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App Proxy or ADC? Choosing between BIG-IP and LineRate isn't as difficult as it seems.... Our recent announcement of the availability of LineRate Point raised the same question over and over: isn't this just a software-version of BIG-IP? How do I know when to choose LineRate Point instead of BIG-IP VE (Virtual Edition)? Aren't they the same?? No, no they aren't. LineRate Point (and really Line Rate Precision, too) is more akin to an app proxy while BIG-IP VE remains, of course, an ADC (Application Delivery Controller). That's not even pedantry, it's core to what each of the two solutions supports - both in their capabilities, their extensibility, and the applications they're designed to deliver services for. Platforms and Proxies First, let's remember that an ADC is a platform; that is, it's a software system supporting extensibility through modules. That's why we ha... (more)

Startup Debuts with Encryption for Cloud Computing

Israel-based startup Porticor launches this week with technology aimed at giving enterprises a way to encrypt data held in cloud computing services, including those from Amazon and Rackspace. Porticor Virtual Private Data is focused on protecting data at rest in cloud-based computing centers where customers rent disk space or servers, says Gilad Parann-Nissany, Porticor’s co-founder and CEO. What Porticor is doing that’s distinct is relying on a so-called “split-key” method in which the service to encrypt and decrypt doesn’t work unless both pieces of the key are together. The ... (more)

Rackspace Launches Next Generation Cloud Powered by OpenStack

Rackspace on Monday launched new cloud capabilities featuring the world’s first large-scale, production ready next generation cloud, powered by OpenStack and backed by Fanatical Support. Built on OpenStack, the next generation cloud incorporates a robust portfolio of cloud solutions such as Cloud Servers, Cloud Databases, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Networks, a completely new cloud Control Panel, Cloud Monitoring and support for the OpenStack API. “The open era of the cloud is a reality and Rackspace has positioned itself at the forefront of this massive, technological shift,” sa... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: High Performance Database Hosting in the Cloud

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Do you like fast MySQL databases? How about superfast databases - like near 300 TPSs? Do you think you can't find them in the cloud? Well, think again! In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Daniel Morris, Senior Product Manager at Rackspace Hosting, explains why databases in the cloud are a reality and how you can benefit by implementing them. He will cover built-in redundancy and automated configurations as well as how using container-based virtualization will make your cloud database become blazingly fast - without locking y... (more)

What Is Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC)?

At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC). This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network, security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver greater value to the business. As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about how this will impact the marke... (more)

Cloud Computing in 2013

Marc Andreesen said recently that 2012 will be remembered as the year of SaaS. What he meant is that SaaS has been around for a while, but it came of age this year, with examples of successes such as the Workday IPO. No one questions the significance of SaaS any more. But the year 2013 will see a shift to PaaS (Platform as a Service) with “most” new activities. There is already a blurring of the lines between IaaS and PaaS, as seen from Amazon’s AWS stack. But programmatic interface in PaaS will dominate as we move forward, catering to the developer community. The incumbents such... (more)