RackSpace’s new OpenStack-based cloud environment will eventually replace its current platform, which was built on virtual platform technology the company acquired from Slicehost.
The new cloud platform, Engates said, can scale to many thousands of servers, making it a viable choice for not just enterprises but service providers. The Cloud Servers component is based on the latest OpenStack Compute release and, according to Engates, offers a level of scalability suitable for even service providers. The Cloud Databases component provides API access to a massively scalable, highly available MySQL database.
Rackspace’s new Cloud Control Panel includes multiregion capabilities, as well as new server-tagging feature, to help users more easily manage and locate cloud resources. Rackspace Cloud’s Block Storage service, currently in beta, provides what Rackspace calls highly elastic raw storage.
Finally, Cloud Networks enables users to manage logical abstracted network services programmatically.
For any serious IT player in the Middle East, there are key market sectors that are easy to list - government, energy, banking, education, health, hospitality and so on.
A year passed since our last survey and a number of new players have become more dominant in the IaaS market; therefore, we have revisited our comparison of the leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) security offerings.
It is important to note, that although the completeness of security offering is an important attribute in selecting your cloud provider, other attributes like, maturity, service coverage and level of support are also important factors in such a decision.
A second note is that the following comparison only takes into account the security features that are native to the public cloud IaaS offering.
Shared Cloud Network: public IaaS environment where different cloud customers share the same cloud service subnet. A virtual private cloud network is an isolated network with a private IP subnet and a Layer 2 separation construct, such as VLAN.
All providers enable remote secure access to individual cloud servers using SSH and RDP (for Linux and windows VMs respectively).
User VPN access is usually the basis for centrally authenticating remote users, associating their identity with an unknown IP addresses and enforcing identity based access rights. Note that several CSPs do offer central-identity-based access to the service management console and APIs, but not to the cloud servers themselves.
Currently, organizations that require a complete enterprise-grade security solution, let alone a specific compliance such as HIPAA, need to complement the missing security features using solutions from third party vendors (ISVs). Aussie surf brand Rip Curl announced it is using Rackspace’s cloud-based NoSQL MongoDB service to support the company’s recently launched smart watch, which allows surfers to capture and analyse a range of data from their surf sessions. Rip Curl’s Search GPS Watch captures information like wave count, speeds reached, ride distance and session distances. The watch platform also allows the company to improve its products and services on the back of the data generated. Angus Dorney, general manager, Rackspace Australia and New Zealand said that with the massive increase in wearables forecast over the next decade, highly resilient database and IT architectures will be needed to support the services built on top.
Some experts believe that with billions of interconnected devices proliferating and digital services consolidating into fewer datacentres, enterprises and service providers will struggle to leverage existing infrastructure in order to bring the benefits of the internet of things to organisations. Microsoft, HPE and Cisco have been named as three of the leading names in the cloud industry by Synergy Research as the firm wraps up the winners and losers for the first quarter.
IBM and Cisco have extended a long-standing partnership to enable real-time IoT analytics and insight at the point of data collection. Cisco has reported 3% year-on-year growth for Q3, topping $12 billion for the quarter, with its security business leading the charge, though the team have reconfirmed IOT, software cloud and collaboration markets are priorities for the future. Rackspace has announced the unlimited availability launch of its Fanatical Support services for Microsoft Azure customers in the UK, Benelux and DACH regions, as well as two new service levels, Navigator and Aviator. SIGN UP TO OUR DAILY NEWS DIGESTReceive FREE Business Cloud news alerts straight to your inbox. SaaS for SMBs: The main meal, not the side saladWe know that telcos are well-placed to sell cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses. This entry was posted in General, News and tagged 2015, Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe, Gartner, Report on 16 de July de 2015 by Ruben.
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TweetHow companies are adopting cloud computing and how they are addressing the changes that it entails in the management of IT resources? The survey results found that cloud adoption is picking up steam as enterprises increase both public and private cloud adoption. Much of that credit goes to how public cloud services like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, RackSpace and others are aggressively marketing their offerings. RightScale evaluated responses with a Cloud Maturity Model segregating into four different sections – Cloud Watchers, Cloud Beginners, Cloud Explorers and Cloud Focused.
