When it rains, yes, it pours. The Station has been so busy reporting, talking to people and Facebooking (yes, that's now a verb) that we're not getting enough writing and blogging done. (Writing versus blogging: two different things?)
Well, this non-writing dry spell has now officially ended. (Truthfully, we also wish our real dry weather spell here in the Bay Area would end soon, too. We've had a measly one day of rain since last winter here.)
Now on to the news:
Data center builder and operator Terremark Worldwide announced at VMworld Sept. 16 that it is now a part of VMware's vCloud Initiative. The new agreement enables both companies to cooperate on new utility and cloud computing services for the high-end enterprise market.
VMware's Virtual Datacenter Operating System is a basic component of Terremark's Enterprise Cloud, which provides enterprises with a managed platform for mission-critical applications and data center infrastructure. Enterprise Cloud customers buy a dedicated resource pool of processing, memory, storage and networking, from which they can deploy servers on demand.
On June 4, Terremark Worldwide became the first company in its sector to add new Web 2.0-type computing capabilities as an option for its existing co-location services.
Terremark acquired hosted service provider Data Return, which had developed the Infinistructure utility computing platform, in 2005. Three years later, Terremark morphed Infinistructure into the Enterprise Cloud.
Enterprise Cloud is a complete managed platform for 24/7 operation of online business applications and infrastructure. It is aimed at midsize businesses and technology-focused smaller businesses--anyone with a substantial amount of IT infrastructure or a highly scalable Web site.
Enterprise Cloud is accessed by a Web portal that allows users to provision servers from a preallocated pool of dedicated computing resources. Servers can be configured and provisioned in a few minutes, grouped and organized according to role, and dynamically extended according to utilization.