Archive for January, 2011

Zoho Corp. Adding an SMB Accounting Application: Zoho Books

Zoho Corp., a leader in Software as a Service business applications, announced Wednesday January 19th that they are adding an accounting application to their portfolio: Zoho Books. Over the past few years, Zoho has had over 300,000 apps created on their platform, and as Zoho evolves as a leading work-flow engine, they are introducing application Integration with online payment gateways like Paypal, Google Checkout and Authorize.net.

Zoho offers SaaS applications and provides a wide, integrated portfolio of rich online applications for businesses. With 26 different applications spanning Collaboration, Business and Productivity, Zoho helps businesses and organizations get work done. Zoho’s applications are delivered via the Internet, requiring nothing but a browser, enabling organizations to focus on their business while leveraging Zoho in order to maintain the servers and keep data safe.

Detailing Zoho Books

Zoho Books is an online accounting application that gives organizations complete visibility of their finances and aides management of cash moving in and out of the business. Zoho defines its’ Books application as “accounting for rest of us”. A primary selling point is that users need not be an accountant to mange their business and make informed financial decisions.

Those interested can view Zoho’s Youtube video describing Zoho Books here.

Features of Zoho Books:

Money In
Get a clear picture of how much cash-flow your business is generating. Manage your customers and invoice them either online or by direct mail. Automate recurring invoices, payment reminders and payment thank-you notes.

Money Out
Manage and control expenses and cash flow. Record invoices and commitments for purchase, services and even for reimbursable expenses, such as client travel. Keep track of the outstanding balances with vendors.

Banking and Credit Cards
Record and monitor your bank and credit card transactions such as deposits, fund transfers, checks, expenses, credits and refunds.

Go Global
Transact globally with multi-currency capabilities. Record foreign currency invoices and  expenses.

Collaborate
Share accounting duties with anyone in your organization, but set different permissions for those with access employees.

Stay on Top of Your Business
Glance through the dashboard to know what’s going well with your business and what’s not. Make smart and quick business decisions with the help of our insightful, available-anywhere reports.

Zoho Books integrate​s seamlessly with other Zoho ​applications. F​or example, users can import their contacts from Zoho CRM, view d​ata from various modules in Zoho Sheet, etc. I​n particular, Zoho Invoice customers will be able to seamlessly migrate from Zoho Invoice to Zoho Books – and go beyond invoicing to full-blown accounting without having to start over.

Zoho Books is also immediately available for Google Apps users through the Google Apps Marketplace.

Zoho Books is priced at $24/month (or $240/year with a 2 month discount). This includes access for 2 users. If you’d like to provide access for additional users, it’ll be an additional $5/user/month.

For more information on Zoho Books or any other Zoho application contact a Nubifer representative today.

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Cloud’s Little Helpers: 12 Companies to Watch in 2011

Article reposted form HPC in the Cloud Online Magazine. Article originally posted on Dec. 14th 2010:

2010 has been an incredible year for cloud computing in general and an even more exciting year for HPC and cloud. This is due, in part, to an increasing number of offerings designed to make high-performance computing applications perform better, flow with more steamlined management and make better use of the elastic resources that have become available.

As the end of the year approaches, it seemed like a great time to look back on some companies that shaped the HPC cloud ecosystem as a whole as well as to give a holiday “heads up” on some companies to keep an eye on in the coming year. There’s no way to put together a list that encompasses everything but here are a few honorable mentions.

Amazon EC2

This year Amazon took the world by storm with the announcement of services focused on HPC, HPC Clusters.  Cluster Compute and Cluster GPU instances have been specifically engineered to provide high-performance network capability – allowing applications to get the low-latency network performance required for tightly coupled, node-to-node communication.  Finally, it seems that affordable, flexible and elastic services have arrived for the HPC community.

Adaptive Computing

Computing, and in particular cloud computing, is really all about the software and how to make the cloud work for you and not against you as a user.  Adaptive has been around since mid 1990’s (formerly known as Cluster Resources) and provides intelligent automation software for data center, cloud, and high-performance computing environments. The company’s software solutions, powered by Moab, deliver policy-based governance that allows customers to consolidate and virtualize resources, allocate and manage applications, optimize service levels, and reduce operational costs.  These services have allowed many users to get the most out of the cloud infrastructure.

Nubifer

Here’s a name that might be new to some of you. Nubifer’s mission revolves around making (and keeping) the cloud simple with a series of cloud program and services that enable users to easily configure and create cloud based services. One aspect of the company is its personalized and tailored architecture from any web-enable device–this means that part of their appeal is their technology-agnostic approach.

Clustercorp

Clustercorp has an impressive sound byte – “Over 10,000 datacenters are power by Rocks Worldwide.”

Rocks+ is a complete cluster and cloud operating environment. Rocks+ can be used with Amazon’s EC2 to power large scale enterprise data and HPC workload.  Rock’s creates single computing resource from multiple clustered systems.  Remove the complexity drives down the costs.

Whamcloud

First what a great name, not easy to forget.  Whamcloud is basically picking up Lustre where Sun left off.  The company provides vendor-neutral solutions for Lustre 1.6 and beyond.  With years of experience developing Lustre features for high performance computing solutions – 50% of the TOP 500 fastest computers are powered by Lustre.

Cloud.com

Yet another great name that’s certainly not easy to forget….

Cloud.com’s approach to cloud computing is to help organizations quickly and easily build, manage, and deploy private and public clouds. Extending beyond individual virtual machine images running on commodity hardware, the Cloud.com CloudStack provides an integrated software solution for delivering virtual data centers as a service.

The CloudStack’s secure cloud architecture, administrators can ensure that memory, CPU, network, and storage allocated to the individual virtual datacenter deployments are isolated from one end user to another.  Certainly addressing one of cloud computing’s big challenges – security.