The report says enterprises are adopting cloud computing in record numbers and have leveraged growing experience to overcome many of the early challenges including security. According to the report, hybrid and multi-cloud implementations continue to be the end goal for the enterprise. Amazon continues to lead the public cloud use with 54 percent of respondents overall named Amazon Web Services as their vendor. The report further says that as organizations adopt cloud more broadly, they realize increasingly more value, and the challenges of adopting cloud decline. Security is still remain number one priority among Cloud Beginners (31 percent) but decreases to the fifth most cited (13 percent) among Cloud Focused organizations. Another recent study by Computer Economics found that IT companies were on average able to save over 15 percent IT spending per user if they are moving to cloud.
In 2012, more than 1.7 million jobs in the field of cloud computing remained unoccupied, according to analysts firm IDC. Cloud marketing has the ability to drastically change the ways in which they reach and engage their audience, particularly with regard to distributing and storing mission-critical data. More and more companies encourage their employees to work on their devices, thus reducing the cost of computer equipment, but also increase the cost to maintain licenses and safety.
Despite the inclination to wait until all of the cloud’s kinks have been worked out, holding off on cloud initiatives until the industry matures won’t guarantee success. The software industry is undergoing major changes by trends such as cloud, SaaS, mobile technology and the “consumerization of IT”.


There are many examples of where Internet congestion has led to bad outcomes and bad press.
So, the internet is like the road system where the traffic cops have decided it’s easier to let private citizens manage the traffic. Digging into the Performance Data: How to avoid congestion when you are deploying a web application! The RUM data says yes. Billions of Real User Measurements (RUM) allow Cedexis to measure every cloud (and CDN and private data center) instance from every ISP and network in the world. Given that, what does a map look like that shows performance to these four clouds from these six regions across these six ISPs?
So, you can see that from a regional perspective there is a pretty wide range of latency to the various clouds.
Here you can see that from the Pacific Northwest region Centurylink’s Seattle cloud has the lowest latency from most of the ISPs with the notable exception of Cox. What you see here are measurements taken from Verizon in the Pacific Northwest to the four clouds under discussion. Broadly, you can see that from the Southeast the CenturyLink cloud is not a great performer (since it’s across the country) and that the clouds in Virginia and Houston are generally the best two performers. AT&T in the Southeast has the expected poor performance to the cloud in the Pacific Northwest, but the best performer is not the expected Virginia cloud but rather the cloud in Houston, a much further distance from the Southeastern population centers.
Gaming companies must route around all these peering issues and other irregularities if they want to provide optimum performance to their customers. As you can see, doing cloud right involves distributing your compute across geographies and across vendors.
Many of the largest gaming companies are already using a form of RUM to select the best server or cluster of servers.
While this method is certainly better than Round Robin or Geo routing, using Cedexis RUM for routing is better for four main reasons. The only way to ensure performance is to have billions of measurements to all the public and private providers and to be able to route in real-time around network congestion, provider or peering issues. If you want to learn more about how Cedexis can improve a gaming experience, join us on Dec 15 for a webinar with Blake Lewin, gaming innovator and visionary.
About Cedexis Founded in 2009, Cedexis optimizes web performance across data centers, content delivery networks (CDNs) and clouds, for companies that want to ensure 100% availability and extend their reach to new global markets. New Sales and Product Executives bring Accomplished Capabilities to Serve and Support Enterprise Customers PORTLAND, Ore., Aug.
