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Equus Builds Facility for Custom Data Center Infrastructure

Equus Builds Facility for Custom Data Center Infrastructure

Channel-focused Equus has opened a new Southern California production facility to meet the growing demands of the cloud and Internet hosting markets. Equus hosted the grand opening of its 102,000 square-foot facility in the (appropriately named) City of Industry, located in the Los Angeles metro area. Three Equus companies — Equus Computing Systems, Intequus and […]

Virtustream xStream 2.0: Enterprise-Class Cloud Software

Virtustream xStream 2.0: Enterprise-Class Cloud Software

With the 2.0 release of its xStream enterprise-class cloud software, Virtustream is seeking to answer the needs of customers moving legacy and web-scale applications to the cloud and give them multiple choices: public, private or hybrid clouds. xStream 2.0 is a “highly secure, high performance enterprise-class cloud solution” available as software, a stand-alone appliance or […]

Future of Cloud Survey: Analytics, Big Data Key Services

Future of Cloud Survey: Analytics, Big Data Key Services

An annual cloud-focused survey by venture capital firm North Bridge Venture Partners shows that trust in the cloud has increased over the past 12 months, although security remains a major concern. However, more companies are shifting to the cloud to take advantage of its scalability and business agility. Among survey respondents, software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the most […]

Cloud Services Interview: LogicMonitor CEO Kevin McGibben

In this Talkin’ Cloud interview, LogicMonitor CEO Kevin McGibben describes the past, present and future of his company — which offers a SaaS platform for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure monitoring. Founded in 2008,  LogicMonitor now has more than 20 employees and revenues have grown several hundred percent over the past year — though Talkin’ […]

Caringo Goes for Complete Elastic Storage Solution

Caringo Goes for Complete Elastic Storage Solution

Object storage specialist Caringo is aiming to become the only cloud vendor delivering a “complete” elastic cloud storage software solution with the launch of its Elastic Content Protection (ECP), CloudScaler and Indexer products. The goal is to provide a stack of software appliances that integrate to allow cloud storage flexible enough for both private and […]

Hyve Solutions, IBM Partner on Midmarket Big Data Analytics

Hyve Solutions, IBM Partner on Midmarket Big Data Analytics

Hyve Solutions wants its midmarket customers to take full advantage of Hadoop-based Big Data analytics, and has teamed up with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to do it. Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corp. (NYSE: SNX), has entered into a software licensing agreement with IBM to provide Big Blue’s InfoSphere BigInsights software with the Hyve’s “BigD” […]

Asigra Unveils Tiered Cloud Backup Certification Program

Asigra Unveils Tiered Cloud Backup Certification Program

Asigra is aiming to give the cloud and its partner ecosystem a boost by launching a tiered technical certification program for the backup and recovery industry. The cloud backup, recovery and restoration vendor announced at its Cloud Backup Summit the Asigra Cloud Backup Technical Certification Program, in its own words “the industry’s first tiered cloud […]

June 14 AWS Outage: Building Redundancy is Critical

June 14 AWS Outage: Building Redundancy is Critical

Although 2012 has been relatively free of cloud service disruptions, we still cringe whenever we hear about one. The latest: Amazon Web Services (AWS) (NASDAQ: AMZN) went offline for a few hours June 14 — not a long outage but long enough to get the cloud naysayers’ tongues wagging once again. And, on some level, […]

intY Launches Channel Program for Office 365 Offering

intY Launches Channel Program for Office 365 Offering

intY USA, a provider of Internet access security and business applications and a Microsoft global syndication partner, announced a new Microsoft Office 365 channel partner program for resellers in the United States and Canada. The program enables channel partners to have access to Office 365 as well as a range of intY applications, products and […]

Private Cloud Management Firm Embotics Secures $8.4 Million

Private Cloud Management Firm Embotics Secures $8.4 Million

Canadian firm Embotics, a provider of virtualization and private cloud management, announced it has gained $8.4 million in equity financing. VentureLink LP and Covington Fund II Inc. each contributed $2.5 million, with the rest coming from private investors. The latest infusion puts  Embotics’ financing at $18 million total. The company plans to use to use […]

