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Announcement: upgrading the virtual data center cloud!

Announcing new upgraded features for the SwiftWater Telecom RCS cloud computing service!

In addition to the standard web console that allows you to access your virtual server or virtual workstation from almost any computer with a web browser without having to install any software, we’re pleased to announce pre-loaded support for the NoMachine NX client! NX supports Linux (32 bit and 64 bit), Mac OSX, Solaris, and Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, and 7.

With the NX client, you can now share your local drives with the virtual workstation, making it simple to more files back and forth, share printers so you can print from your virtual workstation to your local printer, and share multimedia channels. Sharing multimedia channels allows you to play music or videos on your virtual workstation and hear it through your local speakers!

Our virtual workstations also include:

Firefox web browser with Java and Flash preloaded
Thunderbird email
Adobe Reader
OpenOffice.org (Microsoft Office compatible suite)
Pidgin Internet Messenger (AOL, MSN, ICQ, Google, MySpace, Yahoo compatible!)
Bluefish (web page editor)
WINE (run Windows software!)
Web browser console

Step up to the best equipped cloud powered virtual workstations and virtual servers anywhere!

Virtual Private Workstations
Virtual Private Servers
Cloud Powered Virtual Bundles


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The virtual data center, securing the cloud.

Tonight I’ve been reading an analysis of what business functionality shouldn’t be moved into the data center cloud. Hugging servers in your own data center can be comforting, but it’s far from a guarantee that you’re not going to have a security breach or a storage failure wipe out critical data.

In recent months, high profile rookie mistakes by Microsoft and subsidiaries and general lack of operational competence by Google have managed to blacken the reputation of everyone involved in cloud computing. The Microsoft and Danger fiasco of losing the T-Mobile Sidekick users data was the result of poor facilities design, not anything inherently wrong with cloud computing itself (who would have thought that you should back up critical storage?). The same results would obtain from implementing classic data center design without any storage backups.

Google’s high profile flops generally seem to involve human errors and improperly planned maintenance operations creating cascading failures (who would have thought reducing number of routers below minimum load requirements would blow the whole thing up?). Once again, this can happen in any data center environment, given the same bozo behavior.

So, how do you insure security and reliability of the cloud? Regarding security, I’m not aware of any security incidents that were the result of or exacerbated by the presence of cloud facilities. OS bugs in cloud hosted virtual machines and user system administration mistakes are a much greater threat to the security of the user data, just exactly like traditional dedicated data center servers.

For reliability, the answer isn’t hard. Good power quality, multiple power sources for multiple portions of the cloud (a single power failure should NEVER take the entire cloud down!), monitoring of all cloud hosts, failover so that the impact of cloud host failures on the user is minimal to zip, and a solid back end storage system with appropriate redundancy and off site backups. Prevent human error failures by careful planning of maintenance operations (avoid the failure, recognize the failure quickly, back out of the action that caused the failure quickly). These are all things we do with our Aurora Resilient Cloud Service (just released today!).

Making the cloud solid and reliable isn’t some kind of new and mysterious black magic, it’s mostly the same tried and true recipe for reliability that’s been used for years. Just because the cloud is new doesn’t mean we have to do it badly while we reinvent the wheel.

Vern, SwiftWater Telecom

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