Monday Dec 07, 2009

Startup of the Day : UShareSoft

Can you introduce the team ?
UShareSoft has been created by 3 former Sun employees. After a one-year incubation period in the GRAIN organization, UShareSoft was officially created in August 2008. That same year, the technology developed inhouse received an award by the 10th national contest for the support of innovative start-ups organized by the French ministry of research and universities (OSEO).

What is UShareSoft?
UShareSoft delivers a software appliance factory, formally named UForge and a set of enterprise-class tools allowing users to create high quality business-ready software images. Our mission is to make it easy for developers, communities and professionals to deliver their software into easy to use physical, virtual or cloud images. We  enable users  to  visually  in  a  few  simple  clicks,  create,  assemble,  customize  and maintain  high quality  IT pre-configured software stacks,  including all you need  to automatically generate  ready-to-run  software  images. UShareSoft is helping users to make their IT software solutions very simple, consistent and predictable to install and deploy in the field. This factory helps reduce costs and accelerate the time to market for software.

Where are you in terms of development?
UShareSoft is currently in a development and public launch phase. Muliplying strategic partnerships and  developing a large community of users are key objectives for the coming months. Headquarters are located in France, with an R&D Center in Argentina (Buenos Aires) and offices in the USA (San Fransisco).

Why join the Sun Startup Essential program?
UShareSoft wanted to join the program to leverage Sun's network and participate in co-marketing initiatives.

What are your next steps?
UShareSoft is willing to develop its partner network with the main customers, ISVs and System Integrators, as well as virtualization actors and Cloud Providers. In parallel, a community and ecosystem of users including individual developers and open source communities will be developed. A first parnership with the OW2 Open Source community has already been signed.

Thanks and good luck!

For more information, you can send and email to catherine.nuel@usharesoft.com

Monday Nov 23, 2009

Webinar hébergement nouvelle génération

Le mercredi 2 décembre à 11h00 - heure de Paris - Sun Starup Essentials vous invite à découvrir l'offre de Planet-Work, notre partenaire hébergement.

Frédéric Vannière, Directeur Technique, vous expliquera comment il a mis en oeuvre les fonctionnalités de virtualisation de Solaris et de ZFS pour proposer des packages d'hébergement souples, évolutifs et économiques. En route pour le Cloud Computing !
Inscrivez-vous !

Wednesday Nov 11, 2009

Did We Say Hosting at 25% Off?

Looking for rock-solid web hosting at discounted rates? Talk to someone that understand startups ;)

Joyent has a deal for Sun Startup Essentials program members with hosting services 25% off list price. Starting price is $16.59/month. No joke! 
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Monday Oct 12, 2009

The Cloud Trilogy Episode 2 - The Savvy Grannies


So if you want to know more about the Cloud ask the Savvy Grannies, this is brought to you by Ioko and Sun to help understand Cloud Computing.

Thursday Sep 24, 2009

Free Webinar: Cloud Computing 101

Cloud computing has become an umbrella term for utility computing, grid computing, and on-demand application delivery and as such, it covers a broad range of options for both IT consumers and providers. But what problems does it solve and how does it benefit startups and developers?

Join us for this live webinar!

This webinar will cover:

  • Different approaches to cloud computing 
  • Cloud computing's primary technology drivers 
  • How cloud computing changes application delivery 
  • How to evaluate a cloud computing provider for your startup 

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 
Time: 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19:00 Central Europe (check my timezone)
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Lew Tucker, CTO, Sun Cloud Computing 

Unable to join the live event? Register anyway and we'll send you the link to the recorded session.

Elasticity and Efficiency for Private Clouds

This Sun BluePrints™ article provides an overview of Sun's VeriScale architecture. The article includes details of VeriScale's defining principals, underlying components, interactions, and advantages. Applicable real-world scenarios are also described.

