Mar 31

Larry Ellison’s latest scheme for proving his multibillion-dollar investment in Sun was a brilliant scheme will be to move features from the Oracle database like accelerated queries and Java middleware into Sun silicon.
“Software in silicon is redefining enterprise computing,” he said.
Larry dropped this little nugget Tuesday when he rolled out the latest generation of Solaris-based Sparc machines claiming they housed the world’s fastest processor.
The servers, set to compete against IBM and HP, mostly IBM, are supposed to be designed for the cloud and include an entry-to-mid-range T5 and a high-end M5. They’re said to offer “near linear scalability” from one to 32 sockets.
Both chips, each 28nm and based on the S3 core design, but different in their core count and L3 cache, clock in at 3.6GHz.

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Mar 31

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has made CloudStack, which it took in as an incubator project a year ago, a Top-Level Program (TLP).
That’s supposed to mean that Citrix, which donated the IaaS OpenStack rival to Apache after acquiring it from Cloud.com in 2011, doesn’t have much, if any, control over it although it offers a commercial version of the widgetry.
CloudStack now has more contributors than just Citrix engineers and can support more than 30,000 nodes spread over different locations. Its next 4.1 release is supposed to let the stuff split a cloud deployment across multiple regions à la Amazon, make management easier and use Amazon S3 for secondary storage.

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Mar 30

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Federal regulators are starting to make noise about Bitcoin, the digital currency that’s gained in recognition and value over the past few years: the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is offering up ‘guidance’ for digital currency and those who use it as part of commerce. But the Bitcoin Foundation, which is devoted to standardizing and promoting the currency, doesn’t like that idea; as Patric Murck, the organization’s general counsel, wrote in a March 19 blog posting: ‘If FinCEN would like to expand its statutory authority over “money transmitters” to include brand new categories such as “administrators” and “exchangers” of digital currency it must do so through proper rulemaking proceedings and not by fiat.’ If Bitcoin continues to gain in value, it could spark a rise in virtual currencies—and force some very interesting discussions over regulation. But here’s the question: would regulation actually be good for Bitcoin, if it made organizations and businesses more comfortable with using it as a currency?”

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Mar 30

SYS-CON Events announced today that Obsidian Strategics, the pioneer of “InfiniBand over the WAN,” will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10–13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York.
The Obsidian Longbow™ family of products extend InfiniBand clusters over Campus, Metro, Regional or Global Area optical networks enabling unparalleled DR applications over long-distance, high-bandwidth video transmission and efficient movement of Big Data sets to remote compute or storage resources. Integrated features include: routing, encryption, authentication and dark fiber optimization.

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Mar 30

Stagnant budgets, overwhelming data growth, and new user and application demands are just a few of the many challenges that are putting IT organizations under more pressure today than ever before. As a result, a new approach is required.
In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, Jeff Lundberg, senior product marketing manager for file, content and cloud at HDS, will discuss why object storage-based private cloud is necessary for evolving into a next-generation of IT that supports a new world of applications and storage service delivery models. Attendees will learn to:
Embrace cloud while retaining proper stewardship and governance of data
Deliver better, more cost-effective protection of your data
Bring structure to unstructured data so you can better understand it
Enjoy more efficient storage and network utilization

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Mar 30

Stagnant budgets, overwhelming data growth, and new user and application demands, are just a few of the many challenges that are putting IT organizations under more pressure today than ever before. As a result, a new approach is required. This session by Hitcahi Data Systems’ Jeff Lundberg at 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13, 2013] will discuss why object storage based private cloud is necessary for evolving into a next-generation of IT that supports a new world of applications and storage service delivery models.

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Mar 29

With VMworld 2013 coming up on us fast, our friends at the green machine, Veeam Software, are back again with another great Veeam drawing that could… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Mar 29

dcblogs writes “Virtualization, cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) is making it much easier to shift IT infrastructure operations to service providers, and that is exactly what many users are doing. Of the new data center space being built in the U.S., service providers accounted for about 13% of it last year, but by 2017 they will be responsible for more than 30% of this new space, says IDC. ‘We are definitely seeing a trend away from in-house data centers toward external data centers, external provisioning,’ said Gartner analyst Jon Hardcastle. Among those planning for a transition is the University of Kentucky’s CIO, who wants to reduce his data center footprint by half to two thirds. He expects in three to five years service provider pricing models ‘will be very attractive to us and allow us to take most of our computing off of our data center.’ IT managers says a big reason for the shift is IT pros don’t want to work in data centers at small-to-mid size firms that can’t offer them a career path. Hank Seader, managing principal of the Uptime Institute, said that it takes a ‘certain set of legacy skills, a certain commitment to the less than glorious career fields to make data centers work, and it’s hard to find people to do it.’”

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Mar 29

The Big Data and Cloud “movements” have acted as catalysts for tremendous growth in fit-for-purpose databases. Along with this growth, we see a new set of challenges in how we access the data through our business-critical applications. Let’s take a brief look at the evolution of these data access methods (and why we are in the mess we are in today).
Back in the ’80s the development of relational databases brought with it a standardized SQL protocol that could be easily implemented within mainframe applications to query and manipulate the data. These relational database systems supported transactions in a very reliable fashion through what was called “ACID” compliance (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability). These databases provided a very structured method of dealing with data and were very reliable. But ACID compliance also brought along lots of overheard process. Hence a downfall – they were not optimized to handle large transaction requests, nor could they handle huge volumes of transactions. To counteract this, we’ve did some significant performance and throughput enhancements within data connectivity drivers that lit a fire under the SQL speeds and connectivity efficiencies.

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Mar 29

The OpenNebula Project has just announced the beta release of the fourth major version of its widely deployed OpenNebula cloud management platform, a fully open-source enterprise-grade solution to build and manage virtualized data centers and enterprise clouds. The project has come a long way since the first “technology preview” of OpenNebula five years ago. This latest release is the realization of a vision of simplicity, openness, code-correctness and a sysadmin-centric approach.
OpenNebula 4.0 brings valuable contributions from many of its thousands of deployments that include leading research and supercomputing centers like CERN, FermiLab, NASA, ESA and SARA; and industry leaders like Blackberry, ChinaMobile, Dell, Cisco, Akamai and Telefonica O2. As an enterprise-class product, OpenNebula offers an upgrade path so all existing users can easily migrate their production and experimental environments to the new version.

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