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Dell Enlists 12G Servers, the Cloud for VDI Refresh

Dell today unveiled three new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings aimed at speeding deployments and giving businesses the option of on-premiseand cloud-based hosting.

Flying under the Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) banner, the new product slate includes a new DVS Simplified Appliance powered by Citrix’s VDI-in-a-Box software.Dell’s DVS Simplified Appliance is a rack-mount PowerEdge R710 server that runs Citrix VDI-in-a-Box v5.0 and Citrix XenServer v5.6 SP2. It ships pre-configured, with Citrix’s hypervisor, virtual machines and management software already installed.

The server arrives with fresh-from-the-factory support for Dell’s OptiPlex FX130 and FX170 thin clients, as well as Dell Latitude systems with Ubuntu. According to the company, the DVS Simplified Appliance can have organizations up and running in just hours, help streamline IT management and achieve cost-savings — a VDI “benefit” that organizations are still struggling to quantify.

Kumar K. Goswami, the vice president of Products for Citrix, feels that the partnership between his company and Dell will help mainstream VDI. “Combining the simplicity of the solution with the market presence that Dell has in the desktop space, we are excited about the opportunity to reshape the desktop virtualization market,” said Goswamiin a company statement.

For large deployments, there is the DVS Enterprise offering. On the software side, customers will have the option of VMware View 5 or Citrix’s VDI platform. Hardware-wise, Dell has crafted an all-encompassing infrastructure package that’s based on its new 12G servers, as well as the company’s storage arrays and networking equipment.

Dell’s 12G – or 12thGeneration PowerEdge — server platform debuted in tandem with Intel’s next generation E5 chips. New processors aside, another of the big selling points is what the company calls Fluid Data Architecture. Meant to minimize I/O bottlenecks, like those that exist between storage and compute, Fluid Data uses components like flash memory to improve performance beyond the processor.

Dell is confident that its upgraded servers are up to task of supporting an enterprise VDI environment. According to Dell, DVS Enterprise can scale from as few as 50 seats to thousands of seats.

Lastly, Dell is preparing for a second quarter release of a cloud VDI option called DVS Simplified Desktop as a Service (DaaS). An expansion of Dell’s existing cloud virtual desktop offering, DVS Simplified DaaS employs Desktone’s Desktops as a Service (DaaS) software and hosts it in Dell’s data centers.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the Internet.com network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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IBM expands analytics, cloud offerings for local SMEs

IBM Philippines has unveiled new server solutions designed to expand cloud and analytics capabilities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The new offerings include high-performance systems, networking, and software products aimed at helping clients optimize data center operations.

Cloud computing deployments are expected to grow more than 19 percent per year, according to IDC, and a recent IBM CIO study showed cloud implementations nearly doubling from 33 percent to 60 percent over the last two years.

From the design of the servers, software and services, IBM solutions are created to help accelerate the journey to Smarter Computing, said Irene Catane, country executive for systems and technology group for IBM Philippines.

Among the solutions introduced is a new version of IBMs BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud (BCFC), an integrated virtualization platform with built-in system management and preconfigured with servers, storage, and networking.

BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is now powered by the new generation of IBM BladeCenter HS23 systems that offer 62-percent more computing power, and comes integrated with the new 10GbE Virtual Fabric technology that enables clients to run 20 percent more virtual machines, creating an optimal environment for building and deploying advanced cloud applications.

The increased bandwidth and up to four times more memory allows the HS23 to support faster data transfers that are essential to virtualized cloud and analytic workloads.

In addition, IBM FastSetup for BladeCenter, a cost and time-saving console application can help clients reduce from days to hours the time it takes to complete large deployments.

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Deploy, Manage, and Meter Custom Apps, SaaS, and PaaS Solutions on HP Cloud Services – Video


27-03-2012 23:38 Short demo of deploying, managing, metering, and sharing best practice deployments on the HP Cloud Services using Kaavo IMOD. Sign-up for free trial at imod.kaavo.com . For additional information visit http://www.kaavo.com

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IBM Smarter Computing Solutions bring business value – Video


27-03-2012 12:37 Visit ibm.com Smarter Computing is about architecting an infrastructure that allows you to rapidly adapt to the changing business needs. Major steps in innovation and efficiency can sometime require leaders to think of solutions differently. For growth organizations, IT is under a constant state of change, and the conventional wisdom to throw more servers and software at this wave of growth is becoming an increasingly unacceptable answer. You need to find smarter, creative ways to control your infrastructure and operational costs while delivering on the business need. Application and infrastructure consolidated can deliver an incremental return on investment and more efficient IT operation. Done right, consolidating Linux workloads and infrastructure can create major gains in efficiency. Listen to how two emerging companies took non conventional approaches to Linux consolidation to help shape and improve the competitive position of their business.

