Cloud Trends for 2015 (Part 2): The Rise of Wholesale Cloud Services

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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We recently kicked off the first part of a three-part blog series on what to expect with the cloud in 2015 by discussing the massive re-consolidation set to take place in the cloud. For this next part, I wanted to discuss the impact this shift in the space will have on MSPs – more specifically, how it would lead to a rise in wholesale cloud services.  Just as enterprises look to them for their specialization in providing specific services, MSPs too are looking for outside help – particularly when it comes to building cloud services. This is where the concept of wholesale clouds comes in. Cloud wholesalers will look and act like today’s classic distributor by providing the business process management for their channel partners. We’ve seen it with big companies such as Seagate and their BDR option and smaller companies such as Cloudike and their cloud storage offering. By… continue reading

Cloud Trends for 2015: Part 1 – Re-Consolidation in the Cloud

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Recently, I was asked by a friend what to expect with the cloud in 2015. Answering that was no easy task, given the cloud’s ever-changing nature. Remember, we moved fairly quickly from having one big public cloud (EC2) to having lots of specialized cloud options and hybrid clouds (private and public) offered by a myriad of service providers. With that in mind, I figured now is a good time to look at what we’re seeing with MSPs and the impact they look to have on the cloud moving forward. Nowadays, enterprises have many options available when it comes to cloud solutions. For private or dedicated clouds, they can create and manage them in-house or outsource it to a cloud service provider. While managing clouds internally gives the organization more control over its clouds, it also forces it to bear the burden of having to allocate the time and resources to… continue reading

Best-in-Breed in Cloud Automation – An Interactive Webinar on Wednesday, October 22

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Mike Castillo No Comments
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Last month, I hosted a webinar showcasing the new features of PAN Manager 7.7. On Wednesday, October 22, I’ll be hosting another webinar demonstrating the new features and functionality found in our Egenera Cloud Suite, which will incorporate some of those items that we discussed in September. , and will also touch on how to use this software platform to take your business to the next level. Cloud Suite’s new features include: Access to native pServer OS and guest OS consoles Increasing ‘extra storage’ capacity for VMs Support third party workflows – the ability to initiate workflow through PCD Active notification of resource conflicts in designer/solution validation Add prices for individual catalog items Allow for pricing of ‘resource bundles’ at less than aggregate price Support ‘one time charge’ catalog items Support customizable naming conventions for pServers, VMs and port groups Switch and firewall integration – configuring ‘allowed’ VLANs on ports,… continue reading

Egenera at Data Centre EXPO

Posted on: October 7th, 2014 by Dana Morris No Comments

On October 8 and 9, more than 250 of the most respected names in IT, Cloud, Security and Data industries will gather at ExCel London for IP EXPO Europe to share ideas and educate attendees on the latest industry trends. As such, we’re happy to announce that our CTO and EVP of Engineering Scott Geng has been chosen as a speaker for IP EXPO’s brand new co-located event Data Centre EXPO! For his presentation “Simplifying Data Centre Management Through Converged Infrastructure,” Scott will discuss how IT can streamline the management of complex IT environments by utilizing new technologies that entirely abstract the IT infrastructure to create manageable resource pools of servers, I/O, networking and storage, and ultimately, allow these resources to be monitored and managed through a single pane so they meet the capacity, availability and response time requirements set by the user and IT. By attending this session, attendees… continue reading

Egenera Cloud Suite chosen for the CRN Cloud Partner Program Guide

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Today, we announced that CRN has chosen Egenera Partner Network for the Cloud Partner Program Guide. The Egenera Partner Network was originally established in 2010 to give our partners high quality support and customer service for Egenera Cloud Suite. The partner network incorporates over 50 partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies from Citrix and Fujitsu to Netsolus and Midas Technologies. In its inaugural year, the program guide highlights the cloud partner programs of leading IT vendors who benefit the growth of solution providers and the indirect IT channel in their cloud initiatives. It aims to provide a valuable resource for solution providers to easily access vendors that have products and programs tailored to the growth of the cloud. The program guide will be featured in this month’s issue of CRN and can be viewed online at http://www.crn.com. Egenera Cloud Suite combines PAN Cloud Director and PAN Manager to deliver… continue reading

