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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Platform


Looking for a Platform (PaaS: Platform-as-a-service) solution in the Cloud? Contact Us for the best solution based on your business needs.

Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) users obtain and configure capacity and control computing resources while running them on Amazon’s environment. The real draw is the ability to add capacity and scale in seconds, or reduce capacity as needed while customers only pay for what they use. It also is designed for use with other Amazon Web Services.

Appistry’s CloudIQ platform has become known for delivering a run-time application platform that complements existing technology to create scalable, service-oriented applications with lower investments. Appistry lives at the nexus of grid computing, virtualization and SOA, and delivers real-time IT apps and infrastructure that takes the best attributes of each of those three components.

AppScale is an open-source platform for Google App Engine applications. AppScale lets users deploy and monitor their App Engine applications in an open-source environment while providing mechanisms to debug and profile applications as needed. AppScale has already developed quite the following and, as cloud platforms continue their market penetration, an open-source alternative will surely gain traction.

Its Synaptic Compute as a Service offering delivers pay-as-you-go cloud computing, allowing access to virtual servers. AT&T provides and manages the virtualization infrastructure, including the network, servers and storage. The user provides and manages the database and applications. AT&T does it all with no upfront fees, no commitment and no termination fees, which means no lock-in.

Engine Yard
Engine Yard Cloud is a Rails application cloud for Web developers and teams running on top of cloud computing infrastructure.

Enomaly was one of the world’s first Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms for service providers.

FlexiScale offers all of the power and storage resources needed; the ability to scale in real-time; a pay-as-you-go pricing with no lock-in; multi-OS support and automatic self-healing and 100 percent SLA.

GCloud3, is offering a turnkey private cloud solution in its gPlatform. The startup’s gPlatform enables deployment of servers, desktops, firewalls/routers and SAN storage. The six-component platform comprises gVirtual, a private cloud solution deployed at the client site; gClient, a thin-client line for integration into gVirtual or gHosted solutions; gBackup, a backup of the private cloud infrastructure; and gHosted, a data center-style deployment that uses gClient to connect to the data center.

Its Visual WebGUI platform is a way to enable enterprises to create rich and responsive Web applications with solid performance and security. And while Visual WebGUI is best suited for developing new Web apps and approving old ones it can also modernize legacy apps using standard technologies like, DHTML and Silverlight. The open source offering has gained traction, and recently surpassed 30,000 deployments. Now Gizmox is taking Visual WebGUI commercial to make Web-dependent cloud applications.

Do you have only minutes to build an enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure? GoGrid’s got you covered. The GoGrid platform lets users deploy Web and database cloud services, mount infinite-volume cloud storage, add load-balancing and create, save and deploy custom cloud server images. GoGrid makes it even easier by tying in API libraries and tools.

Google App Engine
With Google App Engine, users can build, run and maintain their applications on Google’s infrastructure with no servers to maintain. Apps can be served from their own domain or a free domain on Google’s domain. As with most platforms, App Engine is pay to play. It supports several programming languages and costs nothing to get started. Apps have up to 500 MB of storage and enough CPU bandwidth to support an app serving about 5 million page views a month.

Formed in 2003, LongJump recently launched its Business Application Platform, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) play that can be licensed for use in an enterprise data center or by ISVs seeking a platform to build and host their own SaaS- or cloud-based apps. And LongJump is actively rounding up ISVs to brand and host their own SaaS offerings in private clouds. LongJump also can convert data to private clouds with LongJump’s PaaS licensing option.

Microsoft Windows Azure
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, available now for free. Set to debut Feb. 1 as a paid service, Azure offers an environment for developers to create cloud apps and services. The platform will also run alongside current Microsoft environments offering an OS as a service in Windows Azure, a relational database in the cloud in Microsoft SQL Azure and the Windows Azure platform AppFabric, which eases connections between cloud and on-premise apps.

OrangeScape aims its Platform-as-a-Service offering at non-programmers. For five years, OrangeScape has been used to develop applications while reducing the learning curve by getting rid of the technology and infrastructure complexities. Developing with OrangeScape is as simple as using a spreadsheet. If that’s too hard, maybe app development really isn’t for you.

With its CloudServers offering, RackSpace delivers servers on-demand via a cloud-driven platform of virtualized servers. Users can add new instances and reduce instances within seconds while paying for what’s provisioned. It also offers CloudSites, a fully-managed Web hosting platform that lets the users code it and load it and offers patching and security, monitoring, redundancy, clustering and the power of the cloud. Add to that RackSpace’s CloudFiles file storage and hosting in the cloud, and the platform is complete.

