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Sep 15 2008   6:21PM GMT

Citrix and 3Tera partnership elevates the cloud

Leah Rosin Leah Rosin Profile: Leah Rosin

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On the opening day of VMworld in Las Vegas, 3Tera and Citrix have announced a partnership that is centered around the Citrix XenServer Cloud Edition, the platform central to Citrix’s cloud strategy.

In the press release issued today by 3Tera, the company claims that the collaboration will elevate: “… the benefits of virtualization to a new level – from physical servers and virtual machines to entire virtual data centers and applications running in the cloud.”

The concept of cloud computing should now be familiar to data center managers, as it is the next logical step for a virtualized environment. To clarify, virtualization is not cloud computing. While many may have voiced concern about clouds, you can be sure that the bean-counters are looking at the cloud to answer future computing needs. Indeed, the Pew Research Center released a report showing that 69% of Americans are already using the cloud. Companies are jumping on board with a number of companies offering cloud services. The concept of the cloud is now so pervasive and common that it has been discussed in national media — it’s a strange day when you hear something on public radio that is so closely relevant to your niche topic at work (Computing in the cloud: Who owns your files?)!

If I haven’t emphasized enough how much the “cloud is coming,” and you’re still not convinced, let me know and I’ll send you more.

Barry X Lynn, CEO and chairman of 3Tera seems to have heard customer concerns about the security and reliability of the cloud infrastructure and responds preemptively in the press release:

As cloud computing moves from early adopters to mainstream users, new customers are demanding enterprise levels of reliability, support and control. Our Cloudware architecture allows us to work with Citrix to incorporate commercial, industrial strength virtualization into AppLogic. Adding XenServer Cloud Edition to our application packaging technology, global cloud presence, and disaster recovery appliances creates the first open cloud computing platform ready for mission critical applications.

On Sept. 4, 2008, 3Tera responded to multinational customer pressure and announced the launch of their global cloud services, partnering with hosting companies around the world using the AppLogic grid operating system.

“The nature of our application, a Web 2.0 platform where users from all over the world are uploading GPS data and photos to share with others, will greatly benefit from a global cloud solution,” said Joost Schreve, founder and CEO, EveryTrail, Inc. “With users and trips from over 160 countries, we find it extremely beneficial to be able to run in multiple locations without having to deal with infrastructure and hardware configurations. AppLogic technology and 3Tera’s business model of working with leading datacenter operators has given us the ability to access world-class computing infrastructure. It really removed barriers for our company.”

So what do you think about a data center in the cloud? Is this something that your company is looking at? Why or why not? As a data center manager, what are your concerns?

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