Cloud Computing

New Relic Insights Beta Open; Brings Cloud-Based Analytics

Grazed from IntegrationDeveloper News. Author: Vance McCarthy.

New Relic is bringing the power of its cloud-based analytics platform to business users, letting companies gain real-time deep insights into many core business operations. New Relic Insights, now in beta, is designed to be an easy-to-adopt SaaS service that can deliver real-time software analytics to non-IT stakeholders.

New Relic Insights is powered by the company’s cloud data platform and query tools developed to let IT operations and application owners track and diagnose app and network performances in real-time. Reaching business users with New Relic Insights is what Jim Gochee, New Relic’s senior vice president of products, calls the company’s “Second Act.” ...

Microsoft open sources Windows Library for JavaScript

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Potentially helping developers more quickly build cross-platform applications, Microsoft is releasing as open source its WinJS JavaScript library for building Windows-styled controls. Now that the library is open source, developers can use it to build and design Windows-like Web applications for other browsers and platforms, including Chrome, Firefox, Android, and iOS.

Such cross-platform capability could save developers time by eliminating the need to code the same app multiple times for non-Windows platforms and browsers other than Internet Explorer, according to the company. While the name "WinJS" may imply that it is a Microsoft version of JavaScript, it is in fact a collection of JavaScript tools for enabling advanced components and user interface controls, which minimize the changes developers have to make for using these features across different devices...

Cloud, agile software changing the nature of projects

Grazed from TheAge. Author: Editorial Staff.

Remember when getting a new project off the ground in a large business took months of argument, analysis and testing? And that was only to create the business case, before anyone could persuade the finance department to fund it. If the project involved software development it might then take months or years for the code to actually be written, implemented and tested, and even longer before its effectiveness was known.

By then, it was possible that the reason for starting the project had been rendered redundant by changing business needs. For some businesses, that is still the way projects are managed. But now concepts perfected in the tech start-up industry, such as cloud computing and agile software development, are being adopted by large businesses such as Suncorp Bank and Vodafone Australia to get small projects off the ground in a matter of just days...

45% of Global Enterprises Are Running Production-Level Cloud Apps Today

Grazed from Enterprise Irregulars. Author: Louis Columbus.

Microsoft’s latest study shows enterprises’ pace of cloud computing adoption continues to accelerate. Nearly half of the respondents (45%) report they have cloud-based applications running in production environments. 58% report that they selectively target new applications and projects for cloud computing.

Microsoft commissioned 451 Research to complete one of the most comprehensive global surveys to date of hosting and cloud computing, titled Hosting and Cloud Go Mainstream releasing the results earlier this month. The 74 page slide deck of results provides a wealth of insights into the current and future state of hosting and cloud computing...

Agile, DevOps, and cloud form a triumvirate with a common theme: Software rules

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

As software has grown in importance, overshadowing the once-riveting details of chips and hardware, a new language has crept into computing's vernacular. Where once we talked in silicon yields and gigahertz speeds, we now speak of scrums and sprints, DevOps and Continuous Delivery, and most of all, workload deployments to the elastic cloud's infrastructure. The genie in the bottle is no longer the secrets in the hardware; it's the invisible functions of the software.

Even the terminology of software has changed. In the past, we might have declared new development had nothing to do with maintenance of the datacenter's legacy systems. Development was novel and exciting, a thing apart. Nor did development methodologies have anything to do with production deployments. And certainly an enterprise software project could proceed and have nothing to do with the cloud...

Securing Google Apps for Business

Grazed from Mobile Enterprise. Author: Editorial Staff.

Armor5 has extended its Zero Touch Cloud Security service to Google Apps for Business, including Google Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Sheets. The Cloud Security app gives enterprises protection against data leakage, compliance exposures and privacy breaches at the last mile between the cloud and the device.

“By 2018, 25% of corporate data traffic will bypass traditional perimeter security defenses (up from 4% today) by flowing directly from mobile devices to the cloud,” according to the Gartner report: “Gartner, Predicts 2014: CSPs' Opportunities and Challenges Will Arise from Cloud Computing and Mobility Trends.” The report advises, “As the adoption of cloud computing and mobility accelerates, new revenue opportunities will emerge, together with the need for better service reliability and security. CSP strategists should move quickly on the opportunities and address associated challenges...

Google and Cisco partner to bring WebEx to Chromebooks

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Google and Cisco are teaming up in the enterprise collaboration market, bundling WebEx with Chromebooks and integrating the Cisco Web conferencing and online meeting product with Google Apps. The companies announced on Tuesday that two of their high-ranking executives demonstrated a "proof of concept" of WebEx running on a Chromebook, something that hasn't been possible to date.

Rajen Sheth, director of product management, Chrome for Business, and Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of Cisco's Collaboration Technology Group, also demonstrated interoperability between Google Apps and WebEx, such as the ability to join a WebEx meeting from a Google Calendar item, the companies said...

CloudSigma Partners with New Relic to Improve Public Cloud Application Performance Monitoring

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

CloudSigma, a public cloud IaaS provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, today announced that it has partnered with software analytics company New Relic, Inc. to provide customers with new levels of real-time insight into the health of their applications and server infrastructure. Tightly integrated into CloudSigma’s existing public cloud infrastructure, New Relic’s software-as-a-service application performance management solution gives CloudSigma customers the confidence to deploy more mission-critical workloads into the cloud, knowing that their applications and services are running at peak performance.

With New Relic’s advanced feature set, CloudSigma customers can now get full visibility and insight into their end-user, application and server performance. Presented on a New Relic dashboard, which is accessible in CloudSigma’s Web console, all of the performance data is presented in an easy-to-understand way that makes it actionable, so customers can not only identify the root cause of any performance degradation, but also how to remedy it. For instance, customers can easily monitor server resource loads and even dive into code-level application performance metrics to pinpoint the exact bottleneck in the stack...

How DevOps Can Accelerate the Cloud Application Lifecycle

Grazed from CIO. Author: Bernard Golden.

As I wrote in my last column, it's clear that cloud computing enables, and imposes, enormous change in applications. In that article, I focused on the technical changes cloud computing is forcing on application architecture — all designed to support the increased scale and load variability, higher performance expectation and changed pricing that cloud computing imposes.

What I didn't address was another traditional application assumption that cloud computing is upending: The application lifecycle. Specifically, the cloud requires a significantly faster rhythm of application management, which will impose change on IT organizations.
On the face of it, it may not be obvious why the technical capability of cloud computing would transform IT organizations and their processes...

Creating the Next-Generation Cloud with Software-Defined App Services

Grazed from DatacenterKnowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Cloud computing, end-user mobility technologies, and new delivery models have all directly impacted the modern data center infrastructure. In fact, enterprise IT departments are under constant pressure to meet user and application demands, aware that cloud deployments offer an easier and faster alternative but often pinned down by legacy deployment models. The problem stems from the inability of those legacy models to adapt to meet expectations for rapid provisioning, continuous delivery, and consistent performance across multiple environments.

Current data center platforms now span many logical nodes where resources, data, and users are shared between infrastructures. When it comes to delivering applications, the challenges of performance, security, and reliability have not changed. What have changed are the environments and conditions under which those challenges must be addressed...