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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)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

OpenStack to Move to Its Own Foundation

Ahead of a conference in Boston, Rackspace said Wednesday that it will be turning control of the OpenStack cloud project that it started last year with NASA over to an independent OpenStack Foundation that will be set up next year. The foundation will be responsible for the open source project's governance and ownership of the OpenStack trademark. Rackspace, which currently controls the OpenStack copyrights as well as the trademark, will turn the IP over to the foundation. The company is supposed to gather feedback on the best structure and processes to adopt for the foundation. Rackspace and OpenStack were looking a wee bit too cozy there for a while after Rackspace bought Anso Labs and acquired most of OpenStack's board seats. It's supposed to be a community endeavor and Rackspace ultimately had to rearrange governance and voting rights to accommodate folks like... (more)

More Businesses Using Cloud

Companies are continuing to move along with adopting cloud computing even though they haven't completed their formal strategies for using it, according to ZDNet.com. Analyst IDC found that nearly three-quarters (69 percent) had already started using private cloud technologies, with nearly half (40 percent) saying they were using public and hybrid cloud. But while some companies are already taking the plunge, 64 percent of UK organizations said they are still "considering" what to do with the cloud (compared to 60 percent in France and 52 percent in Germany). Most enterprises' cloud strategies aren't particularly sophisticated, however, and focus on the technology-related drivers for cloud adoption, such as cutting the cost of IT, rather than business-related drivers, such as creating new revenue streams, according to IDC. EMC to Train 30,000 in Cloud Computing, Dat... (more)

Lanham Napier Retires as CEO of Rackspace

Rackspace® Hosting on Tuesday announced that Lanham Napier retired from the company as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. Graham Weston, Rackspace’s co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Napier plans to invest in and advise other entrepreneurial companies following a decision to step away from public company executive leadership. He will remain a consultant to Rackspace for the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. “It has been a privilege to be part of Rackspace for the past fourteen years,” said Mr. Napier. “I have enjoyed working with Rackers and our customers to bring Fanatical Support® to the fast-growing market of cloud computing. My decision to step down as CEO was a difficult one, but it’s the right choice for me and for the company. With the... (more)

Rackspace to Present at @DevOpsSummit | @Rackspace #DevOps #Microservices

Understanding DevOps: How to Foster a Culture to Build Better Apps Faster on the Cloud DevOps is here to stay because it works. Most businesses using this methodology are already realizing a wide range of real, measurable benefits as a result of implementing DevOps, including the breakdown of inter-departmental silos, faster delivery of new features and more stable operating environments. To take advantage of the cloud's improved speed and flexibility, development and operations teams need to work together more closely and productively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Prashanth Chandrasekar, Founder & General Manager of Rackspace's DevOps business segment and Co-Founder & Head of Operations for Rackspace's Fanatical Support for AWS business, will explain why building a DevOps culture means being able to do four things really well: Collaboration, Automation, Meas... (more)

Cloud Storage Flavors: Platform/Infrastructure and Service/Product

Take a look at the various data storage offerings called "cloud" and your head will start to ache. How can so many things all bear the "cloud storage" name and yet be so totally different? The answer is obvious to long-time industry observers: Each provider has tailored their offering to make it distinct in the market, and each supports different use cases Infrastructure versus Platform Although I am not one to tilt at windmills, especially when it comes to arguing the "rightness" of cloud-based marketing, I sometimes do hit upon a set of terminology that makes sense to me. Wading through the mess of "as-a-service" or "XaaS" names posted by my friend Greg Schulz the other day, it occurred to me that drawing a line between a platform and its underlying infrastructure is quite useful indeed. As Jeff Darcy points out, one can use this distinction to help make sense of t... (more)

2010 is the Year of the Federated Cloud Computing

In this first post of 2010, I’d like to look at one of the most important cloud issues that enterprises want to tackle: federation in the cloud — across clouds and between the cloud and the data center. Also known as hybrid clouds, the notion of federation has been around since cloud computing began, but as a long-term vision rather than a working solution. This year that gap is going to close. What Is Cloud Federation? Federation brings together different cloud flavors and internal resources so companies can select a computing environment on demand that makes sense for a particular workload. It opens the door to a range of useful scenarios that take advantage of cloud capabilities: Using multiple clouds for different applications to match business needs. For example, Amazon AWS or Rackspace could be used for applications that need large horizontal scale, and Savvis... (more)

Choosing a Cloud Strategy? Here's What You Need to Know About IaaS

IaaS Session at Cloud Expo Intel's co-founder, Gordon Moore, famously predicted [PDF file link] way back in 1965 that transistors on a chip will double every 2 years. And so they have ever since (therefore, Moore's Law). With increased processing power, computers are increasingly able to process more data in less time - helping users be more productive. So the cycle has been that every few years, hardware in data centers gets obsolete (even though they are in perfectly good working condition), requiring IT departments to spend capital to refresh their data centers to keep productivity levels high and their companies competitive. Application designs, for their part, have also changed drastically over the past 10 years - with newer technologies built to use that raw processing power. Upgrading applications, therefore, is a routine job these days in all IT environment... (more)

Ingram Micro to Distribute Rackspace Cloud

Rackspace Monday became one of the first hosting providers to offer its services through a traditional distribution model and allow VARs, resellers and channel partners to realize new revenue streams. It has cut a distribution agreement that will see Ingram Micro offer Rackspace's managed hosting and cloud widgetry to its North American channel of managed services providers (MSPs) and VARs. As Rackspace points out, the move is bound to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing. Complements of the deal Rackspace is a founding member of Ingram Micro's Cloud Conduit Initiative, which is supposed to connect Ingram Micro's North America channel partners with cloud computing vendors. It is also on Ingram's newfangled Cloud Conduit Advisory Council, which is focused on best practices among other things. Rackspace has its own channels too that it's been cultivating. ... (more)