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You can roughly approximate the health of the economic climate by a CIO's list of priorities. In times of prosperity, his or her priorities are optimized for revenue growth. In more challenging times-like today-cost reduction tops the agenda. Of course, this is no great surprise. This is the pattern we expect with the ebbs and flows of the business cycle. We saw it in 2002, and we're seeing it again today. But this time is different. The last recession was characterized by deep wholesale cuts in IT spending-in part, because so many organizations had spent heavily on promises of e-everything during the preceding period of economic expansion. This time, analysts are projecting flat to incremental growth in IT spending, with an emphasis on "smart spending"-where every dollar spent is paid back on a short horizon and where investments contribute to an overall transformati... (more)

rPath Founder & CSO Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

Billy Marshall's Open Source Blog The problem with the notion of “Windows for EC2” is that it perpetuates the broken, legacy model of tying your application to the infrastructure upon which it runs. In the legacy model, applications became artificially tied to the physical server upon which they ran, and server utilization was low because it is very difficult to run multiple applications on a single instance of a general purpose operating system. The reason it is difficult to run multiple applications on a single instance of a general purpose operating system is because each application has unique needs which conflict or compete with the unique needs of other applications. Virtualization technology, such as that provided by VMware or Citrix with XenServer, breaks the bond of the application to a physical server by placing a layer of software, called a hypervisor, on t... (more)

rPath Simplifies Certification of Virtualization Appliances for Citrix Xenserver

rPath announced that virtual appliances intended for the Citrix Ready designation can be developed using rBuilder and the rPath Appliance Platform. “Both rPath and Citrix are committed to creating new revenue sources for application providers,” said Barry Davis, vice president, Business Development at Citrix Systems. “Virtual appliances built using rBuilder and verified as Citrix Ready give application providers new sources of revenue while simultaneously improving end user satisfaction.” A virtual appliance is an application combined with a streamlined operating system, offered in a format that runs in virtualized environments. Using rBuilder, a developer can create a virtual appliance for Citrix XenServer and submit it to Citrix for verification. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met the ve... (more)

Cloud Computing: rBuilder Delivers Scientific Applications as Virtual Appliances

rPath announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have been using rBuilder to deliver virtual appliances to both scientists’ desktops and computational clouds. The use of rBuilder in these environments reduces the effort required to support users and allows researchers to take advantage of underutilized computational resources. rBuilder is a product that simplifies and automates the creation of virtual appliances. A virtual appliance is an application with a streamlined operating system, offered in a format that runs in virtualized environments. CERN turned to virtual appliances to facilitate the analysis of data created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. The complete software environment needed by the LHC applications is assembled by rBuilder and distributed to run as a virtual m... (more)

On the Path to Cloud Computing Nirvana

Today, offerings such as Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) are providing a new model for on demand compute resources based on virtual machines. Virtual appliances are a natural deployment vehicle for this type of infrastructure, allowing a clean separation between the memory, compute, and storage resources managed by the appliance provider and the complete software stack managed by the end user. Virtual appliances also allow a simple transition from internal virtualization clusters to outsourced providers, enabling capacity spikes to be handled. This session will showcase the tremendous flexibility, scalability, and financial savings that result from leveraging virtual appliances and cloud computing. Billy Marshall, CEO and founder of rPath will present a real life case study on KnowledgeTree, a document management provider, to examine the implementa... (more)

rPath Puts Adoption Model in the Cloud

rPath today announced that its Cloud Computing Adoption Model white paper, “The Pragmatist's Guide to Cloud Computing” is available online at http://www.rpath.com/corp/pragmatist-guide. rPath also announced that it will be presenting “The Cloud Computing Adoption Model: A Graduated Stepwise Approach to Virtualization and Cloud” at 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. PST) during the Virtualization Summit to be held online Tuesday, November 4, 2008. To register for the rPath presentation, please visit http://www.brighttalk.com/webcasts/1421/attend. “Virtualization and cloud computing have a transformative impact on the cost and efficiency of software delivery and consumption, which makes investments in these areas of even greater importance during a down economy,” said Jake Sorofman, VP of marketing for rPath. “But despite its importance, the path to cloud remains elusive for ... (more)

