Last week, 30 stakeholders from research and industry met at Argonne National Labs to explore the potential for cloud-based cyber-infrastructure to support existing and emerging use cases in a range of research disciplines.
A study done by Deepfield found that Google accounts for approximately 25 percent of all internet traffic in the United States. That makes it more far-reaching than Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix combined.
With the Rackspace’s announcement this month that they were getting involved with some of CERN’s cloud computing and the news of IBM acquiring SoftLayer last month, Amazon’s HPC instances may be facing some competition in the not so distant future. To battle that impending competition, Amazon reportedly dropped their price to rent their dedicated servers, machines that operate solely for one institution.
A public cloud setup and a hybrid cloud one are incompatible for comparison, according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates. However, when Amazon announces a cost reduction that could seemingly cut into Rackspace’s business, and has incidentally has ended up dropping the Rackspace stock by 8.5 percent, there exists a necessity to shed light on those differences.
Amazon Web Services is the cloud provider most often cited in scientific articles about high performance applications in the cloud. Meanwhile, cloud competitor Rackspace has not ventured much into the high scientific computing arena. That is, until this week when Rackspace, noted provider of cloud services, will be looking at getting into the cloud based HPC game by partnering with CERN, a development that was announced on Monday.
This week, not one but two groups of IT heavyweights launched with plans to expand the scope of the Internet while protecting the free flow of ideas it provides. The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) counts already 42 founding members, including infrastructure providers Rackspace, Softlayer, ProfitBricks and Tucows, while the Internet Association’s 14-strong roster claims Web giants Google, Yahoo, Facebook, eBay and Amazon.
IaaS provider ProfitBricks proclaims noteworthy performance-metrics, pits service against the top two cloud providers.
Red Hat on Monday announced its intention to provide an enterprise-grade version of the popular open source cloud framework, OpenStack. The company rolled out a preview release of its OpenStack distribution, which runs on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, and allows companies or service providers to create Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.
Rackspace is now the largest OpenStack-based public cloud in the world. After a four-month beta period, Rackspace began using the open source cloud management platform OpenStack, which it cofounded with NASA, to power its extensive public cloud infrastructure. The move occurs just weeks after OpenStack celebrated its second birthday.
The space agency revealed it would no longer be participating in the open-source cloud project.