April 2014


1396284046-intel-just-poured-740-million-cloudera-what-is-it-2Intel Corporation and Cloudera, Inc. announced a broad strategic technology and business collaboration, as well as a significant equity investment from Intel making it Cloudera’s largest strategic shareholder and a member of its board of directors.

This is Intel’s single largest data center technology investment in its history. The deal will join Cloudera’s enterprise analytic data management software powered by Apache Hadoop with the data center architecture based on Intel Xeon technology.

The goal is acceleration of customer adoption of big data solutions, making it easier for companies of all sizes to obtain increased business value from data by deploying open source Apache Hadoop solutions.

Both the strategic collaboration and the equity investment are subject to standard closing conditions, including customary regulatory approvals.

Cloudera will develop and optimize Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) for Intel architecture as its preferred platform and support a range of technologies including Intel fabrics, flash memory and security. In turn, Intel will market and promote CDH and Cloudera Enterprise to its customers as its preferred.

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Evtron-LogoSince first coming on the startup scene in St. Louis, Evtron CEO Andrew Mayhall has generated a fair amount of press (and even a rumor of Evtron being acquired by Facebook).

Since that time, Mayhall has put together a new leadership team for Evtron and recently closed a funding round of $600K from four private investors, graduated from ITEN’s program and has its first client.

COO J.P. Lanham met Mayhall and was first a board member before coming on full time as the corporate operating officer.  As Mayhall went through ITEN’s program, they met Chief Strategy Officer Dave Sellers and since then have been moving fast.

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SAP reported a strong growth in cloud revenue and fast adoption of its HANA platform in the first quarter, while its software revenue dipped from the same quarter in the previous year.

Cloud-Market-GrowthThe business software company said Thursday its revenue grew 3 percent to a!3.7 billion (US$5 billion), while its cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 60 percent to a!219 million in the quarter under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).

Its net profit grew 3 percent to a!534 million in the quarter.

SAP’s annual cloud revenue run rate is now approaching a!1.1 billion, and subscribers of its cloud applications now exceed 36 million, the company said.

Reflecting the transition in the market from on-premises software and services to applications delivered through the cloud on a subscription model, SAP’s software revenue in the quarter fell 5 percent to a!623 million. Its support revenue was up 5 percent to a!2.2 billion.

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Founded just last March 6 and based in Orange County, CA, eXtreme Data-Storage, Inc., in stealth mode, gave to StorageNewsletter.com few information on its storage technology.Entering Startup

“We are focusing on a new way of storage, which will highly improve user experience by increasing bandwidth, reduction of latency and taking this experience into eXtremely new levels,” wrote us CEO Mike Amidi. “Basically in a nut’s shell our products uses a standard interface with a boost-up capabilities for Solid State Storage (SSS). Our product bandwidth is one magnitude faster, while our latency is much improved over standard products by few factors. At this time I can’t share more information as we are in the process of patenting our IPs.”

That’s all he said on the technology and will not reveal more but under NDA.

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originalHP announced Friday that its CloudSystem 8 is generally available. It’s a converged system, with hardware and nearby storage in the rack, virtualized and ready to go for either private cloud operations or general purpose, virtualized infrastructure.

Margaret Dawson, HP cloud evangelist and VP of product marketing, talked about HP’s position in the cloud — and CloudSystem 8 in particular — in an interview Thursday at Interop (run by UBM Tech, InformationWeek’s parent company). CloudSystem 8, she said, is based on HP Converged System 700 or 700X racks of server blades, disks, and switches. It’s HP’s way of bringing the right combination of infrastructure elements together to support large-scale VMware virtualization in the enterprise.

“HP has consolidated its position as a leader in private cloud computing,” said Dawson, citing a recent Forrester Research report. HP’s approach is different from all-proprietary approaches in that it is a heavy contributor of code to OpenStack — ”We’re always among the top five contributors” — and relies on its version of OpenStack, dubbed Cloud OS, to provide the end-user with self-provisioning, usage tracking, and chargeback. Among the OpenStack projects that it contributes to are Neutron software-defined networking and the Horizon management dashboard.

