Archive for August, 2011

Important points regarding unique testing solution

August 29th, 2011    Posted in web hosting
 

When we think of availing services related to converged IP and wireless network solution then the name that strikes our mind is the world’s leading company called Ixia. It has launched a unique solution named IxLoad-VM so that the infrastructure of virtualized data centers can be easily managed. In order to provide efficient and fruitful cloud based services, this newly launched test solution evaluate the capacity and quality of the applications, networks and components of cloud data center. With the help of this solution, the performance level of the applications can be accessed across the virtualized data center. In the virtual environment you can get the benefit of accessing performance of layer network with the use of an additional feature i.e. IxNetwork-VM. Your virtualized data center can be well demonstrated with the features provided by this testing solution such as virtual security elements, virtual router/switch nodes, and actual web infrastructure.

Important points:-

  • IxLoad-VM has been considered as the perfect product because of its full-layer 2-7 test capabilities. It is a powerful method of testing your network and component processing that too at a low cost.
  • On virtual hosts, the virtual test ports are operated within the virtual machines so that performance level of SAN, virtual switch and cloud data center network can be measured.
  • The infrastructure of the virtual desktop are basically tested with IxLoad-VDI which allows you to understand the behavior of real world user. The capacity of virtual server can be speedily detected by invoking scripts.
  • The performance level of converged Ethernet, CNAs and SAN can be easily tested with the use of test port which allows creating large-scale I/O traffic from within a VM.

Nowadays, for every enterprise of different sizes, application virtualization in a cloud environment has turned out to be an appropriate solution which provides many benefits such as flexibility, capacity and economical benefits. It becomes tough to understand the requirements and optimizing performance with the shared nature of cloud computing components so it is essential to adapt this testing solution for measuring true capacity and quality of virtualized applications and infrastructures. Therefore we can conclude that all the security flaws, operational issues and performance bottlenecks can be overcome with Ixia’s testing solution.

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Significant features of Microsoft Hyper-V support

August 29th, 2011    Posted in Microsoft Hyper-V
 

NovaStor is the most renowned specialist for data protection and it has launched Microsoft Hyper-V support for public cloud backup. Those customers who are running virtual machines on VMware and Hyper-V, for them NovaBACKUP xSP 12.2 offers all the services related to protection of data. This release has offered an additional feature which allows importing existing backup tasks into their central management console.

This is how outsourcing process has been simplified for the new customers. The interface of the clients can also be used easily but if the customer wants, they can also ask their service providers to manage all their restore and backup processes up to the file level. The latest expansion support has been provided by NovaStor’s virtualization technology which benefits the customers by reducing the costs for protecting their virtual machines. With the help of this latest technology of virtualization, a combined benefit has been provided i.e. data availability and cost savings.

In order to import jobs from various numbers of workstations, virtual machines or servers, the outsourcing process has been streamlined for backup purposes. The process of addressing new customers or booking further services from the existing service providers can be drastically simplified with this feature of importing existing backup jobs. Your existing jobs will get imported into the central management that too in fraction of seconds and this becomes possible only when the service providers get connected with the customer installation.

NovaBACKUP xSP 12.2 provides you a complete package of tools which can be easily used by beginners or advanced users for protecting their computers, work and data. Some of the benefits offered by this latest version are as follows:-

  • Backup service for Hyper-V Virtual Machine.
  • Selecting Destination for UNC backup has been simplified.
  • Communication with Central Management Console has been enhanced.
  • Client backup job
  • schedule sync into the central management console
  • Improved environment of central management.

Therefore, we can conclude that NovaStor delivers an appropriate solution for its clients, no matter what type of business model they deals with i.e. cloud backup, backup-as-a-service, storage-as-a-service or backup as managed service etc. This new release is a boon to an information technology sector.

