IDG Contributor Network: RackWare, like everyone, wants to manage hybrid clouds everywhere

RackWare offers a management and automation platform that enterprises use to manage their computing resources to more closely follow demand. RackWare’s core proposition is that its management suite delivers cost savings to customers of a suggested 40 to 50 percent. Additionally, RackWare promises to deliver the highest levels of performance and availability to their customers.

The company today released a new take on its management suite that aims to extend the existing core RackWare offering. The new platform promises to offer enterprises a single solution (they refrained from calling it a single pane of glass) to move applications, protect those same applications and manage all the different applications across the totality of their infrastructure. Justifying the move, RackWare points to a recent IDC report that suggests 70 percent of heavy cloud users are considering a hybrid cloud strategy.

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Microsoft’s new tools help devs manage cloud deployments on the go

Microsoft is making it easier for developers to manage their cloud deployments on the go, using a new mobile app and browser-based command line.

On Wednesday, the company unveiled Azure Cloud Shell, which lets developers spin up a full-fledged terminal environment inside Microsoft’s cloud and comes with a set of preconfigured tools for managing deployments. Each user will have persistent file storage in their Cloud Shell, hosted in Microsoft Azure.

Cloud Shells are accessible through the Microsoft Azure web portal, as well as the Azure mobile app for iOS and Android, which was just released Wednesday. That app also provides users with the ability to monitor the workloads they have running in Microsoft’s public cloud and perform basic management like stopping and restarting virtual machines.

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CIO Cloud Computing

This big-data startup wants to manage your data lake in the cloud

Big data may offer companies a world of untold potential, but realizing the benefits is typically no walk in the park. That’s why “big data as a service” platforms have begun to emerge, and it’s also why Bigstep is taking a like-minded approach to the increasingly common data lake.

Launched last year, U.K.-based Bigstep has been offering big data as a service through its Full Metal Cloud platform, which already includes compute instances, block storage and network components. Now, the Full Metal Data Lake extends that platform to include exabyte-scale storage for big-data workloads as well.

“Businesses today have access to infinite amounts of data but no fast, easy or cost-effective way to make sense of it,” said Flaviu Radulescu, Bigstep’s CEO.

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CIO Cloud Computing

How to manage a multi-vendor cloud environment

As companies become increasingly comfortable adopting cloud-based options, multi-vendor cloud environments could become the norm in many enterprises. In fact, 2016 may be the year of the blended cloud environment, according to Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink. The blended environment—which could include both cloud and on-premises technology—presents challenges for those organizations who take the traditional siloed approach to IT service management, however.

We talked to LeBlanc (the former founder of VMWare-acquired FastScale Technology, about how IT shops can maintain flexibility and agility when managing multiple cloud deployments. 

CIO.com: What’s driving the push toward the blended cloud environment in corporate IT?

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Turning to cloud-based analytics to manage IT asset costs

Splitting Hewlett-Packard into two distinct companies is an onerous task, requiring management to wade through a complex cost structure, budgeting process and governance. Yet Ralph Loura, CIO of HP Enterprise Group, is doing just that using technology business management software that helps him gain visibility in IT assets costs of the $ 28 billion organization. HP will become two companies, HP Inc. and HP Enterprise, in November.

Ralph Loura, CIO of HP.

Ralph Loura, CIO of HP.

“Technology business management software allows us to democratize IT costing structure across the IT team so I can get real-time, rich analysis of where service costs are coming from,” Loura tells CIO.com.

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CIOs turn to cloud-based analytics to manage IT asset costs

Splitting Hewlett-Packard into two distinct companies is an onerous task, requiring management to wade through a complex cost structure, budgeting process and governance. Yet Ralph Loura, CIO of HP Enterprise Group, is doing just that using technology business management software that helps him gain visibility in IT assets costs of the $ 28 billion organization. HP will become two companies, HP Inc. and HP Enterprise, in November.

Ralph Loura, CIO of HP.

Ralph Loura, CIO of HP.

“Technology business management software allows us to democratize IT costing structure across the IT team so I can get real-time, rich analysis of where service costs are coming from,” Loura tells CIO.com.

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