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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)

RIM Playbook to Run Android Apps: Bloomberg

Research in Motion is working on getting its yet-to-hit-market QNX-based Blackberry Playbook tablet to run Android apps so it won't be app-starved, according to a Bloomberg piece quoting "three people familiar with the matter." Two people reportedly told it RIM is developing the widgetry internally, having looked outside, and could materialize it in the second half. RIM is reportedly concocting a non-Dalvik approach to avoid Google's patent problems with Oracle. QNX and Android are both Unix-y derivatives and bow to the Posix standard. If RIM looked outside then presumably it looked at the Myriad Group, which claims to know how to get Android apps running natively on non-Android platform. Of course a dependence on Android could make native Playbook app scarce and impact the all-important ecosystem. What RIM would otherwise bring to the table is its lauded security ... (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)

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: 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)

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)

EMC and SDL to Expand Web Content Management Solutions

"For our customers, it is a key requirement to provide a customer experience that drives conversion, revenue and deeper brand loyalty across channels, cultures and languages throughout the customer journey," said Jan Jaap Kolleman, CEO of SDL Web Content Management Solutions. "The agreement with EMC confirms the growing demand for solutions on a global scale and confirms increased traction for our Global Information Management vision." EMC Corporation, a provider in information infrastructure solutions, on Monday announced a global agreement with SDL (LSE: SDL), a provider of Global Information Management solutions. This will complement EMC's existing relationships in Web Content Management (WCM) and Web Engagement Management, and helps it to continue giving customers multiple approaches to optimize users' online marketing experiences for maximum brand impact. The ... (more)

Centrify Delivers New Release of Centrify-Enabled Samba to Enable Active Directory Integration for UNIX and Linux Systems

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of Microsoft Active Directory-based identity and access management and auditing solutions for non-Microsoft platforms, today announced support for the latest Samba release 3.3.9. Centrify provides, free of charge, a packaged and tested version of Samba that works seamlessly on systems that have been joined to Active Directory using Centrify DirectControl. Existing customers and those evaluating DirectControl can download it from the Centrify Download Center. Additionally, in order to improve integration with Active Directory and help organizations quickly adopt the latest versions of ever-changing Samba releases, Centrify has introduced a Winbind Proxy which provides authentication and access control through Centrify DirectControl and Active Directory. By combining Centrify-e... (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)

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

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Hadoop & Big Data Market [Hardware, Software, Services, Hadoop-as-a-Service] - Trends, Geographical Analysis & Worldwide Market Forecasts (2012 – 2017)[Hardware-Software-Services-Hadoop-as-a-Service]---Trends-Geographical-Analysis--Worldwide-Market-Forecasts-2012-–-2017.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Software 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 processi... (more)

Global Cyber Warfare Market 2013-2023

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Cyber Warfare Market 2013-2023 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)

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)