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RightMobileApps White Label Program – Video


01-03-2012 18:10 RightMobileApps has a white label program to help you grow your company by offering mobile apps to your clients. Build apps without any programming knowledge whatsoever in minutes. RightMobileApps is powered by Top-Tier, Secure, and Scalable cloud servers. Create an additional revenue stream for your company with mobile apps.

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Leap Day brings down Microsoft's Azure cloud service

Microsoft has been running its Azure cloud services since 2009, touting the technology as a robust and secure way to built and deploy cloud-based applications, Web sites, and other technology that can be available to users anywhere they can get Internet access and without having to worry about complicated stuff like VPNs and secure tunnels back to corporate HQ. However, on Wednesday the service experienced a 12-hour outage thanks to one of the most embarrassing bugs a programmer can make: Azure didnt handle February 29 leap day correctly.

Without noting the specific problem, Azure lead engineer Bill Laing noted in a blog post that the outage was determined to have been caused by a time calculation that was incorrect for the leap year. Data Center Knowledges Rich Miller reported that Microsoft attributed the problem to a cert issue which would likely mean that certificated used to establish secure communications and access between related systems failed to validate correctly on February 29. Liang apologized for the outage and the inconvenience to customers, and promised a full analysis would be published within ten days.

The incident serves to highlight the essential problem with all cloud services: every once in a while, they will treat their customers to a bright, sunny, cloudless day. Back in April, Amazons cloud services suffered a sustained crash that resulted in the loss of customer data; in August both Amazon and Microsofts cloud services were taken offline in Europe by a power failure in Dublin, Ireland.

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Web Host 1&1 Provides More Flexibility with Dynamic Cloud Server

2 March 2012, London: 1&1 Internet Ltd., http://www.1and1.co.uk, a global leader amongst Web hosting providers, has made its Dynamic Cloud Server now even more flexible. From now on, configurations for all essential features such as CPU or RAM can be scaled hourly as needed. For small and medium businesses, the innovation of such flexibility with server resources allows them to manage their IT needs just as efficiently as major corporations who leverage such tools for long-time success. This lowers the costs of small business IT and enhances the competitive nature of the market.

1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server (DCS) offers users a virtual server environment with full root access. The innovative aspect of this model is found in the adaptability of each machines basic settings that can be changed to suit users own needs over time. It is also possible to switch between either a Linux or Windows operating system. 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server can be a sophisticated alternative for companies whose resource requirements change frequently or for start-ups that cannot accurately estimate how much computing power they will need for their online project.

If a company using a traditional dedicated server requires an increase in computing power, significant time and resources is needed to change configurations over to a new machine. 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server eliminates such a time consuming process by enhancing usability and accessibility. If, for example ,a promotional campaign or one-time project attracts more website visitors than usual, this cloud server would allow the performance parameters to be increased with the help of an intuitive slider for expanding computing power up to 6 cores, 24 GB RAM and 800 GB of hard disk space. An upgrade or downgrade to a server would be complete in less than five minutes.

For users whose online projects exploit the capacity of a single cloud server completely, 1&1 offers a multi-function virtual infrastructure. That means that up to 99 virtual machines can be added to an existing contract and ordered conveniently via the users 1&1 Control Panel. After setup, users can configure each Dynamic Cloud Server as usual, with individual capabilities to start, stop, reset or delete them.

Managing and monitoring the server on-the-go is also not a problem. 1&1 provides mobile apps for the DCS that can be downloaded for free via the following links:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/1-1-mobile-monitoring/id409369112

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cloud-server-management/id392277406?mt=8

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.oneandone.mobile.monitoring.server

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.unitedinternet.cloudserver

1&1 mobile server apps can be used with all current iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices as well as mobile phones running the Android operating system.

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AMD Acquires Cloud Server Maker SeaMicro for $334M USD

AMD’s heavily threaded Bulldozer, APUs, GCN are good fits for Seamicro’s compact cloud computing servers

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) has struggled mightily in the server market in recent years, seeing its market share fall from nearly 15 percent in 2007 to less than half that — roughly 6.5 percent in 2011.

I. AMD Server Division — In Need of a Turnaround

AMD can try to write off part of its struggles to rival Intel Corp. (INTC) usinganti-competitive techniquesto squelch its performance during its strong years in the middle of the last decade, a big part of the troubles have come due to AMD’strailing die shrink timing, which has not improved since itspun off its fabs. While AMD finallydropped a new architecture (Bulldozer) in Sept. 2011, it disappointed in clock speeds and power performance — something that may be attributable to die shrinks. Difficulty getting to 32 nm may have left AMD with too little time to thoroughly test and refine the new cores.

