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Equinix Partners With CloudSigma To Market Cloud

Equinix Partners with CloudSigma to Market Cloud and Data Center Services

Leading Cloud Infrastructure Services (IaaS) Provider Deploys in Equinix Zurich and Washington as First Phase of Multi-PoP Global Agreement

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and ZURICH, Switzerland — JULY 9, 2013 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced a partnership with CloudSigma, an innovative Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider based in Zürich, Switzerland.

CloudSigma’s flexible enterprise-class hybrid cloud servers and public cloud hosting solutions have been initially deployed in Equinix’s Zurich International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) campus and Washington (DC6) data center. These deployments represent the first phase in an ambitious targeted roll-out in selected markets covered by Equinix’s global footprint of more than 90 IBX data centers in 31 markets.

Highlights / Key Facts
•       Under the agreement the two companies will jointly market cloud and data center services to enterprise and government customers. The collaboration is designed to improve customer service and cloud adoption processes.
•       Equinix’s global platform of carrier-neutral data center services  and direct connect private line virtual LANs extending into CloudSigma solutions will enable Equinix’s 4,000+ customers to build hybrid cloud architectures incorporating public, private and legacy components.
•       Equinix is well placed to quickly and cost-effectively support CloudSigma through its 900-strong global network ecosystem and extensive Ethernet Exchange Platform.
•       Equinix is also home to over 500 cloud providers, providing a foundation on which CloudSigma can develop new platform (PaaS) and software (SaaS) offerings for Equinix customers.

Quotes
•       Bernino Lind, chief operating officer, CloudSigma
CloudSigma is a global company with ambitions to expand its presence in Europe and North America, as well as newly emerging digital markets such as Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Asia Pacific, fueled by our existing customers’ demand. Equinix is a perfect strategic match for this expansion due to its innovative culture, proactive partnership approach, global footprint and the IBX connectivity solution.”
•       Dick Theunissen, chief marketing officer, Equinix EMEA
CloudSigma’s highly customizable infrastructure is designed to minimize restrictions, allowing customers to incorporate flexibly sized virtual machines running their choice of operating system into hybrid cloud architectures spanning multiple locations and extending private networks into the CloudSigma cloud. They are a new and important component in our global ecosystem of best-of-breed cloud providers.”

About CloudSigma

CloudSigma is a pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that offers highly-available, flexible, enterprise-class hybrid cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe and the U.S. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving customers full control over their cloud and eliminating restrictions on how users deploy their computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please, as well as extend private networks out of existing infrastructure and elastically into CloudSigma’s IaaS cloud to create easy to manage and transparent hybrid cloud solutions. For more information, please visit www.CloudSigma.com or find the company on Twitter @CloudSigma, Facebook and Google+.

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), connects more than 4,000 companies directly to their customers and partners inside the world’s most networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 31 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

Cloud Based Forex Data Analysis With QuantConnect

Cloud Based Forex Data Analysis With QuantConnect

Cloud based Forex Data Analysis With QuantConnect 

Virtualization is the centerpiece of Cloud infrastructure and the need for efficient ways to analyze big data within multiple verticals without taking on the pains of setting up and tuning the right Cloud infrastructure has increased sharply. Cloud based online tools and libraries have the acute value add of eliminating the need to consume your own resources and use remote Cloud based SaaS running on top of pre-configured VM instances. Open free data libraries and browser integrated tools like programming libraries are helping developers, practitioners and researchers primarily because of the swift turnaround time and reduced cost. Clustered computing environments have ushered major amelioration in Cloud performance as multiple machines packed into clusters can fine tune and enhance the access and processing speeds of the Cloud.

Cost effectiveness has really compelled small and large businesses, organizations and individuals toward Cloud adoption. Remote data analysis tools help save time and cost when processing Big Data . QuantConnect is one such interesting startup which makes it easy for financial data practitioners to analyze big Forex data. QuantConnect has built a Cloud based Forex data analysis library which cuts the need to harness complex and expensive deployments. You can spin up a single node with multiple machines without actually doing the machine configuration yourself. Ramping tests must be performed on the remote Cloud server because of the fact that load testing a cluster for performance and scalability can really drain your memory resources which is a precious commodity in a test environment.