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Introduction of VMware vSphere 5.0 and vCloud Director 1.5

August 21st, 2011    Posted in cloud hosting
 

The release of cloud infrastructure suite includes a combination of vSphere 5, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, vShield 5, vCloud Director 1.5, and the new vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0. This combination has been joined by vCenter operations. In order to enable the enterprises and service providers to build cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, a software solution called VMware vCloud™ Director can be put into use. It allows the end users to fulfill their demand and even the IT sector is provided with the required efficiency. It provides an option to bridge to an ecosystem with over and above 3000 service providers and also possess the ability to run an efficient cloud securely within a given data center. With the help of VMware vSphere™ 5.0 (“vSphere”) and VMware vCloud Director 1.5, cost effective and secure clouds can be built so that the organization of service providers can support different businesses by increasing IT efficiency and enhancing security. A pragmatic path is provided to the customers with the usage of cloud computing which enables them to leverage existing investments and the flexibility to extend capacity among clouds.

The use of third party distributed virtual switches is supported by the VMware vCloud Director 1.0 so that it can enable portgroup-based network pools. But with the usage of VMware vCloud Director 1.5, VLAN-base can be created programmatically. In the performance of virtualization, release of vSphere 5 acts as an important milestone. Its applications are very demanding among the users because it offers 32 vCPUs, 1TB of virtual RAM, and very substantial storage and networking speeds. To help your cloud with extreme elasticity needs and tight performance that too without manual intervention, some new innovations has been done which includes Auto-Deploy, Profile-Driven Storage and Storage DRS capabilities. This release will surely help the customers to create their clouds in a simpler and more efficient manner. It also reduces the time which is required to get them started and it also make sure that customers must have seamless experience once the software is up and running. With the updated cloud infrastructure suite, VMware vSphere 5 can be expected to be available in Q3. This article will enable you to get an overview on what is VMware vSphere 5.0 and vCloud Director 1.5 and how is it beneficial?

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Importance of Linux Integration Services for Microsoft Hyper-V 3.1

August 21st, 2011    Posted in web hosting
 

Linux Integration Services for Microsoft Hyper-V 3.1 has been released by the most renowned company called Microsoft. The operating system which supports this release is “Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 and 6.1 x86 and x64 (Up to 4 vCPU) CentOS 6.0 x86 and x64 (Up to 4 vCPU)”. Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter (64-bit versions only) and many more supported Host operating systems are included. The 3.1 version of the Linux Integration Services comprise of many unique features such as Driver support, Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V, Timesync, Integrated Shutdown, Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support, Heartbeat, Key value pair exchange. Let us discuss each of the features in brief.

  • The network controller is supported by the Linux Integration Services. But specifically for Hyper-V, IDE and SCSI storage controllers were developed.
  • In order to provide enhanced performance, the advantage of the block
    Virtualization Service Client is utilized by the boot devices.
  • With the help of time source device which is pluggable, the clock within the virtual machine remains synchronized with the clock which is within the virtualization server.
  • With the use of shut down command you can easily shut down the virtual machine which is running Linux either from Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
  • With regards to 32-bit Linux guest operating systems running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, SMP support is not provided but it do supports the Linux distribution. For every virtual machine it can use up to 4 virtual processors.
  • Heartbeat is something very crucial because it allows your virtualization server to detect the responsiveness of the virtual machine.
  • With the help of Key Value Pair exchange functionality on the Windows Server 2008
    virtualization server you are able to obtain information regarding the virtual machine running Linux.

You can get hold of this service that too without bearing any charge with the use of Microsoft Download Center. The new integration components can be easily installed by using rpm as it makes the installation easier. Its resources are nothing but a collection of drivers in the Linux supported virtual machines under Hyper-V. With this article you can have a brief idea about this new release and what features it possesses.

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Release of Fuscan Linux Cloud 2.0

August 16th, 2011    Posted in cloud hosting
 

HostingCon 2011 was the world’s premier hosting conference during which a new version 2.0 of Fuscan Linux Cloud has been launched. It took place in San Diego, California between August 8 and August 10, 2011. A few significant changes have been announced in Fuscan version 2.0 in comparison to previous versions. GFS was used in the version 1.0 Fuscan but it has been replaced in version 2.0. Instead GlusterFS is being used currently as a mainstream file system.  GlusterFS is the software which has been licensed under GNU AGPL v3 license. The performance of Fuscan Linux Cloud can be improved with this software and add more flexibility to it. The development team of Fuscan Linux Cloud has replaced the RG Manager i.e. Red Hat resource manager with pacemaker as it has been considered to be more flexible and feature rich. With the help of pacemaker, users are allowed to configure specific scenarios so that services can run properly in a certain time frame.

