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For those unfamiliar, as a developer working in marketing for an infrastructure automation company, I have tried to clarify the different versions of DevOps by capitalizing the part that benefits in a given DevOps scenario. In this case we’re talking about operations improvements. While devs – particularly those involved in automation or DevOps will find it interesting, it really talks to growing issues Operations are finding. The problem is right in front of us, we’re confronting it every day, and yet a ton of us aren’t fixing it for our organizations, we’re merely kicking the ball down the road. The problem? Complexity. Let’s face it, the IT world is growing more complex by the week. Sure, SaaS simplified a lot of complex apps that either weren’t central to the business we’re in or were vastly similar for the entire market, but once you get past those easy picking... (more)

Is Cloud Interoperability a Myth? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #OpenStack

As the industry matures, cloud computing will increasingly rely on interoperability in order to grow and deliver more value to industry. Assuming this is a fact, what does it mean when eighteen major OpenStack vendors come together to work through the challenges involved with achieving enterprise interoperability? Events at the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona helped provide a window into the promise of tomorrow's interoperable environment. In cloud computing, interoperability generally refers to the ability of service models from different cloud service providers to work together. Specifically: · Infrastructure-as-a-service o Access Mechanism - defines how a service in cloud may be accessed by users and/or software developers, o Virtual Resources - service delivery as a complete software stack of installing a virtual machine, o Network - addressing and API, o Storage... (more)

How Not to Build a Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DevOps #OpenStack

Thomas Bitman of Gartner wrote a blog post last year about why OpenStack projects fail. In that article, he outlined three particular metrics which together cause 60% of OpenStack projects to fall short of expectations: Wrong people (31% of failures): a successful cloud needs commitment both from the operations team as well as from "anchor" tenants. Wrong processes (19% of failures): a successful cloud automates across silos in the software development lifecycle, not just within silos. Wrong metrics (10% of failures): a successful cloud focuses on top line transformation by accelerating delivery of innovative applications and services, not merely on squeezing bottom line costs. Wrong people "Agile clouds need agile processes - and people are your biggest supporters,or your biggest roadblocks." - Thomas Bitman Many OpenStack projects start as technology pilots with pa... (more)

Internap Expands OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS Footprint | @CloudExpo @Internap #Cloud

Internap Corporation has expanded its OpenStack-based bare-metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0, to its data centers in Amsterdam, Dallas and Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2015 out of Internap's New York Metro data center in Secaucus, N.J., AgileSERVER 2.0 is now available in four locations globally, enabling enterprises and devops teams running mission-critical applications and big data workloads to build scale-out infrastructure environments that are higher performing and more cost-effective than commodity public cloud platforms. "OpenStack has become the emerging platform for innovation and digital transformation, and Internap is focused on making this adoption seamless for companies worldwide," said Satish Hemachandran, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting, Internap. "Our next generation of OpenStack-powered Agil... (more)

Breqwatr Introduces Hyper-Converged Cloud Appliance | @CloudExpo @Breqwatr #IaaS #Cloud #OpenStack

Breqwatr has announced the general availability of its Breqwatr Cloud Appliance 2.0. This turnkey, hyper-converged cloud appliance offers scale-out infrastructure, cloud management tools and a uniquely designed user interface that empowers its clients to deploy and consume Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) without the complexity and time typically associated with alternative private cloud solutions. "Deploying OpenStack was something our team had discussed, yet did not have the time or expertise to devote to it," said Shawn Flynn, Manager, IT Infrastructure, Servers and Storage at Progressive Waste Solutions. "By utilizing the Breqwatr Cloud Appliance, we were able to deploy an OpenStack private cloud simply and in no time at all." Breqwatr is a private cloud appliance allowing companies to quickly improve business agility through controlled IT transformation. It p... (more)

Mobile Demand Driving Growth in the Cloud

"Increasing mobile demand will drive a lot of the growth in cloud computing," stated James Strayer, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Racemi, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "But," Strayer continued, "there are still people running Windows NT 4 out there and there are probably even old IBM System/360s out there in production still." Cloud Computing Journal: Just having the enterprise data is good. Extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless. Agree or disagree? James Strayer: Agree. I am often amazed at how many businesses don't even have the data yet, so getting it is a great first step. But the value is limited unless you can build useful information and models from it. Cloud Computing Journal: Forrester's James Staten: "Not everything will move to the cloud as there are many business processes, data s... (more)