Handling complex data sets like Forex has always been challenging especially in commercial settings where putting up a huge cluster wasn’t always an option. There are multiple remote calls and server resources must be managed in a way to handle several requests from client machines. Cloud based libraries and tools like QuantConnect’s Forex data analysis service offers a way to bridge the gap between Forex markets and data scientists who want to make use of this online or offline data poured into the system. You can literally pour in Gigabytes of tick data from last 5 years and analyze it within 30-60, claims the company. QuantConnect’s clean UI and impressive charting and graph tools help practitioners trickle down big forex tick data and make sense of it.

Cloud-IDE

Image: GIT simulation sample

QuantConnect also offers in-browser IDE which lets you load up data, spin a service and deploy your custom data analysis code without leaving your browser. You can use C# to write code snippets and create test projects. There’s an extensive documentation to get developers started with playing big forex data and with gigabytes of it already available for use within their open data library, writing your first “hello world” shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You will need to get started with sourcing in data into your custom analysis script – there are multiple data sources you can use. Then once you have the data poured in, you can run queries on it and finally visualize the results using the several UI components available within the library. There are no complex set ups like other Cloud based data analysis services like Amazon’s EMR (Elastic MapReduce) but then it’s a test bed and does not give you much control to configure and fine tune at a lower level. QuantConnect is ideal for quickly analyzing quant data.

By Salman UI Haq

Will Google Glass Usher In The Next Generation Of Cloud Computing?

Will Google Glass Usher In The Next Generation Of Cloud Computing?

Will Google Glass Usher in the Next Generation of Cloud Computing?

Ushering in the next generation of anything usually requires there to have been a generation beforehand. Take TVs, for example. 4K, or Ultra HD soon to be lambasting our households for sickeningly affordable prices, is the next generation of high definition television. HD came along just a handful of years ago, and is now about to be made utterly obsolete by something the same, but marginally better. Still if you think that’s a short period of time, the first generation of the cloud hasn’t truly sank in yet, and we’re all talking about what’s next. For that, though we could partially blame incomprehensible, all-powerful internet search giant Google. And so we will!

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Inarguably Magical

So why exactly are we wildly brandishing the giant red finger of blame at Google and crying murderer in hysterical voices? Well, we’re not, because that wouldn’t be correct, nor would it be considered sane. We are however blaming them for the fast acceleration of cloud usage, and that’s because of their latest, greatest, life-affirming, vision-augmenting, brain-replacing Google Glass! If you’ve not heard about Google Glass yet, then we offer our deepest condolences regarding your current cave-dwelling situation. Glass is the inventively titled pair of Augmented Reality glasses currently available to developers and set for a consumer release sometime next year. Their functionality is so brain meltingly futuristic it’d make Morpheus bite his lip with indescribable glee. Essentially, they unobtrusively overlay what you see with information, or an arrow, or pictures of your inanely grinning friends. Looking for directions? Ask Glass and it will tell you where to go street by street. Need to do some quick maths? Glass will display the answers to the questions you ask it out loud before your very eyes. It’s inarguably magical.

Whilst the glasses themselves have a decent amount of inbuilt storage (16GB) they’re going to rely pretty heavily on the cloud to capture, push and sync all your data. Your endless, unstoppable data. Glass needs data to move seamlessly. It needs to be able to travel it between devices with a confluent, steady current. Couple this with the fact that Glass will create much more data than its smartphone counterparts, with everyone utilizing it to instantly share video content, to voice and video chat with their Google+ circles, to listen to the headlines, to read directions, and it’s no exaggeration to claim it’ll be an explosion of Big Data unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Google-Glass

Meaning Business

This initially seems like an incomparably beautiful thing at the consumer level, but what about in the workplace? We know how fervently businesses need to be able to communicate effectively, voice, data, video and all. If Glass really provides this transparent, unified system for cloud-based computing, could this have an effect on the way we run our companies? Could future Glass apps help SME’s and start up businesses communicate more effectively and efficiently?

