Citrix is going to try to bar VMware from getting its hooks deep in the cloud
by developing the open source Xen hypervisor, already used by public clouds
like Amazon, into a full-blown, cheaper, non-proprietary Xen Cloud Platform
It intends to surround the Xen hypervisor with a complete runtime virtual
infrastructure platform that virtualizes storage, server and network
resources. It’s supposed to be agnostic about virtual machines and run
VMware’s, which currently run only on its own infrastructure.
The announcement will be made Monday in VMware’s own house at the kickoff
of the VMworld conference in San Francisco where VMware is expected to show
off its new vCloud Express.
In varying degrees Oracle, HP, Intel, Novell, Dell, Fujitsu, AMD, NetApp,
Juniper Networks, Eucalyptus Systems and GoGrid are backing the effort to
realize a complete open source cloud-o... (more)
Salesforce.com, which used to be just a chi-chi SaaS house until it realized
that identifying itself with cloud computing would make it even more
fashionable, has expanded its alliance with Google. It’s come up with
Force.com for Google App Engine, described as a new set of tools and services
for application development in the cloud.
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Force.com widgetry with Google App Engine, connecting the two cloud
Both Salesforce and Google claim it will create "entirely new Web and
business applications.... (more)
EMC Tuesday tapped Harel Kodesh to be president of its cloud infrastructure
and services business, reporting to EMC capo Joe Tucci.
Kodesh will also serve as the CEO of Decho, the subsidiary EMC recently
created to focus on personal information management in the cloud.
Decho includes Mozy, EMC’s cloud backup unit, and Pi Corp, the mystery
“personal information” start-up that Paul Maritz, now CEO of VMware,
another EMC unit, founded and sold to EMC before EMC’s impatience with
VMware co-founder Diane Greene led to her ouster and Maritz replacing her.
Tucci said in a canned statement t... (more)
Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there... (more)
Citrix has picked up a little showcase account. It says SAP will virtualize
about 500 servers with XenServer by mid-year to reap the rewards of server
consolidation. Of course Citrix (whose CTO Simon Crosby is pictured below
during an appearance on SYS-CON.TV) and SAP have been tight for a long time
and of course XenServer is now free for unlimited production deployment.
The servers include boxes in Germany that power SAP’s worldwide training
centers and development, test and support environments.
By the end of the year the rollout should embrace SAP’s offices in Asia and
the US.... (more)