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RightScale Webinar: Rock Your Softlayer Cloud With RightScale – Video



20-06-2012 11:59 A demonstration of how the combination of RightScale and SoftLayer provides super fast on-boarding, automation and multicloud capability for running your apps. SoftLayer CloudLayer® Services bring you cloud servers, storage, and content delivery built on SoftLayer's longtime leadership in automated, on-demand data center services. Couple that with RightScale cloud management for automation, management and auto-scaling and you'll spend less time and effort setting up and operating your web application and more time focused on your core business. RightScale enables easy provisioning, configuration, and automation of both hybrid and multi-datacenter environments. With SoftLayer and RightScale, resilient and highly available architectures are more affordable than ever. In this webinar we'll demonstrate the benefits of using RightScale to manage SoftLayer CloudLayer Computing. We'll cover: - Configuration of CloudLayer servers using RightScale pre-built ServerTemplates™ - Management of multiple servers into organized groupings called deployments - Automation features such as auto-scaling using monitoring and alerts and scripts to automate routine backups and updates - Governance including user permissioning, auditing events and tracking usage

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Rightscale Webinar: Automating Servers In The Cloud – Video



20-06-2012 12:12 ServerTemplates™ are the innovative "secret sauce" of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. They enable you to easily architect, launch, manage, and monitor multi-server deployments. More than half of the 40000-plus RightScale ServerTemplates were created from scratch by our customers. By using ServerTemplates, you can slice up your existing configurations into your own custom blueprints for cloud servers. In this session, we'll share best practices for developing, testing, and maintaining your own custom ServerTemplates.

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Rightscale Webinar: From Zero to Cloud in 60 minutes – Video



20-06-2012 12:29 In this live demo of the RightScale Cloud Management Platform, we'll show you step-by-step how to build a multi-tiered application in the cloud in less than 60 minutes. Starting with only a database table and a few lines of PHP code, we'll build a complete 3-tier architecture in the cloud with redundant load balancers, a master MySQL database server replicating to a slave database server, and an application tier that can automatically scale from 2 to 120 servers. This webinar will be highly technical and very fast paced.

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Rightscale Webinar: Operational Best Practices in the Cloud – Video



20-06-2012 13:14 Cloud infrastructure is very different from traditional infrastructure and requires different approaches to really harness cloud value. From dev/test/prod lifecycle management to deployment automation, patch management, monitoring and automation for autoscaling and disaster recovery... we'll provide insight into how we automate and manage cloud servers at RightScale to avoid having to get hands on. Especially at 3am.

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Automatic for the Cloud: ITPA Delivers Continuity

IT process automation will evolve from and replace workload automation (Shown: DEC Flip Chip assembly line, 1967) Image: Eric Fischer/Flickr

For the past 18 months or so, one of the recurring anecdotes that Ive heard has been around line of business staff engaging the public cloud to run projects without first engaging IT.

To business person, the advantage is being able to circumvent the IT project backlog, CAPEX controls and the IT department all together. The likely motivation is to accelerate project delivery and relieve the headache of internal red tape. To corporate performance, this can hurt the bottom line through the cost of un-optimized public cloud engagement and also through un-integrated project development and application management. To the IT organization, this deteriorates control of application and infrastructure processes and widens the gap between IT and the business.

Enterprise IT must move strongly to centralize cloud engagement or risk losing more than just control over application and infrastructure processes but, on a broader level, its relevance as a ready and effective partner to the business.

In an effort to regain control, IT departments are making efforts to move toward a service model, where computing capacity is perpetually available for every changing need of a dynamic organization.

For some, the answer is private cloud. However, many are finding similar CAPEX and management challenges to the ways of the past where servers were provisioned internally for peak demand. For others, its a move to public cloud. However, the majority of those initiatives are young and recent research from Enterprise Management Associates indicates that 70% of IT organizations had to redo or rethink cloud initiatives after initial deployments.

Whatever the case, the need for centralized cloud engagement and overall centralized management of applications and infrastructure remains. Crack that nut and a cascade of benefits awaits.

In the rush to cloud, what many companies are missing is the larger opportunity that is created by a simple layer that spans all computing needs the workload itself. The workload is core to centralization (and regaining control). Consolidating the organization-wide computing workload requirements onto one platform that can automate the delivery of computing capacity across a heterogeneous infrastructure is a key step toward the Holy Grail of IT-as-a-Service.

Cloud is critical in this process as it helps optimize resource utilization to workload demands. Private, public, hybrid or uber it doesnt matter. Workloads need to run and it is ITs job is to ensure sufficient capacity to meet workload demands while exceeding SLAs.

As alluded to earlier, companies used to provision servers and resources for peak demand and paid the price for underutilization during low workload demand. Cloud provides the ability to match workload demand with capacity supply in a pay for what you consume model. IT process automation (ITPA) is required to ensure the capacity curve tracks closely to the workload demand curve, effectively eliminating the costs associated with idle assets between workload bursts.

