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Despite revenue decline, Cisco fights back with new acquisition and plans for product extensions

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash. The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base. Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion. The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year). Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perfor...

AWS joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation to support open-source containerization projects

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced joining Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum member. The news broke out exactly two weeks after its arch competitor Microsoft made news by signing up with CNCF as a platinum member. By making this move, AWS confirms its commitment to support open-source projects that help developers build applications and easily run them on AWS or other supporting cloud platforms. “As the largest cloud provider, AWS brings years of experience in enabling enterprises to successfully adopt cloud computing and enormous expertise in cloud native technologies,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. He added further, “We are honored to have AWS join CNCF as a platinum member, and believe that their participation ...

The U.S. Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose $22 to $35 billion as a Result of PRISM Exposé

The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefits, according to the statistics revealed by the latest report of the Information Technology and Innovation foundation (ITIF). If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government, then maybe they won’t trust U.S.cloud providers either. If I am right, there are multibillion-euro consequences...

6fusion Launches The UC6 Meter for Amazon; Enables Cost Comparison of AWS Against Other Providers

6fusion today released  UC6 Meter for Amazon to open beta enabling customers to quantify and compare resource utilization and costs in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to any other public and private IT infrastructure. The ability to normalize metering for Amazon is the basis for Amazon users to create an apples-to-apples comparison with other infrastructure suppliers for the first time. 6fusion allows all suppliers to compete openly on a clear price-to-value ratio. – Rob Bissett, SVP Product Management, 6fusion. Some of the key features of the UC6 Meter for Amazon are: It  leverages 6fusion’s Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) as a normalizing metric. It is built on 6fusion’s Open Market Framework and  utilizes the flexible architecture designed to separate the infrastructure layer from 6fusion’s me...

PRISM Exposé Boosts Swiss Data Center Revenues

The stringent laws which govern Swiss banks are derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation, and now – thanks to the PRISM scandal – the country is fast becoming the ideal location for those turning their back on the cloud. Recent leaks of the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program have sparked growing concern over data privacy, with implications for global corporations using US-controlled cloud services, such as AWS, Azure and Dropbox. As a result, businesses are now turning to Switzerland for their data hosting needs. Swiss ‘private’ hosting companies are seeing huge growth because privacy in Switzerland is enshrined in law. As the country is outside of the EU, it is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, ...

Logicworks Launches Managed AWS Cloud Service For Both New and Existing AWS Users

Logicworks today launched managed support for clients who’re using or plan to use  Amazon Web Services. The new Managed AWS service brings together  the elasticity, scalability, and unlimited resources of AWS cloud and system administrators, cloud engineers, and network technicians of  Logicworks. Logicworks helps IT organizations deploy applications on AWS while also assuming the responsibility of babysitting, automating, and optimizing their infrastructure so that they can focus on their applications. – Kenneth Ziegler, CEO, Logicworks. Some of the salient features of Logicworks Managed AWS service are: Application Rationalization: Logicworks’ project-based consulting service assists companies’ IT operation in developing the right cloud computing strategy for their busi...

Google Opens Up Compute Engine For Developers; Upgrades App Engine and Launches Google Cloud Datastore

Google today announced public availability of   Google Compute Engine, a  part of the Google Cloud Platform unveiled last year at Google I/O developer’s conference. The company has also completed ISO 27001:2005 international security certification for Compute Engine, Google App Engine, and Google Cloud Storage. Over the last year we have continued our focus on feature enhancement and developer experience. Our developers inspire us everyday, and we can’t wait to see what you build next. – Urs Hölzle, SVP, Google. Public Availability of  Compute Engine In a move  supposedly made to compete with  Amazon Web Services and its Elastic Compute Cloud in the cloud infrastructure market, Google has also added new features and significant upgrades to Compute Engine, including  by-the-minute cha...

Equinix Expands AWS Direct Connect service to Seattle Data Centers SE2 and SE3

Nearly two months after announcing  availability of NetApp Private Storage for AWS in its Datacenters, Equinix  today expanded the AWS Direct Connect service to its IBX data centers in Seattle, SE2 and SE3. The announcement comes with the launch event  of Equinix’s new Washington, D.C. data center DC11. The company has released a new infographic  on the DC 11 facility drawing some very interesting analogies to show the state-of-the-art infrastructure that is in place. (Please see at the end of the post.) AWS Direct Connect helps customers reduce network costs and  increase throughput by establishing a private network connection between their infrastructure and  Amazon Web Services. By leveraging AWS Direct Connect inside Equinix data centers, customers can take advantage of the cost ...

OpenKM Teams with Standing Cloud; Brings Open Source Web-based Document Management to Cloud

OpenKM, a leading developer of open source, web-based enterprise document management solutions, has announced the launch of OpenKM Cloud, a new cloud-based offering that makes deploying and managing OpenKM fast, simple and affordable in the cloud. The ability to offer instant cloud hosting and automated back-ups of OpenKM to our reseller partners, small business users and enterprise customers enables us to reach markets faster and more efficiently than we could with just downloads. For OpenKM Cloud offers all the benefits of SaaS, without having to rewrite code or invest in hardware or infrastructure, and Standing Cloud made it easy for us. – Gaspar Palmer, General Manager, OpenKM. OpenKM Cloud, built on technology from Standing Cloud, a leading provider of cloud marketplace and management...

Enonic Teams with Standing Cloud; Brings Open Source Enonic CMS Community Edition to Cloud

March 5, 2013 – Boulder, CO – Enonic, developers of Enonic CMS, a leading Java-based software platform for business-critical, innovative web solutions, today announced the launch of Enonic Cloud Hosting, a new cloud-based offering that makes hosting and evaluating Enonic CMS Community Edition fast, simple and affordable in the cloud. Being able to offer instant cloud hosting for Enonic CMS through Standing Cloud enables us to reach markets faster and more efficiently than we could with just downloads. – Thomas Lund Sigdestad, CTO, Enonic. Built on technology from Standing Cloud, a leading provider of cloud marketplace and management solutions for cloud providers and ISVs, Enonic Cloud Hosting brings choice, flexibility and easy point-and-click deployment and management to Enonic CMS, deliv...

Jelastic Hosting Partners Guarantee Tech Support Performance

The need for tech support SLAs is one of the top demands we’ve been hearing from customers. We´re delighted to see our partners at the cutting edge of the hosting industry in offering such competitive policies. –Dmitry Sotnikov, COO, Jelastic. Two hosting partners of Jelastic Inc., provider of the ultra scalable and interoperable Java and PHP cloud hosting platform of the same name, have begun formally guaranteeing the performance of their tech support operations. The partners, dogado Internet GmBH of Germany and Layershift Limited of the U.K., have introduced Service Level Agreements (SLAs) guaranteeing prompt technical support response times. These policies represent a sharp improvement over the current status quo in the cloud hosting industry. The news comes a week after Jelastic ...

CloudFlare Releases V 3.3.3 of Railgun; Offers Hosting Customers One-Click Dynamic Caching

The Web Performance & Security Company CloudFlare  yesterday announced  that its next generation web optimization protocol, Railgun, is now free and one-click simple on 30 of the world’s largest hosting providers including VEXXHOST, MediaTemple,  Softcloud Hosting, x10Hosting, Namecheap,  040hosting, A2 Hosting, DreamHost, BlueHost, CoreCommerce, FastDomain etc. Railgun goes beyond what traditional performance boosting technology has provided, making even highly dynamic content load faster than ever before. – Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, CloudFlare. The company has also announced the release of Railgun 3.3.3 which has been tested on high-traffic sites and has run billions of requests in a number of different environments through the new protocol. To make the process of ins...

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