The top five cloud stories of the week

October 5, 2013


The top five cloud stories of the week

Red Hat leads way to certify OpenStack pros – ZDNet
Red Hat now offers a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (RHCEI). This Certificate intends to attest the knowledge of people working with OpenStack in a very simple way. Thanks to that certificate, it will now become easier for companies and professionals to certify their skill levels for OpenStack.

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks Through Q3, 2013 – Forbes
In the business world, the first week of October marks the beginning of Q4 and obviously the end of Q3. Forbes analyzed the performance of public cloud computing companies during the past quarter. The best performance goes to NetSuite Inc. that attained an annualized gain of 88% as of calendar Q3. It is also interesting to note that companies like Rackspace or VMware lost value through Q4 (respectively 38% and 17% annualized loss).

Verizon plays catch up with new cloud compute, storage offerings – VentureBeat
Verizon announced this week the launch of its public cloud service called Verizon Cloud. Verizon comprised of Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage. According to the company, Verizon Cloud is more customizable than any other public cloud service on the market: “We developed software to specifically address the need for enterprises to have great flexibility and control regarding virtual machine provisioning, performance guarantees, and security,” said a Verizon spokesperson.

Intelligent Monitoring: Bandwidth Utilization – Stackdriver
Stackdriver announced a new intelligent insight for its cloud monitoring service. Bandwidth plays an important role in terms of performance and availability for your instances. When the bandwidth utilization is too high, this can affect your customer’s overall experience. For this reason, Stackdriver released a new insight that lets you know when your bandwidth is too high. This insight makes it easy for users to act before the bandwidth issue impacts their customers.

Microsoft earns US government FedRAMP security tick for Windows Azure – ZDNet
Microsoft Azure has been granted a “provisional approval to operate” (P-ATO) by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The list of companies that have been granted by this program is short: Akamai Technologies, Lockheed Martin, CGI Federal, Autonomic Resources, and AT&T. Microsoft Azure is also the only public cloud provider to receive this approval. This program simplifies the vetting process for vendors so you don’t have to go through new checks for every new agency.


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