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clouderaCloudera, Inc. announced a $900 million round of financing with participation by top tier institutional and strategic investors.

This financing round includes the previously-announced $160 million of funding from T. Rowe Price and three public market investors, Google Ventures, and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment arm of Michael Dell and his family, and a significant equity investment by Intel that gives them an 18% share of Cloudera.

“The market opportunity for companies to gain insight and build transformative applications based on Hadoop is tremendous,” said Tom Reilly, CEO of Cloudera. “Clearly, demand is accelerating and the market is poised for growth – for all of the players in this space, and we believe Cloudera will be the company to lead this global shift in extracting value from data. This position of strength and leadership is evidenced by the strong support of public market investors, large institutional investors and now key strategic investors including Intel, who’ve made sizable and significant contributions to cement our platform offering.”

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Microsoft-SQL-ServerMicrosoft SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing, the company announced on Tuesday, promising general availability of the product on April 1. The company also announced the general availability of Hadoop 2.2 support in its Windows Azure HDInsight service, bringing support for YARN and Stinger (Hive SQL Query) improvements to the vendor’s cloud-based Hadoop service.

Any release of Microsoft SQL Server is important, as it’s the world’s top database management system (DBMS) in terms of unit sales. But the 2014 update is particularly important as it introduces an In-Memory OLTP (online transaction processing) option that promises breakthroughs in performance.

“In-memory transaction processing speeds up an already very fast experience by delivering speed improvement of up to 30x,” wrote Quentin Clark, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Data Platform Group, in a blog announcing the release.

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RapidSclouds1cale, a leader in Cloud Computing solutions, has announced that CloudOffice, its Desktop Virtualization platform for small to medium businesses, is now available on the Samsung Solutions Exchange. The Samsung Solutions Exchange addresses the needs of line of business owners by creating holistic mobile solutions on a robust portfolio of enterprise-grade Samsung Mobile devices.

CloudOffice is a ground-breaking all-in-one SMB cloud solution that brings together core business applications, business vertical applications, and key business drivers such as Microsoft Office Professional, Microsoft Lync, unlimited storage, 24x7x365 “We Care” support, the Adobe Suite, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft SharePoint, and Citrix ShareFile. Furthermore, CloudOffice provides an unmatched user experience, is budget-friendly, and can be used on any Samsung smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. RapidScale has established one of the most expansive and comprehensive cloud solution sets in the market today and will be featured as a premier Desktop as a Service provider for Samsung.

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As any networking professional knows, downtime costs money. However, few know exactly how much money downtime costs. Estimates, calculations, and incidentals are all open to interpretation. This creates a lot of uncertainty.Hidden-Cost-Puzzle-2

Cloud computing is a good tool to use here. Many IT pros are turning to cloud-based technologies to mitigate the cost of downtime. However, is the viability of a cloud migration backed by facts or based on suppositions?

The assumption that cloud services can reduce downtime is founded on the belief that third-party providers deploy all sorts of continuity technology that all but guarantees uptime. That belief, coupled with service-level agreements (SLAs) that make promises about limiting unscheduled interruptions in service, can give you a sense of security. The real question becomes whether that sense of security is false or justified — and, more importantly, whether a value can be assigned to it.

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Game_Changer_screen_1110_624If I were to choose one technology breakthrough that completely revolutionized the way data centers are designed and managed, I’d choose server virtualization platforms like VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, and KVM. There are a number of reasons why server virtualization has been so beneficial, including hardware cost savings, decreased data center footprint, and eliminating vendor lock-in.

Beyond these benefits, most of us moved to server virtualization because of the flexibility one has when spinning up customized servers that meet specific application requirements. But for the most part, server virtualization technologies have plateaued. There simply aren’t very many new and groundbreaking features being released.

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