Google, Amazon, and Microsoft intensify cloud-computing competition by cutting …

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft intend to intensify their competition in the cloud-computing business in the coming year, cutting prices and driving companies including IBM and VMware to look for other ways to make money.

As legacy technology companies find it harder to compete with the dominant players in data-storage services, there may be more acquisitions of security and data-analytics companies, Anurag Rana, a software and IT services analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, said yesterday.

“This could be an area where we could see some pockets of increased MA in 2016,” Mr Rana said.

The pace of high-profile hacking incidents has accelerated and security-focused software providers such as Palo Alto Networks have performed well as companies attempt to protect themselves.

Data-analytics software, which helps companies make sense of large amounts of information, will also become a way for software providers to differentiate their offerings, he said.

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, which build their own data centres with cheaper non-branded hardware and rent out space to companies through the internet, are dropping their prices multiple times a year.

That raises the question of how much value is generated by the private data centres and tailored services offered by older companies, Anand Srinivasan, hardware analyst at Bloomberg, said.

Article source:

Cloud computing firm revives operation after outage

MOMBASA, KENYA: Local cloud computing firm, Angani, has said it has revived its operation following a system outage that affected hundreds of its clients.
On Wednesday, the Chief Executive Officer Riyaz Bachani said system outage that occurred on November 4 affected most of its operation but added that 95 percent of the operation had now been revived.
He said that the firm has also rebuilt its cloud platform with a standard back up service integrated into its services hosted separately from its core network, making it the first Public Cloud Service Operator to offer this in Africa to prevent such outages.
Hundreds of Angani clients who store data on their platform were affected but Riyaz said it took time to solve because the “cautions to preserve the customers data.’
“Customers Data was of outmost importance to us and that is why it took a long period because we had to make sure that the data is preserved. Angani team has been working tirelessly to get all systems back up and I am proud to say we are now at 95 percent up and will seek to close the remaining 5 percent within the next couple of days” said Bachani.
The services that are still affected by the outage include the shared hosting services and the Hosted Exchange services but we could establish whether by the time of going to press had been rectified.
Others firms who’ve hosted their services with Angani are PesaPal, PaySure, EACDirectory and EasyCoach among others.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

Pope Francis leaves Rome for Kenyan visit

Morning Express: The Newsroom November 25Th, 2015

US Embassy in Nairobi donates Turkey to Standard Group in celebration of Thanks Giving Day

The Newsroom: How the media has covered the coming of Pope Francis to Africa

CORD’s Press Conference in Response to President Kenyatta’s State of the Nation Address

Mbiu ya KTN Novemba 24, 2015

Article source:

VIO IaaS cloud computing expands the boundaries of vSphere

What does cloud add to vSphere?


* remove unnecessary class from ul
$(“#inlineregform”).find( “ul” ).removeClass(“default-list”);

* Replace “errorMessageInput” class with “sign-up-error-msg” class
function renameErrorMsgClass() {
$(“.errorMessageInput”).each(function() {
if ($(this).hasClass(“hidden”)) {
$(this).removeClass(“errorMessageInput hidden”).addClass(“sign-up-error-msg hidden”);
} else {

* when validation function is called, replace “errorMessageInput” with “sign-up-error-msg”
* before return
function validateThis(v, form) {
var validateReturn = urValidation.validate(v, form);
return validateReturn;

* DoC pop-up window js – included in moScripts.js which is not included in responsive page
$(“#inlineRegistration”).on(“click”,”a.consentWindow”, function(e) {, “Consent”, “width=500,height=600,scrollbars=1”);

When it comes to today’s data center, there are two terms that are tossed around left and right: virtualization and cloud. It may seem like virtualization is the past and cloud is the future, and if you want to get the most out of your virtualized environment, you would do well starting to develop your virtualized environment to a cloud. This article dispels the myths and explains when moving virtualized environments to the cloud makes sense.

VMware vSphere has been the standard for virtualization for a long time. The vast majority of software defined data centers (SDDC) run on vSphere and, for the most part, it runs smoothly. Now that VMware has different cloud initiatives, including VMware Integrated OpenStack, you probably want to find out if those cloud options make sense for your environment.

To understand the possible need for an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud, it makes sense to start by understanding the limitations of a virtualized environment. What it all comes down to is that everything in a virtualized environment is administrator driven. For certain organizations, this works fine because the administrator is responsible for the IT infrastructure. For other organizations, it doesn’t work because the organization might be user driven and businesses can’t wait on the administrator for the deployment of virtual machines (VMs).

The IaaS cloud is all about virtualization, but virtualization that works in a more flexible way. This allows companies to rapidly deploy VMs in a semiautomated way if the business requires. For example, think of a retail store that typically has a slow period in the summer months but gets much busier in the holiday season.

If the dynamics of an organization don’t allow the business to wait for the administrator to deploy VMs, IaaS cloud computing is an interesting option. One cloud offering that is integrated with vSphere is VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO). OpenStack is an open cloud initiative in which many vendors are participating and it brings flexibility at all levels of the SDDC.

At a storage level, IaaS cloud computing brings object storage. Object storage allows you to rapidly expand storage, without the need to purchase expensive hardware. Object storage joins multiple commodity hard disks in ordinary servers to operate as one low priced storage array. This not only increases the amount of available storage but also allows you to do more with fewer resources.

Another benefit of an IaaS cloud is software-defined networking (SDN). SDN is something that VMware has been doing for a long time, using distributed switches, for example. Cloud SDN, however, raises SDN to a higher level because the standardization makes it easier to integrate third-party offerings in the cloud environment.

The core of VMware Integrated OpenStack’s SDN is Nova. Nova takes care of VM placement on the hypervisor node that has resources available for it. Nova also extends to functionalities that exist in vSphere, such as the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler. However, using Nova makes it easier to integrate other virtualization environments into one management platform.

IaaS cloud computing allows user self-service that goes way beyond the permissions that can be granted to users in a vSphere environment, which is just one aspect that really stands out. This means that users can deploy their own VMs in a context that has been carefully defined by the cloud administrator.

IaaS cloud computing expands the boundaries of what VMware vSphere has already been doing. It doesn’t offer radically new features, but it does help integrate those features into a heterogeneous SDDC. Customers don’t want to be bound by the products of one specific vendor anymore. VMware stepping into OpenStack is an important step in making integration with other vendor offerings easier. In the open world of the SDDC, it’s better to be a nice team player than an aggressive vendor that tells customers what they ought to be doing. For users of vSphere that means that cloud might be interesting, not only for offering self-service to the end user, but also to create a SDDC that better integrates with the offerings of other vendors.

Next Steps

The IaaS cloud race is far from over
IaaS cloud computing exchange clears the path to multicloud
Building a scalable IaaS cloud network infrastructure

Article source: