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Yes, even the ones over there, in that there cloud, can be yours. No one argues that networks have not exploded in terms of speeds and feeds in the past decade. What with more consumers (and cows), more companies going “online”, and more content it’d be hard to argue that there’s less traffic out there today than there was even a mere four or five years ago. The increasing pressure put on the network is often mentioned almost in passing, as though merely moving from 10Gbps to 40Gbps to 100Gbps will solve the problem. Move along now, nothing to see here but a higher flow of packets. But that higher density of packets along with greater diversity of content coupled with distribution through cloud computing that’s creating other issues for network services whose purpose it is to collect, analyze, and act upon those packets. IDS, IPS, secure web gateways, voice analyze... (more)

Cloud Computing: Rackspace Acquires Anso Labs

"This acquisition marks a significant step forward in our investment in the success of OpenStack," wrote OpenStack's GM Jim Curry Wednesday as he confirmed that Rackspace has acquired Anso Labs, best known for its work with NASA to help build their Nebula cloud platform, the code behind which NASA contributed to the open source community as the basis for OpenStack Compute last summer. "We believe OpenStack is the right cloud operating system for the industry, and we are committed to the continued evolution of this open platform and to powering our own cloud with OpenStack for many years to come," Curry added. Since Anso Labs is a participant in the OpenStack project and has already contributed substantially to its success, it further underlines how strongly Rackspace believes the world needs a truly open cloud platform and is committed to helping build it. Curry wa... (more)

Now There’s a Xen Cloud Platform

Citrix' little friend Xen.org, where the open source hypervisor lives, has put out Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) 1.0, an open source server virtualization platform developed as part of the Xen Cloud Project introduced in 2009. The widgetry is supposed to be for SMBs, universities and researchers who want to build private clouds as well as open source enthusiasts, who want to experiment with cloud computing. XCP is a single, tested installable image using the Xen hypervisor, network and storage support, a management stack and tools. It supports Windows and Linux as guest operating systems and integrates with the open source OpenStack Bexar release so it can cover everything from bare metal to cloud orchestration software. XCP 1.0 includes an enterprise-class Xen API Management tool stack with disaster recovery support, security, real-time performance monitoring, support ... (more)

Piston Delivers First OpenStack-Based Cloud OS

The first OpenStack-based cloud operating system came out Wednesday. The start-up Piston Cloud Computing Inc delivered the thing, which makes sense since Piston's founders were instrumental in OpenStack, which is a framework, not a product. The widgetry is called Piston Enterprise OS or pentOS for short and it will sell for $3,500 a server a year, a price that includes 24/7 telephone support. Piston co-founder and CEO Joshua McKenty said Piston sold maybe 10 of the things ahead of general availability and the code was destined for big iron $250,000 hardware installations. People apparently just bought it after seeing the demo at Cloud Expo. Nothing is in production yet. pentOS is cheap compared to VMware, the only alternative. McKenty said it would probably cost $17,000 a server a year using VMware and that's before factoring storage in. If you tried to do it yoursel... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Mark Hinkle – Citrix Systems

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now under two weeks away, what better time to remind you in greater detail of the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you every day from June 11 through June 14 dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Mark Hinkle TWITTER: @mrhinkle COMPANY: Citrix Systems 10TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing SESSION DESCRIPTION: ht... (more)

Who Benefits from the CloudStack vs OpenStack Battle?

Citrix moving CloudStack to Apache is old news now but there are some interesting aspects about this move that have not quite been noted from an enterprise point of view.   This post summarizes my opinion of some potential winners from this news. There are three major points from the announcement: OpenStack is not (yet) technically mature Citrix with CloudStack and Eucalyptus seems Amazon friendly Big names already jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon with RedHat/IBM sounding they will soon climb aboard too After this announcement, there are three biggest beneficiaries: Amazon, VMware and cloud management tool vendors like EnStratus/RightScale. Amazon: They are not entrenched in the enterprise space due to lack of a direct sales force reaching out to these customers.  However, Citrix and Eucalyptus give them a great entry into this market with their respective sales team... (more)

Top 10 Ways HP Is Different and Better When It Comes to Cloud Computing

Tuesday HP filled out its cloud computing strategy, a broad-based set of products and services, that set a date (finally!) for its public cloud debut (May 10). See my separate earlier blog on all the news. Disclosure: HP is a long-time sponsor of my BriefingsDirect podcasts. I've come to know HP very well in the past 20 years of covering them as a journalist, analyst and content producer. And that's why I'm an unabashed booster of HP now, despite its well-documented cascade of knocks and foibles. By waiting to tip its hand on how it will address the massive cloud opportunity, HP has clearly identified Cloud as a Business (CaaB) as the real, long-term opportunity. And HP appreciates that any way that it can propel CaaB forward for as many businesses, organizations and individuals as possible, then the more successful it will be, too. Top 10 reasons Here's why the clou... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Cloud Application Black Magic

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Traditional methods of writing applications do not completely change when you adopt cloud, but are you using cloud to its fullest potential? What are some best practices and tools that can help your move to the cloud as painless as possible? Are you maximizing the products you're using to get the most out of every server to realize cost savings that cloud can bring? In his session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Wayne Walls, an OpenStack Developer Advocate at Rackspace Hosting, will explore these questions and get practical answers that you can use today. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Wayne Walls is an OpenStack Developer Advocate and Scrabble junkie working for the Rackspace Cloud. He works with cloud developers to lower the barriers of entry to OpenStack, evangelizes the Open... (more)

Day 1 Keynote at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley | Open Cloud – Place Your Bets!

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Both OpenStack.org and the OpenStack ecosystem intend to go into orbit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley today, November 5th. Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the newly-formed OpenStack Foundation, and who has spent his entire career building the cloud, is to give the opening November 5 keynote today at 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, November 5-8, 2012. With this important Keynote – combined with its Diamond Sponsorship of the entire event – the OpenStack Foundation is pinpointing Cloud Expo as being THE conference so far as the intersection of Enterprise IT and Cloud Computing is concerned. The OpenStack Foundation promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud operating system. As the independent home for Open... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley Keynote Speaker Profile: Jonathan Bryce – OpenStack

With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce TWITTER: @jbryce ORGANIZATION: OpenStack Foundation 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets! SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/23909... (more)

Congratulations Imation and Nexsan

Last week Imation, the company that is known for making CDs, DVDs, magnetic tape and in the past floppy disk (diskettes), bought Nexsan, a company known for the SATA and SAS storage products. Imation also (or should be) owns the TDK and Memorex names (remember is it real or is it Memorex? If not Google it). They also have had for several years removable hard disk drive (RHDD) products including the Odyssey (I am in the process of retiring mine), as well as partnership with the former ProStor for RDX and having acquired some of the assets of ProStor namely their RDX based InifiVault storage appliance. Imation has also been involved in some other things including USB and other forms of flash-based solid state devices (SSD), as well as a couple of years (2007) they launched cloud backup with DataGuard before cloud backup had become a popular buzzword topic. Imation ha... (more)