Legal Cloud today announced that several top, international law firms had signed up as early testers of its virtual data center services for the legal market. The founders of the Legal Cloud have been working in the legal technology industry for over a decade. The customers become an important lobby group for future security feature requests: instead of X voices asking for completely different things, the community of Legal Cloud users will state requirements a€?loud and cleara€? and if nScaled doesna€™t listen, provide an opportunity for a€?Another Legal Clouda€? to steal customers. Our data centers are highly secure and redundant precision environments backed by the Fanatical Support of Rackspace. We extend your network into the Legal Cloud using VPN (Virtual Private Network) and VLAN (Virtual LAN) technologies. Client Data is encrypted from client source servers to target devices using strong encryption protocols.
Dubbed simply Rackspace Cloud, its features include cloud servers, databases, block storage, networks, and monitoring, as well as a new control panel. Rackspace built servers and storage for the service designed specifically for running databases in the cloud, Engates said. Customers can choose between a high-performance option build on solid-state disks or a lower-cost block-storage option running on traditional hard disks. According to Rackspace, the service offers flexible software-defined virtual networks, providing extra security through network isolation and port filtering. We will examine the native public cloud IaaS offerings by the leading cloud service providers: Amazon (AWS), Azure, Google (GCP), IBM Cloud and Rackspace, focusing on data and network security as well as identity and access management.
In some cases, the missing security features can be supplemented with add-on (paid) services available in their marketplaces through partners, and sometimes using the managed services offering. Sharing the same network puts tenants at additional risk, since access to their compute resources could be obtained from within the Cloud data center.
This prevents any intra-datacenter communication between different organizations (cloud customers), reducing the additional risk of shared networks. As the cloud market continues to grow, attracting more competitors, global outreach and instigating price wars, more disruptions are sure to follow. The marketplaces of the CSPs discussed above are a good place to locate these add-on solutions. Surfers can sync the watch data with their mobile phones and tablets or computers, then visualise and share that data to track and compare performance.
It is highly cost effective with 10,000 users, 100,000 users or 500,000 users – wherever they are in the world,” Helm added. Cisco estimates that by 2020, there will be 5,200 GB per person, globally, which may cripple datacentres sooner than new architectures can be put in place to support such a massive growth in data. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year access is available for customers using cloud ops and apps. Nearly 1,100 enterprises and small-and-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) surveyed, 89 percent are using public cloud for something and the rest are planning to use in future. Cloud Watchers are defined as organizations that are developing cloud strategies and plans but have not yet deployed applications into the cloud.
Large enterprises are complex and understandably deliberate in cloud adoption, yet with increased adoption they continue to unlock more value.
About three quarters of those surveyed this year (74 percent) said to have a multi-cloud strategy, and 48 percent are planning for hybrid clouds.
RackSpace comes second with 12 percent and Google App Engine, a Platform as a Service, third at 9 percent. Organizations indicate that the top benefits that they have already realized are greater scalability, faster access to infrastructure, higher availability, and faster time to market for applications. Concerns about cloud security declined in 2014 among both Cloud Beginners and Cloud Focused respondents. These savings in costs associated with strategic benefits such as agility, speed, scalability and argue in favor of organizations moving aggressively to the cloud.
What’s interesting about Internet congestion is that it has been managed by the private sector basically since the inception of the Internet. In their March 2015 report, they basically acknowledged that they don’t have the skills to understand congestion.
When an enterprise feels like they need additional connectivity, they either pay or peer their way along.


How can the smart gaming company set itself up to avoid these inevitable roadblocks on the Internet?
Can congestion issues be mitigated by using performance-based global traffic management to route traffic to the best performing clouds? We ingest billions of RUM data points every day as part of our free, crowd-sourced Radar community.
These various clouds were selected as good examples of cloud instances from different parts of the US.
Just looking at the regions and clouds we get this (the numbers are latency, so lower is better). First, this is over a specific 24-hour period, and if you took these measurements 24 hours later you would see something different. Generally you can see that from the Northeast region, the clouds that are in Virginia and Chicago have lower latency measurements across these networks than the clouds in Seattle and Houston. For some reason, on this day, Cox had poor connectivity to CenturyLink’s cloud from within the region.
