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Primeur weekly 2011-05-30

EuroFlash

Altair Engineering announces successful 7th CAE Technology Conference held on the 10th May 2011 at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire ...

The quantum computer is growing up - Repetitive error correction in a quantum processor ...

Acorn: A Grid computing system for constraint based modelling and visualization of the genome scale metabolic reaction networks via a web interface ...

2011 International Supercomputing Conference is the forum for latest HPC news ...

World record in ultra-rapid data transmission ...

USFlash

Cray unveils the Cray XK6 supercomputer ...

Sandia and Cray Inc. to tackle "big data" in new supercomputing institute ...

D-Wave Systems sells its first quantum computing system to Lockheed Martin Corporation ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center accelerates machine learning with GPUs ...

Zenoss demonstrates scalable monitoring for one of the world's most powerful supercomputers ...

University of Arizona Engineering selected as High-Performance Parallel Computing Teaching Center ...

Iowa State physicists explain the long, useful lifetime of carbon-14 ...

IBM unveils breakthrough software and new services to exploit big data ...

Penguin Computing supplies PACMAN supercomputer to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

LG U+ implements Oracle Communications Applications for efficient network resource management of 3G and 4G LTE networks ...

New bandwidth management techniques boost operating efficiency in multi-core chips ...

HP trusted advisors reduce complexity of designing and building data centres ...

IBM donates top undergraduate computing capability to Union College ...

Citrix broadens footprint in Cloud infrastructure market with "Project Olympus" ...

Worldwide server market revenues increase 12.1% in first quarter as market demand continues to improve, according to IDC ...

NVIDIA Tegra 2 super chip wins 'Best Choice' Award at Computex 2011 ...

Citrix unveils end-to-end Cloud networking line-up ...

Veeam back-up and replication to support Microsoft Hyper-V ...

University of Toronto to award quantum mechanics prize to renowned physicist Sandu Popescu ...

HP technology helps DreamWorks Animation high-kick "Kung Fu Panda 2” onto the big screen ...

Zenoss delivers monitoring for applications built on Cloud Foundry ...

Citrix broadens footprint in Cloud infrastructure market with "Project Olympus"

25 May 2011 San Francisco - At Citrix Synergy where virtualization takes centre stage, Citrix Systems introduced "Project Olympus", a groundbreaking new Cloud infrastructure product based on the popular OpenStack project. By leveraging OpenStack, Project Olympus inherits all the collective experience and innovation of hundreds of experienced open source Cloud developers - and a rapidly growing list of more than 60 supporting commercial hardware and software vendors. As a result, Project Olympus helps customers build real infrastructure-as-a-service Clouds that are scalable, efficient and open-by-design, because they use the same architecture, approach and technology that powers the largest and most successful Clouds in the world. This approach stands in stark contrast to first-generation solutions that try to simulate Cloud environments by adding proprietary management layers on top of existing data centre virtualization stacks.

Project Olympus is comprised of two primary components: a Citrix-certified version of OpenStack and a Cloud-optimized version of Citrix XenServer. Both versions incorporate Xen technology, the virtualization platform of choice in more than 80 percent of the public Cloud today.

Project Olympus will support a wide range of infrastructure, management and development solutions, making it easy for customers to expand and build on it. Reinforcing the Citrix commitment to customer choice, Project Olympus will also support Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, just like it does in the desktop virtualization space with its market-leading Citrix XenDesktop product line.

Project Olympus is perfect for public Cloud providers who want to focus their attention on providing differentiation and innovation, rather than recreating core Cloud infrastructure. It is also ideal for enterprise customers who want to build private Clouds with all the efficiency and flexibility that make the real Cloud so transformative.

Project Olympus is a key new addition to the Citrix open Cloud computing portfolio. It complements the recently announced Citrix NetScaler Cloud Gateway, which gives IT an easy, unified way to orchestrate the delivery of any mix of SaaS, web and Windows apps to end users, and NetScaler Cloud Bridge, which gives IT unlimited capacity by seamlessly and securely extending any data centre to any external Cloud service.

In addition to complementing NetScaler Cloud Gateway and Cloud Bridge, Project Olympus will come pre-integrated with the Citrix Cloud Networking fabric to ensure Cloud applications and services are delivered with the best performance, security and reliability. It will also enable customers to fully leverage virtual switching and intelligent L4-7 capabilities in Networking-as-a-Service models.

Project Olympus will begin shipping later this year. For customers who want to begin pilots and proof-of-concept deployments today, Citrix is also introducing the Citrix Project Olympus Early Access Programme, with key support from fellow OpenStack founding members, Dell and Rackspace. The programme provides a sneak peek into the upcoming Citrix solution and helps customers get everything they need to start building scalable Clouds today.

To help customers get started, Dell and Rackspace are offering certified solutions for the Early Access Programme, including:

  • Dell Early Access Support: As a founding member of the OpenStack project, Dell understands that configuring servers, storage and the networking to build Cloud infrastructures for the first time can be complex and time-consuming. To address this, Dell is providing deployment software and a fully optimized reference architecture based on the PowerEdge C server platforms for Citrix Project Olympus Early Access Programme members.
  • Rackspace Early Access Support: Also a founder of OpenStack and customer of XenServer in its own public Cloud operation, Rackspace is one of the largest public Clouds in the world. To support the Citrix Project Olympus Early Access Program, Rackspace will leverage its expertise to provide deployment services, training and ongoing customer support for customer clouds. Rackspace Cloud Builders, a team of OpenStack experts, can help deploy and support private or public OpenStack clouds in any data centre.

