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"Tata Communications has created a powerful cloud offering through InstaCompute with many unique capabillities and a truly international level of service.  We look forward to the partnership, supporting their growing cloud services and global rollout," said Josh Fraser, VP of Business Development. "RightScale has been committed from the beginning to supporting all major cloud infrastructures and providing the highest caliber of management solutions for their customers." RightScale, a provider in cloud computing management, on Tuesday announced a global partnership with Tata Communications, a global provider of a new world of communications and the InstaCompute cloud offering. Specifically tailored to meet the IT needs of growing businesses, InstaCompute is an innovative new cloud computing service which provides secure and elastic, on-demand computing and storage r... (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)

New Subscription-Based Cloud Computing and PaaS Platform from Unisys

"The AMPS platform builds on Unisys' strength in mission critical computing to enable federal organizations to accelerate their application modernization initiatives by sidestepping traditional constraints that can slow progress," said Gene Zapfel, managing partner for portfolio solutions, Unisys Federal Systems. "AMPS significantly reduces capital expenditure and reduces total cost of ownership, which are especially important as federal IT budgets remain tight. Unisys AMPS offers agencies a path to incrementally modernize their enterprise applications and create more cost-effective shared services." Unisys Corporation, on Thursday announced its Application Modernization Platform as a Service (AMPS(SM)) offering, a subscription-based service to help federal government agencies reduce the cost, complexity, risk and time involved in modernizing their legacy software... (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,, 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)

Platform Computing and Instrumental Extend Strategic Partnership to Advance High Performance Cloud Computing for Government Sector

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Platform Computing, the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software, today announced a strategic partnership with Instrumental Inc., a leading provider of architecture, design and integration services for high performance computing (HPC) and data storage in the government and commercial sectors. The partnership enhances Platform's global service capabilities and gives users an end-to-end, full service solution that maximizes the value of Platform's private cloud management and HPC cloud-enabling software solutions, Platform ISF and Platform ISF Adaptive Cluster. As U.S. government agencies and departments evaluate the potential cost savings, service level improvements and greater resource utilization offered by various cloud computing models, there is a recognized need for a technology-agnostic platform that can suppor... (more)

Survey Reveals More Than Eighty Percent of IT Executives Plan to Keep Cloud Initiatives within Their Own Firewalls

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty-three percent of IT executives intend to keep their cloud initiatives within their own firewall, according to a survey of delegates by Platform Computing at the Supercomputing Conference (SC'09) in November 2009. Platform Computing surveyed 95 IT executives across the research, manufacturing, government and education industries to determine why organizations are investing in cloud solutions, their concerns about cloud computing and plans for future initiatives. Although most organizations are experimenting with cloud computing, the majority (82%) do not foresee cloud bursting initiatives, demonstrating that cloud models are still early in their adoption and that executives are cognizant of the very same security and management issues that drive them to create a private cloud in the first place. Executives see the value of a ... (more)

IBM Delivers New Systems to Help Clients Take Advantage of Private and Hybrid Clouds

SINGAPORE, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the new era of computing, businesses are looking for faster paths to the cloud to take advantage of the hybrid environments that maximize Big Data insights and provide innovative ways to share resources. (Logo: At InterConnect 2013 today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) unveiled new systems and solutions that address these needs by helping clients and managed service providers (MSPs) build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of Big Data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. Clients are looking to leverage public clouds while still maintaining control of them. This is causing organizations to embrace private an... (more)

IBM Invests $1B to Deliver Unique Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities to Connect Enterprise Data and Applications to the Cloud

ARMONK, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a unique new development environment and capabilities-as-a-service to help clients and developers speed the adoption of "hybrid" clouds, which have the potential to usher in a new era of innovation across the enterprise. As part of its initiative, IBM has invested more than $1 billion for software cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer. With today's news, IBM is addressing three fundamental issues to help speed the adoption of hybrid clouds. 1)   Enabling enterprise developers for the cloud: According to Evans Data, there are more than 18 million software developers worldwide yet less than 25 percent are developing for the cloud today [1]. As the industry moves to the cloud era, millions of developers are looking to access tools and services ... (more)

Amazon Going PaaS? Introducing Elastic Beanstalk

Are you looking to enter the cloud but don't know where to start? Are you leery of 'cloud-washing' by so many vendors in the IT space? Let's work together to get your business into the cloud in a methodical manner. I am an expert in public cloud computing at all levels (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) as well 'private' cloud (VMware). We will work together to identify costs, risks and strategies to ensure your projects succeed in the cloud. Below is the email Amazon sent out to AWS customers announcing their new PaaS offering - Elastic Beanstalk. Dear Amazon Web Services Customer, We're excited to introduce the beta of AWS Elastic Beanstalk, an even easier way for developers to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application to Elastic Beanstalk, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provision... (more)

Platform Computing Introduces Low-Cost Starter Pack for Private Cloud

Platform Computing, a provider of cluster, grid and cloud management software, on Tuesday announced the availability of the Platform ISF Starter Pack, an out-of-the-box, end-to-end software product and services offering for companies to quickly set up a private cloud. It provides a low risk, low cost way to evaluate private cloud, enabling architects and IT managers to get a cloud sandbox environment up and running in less than 30 minutes. For only US$4,995, the Platform ISF Starter Pack includes a one-year Platform ISF license for 10 sockets, consulting, training and support. Key Points: Introduced to the market in June 2009, Platform ISF is the first end-to-end software product that provides everything you need for private cloud management. You don't need to string together point tools from various vendors on your own. Platform ISF efficiently manages application ... (more)

Microsoft Pushes Private Cloud Computing Forward with System Center 2012

"The move to cloud computing significantly raises the bar for what is expected in enterprise management solutions," said Chris Wolf, research vice president at Gartner. "It's easy for a vendor to create a tool that automates the creation of a virtual machine and call it ‘cloud management.' However, the real value of IT management comes from keeping a service up and running, which means tools that automate configuration and operations must take advantage of application knowledge to ensure an optimal life cycle. Organizations should take this management paradigm shift as an opportunity to reassess current processes and move forward with a platform capable of meeting the complex demands of tomorrow's cloud-enabled IT services." On Tuesday, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson demonstrated how private clouds built with Microsoft technologies can help IT orga... (more)