OpenStack: The Myth of the Middle By @BlueBoxJesse | @CloudExpo #OpenStack #Microservices

The middle is where self-declared reasonable minds gather to split the difference between seemingly irresolvable extremes. And so it is with OpenStack. Back in the wild-West days of Diablo and Essex, agile app dev ardents attracted by the open alternative of OpenStack had two choices: build it yourself (DIY), or sign up with Rackspace. Polar opposites in just about every regard. Then, a wave of startups pledged to offer a middle ground, populated with software distributions and appliances to simplify the path from zero to OpenStack. While the promise of this new-found middle ground was grand, it hasn't quite panned out. Today, the only distributions gaining any traction are primarily from Mirantis and Red Hat, the former fueled by crafty strategy and dogged determination, the latter fueled by a massive RHEL install base and account control. Everyone else? They're... (more)

AT&T Joins OpenStack, Floats Cloud Architect

AT&T has joined OpenStack. It's the first US telecom service provider to sign up for the free Rackspace-NASA-spawned open source cloud initiative. AT&T CTO John Donovan said AT&T has been participating in OpenStack for more than a year and has contributed a blueprint for a potential new function in OpenStack focused on transactional task management. Donovan said the OpenStack IaaS is housed on dedicated infrastructure in AT&T data centers in Dallas, San Diego and Secaucus, New Jersey, to start. The company means to more than double the number of centers with open source capabilities this year. Evidently AT&T is using OpenStack - or elements of it - underneath a new commodity-style cloud for developers called Cloud Architect that's presumably intended to compete with Amazon Web Services et al. The widgetry is supposed to offer "cost-efficient access to highly flexibl... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: The Cloud Service Broker

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! Next-generation cloud service management software will offer service brokering capabilities. A broker allows the federation of resources across heterogeneous Cloud Service Providers and thus plays an important role in avoiding vendor lock-in. In his session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Jamie Marshall, CTO of Prologue (France), will provide an overview of the architecture of an open source cloud service broker that would allow for the description, provision, deployment and management of any type or configuration of cloud services delivered by heterogeneous cloud service providers in accordance with a consumer's SLA. He will end with a live demonstration showing how a federation of multiple OpenStack providers can be managed by CompatibleOne, an open source cloud service broker, in a multi-cloud environment. Explo... (more)

11th Cloud Expo: A–Z of Big Data & Cloud Computing Topics

What's "Cloud 2.0"? Who's behind "SHadoop"? Why is the Cloud so important to the Big Data boom? Are you turning your data into dollars? Which cloud model is right for your company? Register to attend 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley and get your questions answered November 5–8. Here's what you can look forward to, expressed numerically: 1 Convenient Venue – Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA 2 Interlocking Themes – Cloud Computing & Big Data 4 Content-Packed Days – November 5–8, 2012 6 Industry Keynotes 8 Distinct Parallel Tracks 174 Breakout Technical & Strategy Sessions 203 Expert Speakers & Panelists 90,000 Square Feet of Expo Floor and 1 Not-To-Be-Missed Opening Night Welcome Reception on Nov 5 ! The event is co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo. Registration includes both events. Whether you are a large enterprise, a growing busines... (more)

HP’s Converged Cloud and AppZero

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time with several teams in the HP Cloud Services organization. HP made great strides in 2012 delivering on what they call the "Converged Cloud". HP's Converged Cloud offers the enterprise a spectrum of cloud offerings from a private cloud hosted by the enterprise to a public cloud hosted by HP. There are a few flavors in the middle - virtual private clouds (hosted by HP but "dedicated" to the enterprise tenant), which come managed and unmanaged. As the saying goes different courses for different horses and HP has got the enterprise covered no matter what the future track. It's pretty clear that the enterprise is still reluctant to move certain applications into the public cloud. Security, availability, vendor lock-in and enterprise SLAs are a few of the well documented concerns (real or imaginary) that stop the wholesale migratio... (more)