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Citrix Streamlines Delivery of Cloud-Hosted Apps and Desktops

RUST, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

This week at WHD.global, Citrix is introducing a new Cloud Provider Pack for hosting providers delivering Windows apps and desktops as a hosted cloud service. This powerful new collection of enabling technologies, available exclusively to certified Citrix Service Providers (CSPs), makes it easy to set up Windows-as-a-Service hosting businesses that are simpler to run, less costly and better optimized for mobile devices. Citrix will highlight the Cloud Provider Pack in the main.FORUM and hosting.SESSION portions of the conference, as well as the hosting.FAIR stand.

In order to grow to cloud-scale while maintaining profitability and quality customer service, cloud providers need efficiencies in the data center, superior end-user experience with all types of apps, and support for every type of device. The Citrix Cloud Provider Pack delivers the next generation of seamless app technologies that combines all app experiences into a single, cloud-hosted desktop:

Product Availability

The Citrix Cloud Provider Pack will be available by the end of March and will support hosted shared apps and desktops running on Citrix XenApp 6.5. The pack will be provided free of charge to all CSPs using the Premium edition. The Mobility Pack is currently available for all editions of XenApp 6.5.

Citrix Service Provider Program

To learn more about the Citrix Service Provider program and join the rapidly growing base of more than 1,500 members, please visit http://www.citrix.com/csp.

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Bill Burley, Group Vice President and General Manager, Cloud App Delivery

Gone are the days when apps could be contained to the desktop or the datacenter now they originate from personal, private and public clouds. Cloud providers need solutions to grow and manage their businesses efficiently, while providing the applications and device flexibility their customers require. The Citrix Cloud Provider Pack brings Desktop-as-a-Service to a new level by delivering advanced technologies that make life easier for cloud providers while providing an enhanced experience for end users.

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Storm On Demand Introduces Windows Cloud Hosting

Inside a Liquid Web data center

LANSING Storm On Demand, the cloud hosting arm of the Lansing managed hosting provider Liquid Web, saidMonday it had re-engineered its technologyto make Windows available on its platform.

The announcement comes a weekafter Storms unveiling of a Solid State Cloud storage product.

Users of Storm On Demand using Microsoft Windows Cloud Hosting will note its speed and performance as well as the ability to use ASP and .Net scripts, integrated functionality characteristics and enhanced development of searchable databases.

In addition to the benefits of Windows, the integrated platform will also include features that Storm On Demand users have found useful, such as load balancing, automated server deployment on demand, hourly pay-as-you-go billing, clone and resize options, private networking, availability of multiple geographic regions, cloud attached firewalls and a user-friendly management console.

Our goal is to give users a customer experience that is second to none, said Liquid Web founder and CEO Matthew Hills. Our persistent development and re-engineering of Storm On Demand to make additional products and platforms available is in direct response to suggestions echoed to us by our customers. With Windows Cloud Hosting, we are opening our Storm On Demand, already one of the industrys highest performance options, to an entirely new audience and a litany of exciting new features. I am certain that Windows users will be just as pleased as we are by the results.

Windows Cloud Hosting packages are available at competitive prices in both Storm On Demand Hosting Regions, US West (Arizona) and US Central (Michigan), and on Storm Server, Storm SSD, and Bare Metal Servers configurations. As of the release date, Storm On Demand continues to add options and features to Storm Windows Cloud Hosting.

Liquid Web Inc. is a privately held managed Web hosting company founded in 1997, with three wholly owned data centers in Lansing. In 2010 Liquid Web opened a software development office in Scottsdale, Ariz. Liquid Web has more than 20,000 clients served in more than 120 countries.

More at http://www.liquidweb.com.

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CaymanSecurity.com Introduces Secure Cloud Hosting Services

(PRWEB) March 19, 2012

A simple way to build world class private clouds is being offered by CaymanSecurity.com owned by Hevard Christopher Smith Technology Partners. The way for building these clouds is similar to the way the ITverse’s largest and most efficient public clouds are built. A more powerful, elastic secure and scalable virtual environment is now made available for the existing physical storage infrastructure. This environment also has powerful innovative features. Powerful cloud virtualization storage technology is offered by CaymanSecurity.com at Hevard Christopher Smith Technology Partners.

An advanced, turn-key and production-ready cloud platform is made available to customers by CaymanSecurity.com says owner Hevard C Smith. When building out their cloud platforms, the users are given a wide plethora of choices with this simple, automated, elastic, scalable platform along with its deadbolt security features.

According to Hevard, Christopher & Smith Technology Partners, as cloud providers are able to control costs and scale exponentially; cloud technology is here to stay and will become the standard for future IT innovation and CaymanSecurity.com will be the provider of choice to fill these technical requirements.

