Monthly Archives: June 2014


Rugged Cloud Inc. Launched to Address the Future of Converged Infrastructure and Cloud Management Platforms

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. "At Rugged Cloud we believe the underlying infrastructure should [...]


Compucom Delivers Managed ‘Desktops in the Cloud’ with VMware Horizon DaaS

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. The service [...]


Cloud Providers Profit by Serving Nonprofits

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 [...]


Mesosphere Closes $10.5M Series A Funding Led by Andreessen Horowitz to Commercialize Google-Like Datacenter Scale With the Power of Mesos

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 [...]


HP Links SDN, OpenStack In New Application

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. VCN runs on HP’s Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN controller. [...]


Pluribus to Demonstrate Cloud Controller with Netvisor Network Virtualization at HostingCon 2014

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 [...]


Three Examples Show How Microsoft Is Gaining Ground in the Cloud

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. Why? There are three main reasons: Virtualization [...]


A Deep Dive into Storage Performance Benchmarks

Storage 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 [...]


Survey Spotlights IT Need to Address Cloud Security

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. Sophos collected responses from more than 725 members of online IT forum between April 29 and May 16, 2014. The company found that even [...]


Microsoft Buys Capptain for Mobile Analytics, Cloud Services

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. "We are hard at work integrating Capptain's solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services so that enterprises can [...]

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