Terremark’s vCloud Express is a pay-as-you-go scalable deployment platform that gives development teams quick setup and easy resource configuration. Meanwhile, Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud offering gives users precise, dynamic allocation of computing resources such as security, scale and performance with multi-user capacity, a dedicated resource pool architecture and roll-based security with private network connectivity and physical device integration layered on top.

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (which is powered by Eucalyptus) is included in Ubuntu Server Edition and lets companies introduce private, in-house clouds behind the firewall. Available on Amazon EC2, Ubuntu also offers customers the benefits of pushing services to a public cloud.

Like AT&T, Verizon is also getting in on the cloud game with Computing as a Service, an offering that lets users take advantage of virtualization in a self-service model. With Verizon CaaS, unveiled last June, users can perform all standard cloud computing tasks with the peace of mind offered by one of the world’s most recognized providers. Using a Web-based user interface, customers can manage and deploy virtual servers, scale computing power and control private networks.

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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Infrastructure


Looking for a Infrastructure (HaaS: Hardware-as-a-service) solution in the Cloud? Contact Us for the best solution based on your business needs.

AllenPort’s technology handles file management chores like backup, file sharing, disaster recovery, remote access and managing user requirements.

AppZero offers OS-free Virtual Application Appliances that are self-contained, portable units, meaning enterprises can experiment with moving applications to the cloud while avoiding cloud lock-in.

Boomi and its AtomSphere connect any combination of cloud and on-premise applications without software or appliances.

NetQoS’s monitoring prowess and Cassatt’s data center automation and policy-based optimization expertise, CA can boost the functionality of its Spectrum Automation Manger to let it manage network and systems traffic in both public and private cloud computing environments.

Cast Iron Systems
Cast Iron offers an option for integrating SaaS applications with the enterprise. That method, which involves configuration, not coding, can in some cases slash integration costs up to 80 percent.

Citrix Cloud Center (C3) ties together virtualization and networking products, arming cloud providers with a virtual infrastructure platform for hosted cloud services. The service, which is available on a monthly, usage-based pricing model and support mode, is an architecture comprising five key components: a platform powered by Citrix XenServer; applications and desktop services via Citrix XenApp; delivery powered by Citrix NetScaler; a bridge using Citrix Repeater; and orchestration through Citrix Workflow Studio.

Elastra makes software that enables enterprises to automate modeling, deployment and policy enforcement of the application infrastructure. Its products tie in with provisioning and virtualization tools. Elastra’s Enterprise Cloud Server software handles the management and provisioning of complex systems. Users can quickly model and provision application infrastructure; automate changes to the system deployment process; efficiently utilize internal, external and virtualized resources on demand and enforce IT policy rules. Elastra Cloud Server can also run on Amazon Web Services.

With its Atmos and Atmos onLine offerings, EMC is evangelizing its approach to the cloud to deliver scalability, elasticity and cost savings by building, virtualizing and deploying services and applications. Atmos onLine is a cloud storage service built on Atmos, EMC’s policy-based information management platform. EMC Atmos onLine provides Cloud Optimized Storage, or COS, capabilities for moving and managing large amounts of data with reliable service levels and in a secure fashion.

Informatica basically pioneered cloud computing for data integration, offering a host of offerings for customers of various shapes and sizes. It offers fast and easy pay-as-you-go and pay-for-use options that let users move data into or out of the cloud or manage data within the cloud of from one app to another.

Call it IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) or call it an enterprise cloud infrastructure. Data ONTAP 8, NetApp’s latest cloud computing infrastructure, ties together its two previously separate platforms: Data ONTAP 7G and Data ONTAP GX. It delivers improved data management functions and tighter integration with data center management systems. Ultimately, NetApp Data ONTAP 8 enables storage, server, network and applications layers to talk to each other.

New Relic
New Relic is running full throttle with its RPM offering, an on-demand performance management tool for Web applications. It takes only minutes to implement and offers visibility and code-level diagnostics for Web apps deployed in both private and public clouds, along with traditional and dedicated infrastructures, and any combination thereof. With RPM, New Relic delivers real-time metrics, unlocking the ability to monitor, troubleshoot and fine tune app performance in the cloud.

Novell is looking to the cloud to tie together all things IT. It is combining products like Moblin, a cloud-centric desktop OS developed by Novell and Intel; the SUSE Appliance Program, a program for ISVs to build software appliances and receive go-to-market support; Novell Cloud Security Service; and PlateSpin Workload Management Solutions for IT managers.

