Informatica Extends Hadoop Support with New Integration Platform

When it comes to integrating disparate information sources and providing master data management (MDM), Informatica is regarded as one of the leading suppliers of software to large enterprises. So it bears pointing out that as the company holds its annual Informatica World conference this week in Las Vegas, it's announcing an update to its flagship Informatica Platform that will facilitate More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/17/2012 at 9:03 AM0 comments

Startup Opstera Launches Free Cloud App Monitoring Service for Azure

Opstera, a startup company launched back in January, is launching a free cloud app monitoring tool that will initially measure the quality of service (QoS) of Microsoft's Windows Azure platform and ultimately other platform as a service (PaaS) offerings.

The Bellevue, Wash.-based company's CloudGraphs will provide continual workload tests More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/17/2012 at 1:14 PM1 comments

Red Hat Outlines Enterprise OpenShift PaaS Roadmap

Open source vendor Red Hat Wednesday said it plans to extend its platform as a service (PaaS) OpenShift operating environment to enterprises building private and hybrid clouds.

Red Hat's goal is to broaden the use of open source PaaS from early adopters -- so called "do it yourself" devops groups that have more autonomy to develop and deploy greenfield apps than many enterprises would like to see for mainstream line of business applications, where there are more IT operational controls in place. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/10/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

HP Public Cloud Service Backed by Partners

Hewlett-Packard released an open beta of its public cloud HP Cloud Services and it's already got the support of more than three dozen partners. HP Cloud Services is an Infrastructure as a Service offering targeted at enterprises, developers and ISVs who are looking for an off-premises alternative for compute and storage capacity.

Available for testing immediately is HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage (announced earlier this week) and the HP Content Delivery Network, all of which will be made available on a usage basis. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/10/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Amazon Web Services Conference Aimed at Partners, Developers

Amazon Web Services will hold its first conference aimed at bringing partners, customers and the AWS team together. Amazon will hold "AWS re: Invent 2012" on Nov. 27 to 29 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Targeted at developers, enterprise IT and startups, the conference will consist of over 100 sessions, though the company has not announced specific content.

According to the preliminary conference Web site, AWS is looking to bring together its product and development teams and its systems integration and ISV partners with customers, venture capitalists and press. The announcement comes on the heels of the company's move to expand its partner ecosystem.


Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/09/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

HP Plans to Add Block Storage Service

As Hewlett-Packard gets set to make its public cloud compute service available this week, the company is already planning to upgrade the portfolio to include block storage.

HP released the high performance, high availability service, called HP Block Storage, to private beta today. The company didn't disclose when it will release a public beta, when the service will be generally available or how much it will cost. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/08/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Key Players Endorse Facebook's Open Compute Project

The list of company's supporting Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP), an effort to provide open source datacenter design specifications, is growing.

The OCP last week announced the addition of new members Alibaba, AMD, Avnet, Canonical, Cloudscaling, DDN, Fidelity Investments, Hewlett-Packard,, Quanta, Supermicro Tencent, Vantage and VMware. They join existing members Arista Networks, Dell, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Rackspace, Red Hat and Synnex. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/07/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Red Hat Reignites Cloud War vs. VMware

As VMware's Cloud Foundry effort continues to gain momentum toward creating an open-source platform as a service (PaaS) ecosystem, Red Hat this week re-invigorated its rival OpenShift alternative. But it remains to be seen if Red Hat's bid to rain on VMware's parade will succeed.

Both companies launched their respective projects last year but VMware appears to have gained the upper hand in lining up a broad mix of partners and enthusiasm for Cloud Foundry than Red Hat has with OpenShift. Red Hat revived OpenShift on Monday by releasing OpenShift Origin, the components of its OpenShift PaaS platform to the open source community. Developers can access the code from GitHub. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/03/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

CollabNet Brings Dev Teams to Cloud with CloudForge

CollabNet, well known by software developers for its commercial distribution of the Subversion open-source application lifecycle management (ALM) platform, is bringing its source version control (SVC) technology to the cloud.

The company this week is launching CloudForge, a self-service iteration of its TeamForge ALM platform and source code repository that runs in public and private clouds. CollabNet's ALM technology is used by developers who practice Agile development.

Enterprises typically have used TeamForge More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 05/02/2012 at 1:14 PM1 comments

IBM Wrestles Big Data with Cloudera Pact, Buys Vivisimo

Looking to shore up its big data strategy, IBM has formed a partnership with Cloudera, provider of the widely deployed distribution of Hadoop, the open-source data management platform for searching and analyzing structured and unstructured data distributed across large commodity compute and storage infrastructures.

IBM also announced Wednesday it has agreed to acquire Vivisimo, More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 04/26/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Google and Microsoft Stir Cloud Storage Free-for-All

The personal cloud storage landscape this week grew with Google throwing its hat in the ring -- but not without the competition attempting to rain on its parade.

Google Drive arrived Tuesday, making it the latest personal cloud storage offering to join the likes of Apple's iCloud, Box, Dropbox and Microsoft SkyDrive. Google Drive includes 5 GB of free storage with the option of paying for more. Among several alternatives, Google Drive subscribers can pay $4.99 per month for 100 GB of storage or $49.99 per month for 1 TB. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 04/25/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

Microsoft and CommVault Target Azure for Backup, Archiving

Looking to incent enterprises to use its Windows Azure cloud service to backup and archive their data, Microsoft today launched a discounted plan that lets customers store up to 41 TB of data for one year for $50,000.

At 8.5 cents per GB, that's a healthy discount over the current per-GB rate of about 12.5 cents, said Karl Dittman, a Microsoft business development director. "Normally a customer would have to purchase a petabyte of storage in order to get this pricing model we are providing for  [approximately] 50 TB," Dittman said. That's not the upper limit; pricing will scale for larger amounts of storage. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 04/23/2012 at 1:14 PM0 comments

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