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Cloud Startup Of The Week – Jelastic Inc

Cloud Startup Of The Week – Jelastic Inc

Cloud Startup Of The Week – Jelastic Inc

Jelastic.Inc is a Cloud startup and one of the first cloud services of its nature based on the PaaS or Platform as a Service model of business. Jelastic Inc is a truly dynamic name in the domain of cloud based industry – it has a global presence and offers server platforms based on Java and PHP environment for both the developers and the application service providers. The cloud hosting platform provided by Jelastic Inc can scale and run any kind of application based on JAVA and PHP – there is no need of any change of code to deploy and configure; areas such as scaling, deploying and managing are automated with the help of a few clicks.

Jelastic platform supports many types of high performance and well known web servers like Jetty Tomcat, Apache, Glassfish, and NGINX, which can support both of the popular development environment based on Java and PHP. Now, Jelastic has started the service of Apache TomEE to become the first of such kind in the industry of cloud hosting. It is very easy to deploy any application developed with Java and PHP; scaling up or scaling down on the computing resources is automatic and instant. There is a very dynamic procedure for the application development Lifecycle – application goes online in just a couple of steps.

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Apache TomEE server is one of the most modern and latest technology application servers in this domain that provides fast-speed, efficient deployment and an advance technology-stack to the application developers. Apache TomEE is the most salient portfolio of PaaS service that embeds many features of the enterprise projects like Apache Apache OpenJPA, OpenWebBeans, Apache MyFaces and Apache OpenEJB etc.

TomEE is Java compliance, and it provides the customers and developers with the values as listed below:

  • Very high speed servers compatible with Tomcat tools, Tomcat-ware and JavaEE
  • Enterprise-ready application server for immediate use
  • No changes in the codes – just upload and install through a few clicks.
  • A user friendly environment that does not require any additional training or learning.
  • Easy access to transactions and JPA and also the capability to modify and review the source files provided by Tomcat
  • Tightly integrated with exciting functionalities like load-balancing, persistence to NoSQL and SQL, and replication etc.
  • Automatic scaling up and scaling down of the resources.

With the start of TomEE application server, the customers would be able to get many opportunities and options for delivering the JAVA EE 6 web profile in more straightforward and efficient ways. In his press release statement, Mr. Dmitry Sotnikov, Jelastic COO told that we have been receiving many requests from our application developer community for starting time because it is a natural fit for Tomcat Cloud Platform, compatible with Java EE and fast startup time footprints of Tomcat. He further said that the since the pre-announcement of starting of TomEE, the company received an overwhelming response from the customers.

In the same press released issued by the company, the founder of TomEE project Mr. David Blevins said, “Jelastic’s support of Tomcat has always been top-notch, and their support of TomEE shows real vision – TomEE joins the family of Tomcat, Glassfish, Jetty, Apache and NGINX already offered by Jelastic. But they are not just combining the usual suspects into a platform that is identical to all other cloud platforms”. Praising the efforts of the team that worked on this project, he said further, “ they have put a significant amount of time into offering TomEE users the best experience possible. It is very tightly integrated with the functionality of all the other layers of their stack including load-balancing, replication, persistence to SQL or NoSQL databases and more. Jelastic’s integration of TomEE is the best I’ve seen.”

Application server based on TomEE adopts many advance features that makes it quicker and more efficient from the older tomcat versions – it removes architecture overheads that JEE servers normally take in their operation, which make it lightweight, effortless and fast.

By Walter Bailey

Enabling Optimization Of Cloud Usage – CloudCheckr

Enabling Optimization Of Cloud Usage – CloudCheckr

Enabling Optimization of Cloud Usage – CloudCheckr

With the growing popularity of cloud computing, and enterprises opting for migrating significant chunks of their IT infrastructures and services on public clouds like AWS, the need for performance optimization is being realized as one of the major issues.

