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AWS makes a huge change to its cloud pricing

The cloud market leader – Amazon Web Services, on Monday, made a significant move to charge its customers by the seconds rather than by the hour for use of its EC2- the prime computing engine at the core of Amazon Web Services. AWS that was launched in 2006, used to charge for its services by the hour. But Alphabet’s Google, introduced in 2013, came in competition with AWS which started charging by the minute, with a 10-minute minimum. Later, Microsoft also introduced its Azure services and things became difficult for AWS. And now Amazon is making a good comeback by becoming even more granular with charging just by seconds, with a one-minute minimum. “Today, services like AWS Lambda prove that we can do a lot of useful work in a short time. Many of our customers are dreaming up...

VMware AWS partnership to promote hybrid cloud adoption

VMware announced the general availability of VMware cloud on AWS, at the VMware’s big annual conference in Las Vegas. With the availability of VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware customers get the ability to enjoy the cloud computing benefits without shelling out anything extra for any data center management software of VMware. The two companies had actually announced this partnership about an year ago. With this, VMware’s Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) has been brought to the AWS cloud, which enables the users to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, along with optimized access to AWS services. The goal of the partnership is to seamlessly extend the VMware’s environment from the enterprise data center to AWS. VMw...

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...

“We Provide Constant Visibility Into a Company’s Cloud Spending”- Mat Ellis, Cloudability

Self-service, one of the greatest features cloud computing, makes lives of enterprises jumping on the cloud bandwagon easier in more than one ways. It makes it possible for them to have software, security, infrastructure and many other full-blown enterprise-capable applications up and running in minutes. All their website data could sit in the cloud on infrastructure they don’t even own or operate. But such ease-of-use and flexibility also brings with it less visibility of resources, less control over computing, unintended expenses and ballooned bills. A big majority of companies are unaware of the services and resources deployed by them that they don’t even need or aren’t properly utilizing. Large number of workloads, lax monitoring and lack of usage alert thresholds lea...

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...

CloudVelocity Releases One Hybrid Cloud software; Raises $13 Million in Series B Funding

CloudVelocity today announced release of  its One Hybrid Cloud software  that enables enterprises to accelerate cloud adoption and  makes AWS a secure and seamless extension of enterprise data centers. CloudVelocity has also  announced  that it has closed $13 million in Series B funding, bringing the total raised to $18 million, in a funding round  led by Third Point Ventures, along with the participation of Pelion Venture Partners and previous investor Mayfield Fund. “We are excited to have Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners join Mayfield Fund as investors, as we work together to address the massive market opportunity in enterprise cloud computing,” said Rajeev Chawla, Chief Executive Officer, CloudVelocity. With today’s launch of One Hybrid Cloud, we are significantly reduc...

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, ...

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...

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 ...

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