Project Olympus is a game-changing new solution that provides:

  • Openness: As open source-based IaaS solutions become more prevalent, the freedom of the Cloud will be extended with seamless connections between other open source data centres. By bringing an open Cloud alternative to the industry, Project Olympus not only provides IT more scalability, but it also allows them to enhance and innovate their services and apps while dynamically expanding their compute capabilities without capital expense.
  • Proven Technology: Proven technologies used by the largest Clouds in the world, including Citrix NetScaler and XenServer, OpenStack and Xen, have been leveraged to provide a tested, certified, packaged version of the open source OpenStack with a Cloud-optimized version of Citrix XenServer. As a result, the benefits of public Cloud infrastructures are accessible to the development of private Clouds for the enterprise and service providers.
  • Rich Ecosystem: Project Olympus will further accelerate the rapidly growing, rich ecosystem of OpenStack Cloud solution partners, including Dell, Intel and Rackspace and a range of solutions for Cloud management (e.g., Rightscale); security (e.g., Trend Micro) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) (e.g., GigaSpaces, Engine Yard).

Sameer Dholakia, VP of Product Marketing, Datacenter and Cloud Division, Citrix, stated: "Public Clouds like Amazon and Rackspace have set the bar for how real Clouds should be built, yet many vendors want to force-fit the Cloud into existing server virtualization architecture, giving customers more of an imitation Cloud. Citrix believes it is time to leverage the open source community to bring Cloud to a new level of innovation with a solution that brings the open, elastic, scale-out infrastructures of leading IaaS Clouds to private Clouds. There was no better project to help bring Project Olympus to fruition than OpenStack, with its dedicated industry support, rich ecosystem and rapid pace of innovation."

John Igoe, Executive Director of Development Engineering, Dell, stated: "Dell has been a part of the OpenStack initiative since the beginning. We've participated in the community by providing reference architectures, optimized PowerEdge C servers, and innovative software to meet growing customer demand for an open-source based Cloud. By providing Cloud-enabled versions of Xen and XenServer, Citrix is augmenting and strengthening OpenStack, helping drive new solutions that make it easier to accelerate virtualization and Cloud deployments alike. This is just the first step. Dell, RackSpace and Citrix will continue collaborating closely to drive new innovative Cloud offerings and solutions."

Jim Curry, General Manager, Rackspace Cloud Builders, stated: "The momentum behind OpenStack is growing rapidly, and we are seeing enterprises and service providers hungry to deploy OpenStack-based clouds. Having a certified, OpenStack distribution from an industry leader like Citrix will provide a further rallying point for the ecosystem and help drive adoption with service providers and enterprises looking for a trusted, commercial software provider to stand behind this mission-critical piece of infrastructure software."

Early Access Programme customers will receive Citrix Project Olympus beta software free of charge. Project Olympus - including the Citrix-certified version of OpenStack and a Cloud-optimized version of the popular Citrix XenServer - will be generally available later this year.

Source: Citrix

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Primeur weekly 2011-05-30

EuroFlash

Altair Engineering announces successful 7th CAE Technology Conference held on the 10th May 2011 at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire ...

The quantum computer is growing up - Repetitive error correction in a quantum processor ...

Acorn: A Grid computing system for constraint based modelling and visualization of the genome scale metabolic reaction networks via a web interface ...

2011 International Supercomputing Conference is the forum for latest HPC news ...

World record in ultra-rapid data transmission ...

USFlash

Cray unveils the Cray XK6 supercomputer ...

Sandia and Cray Inc. to tackle "big data" in new supercomputing institute ...

D-Wave Systems sells its first quantum computing system to Lockheed Martin Corporation ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center accelerates machine learning with GPUs ...

Zenoss demonstrates scalable monitoring for one of the world's most powerful supercomputers ...

University of Arizona Engineering selected as High-Performance Parallel Computing Teaching Center ...

Iowa State physicists explain the long, useful lifetime of carbon-14 ...

IBM unveils breakthrough software and new services to exploit big data ...

Penguin Computing supplies PACMAN supercomputer to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

LG U+ implements Oracle Communications Applications for efficient network resource management of 3G and 4G LTE networks ...

New bandwidth management techniques boost operating efficiency in multi-core chips ...

HP trusted advisors reduce complexity of designing and building data centres ...

IBM donates top undergraduate computing capability to Union College ...

Citrix broadens footprint in Cloud infrastructure market with "Project Olympus" ...

Worldwide server market revenues increase 12.1% in first quarter as market demand continues to improve, according to IDC ...

NVIDIA Tegra 2 super chip wins 'Best Choice' Award at Computex 2011 ...

Citrix unveils end-to-end Cloud networking line-up ...

Veeam back-up and replication to support Microsoft Hyper-V ...

University of Toronto to award quantum mechanics prize to renowned physicist Sandu Popescu ...

HP technology helps DreamWorks Animation high-kick "Kung Fu Panda 2” onto the big screen ...

Zenoss delivers monitoring for applications built on Cloud Foundry ...