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Primeur weekly 2014-03-03

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud database service helps organisations simplify mobile, web app and Big Data development ...

SUSE Cloud 3 now available, based on OpenStack Havana release ...

Oracle buys BlueKai ...

IBM launches pay-as-you-go model to quickly get clients on Cloud storage ...

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service now generally available in Europe ...

VMware completes acquisition of AirWatch ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Big Workflow to accelerate insights that inspire data-driven decisions giving the business a distinct competitive advantage ...

IBM invests $1 billion to deliver unique Platform-as-a-Service capabilities to connect enterprise data and applications to the Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches A5 for Windows Azure public Cloud service based on strengthened alliance with Microsoft ...

Desktop Grids

HTC aims to create a supercomputer with "HTC Power to Give" ...

BOINCCalculator 0.5.1 released ...

EuroFlash

PRACE 8th Call for Proposals closes with larger allocations on all systems ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing allocates ~440 million computing core hours to European research ...

IBM challenges mobile developers to bring the power of Watson to the palm of your hand ...

ISC'14 to launch Exhibitors Innovation Forum on June 24-25 ...

HP helps telcos deploy new offerings in minutes, rather than months, with network functions virtualization ...

Intel announces family of virtualization platforms for industrial systems ...

USFlash

Rogue Wave shows off new analysis toolchain for software risk mitigation ...

OpenMP ARB releases new Mission Statement ...

Fujitsu delivers new levels of in-memory computing performance and x86 mission-critical uptime with PRIMEQUEST 2000 series ...

New record set for data-transfer speeds ...

University of New Mexico gains supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium ...

Nova Southeastern University will ramp up research with its first supercomputer ...

Gartner says 2013 worldwide server market grew 2.1 percent in shipments, while revenue decreased 4.5 percent for the year ...

NIH and George Washington University researchers partner to accelerate genomics research using Internet2's 100G network ...

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service now generally available in Europe

25 Feb 2014 London - VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, has made available VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe from a data centre in Slough, UK. Complementing VMware's existing US data centres, the Slough data centre provides customers with a European location that addresses UK and EU compliance and data sovereignty demands.

VMware's UK service expansion demonstrates the company's commitment to provide customers a Hybrid Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) footprint internationally and marks the beginning of a planned roll-out of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service across key European locations.

"Customer response to the UK public beta of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service has been tremendous", stated Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "VMware is uniquely positioned to deliver the best of both worlds: the compelling economics and agility of a public Cloud, yet fully compatible with a customer's existing data centre, applications, management tools, networking and security. As a result, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service solves key business issues allowing organisations to seamlessly extend their data centres to the Cloud - linking both private and public Cloud together to create a truly hybrid Cloud."

IT organisations are turning to public Cloud to enable their business partners with new services and capacity, but recent revelations have put data privacy, security and sovereignty high on the list of customer concerns. A UK data centre helps VMware's European customers address local data privacy, security and sovereignty issues, while taking advantage of a public Cloud from a global leader.

A recent survey of 200 VMware enterprise customers in the UK conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent and specialist market research provider for the global technology sector, revealed that 86 percent of respondents believe that it is important to ensure their business critical data is stored with a UK-based Cloud service provider. In addition, the survey found that 52 percent said that they are required to follow industry data residency regulations and/or compliance standards. Twenty percent were unaware where all of their data, including mission critical data, currently resides.

Delving deeper into existing Cloud usage, the survey found that 85 percent of the customers surveyed said that their current public Cloud is either not integrated or only partly integrated with their own data centre, requiring applications to be recoded to migrate workloads, and 81 percent agreed that they needed a solution that makes their public Cloud as easy to manage as their own infrastructure.

"By moving to a single hybrid Cloud platform with VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, we'll be able to treat our private and public Clouds as a single entity, moving workloads out into the public Cloud when necessary without needing to invest in additional hardware", stated Michael Briggs, Head of IT Service Operations, Cancer Research. "With VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, my IT teams will be able to quickly launch new products and services, investing in either public or private Cloud as appropriate."

