Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: Your cloud on-ramp is under construction

Big improvements in virtualization and ease of setup—but mind the gaps. Enlarge / The first major update to Windows Server 2012 adds a lot under the hood, as well as some features that will make Windows 8 look a lot more enterprise-friendly. Sean Gallagher It’s been just under a year since Microsoft released Windows Server 2012. Touted ...

Application awareness in cloud networking: Real or imagined?

Even before the cloud came along, there was considerable interest in the idea that networks should treat every application differently because each has unique needs — a concept known as application awareness or application-aware networking. With its potential to host applications on the network, the cloud is especially sensitive to application performance issues caused by ...

OpenStack tutorial: A guide for cloud providers

With the hype surrounding OpenStack, it’s hard for cloud providers to make sense of it all. We’ll help you find out how to take advantage of OpenStack’s potential, explore alternatives and best the competition. There’s no shortage of hype around OpenStack, and not all of it is unfounded. Large cloud providers such as Rackspace have ...

Can storage hypervisors bring high availability to the cloud?

Can storage hypervisors play a role in bringing high availability to the cloud? A storage hypervisor provides high availability of storage services to cloud infrastructures because it can be deployed across multiple hypervisor servers and still provide a single point of storage management. Storage hypervisors enable data center administrators to virtualize storage assetsregardless if they are SAN-attached disks or ...

Windows Azure and new Oracle DB up in a tree

  photo: Flickr / Carlos Gutiérrez G. SUMMARY:Microsoft Windows Azure relies heaviily on SQL Azure, but it looks like another surprising database (from a rival) is about to enter the big Azure tent. Sometimes it helps just to look at the obvious when you’re trying to sort out a news story.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has ...

End of days? Oracle to announce pacts with Salesforce, NetSuite and (gasp!) Microsoft

SUMMARY:Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pre-announced new tech alliances with companies “like” Salesforce.com, Microsoft and NetSuite, with details expected to come Monday. Talk about strange bedfellows. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison signaled Thursday night that his company is about to announce an alliance with Salesforce.com and Netsuite, two companies founded by former Ellison lieutenants, but also with ...

Meet Facebook’s new network architecture: it’s a fabric

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Facebook experiences 1,000 times more traffic inside its data centers than it sends to and receives from outside users. That traffic growth has prompted the social network to design a fabric networking architecture. Facebook, in its quest to serve its more than 1 billion users, has redesigned its network ...

Microsoft sees itself as one of the public-cloud horsemen, but time will tell

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Microsoft sees itself as one of the horsemen of the public cloud, executive Satya Nadella said at GigaOM’s Structure conference on Wednesday. The thing is, the game has just begun. When it comes to shared infrastructure, platforms and ready-to-use applications, Microsoft certainly likes to think of itself as one ...

How lipstick maker Revlon turned around its business with IT

This was posted originally on Gigaom. photo: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com SUMMARY:Five years ago, cosmetics giant Revlon’s balance sheet wasn’t looking too good. But after its IT overhaul, the company is one of the most successful in its category, said the company’s CIO. Lipstick maker Revlon isn’t likely the first company you’d think of when ...

Why VMware isn’t flinching as Amazon’s cloud keeps growing

  photo: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com SUMMARY:While VMware just revealed the specifics on its shared-infrastructure play and has to play catch-up with Amazon Web Services, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger can think of a few advantages of its own. tweet this VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is comfortable with the fact that Amazon got a major head ...