Engineers from Google and Amazon dazzled the crowd at the recent Usenix LISA conference in Washington D.C. Joab Jackson's write-up for IDG News Service includes numerous gems.
Research and Markets, based in Dublin, says the Software-Defined Data Center market will grow by a 97 percent compound annual rate through 2018.
Recently released IBM research on cloud adoption produced a few surprising results, writes Ellis Booker on InformationWeek. IBM divides respondents into three categories based on the results: Chasers, Challengers and Pacesetters.
Analyst Allessandro Perilli says open-source cloud platform OpenStack is a long way from being enterprise-ready.
18/11/2013 - Hong Kong's OpenStack cloud an 'onramp' for startups
Hong Kong's government-run Cyberport initiative offers startups and entrepreneurs an easy way to set up and provision cloud computing resources, reports Datamation.
Quick news roundup for Thursday, 11/14 including: IBM's plans to buy out Fiberlink, Juniper's new CEO with experience in the CIO world and the Executive Director announcement for the opensource collaboration The OpenDaylight Project.
14/11/2013 - How to find fault with your software-defined network
Another sign of software-defined networking's slow but steady progress toward mainstream use: People are talking about the complexity of fault-testing in SDN environments.
11/11/2013 - Cloud migration? Give your data a little love
Moving to the cloud? Applications get most of the attention, says Michael Daconta--but data deserves the same level of care.
Microsoft's Azure Virtual Network provides a way to extend a corporate networking via connection to the Windows Azure public cloud over a VPN--however, the initial implementation had a number of limitations.
The return of the IT generalist might be at hand.
07/11/2013 - Desktop virtualization debate rages on
Is virtual desktop infrastructure an efficient way to manage endpoints? Or is it an expensive boondoggle? The argument seems to be reaching fever pitch.
'Simple' wins again. IBM has confirmed that it will shut down its SmartCloud Enterprise cloud computing platform. All users will migrate to SoftLayer technology, which IBM acquired in July.
This week at the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong, Brocade plans to demonstrate a new Dynamic Network Resource Management (DNRM) capability for the open-source cloud platform.
Software-defined networking might flatten your network and make resource allocation a breeze. But it might do something more than that--and various experts and prognosticators have differing opinions of what.
28/10/2013 - What to ask your SDN supplier
Software-defined networking is a young and disruptive technology. Blogging at NetworkWorld, Mark Leary offers up six questions you should ask, ideally before bringing on an SDN vendor. His questions focus on two key issues.
28/10/2013 - Containers-as-a-Service makes clouds more efficient
Containers are a form of virtualized operating system. What's in each container, though, is not the whole OS. The kernel is not copied, but shared by all the virtual machines running on a given server. So there is less OS overhead duplicated in each container.
28/10/2013 - Making clouds work together
Suppose you held a ticket on an airline that declared bankruptcy. Wouldn't it be nice if you could go to Travelocity, find an alternate flight, click on a "buy" button and transfer your travel to the new airline? Similarly, it recently became clear that Nirvanix, a pioneer in cloud-based storage, was ceasing operations and seeking Chapter 11 protection. This would be less of an issue if customers could go to an online exchange, find an alternate provider best matching their criteria, click on the "buy" button and transfer their computing and storage to the new cloud. Sounds good, doesn't it? Of course, cloud services aren't there yet--but a high level of interoperability will benefit cloud providers and users alike.
24/10/2013 - How cloud impacts enterprise networks
Add clouds on top of virtualization and the degree of change gets that much more dynamic and complex.
21/10/2013 - Spotlight: VMware vulnerabilities
Virtualization vendor VMware issued patches last week to stitch up security holes that could lead to denial-of-service attacks in several of its products.
The Havana release of OpenStack, the open-source cloud software project, is heavy on new features and functions. NetworkWorld's Brandon Butler summarizes the update with an emphasis on those bits most likely to appeal to enterprise users.
A cold climate, low energy costs, low-latency fiber connections to Europe and North America--there are lots of reasons why Iceland is a nice location for a data center. So, Verne Global built a new one there and several journalists have gone to see it.
12/10/2013 - IEEE launches new Intercloud Testbed project
The IEEE last week announced the 21 founding members of a new Intercloud Testbed project aimed at making the cloud as second nature as the Internet.
12/10/2013 - IT managers seek reliability above all in cloud
Cloud service providers take note: you are being most closely scrutinized on...reliability. At least that is the leading consensus among IT leaders across the pond.
10/10/2013 - The cloud takes 3 of Gartner's top 10 predictions
Gartner pundits offered up their predictions of the top ten technologies for 2014--and cloud computing takes no less than three of the top ten slots.
The aggressive pace of cloud adoption in education has educational and government leaders in Europe wrestling with how to better safeguard school children in the cloud.