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Bitcasa Cloud Service Launches Public Beta

Bitcasa, a consumer cloud services startup, launched a public beta of its unlimited cloud storage service on Wednesday.

The service claims to deliver “unlimited storage” by compressing data and de-duplicating files from multiple users, rather than simply storing all of each user’s files on its servers. If multiple users have the same file saved, Bitcasa saves pointers to the files rather than copies.

De-duplicating data across users has raised eyebrows among industry watchers. But the company says that file encryption occurs on the client side, keeping the user’s files safeguarded from intrusion by the company or other users, concerns that have potentially slowed the adoption of consumer cloud storage services.

On Mac, PC and Linux desktops, Bitcasa integrates with the operating system, such that the system will indicate that a file stored through Bitcasa is local, according to CEO Tony Gauda. Bitcasa works on mobile devices using HTML5.

When there is a connection, local devices communicate with the cloud by streaming, rather than through discrete uploads and downloads, potentially speeding things up.

“We intercept the file system calls and fool the operating system into believing that the files are actually local on the device,” Gauda explained. “We stream them to and from the cloud in real time, but we cache a lot of that information locally on every device. You can have a terabyte of information and only 16 gigs will be cached locally, but those are the 16 that you use most often.”

The novel storage method holds out the promise of smoothing over access disruptions, a common complaint about cloud storage. If a user is travelling with an iPad, for example, and loses Internet access, with Bitcasa she can at least access the files she uses most frequently and those she has set to save to her device.

Gene Ruth, a research director at Gartner, said the startup offers improvements to the cloud storage market from a consumer’s perspective, but the question is whether it can deliver.

“There’s a lot of things they have to get right because this file sync and share business is not that easy,” Ruth said.

Bitcasa will likely fail early if it fails, since at US$10 a month for unlimited storage, customers will almost certainly come apace, Ruth said. And if it succeeds, it will likely force the rest of the consumer cloud storage market to abandon storage limits.

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Balticservers.com Dedicated servers in Europe – Video


19-06-2012 03:04 BalticServers is one of the fastest growing datacenters in Europe. The company has currently expanded to an international extent and is always extending its reach. Newest and most scientifically accurate studies pinpointed Lithuania as Europe’s geographical center. BalticServers has been successfully working for 11 years. The company provides services for clients from more than 100 countries! BalticServers tops all the other Lithuanian datacenters in export. Those 11 years of innovation has resulted in a high service quality to price ratio. We care a lot about the environment, so we save and protect it by cooling our servers using the most eco-friendly free-cooling systems. Great server uptime is granted by modern diesel generators, duplicated uninterruptible power supply systems and high bandwidth. We use only the most reliable products by Intel, which adds to the high technological quality. We do not have any hidden fees. Clients are provided exactly what they order and emerged errors are dealt with promptly. The company’s business practices are insured. The growth of BalticServers is propelled by a profitable partner network. It is lucrative to become our partner — try our services now, and you will be certain that their value is greater than elsewhere!

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Moving Village Family Dental to the cloud solution with QSIDental Web – Video


19-06-2012 08:18 Dr. James Anuj, Managing Partner, Village Family Dental, discusses why his practice has decided to move to QSIDental Web, the web-based product from QSIDental. He reviews the value of a web-based solution for security, infrastructure planning and the importance of an enterprise solution for the multi-office practice.

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The Cloud, Day 28: My Five Biggest Cloud Complaints

Its Day 28 of the 30 Days With the Cloud series. As with previous 30 Days series, this day is dedicated to recapping the five biggest issues or problems I encountered during the 30 Days journey.

So, without further ado, here are my five biggest cloud complaints:

1. Sometimes Its Not Cloudy

The cloud has tons of great tools and services to address virtually any need, which is greatas long as you can connect to the cloud. Living in a large metropolitan area it seems like strong wireless carrier signals, and Wi-Fi hotspots are fairly ubiquitous. But, the unthinkable still happens sometimes, and you just cant connect to the Internet. The more rural or remote you are, the greater the odds and frequency will be.