rPath to Advise Practical Cloud Adoption at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

rPath has hit the road to promote the graduated adoption of cloud computing technologies. This week, Marshall will speak at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2008 West, which takes place November 19-21, 2008, at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. "For many organizations, now is the perfect time to make a concerted, yet measured push to virtualization and cloud computing," said Jake Sorofman, vice president of marketing for rPath. "Any organization subject to today's economic realities will appreciate the cost advantages and flexibility of cloud. At the same time, it's critical to recognize that virtualization and cloud introduce new levels of complexity that must be addressed through a graduated approach to adoption and an architectural approach to managing the application lifecycle in this new virtualized environment." For SYS-CON's Cloud Comput... (more)

rPath Refines Release Automation Platform

rPath Virtual Appliance Journal on Ulitzer rPath today announced enterprise-focused productivity and management enhancements to the rPath release automation platform. The upgrades refine the functionality and user experience of the fully version controlled release automation solution, meeting the needs of each stakeholder in the enterprise release management process. These upgrades are the first product delivery against “Project Javelin,” which extends rPath’s system version controlled management model into the broader data center automation market.   “For enterprise IT, system complexity is emerging as the greatest threat to cost, compliance and service level agreements,” said Jake Sorofman, vice president of marketing for rPath. “At the center of the complexity challenge is the release management process—the tasks associated with creating, provisioning and mainta... (more)

2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Exposes Hottest Trends in Cloud

North Bridge Venture Partners has announced the results of its second annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey. Supported by 39 industry collaborators spanning established leaders, emerging, fast-growth companies, and startups – the 2012 survey captures current industry perceptions, sentiments and emerging trends in cloud computing. This year’s collaborators include companies such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Eucalyptus, and Glasshouse. A total of 785 respondents spanning industry experts, users and vendors participated in the survey. Respondents were asked about a wide range of key issues impacting cloud computing, including drivers for cloud computing, inhibitors, best practices, sourcing, total cost of ownership (TCO), cloud’s impact on multiple business sectors, and emerging cloud technologies. The survey provides many insights into the adoption of cloud ... (more)

SAS Gets rPath’s Key Assets

Reports that rPath, the source code automation start-up founded in 2005 by ex-Red Hat technical folk, was looking for a buyer proved true. Business analytics software shop SAS Institute has acquired its code and some of its staff expecting to expand its ability to automate and manage IT operations on multiple platforms and environments, including on-demand and in the private and public cloud. It said it would better automate the set-up and management of SAS solutions in any virtual environment and is thought to give SAS a more direct path to support public, private and hybrid clouds than building the widgetry itself. rPath employees have formed a new Platform Deployment Technologies Group within SAS R&D. GigaOm said rPath, which billed itself as "the enterprise PaaS company," was "ahead of the curve" and had experienced management turnover that left it on "thin ice... (more)

Lumen Software Turns to rPath to Build and Deliver Open Source SaaS Services

rPath® today announced that Lumen Software, a leading provider of commercial open source software as a service (SaaS) and portal solutions, has selected rPath rBuilder® to build and deliver its enterprise-class commercial applications as virtual appliances. Lumenation, the company’s flagship product, is a dynamic and collaborative platform built on top of Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL and PHP, and is available to millions of organizations and developers to create advanced Web-based desktop applications. “We’ve found that only rPath offers a turn-key product that enables us to achieve what we want when we want,” said Tad Gordon, CEO of Lumen Software. “Best of all, implementation took less than one month, and our support time has been reduced from 50 percent of one full time employee to only three hours a month. With rPath, we just plug it in... (more)