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“We Make it Easy, Fast and Economical for SMBs to Move to the Cloud”- Steve Zimba, Mural

Cloud has of late been marketed heavily as the panacea to every potential business problem. Lured by the ease-of-use and agility moving to the cloud brings in the business processes, SMBs are very eager to buy cloud services. This creates an enormous opportunity for service providers in the market, and they try to exploit it very aggressively. Only, it’s not as easy as it seems. Most SMBs find cutting through the fog and hype surrounding the cloud very difficult and struggle to get to grips with the new concept. They’re intrigued by the cloud, but also confused and wary of it. Moving to the cloud involves a very large, expensive and difficult set of problems, and SMBs simply don’t have the skill, resources and most importantly, time to understand every nuance and permutat...

“CtrlS is Asia’s Largest and India’s Only Tier IV Certified Datacenter”- Prashant, CtrlS

The opening day of the recently held WHD.India 2013 had a session titled “Reaching the next level of hosting” by Prashant Jain, Director, CtrlS. It was the last session of what had been a long exhausting day with multiple sessions lined back-to-back. Spent up with the proceedings of the day, my mind had started wondering how much booze would be too much booze to drink at the succeeding ConneXion Party so as to remain sober enough to do research work for the sessions scheduled for next day. As the emcee invited Prashant on stage, I was expecting yet another run-of-the-mill session that was titled to come across as genuinely interesting and informative, but was actually rife with product pitches of the company. What followed pleasantly surprised me. One of the only three talks ou...

Equinix announces availability of NetApp Private Storage for AWS in its Datacenters

Equinix, Inc.,the global interconnection and data center company, today announced availability of NetApp Private Storage for AWS in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers where AWS Direct Connect is deployed including the United States and Asia. The new solution enables organizations to leverage on-demand cloud compute services while retaining full control of their data; data remains secure on a private NetApp storage array. NetApp Private Storage for AWS allows organizations to balance private and public cloud resources to best meet their business needs. This enables companies to maintain control of their data, comply with the most stringent privacy and security standards, and deliver sub-5ms performance. Our partnership with Equinix puts NetApp in the perfect position to gi...

Rackspace acquires Exceptional Cloud Services; Adds Error Tracking & Redis-as-a-Service

Rackspace Hosting , the open cloud company, today announced the acquisition of  Exceptional Cloud Services and its suite of developer solutions, including error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities. The news comes a few days after Rackspace  announced major new features in its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack and supported by its own Fanatical Support services. Exceptional Cloud Services offers a deep portfolio of developer-focused tools, including: Exceptional.io – Exceptional tracks errors in over 6,000 web applications. The service reports errors in real-time and gathers the information developers need to fix them fast. Airbrake.io – Airbrake collects errors generated by other applications and aggregates the results for review. Re...

Joyent Cloud Platform Now Offers Cloudant Database as a Service

Cloudant, provider of a globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS), yesterday announced the company’s service is now available on the Joyent high-performance cloud platform to deliver a finely tuned database technology stack. Joyent designs and drives innovation into its public cloud using unique OS-based virtualization called SmartOS, which is optimized to support high-scalability applications for cloud computing. Cloudant’s move to the Joyent public cloud builds on the company’s April 2012 partnership with Joyent, marking the initial availability of Cloudant’s NoSQL DBaaS on Joyent. Today, the two companies are also launching a new multi-tenant Cloudant cluster running in the Joyent East Coast data center. Dedicated Cloudant clusters will be available in every Joyent data c...

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