Approximately 21.89 percent of AMD’s market share is tied up in its server sales, so clearly this is a major issue for the company and its shareholders. AMD desperately needed a new tactic. Whileallowing competitive interplaybetween Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Comp., Ltd. (TPE:2330) and GlobalFoundries in die shrinks may be a potential long term solution, AMD needed something more immediate.

That’s why the news of its acquisition of SeaMicro for $334M USD (a mix of $281M USD cash and stock) is a bit surprising, but a bit unsurprising. The small 80-person Silicon Valley server maker is known as a premium maker ofhighly dense and power-efficient servers. It sells heavily to large-scale cloud computing businesses.

The move is also a boon toSanta Clara, California manufacturer NBS. Unlike Apple, Inc. (AAPL), Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ), Dell, Inc. (DELL) and others, SeaMicro doesn’t have its servers assembled by Chinese laborers working under sweatshop like conditions. It’s made in America, by blue collar workers earning a respectable living.

While it only spends a tenth of the research and development budget (~$50M USD per year) as Dell or HP, SeaMicro’s product is viewed as very competitive from a technology basis. But SeaMicro can work intimately with its American manufacturing partner, building prototypes, trialing optimizations, and working out bugs before production hits.

SeaMicro currently exclusivelysells Intel-based servers– a mixture of Xeon (Sandy Bridge) basedtightly-packed 10 RU designsand mixed 10 RU designsincorporating Intel Atom chips for lighter workloads. The Atom servers use the dual-core 64-bit Atom N570 chip (8.5W TDP). SeaMicro’s unique 10 RU form factorsqueezes one to two tower racks into a single compact box-like form factor.

SeaMicro claims four-fold power reduction and six-fold space reduction by eliminating the typical busy server chipset to just three chips, via proprietary interconnect technology.

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Cloud Hosting Providers – Video


27-02-2012 04:04 cloudhostingproviders.com.au Cloud Hosting Providers are a great alternative to shared, VPS or dedicated hosting. Not only are Cloud Hosts often faster, they also allow scaling to meet your needs, so your site doesn’t crash every time you get a surge of traffic. Best of all, you only pay for what you need! We focus on Australian Cloud Hosting Services, reviews and info.

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Managing SAP on Power Systems with Cloud technologies delivers superior IT economics – Video


08-02-2012 14:51 An ideal and cost-effective platform for SAP solutions, IBM Power Systems combine optimizing architecture and virtualization capability to redefine SAP performance without exceeding IT budgets. Leveraging dynamic resource allocation and the ability to deploy SAP servers in a cloud, POWER7 can boost hardware utilization by more than 50% and cut energy consumption up to 75%. Read the ITG paper about running SAP on Power Systems here (ibm.co

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ScaleXtreme Cloud-Based Patch Management Open for New Customers

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

ScaleXtreme, the leading provider of server automation products for the distributed data center, has opened access to its recently launched cloud-based patch management automation solution for use in public cloud machines, virtual machines and physical servers. Anyone can now signup for ScaleXtreme and begin scanning their servers for operating system vulnerabilities. Customers enjoy the ability to schedule, deploy and automate patches for multiple machines in the enterprise or hosted at a public cloud provider. Patches for Windows 2003, Windows 2008, CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu are available immediately.

We worked closely with select early adopters to ensure the product works great and are now pleased to open this remarkable scanning and patching functionality to anyone with a ScaleXtreme account, said ScaleXtreme CEO and Co-Founder Nand Mulchandani. The demand for patch management from our community amazed us, dramatically exceeding our expectations.

The product enables customers to deploy patches on the fly or on a specific schedule, such as during periods of planned maintenance, making the experience easy for both systems administrators and IT managers. Patching is one of many server operations radically simplified by ScaleXtremes cloud-based automation engine, which allows customers to automate all of their routine server management tasks through a single framework.

Customers have come to expect the same security features they enjoy inside their firewall to be available in the public cloud, said Mulchandani. Effective patch management helps people safely begin to bring long-running, stateful servers into the public cloud, where they can be managed like any other server in the enterprise. No other security or systems management product that we know of can operate across physical servers, virtual machines and the public cloud in this fashion.

ScaleXtreme offers free patch scanning for all public cloud machines, virtual servers and physical servers through its free ScaleXtreme Xpress product. For more information, visit http://www.scalextreme.com/solutions/patch.

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ScaleXtreme provides powerful, cloud-based server automation products for the modern distributed data center. Built from the ground up to be simple, scalable and social, IT gets a single unified automation platform to build and control physical, virtual and public cloud servers. For more information, visit http://www.scalextreme.com.

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