Scoble’s About

Robert Scoble, tech blogger, author and general Man about the Internet, certainly seems to think so. ‘I see Glass as part of a contextual system, one that uses an Internet of Things, but also brings data from your own businesses in along with big data computation that will find new patterns to display on our glass.’ He’s talking about the sheer weight of data that is going to go up into the cloud, but then what that could mean once a system that can truly handle that weight is implemented, and what professionals will be able to do with the power of Glass. Essentially, the ever-increasing pace of the business world will eat up something that exemplifies efficiency and makes the sending and receiving of data more fluidly. Su and this really will require a new level of stability in the cloud.

Scoble himself is so pleased with his new Google Glass he took it, rather bravely, into the shower. Still, evangelical tech enthusiasts who stand to gain from the success of Glass aside; wearable technology has the power to change everything, again. Smartphones gave us access to heaps of power and communicative effectiveness whilst out and about, Glass and wearable tech will deliver all this with a new level of convenience and aptitude, a new way to instantly extract or record and send the data we need.

Will Google Glass usher in the next generation of cloud computing? It won’t get far if it doesn’t.

By Rob Vicars

This article was written by Rob Vicars of Giacom

Is Cloud Computing The Perfect Medium For Big Brother?

Is Cloud Computing The Perfect Medium For Big Brother?

Information has always been the most powerful weapon anyone could wield. It allowed Alexander the Great to conquer nations and allowed the U.S. to drive home crippling blows to the enemy during the Second World War on two fronts –in Europe against Germany and in the Pacific against Japan. I am talking about the two preemptive strikes that sank the two most powerful and biggest battleships during that period, Germany’s Bismarck and later Japan’s Yamato. Move forward some five to six decades and the threat has changed; now we not only have to deal with physical threats but cyber ones as well.

The times have changed and threats to national security are no longer as black and white or as defined as nations and groups. Information and data are worth millions and are the new unspoken currency. Now anyone can be a threat and with the emphasis on the World Wide Web and Big Data, anyone can be a possible threat. Cloud Computing is the newest battlefield and the targets could be anyone, the attacker anybody. This new battlefield has given birth to Big Brother and all the good and bad associated with him.

Cloud Computing is the perfect environment for a Big Brother sort of system to thrive because of its public nature. The government can demand the information from these publicly registered companies when circumstances are right and at the extremes. It also makes it easier for a system like that to tap into these public Cloud systems even without the permission or knowledge of the service provider, assuming the technology is there, and we all know it is. Because unlike in a data center environment where no one has a physical connection to the system except the owner, everyone may be able to connect to a public system; sure there are locked doors preventing access, but there are always ways to open doors. The very nature of Cloud Computing makes it one big soup of information trading and espionage that is why a lot of people are still apprehensive of it. But like how the Cold War has sparked fictional stories like that of 007 and Mission Impossible, maybe this time around we would get proper cyber spies.

By Abdul Salam

Cloud Infographic: Unlocking Mobile Cloud

Cloud Infographic: Unlocking Mobile Cloud

Cloud Infographic: Unlocking Mobile Cloud

The plethora of mobile devices with smartphones and tablets leading the wave of a new era of computing, CIOs and IT managers wake up to a nightmare i.e. mobile management. Mobile management spans both, the platform or the mobile devices and content which in the case of enterprises would be sensitive business data which an employee accesses and perhaps stores on the mobile device. Attached is an excellent infographic provided by SAP which provides some insightful details surrounding mobile cloud computing.

Modern-Enterprises

Infographic Source: SAP

Efficient Memory Management Techniques In Cloud Computing

Efficient Memory Management Techniques In Cloud Computing

Efficient Memory management is one of the hot topics these days in Cloud because of the augmenting need of integrated data handling and exigency of optimized memory management algorithms. The trending Application Service Provider (ASP) and Database-as-a-Service (DaaS) paradigms are in need of smart memory management protocols to be integrated in Cloud in order to get rid of the latency and load balancing issues.

