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27
Jan

Rackspace updated its cloud

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Exactly two years ago, in July 2010, the Rackspace company with NASA announced the discovery of the source code of their projects (Rackspace Cloud Files and Nebula respectively) which became the basis for the open cloud OpenStack operating system. During this time nearly two hundred companies joined the initiative including such giants as Akamai, AT&T, Dell, IBM, HP and Canonical.

A lot of companies are already using OpenStack in their clouds (for example, Deutsche Telekom, in Russia – Selectel), now the company has announced about moving its cloud infrastructure to the open platform (more exactly since the 1st of August).

The new generation of cloud infrastructure of Rackspace allows its customers not to be tied up to the specific vendor of cloud solutions and if necessary, quickly change one OpenStack cloud to another. Actually this is the main advantage of the OpenStack platform itself – possibility of choice and smooth movement through the hosting providers. In addition, the increase of the API speed and creation of processes, and scaling of servers were declared. President of Rackspace company in his blog especially emphasizes the advantage of the open platform as the ability to quickly implement new solutions in the area of cloud computing through the active and fast-growing community.

The updated cloud has been called as “Open Cloud” and got a new control panel. For today the improvements touched only the US data centers, all the rest will be updated soon.

25
Jan

Oracle, Microsoft and Red Hat: Three ways to the cloud

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In the last month Oracle, Microsoft and Red Hat almost simulteneously updated the development plans pf its cloud solutions. Despite the fact that the plans of all three companies are related to corporate cloud computing, those ways by means of which companies want to enter the market and foothold on it are completely different. So, I’ve decided to write this post about the difference.

Though, please wait. All three companies have one and the same approach – they try to use their strong side and to represent their way to the cloud in a favorable light. But as the company strengths are quite different, then the “cloud approaches” are not quite similar. Let’s start with Oracle.

1) Oracle

The most expected were, perhaps, the news about Oracle Cloud. And though some information has already leaked into the press, many people wanted to hear “the confirmation from the official sources”. And what strong side Oracle has? Of course, corporate software, for the purchase of which Larry Ellison spent about $ 40 billion over the past few years. So, business applications such as ERP, CRM, etc. formed the basis of the “Oracle cloud”.

By focusing on SaaS, Oracle enhances the pressure on its main rival – SAP, as due to Larry Ellison, SAP will create a similar, competing cloud before 2020. And it is in the area of cloud software Oracle and SAP have recently competed sharply – it’s enough to recall such SaaS solutions from the recent Oracle acquisitions such as Taleo (Human Resource Management), RightNow (customer relationship management) and Endeca (data management).

In the same time, Oracle receives the insurance from that the clients will stop paying license fees by moving to usage of the competitors’ cloud software. By the way, Oracle intends to represent cloud services on their own hardware – apparently, this is another opportunity to indirectly spur the hardware-business and to show shareholders that the decline in iron sales is not so bleak.

2) Microsoft

Strong side of Microsoft you definitely know – this is the vast ecosystem of software companies (remember the famous “Developers, developers!“). Microsoft needs to “drag” exactly them into the cloud and to attach these developers “manually” to their solutions. Respectively, Azure is positioned, first of all, as the PaaS platform.

The successful progress in the strategic plan is the active use of open source projects in Azure, it’s no secret that today clouds prefer to be built on the base of Open Source and not on the proprietary products. As a result, Microsoft doesn’t only make it easier to move applications from the competing clouds but also fills its solutions free with the new functional features.

Azure positioning, first of all as PaaS, is a good way to distract the developers from the fact that Microsoft has its own cloud software and in fact, when using Azure, the independent developers “pour water” on the mill (of their future?) of the competitor.

3) Red Hat

The most simple picture is with Red Hat – company makes only the infrastructure software, it doesn’t posess with its own business-application, that’s why it’s nothing to do on SaaS “field”. Red Hat, of course, has its PaaS – OpenShift, and certainly this is one of the strongest and most promising solutions among PaaS. However, it’s interesting for quite a small group of developers (though now this group of interested persons is growing rapidly) – those who write corporate software. Consequently, Red Hat didn’t yet decided to rely on developers.

Red Hat is well aware of what their clients value and actively using it in their cloud tactics. Red Hat is known for all of its products which have an open source and all its cloud products, obviously, will not only posess with this quality, but will become a key advantage. Of course, the availability of the source code is not the only important thing but also and some other properties (read the definition of the Red Hat open cloud), which is why Red Hat has joined to the community of OpenStack.

The another important advantage of Red Hat software is the choice opportunity. Clients appreciate the fact that they do not seek to impose any software on the contrary, you can use as much options as possible. Red Hat CloudForms is exactly intended for the work with the “mixed”, hybrid IaaS clouds from different vendors.

Some conclusions.

So, what happens? Oracle has a strong position in the field of application, good prospects as a PaaS platform (of course, as they are the owners of Java) and good ones as IaaS provider (due to the infrastructure Sun solutions). The corporation made the decision to focus on SaaS, and PaaS and IaaS suggestions receive much less attention (it seems Oracle understands that they can not compete on price with the other suppliers IaaS/PaaS).

Microsoft has excellent positions in the PaaS area, they definitely could quickly fill the portfolio of its own SaaS solutions and to represent “IaaS for Windows” at very attractive prices.

Red Hat has a good position in terms of supply of IaaS solutions (due to OpenStack), promising PaaS OpenShift and rotten position in SaaS market. But as each of independent software developer is interested in getting his software work with different clouds, the need of the Red Hat approach is obvious. By the way, similar “plurality” approach of programming languages and frameworks is used in PaaS OpenShift.

Three companies almost simulteneously “updated” its cloud plans but each of the companies approach is “closer” to one of the cloud types – IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. In addition, clouds of these companies vary in “availability” – all is comprehensive in Red Hat as Open Source, Microsoft has proprietary software, and Oracle suggests to use only its own hardware and data center.

23
Jan

Do you think App.net is just a clone of Twitter? You miss the sense!

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Most critics of the Dalton Caldwell App.net project argue that this is just the alternative to Twitter which is paid by the users, not advertisers. But is it correct in fact? In this article we’ll try to understand what App.net is trying to achieve in reality.

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App.net is the ambitious project of Dalton Caldwal, businessman, represented as something similar to paid Twitter and and recently received $ 500,000 from Kickstarter. Some critics believe that the alternative Twitter is absolutely no use to anyone, and the app.net will definitely fail. But regardless of whether it fails or not the idea of the service is much more than just the paid Twitter clone. In fact, the Caldwell’s goal is to create a service that provides a single delivery system for the social networks or between applications in real time. This idea is much more ambitious than simply copying Twitter or some its functions. And now, since Caldwell, contrary to the expectations of many people got funding, we can only wait and observe the public reaction in order to understand whether people are willing to pay for such service, especially if the majority of attempts to create such a single ecosystem for social networks miserably failed.

App.net wants to be a platform, not just the application

Oriana Marx, the creator of the New York Siftee startup, recently described very well what are the alpha version of App.net and Caldwell’s and his partners’ ambitions. When you open it for the first time it is really like a very skimpy version of Twitter with a much smaller number of users and features. This compells many people to think that they came to another unfinished copy. But here is how Marx describes this: “App.net wants to combine ease of cloud infrastructure with the benefits of web platforms for creating the best platform for the social web-applications development”.

In other words, the alpha version is just a test, the prototype of what can be done with the help of the platform which makes App.net. This platform uses open standards such as PubSubHubbub and ActivityStreams, as well as the other protocols that facilitate the dissemination of information among multiple social networks, monitor users, etc. This can be compared, perhaps wit Amazon Web Services that provide tools such as Elastic Compute Cloud and EC2 based on which the developers can create their own services.

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We can also look at this situation from another perspective: just recall how the electronic mail looked like before or, for example, instant messaging. There were several competitive platforms and standards and nothing similar to open API and other things connected with the information exchange. Users of CompuServe Mail couldn’t help talking to the users of other mail hostings, as well as ICQ and AOL users couldn’t talk to the users of competitors (MSN and Gchat). Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures noted the compatibility of standards and protocols as one of the main advantages of app.net in one of his publications: “This will be very useful if we could, for example, send emails from social networks where we spend our time. It would be great if everyone could use what he likes”.

Will there be enough promise of the open platform?

At the time when Twitter has become a powerful information-publishing system and a bit of news feed in the real time, it is still the private corporation with its own commercial interests and it controls most of its network with the aim of monetization. One of the main incentives for Caldwell was the feeling that at some point Twitter refused from the desire to be informatively useful and decided to be based on commercial mass media.

“App.net suggests the reliable API platform which has less chances to be pulled out from under our feet when the venture capitalists want to see profits,” – said one of the platform supporters.

There were other attempts to create something like an open platform for the social networks, and most their part finished not very good. For example, OpenSocial from Google useses open protocol. Though the project exists still the same, it’s in fact didn’t achieve any heights, and after Google refused from SIocial Graph API, all the project beliefs turned into ruins. Whether this is the truth or not, the project is considered to be a Google attempt to compete with Facebook. However then the company decided to support its own Google+ network.

In some sense App.net has similarities with FriendFeed social network created by ex-Google employees Brett Taylor and Paul Buchheit (one of Gmail developers) in 2007 and it allows users to receive messages and updates from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. As a result, FriendFeed has been merged by Facebook for $ 48 million.

So, App.net is going to create a unique ecosystem for information exchange between social networks and applications. Do you think they have a chance? Will such a platform be eventually built? Or Internet will go by the different path of development?

19
Jan

Rackspace updated its cloud

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Exactly two years ago, in July 2010, the Rackspace company with NASA announced the discovery of the source code of their projects (Rackspace Cloud Files and Nebula respectively) which became the basis for the open cloud OpenStack operating system. During this time nearly two hundred companies joined the initiative including such giants as Akamai, AT&T, Dell, IBM, HP and Canonical.

A lot of companies are already using OpenStack in their clouds (for example, Deutsche Telekom, in Russia – Selectel), now the company has announced .

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17
Jan

Convenient management of Amazon MadeiraCloud cloud services

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In match 2012 the regular ChinaBang conference was open where the annual startups competition was held. One of the interesting startups was an interesting project MadeiraClous.

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MediaCloud has been launched in February 2012, for now it’s in the public beta stage.The company positions its product as “Microsoft Visio for cloud computing” and allows it to easily link the existing Web resources with the simple WYSIWYG interface with support of Drag&Drop.

Besides the convenient infrastructure management you will be able to create templates out your schemes, to clone the launched applications and more.

For personal usage (for one person) free tariff plan is provided.

On the 18th of June, 2012 MadeiraCloud got into TOP-10 cloud startups in China (out of more than 300 participants) according to the largest Chinese IT publication – CSDN.

Links:
MadeiraCloud website
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