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June 2015

Lenovo announces multinational partner for extended lifecycle program

By | Networking

PC vendor Lenovo has announced that it is partnering with Triathlon Computer, which specializes in providing end-of-life, discontinued and refurbished IT hardware, on its Extended Lifecycle Program.

Under the agreement, Triathlon would become the official partner for hardware upgrades, options and service parts that are no longer marketed by Lenovo.

“With limited budgets, you optimize your assets and often maintain servers beyond our planned product support period,” Luis Giron, product marketing manager at Lenovo wrote in a blog post. “We understand the importance of providing investment protection and flexibility throughout the entire technology lifecycle; that’s why we have selected Triathlon Computer as our global partner for the new Extended Lifecycle Program (ELP).”

Platforms that are supposed under program include System x, ThinkServer, BladeCenter, Flex System, NeXtScale System, iDataPlex, and Lenovo networking products.

This article, “Lenovo announces multinational partner for extended lifecycle program,” originally appeared at Written by: CDN Staff

Hoisting big data to the cloud

By | Cloud Computing

The general consensus about big data has been that it’s too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?

At first glance, big data analytics seems to be the perfect sort of workload for the public cloud.

Particularly for batch jobs, the hyper scalable infrastructure of the cloud is ideal — pay for the powerful server clusters you need while crunching data and stop paying when you’re done. No wonder that after EC2 and S3, one of the first major services AWS added was its Hadoop-based Elastic MapReduce service, followed by Redshift data warehousing a couple of years later.

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But there’s a problem: Big data doesn’t like to be moved. The bandwidth to do so costs money, and as analytics veer ever closer to real time, the barrier to keeping cloud data and on-premises data in sync grows higher.

Here’s where the idea of copy data management and virtualization comes in. More companies are looking to the public cloud for backup and DR. So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

For the most part, cloud backup and DR has primarily been a small business proposition — while large enterprises that want to maintain high availability have created dedicated backup datacenter sites where data is replicated frequently at high cost. In neither case has the data been used for anything except restoration in the event of calamity.

Although still relatively small, Actifio is the best known company pitching the idea of using a single, continuously updated copy of enterprise data and creating virtual copies for DR, backup, and analytics — as well as for development and test in a cloud environment. Founded in 2009, Actifio secured a $100 million round of funding in March 2014, led by Tiger Global Management. Actifio has partnered with IBM, SunGuard, and others to provide a platform where a single “golden copy” of the data can be virtualized and leveraged in multiple ways.

Virtual data management addresses a key enterprise pain point. Not only is the volume of enterprise data growing at a ridiculously rapid pace, but data warehousing, Hadoop analytics, and accelerated application development are together demanding copies of that data and putting an ever greater burden on storage infrastructure. If you can have a single copy created for backup/DR purposes, and create virtual rather than physical copies for analysis and development and test, you can reduce the spend on storage infrastructure — whether it resides on premises or in the cloud.

It seems like only a matter of time to me before AWS, Google, and Microsoft get into the cloud data virtualization management game as well. Yes, particularly with data subject to regulation, there will be governance issues to worry about. But copy data management in the cloud has tremendous potential, because big data analytics lends itself to public cloud infrastructure and because dev and test is already one of the top uses of the public cloud.

At the same time, although it’s the early days, streaming analytics and continuous capture of data from the Internet of things are beginning to take shape. And the general consensus is that the cloud provides the best platform for such a widely distributed architecture.

An interesting aspect of all this is that if you’ve already copied your data into the cloud, at what point do you no longer feel the need to keep primary storage on premises? To that degree, copy data management is yet another milestone on the enterprise’s long road to the public cloud.

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Cisco boosts cloud software, lines up ISVs to write Internet of Everything services

By | Cloud Computing

Cisco added security, management, and hypervisors to its Intercloud Fabric, and signed 35 software developers to create services

Cisco this week enhanced its cloud software and lined up a roster of ISVs to create services for the company’s Internet of Everything initiative.

Cisco added security, management, and support for more hypervisors to its Intercloud Fabric software, an application that connects private, public, and hybrid clouds together for workload mobility. Cisco also enlisted 35 software developers – including Citrix, F5, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Chef — to build services for the Intercloud and offer them through an Intercloud Marketplace.

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Areas ISVs will target include development platforms for production applications, containers and community-based open source programs; big data and analytics; and IoE cloud services, such as network control, performance, security, data virtualization, energy management, and business services like collaboration and consistent portals from Cisco’s Services Exchange Platform.

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Cisco has invested upwards of $2 billion into the Intercloud, a foundational underpinning of its Internet of Everything connected device strategy. Cisco believes 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020, creating an Internet of human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interaction.

Cisco says it has 100 customers and 30 partners for its Intercloud Fabric software. Seven partners — Cirrity, iLand, Peak 10, Presidio, QTS, Quest, Sungard Availability Services – announced new hybrid cloud services built on Intercloud Fabric this week at the Cisco Live conference. And Cisco says customers such as Macmillan Publishing and The Salvation Army are the software to instill a single operational model across production, develop and test, and quality assurance environments.

The latest release of Intercloud Fabric includes security enhancements such as Cisco’s Virtual Security Gateway zone-based firewall. VSG is designed to secure traffic between virtual machines without re-directing that traffic to an edge firewall for lookup. Within Intercloud Fabric, it means that customers who use VSG in Cisco’s Nexus 1000v virtual switch in the data center can extend the same firewall policies to the public cloud, such as Microsoft Azure.

Management enhancements to Intercloud Fabric include extension of VM onboarding to Amazon’s virtual private cloud. This allows businesses to extend Intercloud Fabric management to target VMs already in the Amazon public cloud.

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Additional hypervisor support now extends to OpenStack KVM and Microsoft Hyper-V. This is in addition to existing support for VMware vSphere.

In addition to Citrix, F5, Cloudera, Chef and Hortonworks, ISVs writing to the Intercloud include ActiveState, Apprenda, Basho, Cliqr, Cloud Enabled, Cloudberry Lab, Cloudify, Cloudlink, Couchbase, ctera, Datadog, Davra Networks, desktopsites Inc, Druva, Egnyte, Elasticbox, Informatica, MapR, MongoDB, Moonwalk, Nirmata, Panzura, Pega, Platfora, ScaleArc, SkyTree, Stoamigo, Talisen and Zenoss.

This story, “Cisco boosts cloud software, lines up ISVs to write Internet of Everything services” was originally published by Network World.

VMware Stakes Claim to New Position in IDC Marketscape for Client Computing Software

By | Networking

Today the IDC MarketScape report “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” (doc #256606, June 2015), was published and named VMware as a leader.

At VMware, we are extremely proud of these results. Over the past 18 months we have aggressively invested in new and innovative technology and worked to build the strongest EUC team in the market.

This report speaks volumes about what our team’s solid vision and determination to exceed customer expectations. I want to thank the EUC team for their commitment and hard work. Without you—none of this would be possible.

Robert Young, Research Manager at IDC sums it up well:

“VMware’s position reflects the company’s market position and commitment to providing resources to expand its EUC product portfolio and infrastructure. IDC has placed VMware in the Leaders category in this IDC MarketScape. VMware’s position reflects the company’s market position and commitment to providing resources to expand its EUC product portfolio and infrastructure.”……

Head over to to view the IDC Marketscape Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software Vendor Assessment chart and to read more of this blog.

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