Video: ExtraHop Startup Evolves Application Performance Management (APM)

In this video, Jesse Rothstein from ExtraHop Networks presents: The Evolution of Application Performance Management (APM).

ExtraHop Networks provides agentless, network-based application performance management (APM) solutions to ensure that business-critical transactions do not fail. With the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system, IT teams gain unmatched real-time visibility for mapping and measuring, proactive early warning, and accelerated troubleshooting. Enterprises across a wide range of industry verticals depend on the ExtraHop system to protect their brand, increase revenue, and improve customer satisfaction.”

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Slidecast: Avere’s Global Namespace Brings SSD Speed to NAS

In this slidecast, Avere President & CEO Ron Bianchini explains how the company’s newly announced Global Namespace (GNS) capability will allow organizations to tame NAS sprawl resulting from enormous growth in unstructured data.

With Avere’s GNS, storage administrators can easily create and manage logical groupings of file-based resources regardless of physical location, presenting clients running NFS or CIFS with simplified and transparent access to data with a single mount point. Moreover, when data is moved from one storage server to another within the network, client access is automatically rerouted with no disruption or downtime. GNS is available immediately as part of the 2.0 release of the Avere operating system.”

For HPC and Cloud users, Avere brings the notion of locality and low-latency to NAS through clustered, hierarchical SSD storage. In my view, it’s a scalable approach that’s well worth a look.

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Slidecast: Strategic Blue is Your Broker for the Cloud

In this slidecast, James Mitchell, Founder & CEO of Strategic Blue discusses how his company acts as a Cloud Services Brokerage, providing financial intermediation services to corporate customers using Infrastructure as a Service (“IaaS”).

Strategic Blue takes over the client billing process from cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and CloudSigma, without interfering with the client’s technical access to the cloud. Strategic Blue is able to offer access to cloud computing infrastructure as a service on payment terms tailored for each client, at prices that will never exceed those available directly from the cloud provider. Discounted pricing can be offered where a client can commit to a minimum amount of usage over a period of time. Strategic Blue is able to provide a single invoice for access to multiple cloud providers, and is able to work with clients’ purchase order procedures.

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Video: PriceAdvice – The Blue Book for Everything Else

In this slidecast, Ira Williams from PriceAdvice provides an overview of the company and describes how they help consumers value items for resale.

We want consumers to know they’re getting the best and most up-to-date prices for any used item they want to buy,” said Ira Williams, president of iTaggit. “Our goal is to become the most accurate valuation tool available for the purchase of used items on sites such as eBay, Amazon and craigslist. PriceAdvice was created in an effort to remove the guess-work many consumers face when buying a used item online and to make the process as easy as possible.”

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Podcast: Clustercorp Turns up the Volume on Rocks with New Round of Funding

In this podcast, I interview Clustercorp’s newest employees: Mason Katz, CTO, and Greg Bruno, VP of Engineering. As key developers of the Rocks open source software, Bruno and Katz came over to Clustercorp last week to bolster the commercial version of Rocks.

As announced this morning, Clustercorp has just completed its first round of institutional funding, which it will use to scale development and accelerate its successful entry into the cloud management space.

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In this time-lapse video from SC2003, SDSC builds a live, 128-node Rocks cluster in the Sun booth in approximately one hour and forty minutes.

Slidecast: Cycle Cloud HPC Clusters – 10,000 Cores in 45 Minutes

In this slidecast, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe describes how the company provisioned a 10,000-core, top 114-equivalent supercomputer utilizing its CycleCloud service.

Since 2005, Cycle has helped clients maximize the world’s compute resources through its reliable, secure and elastic high performance computing (HPC) solutions, both internally and in the cloud. CycleCloud massively scaled up client resources to perform hundreds of thousands of computational tests in a matter of eight hours. Once the results were produced, the customer could just “turn off” those resources with no further charges. Additionally, the 10,000-core cluster was run on a cost of only $1,060/hour. Leveraging CycleCloud and Cycle’s HPC proficiency delivered these stats:

  • Infrastructure: 1250 instances with 8-core / 7-GB RAM
  • Cluster Size: 10,000 cores, 8.75 TB RAM, 2 PB of disk space total
  • Scale: Comparable to #114 of Top 500 Supercomputer list
  • Security: Engineered with HTTPS & 128/256-bit AES encryption

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Video: Real-Status Starts Up with 3D Visualization for IT Infrastructure

In this video, Real Status co-founder & CTO Stace Hipperson demonstrates HyperGlance, a software package that uses sophisticated graphics and modelling techniques to create real-time models of complete IT infrastructures in 3D and overlays performance and business metrics.

While HyperGlance currently gathers data from VMWare’s API, since the program is data-driven, the same techniques could be used to monitor large HPC clusters running MPI.

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