I like the cloud when its available, but I dont like being at the mercy of the cloud being available. When Im flying at 30,000 feet, I still want to play my music, view my photos, and type my next article–and on most flights that wont be possible if I rely on the cloud.

Download speeds are blazing, but we still need faster upload speeds as well.2. Upload Speeds

Broadband providers have drastically increased download speeds in recent years. Thats great for things like streaming movies or music from the Web, but it doesnt help you get your movies and music uploaded to the cloud in the first place.

The upload speed on most broadband connection is a fraction of the download speed. My broadband in my house gets about 30Mbps downloading, but only uploads at about 5Mbps. The Internet is rapidly evolving from a one-way pipe to a two-way road, and we need upload speeds to be more on par with the download speeds to make cloud services more practical.

3. Still Need a Plan B

Ive been preaching the cloud for yearsas a Plan B. I put data in the cloud so that if something happens to my PC I can still get to it. I upload photos and music so I have a backup copy stored safely on the Web in case my house and all of my data burn to the ground.

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GTSI Launches Government-Focused HP Cloud Center of Excellence

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

GTSI Corp. (GTSI), a systems integration, solutions and services provider to government, today announced the establishment of an HP Cloud Center of Excellence at its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Integrated into the companys Customer Briefing Center, the new HP center enables GTSI to showcase private, public and hybrid cloud environments specifically geared toward the public sector.

Given our position in the market, GTSI has the unique ability to highlight options that are optimized for the government while taking the various governance requirements into consideration, said Jeremy Wensinger, Chief Operating Officer, GTSI. We are making significant investments in our ability to increase our customer offerings to help government meet cloud mandates and achieve cost savings. As the only HP Cloud Center of Excellence specifically dedicated to the public sector, GTSI has a unique opportunity to help government agencies understand the benefits and possibilities of transitioning to a cloud environment.

The Cloud Center of Excellence features HP CloudSystem, the industrys most complete and integrated solution for building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. In addition to industry-leading HP servers, the center also includes HP Storage, HP Networking and Enterprise Security solutions, as well as third-party applications. The objective of the center is to enable customers to gain firsthand knowledge of the benefits of moving to the cloud, including:

Government customers are looking for expert guidance to help them understand how cloud can accelerate their agency missions, said Henry Fleischmann, Chief Technologist, HP Federal Cloud Solutions. At the HP Cloud Center of Excellence, agencies can experience the benefits of HP cloud solutions tailored for the public sector by GTSI engineers.

About GTSI Corp.

GTSI (GTSI) is a leading provider of technology solutions and professional services to federal, state and local governments. Founded in 1983, the company has helped meet the unique IT needs of more than 1,700 governmental agencies nationwide. GTSI professionals draw on their deep knowledge, strategic partnerships, customer service and more than 740 industry certifications to guide agencies in selecting the most cost-effective technology available. GTSI has extensive capabilities and past performance in software development, data center, networking, collaboration, security and cloud computing solutions. In addition, GTSI’s advanced engineering, integration, support and financial services and broad portfolio of contracts ease the planning, purchasing and deployment of solutions, and facilitates the management of mission-critical IT throughout the lifecycle. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., GTSI has approximately 450 employees. For more information visit the company’s website at http://www.gtsi.com.

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Amazon Rival Rackspace Evokes Dot-Com Era Deal: Real M&A

By Will Robinson and Danielle Kucera – 2012-06-20T02:58:37Z

Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX) is tempting buyers that covet a foothold in the cloud to tackle the largest U.S. Internet takeover since the dot-com bubble.

