Today, cloud monitoring vendor Cloudyn announces the general availability of Cost Allocation 360, a tool that enables granular tracking of cloud-related costs. Cloudyn’s Cost Allocation 360° enables IT administrators to decompose cloud-related expenses by components such as the application, business unit, user group, product or sales region. Cost Allocation 360’s Tag Manager enables customers to tag infrastructure components as related to analytic dimensions of interest for subsequent use in cost-related reporting and trend analytics. As such, Cost Allocation 360° enables an unprecedented degree of visibility into the drivers behind cloud-related expenses and provides the means whereby IT and Finance departments have access to granular reporting that can be used for more accurate intra-departmental billing, and analytics of the relative expense incurred by hosting various products and applications. Cost Allocation 360° also boasts automated tagging of untagged infrastructure and application components and thereby minimizes the degree of manual intervention and upkeep required to keep track of the decomposition of cloud-related costs. Cost Allocation 360° supports public, private and hybrid cloud deployments on Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine and OpenStack-based IaaS infrastructures. The initial rollout of the application lacks the ability to track costs that are shared by infrastructure components such as shared services that leverage the same server, although Cloudyn customers can expect successively nuanced iterations of the tool’s ability to track costs as the tool evolves. Nevertheless, the tool represents a key step forward toward empowering enterprises to more effectively understand cost allocations within their cloud infrastructures and to subsequently tweak their deployment and cloud operational management strategies accordingly.
DigitalOcean Partners With Mesosphere To Improve Infrastructure Scalability, Fault Tolerance and Performance
DigitalOcean recently announced a partnership with Mesosphere that will bring Apache Mesos technology to DigitalOcean’s SSD cloud servers. Mesosphere, a San Francisco-based startup, commercializes Apache Mesos technology that enables organizations to manage datacenters as if they are one unit instead of an ecosystem of disparate infrastructure and networking components. Apache Mesos leverages a distributed systems kernel that allows developers to abstract CPU, memory, storage and other compute resources into a single pool that delivers improvements in fault tolerance, scalability, performance and operational simplicity. DigitalOcean customers can now launch Mesosphere from a landing page that enables the provisioning of a Mesosphere cluster. As a result, developers can benefit from the economies of scale specific to Mesosphere technology and subsequently manage thousands of DigitalOcean droplets as if they belong to one entity. DigitalOcean customers interested in using Mesosphere technology can choose from either a development (four instances of 2GB droplets) option, a high availability option (12 instances of 2GB droplets) and a custom installation option. Moreover, the streamlined provisioning process allows customers to take advantage of Mesosphere to manage their virtual private server “droplets” in minutes without struggling through an arduous and complex installation process. The partnership between DigitalOcean and Mesosphere illustrates the increasing prevalence of Apache Mesos as a breakthrough technology for delivering the scalability and performance enjoyed by internet giants such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo to enterprise customers interested in a similar degree of operational simplicity and performance for their own IaaS infrastructures.
BigPanda today launches from stealth to tackle the problem of managing the explosion of alerts and notifications that IT administrators increasingly receive, daily, from myriads of applications and devices. The Mountain View-based startup integrates alerts and notifications from disparate sources into a consolidated data feed that parses unstructured data into structured data to create an aggregated alerts and notifications data repository. BigPanda’s proprietary analytics subsequently run against the integrated data repository to enable the creation of topologies and relationships, time-based analytics and statistical analytics as indicated by the screenshot of an incident dashboard below:
Examples of statistical analytics include probabilistic determinations that the concurrent appearance of notification A, B and C is likely to lead to outcome X as suggested by historical data about the conjunction of the notifications in question. The platform’s machine-learning technology incrementally refines its analytics in relation to incoming data and thereby iteratively delivers more nuanced analyses and visualizations of notifications-related data. Overall, the platform enables customers to more effectively manage the tidal wave of data from notifications that bombard the inboxes of IT administrators by facilitating the derivation of actionable business intelligence based on the aggregation of notifications from discrete systems and applications.
As told to Cloud Computing Today by BigPanda CEO Assaf Resnick, the platform integrates with monitoring systems such as New Relic, Nagios and Splunk and additionally provides REST API functionality to connect to different applications, deployment infrastructures and ITSM tools. Moreover, BigPanda today announces the finalization of $7M in Series A funding in a round led by Mayfield with additional participation from Sequoia Capital. The $7M funding raise brings the total capital raised by BigPanda to $8.5M, following upon a $1.5M pre-Series A seed round of funding from Sequoia Capital. Deployed as a SaaS application that runs on AWS infrastructure while leveraging a MongoDB NoSQL datastore, BigPanda fills a critical niche in the IT management space by delivering one of the few applications aimed at consolidated notification management and analytics. As applications, infrastructure components and networking devices proliferate with dizzying complexity in the contemporary datacenter, platforms like BigPanda are likely to morph into necessary components of IT management as a means of taming the deluge of notifications produced by disparate systems. Meanwhile, BigPanda’s early positioning in the notification-management space renders it a thought leader as well as a technology standout.