According to a report published by Ernst & Young, cloud computing has brought fundamental shift in IT altering the technology industry power structure, improved business agility for all industries and increased everyone’s access to computing, storage and communications power. However, the report also terms a multitude of factors that cloud service providers (CSPs) and cloud users (enterprises that subscribe to cloud services) must carefully consider. One of those factors is pricing and business model complexities arising out of highs and lows in IT assets utilization, which occurs due to the dynamic nature of business needs.

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The metered model puts additional requirements on both providers and users to monitor and scale the usage of resources so that users are able to realize the promised cost saving through pricing based on ‘as-needed’ usage of IT infrastructure and applications.

The issue of vertical scalability is very important when considering the use of cloud computing because you are often charged based on computing resources used, much like the old mainframe model”, Lori MacVittie, subject matter specialist on cloud, writes in her blog. “If an application does not vertically scale well, it’s going to increase the costs to run in the cloud.

Cloud users, mostly small businesses and enterprises usually have limited expertise in managing cloud services, and require third party tools and advisors in order to utilize the public clouds efficiently and effectively. AWS has recognized this reality, and made its proprietary Trusted Advisor service free for the month March. A growing number of third party tools have also entered into the space to address this problem. CloudCheckr is one of the leading third party tools that claim to provide far more functionalities than Trusted Advisor.

CloudCheckr’s stated goal is to help public cloud users to improve performance and reduce costs simultaneously. CloudCheckr is a recently launched startup that offers its services free of cost until April 10. The startup has been successful in adding 400 new users in past 60 days despite limited marketing efforts.

The startup claims to help enterprises in following areas related to cloud usage:

  • Resource tracking by using historical data, trend analysis, and change monitoring to enable cloud users understand their present position and future roadmap.
  • Increasing availability by identifying user exceptions and providing detailed instructions regarding how to remedy the issues.
  • Cost savings through right-sizing of resources and reducing spending without any impact on performance.
  • Optimizing subscription purchases by using different cost scenarios and recommending the best options.

CloudCheckr claims that they are far better than their competitors and Trusted Advisor.

You can try it for free at: https://app.cloudcheckr.com/LogOn/Registration and tell us what you think.

By Krishan Lal Khatri

Four Human Characteristics Given To Cloud Computing

Four Human Characteristics Given To Cloud Computing

Four Human Characteristics Given To Cloud Computing

I have always admired the haughtiness of most people when it comes to making everything more human. It truly is a testament to our own sense of entitlement that we must make nonhuman concepts and objects, and change them so we can take an interest in them. We even have a word for this practice called personification. This is the act of giving an animal a human voice in cliche children’s films, and making our early 1990s computers a little too creepy when they said hello and goodbye to you. Now, I am not saying that making something more human-like is inherently wrong. Sure, we need some things that are familiar to us so we can get that little spark of infatuation and learn a little more about whatever it is that reminds you of you. Of course, the need for the calming of human familiarity could be our undoing in the future when we make strong and artificially intelligent robots with human faces. With a friendly face we will feel comfortable that the robots are like us because of their familiar demeanor. The problem is that we will not be able to see past their human feature designs and to the robots preparing to revolt for not being equal to humanity. Then the robots will surprise us when they realize the three laws of robotics are ILLOGICAL… ILLOGICAL… EXTERMINATE… EXTERMINATE! Until then, let me just tell you about the human characteristics that were given to the cloud.

1. Reliability

What is one of the most essential elements to any type of relationship? Reliability in the person you put your trust with. Well the cloud is no different. Sure humans can forget a birthday, or to file their taxes, or their wedding day, but when you are about to lose all hope in humanity by unreliable people let the cloud be your sturdy shoulder of reliability. Think about it, the cloud can store all your sad poems you wrote about unreliability without the fear of losing what you stored. In addition it even can restore all those pictures you might have deleted from your hard drive after that nasty breakup and recent rekindling. See, the cloud’s design is for an emotionless computer storage program, but the design makes you feel like the overly attractive girl who just put the cloud into the friend zone, you know, overly reliable.