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Unofficial Book Trailer ( A Life Told From The Cloud a novel ) by Kyle Rutkin – Video


27-03-2012 00:28 COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK TO YOUR TWITTER PAGE!!!! If You’d Read It, Tweet It! tinyurl.com @HarperCollins @Penguinusa @Randomhouse @simonschuster @Hachetteboooks For publishing queries email kylerutkin@gmail.com Visit kylerutkin.com for more details! This manuscript is currently looking for a publishing home. Please email kylerutkin@gmail.com for inquiries. Full Synopsis Recently, Facebook released a feature called the Timeline, which captures information from a user’s profile to tell a linear story of their life. As these timelines evolve, future generations will no longer have handwritten letters or Polaroids available to piece a life together, strictly digital information stored in social media servers around the world, available to access from anywhere at any time. Wall posts, comments, pictures and messages become markers that bridge together relationships or bring you back to a moment’s time A Life Told from the Cloud is a 54000-word novel about a 34-year-old writer diagnosed with cancer. With an uncertain future, CJ Williams embarks on one last project– a memoir from the cloud, where he will use his own Facebook timeline to retell his life story and the people he’s loved along the way. In the novel, Williams uses six profiles from the people in his past: his best friend, high school sweetheart, college girlfriend, the one that got away, his runaway mother and his most recent breakup. Using the data stored on Facebook, Williams not only describes the impact these

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Real Estate CEO Turns to the Cloud to Solve Her IT Woes: InfoStreet Helps Rehab Keys2Day's Antiquated IT for Enhanced …

TARZANA, CA–(Marketwire -03/27/12)- InfoStreet Inc., Cloud pioneer and provider of Cloud-based applications (apps), was chosen as provider of choice by Keys2Day Real Estate Team. When the company that managed the Web-based email servers at Syreeta Saunders-Keys’ eight-year-old real estate firm kept breaking down, she realized that she needed a centralized system where she and her six employees could access email, store documents, and monitor the tasks from anywhere and at any time. Saunders-Keys was using four different vendors to host file sharing, email archiving, calendars, Web maintenance and other IT necessities; all of which cost her $750 per month. Yet, her team could only access their email via Webmail and the vendor wasn’t syncing their email and calendars to all of their devices. Syreeta was frustrated that she was spending nearly all her time mired in an IT disaster instead of spending her time on her team and growing her sales base.

To reign in control, Syreeta decided to “Move to the Cloud” to solve her problems. She explored multiple options but, ultimately, chose InfoStreet to provide Keys2Day with a secure intranet system. They now employ this cloud-based software for nearly every aspect of their IT needs (from email, to email archiving, to shared Address Books, to shared Calendars, to File Sharing, and more).

“We all come from big business backgrounds, so we easily understood the value of having a central company environment where we can find everything in one place. We needed a comprehensive intranet and InfoStreet delivered,” said Jeanine Whitehead, a member of the Keys2Day team. According to Tyrone Keys, head of IT for the members of the Keys2Day team, “In the end, InfoStreet made sense of our [previous] IT disaster and just made things simple. They have quickly become a vital partner for us and for our future growth.”

Since implementing this technology, Keys2Day says that they’ve seen marked increases in efficiency, tracking, reporting, management, sales, operations and communications, both internally and with their remote staff. In fact, Saunders-Keys, who brought in $7.1 million in sales in 2010, estimates that their increased efficiencies have allowed them to be more competitive in the marketplace and can be directly attributed to about a 30-percent increase in business since the implementation and a direct savings of several hundred dollars per month.

About InfoStreet

InfoStreet is a Cloud Apps provider. Widely regarded as a pioneer in Cloud-based Apps, InfoStreet introduced its first business solution via the Cloud in 1995. InfoStreet’s flagship offering, StreetSmart, delivers 100% Cloud-based business solutions that increase employee performance, strengthen customer relationships, improve communication, and reduce costs. StreetSmart includes such Cloud apps as Virus Protected and SPAM Free Email, Email Archiving, Shared Calendars, Tasks, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), File Sharing, Knowledge Base, Portal, and more. Try InfoStreet’s StreetSmart apps by visiting http://www.infostreet.com or call 866-956-5051 for more information.

TAGS: move to the cloud, intranet system, iCloud, SaaS, cloud computing, Information Technology, web-based IT

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OS33 Provides End Users with Unified Cloud Consumption Reporting, Billing

NEW YORK, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –OS33, the feature-rich IT-as-a-Service Delivery Platform, today announced the immediate release of its unified cloud consumption reporting and billing tool that enables companies to assess how they utilize multiple cloud resources and services through a single, easy-to-understand Webtop window.

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OS33’s unified cloud consumption reporting and billing tool provides a complete view of a customer’s cloud utilization across all services, including consumption of software licenses, application management services, servers and storage infrastructure, and multi-tenant cloud services resources, by company, cost center or user on a daily basis. Typically, other vendor platforms are focused on the delivery of one specific cloud service. With OS33’s unified IT platform, organizations have one view for multiple cloud services, and can then use this information to shift resources, increase efficiency, eliminate redundancy, and better control cloud consumption spending.

“To have gotten a full dashboard of how we were utilizing cloud resources within our organization, we would have had to track the individual components from each individual vendor and provider of all of our various cloud applications and services,” said Wayne Wilson, IT Director of Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.”This process is time consuming and inefficient. We now have an easy-to-analyze way of understanding how we consume our IT resources and can easily discover inefficiencies.”

OS33’s cloud consumption reporting and billing tool gives unified insight into:

“The ability to fully leverage the cloud comes with the need to utilize multiple technologies from various vendors. Each has their own consumption metrics, logins, and interfaces,” said Jacob Kazakevich, OS33 President.

“With so much varied utilization data, customers always ask ‘What am I paying for?’ Our unified consumption reporting empowers companies of all sizes to better understand how they consume IT resources, help them reconcile invoices with actual utilization and to discover any discrepancies or inefficiencies in their IT spending with a single unified bill from one vendor. This functionality simplifies the cloud consumption process and puts control and information into the customer’s hands in an easy-to-comprehend format.”

Unified cloud consumption reporting and billing is built into the OS33 unified IT platform at no additional charge. For more information, please visit http://www.os33.com/whats-new/ and the OS33 Blog at http://blog.os33.com/. Interested parties can also sign up for a no-obligation demonstration of OS33 at http://www.os33.com/learn-more/schedule-a-demo/.

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