use the funding to invest further in developing its SaaS solution, which leverages big data analytics to enable IT to uncover hidden operational hazards before problems emerge and identifies radical efficiency improvements in virtualized IT operations management.

The company will also use the funding to expand go-to-market activities and scale the company’s business.

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CloudFlare Offers Free DDoS Protection to Public Interest Websites

18 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

A project launched by CloudFlare, a provider of website performance and security services, allows organizations engaged in news gathering, civil society and political or artistic speech to use the company’s distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection technology for free.cloudflarelogo

The goal of the project, dubbed Galileo, is to protect freedom of expression on the Web by helping sites with public interest information from being censored through online attacks, according to the San Francisco-based company.

“If a website participating in Project Galileo comes under attack, CloudFlare will extend full protection to ensure the site stays online — no matter its location, no matter its content,” the Project Galileo website says.

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Zerto Raises $26 Million in Series D

16 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

New investor Harmony Partners led the financing, with participation by all current investors: Battery Ventures, Greylock IL, RTP Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners.zerto-red-on-white-logo-small

The round brings total financing to more than $60 million and provides a war chest to allow Zerto to expand its footprint, maintain long-term independence and focus major R&D efforts around the recently launched Cloud Fabric initiative for workload mobility in hybrid clouds.

With more than 500 enterprise customers and 100 managed cloud service providers (SCPs) including Terremark, KPN and Colt offering cloud DR powered by Zerto, the company has built a base to corner the market for virtualized DR services.

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Amazon, Google Spar Over SSDs In Cloud

14 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Amazon Web Services is making solid state disks the standard storage for its Elastic Block Store service used with running instances, and is setting the price to compete with Google Compute Engine.google_vs_amazon

Solid state was available previously on Amazon’s EC2, but it tended to be associated with specialized server types designed to provide data management and high transaction throughput. The storage Amazon announced on Tuesday is general-purpose storage volumes based on SSDs, priced at $.10 per GB per month.

If general-purpose SSDs don’t provide a high enough input/output rate, customers can purchase additional capacity for $.125 per GB per month for each additional 1000 IOPS provisioned times. The cost is reduced by the share of the month in which they’re actually used — for example, if they are used for half the month, the bill would be 50% of what would otherwise be a month’s total.

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Nimboxx Raised $12 Million in Series A

11 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Startups

NIMBOXX, Inc. unveiled its ‘atomic unit’ of the software-defined data center, an all-in-one solution that puts a hyper-scale computing model within reach for organizations of all sizes.eNn-eAdE_400x400

The company also announced it has raised $12 million in Series A funding from SMC Holdings, a Hong Kong-based institutional investor with a track record in backing U.S. technology companies.

The data center is undergoing a transformation. Legacy data center models are not equipped to enable modern elastic computing, 20-year old storage architectures no longer scale to meet data demands, and virtualization has become commoditized. Cloud providers such as Amazon and Google have employed a new data center paradigm, building software-defined data centers to deliver massively scalable services with efficiency that few others can match.

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Hybrid Clouds: What Are They Good For?

07 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Hybrid cloud has been a headliner topic at almost every major IT event this year, whether it’s Microsoft beefing up Azure at TechEd, EMC and VMware making hybrid products and a joint reference design a centerpiece of keynotes at EMC World, or IBM announcing OpenStack hybrid support for Cloud Manager.iStock_000020265568Small

To listen to these vendors, hybrid cloud is the new de facto standard data center architecture, and anyone not shuttling workloads back and forth is falling behind.

But what do IT leaders making those data center decisions think?

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