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VMware Not Cloud Leader — Next Generation Providers Filling Gaps, Creating New Categories

VMware will spend this week seeking to convince us that it will take the mantle as the cloud leader. But the reality is something far different as we head into VMworld, the company’s annual event. This is a space seeing deep disruption as new categories emerge in the change to more easy to use, commodity type services. The lack of leadership is apparent when you spend some time talking with the team from ManageIQ,which is clearly articulating the unique requirements companies need to consider when integrating their data centers to any number of service providers. Their story is about how they abstract the complex management issues that come with orchestrating cloud infrastructures. That’s the takeaway if you are considering how to actually use the cloud. Provisioning your extended infrastructure is the easy part. The difficulty is in managing all the issues that come with it. VMware has pieces of this story and sees its DynamicOps acquisition as helping...

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Rackspace Tool Checks the Health of Clouds

The monitoring technology is designed to let IT admins keep an eye on clouds no matter where these are hosted so they can get downtime alerts for downtime and check on performance...

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Node.js Set to Land on Engine Yard's PaaS

The addition of Node.js to Engine Yard lets customers host highly scalable web services on the platform, and helps it close its language gap with rival platform Heroku...

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4 Steps to Start Building a Hybrid Cloud

As hybrid clouds become an ever more attractive option for corporate IT, this is a good time to start thinking about what it will take to get started building one. Luckily, there are plenty of experts out there with a growing body of knowledge and experience. Here are a few of their best tips and suggestions.

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Piston Cloud Airframe — A Free Starter Package For Building An OpenStack Cloud

Piston Cloud has built a free OpenStack distribution that is promised to include what is needed to evaluate the open cloud environment. To really create a cloud environment and to make it useful, you can’t have it dependent on someone else to do it for you But just to get a cloud environment up and running is a task. And that’s the challenge that OpenStack faces. How to get people from working on OpenStack to working with OpenStack as Piston Cloud CEO Josh McKenty said in an interview last week. Piston Cloud is approaching the problem by combining all the necessary pieces that go into building an OpenStack cloud. That means it has the compute, storage,...

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