The article addresses the following topics:

  • Requirements of a Scalable Datacenter" describes the requirements that are addressed by the VeriScale architecture.
  • VeriScale Architecture Overview" describes the automation layer and functional components of the VeriScale architecture.
  • Project OpenSolaris™ Dynamic Service Containers (OpenSolaris DSC)" describes the components of OpenSolaris DSC that are used by the VeriScale architecture.
  • Service Delivery Network (SDN) Architecture and VeriScale Automation" describes how the SDN architecture is used to implement the VeriScale automation requirements.
  • Network Optimization Through Distribution" describes how the VeriScale architecture can be used to distribute and optimize application deployment and load-balancing.
  • Proof of Concept for the VeriScale Architecture" describes a proof-ofconcept (POC) that was implemented to verify the feasibility and utility of the VeriScale architecture.
  • The VeriScale-Enabled Business Process" describes how the Veriscale architecture concepts can be applied to business processes in a software intensive enterprise.
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Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Sun Startup Essentials @ AlwaysOn: Stanford Summit


Check out our coverage of AlwaysOn: Stanford Summit on justin.tv. http://www.justin.tv/sunstartupessentials

Juan Carlos Soto (VP of Cloud Computing) sitting on the Rainmakers in the Cloud panel.

Also, Visuvi demoing their visual search solution and telling how Sun Startup Essentials has helped the company grow both on the technology and marketing sides of business.


Thursday Jul 02, 2009

Architecture cloud selon Planet-Work

Vous avez immédiatement besoin d'une machine  pour déveloper, tester ou héberger votre application Web, et votre budget n'excède pas quelques dizaines d'Euros pas mois ?

Regardez chez Planet-Work !

Cet hébergeur met en ligne son offre d'hébergement iServer Solaris basée sur une architecture cloud : réservation de machines et paiement en ligne, choix entre différentes tailles de machines et possibilité de choisir le logiciel pré-installé (Apache, Glassfish, MySQL, etc.). La livraison est faite sous 2 heures.

La première configuration est à 19€/mois et à ce prix-là vous êtes hébergés sur Solaris et bénéficiez d'un  backup automatique ZFS.

Depuis plusieurs années, Planet-Work s'intéresse à la virtualisation afin de proposer de l'hébergement à des prix vraiment compétitifs sans pour autant sacrifier la qualité de services. Frédéric Vannière, directeur technique de Planet-Work, a été convaincu par les possibilités qu'offre Solaris dans ce domaine. La combinaison des containers Solaris et de la puissance de ZFS à permis de mettre en place une architecture de type cloud qui répond aux exigences techniques et économiques du cahier des charges de l'offre iServer :

  • les containers Solaris apportent une technologie de virtualisation à la fois robuste et économe. Robuste car chaque container est une véritable machine virtuelle qui opère de manière parfaitement isolée, accessible uniquement via le réseau, pouvant être rebootée ou patchée de manière indépendante, qui se voit allouer des ressources dédiées que ce soit en mémoire vive, en CPU, en bande passante réseau, et qui possède son propre système de fichier. Économe car - contrairement à d'autres technologies de virtualisation, un container Solaris n'a pas besoin de faire tourner son propre kernel : il utilise le kernel du système d'exploitation qui l'héberge et qui lui sert d'hyperviseur. Ainsi, les ressources hardware allouées au container sont utilisées pour faire tourner vos applications, et non pas les kernels de différents systèmes d'exploitation. Chaque Watt est dépensé à bon escient,

  • le système de fichier ZFS, grâce à son système de snapshots et clones, permet de provisionner les containers de manière quasi immédiate : des containers de référence ont été créés par Planet-Work avec chacun un volume ZFS dédié. La première étape consiste à installer le système d'exploitation du container dans ce volume. On obtient ainsi l'image disque du container. Puis, les logiciels tels que Apache, Glassfish ou MySQL sont installés dans cette image. A partir de là, les containers dédiés aux utilisateurs sont créés en clonant l'une des images disques de référence. Des mesures précises ont été réalisées pour comprendre ce qui consomme du temps lors du provisionnement d'un container. Le clonage ne prend pas plus de quelques secondes et c'est le démarrage - le boot - du container qui est le plus consomateur. Un container est provisionné et démarré en quelques minutes. Mais les avantages du clonage ZFS ne s'arrêtent pas là. Ce mécanisme permet aussi d'économiser de l'espace disque puisque dans leur grande majorité, les données ne sont pas dupliquées entre la nouvelle image disque et l'image de référence : tant que les données sont semblables elles sont partagées entre les deux images. C'est uniquement si  les données divergent qu'une copie des données modifiées est créée automatiquement par ZFS.  Cette copie est bien évidemment dédiée à l'image du nouveau container. Au bout du compte, ZFS permet d'avoir une consommation d'espace disque réduite à quelques centaines de méga-octets pour le système d'exploitation de chaque container. Là encore, l'espace disque est vraiment dédié à vos données et non au système d'exploitation de la machine virtuelle.
Avec l'offre iServer Solaris de Planet-Work vous pouvez vous engager pour seulement un mois. C'est une raison supplémentaire pour venir tester cette offre qui vous permet de bénéficier pleinement de la machine que vous louez ainsi que de toutes ces ressources.


