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Pirelli Broadband Solutions, the broadband arm of the Pirelli Group, announced they adopted Neptuny’s Caplan SaaS. Capacity management has long been the domain of large enterprises; it wasn't cost effective for smaller companies. The cost to implement a capacity management system was higher than the cost savings from optimizing capacity. Neptuny claims the new SaaS version of their Capacity Management software uses the benefits of the cloud to make capacity management accessible to small-medium enterprises. More after the jump. ... (more)

IBM and Juniper Team Up for Cloud Migration

Interesting news today on the interoperability front. (Yes, I know I am obsessed) In a news conference IBM and Juniper Networks jointly demonstrated what they describe as a means of seamlessly migrating workloads over private and public clouds enabling enterprises' existing data centers to seamlessly interact with the public Internet. Also interesting is the news that IBM has created a new group called the Enterprise Initiative Group, which will focus on accelerating adoption of the cloud related technology. (Sounds like a great CCIF sponsor) The unit will be headed by Erich Clementi as general manager and he will report directly to IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. What I find most telling about this news is the technical approach that IBM and Juniper have chosen to go with. In the announcement they outlined a plan to use a hardware based virtual private lan which allows any-... (more)

Cloud Computing Wargames !

Wikipedia "A wargame is a game that represents a military operation." "Military simulations, also known informally as war games, are simulations in which theories of warfare can be tested and refined without the need for actual hostilities" For ages, simulations and wargames have been used by the military to prepare for eventual future operations. During the Cold War, countless battles between the red and blue forces were set-up, run and reset in preparation for the conflict that thankfully never came. Some contend that these wargames, in fact, were instrumental in preventing a global nuclear holocaust. As an outgrowth of this apparent success, business war games also came in vogue as a tool to help managers develop and execute business strategies more successfully. In 2005 there was actually an all-day "Battle for Clicks" war game between students from MIT Sloan Schoo... (more)

Drilling Info Announces New International E&P Information Venture

Drilling Info, Inc., the privately-held, Austin, TX-based provider of data and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for the US E&P industry, announces the launch of DI International Limited. The first products will be rolled out at the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX) Exploration Conference in Singapore this month. They will also be demonstrated at the IPEA conference in Indonesia the following month. read more read more read more ... (more)

Cloud Peering for Service Providers

Cloud Interoperability Magazine on Ulitzer Been doing some thinking around some of the opportunities for cloud providers to provide the seemless ability to utilize other "compatible" cloud service providers capacity as a kind of "cloud overdraft" protection. So it occurred to me, the concept already existing and is a core part of how the internet already functions. Yes, It's called "Peering", I'm calling my little spin on this concept "Cloud Peering" Wikipedia describes Peering as is "a voluntary interconnection of administratively separate Internet networks for the purpose of exchanging traffic between the customers of each network." Now replace "Internet Networks" with Public cloud service / hosting providers and you start to see the opportunity. Generally Peering relationships involves two more networks coming together to exchange traffic with each other freely, ... (more)

F5 Friday: New Services from F5 Ease Migration and Upgrades

I get by with a little help from my friends… While cloud and virtualization primarily focus on improving the provisioning process, there is a lot more to managing a data center and its critical components than just deployment. There’s upgrades – both software and hardware – and migration to new solutions as well as tweaking knobs and buttons to optimize and troubleshoot issues. While public cloud computing may alleviate much of the pain associated with forward movement, private and hybrid environments as well as traditional data center models must face the reality of dealing with these admittedly often tedious tasks. It’s a foregone conclusion that new technology and devices like mobile, tablets, unified application delivery and cloud computing as well as an evolving threat spectrum put pressure on IT to maintain a healthy and modern set of services to ensure avail... (more)

Internet 2.0 – Cloud and the X Internet

It’s always interesting how some concepts stick and become popular and some do not, like Cloud for example. Why this and not other similar ideas. One that has always fascinated me to this effect is the “X Internet”, referring to the ‘Executable Internet’, because it addresses the core nature of the distributed technology world we now live in (mobile apps et al) and because, well it’s just such a cool term. Building the Internet 2.0 Operating System Although we tend to think of the Cloud in centralizing terms, where hosting an app ‘in the Cloud’ means moving it to a remote data-centre, in contrast it is actually part of an overall trend of technology becoming much more distributed. From entirely standalone mainframes through the first PC LANs to the n-tier web architecture computing has continued to explode outwards. The ‘X Internet’ represents the next stage in this ... (more)

Weekly Capsule CRM training, coming right up!

We’ve helped clients use Capsule CRM for years. It’s a great product, perfect for sales teams needing simple sales and workflow management. That’s why we’re offering Capsule CRM training, once a week, every week. That’s right, you read correctly – we’re now offering a weekly “Capsule 101″ webinar, intended to help new users understand, use and customize Capsule CRM. Read on for details. Who it’s for New to Capsule and finding your way around? Looking for best practice tips as you customize milestones, tracks, fields and tags? Or maybe you’re just curious about what Capsule CRM offers? Capsule 101 is for you. Via this online group webinar, we’ll cover basic navigation,  customization, and business best practices. The goal is to help you get the best out of what Capsule offers. How it works Every Tuesday, at 11 am EDT, we’ll host Capsule 101 via an online meeting. You... (more)

It's On: Stacks versus Flows

#OpenStack #CloudStack #OpenFlow #SDN It's a showdown of model versus control – or is it?   There's a lot of noise about "wars" in the networking world these days. OpenStack versus CloudStack versus OpenFlow-based SDN. But while there are definitely aspects of "stacks" that share similarities with "flows", they are not the same model and ultimately they aren't even necessarily attempting to solve the same problems. Understanding the two models and what they're intended to do can go a long way toward resolving any perceived conflicts. The Stack Model Stack models, such as CloudStack and OpenStack, are more accurately placed in the category of "cloud management frameworks" because they are designed with provisioning and management of the infrastructure services that comprise a cloud computing (or highly dynamic) environment. Stacks are aptly named as they attempt to ... (more)

System Center 2012 SP1 Explained: Understanding Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 SP1) Fabric and Service Template

In Microsoft private cloud solutions, VMM is the management solution for virtualized resources. In the context of cloud computing, virtualization now encompasses three disciplines. In addition to server virtualization which many IT professionals are familiar with, network virtualization and storage virtualization are included as the three resource pools to together form the so-called fabric. VMM 2012 and later has the (fabric) abstraction architected in. Designed with constructing and managing fabric in mind, VMM has becomes a key enabler in implementing a private cloud solution. ...(read more) ... (more)

F3 Technologies, Inc. CEO Discusses Strategy for Remainder of 2009

ALPHARETTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/29/09 -- F3 Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FTCH) CEO Frank Connor opens up about some of the company's strategies and goals for the remainder of 2009. For the remainder of 2009 F3 Technologies will continue to revolutionize the way users and business use the Internet. With a clear market trend pointing towards increased adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud computing applications, the company is positioned well to capitalize on growing business opportunities in the community, business, and entertainment industries. CEO Frank Connor has set forth an aggressive development schedule for the team with an eye on bringing several new revenue generating products to market before the close of 2009. In the next few months the company will be launching three new products on its Ascend platform to attract new business customer... (more)