IaaS Vendor CloudSigma Expands Presence In U.S. By Partnering With Equinix Locations In Silicon Valley And Miami

Public cloud IaaS vendor CloudSigma recently announced the expansion of its U.S. public cloud presence by adding service locations based at Equinix’s Silicon Valley and Boca Raton datacenters. The addition of the Silicon Valley and Boca Raton locations to CloudSigma’s Equinix Washington D.C. datacenter will reduce latency and improve performance and redundancy for customers in the U.S. CloudSigma CEO Robert Jenkins remarked on the significance of the company’s presence in Silicon Valley and Miami as follows:

Both Silicon Valley and Miami are regions where we are committed to serving with increased performance. Silicon Valley is already ahead of the curve in many respects when it comes to the cloud and cloud-based compute resources, but we also see a lot of promise with Latin America as companies go straight to the cloud to deal with the explosive growth they’re experiencing, especially in mobile services. These types of native cloud apps, alongside the progress we’re seeing with Internet of Things and Web services being developed in our cloud, will further the success of this expansion and lay the groundwork for more locations in the near future.

Here, Jenkins remarks on the promise implicit in the ability of both facilities, and the Miami facility in particular, to expand CloudSigma’s market penetration in Latin America. Jenkins understands CloudSigma’s expanded U.S. presence as facilitating the explosive growth in cloud-based mobile apps, in addition to emerging verticals specific to the internet of things. CloudSigma’s expanded partnership with Equinix reveals an astute strategic move to capture IaaS market share in Latin America while concurrently improving latency, performance and redundancy for U.S. and Latin American customers alike. The deal represents an especially strong coup for CloudSigma because improvements in latency are likely to be critical for the emerging proliferation of use cases marked by the confluence of big data and cloud computing platforms. As such, CloudSigma positions itself as another significant IaaS player in the  North American market that lies poised to take advantage of hiccups from major IaaS vendors such as the Azure outage from the last week

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Microsoft Azure Suffers Significant Outages In Multiple Regions

Microsoft has restored one of the most severe outages on the Microsoft Azure platform of 2014 after “Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Websites, Service Bus, HDInsight. Mobile Services, Backup, Site Recovery, StorSimple” and “Automation, Backup, Site Recovery” experienced full service interruptions in multiple regions. According to Reuters, the outage affected Azure services in the “US, Europe, Japan, Brazil, and the Asia Pacific region.” Azure’s recent problems began on August 14 with full service interruptions to Visual Studio Online, followed by disruptions to the ability of select users to log-in to the Azure management portal, impairments of its auto-scaling functionality and network interruptions in the Japan East region. As of the evening of August 18, “Azure core platform components are working properly” and “all the popular services are working properly” as reported on its Azure status web page. Thus far, Microsoft has offered no explanation of the outages though analysts and commentators are likely to await the release of a detailed post-mortem with baited breath given that Azure constitutes a key component of CEO Satya Nadella’s vision for the renovation and restoration of Microsoft. That the outage affected multiple regions suggests that the technical failure was systemic and significant in scope and as such, Microsoft will need to elaborate in ways that assure customers similar such outages do not recur.

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Q&A With Dave McCrory, CTO of Basho Technologies, Regarding Riak, Riak CS and the NoSQL Landscape

Cloud Computing Today recently had the privilege of speaking with Dave McCrory, CTO of Basho Technologies, about the NoSQL space and Basho’s competitive differentiation within the NoSQL landscape. McCrory elaborated on Basho’s Riak “open source, distributed database” by noting its high availability, scalability and ability to handle any type of data as follows:

Cloud Computing Today: How do you envision the NoSQL space? What are your high level impressions of the competitive landscape amongst NoSQL vendors?

Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies): The NoSQL industry has many players for various use cases, but overall it is still young, especially from the enterprise point of view. I’ve been involved in big data for quite some time, and as data continues to grow, the NoSQL industry will grow with it. As the early adopters begin to move to the early majority – we are positioned in that space for crossing that chasm. Looking at how people want to build applications and data we will see, as an industry, in the next few years nearly half of enterprises will embrace NoSQL technologies to deal with the problems that traditional databases cannot deal with. Other NoSQL providers like MongoDB have an amazing presence in the market as it has made it easy for developers to give it a try. From my understanding from the market view, at the same time, it is limited in the actual applications that can be used. With so many companies offering NoSQL solutions for specific use cases and the high demand for data management, I can only see the industry continuing to expand and thrive.

