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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Platform

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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
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
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.

AT&T
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
Enomaly was one of the world’s first Infrastructure-as-a-Service platforms for service providers.

FlexiScale
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
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.

Gizmox
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 ASP.net, 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.

GoGrid
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 appspot.com 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.

LongJump
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
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.

RackSpace
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
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
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.

Verizon
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

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

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

CA
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
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
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.

EMC
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
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.

NetApp
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
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
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.

Paglo
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
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
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.

VMware
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

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

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

Intacct
ERP for the SMB market, directly competing with Netsuite.

MyDials
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.

NetSuite
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.

PivotLink
Business Intelligence in the Cloud.

QlikTech
QlikView uses an “in-memory, associative approach” to data analysis, allowing the software to access and analyze data in real time.

Salesforce.com
Salesforce has sought to solidify its position as a SaaS/cloud computing leader with its Force.com 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
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
Zlago offers SMBs packages of hosted applications, including desktop, e-mail, backup, security, data storage and other business applications.

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

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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Security Vendors

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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Security Vendors

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

Protection in the Cloud services include Web Filtering, Managed firewall, vulnerability scanning, authentication, managed VPN, intrusion detection, Web security and hosted e-mail security.

Some of the hottest Cloud Computing Security Solutions today:

AppRiver
Spam and virus services, including its SecureTide Spam and Virus Protection, Archiving and Compliance, and CipherPost Email Encryption.

Barracuda Networks
Barracuda recently emerged as a stronger player in the Software-as-a-Service space with the acquisition of Purewire, a SaaS-based secure Web gateway provider.

Hewlett-Packard
HP Cloud Assure incorporates HP Application Security Center, HP Performance Center and HP Business Availability Center. HP also provides customers with a team of expert engineers that performs security scans, executes performance tests and deploys availability monitoring.

M86
Web and e-mail security technologies with real-time content inspection and code analysis technology, along with malware detection capabilities designed to address Web threats not recognized by traditional signature-based technologies.

McAfee
With the acquisition of Security-as-a-Service e-mail and Web security company MX Logic, their Cloud portfolio includes e-mail and Web security offerings, e-mail archiving and e-mail continuity services.

Panda Security
Panda Cloud Protection, a fully hosted, managed security service for SMBs, provides hands-off protection of endpoints and e-mail.

Ping Identity
PingConnect’s single sign-on service exponentially improves customers’ security posture by eliminating passwords for virtually every major SaaS application, including Salesforce.com, Google Apps, Concur, SuccessFactors and Workday, among others.

Proofpoint
Messaging Security Gateway appliances and incorporates DLP, spam filtering and e-mail archiving services.

Qualys
Real-time vulnerability management, policy compliance, PCI compliance and Web application scanning.

ScanSafe
Detect and block malicious and inappropriate Web sites in real time. Acquired by Cisco.

StillSecure
Managed firewall, vulnerability scanning, managed VPN, intrusion detection, Web security and hosted e-mail security.

Symantec
online messaging security formerly known as Message Labs.

Symplified
Integrating enterprise security policies and administration with cloud application management services.

SyferLock
Authentication company, With their SyferLock’s GridOne, you can provide unique passwords while users only have to remember one.

Trend Micro
Web Gateway Security product and also Trend Micro Deep Security 7.0 as part of its advanced server security effort intended to protect all aspects of the server, including the operating systems, network and application layers on physical as well as virtualized platforms.

WatchGuard
E-mail messaging security and Web security provider.

Webroot
On-demand Web, e-mail and archiving products hosted in the cloud, in addition to security services to help businesses with e-discovery and compliance initiatives.

Websense
Designed to protect against numerous Web and e-mail threats without any impact to network performance.

WhiteHat
Aims to address Web-based attacks at the application level, preventing hackers from infiltrating and planting malicious code on users’ Web sites.

Zscaler
Web security, management and compliance services around, including Web filtering, social network security, virus control, antivirus, Web policy and management, DLP, and PCI and HIPAA compliance.

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Cloud Computing Explained: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS

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