Rackspace has more than tripled since its 2008 initial public offering as it evolved into Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)s biggest competitor in cloud computing, which allows businesses to save money on data centers by storing information on remote servers and accessing it via the Web. While the $6.1 billion company has a higher valuation relative to earnings than almost two-thirds of Internet software and e-commerce firms, its less than half as expensive as Amazon, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Even after profit failed to top analysts estimates for the first time in four quarters, the company is still projected to almost triple net income by 2014 as the market for cloud- computing infrastructure services expands to $10.5 billion from $3.7 billion last year, according to Gartner Inc. Benchmark Co. says that may lure AT&T Inc. (T), International Business Machines Corp. or Dell Inc. (DELL) An acquisition may fetch as much as 13 times estimated 2013 earnings, said Dougherty & Co., valuing the San Antonio-based company at $7.9 billion for the biggest takeover of a U.S. Internet company in 12 years, the data show.

There truly isnt anyone else out there thats independent and as big as Rackspace in cloud infrastructure, Clayton Moran, a Delray Beach, Florida-based analyst at Benchmark, said in a telephone interview. Theres good value here given the strong growth. Potential acquirers are pretty deep-pocketed so they certainly could pay a healthy multiple.

We think this is a paradigm shift in computing and the future is huge for the winners in this space, Lew Moorman, president of Rackspace, said in an interview yesterday. We want to build something great. Our board has fiduciary duties, but were not for sale.

Rackspace lets its more than 180,000 business customers store their websites and applications on its servers. The fleet of data centers it runs competes with Amazon Web Services in the public-cloud market, where customers rent computing power, storage and other services.

Rackspace is moving its cloud services to OpenStack, an open-source project that it created as an alternative to Seattle-based Amazons product. OpenStack lets companies build their own clouds using Rackspaces code. The effort has the backing of the U.S. space agency NASA, and its being used by companies such as Dell and AT&T, whose offerings compete with Rackspaces.

Competition in the market is still heating up. Amazons cloud business may have reaped $800 million in revenue last year, Heather Bellini, a New York-based analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., estimated in a February report. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is promoting its Azure services, while traditional technology providers IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) are also in the market.

Rackspace increased revenue at its cloud unit by 88 percent last year to $189.2 million. The company has gained share with its early entry into the market and has maintained it by charging a premium for service, said Mark Kelleher, a Boston- based analyst at Dougherty.

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Garantia Data Unveils First In-Memory NoSQL Cloud at LaunchPad 2012

SAN FRANCISCO & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

GigaOM Structure LaunchPad 2012 – Garantia Data today announced the beta release of the first fully-automated, in-memory NoSQL cloud service offering reliable Memcached and infinitely-scalable Redis data store systems. Garantia Data is one of 11 finalists for the GigaOM Structure LaunchPad competition, which recognizes emerging startups in the cloud computing industry, and will present its new In-Memory NoSQL Cloud on stage at the event today in San Francisco, CA.

Web companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, rely on Memcached and Redis to support high-performance and rapid growth. However, Memcached lacks reliability and Redis is limited in scalability – a dataset cannot grow beyond a single Master server. In addition, both require constant operational care. Garantia Datas breakthrough dynamic-auto-sharding technology virtualizes multiple cloud servers into an infinite pool of memory, enabling datasets to scale autonomously and continuously from gigabytes to terabytes and even petabytes based on their actual size. This zero-management service completely frees developers from dealing with nodes, clusters, server lists, configuration, scaling and failure recovery, while guaranteeing absolutely no data loss.

We have leveraged sophisticated technology to solve real industry pains, said Ofer Bengal, CEO of Garantia Data. Our new in-memory NoSQL cloud reinvents the way people use Memcached and Redis. We offer our customers infinite, continuous and fully automated scalability in a completely hassle-free cloud service. Memcached users enjoy full reliability with absolutely no data loss. Redis users enjoy infinite-scalability without compromising on any of the Redis commands.

Garantia Data is a true zero-management service, said Adoram Rogel, CTO of Abe’s Market, an online reseller of all-natural products. We connected to the in-memory NoSQL cloud in seconds, and from that moment on we never had to deal with scaling, configuration or failure recovery again.

Every web-scale application developer that uses distributed memory caching should take a close look at this break-through solution from Garantia Data, said Paul Burns, president of cloud computing industry analyst firm Neovise. It not only delivers Memcached and Redis capabilities as a cloud service through an API, it makes them reliable and scalable. It also eliminates the time consuming, error-prone administrative processes typically involved in establishing and maintaining private caching deployments.

