Cloud Link Roundup #75 - Facebook's Cold Data Storage, Ubuntu DevOps, OpenStack

Every Friday, Zenoss highlights some of the best posts from the week. Here are some great articles they selected from the week of 10/15/2012 that are worth taking a look at.

What “unbelievable” new services does Amazon have on tap? by Barb Darrow | Cloud Computing News

What sort of amazing cloud services could Amazon have up its sleeve? Werner Vogels ain’t saying anything in detail but here are five things to watch out for where the public cloud services giant is concerned.

Ubuntu Linux Bets Big on 'DevOps,' ARM Servers by Klint Finley | Wired Enterprise

It’s one thing to build a cloud data center. It’s another to actually run it. Many companies are selling products and services to help customers build Amazon-style clouds in their own data centers, so management and maintenance tools are becoming a way for vendors to distinguish their products from one another.

Facebook prepares 'cold storage' to deal with data volumes by Loek Essers | Tech World

Facebook is rethinking the way it stores data to cope with the seven petabytes of new photos the social network's users upload every month. As the number of photos grows, Facebook needs to find cheaper, less power-hungry ways to store them all, according to the company's vice-president of infrastructure engineering.

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EMC in bizarre Juniper gobble attempt - Wall Street whispers by Chris Mellor | The Register

Reports say that data networking supplier Juniper Networks is putting itself up for sale and EMC could be a buyer. Benzinga reported a rumour this week that Juniper was shopping itself around, with banker JP Morgan hired to deal with bids from potential buyers, such as EMC.

Cisco Launches Own Version Of OpenStack Cloud Software by Charles Babcock | Network Computing

OpenStack, a notoriously hard-to-deploy, loosely assembled set of code modules that aim to help companies create private clouds, is now available in a customized distribution from Cisco Systems, a contributor to the open source code project. Cisco claims this version is easier to deploy and more reliable once up and running.

OpenStack 'clock is ticking,' Forrester analyst warns by Brandon Butler | Network World

The OpenStack cloud computing project needs to get a move on it, says Forrester analyst James Staten. Specifically, he says member organizations need to start seeing a return on their investments, or else may become disinterested.

The Brain Of The Beast: Google Reveals The Computers Behind The Cloud by Jordan G. Teicher | NPR

But besides a glimpse at some of the hardware in 2009, there has been little information about Google's data centers, the warehoused collections of servers that have given the company the foundation for its vast Internet operations. Today, the company is throwing open the gates to the world — digitally, of course. It has released a site featuring photos of facilities from Belgium to Finland to Iowa and launched a guided Street View tour of one in Lenoir, N.C.

One big cluster: How CloudFlare launched 10 data centers in 30 days by Sean Gallagher | Ars Technica

On August 22, CloudFlare, a content delivery network, turned on a brand new data center in Seoul, Korea—the last of ten new facilities started across four continents in a span of thirty days. The Seoul data center brought CloudFlare's number of data centers up to 23, nearly doubling the company's global reach—a significant feat in itself for a company of just 32 employees.

Cloud Services Continue to Shake Up IT Outsourcing Industry by Stephanie Overby | CIO.com

CIO — The number of cloud-related contracts signed in the third quarter of this year was up 120 percent over the same period in 2011, according to the quarterly TPI Index produced by International Services Group (ISG).

Understanding Cloud APIs, and Why They Matter by Bill Kleyman | Data Center Knowledge

As cloud computing continues to gain momentum, system administrators are looking for more ways to integrate with their cloud model. There are now more direct use cases for cloud computing, which require greater levels of customization. The ability to enhance the cloud experience and have cross-cloud compatibility has helped form the Cloud API (Application Programming Interface) environment. Now, administrators can integrate applications and other workloads into the cloud using these APIs.

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