Microsoft Unveils the First Technical Preview of Azure Stack

The announcement is a continuity of its hybrid cloud strategy and the Microsoft Azure Stack which is consistent with its public cloud will enable the organizations to run Azure services from private data centers.

MS Azure  Microsoft announces the launch of the first technical preview of its Azure Stack which is a milestone of this leading cloud services providing company. The Azure Stack has the ability to help the enterprises to get Azure services right from their own data centers.

To meet their client’s business requirements Microsoft is bringing innovation to its cloud services and with the Azure Stack the customers will be able to acquire the services like Iaas and Paas on-premises on the enterprise level instead of hyper scale data center.

“Application developers can maximize their productivity using a ‘write once, deploy to Azure or Azure Stack’ approach.  Using APIs that are identical to Microsoft Azure, they can create applications based on open source or .NET technology that can easily run on-premises or in the public cloud. They can also leverage the rich Azure ecosystem to jump start their Azure Stack development efforts” wrote Mike Neil, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Cloud, Microsoft Corporation.

“Organizations can embrace hybrid cloud computing on their terms by helping them address business and technical considerations like regulation, data sovereignty, customization and latency. Azure Stack enables that by giving businesses the freedom to decide where applications and workloads reside” he said.

To administer the difficulty, Microsoft thinks organizations have to use the cloud as a model but not as a place. This new model will make cuts across infrastructure, application and people, and needs a hybrid-cloud approach that will offer uniformity across private, public, and hosted clouds. To interpret this replica into actuality, clients require a reliable cloud platform that covers hybrid environments. The Microsoft is capable to deliver on this need in a way where the platform is established in hyper-scale public cloud and extended to hosted and private clouds.

With a sequence of Technical Previews, Microsoft will continue adding services and content such as OS images and Azure Resource Manager templates to assist clients begin taking benefit of Azure Stack.

On GitHub, Azure has 100s of such applications and components and as these services come to Azure Stack, users can take benefit of those as well. In this perspective, Microsoft is already considering the early enthusiasm from partners, especially open source partners, like Canonical, who are contributing authenticated Ubuntu Linux images that facilitate open source applications to work efficiently with Azure Stack environments.

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Xangati Virtual Appliance Gets Storm Remediation Auotmated System

This new automated system from Xangati Inc, which is a California based company providing network performance management system will boost the hybrid cloud output by remediation of CPU and memory issues. Xangati Inc, which is a Silicon Valley Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure performance management innovator has announced the update to their platform Xangati Virtual Appliance. Now the Xangati Virtual Appliance (XVA) system has an automatic system for storm remediation for virtualized and VDI infrastructures.

Another amazing addition is that it can also support Microsoft Hyper-V ecosystems locally. It is also integrated with the ServiceNow, which made the XVA system able to share the trouble tickets and storm alerts with the ServiceNow ITSM (IT Service Management) portal.

It is a fact that hybrid cloud is becoming more and more popular; companies are determining that performance slowed down is caused by a variety of cloud components and it is really very difficult for the companies to recognize the root causes of the problems.

The XVA will help them to locate whether the problem is being originated by storage, the CPU, memory or the boot storms. The new Xangati XVA update will permit the virtualization system administrators to deal with CPU and memory performance problems by automatically balancing the workloads diagonally vCenter hosts.

“Xangati is moving closer to its long-term vision of autonomic infrastructure management that delivers an automated way to stave off complex degrading conditions and v-storm contentions, in addition to end-to-end, closed-loop orchestrated visibility to real-time performance indicators,” said Atchison Frazer, VP-Marketing, Xangati.

The major benefit of the XVA is that this system gives real time key performance data, capacity development and cost optimization. Xangati’s Efficiency Index measures the level to which accessible CPU, memory, storage and network interface capability is being used.

“Xangati’s new functionality means that for a solutions provider like CMI, we now have the ability to run a true managed service performance analytics practice with service-level agreements based on definitive metrics for MTTR (mean time to resolution),” said Jeff Chang, President, Chicago Microsystems, Inc., whose firm has deployed Xangati in large public education virtualized environments.

Some of the other features of new XVA are that now the system will run on Hyper-V, in addition to be able to manage, it will also report CPU Wait Time Per Dispatch for Hyper-V. For accommodating large infrastructures the Xangati will support multiple SCVMMs. A totally new Dashboard for XenApp environment is also available now.

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Web Hosting ServerHub Offers New Web Hosting Plans

Web Hosting provider ServerHub has announced new High Availability Web Hosting Plans.

Web Hosting ServerHub Offers New Web Hosting Plans

Web Hosting ServerHub Offers New Web Hosting Plans on Jan. 31 2013: ServerHub offers Web Hosting, CPanel Hosting, Shared Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Reseller Accounts, VPS Servers, Server Colocation and Enterprise Class Hosting, a privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider primarily located in the Southwestern United States that specializes in dedicated server and cloud based virtualization applications, announced today that it has successfully launched it’s new line of High Availability Web Hosting products.

Starting at just $14.99 for an Essentials Plan customers receive 7GB of RAID10 protected storage, 150GB of premium multi-homed bandwidth and one Free Domain for the first year with every new hosting plan purchased. All Web Hosting plans are placed on High Availability Intel Xeon Powered Servers with a minimum of 32GB of memory and Solid State Drives (SSD) that utilize Hardware RAID cards with SSD Caching.

Beginning today ServerHub has entered into the market of Shared Web Hosting by launching three new high availability, RAID protected Web Hosting offerings. “We are very excited about the launch of our new High Availability Web Hosting Service. We have tested our configurations for quite some time with a small number of our current customers with great success. There is a lot of “Web Hosting” offerings in our industry, but not everybody can offer an outstanding product that has rock-solid reliability and truly stand by the product.” says John Brancela, Chief Executive Officer of ServerHub

In the announcement, the company says that it will also be providing other value added services with the offering such as Softaculous Auto Installer as well as hundreds of Do It Yourself Website Templates to enable Web Hosting customers to get up and running within minutes.

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