Price and Availability

The Garantia Data in-memory NoSQL cloud is currently available free of charge to early adopters during the beta phase. When it transitions to general availability later this year, the company will offer a pay as you go model, by which instead of paying for full instances, the customer will only pay for actual memory consumption, in an analogous way to metered utilities and at price per-gigabyte similar to those of plain cloud instances.

The Garantia Data in-memory NoSQL cloud is currently available on Amazon Web Services. The company intends to expand its offering to other public clouds later this year.

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Server Intellect Announces ASP.NET MVC 4.0 BETA Public Cloud Hosting

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 19, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. (6/18/2012) Server Intellect (http://www.serverintellect.com), a Microsoft Gold Certified provider of advanced Windows-based Managed Cloud and Dedicated Server hosting solutions, officially announced today that the newly released ASP.NET MVC 4.0 BETA is now available to the public for testing on their Public Cloud Hosted Services platform.

The much anticipated release of ASP.NET MVC 4.0 brings new features and capabilities that highlight the direction of the Web 2.0 movement by including new support for building mobile web applications and web sites, making it much easier to build experiences that are optimized for phone and tablet users. This release follows closely behind the release of ASP.NET 4.5 BETA which is also supported in the Server Intellect Public Cloud.

This release is exciting as not only does it open the door for developers to stay ahead of the curve; it shows once again how Server Intellect is committed to being an industry leader, Server Intellect CEO, Eric Pratt said regarding the addition of ASP.NET MVC 4.0 BETA to the Server Intellect Public Cloud. Backed by our 24/7 U.S. based ServiceFirst Support team, we can confidently say we are an industry leader in Cloud Hosting Solutions.

Server Intellect believes that offering full support for the latest Microsoft frameworks will allow developers to get a head start on the new technology and help bridge the gap to the next generation of mobile development both for existing and future clients.

About Server Intellect A subsidiary of Client Intellect, Inc., Server Intellect (http://www.serverintellect.com), located in downtown Orlando, Florida, assists businesses and individuals worldwide in achieving their internet technology goals. By offering cloud server hosting, dedicated servers, private cloud servers and complete cloud services coupled with world-class customer service, Server Intellect has become a world-recognized leader in the global web hosting market.

About Client Intellect Client Intellect, Inc. (http://www.clientintellect.com) is a privately held, profitable internet technology enterprise that serves thousands of businesses from over 90 countries world-wide. The company was founded in 2003 and is currently located in Orlando, Florida.

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ENG TechDays: Hadoop vs RDMS, Gert Drapers on Big Data – Video


18-06-2012 13:22 Microsoft TechDays 2012: Presentation of Gert Drapers on Hadoop the open source addition to Microsoft Azure Gert Drapers explains Big Data and the relationship between Microsoft SQL Server as a RDMS and the open source Hadoop system. Since Oct 12 2011 Microsoft is committed to Hadoop on Azure, the Microsoft cloud system in close cooperation with Hortonworks. Drapers elaborates on key components of Hadoop like HDFS, Hadoop Distributed File System, Hive& Pig, Sqoop. Additions to Hadoop are given back to the Hadoop Community. Drapers emphasizes the true essence of what Hadoop means for the cloud: failure free operations, meaning that in the cloud, it is not the question if something goes wrong, but when it goes wrong. Hadoop effectively delivers a very redundant environment where disk failure does not matter because data is stored in many places. Hadoop was basically invented by Google en adopted by the open source community. Gert Drapers:,,What is the big deal about Big Data? It is a very interesting acronym soup. Some people say that it is all about size, but I don’t think that is true. That is one of the trends that we see today. Servers has become dirt cheap and is much more economically sensible to stack up pizza boxes. Big Data also means NOSQL to a lot of people. Those two are actually not necessarily correlated. I’ll make that distinction in a moment. You will find there MongoDB and CouchDB. So let us look at some stats. If we look at the US market, in 2009 it was

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Consumerization of IT Driving Virtualization to the Private Cloud

by Rich Bourdeau

Thanks to improved efficiencies and greater business agility, the number of companies looking to deploy private cloud infrastructures has increased dramatically in 2012. CIOs across industries can no longer ignore the compelling business case for cloud computing. In his February 2012 report, Top Five Trends for Private Cloud Computing, Gartner analyst Tom Bittman forecasts: the number of [private cloud] deployments throughout 2012 will be at least 10 times higher [than 2011].