Cloud Computing Today: Where do you see Basho within the larger NoSQL space at present?

Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies): We’re looking to provide the strongest key value solution and object store we can – that’s our priority right now. Although we at Basho are still a fairly young company, I think our technology speaks for itself. Since starting at Basho in the spring, I’ve been able to work with the outstanding Basho engineers and I’m amazed by what they have accomplished. Riak and Riak CS use simplified administrative features and a key/value system which enable anyone with command line experience to build a cluster in less than 15 minutes. I believe that Riak’s simplicity and usability are what separates it from other companies in the NoSQL space.

Some of that usability is our differentiation expressed in terms of high availability, fault tolerance and the ability to scale well beyond many of our competitors.

Cloud Computing Today: What are the key differentiators of Riak? What does Basho have planned for Riak in subsequent releases in the near future?

Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies): Riak’s key differentiators are its ability to offer high availability, massive scale and a variety of data types. Since Riak stores data as binary it is able to handle any type of data, unlike other solutions. Its top features include operational ease at large scales, always-on availability, and the ability to add and remove nodes easily and quickly as needed.

We are unique in that we have built object storage on our foundation and offer both key value and object store from the same platform. We have a thriving community, but our go to market in very focused on the enterprise. That has resulted in almost 200 enterprise customers including a third of the Fortune 50.

We have a lot planned for Basho and Riak in the coming months. We recently launched Riak CS 1.5 which offers additional Amazon S3 compatibility, performance improvement in garbage collection processes, and new, simplified administrative features. We are releasing Riak 2.0 in the fall which will provide enhanced search capability, expanded data types and more customer control over consistency, and we are hosting the annual RICON conference in Las Vegas in October, so you’ll be hearing a lot from Basho the rest of the year!

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SUSE Cloud 4 Delivers OpenStack IaaS With Enhanced Support for Ceph and VMware

Enterprise Linux distributor SUSE recently announced news of SUSE Cloud 4, an IaaS platform based on OpenStack Icehouse, the latest release of OpenStack. SUSE Cloud 4 features support for the Ceph distributed storage system marked by the ability to deploy distributed block and object storage on commodity hardware. SUSE’s support for Ceph enables the creation of “massively scalable, highly reliable storage clusters” whose deployment can be automated using the SUSE Cloud Administration Server. Version 4 of the SUSE Cloud also features “enhanced integration between existing VMware vSphere environments and OpenStack” in addition to “advanced VMware capabilities for image management and support for VMware Virtual SAN™.” Supported hypervisors include KVM, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. Overall, the platform boasts enhanced scalability and availability in addition to increased automation. SUSE Cloud 4’s integration of Ceph represents a particularly notable accomplishment given Ceph’s ability to increase the flexibility and scalability of OpenStack deployments.

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Guest Blog Post: CEO Digital IQs Vary Widely – and Surprisingly – Between Sectors

The following blog post was guest authored by Chris Curran, a principal and Chief Technologist for PwC’s US Advisory practice.

While no one expects all companies to be on an equal footing when it comes to their level of digital IQ, it’s fascinating to see just how wide the gaps are between regions. We recently surveyed 1,500 business and IT executives and found:

If your company is one of those with ground to make up, there are five behaviors to look for and foster that help companies rise to this new challenge:

Having the CEO become an active digital champion. While many CEOs are thought of as being behind the curve, our study actually found that 77% of business and IT leaders in North America are confident about their digital acumen, more than any other region in the world.

Strengthening the relationship between the CIO and CMO. These are two departments that haven’t historically had to work together before.

An outside-in approach to digital innovation: ideas can come from university and government labs, open source-based innovation, crowd-funded innovation, any number of places that are outside the company itself. Top performers don’t just look in for ideas – they look everywhere.

New IT platform investments. With so much change over the past 18 months, much less few years, significant upgrades are required.

