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A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
Over the last five years, since the release of the first open-source version
of OpenNebula in March 2008, we have been involved in many presentations,
discussions and meetings where people wanted to know how OpenNebula compares
with the rest of open-source Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs), mostly
with Eucalyptus and OpenStack. The most common understanding is that all
CMPs are competing in the same market, trying to fill the same gap.
Consequently, people jump to the wrong conclusion that after years of a
fierce competition, there will only be one winner, a single open-source CMP
in the market. However, as discussed by Joe Brockmeier in his post "It's Not
Highlander, There Can Be More Than One Open Source Cloud", there is room in
the market for several open-source CMPs that, addressing different cloud
niches, will fit together into a broad open cloud ecosystem.
The Ubuntu team announced one month ago their plan to offer a set of new
software packages related to cloud computing in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty
Jackalope), due to be released in April 2009. One of the target packages, the
OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Engine, is available for download from the
Ubuntu repository. Ruben S. Montero has published a very nice "mini how-to"
describing how to set up your own private cloud in only five steps with
Ubuntu and OpenNebula.
This is the easiest and fastest way to transform a static and
rigid physical infrastructure into a flexible, elastic and dynamic virtual
infrastructure, with support for dynamic scaling to external Cloud
The integration of two clans of computation, ‘grid’ and ‘cloud’
computing, is moving closer through collaboration between the projects
Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) and Resources and Services
Virtualisation without Barriers (RESERVOIR).
The two teams will work together to explore how the institutes providing
computing resources to EGEE could benefit from adopting a ‘private cloud’
model to provide resources. Private clouds allow organisations to easily
manage their own hardware resources in-house. Using virtualization technology
they can alter the provided computing to suit the work at hand. This makes it
easier for them to provide the necessary infrastructure for their users, even
if these needs change rapidly over time.
This collaboration will identify how the combination of RESERVOIR’s
management software and existing virtualisation technology could offer ... (more)
OpenNebula Cloud topic launched today on Ulitzer, as the leading information
source for this open source Cloud Computing platform.
OpenNebula, which was was born as a research project in 2005 by Dr. Rubén S.
Montero, Dr. Ignacio M. Llorente, is an open and flexible tool that fits
into existing data center environments to build any type of Cloud deployment.
OpenNebula can be primarily used as a virtualization tool to manage your
virtual infrastructure in the data-center or cluster, which is usually
referred as Private Cloud.
OpenNebula supports Hybrid Cloud to combine local infrastructure with public
cloud-based infrastructure, enabling highly scalable hosting environments.
OpenNebula also supports Public Clouds by providing Cloud interfaces to
expose its functionality for virtual machine, storage and network management.
The OpenNebula Cloud Toolkit is a widely used o... (more)
OpenNebula Cloud on Ulitzer
Future enterprise data centers will look like private clouds supporting a
flexible and agile execution of virtualized services, and combining local
with public cloud-based infrastructure to enable highly scalable hosting
The key component in these cloud architectures will the cloud management
system, also called cloud operating system (OS), being responsible for the
secure, efficient and scalable management of the cloud resources. Cloud OS
are displacing "traditional" OS, which will be part of the application stack.
Flexibility in Cloud Operating Systems
A Cloud OS administers the complexity of a distributed infrastructure in the
execution of virtualized service workloads.
The Cloud OS manages a number of servers and hardware devices and their
infrastructure services which make up a cloud system, giving the user the
OpenNebula Session at Cloud Expo
"Most of its innovative features have been developed to address requirements
from business use cases in RESERVOIR, flagship of European research
initiatives in virtualized infrastructures and cloud computing," according to
Ignacio M. Llorente, who will be leading a session about OpenNebula at Cloud
Expo at the Javits Center in New York.
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"The innovations comprise support for elastic multi-tier services; flexible
and scalable back-end for virtualization, storage and networking management;
and support for Cloud federation and interoperability," he writes. "The
session will end with an introduction to the community and ecosystem evolving
around OpenNebula and its contributions to ongoing standardization efforts in
Ignacio M. Llorente, Ph.D in Computer S... (more)
Researchers from a collaboration of six European organisations have attracted
funding worth €2.3million to develop a new Internet-based software project
called StratusLab. The two year project, headed up by Project Coordinator Dr
Charles Loomis from CNRS, was launched in Paris on the 14th of June 2010. It
aims to enhance distributed computing infrastructures, such as the European
Grid Infrastructure (EGI), that allow research and higher education
institutes from around the world to pool computing resources.
Funded through the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the two
year project aims to successfully integrate ‘cloud computing’
technologies into ‘grid’ infrastructures. Grids link computers and data
that are scattered across the globe to work together for common goals, whilst
cloud computing makes software platforms or virtual servers available as a
In a recent keynote at the 3rd EU-Japan Symposium on Future Internet and New
Generation Networks we presented our view about key research challenges in
cloud computing. We briefly covered the state of the art and the open
challenges in the main cloud layers that provide the tools and the
infrastructure to develop and to run the applications in the Future Internet
of Services. In this post we try to summarize the main points of the
Cloud Computing as an Enabler for the Internet of Services
The Internet of Services is a vision of the Internet of the Future where not
only the software applications are available as a service on the Internet,
such as the software itself, but also the tools to develop the software and
the platform (servers, storage and communication) to run the software. In
this scenario, SaaS cloud computing would represent the software appl... (more)
As 2011 draws to an end, we'd like to review what this year has meant for the
OpenNebula project and give you a peek at what you can expect from us in
2012. You have all the details about the great progress that we have seen for
the OpenNebula project in our monthly newsletters that we started in June.
Most of the time has been spent developing new features to continue to
deliver the open-source industry standard for data center virtualization,
offering the most feature-rich and flexible solution for comprehensive
management of virtualized data centers.
The stable version of OpenNebula 2.2 was released in March with the new
SunStone GUI and important new features for fault tolerance and
scalability. Seven months later, in October, the project
released OpenNebula 3.0 with management of zones and virtual data centers,
new authentication methods with usage... (more)