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At Citrix Synergy, Citrix's CloudStack Strategy Spreads Out

This week, the Citrix Synergy conference is going on in San Francisco, with lots of news related to Citrix's CloudStack strategy coming out, and more. Through today, Friday, you can still access live keynotes and sessions from the conference, available by webcast here. Here is a roundup of some of the major news out of Citrix Synergy. Citrix announced the launch of Citrix CloudPlatform, the first commercially supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack. With the new commercial release, Citrix says "customers can quickly and easily evolve virtualized datacenter resources to automated, elastic, self-service IT delivery models." Last month, Citrix submitted its CloudStack platform to the Apache Software Foundation, and, with support from over 50 key ecosystem partners, the Apache Software Foundation accepted CloudStack into its Incubator program.  CloudStack, is, of course, ramping up for a major battle with OpenStack on the open source cloud computing scene.  In conjunction with the conference, Citrix has also launched Project Avalon, discussed here.  Project Avalon enables windows desktops and windows applications to be delivered as cloud services, which can help give Citrix's cloud platform an inroad into appealing to many enterprises. Citrix's post on Project Avalon notes that it has “taken major engineering efforts to transform...

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HP Moves Into Public Beta with its Cloud Services

While Citrix's moves ahead with CloudStack and its abandonment of the OpenStack cloud computing platform dominated the news recently, let's not forget that OpenStack has enormous backing and a well-funded foundation forming around it. In our post "OpenStack's Partnerships Give it a Leg Up in the Cloud Race," we detailed some of the many tech companies that are developing around the OpenStack platform. Hewlett-Packard, for example, has announced its Converged Cloud services and platform tools, based on a "hardened" version of OpenStack. And now, HP is ready to deliver the public beta version of its HP Cloud Services, which could mean a lot for the struggling company. HP has delivered public, open beta versions of three OpenStack-based services: Cloud Compute, Cloud Object Storage and Cloud Content Delivery Network. Users will pay only for the services...

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Google Drive will Provide Storage Rescue for Chrome OS

Following years of rumors saying that Google would launch a cloud-based storage service to compete with players such as Dropbox, Google did indeed introduce Google Drive in late April. You can sign up for 5GB of free cloud storage from Google, and use it efficiently with your Android device, but we made the point last month that a big part of Google Drive's purpose is to fill a gap in google's Chrome OS. As we've reported before, with Chrome OS, Google bet heavily on the idea that consumers and business users would have no problem storing data and using applications in the cloud, without working on the locally stored data/applications model that most people are used to. Now, there are clear signs that Google Drive is going to be the stopgap that solves this Chrome OS problem. In a recent post, I wrote: "Google could create useful synergies between a new cloud-based storage service and Chrome OS, and there might even be room to give people storage incentives in the cloud if they choose Chrome OS. That kind of incentive might entice some businesses to adopt Chromebooks and Google's operating system.The price-per-gigabyte of storage has been dropping for many...

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The Web vs. the Cloud: Which Metaphor Survives?

A recent list of what are frequently called the "most valuable Web startups" is topped by the following six entries: Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, 360Buy.com, Twitter and Dropbox. The common factor among them, in the context of everyday conversation, is that they're considered Web businesses. The keyword here is "considered." If you ask Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, Facebook already ate the Web and is licking up the remains. Perhaps more than any other company, Salesforce represents the perspective of "the cloud;" and from this point of view, the cloud is the technology that is driving the Internet today and not the Web. ...

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Google's New BigQuery Commoditizes Big Data Analytics

Google is moving the goalpost significantly in the market for big data tools, at least for organizations that can work with its canned tools and are willing to trust the search giant with their data. After some time in a limited preview, Google has unveiled Google BigQuery for public consumption. Google is giving developers the ability to query up to 100GB of data per month for free, or up to 2TB of data stored without having to contact sales at all, which provides a very low bar for working with big data. Google's BigQuery is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for working with "massive datasets" that can be in the billions of rows. It has a SQL-like query language, and promises to analyze large data sets "in seconds." Note that organizations that want a Google-hosted SQL database can tap the Cloud SQL offering. What's most interesting about BigQuery is the fact that it provides big-data analytics in a completely hosted offering. Organization's don't have...

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