 

Benefits of Fuscan Linux Cloud 2.0:-

 

  • It provides improved level of management interface.
  • On the license of fuscan Linux cloud, a discount of 50% is allowed by SingleOS.
  • It includes a new resource manager.
  • It provides software level redundancy, and hardware level redundancy.

Therefore we can conclude that Fuscan Linux Cloud can be easily scalable and it enables the hosting providers to create their own infrastructure of cloud. In a load-balanced cluster environment, cPanel/WHM Cloud hosting services is provided in order to cut operational costs and to optimize server management. A special feature of automation layer is also provided i.e. Fuscan EHA which is nothing but a high availability system for cPanel/WHM. In case providers of web hosting solution wants to enjoy the advantage of the discounted licenses then they are allowed to sign up from Order page at SingleOS Accounts. This is basically done to cut the list price of the Fuscan licenses. Today we can proudly say that the company which is behind the Cloud software automation solution is SingleOS and because of its creativity and innovations has always come up with new versions with dynamic improvements.

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Virtual private server reduces carbon footprint

August 9th, 2011    Posted in vps hosting
 

Carbon footprint can be improved with the help of virtual private server. VPS not only help the businesses to reduce their costs but also allow them to get hold of virtualization tool so that it can significantly improve the efficiency of the consumption energy as well as reduce their impact on our environment. In order to maximize the productivity of the employees of the company, VPS plays an important role as a result of which electricity costs can be kept under firm control. Recently, a prediction was made on the basis of the observation of IT analyst Ovum that there might be an increased uptake in virtual private server. It is said that as and when more companies will recognize the benefits of VPS, the process of converting sizeable minority of servers into a virtual machines will continue.

The literal meaning of the word virtualization is converting the physical server into a virtual server. There might be question in everyone’s mind that why they should go for virtualization? The reason is that companies can reduce their overhead costs not only with respect to only hardware expenditure but also operating costs. It also provides security and protection to our important data. Your information is backed up with the help of virtualized server and it can be retrieved with a retrieval request. As a result it permits minimal downtime and expenditure.

 

When your server gets virtualized as a preventive measure, then it can ensure reduction of your businesses ‘Carbon Footprint’ on the environment. With the help of virtualization you can achieve various objectives such as Cost and time effective upgrade solutions, No unnecessary or costly changes to your current IT infrastructure, higher levels of performance and efficiency, reduced power consumption costs etc.

With help of virtual private server solution, energy consumption gets reduced as a result your company’s carbon footprint on the earth will get decrease. This solution is not only cost effective but also suitable to the dynamic needs of your business. You must think twice before taking any print out because every tree provides oxygen which is sufficient for three people to breathe. So we must work together for reducing carbon footprint as we know it comes in the form of paper products. You must use recycled paper, both the side should be printed etc. are some of the ideas which must be adopted to keep your environment green.

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Private cloud now simple and power packed with a cloud in a box

August 8th, 2011    Posted in cloud hosting
 

With the help of cloud computing, companies usually try to resolve certain common problems related with traditional IT. When we think of traditional IT, we come across the fact that it is complex with respect to management and procurement. It might take a long period of time to market a product because traditional IT is slow. With regards to project turn-around time, power, cooling and the plethora of hardware devices, it is very expensive as it needs to remain operational throughout. A cloud in a box is a solution with respect to cloud computing market which helps to simplify the rapid deployment of a private cloud and reduced management. This is how it saves cost in all aspects and also improves its efficiency.

 

A true cloud in a Box solution is offered by ScaleMatrix in order to bring all the benefits of Private Cloud in a package which is easy to manage and very quick to deploy. For the purpose of delivering the performance and stability which is expected by almost every industry, ScaleMatrix include certain components such as CA AppLogic, Dell PowerEdge Servers, Brocade Switches, FireTrace Fire Suppression and even a ScaleMatrix Self Contained Rack. Now we will discuss each of the components individually:-

 

  • You can easily deploy, and manage cloud applications and supporting infrastructure with the help of CA Applogic which is nothing but a turnkey cloud computing platform. There are applications for which they have pre configured AppLogic templates such as Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, Server 2003 and 2008, SQL Server and many more.
  • The ScaleMatrix self-contained rack holds up to 40 servers which is a self-cooled unit. This unit can be utilized as your entire business infrastructure.
  • For computing intense applications, Dell PowerEdge R410 rack servers provide you with a powerful two-socket 1U platform.
  • Enterprise class stackable L2/L3 edge switching is offered by Brocade FCX-624/648 gigabit switches.
  • For high value or critical machinery, cabinet and machine level fire protection is provided by FireTrace Fire Suppression.

