Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the cloud computing sector:
Wyse accelerates cloud deployments. Wyse announced a preview of Project “Pyramd,” an innovative self-configuring client technology for the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) industry. The software automates the deployment of Wyse thin clients throughout a private cloud or server, whether ten or ten thousand and Wyse has filed multiple patents on the technology. “As desktop virtualization goes mainstream, our customers can deliver enterprise desktops and apps to users using any device, anywhere, while enabling IT to support a wide variety of rich clients, as well as thinner devices that consume less power. To do this, customers are asking for faster and simpler deployment options,” according to Natalie Lambert, director of product marketing, Enterprise Desktops and Applications at Citrix. “Project Pyramid enables customers to roll out desktop virtualization to tens of thousands of users, with the confidence that their devices will work.” Project Pyramid will be available in the first quarter for Windows Embedded Standard 7 and the second quarter 2011 for Windows Embedded Standard 2009. Wyse also announced support for RDP 7.1 and Microsoft RemoteFX immediately upon availability from Microsoft, with the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 (SP1).
Vyatta and Yunteq On-Demand clouds. Vyatta and software provider Yunteq announced a joint solution for accelerating the deployment of cloud infrastructures. The combination of Yunteq’s YunController software and the Vyatta Network OS virtual routing and security capabilities make it easier for enterprises and cloud providers to create and configure multitenant, multi-tiered clouds on-demand, including delegating control over sophisticated network security policies for complete resource isolation and secure remote access to their customers and users. The combined solution allows for a quick and easy setup for cloud instances, taking just minutes instead of weeks or months. “By instantiating Vyatta appliances from templates, customers can easily add customized security and access to their multi-tier cloud applications. Additionally, cloud administrators and operators can create libraries of templates that are preconfigured according to policy. This expands the reach of our solution by enhancing our auto-provisioning capabilities to accommodate the security needs of enterprise applications,” said Alok Rishi, Chief Technology Officer at Yunteq.
Third party Benchmark: Joyent Faster Than Amazon. Joyent announced a series of third party benchmark results that demonstrate that its cloud services are faster and make more efficient use of cloud infrastructure than do Amazon’s EC2 services. Similar specifications of Windows and Linux virtual machines and Joyent SmartMachines were compared by the IMS Company, an independent systems and engineering and software development provider. They looked at benchmarks such as disk I/O where SmartMachine was up to 14 times faster than EC2 and Linux CPU where Joyent was up to five times faster than EC2. Complete benchmark methodology and results can be viewed here.
Cloud Adoption Trend report from Jamcracker. Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) enablement company Jamcracker announced results of their first annual report on cloud adoption and usage. The report tracked users within the Jamcracker Services Delivery Network (JSDN) which includes over 100 cloud providers, dozens of service providers and hundreds of thousands of businesses. The Cloud Service Brokerages is a rapidly growing market and the Jamcracker platform aggregates, delivers and manages a variety of cloud provider offerings. The complete report can be viewed here.