Many companies view private clouds as the next phase in their virtualization efforts with the goal of enabling the consumerization of IT. Compared to virtualization, private clouds are an even larger paradigm shift that requires significant changes in the way many companies deliver IT services. Unless IT teams thoughtfully plan how they are going to address the organizational and cultural challenges, they will likely derail their initial cloud deployments or deliver a solution that cannot be scaled to other groups or businesses within the enterprise.

Provisioning Virtual Infrastructure Still Takes too Long During the last five to ten years, cost savings through server consolidation was the primary motivation driving most companies to virtualize large portions of their IT infrastructures. A secondary benefit was that virtualization also helped reduce IT service delivery from weeks to days. However, with the pace of business accelerating, companies need faster access to compute resources so they can continue to grow their businesses in an increasingly competitive market. The challenge at most companies is that IT consumers still wait days for access to servers, desktops, storage and other compute resources they needed yesterday.

Agility Replaces Cost Savings as Private Cloud Motivation In their non-work, consumer lives, many of the services people use can be acquired online through a self-service portal and delivered immediately. However, in their business lives, these same people have to submit requests and wait days for manual processes to deliver much-needed services. Increasingly, IT consumers are demanding the same levels of service they have in their personal lives. They want self-service access to resources with delivery measured in minutes, not days. In order to achieve this and maximize the benefits from virtualization, businesses need to evolve into IT as a service or private cloud. While virtualization provides the foundation that enables the delivery of private cloud services, private clouds provide the consumer interface that will empower companies to take virtualization to the next level.

Like many other companies, you have probably recognized that for IT to remain relevant, you need to embrace the consumerization of IT and offer on-demand access to private and, yes, even hybrid cloud services. As with any IT project, you probably want to start out small and grow your implementation in both size and complexity over time. Before you begin, you should be aware of the more common mistakes companies make in their initial private cloud deployments and how to overcome these obstacles to ensure that your company achieves the quickest time to cloud value.

Common Pitfalls One of the theories exposed by the so-called experts is that, in order to successfully deploy a private cloud, companies need learn from the public cloud providers and standardize on a few offerings with a single deployment process. The theory is that it will be easier to automate the delivery of these services if you limit the number of permutations. In theory, this sounds great, but in practice this is one of the biggest obstacles that stalls the growth of many private cloud deployments.

For companies to achieve the economies of scale enjoyed by cloud providers, they need to achieve higher utilization by sharing resources and amortizing the cost over multiple business and departments. The problem that many companies encounter is that they start by building their private cloud to meet the specific needs of one group. Like virtualization, which started first in lower-risk IT applications, initial private clouds pilots are frequently deployed in Dev/Test environments. The choice of Dev/Test by itself is not a bad option, but when combined with standardizing the offering and automation process, it typically leads to poor adoption by other groups within the company because the offerings dont meet the unique needs of their business.

Lets take a look at provisioning methodology, which is just one of the many attributes that make up an infrastructure service. The Dev/Test groups primary need is to get access to machines quickly. For them, cloning a machine meets their needs. The production group is more concerned about compliance to software revision levels and patch management; for them, using enterprise software deployment tools from BMC, CA, HP, IBM and others is a critical necessity. The desktop group, on the other hand, is more concerned with creating space-efficient desktops to lower its storage costs. However, if you build a private cloud service where the provisioning methodology only supports machine cloning, then you are likely to achieve poor adoption by the other groups.

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