Amazon Web Services Opens New U.S. Datacenter

Amazon Web Services has opened its seventh global datacenter and its second on the west coast of the United States. The new facility in Oregon offers a lower-cost alternative to the cloud computing provider's Northern California location.

Like Amazon's other datacenters throughout the world, the Oregon facility will offer multiple Availability Zones, Amazon said on Wednesday. The addition of another datacenter should appeal to customers who want further redundancy, an issue that has come up more after the spate of Amazon outages this year. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 10, 20110 comments

Rackspace Now Lets Customers Build Private Clouds

Rackspace is a company synonymous with dedicated hosting and cloud computing services. While hosting and cloud services are different, the company's business model over the past 13 years has been predicated on customers using Rackspace's datacenters.

That has changed this week with the launch of Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition, an offering by which the company will help customers build clouds within their own datacenters. The debut of this new offering has been anticipated for some time. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 09, 20110 comments

Google Kills Gmail App for BlackBerry

Google said it is pulling support for the native Gmail app for the BlackBerry, a move not likely to be popular among users of that smartphone. But it doesn't mean Google is walking away from providing connectivity to the BlackBerry for enterprises users.

In a brief blog post on Tuesday, Google said it will no longer support the Gmail App for BlackBerry effective Nov. 22. Users can still run the existing app but it will no longer be supported, Google said. It will be available for download for the next two weeks. Google said BlackBerry users can still access their Gmail through the mobile Web app via the device's Web browser. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 09, 20111 comments

Will Facebook's Open Compute Project Reshape the Datacenter?

Last week a group called the Open Compute Project held its first summit in New York, where it laid out its agenda for creating power-efficient and lower-cost datacenters based on open source hardware designs.

The OCP was formed by Facebook back in April as an effort to share the hardware design of its datacenter in Prineville, Ore. The social networking giant said at the time that its datacenter improved efficiency by 38 percent and lowered costs by 24 percent. Facebook said it achieved a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.07, compared with 1.5 for its other datacenters. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 03, 20110 comments

New Hybrid Cloud DR Services Target SMBs

Business continuity has long been an afterthought for many small and mid-sized enterprises. Even those that do run backup and recovery software on their networks don't have a setup that allows them to recover from a disabling disaster at a given location.

The cloud is making it easier for companies of all sizes to establish disaster recovery plans without the cost and complexity associated with it. And just about every supplier of backup and recovery software is offering services to enable customers to use the cloud to store their data. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 02, 20110 comments

Google Partners Form Cloud Alliance

A group of seven Google partners this week formed an alliance that plans to work closely on helping customers to add different third-party business applications that run with Google Apps.

The Cloud Alliance for Google Apps claims it represents the most heavily deployed applications in the Google Apps Marketplace and appears to be looking to leverage its combined strength to jointly try to reach enterprise customers through outreach and ensuring interoperability where it makes sense. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on November 02, 20110 comments

Now You, Too, Can Build an App Marketplace

Application stores and marketplaces are becoming a popular means of distributing software and cloud-based apps for PCs and mobile devices.

Made popular by Apple with the iTunes App Store, now it seems every major software and cloud provider has released one or has one in the works. App stores and marketplaces will be among the top 10 strategic technologies for enterprises next year, according to a forecast released by Gartner last week. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 27, 20111 comments

Internap Launches First Public Cloud Based on OpenStack Compute

Internap on Thursday said it is offering the first public cloud service based on the compute service of OpenStack, the rapidly growing open source platform aimed at providing interoperable public and private clouds.

More than 100 companies have signed on to the OpenStack project, founded by NASA and Rackspace. Internap's release of what it calls Open Public Cloud is a noteworthy milestone in the evolution of OpenStack, which consists of open APIs that allow portability between cloud providers. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 27, 20110 comments

Dell Boomi Aims To Simplify Cloud App Integration

Dell Boomi on Tuesday released an upgrade to its AtomSphere cloud integration service, adding the ability to use the collective intelligence of its customer base to map applications and data.

It's been nearly one year since Dell said it agreed to acquire Boomi, whose AtomSphere service is designed to simplify integration between cloud and premises-based applications. The new release, dubbed AtomSphere Fall 11, is aimed at addressing more complex integration requirements. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 25, 20110 comments

Big Money Follows Cloud Storage

It seems everyone wants a piece of the cloud storage pie.

Cloud storage provider Dropbox this week received a whopping $250 million infusion from Index Ventures, with new investors Benchmark Capital, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, RIT Capital Partners and Valiant Capital Partners also contributing.  More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 20, 20110 comments

CenterBeam Challenges Microsoft's Office 365

Enterprises wanting to move from using in-house e-mail, productivity and collaboration software to Microsoft's new Office 365 may have to embark on upgrades they don't want to make. For example, to get the most out of Office 365's enterprise edition, shops need to upgrade to Office 365 and be able to provide single sign-on via Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

Third-party cloud providers are finding ways to help customers circumvent such requirements. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 19, 20110 comments

Google Revs App Engine Platform

Google has been busy over the past few weeks upgrading its Google App Engine cloud service.

The company last week said it has updated its cloud storage, added premium support and released the preview of a new cloud database service. Google App Engine is the company's Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud offering, designed for those who want to build and host their applications. More

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 18, 20111 comments