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We’ve been talking a lot about OpenStack over the past few months, and with good reason. Its explosive growth in popularity within the enterprise has enabled large, interoperable application architectures and, with this, a need for app-centric monitoring of the OpenStack cloud. There are several open source monitoring tools for OpenStack out there, but are they mature enough for the challenges posed by its complexity? Can they effectively monitor hundreds of nodes, while simultaneously keeping an eye on hundreds of apps? This post is the first of a 3-part series where we will take review: What is OpenStack? The OpenStack monitoring space: Monasca, Ceilometer, Zabbix and the Elastic Stack A full stack view on Monitoring OpenStack with Dynatrace What is OpenStack? OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system used to develop private- and public-cloud environments.... (more)

Show Report: Reality Check at 4th Cloud Expo

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The talk at the 4th Cloud Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so, who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are being tested? To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of its own somewhat out-of-control hype cycle. Since so much has been written and discussed about the cloud in 2009, there is now a growing impatience for actual results. The fact that 2000 people showed up at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week (double the number from last year’s show) suggests that at the very least, interest in enterprise cloud computing remains very real, and the need for practical solutions and use cases is growing more urgent. There was a growing concensus about a number of issues: 1. The hybrid model of on-prem data centers combined wit... (more)

Rackspace Starts the Great OpenStack Migration

Rackspace, which wants to be the "Linux of the cloud" mimicking the now billion-dollar-a-year Red Hat, said Monday that it's "drawing a line in the sand against cloud providers." Everyone agrees it has Amazon, particularly, and VMware, to a certain extent, in mind. However, what'll probably end up happening is that Red Hat, which has a prominent part in the open source OpenStack project that Rackspace started, becomes the "Linux of the cloud" because it's got all the pieces, or thinks it does, but that's another story. Anyway, Rackspace is inching out with a production-ready OpenStack cloud based on Essex, the fifth and best-yet release of the open source cloud platform put in train by Rackspace and NASA in the summer of 2010. Rackspace CEO Louis Napier told a New York Times blog that he expects to have all his customers, by then perhaps 200,000 businesses, on some ... (more)

Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Announced

Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, today announced that the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the industry’s only enterprise-ready, 100-percent open source platform powered by Apache Hadoop, has achieved certification for Rackspace Private Cloud. As a part of The Rackspace Open Cloud platform, the company launched the Rackspace Private Cloud Software in August 2012, with thousands of organizations in over 125 countries spanning all continents downloading the product. HDP is the only Apache Hadoop distribution to have received this certification. Combining the power of enterprise-class Apache Hadoop in HDP with Rackspace Private Cloud, organizations now have a secure, scalable environment to refine, explore and enrich their data using Hadoop. The Rackspace team at 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley in November 2011 With HDP, data can be proce... (more)

'Big Loop' for Big Data and DevOps By @Cloudwick | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Cloudwick Launches Big Loop, the First Big Data Collaboration Platform Cloudwick, the leading big data DevOps service and solution provider to the Fortune 1000, announced Big Loop, its multi-vendor operations platform. Cloudwick Big Loop creates greater collaboration between Fortune 1000 IT staff, developers and their database management systems as well as big data vendors. This allows customers to comprehensively manage and oversee their entire infrastructure, which leads to more successful production cluster operations, and scale-out. Cloudwick Big Loop supports DataStax, the leading distributed database technology company, and big data vendors -- Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Spark clusters -- on-premise or in the cloud. "Enterprise IT managers have a lot on their minds and often lack the technical staff to make sure systems are runni... (more)

A Brief History of Cloud Computing

Someone asked me to give him an overview of Cloud Computing in “a one pager”. I think I failed, but I tried  Cloud Computing is the most important trend in the IT Industry. Even the biggest critics seem to agree that – in spite of some over-zealous marketeers – Cloud Computing is one of the most important paradigm shifts of the past decades. But what is it all about? Where did it come from? And what's to be expected? There are probably as many definitions of Cloud Computing as there are self-acclaimed Cloud Specialist. Most of those definitions include pay-per-use, instant availability,  scalability, hardware abstraction, self-provisioning, virtualization and internet. A short but safe summary would be “Cloud Computing is a new way of delivering IT services: end users can deploy the services they need when they need them. Many of those services are available over ... (more)

