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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations

Oracle buys Ksplice

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S.

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud

HP helps enterprises scale up

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

12 Jul 2011 Santa Clara - Citrix Systems has completed the acquisition of Cloud.com, a market leading provider of software infrastructure platforms for Cloud providers. The company's innovative CloudStack product line helps providers of all types deploy and manage simple, cost-effective Cloud services that are scalable, secure, and open by design. This acquisition further establishes Citrix as an expert in infrastructure for the rapidly growing Cloud provider market. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The transition from the PC Era to the Cloud Era is expected to fuel a massive build out in Cloud infrastructure, creating a new market projected to exceed $11 billion by the end of 2013, according to industry analysts. This market will feature thousands of providers of all shapes and sizes, offering a vast array of new Cloud services ranging from business, infrastructure and development offerings, to consumer, mobile and gaming services. Most of the Clouds that service this market will look nothing like traditional enterprise data centres. They will run on radically different platforms purpose-built for Cloud computing - platforms designed from the ground up to deliver multi-tier, multi-tenant services in the simplest and most cost-effective way. The world's largest and most successful public Clouds are all built this way today.

The Cloud.com product line is not a traditional enterprise server virtualization platform with Cloud management layered on top. It is a powerful, hypervisor-agnostic solution designed from the ground up to help providers build clouds the way the world's largest and most successful public Clouds are built - simple, automated, elastic, scalable and efficient. This proven approach has helped Cloud.com customers around the world roll out new Cloud services up to 50 times faster, at one fifth the cost of alternative solutions.

With the addition of Cloud.com, Citrix now offers a complete portfolio of virtualization, orchestration and networking solutions purpose built for the Cloud Era - solutions that are not only among the market leaders individually, but also designed to help customers avoid vendor lock-in by letting them use the hardware, software, management products and service providers of their choice.

A commitment to openness and interoperability has been a central pillar for both Citrix and Cloud.com, and will accelerate further with this acquisition. The Cloud.com product line will continue to support commercial hypervisors such as Citrix XenServer and VMware vSphere, as well as open source hypervisors like Xen. Citrix intends to add support for Microsoft products like Hyper-V and System Center to the Cloud.com product line, as well as support a full range of "platform-as-a-service" development environments, storage systems, servers and management software.

A key part of this commitment to openness is a full embrace of open source as an essential element of Cloud computing. In addition to providing leadership in communities like Xen.org at the virtualization layer, this acquisition will help Citrix further accelerate its support of OpenStack, the popular open source Cloud infrastructure movement that now includes over 1,100 Cloud developers, and more than 80 member companies. As a founding member of Openstack.org, Citrix is the second largest contributor to the project and is a member of the OpenStack policy board.

Citrix product support for OpenStack was initially announced at the recent Citrix Synergy conference under the code name Project Olympus. With this acquisition, Citrix will also be extending OpenStack support to the Cloud.com product line in an upcoming release later this year.

With the addition of Cloud.com, the Citrix infrastructure portfolio for Cloud providers will include:

  • Cloud Platform Products: CloudStack (new) - next generation, hypervisor-agnostic, Cloud infrastructure platform.
  • XenServer: secure, cloud-optimized virtualization platform

Cloud networking products include:

  • NetScaler Cloud Gateway: sits at the "front door" of corporate data centres giving IT an easy, unified way to orchestrate the delivery of any mix of SaaS, web and Windows apps to end users on any device.
  • NetScaler Cloud Bridge: sits at the "back door" of corporate datacenters, giving IT unlimited capacity by seamlessly and securely extending any datacenter to any external Cloud service, regardless of hypervisor or platform.
  • NetScaler SDX, MPX and VPX: powerful networking platforms designed from the ground up to serve as a "service delivery fabric" for virtual datacenters and Clouds.

App and desktop products include:

  • XenApp and XenDesktop: market leading virtualization solutions that let Cloud providers deliver Windows apps and desktops as a service to any device.

The addition of Cloud.com brings Citrix an incredibly talented team that includes some of the world's most experienced Cloud computing experts. Cloud.com CEO Sheng Liang will continue to lead the design, architecture and technology of the CloudStack product line, reporting to Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and general manager of the newly-formed Cloud Platforms product group at Citrix.

The Cloud.com CloudStack solution is available to cloud providers today, with Citrix branded versions coming in a future release.

Mark Templeton, President and CEO, Citrix Systems Inc., stated: “As the industry moves into the Cloud Era, Citrix is committed to leading the charge with powerful solutions that make the Cloud more open, more secure, and more personal. We are delighted to welcome the Cloud.com team to the Citrix family to focus our combined efforts on helping customers of all sizes make a difference in business, and in the lives of their customers and employees."

Sheng Liang, CEO and Founder, Cloud.com, stated: "Cloud.com is the platform behind many of the world's most innovative and successful clouds. Joining forces with Citrix will dramatically accelerate our mission to help customers achieve all the promise cloud computing has to offer, in a way that’s open, secure and efficient."

Jim Curry, GM of Cloud Builders, Rackspace, stated: "Citrix has been a leader in the creation of OpenStack, assembling an impressive team of developers and creating Project Olympus to take open Cloud-scale technology into the market. With the addition of the Cloud.com team, Citrix is furthering their commitment to OpenStack, ensuring that the OpenStack platform and APIs are even more widely available to customers everywhere."

Source: Citrix

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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations

Oracle buys Ksplice

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S.

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud

HP helps enterprises scale up

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite