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Digital Ocean Redux – Cloud platform now at 163,000 web-facing PC’s

In what is surely envious growth to the multitude of cloud-infrastructure providers all fighting to be seen as ‘the best’ for all, Digital Ocean has taken another massive jump in the number of web-facing machines on the internet.

When we last reported on this back in November, Digital Ocean (DO), who at the time had around 113,000 web-facing machines, had taken third place in the list of top cloud-providers and we now hear that they have jumped into second place, just behind Amazon Web Services, the undoubted commercial leader in the sector. With 163,000 machines visible to the world, they are now at half the total of the public-facing total machines that Amazon have live at present, but with growth like this, and the increase in aggregators providing automated provisioning tools that work with the DO platform, this will surely increase over the coming months.

Will we see a new leader in this competitive sector? The next few 6-12 months should be interesting, that’s for sure!

More at Digital Ocean becomes second largest hosting company in the world


Introducing: CloudPilot

At Host Consult, we like to bring you the latest news on excellent products, designed to simplify management of your hosted infrastructure as well as aid in procurement. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce the release of a new cloud monitoring and management platform from our partners at Loading Deck Ltd.

The ethos of cloud computing is to make sophisticated technology easily accessible, with a low overhead and little tie-in. The market achieves this to some extent but cloud consumers don’t always get everything they need. Keeping track of your cloud infrastructure, making sure it’s stable and migrating when necessary are still open challenges.

Loading Deck has been tackling these challenges in its release of CloudPilot, a service that monitors your cloud infrastructure, can make and restore backups, alert you by email or SMS when there is a problem, benchmark your server to keep track of its performance and migrate it quickly and automatically when there is a cost saving or performance improvement to be had.

CloudPilot is currently in its initial public beta. It’s free to try, and most of the above features are already present. This means that you can take advantage of detailed, easy to use and beautiful server monitoring, high-availability backups and much more, completely free of charge at the moment. By taking part, you can also help shape the service’s future.

Loading Deck is a cloud consultancy company based in Lancaster. It provides server management, development and consultancy services to a range of businesses worldwide.

For more information and to sign up, please visit CloudPilot


It’s here! VMWare vSphere 6 released

After what seems a lifetime since the last full release of vSphere 5, VMWare has announced that vSphere 6 has now been released.

It has been 4 months since the vSphere 6 release candidate was made available but users will be pleased to finally have the full release available for deployment.

There are many new features in this new iteration of the hypervisor Goliath’s cloud platform – including OpenStack inclusion implementation and OneCloud(TM) and the foundation of the ‘software-defined-data-centre.’

Key Features

  • 64 Hosts per Cluster (from 32 Hosts)
  • 8000 Virtual Machines per cluster (from 4000 VM’s)
  • Support for 480 CPU’s (from 320 CPU’s)
  • 12TB RAM supported (from 4TB)
  • 1000 virtual machines per host (from 512 VM’s)
  • Now supporting up to 128 vCPU’s per VM
  • Instant Clone* – Technology, built in vSphere 6.0, that lays that foundation to rapidly clone and deploy virtual machines, as much as 10x faster than what is currently possible today (derived from Project Fargo)
  • Managed using vSphere/Openstack management interface
  • VIO – VMWare Integrated OpenStack
  • upgraded to VSAN 6 – VVOL’s
  • There’s much more than mentioned above – You can read more on the new platform on the VMWare website


    Nearly 50% of clients ‘failed or stalled’ their cloud hosting migrations

    Nearly half of organisations polled in a recent survey admitted they had failed or stalled their cloud hosting implementations, with a further half claiming they had to alter their budget and a whopping 70% force to make changes to their design.

    These are the latest figures from a study of 358 respondents conducted by INetU and THINKStrategies entitled “The Adventures of Moving to the Cloud”, which aims to show CIOs and business managers it’s not a “walk in the park” to migrate over.

    Only 27% of clients were ‘extremely happy’ with their Cloud Hosting Provider. Of these 27%, 96% of Client platforms are managed by their provider.

    Read more from Cloudtech


    Has Next Generation Data achieved PUE parity?

    ‘Next Generation Data (NGD) claims it is the first data center operator in the world to guarantee clients a perfect power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio, thanks to a rooftop solar farm which powers its passive cooling systems. Analysts have criticised the claim as greenwash.

    NGD claims it can contractually commit to offering customers a PUE of 1.0 at its Newport (Wales) facility, through a combination of sustainably sourced mains power and free cooling systems run on solar power. Working with utility npower, it has installed a rooftop solar panel farm at the ts 750,000 square foot facility in South Wales, capable of generating one million kilowatt hours (KWh) of ‘green’ electricity per year (that’s an average power of about 100kW, or enough total energy for 240 homes).’

    Read more from Data Centre Dynamics


    DigitalOcean now third largest cloud according to Netcraft

    DigitalOcean is a late comer to the cloud provider scene that initially popped up on people’s radars because of its phenomenal growth. That growth has continued unabated, and DigitalOcean is now the third-largest cloud in the world among web-facing clouds, according to Netcraft, an English Internet services company.

    Read more on this announcement


    Microsoft announces new OS ‘super-patch’ going live tomorrow

    Microsoft has announced a major set of OS patches to go live for update tomorrow. The company announced 16 new security bulletin’s of which five have been flagged as critical and the OS’s covered range from IE6 and Windows Server 2003 SP2 on to IE11.

    Details here

    From The Register:

    “The other critical bulletins address bugs in Windows itself, although just how severe the flaws are depends on which version of the OS you’re running. No version is completely safe, however – even the Windows 10 Technical Preview will need to be patched.

    Four of the five critical bugs are said to allow remote code execution, while the last could allow an attacker to gain administrative privilege on a vulnerable machine. Several of the less-severe flaws allow privilege elevation, as well, while others allow attackers to bypass OS security features.”

    Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week


    Vtesse Networks acquired – Interoute expands UK Cloud operations

    London, 1st October 2014 – Interoute Communications Ltd, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, has acquired the UK Vtesse group. Already serving business in Europe, USA and Asia this bold move will bring Interoute’s multi-award winning cloud service, Interoute VDC, and its Enterprise Unified ICT portfolio of advanced Computing, Connectivity and Unified Communications solutions to businesses across the UK.

    Full press release and further information here