In a release, Hevard Smith, President of CaymanSecurity.com said, We are extremely excited to offer this very simple and efficient virtualization cloud storage technology that includes, easy file access, powerful security and total control. We are sure that our customers will enjoy a secure, affordable way to access to all their documents, photos, music and more!

With CaymanSecurity.com, the cloud file folder works similar to the personal network drive. Customers can back up, store, retrieve and share their data from any online computer. Anyone who’s forgotten an important file, or is worried about losing their data will find this tool very useful. Feel free to compare other cloud services with ours, because no matter how you choose to use it, CaymanSecurity.coms cloud services gives you the features you want, including expert 24/7 support. The spokesperson said, Our customers will be able to share with friends and co-workers any size file as often as you want. CaymanSecurity.coms secure online storage has no sharing limits and customers will be able to bypass email attachment limits with links to the files you want to shareno more undelivered emails.

Cayman Security Email: support(at)secureserver(dot)net 24/7 Sales and Support: 480 6242500 Website: http://caymansecurity.com

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Nearly a Half Million Servers May Power Amazon Cloud

Although most end users never get a clear view of the infrastructure underlying the services they consume via Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, Accenture Research Manager Huan Liu recently estimated that a whopping 454,400 individual blade servers are currently being used to power that product.

RELATED: Are you paying too much for cloud services?

In a post to his personal blog, Liu said that he used a combination of publicly available data and DNS queries within EC2 to arrive at the total number of server racks in use by the cloud service, then multiplied that by the number of individual servers in each.

However, the researcher said, there are a couple of obvious caveats to his investigation. The total number of servers in each rack is an estimation on his part, and Amazon may well configure its systems differently than he imagines. What’s more, any rack without an active instance running on it would be impossible to count, throwing off Liu’s accuracy.

Nevertheless, there has been no shortage of media reaction to his post, thanks in part to the fact that it represents one of the best estimates yet of the Amazon cloud’s size. The company does not divulge much information on EC2, making such educated guesses necessary.

For more information about enterprise networking, go to NetworkWorld. Story copyright 2011 Network World Inc. All rights reserved.

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CDW – Charles Barkley – New Office – Video


08-03-2012 14:15 cdw.com When Charles Barkley is shown to his new workspace, he can’t help but think it looks like something else entirely. CDW and their implementation of the HP Cloud System allowed Gordan & Taylor to increase their usable space, while saving resources, and develop a practice area for their new IT ringer.

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Using Porticor to protect data in a snapshot scenario in AWS – Video


15-03-2012 04:19 Here’s an interesting infrastructure as a service scenario: A malicious user gains access to your cloud console by stealing your credentials (or by exploiting vulnerabilities in the cloud access control infrastructure), allowing him access to your cloud servers. Once in, a simple snapshot will move your data to a deferent location of his choice. This risk is in our opinion the most obvious reason for cloud encryption, but surprisingly enough, not all cloud customers are aware of the threat, hence exposing their cloud residing data to a significant risk. This video demonstrates how the Porticor Virtual Data System can protect snapshot images in an encrypted form

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Cloud Web Hosting Reviews – Australian Cloud Hosting Providers – Video


16-03-2012 04:35 cloudhostingproviders.com.au Cloud Hosting Providers reviews top Australian Cloud Web Hosting companies to help you find the best host for your site. Cloud Hosting providers offer a new approach to hosting your web site instead of hosting it on a single computer (usually shared with hundreds of other sites in shared or reseller hosting), cloud web hosting means your site it hosted “in the cloud” a massive virtual computer comprised of 1000s of powerful servers. This means that there is no chance of a your site crashing when the server crashes, as in the event of problems other servers take up the load. For more information, including reviews of cloud hosting providers and a cloud web hosting comparison tool visit cloudhostingproviders.com.au

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HP trots out new line of “self-sufficient” servers

Our insatiable demand for cloud computing services may have created a data centre boom , but cloud service providers and enterprises are still figuring out ways to build cheaper and more efficient data centres.

Indeed, the rising cost of power, cooling equipment and other data centre facilities has been plaguing the IT industry for years. According to Gartner, an average of US$8 million a year is spent on manual IT operations such as installing server updates. Additionally, the tons of energy needed to power the servers and keep the lights can cost companies up to US$29 million over three years.

Earlier this Friday, HP took the wraps off ProLiant Gen8 , a new line of servers designed to slash the cost of data centre operations. The servers are touted to be self-sufficient, which means the machines can take care of themselves by monitoring over 1,600 system parameters and fix problems when necessary. The servers were developed under a two-year US$300 million program dubbed Project Voyager , which HP hopes will redefine data centre economics by automating every aspect of the server lifecycle.