Open Nebula
This open-source toolkit fits snuggly into existing data center environments to build any type of cloud deployment. OpenNebula can be used to manage virtual infrastructure in the data center or to manage a private cloud. It also supports hybrid clouds to combine local infrastructure with public cloud infrastructure for hosting environments. Additionally, it supports public clouds by offering cloud interfaces to expose its functionality for virtual machine, storage and network management.

OpSource is all about “cloud operations,” offering everything from an enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure to fully managed hosting and apps management. Essentially, OpSource Cloud is a virtual private cloud within the public cloud, giving users control over their degree of Internet connectivity. Meanwhile, OpSource On-Demand combines technical operations, application operations and business operations into a Web operations offering that includes application management, compliance and business services. Lastly, OpSource Billing CLM is a self-service offering for SaaS and Web customer on-boarding, subscription management and payment processing.

This IT search and management service startup recently launched its Log Management application to let IT managers capture and store their logs as well as search and analyze them in the cloud. Paglo compares it to a Google-like search for logs, collecting data from all network devices. Paglo has also recently launched a new application to monitor Amazon EC2 application instances, such as disk reads and writes, CPU utilization and network traffic. Users can access the cloud-based information from any Web browser.

RightScale’s Cloud Management Platform eases deploying and managing apps in the cloud and enables automation, control and portability. The platform helps users get into the cloud quickly with cloud-ready ServerTemplates and best-practice deployment architectures. And users retain complete visibility into all levels of deployment by managing, monitoring and troubleshooting applications. Lastly, RightScale’s Cloud Management Platform helps users avoid lock-in by letting them choose their deployment language, environment, stack, data store and cloud for portability.

Stoneware’s mission is simple: To enable organizations to move from a client-centric to a Web-based, private cloud computing environment. With products aimed specifically at core verticals — education, healthcare, manufacturing, legal, financial and enterprise — Stoneware offers private cloud technology that is being used to create solutions that enable organizations to access applications, content, data and services from anywhere in a secure fashion.

Last August, VMware acquired SpringSource which provides Web application development and management services. SpringSource speeds the delivery of applications in the cloud using a process that has become known as “lean software.” VMWare also acquired Hyperic, an open-source monitoring and troubleshooting vendor. The VMWare-SpringSource-Hyperic trifecta creates an amalgamation that ties together VMWare’s virtualization vision, SpringSource’s strong development tools and application servers as well as Hyperic’s monitoring.

Zeus Technology
Zeus gives users the ability to create, manage and deliver online services in cloud, physical or virtual environments, letting companies visualize and manipulate the flow of traffic to Web-enabled apps. And early this year, they will release the Zeus Cloud Traffic Manager so customers can monitor and control cloud usage, offering a single control point for distributed applications, reporting on datacenter usage and allowing for goals like cost, SLA, security and compliance to be applied.

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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Applications


Looking for a Business Application solution in the Cloud? Contact Us for the best solution based on your business needs.

Businesses use Birst to extract data from multiple sources, build data warehouses and author reports.

Callidus Software
Callidus seeks to do for sales compensation management what has done for CRM.

Google Apps
Google Apps, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SharePoint alternative made great break throught in 2009 when the city of LA signed up for a $7m deal.

InContact’s broad product line includes interactive voice response and automatic call distribution software, computer telephony integration, and even call center workforce management tools.

ERP for the SMB market, directly competing with Netsuite.

MyDials focuses on providing users with operational performance management dashboards that display key performance indicators (KPIs) and other visual metrics. With a strong presence in manufacturing, the vendor is working with channel partners who can develop useful KPIs for their clients. MyDials 3.0 offers new “what-if” scenario and problem analysis capabilities, as well as the ability to connect to a wider range of operational ERP, CRM and supply chain management applications.

ERP applications were once developed by big companies (think Oracle and SAP) for big companies. NetSuite is ERP for the SMB market.

Oracle CRM
Oracle offers both Oracle CRM On Demand, the SaaS version of the Siebel product, and Oracle Siebel CRM, an on-premise application.

Business Intelligence in the Cloud.

QlikView uses an “in-memory, associative approach” to data analysis, allowing the software to access and analyze data in real time.
Salesforce has sought to solidify its position as a SaaS/cloud computing leader with its platform and infrastructure tools for developing and running cloud computing applications.

SAS Institute
The $2 billion behemoth is a leader in business intelligence and analytical software, providing software from basic reporting to complex data analysis.

