Egenera’s Hybrid Cloud Management Platform Now Supports Microsoft Hyper-V

Egenera, a Boxborough, MA-based company specializing in cloud infrastructure management, recently announced a new release of its Egenera Cloud Suite platform for provisioning “physical, virtual, and public cloud resources” from within the purview of a single management interface. The new release serves the needs of both enterprises and cloud service providers that face the challenge of managing workloads within public cloud infrastructures and on premise environments. Enhancements to the Egenera Cloud Suite platform, which combines the PAN Cloud Director, PAN Manager and PAN Domain Manager, include support for Microsoft Hyper-V and Active Directory, more granular role-based access controls and improvements to billing and templating that streamline and automate workflows.

Given that enterprises increasingly leverage combinations of on premise and public cloud environments to differentially accommodate the needs of test, development and production environments, the ability of the Egenera PAN Manager and PAN Cloud Director to comprehensively manage varied hosting infrastructures positions it strongly to manage hybrid clouds, the most common use case for cloud deployments since comparatively few organizations pursue a “cloud only” solution. Egenera’s recent release builds on this summer’s integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), whereby AWS is now part of the standard service catalog within its Pan Cloud Director service catalog. Meanwhile, this week’s release marks a significant breakthrough for Egenera, which now expands its purview to virtualized environments supported by the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor due to requests from many of its customers, as noted in an interview with Cloud Computing Today.

CTC Partners With Autonomic Resources To Obtain First SaaS FedRAMP Certification

Autonomic Resources has become the first cloud vendor with FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) to facilitate achievement of FedRAMP P-ATO status for another vendor’s application, namely, Concurrent Technologies Corporation’s (CTC) Unclassified Remote Hosted Desktop (URHD) SaaS application. By building its UHRD on top of Autonomic’s ARC-P IaaS platform, CTC was able to leverage Autonomic’s pre-existing FedRAMP P-ATO status to streamline its application process. Matthew Goodrich, program manager for FedRAMP at the General Services Administration, surmised the significance of CTC’s recently minted P-ATO status as follows:

CTC’s SaaS virtual desktop environment proves that the FedRAMP authorization process works for all types of clouds, from infrastructure to software. Additionally, CTC’s use of Autonomic Resources ARC-P Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for a portion of their offering demonstrates the ability of CSPs to partner and enhance service offerings to the federal government, while also saving time and money by leveraging a previously authorized provider’s environment.

Goodrich points out that the achievement of P-ATO status on by “CTC’s SaaS virtual desktop environment” represents two firsts: a first for a SaaS application to obtain FedRAMP P-ATO status, and a first in the way of a partnership between a vendor seeking FedRAMP certification, and a vendor that had already achieved certification. In a press release, Autonomic Resources noted that it is similarly collaborating with several other SaaS vendors to help them obtain FedRAMP certification. The precedent established by the collaboration between Autonomic Resources and CTC suggests that, in the case of SaaS applications seeking FedRAMP certification, partnerships with existing IaaS vendors that have already obtained P-ATO status may well be the simplest, most expeditious path toward obtaining the authority to do business with the Federal government and its constituent agencies. To date, FedRAMP P-ATO certification has been achieved by an elite group of vendors currently spanned by Akamai, AT&T, Autonomic Resources, CGI Federal, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, HP, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, IBM whereas Amazon Web Services has achieved full FedRAMP ATO status.

Qubole Hadoop As A Service Platform Available In Beta On Google Compute Engine

Qubole recently partnered with Google to make its Hadoop as a Service platform available on the Google Compute Engine. As a result of the partnership, GCE customers can directly take advantage of Qubole’s autoscaling and automated cluster provisioning functionality, in addition to its auto-healing ability to provide replacements for failed GCE instances. Qubole represents the first fully elastic engine based on Hadoop to run on the Google Compute Engine platform. Shrikanth Shankar, VP Engineering at Qubole, remarked on the significance of Qubole’s partnership with Google Compute Engine as follows:

Google File System and Google MapReduce inspired the development of Hadoop. Now, we’re coming full circle with Hadoop available on GCE. We believe that this delivers one of the most solid foundations for cloud-based Big Data processing and are pleased that we can contribute to its performance, ease of use and low cost.

Qubole’s partnership with GCE stands to diversify its customer base further by extending its reach to users of GCE IaaS platform that additionally have Big Data requirements. As a cloud based Big Data service whose customers include Pinterest, Quora and MediaMath, Qubole independently delivers the autoscaling and cloud-based hosting of Hadoop clusters by means of its next generation Big Data platform. Qubole is currently available on Google Compute Engine in Beta as well as on Amazon Web Services via the AWS Marketplace.

Amazon Web Services Continues To Increase IaaS/PaaS Market Share According To Synergy Research Group

A recent article by the Synergy Research Group (Synergy) claims that Amazon Web Services continues to dominate the IaaS and PaaS space in terms of revenue. According to Synergy, Amazon Web Services increased its quarterly revenue by 55% to over $700M in Q3 of 2013, whereas the aggregate of revenue for Salesforce, IBM, Windows Azure and Google was less than $400M for the same time period. Worldwide, total IaaS and PaaS revenues exceeded $2.5 billion for the quarter, with IaaS accounting for 64% of cloud revenues, a surprisingly small proportion given the limited penetration of platform as a service within the enterprise. Synergy Research’s John Dinsdale remarked on the company’s findings as follows:

We’ve been analyzing the IaaS/PaaS markets for quite a few quarters now and creating these leadership metrics, and the relative positioning of the leaders really hasn’t changed much. While Amazon dwarfs all competition, the race is on to see if any of the big four followers can distance themselves from their peers. The good news for these companies and for the long tail of operators with relatively small cloud infrastructure service operations, is that IaaS/PaaS will be growing strongly long into the future, providing plenty of opportunity for robust revenue growth.

