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IBM Closes SoftLayer Acquisition; Partners With Flow to Provide Real Time Integrated Data Solutions

IBM has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies for an undisclosed amount. IBM entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer a month back in a bid to  strengthen its  position in cloud computing. IBM has also announced that Flow, Inc will now stream its real-time data analytics based on IBM SmartCloud and the SoftLayer technology platform. IBM plans to provide clients with real-time integrated solutions based on Flow, the  SoftLayer technology and IBM SmartCloud, which will enable them to  send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business. We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized. Real-time performance is at the heart of our v...

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...

IBM Buys Cloud-Computing Firm SoftLayer; Forms New Cloud Services Division

IBM  is  buying SoftLayer for an undisclosed amount in a bid to  strengthen its  position in cloud computing. The acquisition is expected to close  following customary closing conditions including regulatory clearances by Q3 of 2013. While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is  weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services  for a broader range of  clients, including SMBs. The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing. IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cit...

Amazon Web Services Reduces EC2 prices up to 27 percent

Amazon has reduced pricing for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) reserved instances running Linux/Unix, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Rat Hat Enterprise Linux up to 27%. According to the official announcement by the company, the prices are being reduced for new EC2 Reserved Instances running Linux/UNIX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server by up to 27%. This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. More specifically, AWS will automatically provide customers with additional savings when they have more than $250,000 in active upfront Reserved Instance fees. With this price reduction, Reserved Instances will provide savings of up to 65% in comparison to On-Demand instances. Here are the ...

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...

Amazon Recovers from Cloud Computing Service Outage That Affected Netflix and Heroku

Amazon Web Services has now  recovered from the latest major outage for cloud computing service, that spanned Christmas eve and  affected large customers, including Netflix and Heroku. We reported the news yesterday and provided constant updates as NetFlix’s Customer care tried to solve the issue . This was the second AWS-related outage in six months for Netflix, one of Amazon’s most sophisticated customers, which noted on its Twitter feed that it was “terrible timing.” The streaming video service gradually restored service to different devices throughout the night, but it wasn’t until 9 a.m. Pacific on Christmas morning – more than 19 hours after the incident began – that Netflix reported full recovery.   The problems , it seems, was with Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) service...

Netflix Faces Downtime Just Prior to Christmas Eve

UPDATE: Netflix is up and running again! Very agile customer support. Here is wishing everyone a wonderful holiday! Netflix, one of the most popular movie streaming websites faced downtime just prior to christmas eve. This was confirmed by the company via Twitter. Netflix says the downtime was caused by service interruptions to Amazon Web Services. Netflix users reported not being able to access the service this afternoon, with Netflix offering apologies via Twitter, writing “We’re sorry for the Christmas Eve outage. Terrible timing! Engineers are working on it now” at about 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. According to Netflix Engineer Adrian Cockcroft, posting on Twitter, the service was working for some users on some devices, but was unavailable for others.  “Bunch of ELBs down,” wrote Cockcroft...

Online Textbook Rental Service Launched By Amazon

Can’t buy books? Just rent it out. Students can now search the books of their interest and purchase them on the rental basis for the whole semester, saving 70% of their expenditure . Students can simply visit the the website and choose the books of their needs. They can click on the option “Rent Now” and can fulfill the payment procedure leading to the successful shipping of the books to the student’s doorway. Books will be rented on the semester basis i.e. for 130 days , the usual duration of the college semester. Students can renew books for an extra 15 days for an additional payment. An offer is also out there for the buyers, like if a student make the order of more than $25 then there will be no shipping charge. Textbook rentals and millions of other items including books, backpacks, e...

Amazon launches Brazil data centers

DAILYHOSTNEWS, December 19, 2011 – Amazon Web Services has added an eighth geographic region to its global public-cloud platform. The new region is in South America (first one on the continent), and the data centers supporting it are located in the Sao Paolo region. The region enables companies in South America and companies elsewhere that have clients in South America, run applications in data centers located there. This cuts down the latency that exists when applications are served to South America but processed elsewhere. An Amazon spokesperson said the region was being supported by data centers in two distinct locations but declined to provide any further detail about the facilities. Andy Jassy, senior VP at AWS, said many customers in South America had been using the company’s cloud s...

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