Tools that benchmark performance promise to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of competing cloud providers. New software developed to measure the performance of different cloud computing platforms could make it easier for prospective users to figure out which of these increasingly popular services is right for them. Right now, developers have little means of comparing cloud providers, which lease access to computing power based in vast and distant data centers. Until actually migrating their software to a cloud service, they can’t know exactly how fast that service will perform calculations, retrieve data, or respond to sudden spikes in demand. But
SAN ANTONIO, Jul 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Rackspace(R) Hosting (RAX 16.64, -0.66, -3.82%) today announced the launch of OpenStack(TM), an open-source cloud platform designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability. Rackspace, the leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers public-cloud offerings to the OpenStack project. The project will also incorporate technology that powers the NASA Nebula Cloud Platform. Rackspace and NASA plan to actively collaborate on joint technology development and leverage the efforts of open-source software developers worldwide. “Modern scientific computation
Microsoft software and services empower service provider partners to deliver enterprise-class solutions to small and midsize businesses. WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – This week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Microsoft Corp. is highlighting market opportunities for hosting and communications service providers as adoption of cloud services among small and midsize business (SMBs) continues to rise. Microsoft is helping service providers take advantage of those opportunities through its software, services and programs that enable them to become trusted advisors and full-service IT providers to businesses. “Microsoft sees service providers becoming more important as the cloud becomes more predominant. Given
Jul 13, 2010 08:00 ET 3PAR’s Plug-In for VMware® VAAI, Support for VMware vSphereTM 4.1 Strengthen Foundation for the Cloud FREMONT, CA–(Marketwire – July 13, 2010) – 3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today full support for VMware vSphere™ 4.1 and the development of a new 3PAR plug-in for VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). Already a leader in providing storage for cloud computing environments, 3PAR is working with VMware to support VAAI in order to deliver advanced server and storage virtualization capabilities to improve virtual infrastructure performance, agility, and scalability for public and
BusinessWire · Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010 Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, a new instance type specifically designed for high-performance computing (HPC) applications and other demanding network-bound applications. Customers with complex computational workloads such as tightly coupled parallel processes, or with applications sensitive to network performance, can now achieve the same high compute and networking performance provided by custom-built infrastructure while benefiting from the elasticity, flexibility and cost advantages of Amazon EC2. To get started using Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, visit http://aws.amazon.com. Prior to Cluster Compute Instances for
WASHINGTON — July 12, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and eBay [NASDAQ: EBAY] today announced that eBay will be one of the first customers of Microsoft’s new Windows Azure platform appliance for cloud computing. The partnership is a significant joint engineering effort that will couple the innovation and power of the Windows Azure platform appliance with the technical excellence of eBay’s platform — to deliver an automated, scalable, cost-effective capacity management solution. Microsoft also announced the limited production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance, the first turnkey cloud platform for large service providers and enterprises to deploy in their own
ST. LOUIS, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Savvis, Inc. (Nasdaq: SVVS), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today announced that it plans to release its second quarter 2010 financial results before the market opens on Monday, July 26, 2010. Company executives will host a financial analyst call at 10 a.m. EDT that morning, to discuss second quarter earnings and to provide a general business update. The dial-in number for financial analysts in North America is (866) 835-8906 or (703) 639-1413 for international analysts. To participate, please dial in a few minutes before the scheduled time.
TOKYO (Nikkei)–Fujitsu Ltd. (FJTSY, 6702.TO) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will share data centers worldwide in a bid to catch up to Google Inc. (GOOG) and other pioneers in the business of providing software and computing services online, the Nikkei reported Friday. The effort will combine Microsoft software with Fujitsu customer service to speed both firms’ expansion into cloud computing. Fujitsu operates 90 or so data centers in 16 countries. As early as this year, it will begin hosting Microsoft cloud services at its Tatebayashi center in Gunma Prefecture. It plans to do the same at locations in the U.S., the