Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie: Why the conversation needs to change in the cloud arena

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Sipping a coffee outside the hubbub of Cloud Expo Europe, Matthew Finnie, chief technical officer at virtual data centre provider Interoute, has something on his mind.

The vast majority of the activity going on in the ExCeL arena, he surmises, will be vendors pitching their position. Nothing unusual with that at a trade show, you might say, but Finnie wants the conversations to go one step further.

“I think one of the things we’re hoping for is people start to put two and two...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

Severalnines: Mixing DevOps with database management and going its own way

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Sweden-based database management provider Severalnines is an interesting company. Its name would suggest SLAs but the firm, with approximately 7000 users, supports MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB among others and enables businesses to support both SQL and NoSQL open source databases in the cloud or on-premise.

Yet the way Severalnines has built its success is of most interest. Instead of going cap in hand to VCs and building up cash without going near making a profit, Severalnines has...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, OpenSource, SLA.

Off-The-Shelf Technology Sparks Maker Space Race

Using an Intel Galileo microcontroller, a Styrofoam cooler and other do-it-yourself components, technology analyst Jamel Tayeb launched an odyssey to prove the space race is for anyone.

A few days before Elon Musk called off the launch of SpaceX’s AsiaSat 6 to “review all potential failure modes and contingencies again,” another inventor reaching for space sent his makeshift spacecraft 97,000 feet into near space, where it cracked through the Earth’s stratosphere before landing in an...

By Richard Potts, 16 March 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Hardware, OpenSource.

Red Hat snipes at VMware, calls cloud vision “fundamentally flawed”

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Open cloud provider Red Hat has hit out at end user computing giant VMware in a blog post, describing its recently outlined hybrid cloud vision as “appealing” but “fundamentally flawed in implementation.”

The post, written by Red Hat cloud product strategy general manager Bryan Che, argues VMware’s vSphere and virtualisation technology is not as effective at scaling out cloud apps compared to OpenStack, adding that while you can run both cloud-native and...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Federal agencies like the cloud – but aren’t ready to commit yet

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A new report from government IT network MeriTalk has assessed how federal agencies are keen on the concept of cloud computing, but are reticent to migrate their full IT estate over for the moment.

This is not to say federal firms aren’t completely against the idea, however. Nearly one in five (19%) of the 150 respondents say they deliver more than a quarter of their agency’s IT services through the cloud. The most popular choice to move was email (50%), followed by web...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Sovereignty, Government, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Google announces Cloud Monitoring in beta for Cloud Platform and AWS customers

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Google has announced its Cloud Monitoring service, which tracks usage and uptime for Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services customers, is now in beta availability.

The announcement comes just days after the search giant released Cloud Trace, which allows developers to create reports on their app’s performance issues by finding traces of slow requests.

First announced at Google I/O last year,...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

The importance of DevOps when deploying with AWS

The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development paradigm, “DevOps”, which builds on several principles of agile development, lean manufacturing, Kaizen and other continuous improvement processes, can be invaluable.

Companies that operate in the cloud are already familiar with the need for speed in...

By Logicworks, 17 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Developers, OpenSource.

Four ways OpenStack improves enterprise IT

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Industry discussion around the role OpenStack can play in the enterprise remains rife - given its open source nature, it is still viewed with suspicion by a number of businesses. When taking a closer look at how the industry is using OpenStack, however, it becomes clear that there are plenty of examples to prove OpenStack can be used in an enterprise IT context. This means that now is the time to move the discussion forward, and look at how OpenStack...

By SolidFire, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource.

Open source cloud: Exploring the commercial applications

During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress - with the help of their partners - towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives.

We've also learned how these progressive technology users are pioneering changes in their own organisations - enabling them to become more competitive in the Global Networked Economy.

The OpenStack Summit 2014 opened with a...

By David H Deans, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Virtualisation.