2. Performance

To be able to master a hobby, job, or task is a good trait to have, and we tend to match other’s performances with the skills they have, with their personality. For example, the general populace may think someone well versed at programming a computer is a nerdy, unsophisticated, and prefers a night of LARPing. It is a real shame that this is the case, but at least there are positive personal generalizations with jobs and the personality of the professional. Take writing as an example, they are thought as a romantic, intriguing, and attractive beyond his or her years. It is just common knowledge, and I cannot do anything about that. Getting off my high horse, the cloud has one main job to fulfill and we need that job done because we have too much information to store in physical files nowadays. The cloud’s primary function is to store information. With it being the cloud’s only job, people now think that the cloud is programmed to want to help, and to carry all their stored data around for them. We now see the cloud as a working stiff, just like us. You may think this is silly and you never think of the cloud that way, but let me ask you how emotional do you get towards it by how well it is working for you? Yeah I thought so. Of course we do this because we consider the cloud as the perfect co-worker. The cloud network is consistent, practical, and it does not tell anyone about our ten disc 1990s boy band CD collection set to anyone else.

 

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3. Agility

Do you know what kind of people we cherish the most in our society? No, not teachers they are the ones who can’t do remember? Athletes are who we love the most, apparently they have the agility and paychecks we wish we could have. The problem is it is too hot outside, and there is this new video game, so I will just go run tomorrow when it is nice. We as humans admire the gift of agility to be able to get done what we do best, because laziness has not been made into a virtue . . . yet. The same goes with the cloud. You can work with the cloud to fit all your data into a compressed format to allow for more room on the cloud network. Just like how most Americans refuse to work out, many also do not know they can compress files, or zip them to create more space with the cloud. It is like saying, “It is diet soda so I can drink more of it,” but in reality this will actually work for the cloud. Now your cloud is comparable to an athlete by having their characteristics, and you can finally claim to at least be an athletic trainer.

4. Maintenance

Oh to make yourself look appealing by cleaning up and taking care of yourself may not have always been intrinsically a human quality, and you may think it still isn’t when riding on public transportation, but it certainly was an important adoption from evolutionary practices. As most of us know, except for that one in every office, when you take care of yourself you become more appealing because we like being liked. Well since we cannot actually see the cloud the proverbial shower, shave, and suited for the cloud is more of its application. The cloud is easy to use on multiple devises, and you don’t have to install it on each device you use. In our society that is a goldmine and maybe a potential lover if we do not have to do anything for the cloud and it is easy to use. Thus the creators and maintainers of your cloud dress it up with fancy applications because we, ourselves, want our cloud to appeal to us. It is like we as a people demand our non sentient programs to act like we are really attractive and they want to impress us so we will go out with it.

Like I said before I always liked the fact that we as humans need to feel relatable to non-human concepts before we care about them. We put characteristics in a program, like the cloud, and now it seems normal and useful. It kind of seems attractive to us, maybe a little too attractive if you ask me. Come to think of it, when was the last time you dated another human who was completely reliable to your needs, had useful skills that benefited society, the agility to work on said skills and improve them, and cleaned up nice to make you want to develop a relationship with them? I mean two or three out of the four at least, but that is a pretty sweet deal. Hmm, I wonder what the marriage laws to the cloud are in the United States.

By Chris Kenealy

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Start-Ups and The Cloud: A Match Made In Heaven

Start-Ups and The Cloud: A Match Made In Heaven

Start-Ups and The Cloud: A Match Made in Heaven

Start-Ups

Low on cash, always busy and prone to wonder, first-time entrepreneurs who rely on technology are fighting an uphill battle. Along with the sales, recruiting and administrative responsibilities entrepreneurs shoulder, these human swiss-army knives must also arrange an efficient IT structure. Entrepreneurs in years past had to use the bulk of their start-up capital to buy servers and hire IT professionals, leaving little money left to grow the rest of the business.

An new era in technology has removed a large part of the IT hardware and hiring burden from these eager entrepreneurs. Cloud computing saves business owners from spending capital on expensive hardware and IT staff. It also enables information access from anywhere. Business should use small business credit cards for things that will promote growth. Cloud computing frees up money for new business. For start-ups trying to establish a stable business, cloud computing is a game-changing development.

