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Cloud Computing: Morphlabs Launches mCloud for the Enterprise

Introduces Enterprise Cloud Architecture, a new approach that simplifies the process of building and managing an internal cloud

Morphlabs, an enabler of enterprise cloud architecture platforms, on Monday announced a significant upgrade to its flagship product, mCloud Controller. The enhanced version introduces Enterprise Cloud Architecture (ECA), a new approach that simplifies the process of building and managing an internal cloud for enterprise environments - enabling companies to create their own private cloud infrastructure. Morphlabs also announced a partnership with Zend Technologies Ltd., whose Zend Server will be shipped as part of the mCloud Enterprise.

Morphlabs' mCloud Controller is a comprehensive cloud computing platform, delivered as an appliance, which converts commodity hardware into a cloud environment. Now incorporating ECA, mCloud Controller 2.5 provides enterprises with immediate access to the building blocks and binding components of a fault tolerant, elastic and highly automated platform. It runs highly reliable applications and services while addressing the industry-wide need for a definitive cloud architecture for the enterprise. To support the leading platforms, mCloud Controller will have built-in ECA compliant support for Java, Ruby on Rails and PHP.

"PHP has been broadly adopted for the productivity gains it brings to Web application development, and because it can provide the massive scalability that e-commerce, social networking and media sites require," said Matt Elson, vice president of business development at Zend. "Integrating Zend Server into Morphlabs' mCloud Controller enables IT organizations to leverage the elasticity of cloud computing and automate the process of deploying highly reliable PHP applications in the cloud."

Key features of the mCloud Controller with ECA include:

  • Uniform environments from development to production - Fully-managed environments help users simplify system configuration. Applications can grow as needed, while maintaining a standardized infrastructure for ease of growth and replacement.
  • Simplified system administration - mCloud Controller is available with automated monitoring and self-healing out of the box so that users can avoid complicated system tuning to ensure optimal cloud performance. mCloud Controller also comes with graphical tools for viewing system-wide performance.
  • Self-service resource provisioning - mCloud Controller frees the IT department from numerous application provisioning requests by providing a self-service user interface. Without any system administration skills, authorized users can start and stop computes and provision applications as needed. Billing is also included within the system.
  • Streamlined application management - mCloud Controller automates the process of deploying, monitoring and backing-up applications. Users do not have to deal with configuration files and server settings.

Cloud computing presents a viable option for IT organizations seeking to reduce the complexity within their IT environments, either by means of converged systems that arrive pre-integrated and ready to use (for private clouds) or systems that are offsite entirely (public cloud). International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that server hardware revenue for public cloud computing will grow from $582 million in 2009 to $718 million in 2014. Server revenue for the larger private cloud market will grow from $2.6 billion to $5.7 billion in the same time period - more than twice the size. (IDC Press Release, Cloud Computing to Drive $6.4 Billion in Server Hardware Spending by 2014, According to IDC, June 30, 2010.)

"The mCloud Controller 2.5 is designed to enable IT organizations to rapidly deploy Enterprise Private Clouds," said Winston Damarillo, CEO of Morphlabs. "Implementing ECA provides our customers a pre-integrated framework to manage virtualized resources, the middleware stack and the applications that run on the cloud environment."

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