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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)

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)

Platform Computing and Microsoft Enable Hybrid Compute Environments

Platform Computing announced a partnership and joint technology solution with Microsoft for organizations to take advantage of high performance computing (HPC) clusters independent of a cluster's operating system (OS). The combination of Platform ISF Adaptive Cluster and Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 provides HPC users an efficient and flexible infrastructure management solution that maximizes resources while lowering costs associated with running cluster environments across both Windows and Linux. Customers benefit from a streamlined, hybrid cluster management solution with improved performance and capacity. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors, among leading Cloud technology providers and visited by 3,000 conference delegates, November 2-4, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA Previously, enterprises h... (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)

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)

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)

Cloud Computing: Shell and HP Advance Seismic Sensing Capabilities

"This new sensing milestone is the latest step in the collaboration between HP and Shell, which is on track to produce a leap forward in onshore seismic data quality to improve the exploration risk evaluation and decisions, illustrating the industry-wide benefits that can be achieved through cross-company innovation," said Rich Duncombe, senior strategist, Technology Development Organization, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. Shell and HP on Thursday announced a breakthrough in the capability of their jointly developed inertial sensing technology to shoot and record seismic data at much higher sensitivity and at ultra-low frequencies. The new onshore wireless seismic acquisition system is designed to provide a clearer understanding of the earth's subsurface, thus increasing prospects for discovering greater quantities of oil and gas to meet the world's increasing ener... (more)

New Research Reveals Virtualization is Not Enough When Embracing Private Cloud

Cross-Industry Survey Uncovers New Virtualization and Cloud Trends within Test/Dev Infrastructures TORONTO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Companies are using their testing and development (Test/Dev) infrastructures more and more as a proving ground for implementing shared infrastructure and private cloud environments, according to a recent survey of senior IT managers for Test/Dev infrastructures at North American firms. Conducted between June and August 2009 by analyst consulting firm the Taneja Group, the survey revealed that the top challenge of running Test/Dev environments is the need to manage virtual and physical resources separately, with 72 percent of respondents indicating that virtualization on its own does not address their most important Test/Dev infrastructure challenges. The Taneja Group surveyed 83 senior IT managers across the banking, government, ma... (more)

IDC Announces New Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced the seventh round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC'14 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany. Prior winners were announced at the ISC'11, SC11, ISC'12, SC12, ISC'13, and SC13 supercomputing conferences. The HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies. The program's main goals are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and scientific success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs); to demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and politicians; and to expand public support for increased HPC investments. "IDC research has shown that HPC can accelerate innov... (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)