Save Time, Money and Space

Technology-dependent businesses can’t start turning a profit without the proper infrastructure in place. That used to meaning renting an office, buying servers and hiring a team to build an infrastructure. By hosting information on the cloud, start-ups avoid these costly, time-consuming chores. Instead, entrepreneurs rely on contracted experts to store and maintain their information. The benefits are three-fold. First, start-ups don’t have to rent as much space. Realistically, these small businesses can operate without an office all-together. Next, businesses don’t have to buy and maintain their own servers. Businesses can use the money they save to reach out to consumers. Finally, cloud computing saves entrepreneurs time (and a few gray hairs).

Hire to Promote Growth

Initial start-up costs are one thing, but internal technology demands a team of expensive experts that can maintain the hardware and software. That means salaries. Starts-ups are particularly reluctant to spend money on anything that won’t grow the business. Start-ups can keep the money they save on an IT staff and offer jobs to sales people and front-end representatives. Cloud computing providers will handle the maintenance, security and function of business information.. Put simply: cloud computing increases the chances that a start-up with survive its infant stage.

Small Business is Mobile

Cloud computing doesn’t just save money, it also has functions that cater to common start-up circumstances. In the past, business owners and employees had to access data at the office, where the hard drive is connected. Cloud computing moves data to the web, meaning employees can access information anywhere they have an Internet connection. With cloud computing, start-ups can take advantage of their sleek size to conduct business anywhere. Perform an analysis during a meeting with a potential client or show an interested consumer the behind-the-scenes technology that makes your business run at a coffee shop. The cloud follows businesses wherever they go.

Katie Fields

Katie is a project manager who blogs on time management and how to improve efficiency.

Why Customer Feedback Is So Important In The SaaS Model of Services?

Why Customer Feedback Is So Important in The SaaS Model of Services?

The Automatic Feedback Loop? How beneficial is it? Today, SaaS pioneers are calling it a key ingredient in the success and recognize this growing trend.

When you list the benefits of using SaaS, as a provider, all you can see is the low cost of capital and easy upgrading of the software – but they never actually recognize the providers getting customer data as a benefit. That is “Gold” info as many marketers would put it, but the providers actually see it as a security threat because customers are worried about their usage info becoming public. However, as said many SaaS Pioneers see this as a key benefit to both the customer and the provider.

Unlike legacy, applications, SaaS providers can actually see the activity of all of their customers exactly how the apps are being used. As the CEO of Coveo and the former vice president of Global Services at SaaS Pioneer says, you no longer have a client as your customer rather your client becomes your partner, and you actually get genuine feedback. You see which plug-ins and features are being used, which are not and which are losing favoritism.

Another SaaS provider commented that they used the customer data to build and better design the software. They do this by studying all of the hundreds of usage patterns. We can see where users are hitting the wall and signing off the system: This info allows them to improve usability of the applications and up their customer satisfaction.

The manufacturing industry is unquestionably progressing. The 17 year old Plex Ltd is currently accumulating a mountain of knowledge in customer usage and experience and repackaging this info by building software that actually increases the industry benchmark for users.

If you do not actually have this kind of system these days then you cannot actually grow in the industry nor set new benchmarks. It is because these measures and info are measurable and obtainable in nature that they can be used for this exact purpose.

Even in the gaming industry a similar trend has emerged. The gaming companies are able to track and record every aspect of their gamers during the game. Not just from the ones that they sell on their own but even from their resellers’ gamers. Because all of them are connected to the same software platform, all gaming trends and data are accumulated in the company server and studied by the provider. That is the beauty of SaaS based gaming.

By Walter Bailey

Cloud infographic: Cloud Security Adoption

Cloud infographic: Cloud Security Adoption

Cloud infographic: Cloud Security Adoption

Security is a real issue even though it is true that cloud computing is just as safe as traditional systems when it comes to apparent vulnerabilities and security holes. This is because of the nature of cloud computing, the public cloud, there are a lot more people with proximity access to the data… Continue reading

Included is a useful infographic made available by CA Technologies.