The Year in Review: Monitis in 2009

  As we start the New Year, I want to take a quick look back to review some of the incredible milestones we’ve witnessed and orchestrated here at Monitis. We’ve watched the cloud industry expand and grow – with new cloud providers launching their platforms and a variety of new service providers bringing their brands and tools to the cloud. Last year was an incredibly successful year for Monitis, as more and more companies making the move to the cloud relied upon our monitoring services (such as external monitoring, back-end monitoring, web traffic monitoring, transaction monitoring and EC2/S3 cloud monitoring. We grew our customer base by 400% and our revenue by 500% last year. As you might guess, I’m ecstatic about those numbers, not just because it means we’re doing better, but because it represents growth for the whole industry, too. And I think it proves growin... (more)

Microsoft Brings Cloud Interoperability Down to Earth

Microsoft Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo An interoperable cloud could help companies cut costs and governments connect constituents, say Microsoft executives. Governments and businesses alike are looking at cloud services as a way to consolidate IT infrastructure, scale their IT systems for the future, and enable innovative services and activities that were not possible before. To help organizations realize the benefits of cloud services, technology vendors are investing in the hard work of identifying and solving the challenges presented by operating in mixed IT environments, and are collaborating to ensure that their products work well together. In fact, although the industry is still in the early stages of collaborating on cloud interoperability issues, there has already been considerable progress. But what does ‘cloud interoperability’ mean, and how is it benefiti... (more)

Cloud Security Alliance & Novell Spur Mainstream Cloud Adoption

Novell Session at Cloud Expo Novell and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), on Monday announced a vendor-neutral initiative to deliver the industry's first cloud security certification, education and outreach program for cloud providers. Known as the "Trusted Cloud Initiative," it will help cloud providers develop industry-recommended, secure and interoperable identity, access and compliance management configurations and practices. Now, organizations considering adopting cloud-based computing will have a trusted standard to alleviate concerns about security, governance and control of their data and IT assets. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! "How identities are managed either in the cloud, or federated with the cloud, create significant barriers for enterprise adoption of cloud services," said Alan Boehme, SVP IT Strategy and Enterp... (more)

Rackspace Hosting and Akamai to Partner

Rackspace Hosting and Akamai Technologies announced on Wednesday a strategic relationship that will enable Rackspace to offer Akamai's web acceleration and cloud optimization services as part of its dedicated and cloud hosting portfolio. Responding to the needs of its customers, Rackspace will work to integrate key features from Akamai such as CNAMEs, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and CDN delivery for Cloud Files, a Rackspace service that provides highly scalable online storage for files and media. Additionally, Rackspace will resell a range of essential Akamai site and application acceleration services to its customers. The goal is to create a one-stop shop for hosting, cloud, and acceleration services for web content and applications. "The next decade presents new opportunities for two industry leaders, Rackspace and Akamai, to better help customers succeed with th... (more)

The Inevitability of an Open Cloud

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! The advantages of using the cloud are apparent, but the approaches to the cloud are still in a heated industry debate. Renting cloud space from a vendor, private clouds, open clouds - just what is the best choice and where is the industry heading? While renting cloud space from a vendor seems easy, it's difficult to move off these clouds, and it's especially problematic when you'd like to test another provider's cloud. Private clouds tie you into a verticalized stack, limiting flexibility and choice, not to mention they are cost prohibitive. We are driving toward an open cloud, providing control and flexibility to users. An open cloud is the next reiteration of the web and what will power the web moving forward. In his general session at Cloud Expo New York, John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, discussed why the open cloud is ... (more)