Wednesday Jun 17, 2009

More Free Accounts For Facebook Development

 

About a year ago, Sun Startup Essentials - in partnership with Joyent launched a program that provides developers of Facebook applications with a free piece of the Joyent Cloud. This program was so successful, the waiting list was very, very long.

Joyent is expanding this program to better handle the ongoing massive demand, and is now in the process of eliminating the waiting list. Very soon, new sign-ups will be accepted to the program immediately. Joyent also plans to expand the infrastructure that runs the Free OpenSocial and Bebo programs in the same manner, in the near future. More about these programs is at http://www.sun.com/third-party/global/joyent/index.jsp.

If you are ready to create the next great Facebook application, please sign-up here.

Monday Jun 01, 2009

Sun Startup Essentials Discount at Structure 09

 

Get the scoop on how to put cloud computing to work in real companies at GigaOM’s Structure 09 conference on June 25th -- and get a 10% discount on this year's conference. This is an exclusive benefit for Sun Startup Essentials members.

Register directly on the conference website and the discount will be applied automatically.

Location: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA.


GigaOM has assembled quite a line up for the keynotes:

  • Marc Benioff – Founder and CEO, salesforce.com
  • Paul Sagan – President and CEO, Akamai
  • Greg Papadopoulos – CTO and EVP, Sun Microsystems
  • Jonathan Heiliger – VP Technical Operations, Facebook
  • Michael Stonebraker – CTO and Co-Founder, Vertica Systems
  • Richard Buckingham – VP Technical Operations, MySpace
  • David Yen – EVP Emerging Technologies, Juniper Networks
  • Werner Vogels – VP and CTO, Amazon
  • Raj Patel – VP of Global Networks, Yahoo!
  • Yousef Khalidi – Distinguished Engineer, Azure, Microsoft
  • Vijay Gill – Sr. Manager, Production Network Engineering and Architecture, Google
  • Jeff Hammerbacher – Chief Scientist, Cloudera
  • Michelle Munson –  President and Co-Founder, Aspera
  • Lloyd Taylor – VP Technical Operations, LinkedIn
  • Michael Crandell – CEO and Founder, RightScale
  • Jason Hoffman  – CTO and Founder, Joyent

 Full details of the schedule for Structure 09 are available at: http://events.gigaom.com/structure/09/schedule/


Thursday May 28, 2009

Un cloud à base de matériel et de software Sun

Voici un cloud qui a les pieds bien sur terre !

Ce qu'il vous propose ? Vous permettre de déployer votre propre 'data center' virtuel, et ceci en quelques clicks.

Le data center est basé en Europe et - comme mentionné sur leur site web - le cloud est construit avec des technologies et produits Sun : VirtualBox est l'hyperviseur recommandé et ils utilisent aussi Q-Layer.

En outre, c'est un partenaire de plus pour Sun et pour vous puisqu'il propose de l'hébergement sur la plate-forme OpenSolaris. Voilà qui devrait intéresser tous ceux qui rêvent d'utiliser ZFS pour accélérer leurs backups MySQL (l'intégration ZFS/MySQL sera traité en détail des les webcats à venir).

Et si vous voulez en savoir plus sur le cloud et sur les technologies de Sun dans ce domaine, rejoignez-nous au Paris Cloud Camp . Nous serrons présents pour répondre à vos questions.


