Thursday, January 22, 2015

Despite new public cloud offerings, VMware still playing catch-up

Amazon is building a huge wind farm to power its cloud | Ravello promises enterprises cross-cloud app flexibility

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Despite new public cloud offerings, VMware still playing catch-up
The newest feature added to VMware's vCloud Air public cloud is the ability to spin virtual machines up and down with just a few clicks and pay for them by the hour. Read More


Making the Case for a Software-Defined Data Center
In this paper, we outline the need for "Software-Driven Control" - the intelligence or "control plane" that can take advantage of new software-defined capabilities. Learn More


Cloud: Delivering Performance in Shared Environments
This whitepaper explores how service providers use VMTurbo to provide consistent performance across all workloads, as well as the three roles a responsible managed service provider (MSP) takes in order to accomplish that directive. Learn More

Amazon is building a huge wind farm to power its cloud
Cloud computing vendors use a lot of energy, so they often try to make a big deal about how energy efficient they try to be. Here's the latest from Amazon Web Services in regards to that:"AWS announced it has teamed with Pattern Development to support the construction and operation of a 150 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Benton County, Indiana, called the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge). This new wind farm is expected to start generating approximately 500,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind power annually as early as January 2016 – or the equivalent of that used by approximately 46,000 US homes in a year. The energy generated by Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) will be used to help power both current and future AWS Cloud datacenters." AWS hopes to one day have 100% of its cloud run on renewable energy. Already its US West region in Oregon, its GovCloud and its EU Frankfurt regions are carbon-neutral. More on AWS's energy practices here.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Ravello promises enterprises cross-cloud app flexibility
Offering what it calls 'nested virtualization' software, the four-year-old startup Ravello Systems aims to allow enterprises to take any application environment—no matter how complex, and whether it's old or new—and spin it up to any cloud, on demand. Read More

Project Exergy: Using cloud computing to heat homes
Most mornings I walk into my office and open the window because it's too hot in there. Why? Because of the hardware I keep running. Read More


Productivity, Licensing, and the Cloud
Microsoft (MS) Office 365 gives users new levels of productivity on every device they use from desktop to smartphone. But managing the enrollment and licensing for users can be a complicated and expensive task. View Now

Dropbox boosts mobile talent with CloudOn buy
Dropbox on Tuesday added yet another young startup to its brain trust with the acquisition of Israeli mobile-productivity app maker CloudOn. Read More

Amazon ditches Wallet mobile payment service
Amazon has pulled the plug on its Wallet app, a service the company launched in beta six months ago to dip its toes into the burgeoning area of mobile payments. Read More

Review: IBM Bluemix bulks up Cloud Foundry
When I reviewed the Cloud Foundry PaaS (platform as a service) last summer, I concentrated on the open source, Pivotal, and ActiveState implementations. In this review, I'll look at IBM Bluemix, a multitenanted PaaS hosted on SoftLayer, which combines Cloud Foundry with an improved online UI and services from IBM and third parties. Read More


ROI of IBM's Exceptional Digital Experience Solutions
Infographic highlights a recent IDC Study to assess the economic impact of moving away from a homegrown solution or custom integration of components from multiple vendors to IBM's integrated Exceptional Digital Experience suites. This white paper reports the findings. Learn More>>

8x8 integrates cloud-based UC and contact center platform
8x8, a cloud-based service provider, announced an integrated cloud communications solution that amalgamates telephony, unified communications (UC) and contact center users across the organization using a common underlying platform. Read More

IBM eyes more cloud acquisitions to find a path to growth
IBM will favor buyouts that strengthen its cloud services, the company's CFO said Tuesday, as it looks for ways to expand its business after 11 straight quarters of declining revenue. Read More

Reviews: Netgear's Arlo simplifies home video security; Logitech widens its wireless mice
We're catching up on some post-gift-guide, post-holiday equipment reviews here at the "Cool Tools Testing Labs", aka my office. Today we're reviewing Netgear's new Arlo home security video cameras and a new wireless mouse from Logitech. Read More


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