Viewing digital as an enterprise capability: digital capabilities are not specific or centralized functions, but rather are woven throughout to affect all areas of the business.

What factors – cultural, structural, economic – are you seeing as those that are helping companies get more digital?”

Bio: Chris Curran is a principal and Chief Technologist for PwC’s US Advisory practice. A recognized thought leader on the topic of digital innovation, Chris helps organizations develop and apply practical approaches for emerging technologies. He co-leads PwC’s annual Global Digital IQ Survey, in which over 1,400 c-level business and technology executives express their beliefs about the role of IT in economic competition, and also writes the CIO Dashboard blog. Follow him at  @CBCurran.

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Splunk App For Stream Captures Wire Data Featuring Use Cases For Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Splunk recently announced the general availability of the Splunk App for Stream, an app that delivers a software-based solution for the capture of real-time streaming wire data. Defined as data transmitted between networked infrastructure components, wire data has the potential to deliver insights about performance, security and IT operations. The Splunk App for Stream represents the first product that Splunk has released as a result of its acquisition of CloudMeter last December. Unlike appliances, the app constitutes a non-intrusive solution that boasts greater ease of deployment than other hardware-based approaches toward the collection of wire data. Moreover, the solution claims particular import for the monitoring of data from cloud environments as noted below by Leena Joshi, Splunk’s senior director of solutions marketing:

Unlike traditional and appliance-based solutions, which are difficult to deploy, especially in public cloud infrastructures, the Splunk App for Stream enables customers to gain immediate wire data access on-premises or in public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructures. It opens up for our customers a whole new class of data sets to provide continuous IT, security and business insights.

Customers can implement filters and aggregation parameters on incoming data in order to understand details of “transaction response times, transaction traces, transaction paths and network performance.” The Splunk App for Stream additionally enables customers to understand correlations between application performance and infrastructure data. Wire data can be used in conjunction with other application management tools without disruptions to the application or modifications of application logs. The point worth noting is that the Splunk App for Stream provides yet another tool for cloud administrators to understand infrastructure and application performance that focuses on data transmitted between networking components. The app’s ability to collect wire data from virtual machines in public clouds gives IT administrators visibility into public cloud deployments that complements the performance monitoring software provided by the cloud vendor itself. Cloud adopters can selectively leverage the app for performance management or security and fraud use cases as dictated by their needs. Overall, Splunk App for Stream punctuates and enhances Splunk’s positioning in the cloud monitoring space and sets the stage for Splunk to release more products derived from its Cloudmeter acquisition.

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Platform9 Emerges From Stealth With SaaS Interface For Creating Private Clouds And $4.5M In Series A Funding

Platform9, a Sunnyvale, CA-based company that helps organizations develop private clouds in minutes, emerged from stealth today. The company also announced the finalization of $4.5M in Series A funding from Redpoint Ventures. Platform9 delivers a SaaS platform that empowers users to spin up OpenStack-based infrastructures for purposes such as development, testing and production-grade application deployment. Customers can use Platform9’s SaaS interface to install an agent onto the servers selected for inclusion in the requisite private cloud environment. Platform9’s proprietary technology subsequently discovers and aggregates the designated infrastructure components to create a private cloud that can be accessed by users that have been granted requisite access privileges. Once the private cloud has been created, users can leverage dashboards such as the following to monitor their infrastructure:

Platform9 aims to enhance customer agility by providing select teams with the opportunity to provision and create infrastructures at will. Importantly, the platform features a set of constraints on the ability of users to create private clouds that correspond to user roles and responsibilities within the organization. In all, Platform9 attempts to bring the radical simplicity of the Amazon Web Services deployment model to the private cloud space within the enterprise by way of a platform that supports Docker, KVM and VMware vSphere technologies and additionally boasts all of the benefits specific to OpenStack’s interoperability and rich set of APIs. Founded by a team of veterans from VMware, the company plans to release its technology from Beta into general availability by the end of the year. Platform9’s focus on streamlining the deployment and management of private clouds amongst enterprise customers aims at a sweet spot within the cloud space that is likely to grow as organizations continue to choose to begin with private clouds before graduating to public cloud deployments.

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