Much of the automation is carried out by a dedicated ILO (integrated lights-out) processor with minimal overheads in system performance, HP executives said during a media briefing in Beijing. The chip will read data from sensors embedded within the system, and notify administrators of impending faults before they occur. That means you could quickly identify, say, a faulty network card without running a whole bunch of diagnostics to find the root cause of your problem.

Besides highlighting system problems, Proliant Gen8 servers can be housed in HPs new intelligent racks that allow data centre administrators to monitor the energy consumption of each server, plus track and manage server inventory on a dashboard. The server uses metallic connectors at its edges that snap into an intelligent rack to relay status data.

The servers, which run on Intels Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 processors , are available in blade, tower and rack server configurations. They come with PCI Express 3.0 slots, as well as HPs SmartDisk controller tuned for speedy solid-state drives with three-disk mirroring. Upgrading to the latest hardware drivers software updates is also a breeze with HPs Smart Update technology that takes the task off administrators.

When combined with the latest processor technologies, HP claims the Proliant Gen8 can speed up performance of applications such as databases and video streaming by as much as 50 percent. But at least one analyst believes HPs confidence in identifying patterns on how applications are working and applying that insight to optimise performance is overstated.

There is neither the data nor the architecture to provide true application SLA (service level agreement) monitoring, said David Foyer, an analyst at Wikibon , an open IT advisory service. Wikibon believes this should be a strong focus for ProLiant Gen9. Server administration will need to migrate to management of virtual machines and applications.

Enterprises that need a little more help with managing the Gen8 machines can turn to HP Insight Online, a new cloud-based, IT management portal that offers support services from HP Insight Remote Support and HP services.

HP says the new support portal will improve IT productivity by automatically retrieving and managing system health, asset and warranty information, eliminating as much as 90 percent of the time used to track contract and warranty details, and 85 percent for asset configuration data.

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Amazon EC2 cloud is made up of almost half-a-million Linux servers

Summary: Recent research indicates that Amazons EC2 cloud is made up of almost half-a-million serverseach of them running a variation of Red Hat Linux for their base operating system.

Almost half-a-million Amazon cloud servers run Linux every day.

We know that Linux on servers is big and getting bigger. We also knew that Linux, thanks to open-source cloud programs like Eucalyptus and OpenStack, was growing fast on clouds. What he hadnt know that Amazons Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), had close to half-a-million servers already running on a Red Hat Linux variant.

Huang Liu, a Research Manager with Accenture Technology Lab with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering whose has done extensive work on cloud-computing, analyzed EC2s infrastructure and found that Amazon EC2 is currently made up of 454,400 servers.

While Amazon has never officially said what its running as EC2s base operating system, its generally accepted that its a customized version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). On top of that, for the virtual machines, Amazon uses the Xen hypervisor to host Linux; OpenSolaris; Solaris; Windows 2003 and 2008; and FreeBSD and NetBSD virtual machine instances.

Amazon also doesnt talk about how many servers their popular cloud is made up of, so Huang had to work it out. He explained, Figuring out EC2s size is not trivial. Part of the reason is that EC2 provides you with virtual machines and it is difficult to know how many virtual machines are active on a physical host. Thus, even if we can determine how many virtual machines are there, we still cannot figure out the number of physical servers. Instead of focusing on how many servers are there, our methodology probes for the number of server racks out there.

Huang continued, It may sound harder to probe for the number of server racks. Luckily, EC2 uses a regular pattern of IP address assignment, which can be exploited to correlate with server racks. We noticed the pattern by looking at a lot of instances we launched over time and running traceroutes between our instances.

Then Understanding the pattern allows us to deduce how many racks are there. In particular, if we know a virtual machine at a certain internal IP address (e.g., 10.2.13.243), then we know there is a rack using the /22 address range (e.g., a rack at 10.2.12.x/22). If we take this to the extreme where we know the IP address of at least one virtual machine on each rack, then we can see all racks in EC2.

By itself, though, thats not enough. You could use try to use port-scanning to work ot how many servers there are, but that would violate Amazons terms of service. So instead, since each Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance also has an external IP address. we can leverage DNS translation to figure out the internal IP addresses.

With that data, he was able to work out the number of server racks. With this he then just multiplied by the number of physical servers on the rack. Unfortunately, we do not know how many physical servers are on each rack, so we have to make assumptions. We assume Amazon has dense racks, each rack has 4 10U chassis, and each chassis holds 16 blades for a total of 64 blades/rack.

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