Egenera Cloud Suite a Finalist for the SVC Awards

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments
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Today, we’re excited to announce that Egenera Cloud Suite has been chosen as a finalist for the 2014 SVC (Storage, Virtualization and Cloud) Awards. What does it mean to be honored as a finalist? Egenera Cloud Suite is grouped together with six other products vying to be the winner under the Virtualization Management Product of the Year category.  However, this is only the first step toward the award. Now that the finalists are announced, it’s now up to you to determine the winners – which is why we need your help! To vote for Cloud Suite, please visit the SVC voting page and complete the voting submission form to cast your vote. The SVC Awards reward the products, projects and services and honor companies and teams operating in the cloud, virtualization and storage sectors. The award ceremony takes place at the Montcalm Hotel, Marbel Arch in London on November 27.… continue reading

The Benefits of Having MSPs Host Your Cloud

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by John Humphreys No Comments

Back in July, I pointed out how MSPs can ‘play’ in the cloud. Today, I want to emphasize the ‘why’ and how it affects you, the customer. Many businesses continue to make the transition to the cloud, including MSPs. I argue that the cloud is actually hurting managed service providers (MSPs), and the bulk of their customer base comes from small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In turn, SMEs are seeking alternative solutions, and as a result, MSPs are considering adding cloud services to their offerings. Consider this – in a 2013 TechTarget survey of 1,000 IT professionals, 55 percent preferred working with an MSP versus a pure-play cloud provider. What does this all mean for you? MSPs are able to give you superior support, can provide better value at a lower cost, and can give you a more tailored cloud offering to suit your specific needs. MSPs will focus on… continue reading

Egenera at Boston Virtualization Group

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Dana Morris No Comments
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When it comes to virtualization, we’re all for helping companies manage their resources efficiently, particularly when it comes to their clouds. As such, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be sponsoring The Boston Virtualization Group’s next Meetup! Founded in 2012, the Boston Virtualization Group is a highly professional, volunteer-run association whose mission is to encourage IT professionals to engage and discuss everything virtualization, green technology and cloud computing. Given their amazing work in bringing professionals across the Massachusetts IT community together, we’re thrilled to be part of their next gathering and decided to give you a sneak preview of what’s in store for the night. The Meetup will take place at the Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center in Cambridge on Thursday, September 18 from 6 pm to 9 pm. This particular Meetup focuses on ‘Multi-cloud environments and Hyperconverged solutions’, with our VP of marketing, John Humphreys, giving an informative talk on addressing… continue reading

Addressing Converged Infrastructure – Webinar Discussion on Wednesday, September 24

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Scott Geng No Comments
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On Wednesday, September 24, I will be hosting a webinar on converged infrastructure and data center management. During this presentation, I will primarily be focusing on how to simplify data center management through converged infrastructure. Converged infrastructure can: Centralize the management of data center resources Increase resource utilization rates Automate processes Lower costs The webinar will also bring to light up-and-coming industry trends, examining potential issues that attendees may be encountering, and explaining what converged infrastructure is and how it can be leveraged to meet IT demands. Egenera’s products, such as PAN Manager, are built to enable IT to provision, manage and protect the IT infrastructure. Key features provide powerful management and policy-based automation to both virtual and physical server environments by creating flexible pools of compute, I/O, networking and storage resources. Please join us for this webinar discussion on new trends in converged infrastructure and data center management. Wednesday,… continue reading

New Features for PAN Manager 7.7- An Interactive Webinar Demo, Thursday, September 11

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Mike Castillo No Comments
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 On Thursday, September 11, please join me, Mike Castillo as I present a webinar demonstrating the new features of PAN Manager 7.7. PAN Manager, our flagship data center management software product, now includes virtual machine instance (VMI) technology along with a new and more simplified user interface.  I will discuss how PAN Manager 7.7 now incorporates an embedded hypervisor based on the XenServer platform and the significant benefits this brings to the end user. These new features come at no additional cost, are more intuitive and user friendly, and provide greater ease of management. The webinar on Egenera PAN Manager 7.7 will include a look at the: New and improved GUI tree structure look New wizard and dialog boxes to help users Capability for filtering, sorting and searching for devices and resources Virtual machine instance (VMI) technology which allows users to provision virtual machines through PAN Manager interface And of… continue reading

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