Virtualization and the emergence of private cloud computing provide today’s organizations with powerful new ways to provide business groups with the computing and infrastructure resources they need—more quickly and cost-effectively than ever before. For many business groups, virtual machines (VMs) can provide precisely the resources they require without those groups having to jump through the hoops associated with gaining access to the same resources delivered through a physical infrastructure. Both the IT team and the business organization benefit from the absence of physical infrastructure, the elimination of long approval and purchasing cycles, and the speed with which virtual resources can
Working Together to Deliver the Cloud If you had any notion of not taking the cloud seriously for your business, your assumptions will certainly be challenged this year. This week alone has seen two significant developments that have boosted the visibility (if not the viability) of the cloud. First, there was Microsoft’s purchase of Internet telephony company Skype for $8.5 billion. There is a lot of speculation on whether this was a good business move for Microsoft, but regardless of how it turns out, it’s clear that Microsoft is betting big on the cloud as platform instead of Windows exclusively.
Fujitsu Rolls Out Global Cloud Computing Platform in North America Fujitsu launching free, three-month beta trial of Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering beginning May 31 Sunnyvale, CALIF. – May 24, 2011 – Fujitsu today announced the North American roll-out of its proven Global Cloud Platform, already launched in Japan, Australia, Singapore and UK. The Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform will be launched as a free beta trial of the Fujitsu Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, beginning May 31 and ending on August 31. As the world’s third-largest IT services provider, Fujitsu is well positioned to provide enterprise class, secure and highly available compute, storage, and network
Zumasys Delivers VMware & NetApp Cloud Services Zumasys has achieved both VMware vCloud Power status and the NetApp Gold Service Provider designation. Specializing in migrating custom software applications to the Cloud Zumasys claims that it is the first provider to achieve this status. The company is also gone live with production workload at the SuperNAP Data Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and is leveraging NetApp Flash Cache and Cisco Nexus Datacenter Switches. Zumasys has also announced a brand new resource pool-based pricing model that is built on VMware’s vCloud Director architecture. Businesses running custom applications can use this model to
Auto scaling strategies for Windows Azure, Amazon’s EC2 and other cloud platforms The strategies discussed in this article can be applied to any cloud platform that has an ability to dynamically provision compute resources, even though I rely on examples from AzureWatch auto scaling and monitoring service for Windows Azure The topic of auto scaling is an extremely important one when it comes to architecting cloud-based systems. The major premise of cloud computing is its utility based approach to on-demand provisioning and de-provisioning of resources while paying only for what has been consumed. It only makes sense to give the matter of
Launch of the Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Just a few years back, everything from health records to appointment scheduling was accessed and updated by development and maintenance of some on-site technology in almost all the healthcare organizations. And now, of late, SaaS has emerged as a pattern changer and gained immense popularity in the health sciences sector leading to widespread use of cloud computing services. It has certainly spread its roots firmly in the health sector by reflecting a good number of unprecedented advantages. Oracle/Oracle Health Services Oracle has been the front-runner in health sciences with almost all big U.S.