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Over the last several weeks I have been having some interesting conversations in regards to standardizing cloud based API's. As you know I am a big proponent of the concept of semantic cloud abstraction. Our Unified Cloud Interface project (UCI) has attracted more then 350 members in a little over a month. Before I get into my latest scheme, I want to assure you I still feel that a singular cloud abstraction interface that can encompass the entire infrastructure stack as well as emerging cloud centric technologies through a semantic application interface is truly the future of cloud computing. We hope to have a functional UCI demo ready for presentation at the upcoming Wall Street Interoperability Forum, so stay tuned for more news on that front. I'm also realistic, most users who have deployed to the cloud have written their applications specifically for the Amazon... (more)

Social Hacktivists Take Down Iranian Government Websites

Something interesting happen this past weekend in the new world of cyber warfare. More specifically, the emergence of the social web as the key tool in what can only be described as the first cyber revolution. Yes, I know this sounds crazy, so let me explain. Over the weekend the Iranian opposition coordinated a series of cyber attacks that successfully managed to prevent access to several pro-Ahmadinejad Iranian web sites, including the President’s homepage. Currently the attack is on going with a good portion of the key Iranian governments websites either offline or loading very slowly. What's interesting about these series of attacks is how they were organized in realtime using twitter as well other social tools. The attacks rely on the a so called people’s information warfare concept first described by Dancho Danchev in 2007. Generally the concept goes like this; ... (more)

Nexenta Guest Blog: Hardware, Software, what about Valueware?

Greg Schulz wrote a great piece on "Valueware", and I wanted to syndicate it here. He frames it in terms of "TrueValue Hardware", a place where I spend a decent amount of money. He rightly urges vendors to consider the Value of what they are providing. So, Here it is: I am surprised nobody has figured out how to use the term valueware to describe their hardware, software or services solutions, particular around cloud, big data, little data, converged solutionstacks or bundles, virtualization and related themes. Cloud and virtualization building blocks transformed into Valueware Note that I’m referring to IT hardware and not what you would usually find at a TrueValue hardware store (disclosure, I like to shop there for things to innovate with and address the non IT to do project list). For the rest of the blog, see: http://bit.ly/SY35Os ... (more)

Redmond Magazine Readers Name VMware Desktop and Server Virtualization Products 'Best of the Best'

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today announced that Redmond magazine readers have named VMware Workstation the best desktop virtualization product and VMware Server the best server virtualization product, marking the fourth consecutive year that VMware products have been honored by Redmond. Past recognition by Redmond includes the Editors' Choice, Most Valuable Product, "Products We Love!" and Readers' Choice Awards. "Customer feedback is the most effective way to judge a product's relevance to the market," said Dan Chu, vice president of emerging products and markets at VMware. "Receiving these top awards directly from Redmond readers demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality products and validates the choice made by the in... (more)

Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processor-Based Systems Now Available from Sun Microsystems

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced enterprise customers now have more choices for rack-mount and blade systems based upon Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors with the launch of eight new innovative servers from Sun Microsystems. All systems are specifically designed to take advantage of the enhanced power management and virtualization capabilities offered with Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and the overall system efficiency and scalability of AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture. “Sun uniquely delivers some of the most innovative and high performing server platforms available,” said Randy Allen, senior vice president, Computing Solutions Group, AMD. “We think our shared customers will experience outstanding energy efficiency and a low total cost of ownership on server platforms designed to deliver all the benefits of Quad-Core AMD Opteron pr... (more)

Zenith Infotech Shows Technology Solution Providers How to Side-Step Security Threats in Springfield, Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Roughly 60 percent of virtualized servers are expected to be less secure than their physical server counterparts, according to a recent Garter Inc. study. While virtualization itself is not inherently insecure, the methods through which virtualized workloads are deployed can be. However, with proper training and more advanced tools and processes, these issues can be averted. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091228/LA30713LOGO) Zenith Infotech is teaching its partners how to design, develop and deploy highly secure cloud solutions to small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) during a technology open house Wednesday, March 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Marriott, located at 2 Boland Way. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sponsored by Zenith Infotech and Autotask, the event, one of 124 schedu... (more)

CA Technologies Reaches VCE Product Certification Milestone

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced that 25 software offerings are now certified by VCE to run on Vblock™ Systems, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting converged infrastructure platforms. The 13 new certified offerings include several security products, as well as additional unified automation, service assurance and virtualization products, joining the list of 12 certified offerings announced earlier this year. CA Technologies Vblock Ready™ offerings allow customers to accelerate private cloud deployments and time-to-market for new business services while containing costs. Customers can also reduce risk by opting for fully tested and integrated CA Technologies offerings with official certification from VCE. “As organizations move to the cloud at a rapid clip, converged infrastructure options, such as VCE’s Vblock Systems, can signif... (more)

LogicMonitor Introduces Integrations With Puppet Labs and Atlassian's HipChat at PuppetConf 2013

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/13 -- LogicMonitor, the leading cloud-based IT infrastructure performance monitoring solution, today announced new IT automation capabilities along with key monitoring integrations with Puppet Labs' technologies and Atlassian HipChat to further enhance its platform for use by Software Development and IT Operations teams. The new features and integrations are to be unveiled in conjunction with the firm's sponsorship of PuppetConf 2013. LogicMonitor's latest integrations are with Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, and Atlassian's HipChat, a private chat service for companies and teams. Integration with Puppet Labs allows users of both products to configure, deploy and manage their performance monitoring directly from Puppet Labs' popular configuration management tool. Integration with Atlassian's H... (more)

ESG Lab Validates Avere’s Data Movement and Disaster Recovery Capabilities in NAS Environments

Avere Systems, the leader in network-attached storage (NAS) optimization, today announced that ESG Lab has validated the performance of the newest functionality of its industry-leading FXT Edge Filers. This hands-on testing report confirms the power of Avere’s FlashMove and FlashMirror features, which make transparent data migration and replication effortless across heterogeneous NAS arrays in local as well as remote environments. ESG Tests Avere with NAS Devices from EMC and NetApp In testing, ESG Lab accessed data residing on different NAS devices, including NetApp and EMC Isilon, and created a cloud-based target for disaster recovery. The report highlights how the Avere global namespace and data migration capabilities give administrators the ability to easily add, remove and manage storage devices from multiple vendors and replicate data from one site to another.... (more)

Zerto Virtual Replication 3.0 Now Available for Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Zerto, rapidly becoming the standard for disaster recovery in cloud and virtualized environments, today announced the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) 3.0, the industry’s first disaster recovery solution built for public, private and hybrid clouds. In addition to enterprise-class RPO and RTO, simplicity and scalability – key features of Zerto’s core technology – ZVR 3.0 includes new functionality for effective disaster recovery, data protection and workload migration and mobility. ZVR 3.0 is a “software-defined disaster recovery” (SDDR) offering; the hypervisor-based replication solution decouples DR from storage hardware. Eliminates barriers to entry for large-scale cloud adoption Selected by a global network of more than 100 Cloud Service Providers, ZVR enables production workloads to easily leverage the benefits of hybrid and public cloud... (more)

VMware Unleashes Horizon(TM) 6 -- Delivering Published Applications and Virtual Desktops on a Single Integrated Platform

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/14 -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced VMware Horizon™ 6, an integrated solution that delivers published applications and desktops on a single platform. Horizon 6 becomes the industry's most comprehensive desktop solution with centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications and employee-owned PCs. "Customers want to transform their applications and enterprise desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era -- extending access to employees on any device, from anywhere via a comprehensive solution that is simple, secure and cost effective," said Sumit Dhawan, vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware. "VMware Horizon™ 6 addresses these ... (more)