Cloud Computing: Oracle Buys Vitrue

Oracle Wednesday said it’s buying privately held Vitrue for some unsung amount of money.
Vitrue operates a cloud-based social marketing and engagement platform that lets marketers centrally create, publish, moderate, manage, measure and report on their social marketing campaigns and activities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+.
The six-year-old concern has picked up $33 million in funding over the years including investments from Comcast and Turner Broadcasting.
The acquisition should close this summer. Oracle said it will then add Vitrue’s products to the Oracle Cloud in the name of a unified social experience across customer interactions.

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Stratodesk Unveils New Version of NoTouch Desktop

Stratodesk today announced the latest version of NoTouch Desktop, offering customers and resellers a versatile and easy to use endpoint VDI and cloud OS and client management solutions.

Stratodesk’s NoTouch Desktop allows businesses to simplify and unify their desktops. The PC and thin-client re-purposing and management solution consists of two-parts: the NoTouch Receiver OS, a thin OS that runs on PCs or Thin Clients and provides instant connectivity to all popular server-side technology and connection brokers, and the NoTouch Center, an innovative, browser-based client-management tool that gives system administrators the ability to manage and secure any and all PCs and OEM thin clients from one virtual management console. NoTouch Desktop is completely hardware, vendor and platform agnostic and has minimal hardware requirements.

The latest version of NoTouch Desktop inter alia includes:

  • Integration with the native Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Client to connect to a
    Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Server in three different ways (Citrix Receiver,
    Java Client, Web browser). NoTouch Desktop now enables users to
    repurpose existing endpoints and to establish a connection to a
    VDI-in-a-Box infrastructure in under five minutes.
  • Citrix Receiver 12.1 with flash redirection and USB support
  • Firefox 12 with Flash Plug-in 11.2
  • The remote tool Team Viewer to give fast and hassle free support

“Stratodesk’s latest version of NoTouch Desktop provides businesses with a best-of-breed endpoint OS and management solution that is even more versatile, easy to connect and cost effective,” explains Emanuel Pirker, Founder and CEO of Stratodesk. “We’re excited to provide a smart and effective, hassle-free, hardware independent solution for businesses moving to VDI. We are also very proud to present a rapid way for VDI-in-a-Box users to repurpose all their endpoints and connect to VDI-in-a-Box environment. “

Pricing for NoTouch Desktop begins at $31.49 for 1-10 clients, $29.92 for 11-100 clients, $28.34 for 101-500 clients and $27.00 for 501-1000 clients. For more information, please visit or call (415) 946-4029. To evaluate NoTouch Desktop for free please register at:

Stratodesk will host a free webinar on how to repurpose and manage your existing hardware with NoTouch Desktop on Wednesday, May 30 at 09:30 a.m. PST. For registration please click here:

Cloud Expo New York: No Cloud Is an Island

How do we connect clouds? Since the Internet has no SLA, many organizations are concerned about being exposed to the vagaries of the Internet. There are only a few options for concrete quality of service (QoS) when accessing public clouds.
In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Jelle Frank van der Zwet, Manager Cloud Segment at Interxion, has identified a need for a connectivity solution that enables clouds to be connected and will show how to enable cloud providers to extend their coverage and offer hybrid cloud solutions.

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Cloud Corner Series – Dissecting Virtualization


In this segment of Cloud Corner, we bring on Solutions Architect Chris Chesley to discuss various aspects of virtualization. Chris also gets quizzed on how well he knows his fellow Journey to the Cloud Bloggers. Let us know if you agree or disagree with the points Chris makes. We asked Chris the following questions:

1. If I’m virtualized, am I in the cloud?

2. How virtualized would you recommend organizations become?

3. What is the biggest aspect organizations misunderstand about virtualization?

4. What is the single biggest benefit of virtualization?

5. What does it mean to be 100% virtualized, and what are the benefits?

6. Where should companies who have not virtualized anything start?

Check out Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Cloud Corner!

VMware grabs Wanova for their end-user portfolio

Virtualisation experts VMware have acquired turnkey desktop cloud providers Wanova to further bolster their end-user portfolio.   

VMware will hope to fully utilise Wanova’s Mirage system, which centralises image management of both physical and virtual desktops and splits the desktop image into logical layers, to entail seamless transition between endpoints.

The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.

VMware currently has a product out which is similar to Mirage in the form of VMware View – however, as their blog notes, Mirage caches images locally as opposed to View images executing on servers in the data centre and using a remote graphics protocol.

This move continues the prevailing trend of consolidation between various companies; Facebook hiring the vast majority of Lightbox and Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility just being two recent examples.

According to Wanova’s blog, this move “dramatically accelerates the vision [they] have been driving …

Wyse CEO Discusses Cloud Computing, Privacy and Security

Wyse Technology, a provider of cloud client computing, on Wednesday announced that Tarkan Maner, President and CEO of Wyse, will be a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012. The event theme “Bridging Regions in Transformations” takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from June 4-6, 2012.

This historic summit returns to Istanbul and is backed by Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is the first time the WEF will hold a summit to handle both Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions in the 42 years of its history. The summit will bring together more than 1,000 people from the political, business, civil society and media sectors and participants will discuss economic growth and humanitarian development.

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Pulsant strengthens position with HP partnership

23rd May 2012

Berkshire-based cloud and managed hosting provider, Pulsant has joined the HP CloudAgile Partner Programme, placing it in a strong position to offer cloud technology directly from the global giants. As a result, Pulsant customers can now access the very latest HP server innovations, new business models and higher-margin services.

2012: the year of the cloud

2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?

Efficiencies is the answer.

If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.

To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your managers and staff to greater productivity, but looking at your business systems and how they can serve you, not the other way around.

By choosing wisely with public cloud services, businesses can selectively tailor a cloud-based system to their needs (and budget) without the expensive implementation and overheads previously seen with proprietary systems.

For example, a small business (in a remote country location) we are currently co-consulting with was looking to decentralise their accounting work. They wanted …