As you can see, performance to the CenturyLink cloud from a user in the Pacific Northwest was 99 milliseconds while that same user could have gotten to any of the other three clouds faster. While we have heralded it for the video space, it is just as applicable to the gaming space! Cedexis does just that, and with the addition of this new HTTP Openmix solution we are providing everything the smart gaming company requires to connect to its customers optimally.
The Legal Cloud is operating a a€?closed betaa€™ with select law firms interested in reducing the costs of their existing collocation facilities, finding a way to implement a business continuity program without duplicating private infrastructure or simply planning for their future primary and secondary infrastructure facilities. Salesforce Service Cloud) and they have their own security requirements, but arguably less assurance will be demanded by customers. It is actually an extention of each clients internal network, each seperated by strong security protocols.
The service is agentless and thus incapable of, say, polling servers for CPUs, disk, and memory.
However, none of the leaders’ native public cloud offerings has shown significant advancement in security in the past year. We can then offer improvements to the surfing community, as well as help refine our own offering to surfers.
Experts at Rackspace help provide scalability, high performance, and top of the line security for servers.
Cloud Beginners are new to cloud computing and are working on proof-of-concepts or initial cloud projects.
Nearly 94 percent of organizations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service and 87 percent of organizations are using public cloud. Test and development applications top the list, with more than 85 percent of cloud-focused companies deploying them in the cloud. If you have ever driven in Paris, Sao Paulo, LA, NYC or Washington DC – you know the pain.
The point of doing this is to be able to broadly see how the various clouds perform from both different regions of the country and from different networks that exists in those regions. The numbers do not stay constant but rather change with the ebb and flow of Internet congestion.
This can partially be explained by the geography (speed of light), but you can also see that there are notable differences within the set of ISPs. These types of peering problems are common for all the ISPs and can pop in and out of existence.
Optimally he or she could have been directed to the Rackspace cloud in Chicago and saved almost 30 milliseconds. Users on the AT&T network that got routed to Virginia would experience a significantly larger Page Load Time (PLT) or buffering if they were trying to watch a video from that cloud.
The Internet is full of cases where routes to Clouds and Private Data Centers are congested or routed poorly. Basically, it is a simple ping test that sees where the best performing server or server cluster might be.
Within the Legal Cloud, your data is segregated in logically separate areas from other clients data and attached only to your private networking. Up-to-date DIY guides for different VPN functions on different clouds can be also found on our website here and here as well as on some other sites. Customer web apps (78 percent), internal web apps (70 percent), batch processing (62 percent), and mobile apps (54 percent) also are deployed in the cloud by a majority of Cloud Focused organizations. Enterprises have different priorities, and improving a peering relationship or investing in a new paid relationship will not always be the best use of available budget. When cloud vendors have outages in one or more of their regional locations, traffic can be diverted to clouds (or data centers) that are still available. In other words, not all ISPs are peered the same, and there are significant differences in performance. What this means is that users from all over the world will get the same treatment as someone on a major ISP in a major American or European city. Our choice of technologies, performance, data storage, latency, service level agreements, security and features have all been specifically devised to support the needs of the legal industry (source). The coloration of the charts is relative, meaning that given any set of latency numbers the lowest numbers get a green color and the highest number gets a red. For instance, AT&T has latency from the Northeast of 103ms to Chicago (Rackspace) while Verizon comes in at almost half that number to the same cloud from the same region.
In fact, let’s drill in on Verizon’s connectivity to all four clouds from this region to make a point.
It is critical for web performance to take networks into consideration when deciding to which cloud to route users.
Secondly, because Cedexis has had these billions of measurements from all over the world for a long while, we have become expert in normalization and dealing with outliers – meaning we know what to ignore and what to pay attention to.
A quick read shows that the strategies and relationships that drive peering are less than open. They are instead obscured intentionally, and there are many strategies to gain peering relationships with the largest tier 1 providers, mostly to no avail if you are a tier 2 or smaller ISP. Furthermore, we deeply integrate with top APM tools to provide even more synthetic depth to the measurements.



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