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Understanding the Cloud Computing Stack: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS | CloudU – Video


19-03-2012 14:47 In this installment of the CloudU video series, CloudU curator Ben Kepes, discusses the different components of the Cloud Computing stack: software-as-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-service. CloudU is a vendor-neutral and totally free Cloud Computing curriculum and certificate program. Watch more videos and learn more at http://www.rackspaceclouduniversity.com

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ServiceMesh Makes the Enterprise Cloud More Reliable, Governed and Secure

SANTA MONICA, CA–(Marketwire -03/20/12)- ServiceMesh, provider of the market-leading enterprise cloud platform for Global 2000 companies, today announced the availability of the Agility Platform version 7.4, with new features to help enterprises transform their costly and constrained IT services delivery approach into an application-centric, agile IT operating model that quickly aligns to business needs. The ServiceMesh Agility Platform is the only enterprise-grade solution on the market that accelerates this transformation by managing the lifecycle of cloud applications independent of the underlying infrastructure while maintaining compliance, security and governance through flexible policy definition and enforcement. The result is a significant reduction in the cost, complexity, and time to market for application solution delivery.

Global 2000 customers are seeking ways to extend the benefits of cloud computing to more business-critical applications and data, but these organizations require stringent control over service-level performance, reliability, and governance. Agility Platform 7.4 satisfies these needs with new capabilities that include advanced disaster recovery, failover, and high-availability features for cloud applications and services. In addition, new policy-driven security and configuration management capabilities make it easier to enforce standardization and compliance requirements, while expanded support for VMware vCloud Director enables the Agility Platform to extend its governance and lifecycle management capabilities to all vCloud Director deployments.

The Industry’s Only Enterprise Cloud Governance and Lifecycle Management Solution

The ServiceMesh Agility Platform has helped Global 2000 enterprises unlock the business value of cloud computing by governing, managing and securing enterprise-grade portfolios of platforms and applications across hybrid clouds. Global 2000 companies, from top five global banks to leaders in pharmaceuticals and consumer products, are using the Agility Platform to transform their IT operating models to deliver significant cost and time to market advantages:

Agility Platform 7.4 extends these benefits with new product capabilities including:

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“Enterprise customers are continuing the evolution of their initial private cloud initiatives into more production rollouts,” said Cameron Haight, Research Vice President, Gartner. “Given the increasing importance of the services that are being provided, IT organizations should ensure that their cloud management platforms provide increasingly robust policy-driven governance and automated configuration management to meet the business’ need for scale and workload optimization.”

“Agility Platform customers want to extend the benefits of a more agile and cost effective IT operating model directly to their business-critical applications, enabling more strategic competitive advantages in terms of adaptability and speed,” said Frank Martinez, CTO of ServiceMesh. “The Agility Platform ensures that cloud operational excellence is inherent in an organization’s business-critical workloads, enabling real-time, business-level IT requests to be aligned to the optimal underlying IT services and infrastructure with full governance, control, visibility, and security.”

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AMD releases Opteron 3200 chips optimised for cloud

Advanced Micro Devices is expected to announce new Opteron 3200 series chips for low-end servers, which the company hopes will give it a competitive edge over Intel in the cloud server market.

The three Opteron 3200 chips are for use in single-socket servers for web hosting and cloud applications, according to a company presentation. The chips have up to eight processor cores, clock speeds of up to 3GHz, and draw between 45 watts and 65 watts of power.

The new chips are based on the Bulldozer processor architecture, which is also in the Opteron 6200 16-core processors and FX-series gaming chips. The Opteron 3200 launch comes after AMD in late February announced it would to acquire SeaMicro, which offers dense and power-efficient servers for cloud computing environments.

AMD’s chips will likely compete against Intel’s Xeon E3 series chips, which are used in SeaMicro’s SM10000-XE server. Intel worked with SeaMicro on the server, but analysts have said that AMD will ultimately swap Intel’s chips with its own chips.

AMD is pitching the Opteron 3200 as a “low-cost-per-core” product. The chips are priced between $99 and $129 (60-80), while Intel’s E3 chips are priced between $189 and $885 (120-560). MSI, Tyan, Fujitsu and Dell are expected to launch web servers and dense systems based on the chips.

AMD’s expanded product line provides an entry point to new markets, said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat.

But the Opteron 3200 could be a misfit in servers if competing on price versus performance-per-watt, McGregor said. There is a growing interest in deploying low-power servers in data centres to cut energy costs, but the Opteron 3200 chips are comparatively power-hungry for such installations.

