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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Cloud Computing Company Appoints Ram Gupta to Board of Directors

Platform Computing, the leader in grid and cloud computing software, announces the appointment of technology industry veteran Ram Gupta to its board of directors. In this role, Mr. Gupta will be responsible for overseeing Platform's strategy as the company implements its go-to-market initiative for the cloud market. "Ram brings a wealth of real-world enterprise software experience that will be useful as we make our move into the cloud computing market," said Songnian Zhou , CEO, Platform Computing. "As both a director and advisor to the company, I know Ram will provide invaluable guidance and strategic support to the company and play a significant role in the growth and long-term success of the business." Ram Gupta brings over 20 years of strategic marketing and management expertise at global technology companies, including PeopleSoft, WebMD, Silicon Graphics, IBM a... (more)