On October 23, Amazon Web Services announced the launch of its 11th region in the form of the AWS EU (Frankfurt) region. The AWS EU (Frankfurt) region is the second region in Europe and will contain two Availability Zones upon launch. The availability of the AWS EU (Frankfurt) region helps German organizations comply with EU data protection requirements that impose constraints on the storage of data across national boundaries. JP Schmetz, Chief Scientist of Hubert Burda Media, remarked on the announcement as follows:
Now that AWS is available in Germany it gives our subsidiaries the option to move certain assets to the cloud. We have long had policies preventing data to be hosted outside of German soil and this new German region gives us the option to use AWS more meaningfully.
As Schmetz notes, German customers who have internal policies requiring intra-national hosting of data can now leverage the services of Amazon Web Services. In addition, German organizations who currently use AWS can now more fully take advantage of the AWS platform’s offerings by expanding the scope of their usage to include production-grade workloads and sensitive data. The AWS EU (Frankfurt) region represents the second AWS region in Europe alongside AWS EU (Ireland) region. AWS EU (Frankfurt) is expected to reduce latency for European customers and provide additional options for the architecture of disaster recovery solutions, in addition to enabling select German customers feel more comfortable about hosting data on AWS and achieve compliance with their own internal organizational policies with respect to data hosting and data storage.
Fremont, CA — Thursday, October 23, 2014 –iwNetworks today announces the general availability of the Gemini Open Cloud (Go Cloud) in the U.S., an OpenStack-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that allows customers to create IaaS cloud-based infrastructures for use cases that include application development, workload migration and disaster recovery. Delivered as a software application that customers install on their hardware, the Go Cloud solution enables customers to create IaaS-based private clouds that they can subsequently utilize to create virtual data centers as illustrated by the graphic below:
As shown in the graphic above, customers can use Go Cloud to provision and deploy virtual data centers for cloud storage, web content management, high performance computing and application development in conjunction with the monitoring of their physical and virtual resources. Key features of Go Cloud include:
•Self-service capability to provision and manage cloud infrastructures
•An integrated management console that provides customers with visibility into the utilization and performance of their IaaS infrastructure
•Functionality for service providers to create a platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure using Go Cloud that customers can use to obtain access to preconfigured technology stacks and infrastructures
•Transparent N-way replication
•Event triggering based on raw sensor data
•Log-based intrusion detection
Go Cloud enables customers to realize a high degree of resource efficiency by creating private clouds alongside their on premise datacenter environments. In addition, the platform enhances customer agility, delivers a high availability infrastructure and provides a user friendly platform for the migration of legacy applications to the cloud. Targeted toward the SMB market, Go Cloud delivers the power of IaaS-based private cloud computing in conjunction with a degree of simplicity and performance at a “fraction of the cost of others,” as noted by company spokesperson Mark Hayfield.
“We are pleased to bring the cloud computing power to IT departments and system integrators at a fraction of the cost of others. IT managers now have performance, scalability, visibility, and reliability without the cost and complexity of current architectures.” – Mark Hayfield, Company Spokesperson
iwNetworks provides high-performance enterprise-class private cloud and software defined network (SDN) solutions.
OpenStack Vendor Mirantis Raises $100M In Series B Funding And Sets Record For Open Source Investment
Mirantis recently announced $100M in Series B funding in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. August Capital and existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). The investment marks the largest Series B funding round in the history of open source software. As a result of the funding raise, Insight Venture Partners Managing Director, Alex Crisses, will join the Mirantis board of directors. Crisses remarked on the investment as follows:
OpenStack adoption is accelerating worldwide, driven by the need for low cost, scalable cloud infrastructure. 451 Research estimates a market size of $3.3 billion by 2018. Mirantis delivers on OpenStack’s promise of cloud computing at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional IT vendors, and without the compromise of vendor lock-in. Their customer traction has been phenomenal.
Mirantis intends to use the funding to accelerate product development and enhance its international expansion to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Mountain View-based company has helped over 130 companies implement OpenStack and claims bragging rights to the largest OpenStack deal to date in the form of a five year licensing agreement with Ericsson. The company has experienced meteoric growth in recent years with revenue increasing from $1M a month to $1M a week. With an extra $100M in the bank, Mirantis is enviably positioned to deliver one of the most productized, turnkey distributions of OpenStack on the marketplace and to subsequently assume a leadership spot in the intensifying battle for OpenStack market share. Notably, the Series B funding raise also enables Mirantis to increase its contributions to the OpenStack community and assert more influence on the direction of the open source IaaS collaboration. Whatever comes next, however, the $100M investment represents a watershed moment in the history of open source computing and suggests that open source may well hold the key to the larger future of software and IT infrastructure services more generally.
The following graphic, courtesy of CloudPhysics, illustrates some of the hidden hazards lurking in virtualized datacenters. Created in the spirit of Halloween, the graphic identifies issues such as Heartbleed and admission control that may have unexpected repercussions on the performance of IT infrastructures. CloudPhysics specializes in the identification and pre-emptive resolution of problems that may affect virtualized infrastructures as elaborated in a blog post by Krishna Raj Raja.