Entries with tag cloud computing.

Cisco Launching $1 Billion Cloud Initiative

Cisco Systems says it plans to spend $1 billion in the next two years on cloud computing services, mostly to build datacenters, expected to be on line in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia this year. The company plans to deliver its Cisco Cloud Services through partnerships with Australian telecommunications provider Telstra, IT distributor Ingram Micro, and Indian IT company Wipro. “Here’s the reality behind the moves: Cisco wants to be an IT partner of choice for the enterprise. The problem for Cisco was that it was selling gear to enable cloud computing but not offering services,” wrote Larry Dignan, editor-in-chief of the business technology news website ZDNet. He said, “The big question is whether Cisco’s cloud efforts ring true to IT buyers or just sound like a case of ‘me, too.’ ” InformationWeek said the service is intended “to serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things.”  (Reuters)(ZD Net)(InformationWeek)

Oracle Opens to OpenStack

Oracle announced it is supporting the OpenStack Foundation and plans to integrate OpenStack code into its product line. The foundation manages the OpenStack project, which is developing an open source public and private cloud-computing platform. Oracle, best known for its proprietary approach to software, will add OpenStack cloud-management components into its Solaris and Linux products, as well as its cloud-based services. The company says this will provide customers with more choices and flexibility in how they use Oracle products and services. (Information Week)(ZDNet)

Start-Up Develops Operating System for Cloud-Based Computing

A start-up is developing the first operating system designed specifically for computing in the cloud. Cloudius Systems’ (www.cloudius-systems.com/) open source OSv (operating system virtualized) kernel will run on virtual machines. In existing cloud-based operating systems, the hypervisor and the runtime environment – typically the Java Virtual Machine – as well as the operating system, perform several of the same tasks. This duplication of the work generates operational overhead. Conventional operating systems, such as Linux and Windows, will, for example, block a virtual machine from handling some tasks although the virtual machine is able to execute them more efficiently for a single application. OSv, by contrast, will readily pass some of these functions to the Java Virtual Machines. Cloudius plans to provide technical support for OSv in the first quarter of 2014.
(SlashDot)(Information Week)(OSv)

IBM Kicks Off Cloud Computing Plans with $2 Billion Acquisition

IBM has agreed to buy SoftLayer Technologies, a public-cloud-computing infrastructure provider, for $2 billion from owner GI Partners in order to create a new cloud services division. The parties expected to complete the sale in the third quarter of this year. They are not releasing precise financial terms. However, the Bloomberg media firm says it confirmed the $2 billion price with “a person familiar with the deal.” IBM will subsume its current private cloud offering, which has 10 data centers worldwide, into the new division it will create after completing the acquisition. (Bloomberg)(The New York Times)

Techniques Enable Efficient Cloud Computing

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, and Google have developed techniques that let hardware running cloud-computing resources operate more efficiently. Their approach uses data collected in real time on server clusters and works with non-uniform memory access (NUMA) technology, a memory approach for multiprocessing in which processors can access their own local memory faster than nonlocal memory. To make their technique work, the researchers apply a NUMA score to a process – in their experiments, they used Gmail backend server jobs -- to see how RAM is allocated in warehouse-scale computers and analyze performance impact. Optimizing the NUMA score, which can be accomplished by techniques such as clustering threads close to memory nodes, for example, could increase efficiency 15 to 20 percent. Google has already implemented the approach. The researchers presented their findings at the recent IEEE International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture in Shenzhen, China. (PhysOrg)(University of California, San Diego)(“Optimizing Google’s Warehouse Scale Computers: The NUMA Experience” @ University of California, San Diego) 

Chinese Scientists Create Cloud-Based OS

Tsinghua University computer scientists have created a new cloud-based operating system. TransOS will reportedly help make cloud computing transparent, as the operating system will be entirely in the cloud. Users would not need to worry about how their computers are configured but instead could simply interact with the needed files. The researchers explain that the OS is stored on a cloud server so that any bare terminal computer running a small amount of code could connect to it. TransOS can manage all the networked and virtualized hardware and software resources, enabling network administrator to run any service on demand. The researchers say TransOS could be used on various devices, including household appliances, mobile devices, and factory equipment. They will publish details of their project in a special issue of the International Journal of Cloud Computing. (EurekAlert)(International Journal of Cloud Computing)


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