A better match would be AMD’s low-power Bobcat cores, which are used in low-power PCs, McGregor said. But the company instead had to push the bigger Opteron cores for ECC memory and data protection. AMD also has not built a dedicated low-power chip for servers.

AMD’s microserver strategy is unclear, but the company has to move quickly to establish a presence in the market, McGregor said. The company faces challenges from Intel, which is ahead in processor and manufacturing technology, and ARM, whose smartphone and tablet processors are being tested in servers.

Intel’s low-power Atom chips are already being used in servers, and HP is scheduled to make an ARM-based dense server available for testing in the second quarter.

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CloudSigma Joins Besol’s Tapp Platform for Cloud Infrastructure Management and Migration

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

CloudSigma, the only international, customer-centric, pure-cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, today announced that it has joined cloud aggregator Besols Tapp platform, a cloud infrastructure management service, still in Beta. CloudSigma is the newest public cloud provider to join Tapp, opening up its flexible, customer-centric IaaS platform to current and future Tapp customers. With the Tapp platform, companies can not only deploy their infrastructure into a public cloud environment and manage their cloud servers more easily, but they can also migrate seamlessly between cloud IaaS providers, or fail over automatically in the event of a cloud outage.

CloudSigma offers a 100 percent virtual server availability and network uptime guarantee, making it an ideal partner for Tapps disaster recovery service. With this service, customers that have contracts in place for multiple IaaS cloud providers can instantly and automatically fail over to a working provider, such as CloudSigma, should their primary cloud service go down. This is especially beneficial during large cloud outages, such as Amazons 2011 failure that left many businesses without access to services, data or critical applications. Had they been using Tapp, however, Amazons customers could have easily switched to CloudSigmas platform as soon as it detected problems with Amazons service.

CloudSigma was one of the first IaaS providers we approached to be a part of our Tapp platform, said Javier Prez-Griffo, Besol Founder. Its uniquely-flexible offering really intrigued us, and we were blown away by its high-performance capabilities. Specifically, we found its SSD storage offering to be a valuable asset for the Tapp platform, especially with many of our clients high I/O requirements. Additionally, as CloudSigma charges in five-minute intervals, instead of typical hour splits, this creates a truly dynamic offering that fits in well with our migration services and gives customers the most optimized payment process possible.

CloudSigmas overall strategy and approach to its public cloud offering aligns perfectly with Tapps aim to maximize the flexibility benefits of cloud computing while eliminating vendor lock-in. With CloudSigmas complete data portability and fully independent, scalable resources, it integrated perfectly with the Tapp platform, especially as its open software layer allows companies to deploy any desired applications or operating systems in CloudSigmas cloud. This makes migrations and instant fail overs through Tapp a truly seamless process.

From our inception, we have understood how valuable the flexible nature of the cloud is and have aimed to reduce the limitations imposed by other cloud providers, said Patrick Baillie, CloudSigma CEO. When we first looked at the Tapp platform, it became clear that they had a similar goal in mind. Now, its even easier for companies who may be dissatisfied with other providers storage, performance or resources to migrate onto our IaaS platform and take advantage of our unprecedented, flexible approach that gives our customers complete control of their deployments. Overall, were very pleased to be working with Besol and to be part of its Tapp service.

About CloudSigma

CloudSigma is a pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that offers highly-available, flexible, enterprise-class cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe and the U.S. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving customers full control over their cloud and eliminating restrictions on how users deploy their computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please, as well as easily deploy any operating system or application with full root/administrative access. The result is the highest-performing cloud at the most efficient price possible.

With infrastructure in Interxions European Cloud Hubs and SwitchNAPs Las Vegas data center campus, CloudSigma selects the highest-quality facilities to support its innovative infrastructure. CloudSigma is increasingly being recognized for its advancement of the cloud IaaS industry and more information may be found at http://www.CloudSigma.com or by visiting the company on Twitter @CloudSigma, Facebook and Google+.

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AMD Opteron 3200 Chips Target Cloud, Web Hosting

Advanced Micro Devices is rolling out a low-cost, low-power Opteron chip aimed at Web hosting and cloud computing environments.

The Opteron 3200 family, which is being shown this week at the World Hosting Day event in Germany, is AMDs latest effort to gain greater traction in the booming hosting and cloud markets, where businesses are looking for small, good-performing and highly energy-efficient servers.

