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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)

PaaS Takes Center Stage

Over the last week, Platform as a Service has moved out of the shadows to become big news in the cloud world. Here is a quick roundup of recent events: RedHat acquires Makara: this is a great move by RedHat, who has been hitherto a peripheral player in the great cloud game. Makara gives RedHat a platform that makes it much easier for developers to deploy cloud applications while also providing rich debugging capabilities. The Makara founding team came from Wily and brings deep understanding of application lifecycle management for cloud applications. Cloudbees gets funding for a Java PaaS: this breathes life into the Java PaaS market, bringing the same kinds of turnkey cloud management to the Java community that Engine Yard and Heroku bring to the Ruby on Rails Market. Cloudbees was founded by the former CTO of JBoss and has tied their Java PaaS to the Hudson The firs... (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)

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)

Global Cyber Warfare Market 2013-2023

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Cyber Warfare Market 2013-2023 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01080459/Global-Cyber-Warfare-Market-2013-2023.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Security_Systems Report Details Cyber attacks between states are not only rising in frequency but are also becoming increasingly sophisticated. The growing threat has raised the public awareness, and governments have increased budgets for the development of defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. As a consequence, Visiongain has determined that the value of the global cyber warfare market in 2013 will reach $16.96bn. What makes this report unique? Visiongain consulted widely with industry experts and full transcripts from these exclusive interviews with Symantec and with... (more)

Amid Accelerating Growth Cycle Computing Adds Industry Leaders Tim Carroll and Rob Futrick to Management Team

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/14 -- Celebrating a year of record-growth, Cycle Computing has added HPC executive and startup veteran Tim Carroll as Vice President of Business Development and Ecosystem; and has also promoted Rob Futrick to Chief Technical Officer (CTO). The buildout of the management team will leverage and accelerate rapid growth of revenue, new customers and core hours under management. "Our goal is to lead the way in utility technical computing, which is the biggest accelerator of engineering, life science, insurance, manufacturing, energy, risk management, and scientific discovery and invention in history," says Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing. "We're excited to have Tim and Rob join the management team at Cycle, showing again that the industry's top talent is joining us to help deliver better answers, faster, to clients." The company... (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)

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)

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)

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)