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Platform Computing announced the next version of its virtual environment management product for the enterprise data center, Platform VM Orchestrator (VMO) 4. Platform VMO 4 provides faster delivery of virtual computer environments to end users while optimizing resource utilization, availability, and power consumption, to improve an enterprise's return on investment from its virtualization environment. The solution offers a cost-effective enterprise virtualization management solution for Citrix XenServer, with support for virtualization platforms from other vendors to be delivered in the coming months. Effectively managing virtualization environments can be a challenge facing IT organizations today. Subsequently administrators need tools specifically built for managing virtualization deployments, optimizing computer resources, and removing performance bottlenecks in... (more)

IBM Acquires Platform Computing

IBM on Monday announced it has completed the acquisition of Platform Computing, a privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed. On October 11, 2011, IBM announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Platform Computing, a global leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software for distributed computing environments. Platform Computing's focused technical and distributed computing management software helps clients create, integrate and manage shared computing environments that are used in compute- and data-intensive applications such as simulations, computer modeling and analytics. These technical and high performance computing (HPC) applications fuel product development, critical business decisions and breakthrough science in financial services, manufacturing, digital media, oil and g... (more)

Cloud Computing: is it safe? Best Practices for Secure Enterprise Cloud Networking

Webinar 3-Part Series: How to Implement Security Strategies such as Software Defined Networks, Federated Hybrid Clouds and Industry Compliance What: Cloud Networking Webinar Series When: Wednesdays May 8, May 15, May 22, 2013 4pm UK / 10am CT / 8am PT Where: Online, via GoToWebinar Registration: www.cohesiveft.com/webinars Fees: Free Cloud computing infrastructure is elastic, scalable, highly available and accessible, but is it safe? Concerns and pain points such as network encryption in third party environments, address and topology control, and connectivity need to be addressed from the enterprise and business application perspective. In a three-part webinar series focused on best practices for cloud networking security, CohesiveFT Senior Cloud Solution Architect, Sam Mitchell, will examine key questions enterprises must answer when looking to migrate to public clou... (more)

Lenovo to Acquire IBM's x86 Server Business

Lenovo and IBM have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances. The agreement builds upon a longstanding collaboration that began in 2005 when Lenovo acquired IBM's PC business, which included the ThinkPad line of PCs. In the period since the companies have continued to collaborate in many areas. IBM will continue to dev... (more)

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM Announce Supercomputing Center

ARMONK, N.Y. and LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new supercomputing center at the University composed of IBM high performance systems, software and cloud-based storage, to help educate students in emerging technology fields. Florida Polytechnic University is the newest addition to the State University System of Florida and the only one dedicated exclusively to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Florida Polytechnic University will welcome its inaugural class of 500 students in August. The center, which is being developed with the support of premier IBM Business Partner Flagship Solutions, will house an IBM supercomputer and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to receive hands-on training and experience using high performa... (more)

Research and Markets: Hadoop & Big Data Market [Hardware, Software, Services, Hadoop-as-a-Service] - Trends, Geographical Analysis & Worldwide Market Forecasts (2012 - 2017)

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/k27mzq/hadoop_and_big) has announced the addition of the "Hadoop & Big Data Market [Hardware, Software, Services, Hadoop-as-a-Service] - Trends, Geographical Analysis & Worldwide Market Forecasts (2012 - 2017)" report to their offering. Big Data has grown in significance over the last few years because of the pervasiveness of its application, across areas ranging from weather forecasting to analyzing business trends, fighting crime and preventing epidemics, etc. Big data sets are so large that traditional data management tools are incapable of analyzing all the data effectively and processing valuable information out of it. Hadoop is an open source java framework that enables distributed parallel processing of large volume of data across servers which has emerged as the solution to extract potential v... (more)

FatCloud Launches to Enable a New Generation of Mobile, Cloud and Web Applications

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/23/12 -- FatCloud launches today, introducing a new IT development and management platform that delivers .NET applications in less time and at lower cost. The company behind the eponymous cloud-enabled application platform, backed by invention company Elevator Labs, also makes its public debut after nearly five years of team- and product-building. Built to leverage .NET and the Microsoft ecosystem, FatCloud eradicates conventional IT development barriers and accelerates application time-to-market by providing a platform for scale-out processing, data management, and availability/redundancy. FatCloud takes care of an application's back-end plumbing, so companies of all sizes can empower their IT and focus on accelerating their business strategy, product innovation and growth. FatCloud uses Microsoft's standard Windows Communica... (more)

IBM Unveils Big Data, Cloud Enhancements Throughout Systems Portfolio

LAS VEGAS, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Edge 2013 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward Software Defined Environments (SDE). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO) Enhancements to IBM's Smarter Storage line of Flash, disk and tape systems give clients faster access to business critical information and Big Data insights. New High Performance Computing solutions bring HPC capabilities to mainstream servers to help more clients crunch their ever-mounting volumes of data faster. New capabilities added to the IBM PureSystems family expert integrated systems are designed to help clients reduce the security risks often faced when deploying cloud solutions, as well as enable quick recovery and restoration after disasters. A new m... (more)

Private Cloud Services Market Grows at a 22% CAGR by 2018 - Global Analysis and Forecasts

DALLAS, Aug. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Private cloud is model of cloud computing, which involves a secure and distinct cloud environment. In addition, it offers power as a service in the virtualization environment with the help of physical computing devices. In the private cloud, the cloud model is accessible only to a single organization offering better security and control. Private cloud is also an infrastructure that enables enterprises to maintain their own security and data safety measures, which are missing when enterprises adopt public cloud infrastructures. The infrastructure includes computing hardware, storage, applications, data, and virtualization platforms that are accessed by end-users. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/141106 The analysts forecast the Global Private Cloud Services Market to grow at a CAGR of 22 percent over th... (more)

Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Prettiest Cloud of All?

Forrester Research has run up a study of private cloud vendors and rated them on 10 criteria: self-service portal or service catalog; dynamic workload management; resource management; service management; integration and control APIs; image library; RBAC administration; virtualization layer; physical compute & storage; and last but not least application services. Against these yardsticks it measured 15 companies. In descending order they are Platform Computing, HP, IBM, VMware, Abiquo, BMC, Dell, CA, TIBCO, newScale, Cloud.com, Eucalyptus, Hexagrid, Microsoft and Enomaly. Among the purer player vendors - heck against all of them - Platform Computing walks off with first prize ahead of HP, IBM and VMware with a total score of 26 out of a possible 40. HP, IBM and VMware tie for second place with 25, making Abiquo third with 23. newScale is sixth with 19 points followe... (more)

Private Cloud Management

Platform Computing has announced a new software product for managing private cloud environments. Platform ISF is an end-to-end cloud management product for enterprises to build and run their private clouds. It is the centerpiece of Platform's cloud strategy and will be made available for beta in June with general availability planned for the Fall. As the longtime leader in grid and HPC management software, Platform Computing is expanding its product offerings to support the needs of mainstream business applications, leveraging its strong technology and experience in deploying large-scale shared compute environments. Platform ISF is computing infrastructure sharing software for private cloud management. Private clouds generally refer to resources pooled together in a shared IT infrastructure to run applications for business users. Platform ISF creates private clouds... (more)