Tuesday May 05, 2009

CloudCamp, CommunityOne, and JavaOne Alerts

There are a few more free tickets left for CloudCamp @ CommunityOne West, on June 1st. Register at http://www.cloudcamp.com/?page_id=376

Startup Lightening Talk

Cloud Startup Pavilion Exhibitor package for CommunityOne/JavaOne is exclusively priced for startups at $2,500 and includes:

The startup exhibitor package includes:

  • Two (2) Exhibit staff passes; (Your employees can also receive an additional $100 discount off the current registration list price)
  • Company name included in JavaOne conference marketing materials:
    • Company name and link to your Web site displayed on the startup page of the Conference Website
    • Inclusion in the conference guide
    • Co-marketing web banners and HTML email template
    • Lightening talk on Tuesday, June 2, at 4:40 pm
  • Demo kiosk with standard black carpet (Custom carpet not available); Panel for graphic opportunity (creative produced and supplied by sponsor); One 10-AMP electricity drop per kiosk; One IP address per kiosk.

Download the Startup Pavilion Exhibitor Prospectus to find out more, or contact: Robb Trost, 1-650-226-0656, or Leslie Jones, 1-650-226-0693

Free Pavilion Pass

Access to all four days of the Pavilion (June 1-4), access to the CommunityOne general session and unconference, plus access to the JavaOne conference general sessions (June 2-4). Access to the general sessions is based on available seating. Register at: http://java.sun.com/javaone/2009/registration.jsp

Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

Mashup - Cloud Computing Event 28th April



I wanted to make you aware of an event that is being held in the Sun Startup Essentials London office next week around Cloud Computing, more details below :


mashup\* Event: 28th April 2009, 6pm - 9pm

Theme: Cloud Computing

"What does the cloud do best.....?"

This mashup\* event will focus on which are the best applications to run in/on the cloud and which ones locally and why! Like outsourcing, not everyone should do it, not every service is sensible and there are stong opinions in both camps.

The debate will cover data ownership, security, privacy, backup, staffing, policy and governance. There are many applications that should run on the cloud but but is company policy protecting the directors or delivering shareholder return?

Price - £35 + VAT

For more information and to register go to :  Mashup Website

Friday Apr 03, 2009

What is Cloud computing ?

It's easy to get lost in all the talk about cloud computing. Everybody seems to have a cloud, connects to the cloud, is cloud-enabled, or at the least, is cloud-ready.

There's a lot of jargon, but it's not all fluff and buzz. Behind that jargon are some very real business and technology benefits.

Our new guide to cloud computing will help you sort out what matters from what doesn't — and will arm you with a framework for determining whether and how cloud computing makes sense for your organization.

In 25 pages, this free guide:

   1. Defines cloud computing and its benefits
   2. Explains the different types of clouds (public, private, and hybrid)
   3. Describes the architectural service layers (e.g., Software as a Service)
   4. Details the underlying virtualization technologies
   5. Suggests next steps and actions to get started

You'll also learn about Sun's approach — which is to deliver all the components that enterprises, developers, and end users need to build cloud environments. Using open-source and open-standards, of course.

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Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Invitation to Scale Your Startup in a Flash

Controlling costs while being ready to go big. Doubling application performance. Delivering tiered services. Connecting to the cloud, but being smart about it.

These are the things that startups tell us they want to do. So we’ve put together a seminar to show you how to do it.

Join us for an informative, free, 3-hour technical session with Angelo Rajadurai, one of our very talented and knowledgeable Web Scale Architects. He’ll discuss how Sun's new Open Storage products can help you cost-effectively scale your startup and think about storage in new ways. The sessions are a mix of slides, demos, and open discussion.


We’re coming to:


 - Los Angeles - El Segundo, CA - March 9
 - San Francisco - Sunnyvale - March 10
 - Austin, TX - March 12
 - Boston, MA - March 16
 - New York City - March 17

In most places the  seminar runs from 11 am to 2 pm. Light lunch will be served.
Get all the details and Register!

Watch this space soon, as this tour is coming to Europe ....


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