The Open Compute Project gets down to business

Karen Liu, Principal Analyst, Components

Open Compute Summit V, held last week, was a birthday party for open source hardware. The movement seeks to map lessons learned from open source software to the hardware world. Open Compute Project (OCP) has grown beyond serving the unique needs of its hyperscale founders and playing in the sandbox of open source architecture.

This year’s announcements got down to business, with designs adapted to fit more traditional enterprises. The goal is no longer just to...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, OpenSource.

Rackspace CEO retires, claims time “as good as any” to step down

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is to retire after eight years heading up the open cloud provider, with co-founder Graham Weston stepping back into the breach on an interim basis.

Weston, who was chief exec from 1999 to 2006, said in a blog post that “what we build from here, we will build on the shoulders of a giant.”

In a conference call with analysts, Napier noted that “now is as good a time as any” for him to step aside, citing...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource.

SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner on MariaDB, MySQL and why structured data won’t go away

Patrik Sallner, the CEO of Finnish database proprietor SkySQL, wants to make something clear. His company’s latest product, MariaDB Enterprise, was not designed with a certain Redwood-based relational database provider in mind.

“We’re not specifically targeting Oracle or anybody else here,” he tells CloudTech. “We’re just making an offering available which we clearly know there’s a strong demand for.”

This appears to be the company line, although other tech outlets, from

By James Bourne, 29 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Interview, OpenSource.

Verizon teams up with Oracle, offers middleware for beta cloud

Tech giants Verizon and Oracle have announced a partnership whereby customers can use Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon’s cloud.

“This deal represents two market leaders coming together to create a compelling cloud offering that will help enterprises succeed in a highly competitive market environment,” Oracle president Mark Hurd trumpeted in a statement.

He added: “Combining Verizon’s unique enterprise experience and capabilities with Oracle’s best in...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, OpenSource, PaaS, SaaS .

Oracle announces sponsorship of OpenStack Foundation

Tech giant Oracle has announced corporate sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation, clearing the path for integration between the open source software and its various clouds.

The Redwood firm plans to integrate a huge amount of its products into the OpenStack technology, including Oracle’s virtual machine, its infrastructure as a service, as well as its Exalogic elastic cloud, its storage and its compute cloud.

Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at Oracle, said in a statement: “Oracle is...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, OpenSource, Trends.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public.

LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things

LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.

The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.

LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hardware, Infrastructure, OpenSource, PaaS, Scalability.

Open cloud: Creating new opportunities for enterprise storage

An open cloud must have freely accessible, open application programming interfaces (APIs), the freedom to move data between providers at will and no on-site hardware requirement, according to Alex Williams writing at TechCrunch. 

And an open cloud is federated, meaning that your organization can move data, images and files across multiple cloud environments at will.

These factors make the cloud a perfect platform for storage...

By Rackspace, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, Storage.

Why MaaS (Model as a Service) is the emerging solution for Open Data

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at the most, to the requirement for attributes and sharealikes (Open Software Service Definition – OSSD).

As a consequence, Open Data should create value and might have a positive impact in many different areas such as government (tax money expenditure), health (medical research, hospital acceptance by pathology), quality of life (air breathed in our city, pollution) or might influence public decisions like investments,...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Government, OpenSource.

Gartner: cloud, mobility, open source at heart of app dev market

According to analyst house Gartner, the global app development market is going to hit £5.7 billion ($9bn) by the end of the year, a 1.7% upturn on 2011.

As their latest report, entitled ‘Market Trends: Application Development Software Worldwide’ notes, this will come as a result of the cloud significantly altering the landscape in terms of deploying, designing and testing apps.

Asheesh Raina, Gartner principal research analyst, said: “Application modernisation and increasing agility...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Mobility, OpenSource.

Rackspace looks further to the cloud after strong results

Rackspace has announced that they are incorporating their commitment to open source cloud into their official company branding.

The hosting provider is using the tagline “the open cloud company” as part of its logo, reaffirming their belief in the cloud.

This comes after their strong second quarter results for 2012, which included a yearly increase of 29% on net revenue, up to $319 million (£204.1m), up 5.9% from the previous quarter.

Rackspace’s net income grew 43% year on year to...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, VMware.

HP's Cloud Object SLA: 99.95% uptime or your money back

The cloud uptime debate rumbles on with Hewlett Packard promising their Cloud Object storage service will have at least 99.95% availability, with customers receiving service credits if it’s down.

The credits, as one would expect, increase the longer the cloud is down.

Customers who experience between 99.95% and 99.9% uptime get 5% of their bill credited; anything above 99.5% gets one tenth credited; while 99.0% gets one fifth of their bill back and if the Object Cloud is down more than 1% of the time,...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, SLA, Storage.

Wrong strategy: 5 ways not to compete with Amazon AWS

These days, it seems that the whole world is gunning for Amazon.

Who can argue with the success of their on-line retail ventures, Kindle franchise, and of course AWS? 

The secret to Amazon’s success is their ability to tune out the noise and focus on innovating, disrupting and creating new markets.  Here’s five reasons how not to compete with Amazon AWS:

1) Imitation is the sincerest form of...

By Zenoss, 04 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Storage.

Will CliQr end fears of cloud vendor lock-in?

As the Google I/O conference gets underway in San Francisco, a Google-backed start-up has launched a cloud solution which aims to eradicate vendor lock-in.

Cloud management providers CliQr Technologies has launched CloudCenter, a product which “enables applications to get to and fluidly move between clouds with optimal price-performance and without migration disruption and expense”.

The product will have an official unveiling at the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Security, Vendors.

HP brings out public beta cloud on pay-as-you-go

Hewlett Packard has released its first public beta cloud services with over 40 companies publicly supporting the move.

The company announced that its three services – HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network – were to be made available through a pay-as-you-go system after the free beta ended last week.

HP stated that their goal was to “enable developers, independent software vendors and enterprises of all sizes to build the next generation of web...

By James Bourne, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, PaaS, Public.

My Favourite Open Source Software

I have a love-frustration relationship with open-source software. I could never say I hate it, because I don’t. I am however painfully aware of not only how many bad open-projects are out there, but how many almost-great ones there are that come tantalizingly close to making the grade.

We still haven’t reached the point, for example, where you can put a Linux desktop in the hands of the average consumer without good Sysadmin backup. Contrast that with the millions upon millions of windows systems...

By Arthur Hicken, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Developers, Industry, OpenSource, Trends.