Microsoft

With many of the traditional big vendors reducing or even eliminating their spend in HPC markets Microsoft seems to be increasing their spend.  Pushing the Azure and Azure services Microsoft’s cloud services vision starts to become a reality as the company continues to tout its proclaimed devotion to bringing high performance computing to the masses.

Platform Computing

It is all about software management services here and many from traditional HPC have at least heard the name.  After all, it’s the software makes the hardware work.  The good news is that the world is recognizing that software and software management has been a missing link in the evolution of cloud computing.  Platform has a rich set of cluster workload management software and have clearly targeted the HPC community and will likely continuting building its long legacy in HPC this year with more advancements for HPC cloud users.

Mellanox

With a broad array of system interconnects, Mellanox provide the fabric or glue that connects all the pieces together – Ethernet to Infinband, interconnect CPUs and  Storage, adapter cards to switches. Mellanox has what can only be described as a “veritable smorgasbord” of interconnect products for high performance computing.

Rightscale

A pay-as-you go cloud computing model which is very attractive to small- and mid-size businesses as well as HPC users for the simple reason that it reduces capital expenditures and provides economies of scale not possible with the traditional datacenter model.  Rightscale also provides a simple way to leverage Amazon’s EC2 platform, which is the top IaaS choice for many scientific and large-scale enterprise applications.

BlueArc

In 2009 the amount of digital content created and stored grew by 62 percent over the previous year, which had already been higher than any year on record. By the end of this decade the amount of data to be stored and created will be 44 times bigger than it was in 2009. This explosive growth in digital content, particularly unstructured content, has changed the rules of the game for businesses of all types. HPC is a huge creator and consumer of data, and it is more and more unstructured.  Not only do you get both structured and unstructured but you also get high availability, manageability and high performance.

Virident Systems

Is it conceivable that the HPC user community is ready for solid-state storage solutions? Answer is yes.  Solid state has been around for 30 or so years in the HPC/supercomputing community from vendors such as Cray Research first half of 1980.  Now SSD, based on NAND Flash memory, is back with a vengeance in several form factors as HDD replacements or more impressively as storage utilizing PCIe form factor.  tachIOn from Virident provides a Tier 0 solution for high performance computing workloads, the goal is to eliminate the all to common IO bottleneck.

The Public Sector Cloud Model

With technological innovations in security, storage, network and connectivity making cloud infrastructure increasingly cost effective, cloud computing is becoming increasingly prevalent in enterprise IT environments. Cloud service brokers are quickly adopting these new technologies and are looking to deliver reliable, scalable, cost efficient options to their customers.

The concept of ‘shared compute resources’ has existed for awhile, with the industry full of ideas to eliminate the need for the desktop and computer sprawls in data centers, with these concepts centering on hosted applications. Hosted applications can be accessed from any place using an Internet connected device, but recently a new paradigm of similar hosted computing has come forth. This new concept is to create compute power in the cloud and make it available to anyone—while simultaneously hiding all of the complexity of managing it.

Cloud computing can not only be used as a vehicle of quicker service deployment and delivery for enterprises, but can aid governments as well. This is because the combined scale, sprawl and complexity of the government sector IT requires a simpler solution. Governments commonly reach out to widely dispersed geographies, people and sectors, which have different agendas, Internet connectivity, require different scales, applications of different complexity and other variables.

Because of this, governments have been maintaining IT environments of their own, creating an inability to reach people and deploy applications being limited by their capacity to create more data-centers.

A cloud platform may be an effective option for the public sector because it can provide a scalable way of building and facilitating computing infrastructures for their computing needs. The government’s ability to reach people on a broader scale can be made possible by the cloud’s increased availability, also resulting in simplified maintenance requirements for their own in-house IT environments.

Compute Resource Distribution
In order to guarantee that compute resources are readily available for various departments, governments usually require large geo-located deployments of IT infrastructure. In the past, this was completed with the help of distributing and allocating budgets for IT within siloed departmental budgets, making it difficult for governments to track and control the expenditures various departments make in their disparate IT ecosystems.

Lower investments in IT equals lower automation of processes and subsequently lower quality of service, but this can be changed by IT infrastructure provisioning using a pubic cloud platform. Cloud infrastructures can help entities ensure that that IT needs of its department are dispersed in the form of computing capacity as opposed to budgets.

Provisioning
A users scale of usage dictates deeper discounts on the platform pricing, but not in provisioning of compute efficiencies. Governments are essentially buying IT solutions in bulk—which is why cloud computing is able to provide a solution to the provisioning challenge of governments’ IT needs. Governments should readily consider centralized cloud deployments with quick provisioning of computing power.

In anticipation and expectation of providing better access to information and services to the people, most governments entities are aiming to distribute compute resources to as many sectors of the country as possible. The time to deliver a service is currently dependent on factors like bottlenecks, availability and processes, but cloud computing can shift the focus of governments to extending the reach of IT applications and information.

Standards in Regulation
It is necessary for governments to ensure that complex regulatory frameworks are implemented and followed in their IT environments. A large portion of these regulatory needs are followed through by IT departments today, and regulatory controls are executed through IT policies. Most often, security and governance are dependent on individual or standardized procedural controls—and the cloud can facilitate the shift from procedural controls to standards.

Managing Information Availability
Governments’ focus is on dispersing meaningful information to their citizens and their various departments, and cloud computing can help facilitate this focus. Governments will be able to scale to unforeseen new heights with a renewed focus on information disbursement.

Essentially, shifting the priority from managing infrastructure to managing information can drive social change, and the cloud is positioned to make this a reality for governments organizations.

For more information regarding the Cloud Computing’s role in the public sector, visit Nubifer.com.