Week of 10 Jun 2013 News briefs: Red Hat OpenShift Online goes live; Lenovo pushes cloud (13 Jun 2013)
This week, Red Hat's OpenShift Online rolls out for commercial use, Lenovo enters the cloud market and NTT deploys VMware network virtualization.
The cloud talent shortage is motivating cloud providers, enterprises and vendors to launch their own training and certification programs.
Open source vs. proprietary cloud provider platforms (13 Jun 2013)
The choice between an open source or proprietary cloud platform plagues cloud providers, as open source platforms mature and end-user needs evolve.
Cloud talent search: How Rackspace finds cloud engineers (11 Jun 2013)
To overcome a shortage, Rackspace builds cloud computing talent at its Open Cloud Academy boot camp in San Antonio.
Week of 03 Jun 2013 Cisco partners: Networking as a Service, switches for the midmarket (SearchNetworking.com | 06 Jun 2013)
Cisco Systems Inc. introduced Networking-as-a-Service capabilities and a new Catalyst 2960-X switch at its 17th annual Cisco Partner Summit.
Cisco pieces together platform strategy for partners (05 Jun 2013)
In her Cisco Partner Summit 2013 keynote address, Padmasree Warrior spoke of how the company's open platform strategy could benefit provider partners.
Savvis expands its worldwide data center footprint (07 Jun 2013)
Savvis expands eight existing data centers, adds two new ones and directly integrates them into a combined CenturyLink-Savvis Tier 1 MPLS network.
This week, Big Blue's bid for SoftLayer is expected to boost IBM's cloud, and Salesforce targets its biggest buy yet: $2.5 billion for ExactTarget.
New cloud providers are struggling to earn profits with the current cloud pricing model. Value-added services can help providers differentiate.
Week of 27 May 2013 News briefs: Juniper backs Cloudscaling; Joyent takes on AWS in IaaS (30 May 2013)
This week, Cloudscaling's $10 million in Series B funding includes backing from Juniper and Joyent updates its IaaS strategy to woo AWS customers.
Week of 20 May 2013 VMware hybrid cloud service unlikely to start turf war with providers (24 May 2013)
Despite directly competing with many of its cloud provider customers' offerings, VMware's new hybrid cloud service is unlikely to damage partnerships.
In this week's news briefs, the VMware public cloud officially launches, Dell drops its IaaS offering and AWS gains accreditation from FedRAMP.
The MSPAlliance introduces new cloud insurance program, offering extended liability coverage for providers and peace of mind for customers.
Week of 13 May 2013 News briefs: Google cloud services headline I/O, Compute Engine opens (17 May 2013)
In these briefs, Google I/O delivers news about Google's cloud services, including a new database service and general availability of Compute Engine.
At the first stop on his cross-country speaking tour, Amazon's Jeff Barr answered questions on AWS pricing, performance and availability.
Week of 06 May 2013 News briefs: HP updates FlexFabric line; Citrix refines partner program (06 May 2013)
In these briefs, HP updates its FlexFabric portfolio, Citrix revamps its partner programs and Brocade debuts its vision for on-demand data centers.
Week of 29 Apr 2013 HP reveals new generation of data center switches (SearchNetworking.com | 30 Apr 2013)
HP offers new core and aggregation data center switches with OpenFlow 1.3, TRILL and Shortest Path Bridging support.
HP supports OpenFlow 1.3 on new data center switches (SearchSDN.com | 01 May 2013)
HP's new data center switches support OpenFlow 1.3, making it the only vendor to run the latest SDN protocol from the core to the server edge.
Cloud brokers can offer their own cloud services as long as they don't compete with their cloud provider partners.
In these news briefs, a survey suggests more enterprises use multi-cloud strategies, and the MSPAlliance updates its cloud insurance for providers.
Week of 22 Apr 2013 Cloud marketing strategy: Do consumers care if it's called cloud? (26 Apr 2013)
While some providers play up the lingo in consumer cloud marketing, others say confusion has left the term 'cloud' too diluted to be valuable.