SugarCRM began making Sugar Community Edition available for developers on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, allowing ISVs and in-house developers who build on SugarCRM to leverage the cloud for their development, testing and deployment chores.

Zlago offers SMBs packages of hosted applications, including desktop, e-mail, backup, security, data storage and other business applications.

Zoho offers 21 cloud applications ranging from word processing and spreadsheets to CRM and project management.

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ERP Market by Vendor


Who are the ERP leaders in the market? According to a 2006 report SAP and Oracle still own majority of the ERP market share by revenue.

  1. SAP
  3. INFOR
  8. IFS
  12. QAD
  14. GLOVIA
  16. GEAC (now INFOR)
  17. MAPICS (now INFOR)

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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Storage Vendors


Looking for a Storage solution in the Cloud? Contact Us for the best solution based on your business needs.

Cloud Storage, or Storage-as-a-Service, is usually the entry into Cloud Computing for most. It offers shared infrastructure outside your data center to store primary and/or backup data. Popular solutions in this category include Carbonite, EMC Mozy, and Intronis.

Some of the hottest Cloud Computing Storage Solutions today:

3X Systems
The Remote Backup Appliance (RBA) from 3X Systems serves as encrypted backup. PCs can automatically find the 3X RBA to do their backups, making it a mini private storage cloud.

Asigra provides WAN-optimized software to help customers leverage public and/or private clouds through a single interface  for remote data protection and archiving.

Axcient offers a hybrid cloud storage model that includes a combination of a storage appliance and Internet-based storage service that lets customers back data up both locally for fast restores and online for safe archiving.

Carbonite is a pioneer in online backup and the first to offer unlimited backups for a fixed price of $55 a year.

Build a cloud storage infrastructure by plugging a USB  key onto multiple industry-standard servers.

The company’s CloudPlug is a full-fledged Linux-based appliance about the size of an AC  adapter which plugs into a power outlet, a router, and a PC to automatically handle backups to a cloud-based storage provider without the need for additional hardware or software.

Doyenz’s Automated Virtual IT platform can help solution providers build virtual appliances for low-cost disaster recovery, failover and data migration.The company allows the building and testing of virtual appliances using VMware’s ESXi server  virtualization software, which can then be deployed in minutes on managed hosted infrastructure from players such as Savvis or Rackspace.

EFolder helps SMB  solution providers offer cloud-based storage and e-mail archiving. The company also lets its solution providers offer a hybrid cloud storage offering which includes a local disk-based backup appliance for fast restores while connecting that appliance to the cloud for remote backups.

EMC’s Mozy online backup offering, which it acquired in late 2007, still remains one of the most popular cloud-based backup offerings.

The company offers a full range of cloud storage services through partners, such as data protection, e-mail archiving, electronic discovery and retention management tools, including data restoration, migration, and erasure.

IBM’s Smart Business Storage Cloud is a private cloud service that supports multiple petabytes of data and billions of files. It is based on IBM’s blade  server and XIV storage technologies.

Intronis Online Backup enables partners to offer their own branded cloud storage service.

Mezeo Software
Mezeo provides software that lets IT hosters, SaaS providers, MSPs, telcos and ISPs develop cloud-based storage for customers and resellers.

Reldata develops technology that consolidates iSCSI  SAN, NAS  and WAN  into a single unified storage offering that solution providers can use to help customers build private storage clouds.

Robobak provides automated agentless data backup technology for remote and branch offices, giving managed service providers and traditional solution providers tools to help build cloud-based Storage-as-a-Service.

Symantec offers two cloud-based backup services. For businesses, Symantec offers the Symantec Protection Network, which solution providers can resell to customers.

Symform’s Cooperative Storage Cloud breaks a copy  of a customer’s backup into 64-MB blocks, scrambles those blocks with AES-256 encryption, fragments those blocks into 1-MB fragments, adds 32 1-MB parity fragments for redundancy, and then scatters those 96 fragments to cloud storage nodes around the world.

Vembu StoreGrid, which enables solution providers to quickly build their own branded storage cloud, now lets MSPs resell storage services through smaller reseller partners who do not have the ability to manage Storage-as-a-Service on their own but who have customers requiring the service.

Zenith InfoTech
Zenith Infotech provides solution providers the technology to offer managed services, virtual help desk and disaster recovery to SMB customers.

Zetta develops technology to help solution providers build a cloud-based storage infrastructure that can replace an SMB’s primary storage hardware.

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