December 19, 2005
Data Return unveiled its next-generation utility
computing platform, Infinistructure. It is the first utility-enabled
managed services platform with the ability to dynamically move running
applications across physical servers transparently. The platform provides an
on-demand infrastructure for running business-critical applications
with flexibility and economy.
Previous utility computing efforts in the managed services industry
have focused on form factor, maximizing data center density and
minimizing deployment times with the use of blade servers.
Infinistructure's software layer extends the concept of simple
horizontal scalability to a comprehensive on-demand solution that takes
advantage of new breakthroughs in secure virtualization technology.
Infinistructure features the ability to move applications across
physical infrastructure according to hardware load and performance, and
dynamic utility provisioning and billing for processor, memory, storage
"We've taken five years of knowledge and experience in delivering
utility computing solutions for clients and put it into an innovative
new technology platform specifically designed to address the business
needs of our customers," said Sunny C. Vanderbeck, chief executive
officer for Data Return. "Infinistructure brings capacity-on-demand
computing to our clients while greatly reducing capital investment
requirements, providing an accessible entry point to best-of-breed
application infrastructure and services. We believe Infinistructure is
particularly well-suited to application service providers, who now have
a platform that can grow cost-effectively with their business."
Data Return also announced an agreement to provide services on the
Infinistructure platform to Opinionsite, a provider of online
market research. "Infinistructure combines the economic and
capacity-on-demand benefits of utility computing with the secure,
enterprise-class environment and superior customer support for which
Data Return is known," said Andrew Korman, chief executive officer for
Opinionsite. "Infinistructure gives us the flexibility to pay for the
resources we need, when we need them."
Infinistructure's enterprise-class server and storage infrastructure
provides a best-of-breed platform with 64-bit dual core AMD Opteron
processors, comprehensive redundancy features, gigabit networking, and
disk performance exceeding typical dedicated server solutions.
Infinistructure's inherent performance and reliability allows Data
Return to offer application- level service level agreements at levels
far in excess of a standard single-threaded environment.
Infinistructure's flexibility and resource efficiency provides an
application platform that combines enterprise-class performance with
low capital requirements and a pricing model that scales with the
application. Customers can take advantage of Data Return's
comprehensive managed services at an accessible entry point, and keep
up with application demand while controlling costs, allowing their
application infrastructure to scale efficiently with their business.
Frank Ding, engineering analysis & technical computing manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud for occasional scientific computing, identified the obstacles to doing so, and proposed workarounds to some of those obstacles.
The private industry least likely to adopt public cloud services for data storage are financial institutions. Holding the most sensitive and heavily-regulated of data types, personal financial information, banks and similar institutions are mostly moving towards private cloud services – and doing so at great cost.
In this week's hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a uniﬁed programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 10, 2013 |
Australian visual effects company, Animal Logic, is considering a move to the public cloud.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/02/2012 | AMD | Developers today are just beginning to explore the potential of heterogeneous computing, but the potential for this new paradigm is huge. This brief article reviews how the technology might impact a range of application development areas, including client experiences and cloud-based data management. As platforms like OpenCL continue to evolve, the benefits of heterogeneous computing will become even more accessible. Use this quick article to jump-start your own thinking on heterogeneous computing.