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Bitcasa Cloud Service Launches Public Beta

Bitcasa, a consumer cloud services startup, launched a public beta of its unlimited cloud storage service on Wednesday.

The service claims to deliver "unlimited storage" by compressing data and de-duplicating files from multiple users, rather than simply storing all of each user's files on its servers. If multiple users have the same file saved, Bitcasa saves pointers to the files rather than copies.

De-duplicating data across users has raised eyebrows among industry watchers. But the company says that file encryption occurs on the client side, keeping the user's files safeguarded from intrusion by the company or other users, concerns that have potentially slowed the adoption of consumer cloud storage services.

On Mac, PC and Linux desktops, Bitcasa integrates with the operating system, such that the system will indicate that a file stored through Bitcasa is local, according to CEO Tony Gauda. Bitcasa works on mobile devices using HTML5.

When there is a connection, local devices communicate with the cloud by streaming, rather than through discrete uploads and downloads, potentially speeding things up.

"We intercept the file system calls and fool the operating system into believing that the files are actually local on the device," Gauda explained. "We stream them to and from the cloud in real time, but we cache a lot of that information locally on every device. You can have a terabyte of information and only 16 gigs will be cached locally, but those are the 16 that you use most often."

The novel storage method holds out the promise of smoothing over access disruptions, a common complaint about cloud storage. If a user is travelling with an iPad, for example, and loses Internet access, with Bitcasa she can at least access the files she uses most frequently and those she has set to save to her device.

Gene Ruth, a research director at Gartner, said the startup offers improvements to the cloud storage market from a consumer's perspective, but the question is whether it can deliver.

"There's a lot of things they have to get right because this file sync and share business is not that easy," Ruth said.

Bitcasa will likely fail early if it fails, since at US$10 a month for unlimited storage, customers will almost certainly come apace, Ruth said. And if it succeeds, it will likely force the rest of the consumer cloud storage market to abandon storage limits.

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Balticservers.com Dedicated servers in Europe – Video



19-06-2012 03:04 BalticServers is one of the fastest growing datacenters in Europe. The company has currently expanded to an international extent and is always extending its reach. Newest and most scientifically accurate studies pinpointed Lithuania as Europe's geographical center. BalticServers has been successfully working for 11 years. The company provides services for clients from more than 100 countries! BalticServers tops all the other Lithuanian datacenters in export. Those 11 years of innovation has resulted in a high service quality to price ratio. We care a lot about the environment, so we save and protect it by cooling our servers using the most eco-friendly free-cooling systems. Great server uptime is granted by modern diesel generators, duplicated uninterruptible power supply systems and high bandwidth. We use only the most reliable products by Intel, which adds to the high technological quality. We do not have any hidden fees. Clients are provided exactly what they order and emerged errors are dealt with promptly. The company's business practices are insured. The growth of BalticServers is propelled by a profitable partner network. It is lucrative to become our partner -- try our services now, and you will be certain that their value is greater than elsewhere!

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Moving Village Family Dental to the cloud solution with QSIDental Web – Video



19-06-2012 08:18 Dr. James Anuj, Managing Partner, Village Family Dental, discusses why his practice has decided to move to QSIDental Web, the web-based product from QSIDental. He reviews the value of a web-based solution for security, infrastructure planning and the importance of an enterprise solution for the multi-office practice.

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The Cloud, Day 28: My Five Biggest Cloud Complaints

Its Day 28 of the 30 Days With the Cloud series. As with previous 30 Days series, this day is dedicated to recapping the five biggest issues or problems I encountered during the 30 Days journey.

So, without further ado, here are my five biggest cloud complaints:

1. Sometimes Its Not Cloudy

The cloud has tons of great tools and services to address virtually any need, which is greatas long as you can connect to the cloud. Living in a large metropolitan area it seems like strong wireless carrier signals, and Wi-Fi hotspots are fairly ubiquitous. But, the unthinkable still happens sometimes, and you just cant connect to the Internet. The more rural or remote you are, the greater the odds and frequency will be.

I like the cloud when its available, but I dont like being at the mercy of the cloud being available. When Im flying at 30,000 feet, I still want to play my music, view my photos, and type my next article--and on most flights that wont be possible if I rely on the cloud.

Download speeds are blazing, but we still need faster upload speeds as well.2. Upload Speeds

Broadband providers have drastically increased download speeds in recent years. Thats great for things like streaming movies or music from the Web, but it doesnt help you get your movies and music uploaded to the cloud in the first place.

The upload speed on most broadband connection is a fraction of the download speed. My broadband in my house gets about 30Mbps downloading, but only uploads at about 5Mbps. The Internet is rapidly evolving from a one-way pipe to a two-way road, and we need upload speeds to be more on par with the download speeds to make cloud services more practical.

3. Still Need a Plan B

Ive been preaching the cloud for yearsas a Plan B. I put data in the cloud so that if something happens to my PC I can still get to it. I upload photos and music so I have a backup copy stored safely on the Web in case my house and all of my data burn to the ground.

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