The weeks Cloud Computing News articles 16/04/2012 – 22/04/2012

Shameem Ahmed 16 April 2012 1




20/04/2012

What will it mean to ‘manage’ Windows on ARM tablets?
Will Windows on ARM devices find an accepting home in the corporate world? Microsoft has some manageability plans to try to keep consumers and IT admins both happy.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/what-will-it-mean-to-manage-windows-on-arm-tablets/12508

 

AWS Introduces CloudSearch
CloudSearch, a new product by Amazon Web Services (AWS), offers integration of highly scalable and fully managed search functionality in their software applications. It uses the same A9 technology which runs Amazon.com’s search. In order to use the new functionality, IT staff needs to create a search domain as well as upload the data which they need searchable. CloudSearch will the provision automatically the resources needed as well as the indexes required. In order to enable data searches, the data must be in the Search Data Format which can be accomplished through XML text files or JavaScript Object Notation (JSON).

http://cloudtimes.org/2012/04/19/aws-introduces-cloudsearch/

 

19/04/2012

What’s in the new Windows 8 Enterprise SKU
Microsoft has released a partial list of features in the coming Windows 8 Enterprise SKU for volume-license business users.
Microsoft is sharing more details on what’s in the Windows 8 Enterprise edition that the company said would be available to its volume license customers with Software Assurance later this year.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/whats-in-the-new-windows-8-enterprise-sku/12504

 

Google Drive is Ready to Invade the Space of Dropbox
While rumors of its arrival have been getting stronger and stronger, Google Drive seems to be finally about to arrive and to be released next week probably on April 24/25 and will offer 5 GB of storage for free accounts. The launch date for next week is not yet confirmed, but details seem now well established from various sources.

http://cloudtimes.org/2012/04/18/google-drive-ready-invade-dropbox/

 

18/04/2012

Official: Microsoft Names Windows 8 for Intel, Windows RT for ARM
Microsoft has put up a blog post confirming the naming structure for the next version of the Windows operating system. It also lists most of the features that each edition will have.

http://www.cmswire.com/cms/mobile/official-microsoft-names-windows-8-for-intel-windows-rt-for-arm-015185.php

 

Rackspace Launches Next Generation Cloud Services to Support OpenStack Cloud Deployments
Rackspace Hosting, one of the contenders in the fight to take on Amazon Web Services division and Citrix as the dominant public cloud provider and a co-founder of OpenStack, announced the launch of world’s first large scale next generation cloud based products powered by OpenStack technology. The new offerings feature enhanced cloud solutions such as Cloud Database, Cloud Servers, Cloud Network, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Panel and OpenStack API.

http://cloudtimes.org/rackspace-cloud-services-openstack-deployments/

 

17/04/2012

Microsoft delivers preview of its Windows Azure-hosted media services platform
Microsoft is taking the wraps off the latest iteration of its Media Platform, which is now hosted on Windows Azure and includes third-party integrations, at the NAB show.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-delivers-preview-of-its-windows-azure-hosted-media-services-platform/12453

 

Amazon S3 Storage: A Flexible Cloud Storage Solution
Amazon S3 storage is one of the AWS services that has been around the longest and is one of the most widely used. For those unfamiliar with S3, it enables individual data items, ranging in size from one byte to five terabytes to be stored in scalable storage. There is no limit to the number of items, referred to as objects, that can be stored in S3. Amazon have recently published the usage statistics for the end of Q1 2012 for this service. At this time there are 905 billion objects stored in S3 with Amazon routinely handling 650,000 requests per second for access to these objects. The number of objects is growing daily by more than one million. This is an incredible amount of data.

http://cloud-computing.learningtree.com/2012/04/16/amazon-s3-storage-a-flexible-cloud-storage-solution/

 

16/04/2012

Intel’s Studybook can be a success
Intel is putting more effort into their Atom CPU series, especially for the next generation of tablet computers. Along those lines, yesterday’s Intel Studybook tablet is exciting. I really like the idea of this tablet. As the name implies, Studybook is a 7-inch tablet running Windows 7 or Android 3.x designed for students.

http://betanews.com/2012/04/12/intels-studybook-can-be-a-success/

 

The Rising Value of Cloud Computing
A recent study from IDG Enterprise conducted a study among 1,600 IT and business leaders. It revealed that majority of these companies have spent more than a third of their IT budget to Cloud Computing. Further, almost two thirds of the respondents said they will continue to increase their spending in Cloud Computing in the next couple of years.

http://cloudtimes.org/the-rising-value-of-cloud-computing/

WEEKLY SUMMARY

This week, Intel is putting more effort into their Atom CPU series, especially for the next generation of tablet computers. Intel Studybook tablet is exciting, the idea of this tablet is amazing. As the name implies, Studybook is a 7-inch tablet running Windows 7 or Android 3.x designed for students.

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas on April 16, Microsoft is taking the wraps off Windows Azure Media Services, the latest iteration of its end-to-end digital media platform. Microsoft’s Media Platform already handles encoding, delivery, and playback for a variety of network-connected devices. With Windows Azure Media Services, Microsoft also is integrating select third-party solutions into Microsoft’s base platform, including high-speed transfer services from Aspera; content encoding from Digital Rapids, ATEME, and Dolby; content protection from BuyDRM and Civolution; and video-on-demand streaming from Wowza Media Services.

A recent study from IDG Enterprise conducted a study among 1,600 IT and business leaders. It revealed that majority of these companies have spent more than a third of their IT budget to Cloud Computing. Further, almost two thirds of the respondents said they will continue to increase their spending in Cloud Computing in the next couple of years.

Microsoft has put up a blog post confirming the naming structure for the next version of the Windows operating system. They are Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro for Intel architecture devices and Windows RT for anything running ARM, which will be a sizeable number of tablets first and perhaps low-power PCs later. When announcing the Windows 8 SKU line-up, Microsoft officials confirmed that Windows on ARM devices — running an operating system version that Microsoft has officially christened “Windows RT” — would not support domain join. Software Assurance users will automatically get Windows To Go use rights, Windows RT Virtual Desktop Access rights; and a Companion Device License, which provides rights to access a corporate desktop either through VDI or Windows To Go on up to four personally owned devices.

CloudSearch, a new product by Amazon Web Services (AWS), offers integration of highly scalable and fully managed search functionality in their software applications. It uses the same A9 technology which runs Amazon.com’s search. In order to use the new functionality, IT staff needs to create a search domain as well as upload the data which they need searchable. CloudSearch will the provision automatically the resources needed as well as the indexes required. In order to enable data searches, the data must be in the Search Data Format which can be accomplished through XML text files or JavaScript Object Notation (JSON).

Rackspace Hosting, one of the contenders in the fight to take on Amazon Web Services division and Citrix as the dominant public cloud provider and a co-founder of OpenStack, announced the launch of world’s first large scale next generation cloud based products powered by OpenStack technology. The new offerings feature enhanced cloud solutions such as Cloud Database, Cloud Servers, Cloud Network, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Panel and OpenStack API. The cloud based file hosting service will seek to compete with other well established cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Box, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

 

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