It also dovetails with AMDs announcement last month of its intentions to spend $334 million to buy SeaMicro, which makes microservers using low-power x86-based chips and its own fabric interconnect architecture. SeaMicro currently makes systems using Intels Atom processors, but its expected AMD will migrate them to its own Opteron chips.

The new Opteron 3200 familywhich includes three chips that offer four to eight cores, speeds ranging from 2.7GHz to 3.7GHz, thermal design power of 45 to 65 watts, and various AMD-developed power-saving technologies, such as Turbo Core and PowerNowwill give Web hosting companies a low-cost option when considering microservers, according to John Fruehe, director of product marketing for AMDs server group.

Web hosting companies buy and host servers. The hosting companies run the servers in their own data centers so customers dont have to worry about operating or maintaining the systems themselves. The customers pay a monthly fee for a dedicated server, so for the hosting companies, the faster those monthly fees cover the capital cost of the server, the faster they can make money from them.

It really is a matter of economics, Fruehe told eWEEK. In the hosting world, economics rule the day.

Because of that, many hosting companies will opt for systems powered by lower-cost PC chips, which dont offer all the enterprise-class server features that Opterons do. The Opteron 3200 chips, which range in price from $99 to $229, give the hosting companies and cloud computing environments a new option, he said. By comparison, according to Fruehe, Intel chips start at $189.

The Web hosting and cloud space accounts for about 15 percent of total server revenues worldwide, and its also the fastest-growing segment of the market, he said.

There is a lot of opportunity, Fruehe said. In this IT-less world [of small and midsized businesses], servers are not disappearing. Theyre just moving out of the business and into hosted data centers.

AMD already has begun shipping the Opteron 3200 to systems makers, with platforms coming out from the likes of Dell, Fujitsu, MSI and Tyan. He said AMD chose the World Hosting Day event on March 20 as the place to announce the chips.

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Amazon uses nearly half a million servers to power EC2

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.

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.

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AMD reaches for the cloud with new server chips

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday is expected to announce new Opteron 3200 series chips for low-end servers, which the company hopes will give it a competitive edge over Intel in the cloud server market.

The three Opteron 3200 chips are for use in single-socket servers for Web hosting and cloud applications, according to a company presentation. The chips have up to eight processor cores, clock speeds of up to 3GHz, and draw between 45 watts and 65 watts of power.

The new chips are based on the Bulldozer processor architecture, which is also in the Opteron 6200 16-core processors and FX-series gaming chips. The Opteron 3200 launch comes after AMD in late February announced it would pay US$334 million to acquire SeaMicro, which offers dense and power-efficient servers for cloud computing environments.

AMD’s chips will likely compete against Intel’s Xeon E3 series chips, which are used in SeaMicro’s SM10000-XE server. Intel worked with SeaMicro on the server, but analysts have said that AMD will ultimately swap Intel’s chips with its own chips.

AMD is pitching the Opteron 3200 as a “low-cost-per-core” product. The chips are priced between US$99 and $129, while Intel’s E3 chips are priced between $189 and $885. MSI, Tyan, Fujitsu and Dell are expected to launch Web servers and dense systems based on the chips.

AMD’s expanded product line provides an entry point to new markets, said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat.

But the Opteron 3200 could be a misfit in servers if competing on price versus performance-per-watt, McGregor said. There is a growing interest in deploying low-power servers in data centers to cut energy costs, but the Opteron 3200 chips are comparatively power-hungry for such installations.

A better match would be AMD’s low-power Bobcat cores, which are used in low-power PCs, McGregor said. But the company instead had to push the bigger Opteron cores for ECC memory and data protection. AMD also has not built a dedicated low-power chip for servers.

AMD’s microserver strategy is unclear, but the company has to move quickly to establish a presence in the market, McGregor said. The company faces challenges from Intel, which is ahead in processor and manufacturing technology, and ARM, whose smartphone and tablet processors are being tested in servers. Intel’s low-power Atom chips are already being used in servers, and Hewlett-Packard is scheduled to make an ARM-based dense server available for testing in the second quarter.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam’s e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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Morphlabs CEO Winston Damarillo talks about their mCloud Rack – Video


06-01-2012 09:38 Morphlabs CEO Winston Damarillo talks about how they responded to telcos, data centers and managed service providers wanting to offer cloud computing services with a turnkey mCloud rack solution. http://www.morphlabs.com http://www.dell.com/poweredgec

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