In this week's cloud news, Microsoft heats up competition in the IaaS market while Google petitions local utilities for more clean energy options.
The TIA and EPI are developing a certification program around the TIA 942 standard for cloud data center designs, uptime and resiliency.
Tweeters at the OpenStack Summit 2013 in Portland praised the project's latest release, but noted that there is still room for improvement.
Week of 15 Apr 2013 Customers say ecosystems are top priority when choosing PaaS providers (18 Apr 2013)
Customers said that the top reason they selected their current PaaS provider was that they valued its ecosystem, according a new TechTarget survey.
Providing customers with cross-connection services within and among a provider's cloud data centers can generate high margins with little investment.
This week, Amazon's Storage Gateway expands to support Hyper-V, HP launches Moonshot and Rackspace launches OpenStack package for service providers.
Week of 08 Apr 2013 Comcast launches cloud marketplace, expands cloud provider reach (12 Apr 2013)
Comcast launches Upware, a cloud marketplace that offers providers the opportunity to reach new customers.
IT departments often feel somewhat squeamish about data security issues with the BYOD trend, but that's where cloud providers can step in.
A chorus of tweets from attendees of the fourth annual Cloud Connect conference kept the rest of us updated during the four-day event.
This week in cloud news, Google IaaS opens to more users, OpenStack Grizzly rolls out and an IBM supercomputer fights disease with data in Poland.
Week of 01 Apr 2013 PCI-compliant cloud services an art, not a science for providers (05 Apr 2013)
The concept of a PCI-compliant cloud has long been elusive, but new guidelines clarify provider and customer responsibilities.
Alcatel-Lucent launches an SDN company, Nuage Networks (SearchSDN.com | 03 Apr 2013)
Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent's new SDN company, uses overlay technology for dynamic provisioning of virtual networks across data center domains.
In these news briefs, a judge throws out a bogus Uniloc patent suit against Rackspace, IaaS providers show no sign of slackening cloud pricing wars.
While technology M&As in 2012 declined in value and plateaued in volume, the number of deals in cloud and SaaS market tripled over the previous year.
Week of 25 Mar 2013 Citrix updates self-service cloud portal to pave the way for XaaS (27 Mar 2013)
Citrix's new self-service cloud portal software serves as an easy-to-use cloud orchestration tool for providers to deliver Anything as a Service.
In these news briefs, PayPal plans to build an OpenStack cloud with 10,000 servers, Cisco acquires SolveDirect and CloudStack grows up.
Avaya announces its Collaborative Cloud offering, enabling service providers to deliver Collaboration as a Service.
Week of 18 Mar 2013 MSPAlliance: No need to look beyond our MSP, cloud certification (SearchITChannel.com | 21 Mar 2013)
The MSPAlliance is calling on MSPs and cloud providers to support its MSP and cloud certification standard, the Unified Certification Standard.
Week of 11 Mar 2013 Q&A: VMware's software-defined data center pitch to cloud providers (13 Mar 2013)
In this Q&A, VMware explains how a software-defined data center can offer efficiency, flexibility and savings for providers.
Video: Juniper on transitioning mobile operators to SDNs (13 Mar 2013)
In this video, ACG Research's founder Ray Mota talks to Brad Brooks of Juniper Networks about how to transition mobile operators to SDNs.
This week, a feud heats up as AWS prices drop and VMware preps a public cloud. Plus: States debate cloud taxes; Rackspace updates its private cloud.
Week of 04 Mar 2013 MSPexcellence aims to help cloud computing service providers, wannabes (SearchITChannel.com | 08 Mar 2013)
Cloud provider advisory group MSPexcellence has established a community for solution providers that want to become cloud computing service providers.
New technology helps with cloud networking VLAN limit (07 Mar 2013)
A new TRILL-based technology will help cloud providers solve the VLAN limit and enable new, unique service offerings.
In these briefs, see which geographic and vertical markets boast cloud jobs at $100,000 and up, and learn about a new, open source Python framework.