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, built on VMware vSphere, enables customers to extend the same applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premise and off-premise environments. Customers can manage and automate vCloud Hybrid Service from their vSphere console, vCloud Automation Center, vCloud Application Director and their own tools using the vCloud API.

Designed to serve the growing demand for vCloud Hybrid Service, the new UK data centre delivers a high performance software-defined data centre architecture including:

  • Fully-redundant VM service: Unlike other Clouds, VMware provides a service level agreement for VM availability, backed by fully-redundant server infrastructure using VMware vSphere vMotion. This service maximizes the performance and uptime of customer applications, automatically live-migrating them to other compute nodes if there is server congestion or equipment failure.
  • Enterprise-class storage: VMware uses flash-accelerated disk storage, 10G networking and congestion control to meet the performance demands of today's enterprise applications cost-effectively.
  • Full network virtualization: At no extra cost, VMware customers can deploy a rich set of load balancers, firewalls and VPNs using virtual networks, switches and routers to replicate their physical networking configuration.

With vCloud Hybrid Service, channel partners play a key role of integrating private and public Clouds and delivering hybrid solutions to customers. The service was designed specifically with the channel community in mind. VMware distributors and solution providers can now sell vCloud Hybrid Service the same way as any other VMware product.

"We were one of the first companies in the world to see VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in action as we took part in the US early access programme with one of our customers, Biomni", stated Paul Casey, practice leader, Cloud, Automation and Virtualisation, Computacenter. "We've all been really impressed with what we've seen. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a seamless extension to existing VMware investments and it brings true hybrid capability not just to new workloads, but to existing virtualized workloads and workload blueprints."

"Resellers will have the opportunity to offer additional hybrid Cloud capabilities and management tools as well as consultancy", stated Ed Dolman, head of channels, UK and Ireland, VMware. "Both partners and resellers will also have the ability to differentiate vCloud Hybrid Service in line with industries or applications bespoke to their customer base. As we roll out the service across Europe, this will open further opportunities for our partners across a broad variety of European markets."
Source: VMware

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Primeur weekly 2014-03-03

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud database service helps organisations simplify mobile, web app and Big Data development ...

SUSE Cloud 3 now available, based on OpenStack Havana release ...

Oracle buys BlueKai ...

IBM launches pay-as-you-go model to quickly get clients on Cloud storage ...

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service now generally available in Europe ...

VMware completes acquisition of AirWatch ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Big Workflow to accelerate insights that inspire data-driven decisions giving the business a distinct competitive advantage ...

IBM invests $1 billion to deliver unique Platform-as-a-Service capabilities to connect enterprise data and applications to the Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches A5 for Windows Azure public Cloud service based on strengthened alliance with Microsoft ...

Desktop Grids

HTC aims to create a supercomputer with "HTC Power to Give" ...

BOINCCalculator 0.5.1 released ...

EuroFlash

PRACE 8th Call for Proposals closes with larger allocations on all systems ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing allocates ~440 million computing core hours to European research ...

IBM challenges mobile developers to bring the power of Watson to the palm of your hand ...

ISC'14 to launch Exhibitors Innovation Forum on June 24-25 ...

HP helps telcos deploy new offerings in minutes, rather than months, with network functions virtualization ...

Intel announces family of virtualization platforms for industrial systems ...

USFlash

Rogue Wave shows off new analysis toolchain for software risk mitigation ...

OpenMP ARB releases new Mission Statement ...

Fujitsu delivers new levels of in-memory computing performance and x86 mission-critical uptime with PRIMEQUEST 2000 series ...

New record set for data-transfer speeds ...

University of New Mexico gains supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium ...

Nova Southeastern University will ramp up research with its first supercomputer ...

Gartner says 2013 worldwide server market grew 2.1 percent in shipments, while revenue decreased 4.5 percent for the year ...

NIH and George Washington University researchers partner to accelerate genomics research using Internet2's 100G network ...