Rackspace Rolls Out Its Mobile Plan As Vendors Get Giddy About Backend Data Pipes And Spigots (Original)
Suddenly all this backend stuff is hot. Who would have ever thought that data pipes and the spigots would get so much attention? Salesforce is getting into the game and now so is Rackspace with the launch of its mobile push. Rackspace does not call its new offering backend as a service (BaaS). Instead they call it a “mobile-ready” stack that pre-packages the backend for developer so they do not have to reinvent the wheel every time they start a mobile project.
Rackspace CTO John Engates wrote in an email that the company is packaging its expertise and experience to cut deployment time from days to minutes. The goal is to let developers focus on building the frontend of the apps, like user experience, while Rackspace deploys and runs the backend for them. Engates said Rackspace has also built in its own reference architectures that developers can use to optimize the development process. Engates said the first stack is for a LAMP PHP based deployment with MySQL, Varnish acceleration service, memcache and other components that optimize for a mobile backend deployment.
All of this brings me back to a conversation online about the meaning of BaaS and the connections to platform as a service (PaaS).…
ProfitBricks Shows It Can Take On AWS With 2.0 Infrastructure (Original)
The infrastructure-as-a-service-providers (IaaS) market is starting to exhibit a deeper diversity. Call it the “Cloud 2.0″ era if you will. ProfitBricks is one of these companies showing its muscle in this new arena with the announcement of the world’s largest instance size.
These large instance sizes scale to 62 cores and 240GB of RAM and reflect how the company is trying to differentiate against reigning cloud giant AWS. ProfitBricks pairs these giant, flexible instances with pricing granularity and super-fast InfiniBand networking technology.
The new instances are designed for companies that run large databases and multiple compute nodes in a cluster, or those that are looking for compute power to help run big data implementations. ProfitBricks U.S. CEO Bob Rizika said it offers high-performance networking by combining the large instance sizes with the InfiniBand networking that can run at 80 gigabytes per second.
ProfitBricks Cloud Platform Evangelist Pete Johnson likens IaaS to a game of Tetris – in which you are trying to fit various sizes of virtual machines on top of physical hardware to maximize utilization. This is particularly critical for a public cloud provider. With InfiniBand, ProfitBricks can rearrange the pieces, and at 80 Gbits/sec, its hypervisor can move a VM from one physical machine to another without the VM ever knowing.…
AWS Drops Prices For Windows On-Demand EC2 Instances Up To 26% As Competition Intensifies (Original)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dropping the price of Windows On-Demand EC2 instances up to 26 percent, which is another clear sign of the price wars in the cloud computing market. The news follows Google’s announcement earlier today that it is dropping instance prices by 4 percent.
AWS says the drop in price continues its tradition of exploring ways to reduce its costs:
This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. All prices are effective from April 1, 2013. The size of the reduction varies by instance family and region. You can visit the AWS Windows page for more information about Windows pricing on AWS.
AWS has extended its support for AWS in the last month with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, a beta of the AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server, and new drivers for our virtual instances that improve performance and increase the supported number of volumes.
Earlier today, Google opened Compute Engine to developers who subscribe to Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package. The package includes 24/7 phone support. Users can access Compute Engine without the need to talk to sales or an invitation.…
Google Ramps Up Its Amazon Cloud Rival (Original)
Anyone can now use the Google Compute Engine -- the web giant's answer to Amazon's seminal EC2 cloud computing service. Well, anyone who's willing to pay Google $400 a month for customer support.…
Google Opens Up Compute Engine To All Developers Who Buy Its $400/Month Gold Support Package, Drops Instance Prices By 4% (Original)
At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google launched Compute Engine, a cloud computing platform that allows developers to run their apps on Linux virtual machines hosted on Google’s massive infrastructure. This was a limited launch, however, and developers had to either get an invitation or go through Google’s sales teams to get access to this service.
The support package, of course, only gives developers the ability to use Compute Engine; they will still have to pay the usual usage-based fees to access the infrastructure. The good news is that with today’s announcement, Google is also dropping all of its instance prices by 4 percent (that’s after it already dropped storage prices by 20 percent last November). Pricing now starts at $0.132 per hour for the smallest virtual machine and currently tops out at $1.211 per hour for an eight-core machine with 52GB of memory and two 1,770GB hard drives (prices in Europe are somewhat higher).
Google is also adding a few new features and instance types to Compute Engine today.…
Nebula One turns servers into simple, private clouds with OpenStack (video) (Original)
Trying to create a large-scale, private cloud array can be a headache, since it often involves bringing disparate networking, server and storage systems together in one not-so-happy union. Wouldn't it be nice to have a box that could do most of the hard work? Nebula thinks its newly launched Nebula One controller will do the trick. The rackmount device's Cosmos OS quickly turns ordinary servers from the likes of Dell or HP into a unified cloud computer that centers on the more universal OpenStack platform, and which can also talk to Amazon Web Services. IT admins have a single interface to oversee the whole lot while skipping any outside help, and can scale up to a hefty 1,600 processor cores, 9.4TB of memory and 2.3PB of storage. You'll have to ask Nebula directly about pricing, although we suspect it's counting on the classic battle between time and money to clinch a deal -- the weeks saved in setup and maintenance could represent the real discount.
Cloud Computing Snafu Shares Private Data Between Users (Original)
New York startup DigitalOcean says that its cloud server platform may be leaking data between its customers. The company aims to fix this problem, but the snafu preys on many of the fears that so often prevent people from moving to cloud services -- shared online services that provide instant access to computing resources, including processing ...…
Nearly Two Years Later, Nebula Launches A Mainframe Style “Cloud Computer” Built On OpenStack (Original)
Nebula has launched its long awaited Nebula One, a hyped but often delayed integrated system that Co-Founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp calls a “cloud computer” that takes mainframes and time sharing into the future with the cloud.
Nebula launched at OSCON in 2011 with the goal of building systems that Kemp said would last “for generations to come.” It is now nearly two years later and Kemp says Nebula is officially here.
Nebula One is built on what Kemp says is the company’s “Cloud Controller,” a hardware appliance that turns server racks into a scalable on-premise system that combines compute, storage and networking into one machine. It runs “Cosmos,” Nebula’s distributed enterprise cloud operating system, which configures servers that plug into the Nebula hardware. The technology is built for self-service and supports APIs for OpenStack and Amazon Web Services. It plugs into IBM, Dell or HP servers. Nebula, under Kemp’s direction, also has a flare for the dramatic:
Nebula has some deep challenges ahead for it. The market is deeply competitive. There are orchestration providers such as Ubuntu JuJu. Mirantis helps companies integrate OpenStack. Startups such as Piston Cloud and Cloudscaling have developed their own cloud operating systems.…
Amazon Cloud Drive tacks on file syncing, flexes its digital storage muscle (Original)
After nearly a year on the market, Amazon has finally blessed its Cloud Drive apps for Windows and Mac with a file syncing folder. Starting today, users can access their documents, music and photos across multiple computers -- a feature that we've seen from the likes of Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive for quite some time. While this feature is far from groundbreaking, it does manage to make Amazon's service a respectable alternative to cloud storage's reigning heavy hitters. Toss in its 5GB of free storage and Cloud Drive could become a worthy contender for those who are looking for a new or additional place to house their digital collections.
Via: The Verge