Here, Dinsdale remarks that the “race is on to see if” Salesforce, IBM, Microsoft and Google can decisively secure second place in the battle for IaaS/PaaS market share. Strikingly, Microsoft, Google and IBM have revenues that are very close to one another, even though one might reasonably expect Microsoft’s Azure platform to edge out its competition given its earlier entry into the market than IBM and Google’s Compute Engine (GCE). That said, IBM’s sizeable IaaS revenue derives largely from its acquisition of SoftLayer, which itself had a rich and venerable history that predated IBM.

Synergy’s chart illustrating Q3 IaaS and PaaS revenues is given below:

Notable omissions from the findings include Rackspace, HP, Oracle, Pivotal One and Red Hat, the middle three of which (HP, Oracle and Pivotal One) are still relatively nascent, and hence justifiably excluded from the present calculation. As Dinsdale notes above, however, “the good news for these companies” and for remainder of the space is that revenues are set to increase significantly in the near term. Going forward, one of the key questions for subsequent IaaS market share analyses will be whether OpenStack’s momentum and gradual maturation propels disproportionate growth amongst OpenStack-based cloud platforms for vendors such as HP, IBM, Oracle, Rackspace and Red Hat.

Kaseya Launches SaaS Monitoring Tool For Hybrid Clouds And Distributed Computing Environments

Today, Kaseya announces the general availability of Kaseya Traverse, its SaaS cloud monitoring solution for on premise, private cloud and public cloud environments. The uniqueness of Kaseya Traverse consists of its ability to “traverse” a multitude of cloud infrastructures while delivering centralized, integrated reporting for the entire ecosystem in question. Whereas proprietary cloud monitoring solutions such as CloudWatch by Amazon Web Services deliver performance reporting and monitoring solutions specific to their own, native cloud infrastructure, Kaseya Traverse can be configured to monitor a heterogeneous cloud environment marked by the coexistence of several hosting technologies and platforms. The Kaseya solution provides a diverse range of performance monitoring and analytics on hardware, networks, applications and usage patterns as illustrated by the dashboard below:

Kaseya leverages an architecture designed for distributed analytics, data processing and data gathering that fittingly corresponds to the task of monitoring the infrastructures of dispersed, heterogeneous IT environments. The platform features SLA monitoring, issue identification and resolution with respect to application performance and machine learning-based analytics that identify true anomalies in traffic or usage related patterns as opposed to organic variations and cycles. Given that the current state of enterprise cloud computing almost invariably features some combination of on premise, private cloud and public cloud deployments, Kaseya Traverse is likely to be well received by customers that are seeking a centralized monitoring, reporting and analytics solution in contrast to an amalgamation of discrete reporting applications. Moreover, its ease of deployment as a SaaS application and distributed computing capabilities render it a particularly attractive cloud monitoring tool insofar as its architecture is designed with the specific needs of heterogeneous cloud computing environments in mind.

AlgoSec Releases New Version Of Network And Security Suite For Data Center Migrations To Cloud

Today, AlgoSec announced an upgrade to its AlgoSec Security Management Suite. The AlgoSec Security Management Suite streamlines data center migrations to private, public and hybrid clouds by using automated rules to simplify the detection of the parameters undergirding network infrastructures and the objects that support the effective functioning of applications. As a result, customers can perform data center migrations while ensuring the continued performance of mission-critical applications. As part of its migration process, the AlgoSec Security Management Suite maps and understands the impact of network topologies, firewalls, routers and switches on the infrastructure’s applications. AlgoSec’s solution additionally features baseline snapshots of the configuration of firewalls and routers that enable customers to assess their post-migration environment.

Separate from delivering the nuts and bolts of a data center migration solution, the AlgoSec Security Management Suite manages the effective implementation of network security during migrations. The platform allows customers to manage security protocols and “complex policies across firewalls, routers, switches and secure web gateways” in ways that bridge the divide between network and security operations, according to the company’s press release. Moreover, the AlgoSec solution focuses on delivering the network and security configuration that maximizes application performance and availability.

One of the key features of the AlgoSec Security Management Suite features the ability to visualize the ecosystem specific to applications and their performance before and after a migration by using its Business Flow tool. Business Flow provides insight into application performance and status as illustrated below:

The larger consequence for customers is that AlgoSec provides granular data about the integration of network and security with an application-centric focus that enables IT administrators to closely monitor application performance both before and after data center migrations. AlgoSec currently boasts over 1000 customers including 15 of the Fortune 50. As cloud implementations featuring migrations of on-premise data centers to private and public clouds proliferate, the industry should expect more and more customers to leverage off the shelf solutions to facilitate data center migrations and manage the trifold challenge of network, security and application performance. AlgoSec’s uniqueness consists in its ability to play at the intersection of network and security operations, and in this vein we should expect more players to join this space as cloud adoption accelerates.

Tasmanian Government Selects Annitel To Deliver IaaS GovCloud Platform

The Tasmanian government has selected Australian IT & Telecommunications company Annitel to provide an Infrastructure as a Service solution for an initial period of two years. The size of the contract will be determined by uptake from Tasmanian government agencies, although “several” agencies reportedly have plans to use Annitel’s IaaS offering as soon as it becomes available. The Tasmanian government’s decision to select Annitel illustrates the global quality of government interest in cloud platforms. In the U.S., for example, Oracle recently launched an Oracle Government Cloud platform in an effort to compete with Amazon Web Services, IBM and Google in the government cloud computing space. Annitel’s IaaS platform for the government of Tasmania is expected to become available sometime in October.