 

It has three different configurations which might range from a dual-socket quad core server with 1TB of hard drive and 16 GB of RAM up to a dual-socket hex-core server with 2x2TB hard drive and 64GB of RAM. This amazing product i.e. ScaleMatrix Cloud in a Box™ solution permits you to Streamline Time to Market, reduce complexity and Maximize Margins across your enterprise.

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Introduction to new version of ElasticStack based cloud

August 8th, 2011    Posted in cloud hosting
 

Since the year 2009, ElasticStack which is the cloud platform provider in UK has been enjoying a grand success across the world for deploying public and private cloud platforms that too for a number of key customers. It has announced a wide range of dynamic features to its cloud platform so that business can be easily build and quickly deploy a scalable, resilient, pay-as-you-go cloud infrastructure from low cost commodity hardware.

There are some other benefits which have been updated such as reduction of hardware cost by eliminating SAN and in order to deploy and manage cloud servers easily and faster, a new ‘Ajax’ user interface has been included. You will be able to run both the storage infrastructure and compute infrastructure on a single set of commodity hardware. It can only be possible with VMs which allows moving freely between the nodes. You can continue running your cloud even if any node goes down as the entire content gets replicated elsewhere. Cost computing is the new release which has some outstanding features like easy to use, cost efficient, resilient, flexible, on demand and at the same time lowers the cost for both the service providers and enterprises with highly resilient clouds. This new release makes use of distributed block storage technology i.e. network RAID which helps to improve the performance and redundancy.

 

This organization traditionally uses SANs so that it can provide resilient shared storage for their clouds so that VMs can move in between the compute nodes. It also helps to know that their storage was resilient to the failure of hardware. In addition to aforesaid features, it has also developed a new control panel which helps to manage and create the cloud servers faster and easily. This control panel is easier for any user to understand and it’s also very responsive. The organization has brought all the resilient features of a SAN to its cloud that too without making any extra investment in expensive storage hardware. Therefore, we can say that all these new additional features have been designed to make your businesses more efficient both economically and operationally.

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Introduction to New Version of ElasticStack Based Cloud

August 1st, 2011    Posted in cloud hosting
 

Since the year 2009, ElasticStack which is the cloud platform provider in UK has been enjoying a grand success across the world for deploying public and private cloud platforms that too for a number of key customers. It has announced a wide range of dynamic features to its cloud platform so that business can be easily build and quickly deploy a scalable, resilient, pay-as-you-go cloud infrastructure from low cost commodity hardware.

There are some other benefits which have been updated such as reduction of hardware cost by eliminating SAN and in order to deploy and manage cloud servers easily and faster, a new ‘Ajax’ user interface has been included. You will be able to run both the storage infrastructure and compute infrastructure on a single set of commodity hardware. It can only be possible with VMs which allows moving freely between the nodes. You can continue running your cloud even if any node goes down as the entire content gets replicated elsewhere. Cost computing is the new release which has some outstanding features like easy to use, cost efficient, resilient, flexible, on demand and at the same time lowers the cost for both the service providers and enterprises with highly resilient clouds. This new release makes use of distributed block storage technology i.e. network RAID which helps to improve the performance and redundancy.

This organization traditionally uses SANs so that it can provide resilient shared storage for their clouds so that VMs can move in between the compute nodes. It also helps to know that their storage was resilient to the failure of hardware. In addition to aforesaid features, it has also developed a new control panel which helps to manage and create the cloud servers faster and easily. This control panel is easier for any user to understand and it’s also very responsive. The organization has brought all the resilient features of a SAN to its cloud that too without making any extra investment in expensive storage hardware. Therefore, we can say that all these new additional features have been designed to make your businesses more efficient both economically and operationally.

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