AT&T today announced a suite of cloud computing services to offer features similar to Amazon Web Services. Today it announced the Synaptic Compute As a Service, which offers processing power that can be used for “cloudbursting” of in-house apps or as a testing and development platform. The service can run as a public cloud, or as a private cloud on AT&T’s infrastructure, connected to a customer data center by AT&T’s network.
The new offering expands AT&T’s cloud portfolio, explains datacenterknowledge.com, which also includes AT&T Synaptic hosting – essentially a managed hosting offering using cloud technologies – and Synaptic Storage As a Service. With the storage and compute services, AT&T is hoping to leverage its familiar brand and network to win over enterprises seeking a comfort level with cloud computing.
“This will enable customers to create a provider-based private cloud accessed either via the public Internet or private connections, which many companies will already have with AT&T,” said Steve Caniano, Vice President, Hosting and Cloud Services for AT&T.
Synaptic Compute As a Service is built atop hardware from Sun Microsystems and software from VMware. AT&T will introduce the service in the fourth quarter of 2009. The service will initially be deployed in U.S. data centers, but AT&T plans to add the service to some of its global data centers to meet international customer demand.
For seven days, the Oregon Convention Center will be home to the most powerful network in the world – SCinet. Built each year for the annual SC conference, this year’s SCinet has a massive 400 Gigabits per second in bandwidth capacity. It supports exhibitors from industry and academia to demonstrate their most aggressive supercomputing and networking applications.
SCinet links the conference center to research and commercial networks around the world like the Department of Energy’s ESnet, Internet2 and National LambdaRail. SCinet will support the exa-floods of data from SC09 exhibitors and attendees and will then measure and monitor every aspect of the network’s performance. Live network traffic will be available online to provide the public a unique real-time window into the core of this powerful network’s inner-workings.
In addition, the SCinet team will also enable Wi-Fi wireless connectivity throughout the convention center for exhibitors and attendees using equipment provided by the Oregon Convention Center and Xirrus. High-speed access to the commercial Internet will be provided for all SC09 participants through SCinet’s collaboration with the Network for Education and Research in Oregon (NERO) and 360networks.
Dailywireless got a blogger pass and will be at the show most of the week — so posting may be a little late.
I am trying to understand:
- Cloud computing’s impact on mobile devices (enabling devices like the Startrek Tricorder, perhaps). 802.11n chips support three and even four data streams with respective data rates of 450Mbps and 600Mbps while WiMAX 2 (802.16m) supports 100 Mbps (mobile) and 1Gbps (static). The backend can do the heavy lifting.
- Teraflops in space for J-Stars in a SensorCraft or satellites. Mercury Computer Systems runs 120 PowerPC chips for 1 TeraFLOPS on a Global Hawk’s Multi-Platform Radar Technology.
- The impact of the 3D internet on gaming and Ocean Observatories off the West Coast (see: Ocean Observatory Gets Funded)
- The emergence of a dominant HPC architecture (Intel and the Larrabie GPU, for example)
- How will Supercomputer Cloud networks using TeraGrid and Open Science Grid impact everyday life.
Grid, cluster, and cloud developers will have somewhere new to test their software before letting it loose on the world, thanks to a new initiative called FutureGrid. FutureGrid, which is a part of TeraGrid, just received $10.1 million in funds from the NSF and $4.9 million from eight international and national partners.
A group of vendors successfully demonstrated multivendor 100Gbps routing at SC09, transmitting data from Portland to Seattle through a single slot on the Juniper Networks T1600 Series Core Router. These 100Gbps demonstrations represent the continued advances made by the joint initiative — announced last year at SC08 — between the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2, Infinera, Juniper Networks and Level 3 Communications. The five organizations announced an initiative to work together to develop and deploy 100GbE services with the ultimate goal of implementing a fully-operational 100GbE network.