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Surgient Session at Cloud Expo Surgient, a provider of private cloud automation for the enterprise, on Monday launched Surgient Cloud Express -- a new program that combines the best of cloud computing technology and implementation services to help organizations deploy on-premise clouds within 30 days. The offering is designed to help enterprises more quickly and easily experience the improved performance, provisioning, and security benefits private clouds can deliver. Surgient Cloud Express is available for $50,000 USD, and includes all the software, documentation and services needed to roll out a comprehensive private enterprise cloud environment on virtualized infrastructure. “A properly implemented private cloud is the key to solving costly IT service delivery challenges in the enterprise,” said Tim Lucas, president and CEO of Surgient. “This carefully designed ... (more)

Commentary: Sun’s Oracle Merger

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s competitors are probably smiling wryly as the delay of the merger played into their immediate interests but what threats and challenges does this partnership now pose to the once great open source vendor which did so much for developing the tech and e-commerce industry. One thing which Oracle will most probably do is addres... (more)

If You Know C#, You Know Windows Azure Storage

Azure Session at Cloud Expo I have been using Gladinet Cloud Desktop to manage files on the Azure Blob Storage for a while now. It has a drive letter, accessible from Windows Explorer and it works just like another network drive on my PC. However, just like when you are driving a car on a daily basis but sometimes still curious about what is under the hood and check the oil level on weekends, I am curious about how Azure Storage works. To dive into the Azure Storage, you will need the Azure SDK (Nov 2009 Release) to work with Visual Studio 2005 or VS08. VS 2010 will have Azure SDK built in. First, you will need to have some basic knowledge about the Azure Blob Storage. As shown in the following picture, Each Windows Live ID (Master Azure Account) can have multiple projects (Accounts). Each Account has multiple containers. Each containers may have multiple Blobs. Ea... (more)

How to Gracefully Degrade Web 2.0 Apps

Twitter on Ulitzer I haven’t heard the term “graceful degradation” in a long time, but as we continue to push the limits of data centers and our budgets to provide capacity it’s a concept we need to revisit. You might have heard that Twitter was down (again) last week. What you might not have heard (or read) is some interesting crunchy bits about how Twitter attempts to maintain availability by degrading capabilities gracefully when services are over capacity. “Twitter Down, Overwhelmed by Whales” from Data Center Knowledge offered up the juicy details: The “whales” comment refers to the “Fail Whale” – the downtime mascot that appears whenever Twitter is unavailable. The appearance of the Fail Whale indicates a server error known as a 503, which then triggers a “Whale Watcher” script that prompts a review of the last 100,000 lines of server logs to sort out what ... (more)

Metalogix Migrates Oracle Content Server Content Types to SharePoint

SharePoint Archiving Journal on Ulitzer Metalogix Software, a provider of SharePoint migration, management, archiving, and recovery solutions as well as email archiving solutions for Microsoft Exchange, on Wednesday announced Metalogix Migration Manager for Oracle Content Server (Stellent). Simplifying the migration of Stellent content to Microsoft SharePoint, the new Migration Manager for Oracle Content Server (Stellent) offers flexible migration and consolidation features through a familiar "tree-to-tree" interface. The Metalogix Migration Manager for Oracle Content Server (Stellent) is another component of Metalogix's comprehensive strategy for migrating more Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems than any other vendor into SharePoint 2003, 2007 or 2010. Metalogix also simplifies migrating content from EMC Documentum eRoom to SharePoint, and Microsoft Conten... (more)

The World Has Changed?

One of the guys whom I consider a mentor in this industry, Chuck Hollis at EMC, always approached product launch messaging with the thought: “the world has changed.” Of course, then it was up to the team to come up with how, why, etc. Great advice. It’s a natural way to introduce drama into what can often be a pretty boring “speeds and feeds” message. I was thinking about Chuck’s advice when I started digging into the Xiotech story. “The world’s changed…” As I dug into the product information, talked to our technologists and sellers, met with some customers and had some time to reflect, it hit me: the world HASN’T changed. Yet. Sure, there’s always plenty of new technology to talk about, and data growth continues to accelerate. But what technology advance has really changed the way we think about, use and benefit from storage? Too often, these ... (more)

Cisco ROI Tool Doesn’t Really Help the IaaS Shopper

Infrastructure on Demand on Ulitzer So Cisco just released it new flashy ROI calculator for cloud service providers looking to buy kit and get into the game. Check it out here: While the movement to create easy to use tools to help simplify purchasing decisions should be applauded, Cisco’s online tool doesn’t really help the customer out. Here’s why: Comparing Cisco with other vendors just multiplied the volume of evaluation work necessary to actually make a decision – this of course goes against the assumption by Cisco that anyone would even entertain another vendor! There is no way to bench mark ROI performance per compute resource and drill down into bloated cost centers. There is no way to address customers that use IaaS in anomalistic usage patterns. What happens to my ROI if I have a han... (more)

Neustar to Provide Clearinghouse Solution for Digital Market Initiative

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Neustar on Thursday announced that it has been selected by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) LLC to provide a clearinghouse solution for the industry consortium. Neustar will develop and manage the consortium's Digital Rights Locker, a cloud-based authentication service and account management hub that provides consumers with access to their digital entertainment. The launch of the Digital Rights Locker is targeted for the second half of 2010. DECE is a consortium of leading entertainment, consumer electronics, and technology companies and retailers dedicated to developing the next generation digital media experience based on open, licensable specifications. A full listing of member companies can be found at "Security, scalability and flexibility are key requirements for us in building the digital locker s... (more)

PivotLink Named Cool Cloud Computing Vendor

Reporting Session at Cloud Expo PivotLink, the leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS), announced that Everything Channel's CRN has named its business analytics solution one of the "100 Coolest Cloud Computing Products." PivotLink's on-demand reporting and analysis solution powers roughly 2,000,000 ad hoc reports for over 15,000 business users each month. PivotLink's secure, collaborative reports and dashboards offer unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to make business decisions in less time at a dramatically lower cost than traditional on-premise BI systems. Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, April 19-21, 2010, New York City "It's an honor to be recognized by the editors of CRN following another record-breaking year marked by strong customer and partner adoption and growth across all key ar... (more)

Windows Azure Data Centers IP Adress Ranges

Azure Session at Cloud Expo Window Azure platform AppFabric has now been deployed to more data centers around the world. Previously, when you provisioned a service namespace, you were asked to select a region from a list that contained only United States (South/Central). Now, when you provision a service namespace, you have three more regions from which to choose - United States (North/Central), Europe (North) and Asia (Southeast). If your firewall configuration restricts outbound traffic, you will need to perform the addition step of opening your outbound TCP port range 9350-9353 to the IP range associated with your selected regional data center. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Those IP ranges are listed at the bottom of this article. Note that your existing service namespaces have already been deployed to United States (South/Cen... (more)

The Cloud Storage Wars: Windows Azure vs. Google

Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo So much happened in January 2010 for the cloud storage world. First was the Windows Azure Platform went from public preview to full production. Second was Google Docs opened up  for any file type upload/download, effectively making it a GDrive in the cloud. How would these affect you? This article will compare the two cloud storage offerings from price, speed, usability, service level agreement and to developer support. 1. Price Google’s storage cost = 25c / Gigabyte / year = 2c / Gigabyte / month. There is no additional transfer cost. Windows Azure’s storage cost is at 15c / Gigabyte / month. There is additional cost for transfer data in and out. Note: Google storage is clearly cheaper, about 10 times cheaper. 2. Speed We will use Gladinet Cloud Desktop to map both in a virtual drive in Windows Explorer and compare the time it takes to... (more)