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HP service automation tools make it easier for IT staffs to work with Chef, OpenStack

By |May 29th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, IT Industry, Tech News|

IDG News Service – Hewlett-Packard has integrated its service automation programs with IT configuration and management programs Chef and OpenStack, a move that could make it easier for IT staff to work with these open source applications, often used by individual lines of business.

“We’re giving a lot of focus to open source technologies like Chef and OpenStack,” said Manoj Raisinghani, HP software senior director of global product marketing for automation and cloud management. As a result, “this allows the IT guy to work much more closely with the line-of-business owner.”

In June, HP will release new versions of HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA version 4.1), Operations Orchestration (OO 10.1), and HP Server Automation (SA 10.1).

The company will also launch a new package using these programs, called the Orchestrated Datacenter, that allows organizations to automate many of their data center operations. The package can be used to control physical servers, virtual […]

Welsh schools are going Google

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Computer, IT Industry, Tech News|

Posted by Liz Sproat, Head of Education, EMEA

Around the world, schools are finding innovative ways to use technology to break down the traditional walls of the classroom, while overcoming the challenges of higher academic standards and tighter budgets. Today, we’re pleased to share the stories from two schools in Wales who’ve gone Google to help them meet the demands of a modern-day education system.

Gowerton School in Gowerton Village serves 1,135 students aged 11 to 18. The IT team migrated students and educators from on-premise email to Gmail and Google Apps. Industry experts recognize them as one of the first schools in Britain to embrace cloud technologies.

The school’s entire curriculum – from geography to cooking – is taught with Google Apps. Students can access assignments, lesson plans and other learning resources through Google Drive, while teachers can provide immediate feedback through Google Docs. This has brought about significant teaching […]

HP plans to invest $1B in open cloud services

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, IT Industry, Tech News|

IDG News Service – Following a similar move by IBM, Hewlett-Packard is unifying its cloud portfolio under a single architecture and brand name, called HP Helion.

The company has pledged to invest $1 billion in open cloud products and services over the next two years, along with community-driven, open-source cloud technologies.

“Just as the community spread the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, we believe OpenStack will do the same for the cloud,” said Hewlett-Packard CEO and President Meg Whitman, in a webcast announcing Helion Tuesday.

Customers have been asking for open-source-based cloud technologies, Whitman said. Harnessing the collective effort around open-source projects such as OpenStack, “the result is something that is more flexible, secure and affordable than any one company could do alone,” she said.

A distribution of OpenStack, called Helion OpenStack, is the first Helion component HP has released. Helion OpenStack will serve as the cornerstone for the Helion line of […]

Microsoft Azure tools aim to ease hybrid cloud management

By |May 21st, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Tech News|

At its annual Tech Ed conference, Microsoft has released a range of hybrid cloud administration tools and services

May 12, 2014
(IDG News Service)

For the kick-off of its annual Tech Ed user conference, being held this week in Houston, Microsoft has released a bevy of tools and services to help administrators connect their internal operations to Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

“This is about leveraging assets that organizations already have in their data centers,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division.

This year’s conference will emphasize the hybrid cloud, in which an enterprise can run some operations in house, while shifting others to cloud services. Nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by 2017, IT analyst firm Gartner estimated.

Many of the services Microsoft unveiled this week build on Microsoft’s base of IaaS (infrastructure as […]

Lenovo set to launch cloud-based services for mobile devices, data centers

By |May 18th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Data Storage, IT Industry, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|Tags: , |

IDG News Service – The ability to come up with cohesive cloud offering has eluded Lenovo for years, but the company is taking steps to offer more services that it can wrap around its mobile devices and enterprise products.

Lenovo subsidiary Stoneware is planning to offer hosted application services that will build on existing secure cloud and virtual desktop services. Lenovo opened its first public cloud service just a year ago, building it around technology acquired from Stoneware in September 2012.

