Entries with tag cloud computing.

Microsoft Azure Problems Create Ripple of Outages

Recent problems with the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, which allows customers to store and manage data remotely, took down several third-party sites on 18 November 2014. The problems were global in scope, affecting MSN.com, the Microsoft Office 365 suite, Sharepoint, email, and Xbox Live services. Customers—including social media activity tracking firm SocialSafe and Dutch healthcare organization Viva Zorggroep—reported problems with their websites and were not able to access storage or analytic tools. Some observers expect the issue may undermine Azure’s attempts to compete with rivals such as Amazon Web Services, particularly as Microsoft says Azure offers a 99.9 percent availability. No details about the origin of the problem were offered once service was restored. (BBC)(Gigaom)(Reuters @ The Economic Times)

Cisco Invests $1 Billion in Cloud-Based Capabilities

Cisco Systems plans to invest $1 billion in its cloud infrastructure over the next two years. The company’s Intercloud network links datacenters and cloud providers worldwide, and is designed to help businesses process and manage data. The company says the money, provided through Cisco Capital, will be used to finance its customers’ and partners’ migration to “Cisco-powered clouds.” Cisco now has 30 cloud partners, including telecommunications service providers Deutsche Telekom and BT, system-integration company NTT DATA, and datacenter vendor Equinix. These partners give Intercloud access to 250 datacenters in 50 countries. (Reuters)(Bloomberg)(Cisco @ Marketwatch)


IBM Partnership with Chinese Firm Signals New Business Model for Trade in China

IBM has entered into a business partnership with a Chinese financial-data firm, which could be a model for trade in that nation. IBM is performing cloud-based risk analysis for Shanghai Wind Information, which provides data and other services to the Chinese financial industry, including banks and investment firms. By using this technology in the cloud, Shanghai Wind neither has to disclose specific portfolio holdings to IBM nor does it have to install IBM software or hardware on its servers. This model adheres to Chinese data-privacy laws, which mandates that data be protected, confidential, and remain within China. Chinese government officials have been urging state-owned firms to use domestic technology vendors, citing security concerns.(Reuters)(IT Pro Portal)(IBM)

Rackspace Set to Go Private

Publicly-traded cloud-services provider Rackspace Hosting says it is considering going private and is in discussions with a private equity firm regarding financing the move, according to technology-news website Tech Crunch. The company had been for sale, but without a deal, it may now be acting as if it wants to go private to pressure potential buyers such as telecommunications provider CenturyLink, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM. Rackspace told Reuters and Tech Crunch it “does not comment on rumors and speculation.” Rackspace, currently valued at $6.1 billion, has faced increasing competition from big companies that provide cloud and hosting services, such as Amazon and Google. “The pressures of being a public company are too much,” a Rackspace source told Tech Crunch. (Reuters)(Tech Crunch)

MongoDB Adds New Cloud Service Capabilities

MongoDB is expanding its database’s cloud-service capability. After initial availability through Amazon Web Services, the database can now also run on the Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine cloud-hosting services. Currently, about 40 percent of MongoDB installations are running on Amazon. “Amazon continues to be the dominant place to run applications in the cloud, but there is a lot of interest, especially from Microsoft shops, in running MongoDB on Azure,” said Matt Asay, MongoDB’s vice president of marketing and corporate strategy. “And there is significant interest from developers in what Google has to offer.” Asay said the Google Compute Engine service is primarily intended for database developer use and designed so it can be deployed without needing supporting software. Developers are using it for working with Web applications, who are finding many of its features – such as dynamic schemas, which enables users to add a column into an existing table without needing to reformat existing data. The Microsoft Azure service is reportedly tailored for working with databases for processing transactions and also includes full MongoDB support. These new services were announced Tuesday at the MongoDB user conference in New York City. (Computerworld)(PC World)

Acer Enters Cloud Computing with Services Offering

Acer has begun developing and selling cloud-computing software and services. The Taiwan-based firm has long made PCs but has been hurt by that market’s contraction. In fact, the company’s ranking among the world’s PC makers recently fell from second to fourth. By entering the cloud market with its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) service, Acer will now compete with Amazon and Google, as well as Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard, the latter two of which which recently announced billion-dollar initiatives. “The computer is still our foundation, but BYOC is a new platform for integration, cross-compatibility, and convenience,” stated Acer founder and chair Stan Shih. The company is positioning the service for implementation with the Internet of Things by, for example, enabling users to control home appliances or automobiles via their smartphones. (Reuters)(AFP @ PhysOrg)

HP Announces $1 Billion Investment in Cloud Projects

Hewlett-Packard plans to invest $1 billion within the next two years on cloud-computing products and services. Among its projects is the development of services for the OpenStack open-source platform for public and private clouds, which HP will make available in 20 datacenters within the next 18 months. The company also recently announced a collaboration with contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group on creating servers for cloud-computing service providers. Other companies are also investing in cloud computing. For example, Cisco Systems plans to spend $1 billion on a cloud initiative. And Microsoft is making its cloud storage for businesses 40 times larger than it is now. (Reuters)(ZD Net)

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.
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