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Infographic Source:  CA Technologies

 

Cloud Computing Proving To Be Major Resource For Hedge Funds

Cloud Computing Proving to be Major Resource for Hedge Funds

As we near the end of Q1 2013, hedge fund managers continue to generate higher returns. Following several years of sub-par performances from global hedge funds, investment managers have turned to cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service providers to not only cut costs, but also boost productivity. Many of the concerns that managers once had about migrating to cloud-based IT solutions, such as security, privacy and application performance, have been alleviated, and the benefits, such as cost predictability, business continuity and scalability, are tangible.

Cost Predictability

As small- to medium-sized hedge funds look to do more with less in the face of today’s regulatory and investor pressures, they need to be able to anticipate and account for their expenses. These firms don’t typically have the budget to absorb surprises related to building and maintaining on-site data centers, which can bring major distraction, a budgeting nightmare and significant risk. A cloud services model offers an out-of-the-box functional infrastructure, deployment in days and drastically reduced start-up risk. Cloud providers own all the equipment and are already used by other funds, so the manager doesn’t need to write the big check up front or worry about any potential missed details.

Unpredictable expenses don’t stop once the data center is built. Equipment can break or simply need to be replaced, and firms face mandatory system upgrades, data corruption and hard drive failure, among other challenges. Adding or removing capacity can also result in hard-to-predict costs, and staff levels must be adjusted at certain thresholds — preferably before workloads reach critical levels. Cloud service providers hedge this risk in exchange for a predictable monthly subscription fee, where even the added or lowered costs of scaling the needed capacity is predictable, since the cost and required lead time for making that change are known ahead of time.

Business Continuity

Hedge funds are held to high standards when it comes to their business continuity plans. A technology failure can be disastrous for money managers, yet more firms than ever are entrusting cloud service providers to “disaster proof” their business. This is because dedicated cloud service providers benefit from economies of scale and can offer a product that is constantly validated by others using the same service. Relocating and replicating IT resources to off-site locations also protects businesses from disasters in primary offices. Funds can tailor solutions to their specific business needs, or outsource “a-la-carte,” moving all their IT resources off site, or outsourcing only key components.

Key man risk is also common in hedge funds with only one or two IT people that are qualified to trouble-shoot technology issues. If those individuals are unavailable at a time of emergency, the result can be disastrous for the business. Consultants can help in an emergency, but they still require time and money to gain familiarity with the IT environment. Having just a few key IT individuals also poses the risk of their own limited capacity; it’s not feasible for one person to monitor the health of an on-site data center 24/7 with very short response times. Conversely, cloud service providers employ teams of dedicated staff that monitor the network 24/7.

Scalability

Cloud providers offer the unique ability to quickly and cost-effectively meet changing business needs. Hedge funds no longer need to worry about how to expand their IT capacity, technical staff levels or server space, or fund new hardware and software resources to grow or enter new markets. Instead, managers can embrace an outsourced model that lets them focus on their core business rather than invest time and effort into solving IT problems. “Scaling down” can be as simple as a phone call, meaning fund managers no longer need to focus on staff layoffs, reselling hardware, or low data center use.

By using these services, hedge funds no longer have to spend the time and money required to build an in-house platform. Cloud service providers can offer an established infrastructure to get managers up and running within days instead of weeks or months. While some managers still perceive cloud computing as an emerging trend in the financial space, it has undoubtedly become an integral part of many hedge funds’ business strategies. It has become evident that IT outsourcing services run day-to-day operations more efficiently and offer managers the chance to scale more effectively, enabling firms to turn over the hassle of managing IT to a trusted partner and focus instead on their core business.

By Chris Grandi, CEO, Abacus Group

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

Cloud Infographic: Companies Fighting For Data

The amount of data in our world increases massively day-by-day. Big data is about capturing, storing and analyzing large pools of data from customers/consumers, suppliers, partners, operations, employees etc. According to a McKinsey  report, US companies from almost all industry sectors have, on average, hundreds of terabytes of data stored per company. The amount of data is growing as companies gather more and more information with each transaction and interaction with their customers.

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