Oracle Database Being Added to Amazon Cloud Services

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The Oracle database system 11g is being added as a service in Amazon's Web Services. Oracle Database Added to Amazon Web Services "Amazon Web Services plans to make the Oracle Database 11g R2 available on its Relational Database Service (RDS) next quarter. RDS is a service designed to let customers install, run and scale relational databases in the cloud. Until now, only the MySQL database was an option on RDS, a service Amazon said is used by thousands of customers. 'As with today's MySQL offering, Amazon RDS running Oracle database will reduce administrative overhead and expense by maintaining database software, taking continuous backups for point-in-time recovering, and exposing key operational metrics via Amazon CloudWatch,' said Amazon Web Services evangelist Jeff Barr, in a blog post. CloudWatch is a service that…
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Dell Announces Their Smallest Thin Clients Yet

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Two new Dell Thin Clients... looks like they are getting very aggressive in the Thin Client market! Thin clients are Dell's smallest yet "Dell announced two fanless thin clients claimed to be the smallest OptiPlex systems yet. The Dell OptiPlex FX170 and OptiPlex FX130 thin clients offer a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 and Via Eden ULV processor respectively, and include 1GB of RAM, 1GB or 2GB of flash, a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, and a DVI-I port with optional dual display support, says the company. In 2009, thin client vendor Devon IT announced a SafeBook E5400X portable thin client based on Dell's Latitude E5400. Now Devon IT is returning the favor by supplying its TC5c and TC2 desktop thin clients to Dell for rebranding as the OptiPlex…
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VirtZine Netcast #7 – Audio – “New Software, New Features, More Issues”

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Red Hat 'OpenShift' and CloudForms, long distance VMotion, Veeam Software's Backup and Replication now will support Hyper-V, VMware acquires Shavlik Technologies, Microsoft has Cloud outages, Playstation Network may have been hacked using Amazon ECS. (Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your "format of choice")  Download M4V  Download WebM  Download MP3 ("Right-Click" on the "Download" link under the format buttonand choose "Save link as..." to save the file locally on your PC) Subscribe to Our Video (M4V) RSS Feed Subscribe to Our Audio (MP3) RSS Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed/ http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed/ Also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIDmhekl5Js
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VirtZine Netcast #7 – Video – “New Software, New Features, More Issues”

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Red Hat 'OpenShift' and CloudForms, long distance VMotion, Veeam Software's Backup and Replication now will support Hyper-V, VMware acquires Shavlik Technologies, Microsoft has Cloud outages, Playstation Network may have been hacked using Amazon ECS. (Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your "format of choice")  Download M4V  Download WebM  Download MP3 ("Right-Click" on the "Download" link under the format buttonand choose "Save link as..." to save the file locally on your PC) Subscribe to Our Video (M4V) RSS Feed Subscribe to Our Audio (MP3) RSS Feed http://www.virtzine.com/category/netcast/feed/ http://www.virtzine.com/category/audio/feed/ Also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIDmhekl5Js
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Playstation Network May Have Been Hacked Using Amazon ECS!

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Using "The Cloud" to attack "The Cloud?" It would seem so! The timing is really bad on all these "revelations" for Cloud Computing as a direction for business! Source: PlayStation Network Hacked Using Amazon's Cloud Service "A report this morning from Bloomber News points to hackers using Amazon's Elastic Computer Cloud as a staging area for the attack on Sony's PlayStation Network -- which led the service to be shut down for almost a month. The reporters who wrote the Bloomberg report cite an anonymous source 'with knowledge of the matter' for the information. An Amazon spokesperson contacted by Bloomberg to confirm or deny the information declined to comment. According to the source, the hackers used Amazon's Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) to stage the attacks, but did 'not hack into…
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More Major Player Cloud Woes: Microsoft Has Outages!

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Diminishing trust in Cloud Resources is giving some companies "pause." What is YOUR thinking on the current state of Cloud reliability? Outages Hit Microsoft's Web-Based Productivity Service "Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) experienced multiple outages this week, the company admitted on Thursday. The outages were first reported on Thursday afternoon by ZDNet, after it received complaints from angry BPOS customers. ZDNet's article pointed to this Microsoft Online Services TechCenter forum, where several customers using BPOS claimed to have experienced service interruptions. The outages appear to have impacted Exchange Online, with some customers reporting message delays as well as lost e-mails. One Microsoft partner said in a phone interview that messages were delayed up to six hours. 'It's been resolved in that there are not currently delays but it's been…
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VMware Acquires Shavlik Technologies

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VMware announced that they are acquiring Small-to-Medium business solution provider for Cloud Management. VMware Acquires Shavlik Technologies "Virtualization software juggernaut VMware this morning announced that it has agreed to buy Shavlik Technologies, a provider of cloud-based IT management solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Financial terms of the acquisition, which is expected to be completed later this year, were not disclosed, but Mark Shavlik was 'happy' to announce the agreement: 'I want to thank all Shavlik employees past and present as well as our partners. Because of your hard work and dedication, we were able to build a great company…Our two companies have a long-term relationship built upon VMware GO™, our joint SaaS based IT Management solution. VMware GO assists SMBs with rapid deployment and management of VMware vSphere,…
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Veeam Now Supporting Microsoft Hyper-V

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Announced at Microsoft's Tech-Ed today... Veeam will soon support Hyper-V. Hyper-V shops gain new backup option in Veeam Microsoft Hyper-V shops have new backup software to choose from. In an update due out in the fourth quarter of 2011, Veeam Software Inc.'s Backup and Replication will support Hyper-V, according to an announcement at Microsoft's TechEd conference this morning. It's a sign that Hyper-V has gained attention in data centers. Hyper-V users hungry for additional software that supports the platform take this as a sign that the virtualization platform is gaining traction as it competes with VMware vSphere. 'Veeam is an established company that's been around for a long time in the virtualization space,' said Rob McShinsky, a senior systems engineer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. 'This shows me…
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Long Distance VMotion May Be Coming!

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What if you could VMotion between geographically dispersed data centers? This could really change DR! VMware VMotion between data centers could change disaster recovery "According to a blog posted by a VMware official this week, VMware Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. have demonstrated a proof of concept for performing live virtual server migrations between data centers. Industry experts see the potential for disaster recovery, but say distance VMotion is years away from being realistic. 'Last year, Cisco and VMware began the task of trying to solve these long-distance VMotion issues with the target of seamlessly migrating a virtual machine (VM) between two data centers separated by a reasonable distance,' wrote Guy Brunsdon..."
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Red Hat and Cloud Computing – Two Major Announcements

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Red Hat introduced its new Platform as a Service product called "OpenShift" and its CloudForms software (which enables enable Infrastructure as a Service) at the Red Hat Summit-JBossWorld conference in Boston this week. Red Hat Fills Out Cloud Portfolio with PaaS, IaaS Offerings "Red Hat has bolstered its cloud offerings with the release of a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering for developers and new software to enable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The company launched its new PaaS product called OpenShift and its CloudForms software at the Red Hat Summit-JBossWorld conference taking place in Boston this week. OpenShift could emerge as an open source alternative to Microsoft's Windows Azure PaaS-based cloud service. OpenShift supports Red Hat's JBoss middleware, and is designed for four languages: Java, Ruby, PHP and Python.…
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