GoGrid Joins Cloudera Partner Program to Promote Hadoop

GoGrid Joins Cloudera Partner Program to Promote Hadoop

GoGrid, an IaaS provider specializing in both public and private clouds, has signed up with Cloudera, a provider of Apache Hadoop-based data management software and services, for its Cloudera Connect Partner Program. The program includes technology solutions vendors, VARs and MSPs seeking to drive innovation and adoption of Apache Hadoop, and Cloudera Connect members receive […]

F5 Launches IaaS Licensing, Shifts DevCentral to Cloud

F5 Launches IaaS Licensing, Shifts DevCentral to Cloud

Application delivery network (ADN) specialist F5 Networks has been busy this week, announcing a licensing program for IaaS cloud providers and the migration of its DevCentral global IT community to the cloud. The global licensing program is aimed at Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers, and with virtual editions of its BIG-IP solutions as part of the IaaS […]

MapR Releases Version 2.0, Amazon Elastic MapReduce

MapR Releases Version 2.0, Amazon Elastic MapReduce

This week MapR Technologies, a provider of an open, enterprise-level distribution for Apache Hadoop, made two major announcements: the release of Version 2.0 of its MapR Distribution and the availability of its MapR Distribution for Hadoop as an option within the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Elastic MapReduce service. Last week Talkin’ Cloud spoke with Jack Norris, […]

Dataguise Partners with Hortonworks, Cloudera on Hadoop

Dataguise Partners with Hortonworks, Cloudera on Hadoop

Dataguise, a data security intelligence and protection solution provider, made cloud news this week with two partner-related announcements: It joined the partner programs of both Hortonworks and Cloudera, two organizations that support Apache Hadoop. Dataguise announced a partnership with Hortonworks, a Hadoop commercial vendor, to deliver technology and programs that support the expansion of the […]

Dell Storage: Focus on Blade Array, Fluid File System

Dell Storage: Focus on Blade Array, Fluid File System

Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) hosted its Storage Forum customer and partner event this week, with major announcements including the Dell EqualLogic blade arrays, new migration planning and services, and an updated Fluid File System spanning its current storage platforms. The “feet on the street” reported the EqualLogic blade arrays garnered a positive response from Dell Storage […]

TechEd: Microsoft is Really Serious About the Cloud

TechEd: Microsoft is Really Serious About the Cloud

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) this week is hosting TechEd North America 2012, and from both the official releases and the press commentary, I get the sense that Redmond is fully vested in its transformation from traditional software/OS giant to contemporary cloud contender. Whether you feel nostalgic about the end of the PC era, or Microsoft was […]

SOA Software Adds Enterprise API Capabilities to Atmosphere

SOA Software Adds Enterprise API Capabilities to Atmosphere

SOA Software, a provider of SOA governance, cloud and API management products, announced the addition of enterprise application program interface (API) features to its Atmosphere suite of products with the goal of enabling business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-employee (B2E) applications. According to SOA Software, APIs are business opportunities for companies and partners, beyond a means for […]

McAfee Announces Upgrades to Cloud Security Platform

McAfee Announces Upgrades to Cloud Security Platform

Dedicated security technology company and Intel (NADAQ: INTC) subsidiary McAfee announced upgrades to its Cloud Security Platform, which, according to McAfee, permits companies to extend their security and policies into the cloud by securing the “three primary channels” of traffic — e-mail, web and identity. The Cloud Security Platform upgrades are focused on security for […]

Symantec Plans Windows Azure Disaster Recovery Solution

Symantec Plans Windows Azure Disaster Recovery Solution

Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) has made plans to integrate its Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume Replicator disaster recovery (DR) software solution into the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Azure cloud platform, permitting customers to recover business applications and data in Azure in the case of a systems failure or disaster and thus creating, […]

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