On demand resource allocation is the key in optimizing the data efficiency of the Cloud. There is a huge drainage of resources across the Cloud platform if the resources are allocated and left idle. Continuous checks and monitoring is necessary to get hold of the idle resources. The best example in this domain is the Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) which is one of the befitting examples of the practical implementations of the Cloud. EC2 Cloud only allocates the resources to the virtual or real entities on demand. The Cloud computer architecture asks for a clustered structure of the memory resources in the form of virtual entities. Gone are the days when memory management was done using the static methods. As Cloud environment is dynamic and volatile, there is a strong need to inculcate the dynamic memory allocation trends in the Cloud based systems. One thing that must be ensured is the avoidance of the “memory over commitment”. The kick start approach must be to restrain the memory allocation to the minimum level to avoid the drainage of resources.

The researchers have devised very useful, effective and commodious memory management architecture. In this approach, the memory allocation is done with a technique known as swapping. Virtual swap management mechanism (VSMM) is the most appropriate solution up till now for the dynamic environment where there is no static pre-allocation of the memory. VSMM consists of four levels. The first is memory watch dog which alerts the host about the memory leakage and out of space problems.  Second level known as Swap manager is where the real job is done. Swap manager keeps record of all the resources using the memory. As soon as the service monitor generates an alert about the removal of a resource, the swap manager swaps the memory resources to the other location where it is needed. In this way the swap manager restrains the usage of memory by converging end domains. The other two levels are known as Data exporter and importer who are responsible for maintaining and enabling the communication channels. Al the outbound calls are sent through exporter and importer is responsible for the inbound notifications and entity updates. The potential of the swapping technology has open horizons for more research and development in the Cloud industry.

Other techniques like low level paging, generation of strong pointers and database optimization are also useful in ameliorating the Cloud memory management. Different approaches in transactional memory management and analytical data structures are an open choice for the developers and business analysts. The memory efficiency can be achieved by choosing the best resource plan and state of the art technologies.

By Salman UI Haq

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – 4th of July

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – 4th of July



July-4th

 

By David Fletcher,

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Ethics On The Cloud

Ethics On The Cloud

Ethics and morality have always been dictated by culture and the times. It takes on different forms and their forms from different places and time periods often contradict each other, and what is considered ethical or moral in one era may not be in another. The World Wide Web, and now more recently the move to Cloud Computing and the social revolution is changing the norms of our world’s cultures and ethics and morality along with it.

Just a decade ago it was very unethical to read someone else’s letter, it still is, but the medium of transportation and consumption has changed so much that it has become a little hard to define. Before, it was only between you and the mailman, and he was bound by law to never touch the contents of what he delivers. But in today’s Cloud environments there are no such laws and standards so companies are free to make their own. And as it stands what they write in the agreement which the user consequently agrees to because they can’t avail of the service otherwise, becomes bounded by law. This has a very big potential to become fraud which in this case is actually legal because of the agreement and in my opinion is very unethical. This doesn’t actually mean that it happens, that service providers actually do that, it’s just that it is entirely possible for them to do so and there is not a lot anybody could do when that happens. There is also the problem of accountability and ownership. When something bad happens to the data being stored in the cloud, who can be held responsible, is it the provider for being lenient or the user who was too lenient? And who actually owns the data now that it’s on the Cloud, is it the original owner or the owner of the infrastructure on which it is stored in? This actually raises so many questions with very few answers as of this moment. But this should not dissuade us from making use of Cloud Computing as the benefits most definitely outweigh the negative issues I have discussed.

There is, however, a one-shot-kill-all solution for this and that is to have a unified governing body create and impose a unified standard that would answer all of these concerns once and for all. How to go about doing that is an entirely different story which is still a long way from being finished. There are some studies and papers written on this subject matter.

By Abdul Salam

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