Stoneware’s current WebNetwork virtual desktop offering is more like a cloud desktop, with a browser-like interface providing access to remote applications, storage services and other Web application services. The tiled user interface provides access to applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, which are hosted in data centers and don’t need to be downloaded and installed locally on mobile devices and PCs. The cloud desktop […]

Amazon brings cloud monitoring tool to Europe

By |May 17th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Security, Tech News|Tags: , |

IDG News Service – Amazon Web Services’ monitoring tool CloudTrail is now available from the company’s EU region in Ireland, allowing all data to remain in Europe.

CloudTrail is a Web service that records API calls and delivers them as log files to the IT department. The data can then be used for security analysis, resource change tracking and compliance auditing, according to Amazon.

One of the core benefits for users in Europe is that they can now combine CloudTrail with services they are running locally, according to Amazon. CloudTrail records API calls made by compatible services and delivers log files to an S3 (Simple Storage Service) bucket specified by the user. By running CloudTrail in the EU region, all of this data stays in the EU, Amazon said.

CloudTrail is compatible with a long list of Amazon’s services, including infrastructure offerings such as Elastic […]

Citrix adds desktop management to XenMobile

By |May 16th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, IT Industry, Tech News|Tags: |

IT staff will be able to manage Windows 8 desktops in addition to mobile devices

May 6, 2014
(IDG News Service)

Citrix Systems wants to manage desktops and mobile devices with the latest version of XenMobile, and is also working on making it easier for XenApp users to upgrade.

Citrix is this week gathering employees, partners and customers for the company’s most important event, the Synergy conference in Los Angeles. The main theme this year is Citrix’s continued efforts to let users access data and apps on any device, and let the IT department manage and secure all of it, according to Matt Morgan, vice president of corporate product marketing management at Citrix.

To get closer to that goal, Citrix is announcing upgrades, new products and demonstrating technologies the company’s developers are working on. That includes XenMobile 9, a […]

EMC takes on Amazon’s cloud service with cheaper alternative

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, IT Industry, Tech News|Tags: , |

IDG News Service – EMC is taking on Amazon’s cloud storage service with a private cloud platform it says will cost less to use.

The Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance, launching on Monday at EMC World and delivered by the end of June, is a hyperscale storage system for enterprises to deploy in their own facilities. EMC previewed it last year under the code name Project Nile.

The ECS Appliance is part of a wider move into cloud and so-called software-defined storage by EMC, which is looking beyond traditional storage even as the company and most of its customers continue to rely on dedicated hardware platforms. Also on Monday, EMC is introducing ViPR 2.0, an update to its storage virtualization and management software, while rolling out a data-protection appliance for midsize customers under the Data Domain line.

EMC says the ECS Appliance is as easy to use as public cloud storage […]

Afraid of the cloud? How to handle your fears

By |May 11th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Tech News|

Computerworld – A study released this week shows that 73% of IT executives believe cloud providers are hiding performance problems.

Industry analysts say IT professionals are smart to be cautious, but added that they need to do their homework and ask the right questions before selecting a vendor.

“I don’t know if it’s a matter of distrust,” said Jagdish Rebello, an analyst with IHS. “They are wary of the hype. The enterprise IT folks are being very, very cautious about their migration to the cloud. They see the cost benefits but when they look at reliability and security, there is essentially a fear of going wholeheartedly to the cloud.”

Enterprises are still fairly new to the cloud computing phenomenon, but have long read headlines about cloud outages and security breaches, which, said Rebello, is enough to make any executive nervous.

“I’m not […]

Public cloud market ready for ‘hypergrowth’ period

By |May 9th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing|

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April 24, 2014 03:33 PM ET

Computerworld – The public cloud market is set for what one analyst firm calls “hypergrowth.”

The global public cloud market is expected to hit $191 billion by 2020, according to a report released today by Forrester Research. That’s a 20% jump from Forrester’s last forecast, which was released in April, 2011, that predicted the market would be $160 billion by 2020.

It’s also a big jump from where the market is today — Forrester says the market stood at $58 billion at the end of 2013.

“You need to update your forecast to keep up with reality,” said Andrew Bartels, an analyst with Forrester. “Now we have a new set of numbers to work with. One of the key trends behind this is that the cloud is starting to shift from a complement to a replacement for existing technology.”

Breaking down the public […]