Posted by Tom Humbarger on March 17, 2011
[I originally published this post on the Morphlabs corporate blog]
Morphlabs recently released a new version of our mCloud On-Demand product and has two major features to announce:
- Windows Support – Users can launch Windows Servers in addition to CentOS Servers and all sizes of Amazon computes are available for both platforms.
- More free VMs — The other important feature to announce is that we have expanded the free level of service for mCloud On-Demand which means that users can now launch up to 20 VMs at a time for free (note that you still need to pay for your own Amazon EC2 expenses). We want you to use mCloud On-Demand as your primary cloud computing interface or to use it to quickly experience the power of mCloud technology.
What is mCloud On-Demand?
mCloud On-Demand helps take the complexity out of cloud computing. With mCloud On-Demand, users can easily create and launch virtual servers which can be configured with your choice of operating systems, development environments and packages. These configured servers can be saved as FlexImages which can be re-used to provide you with faster configuration and standardization while streamlining your system administration. We will also offer pre-configured FlexImages or App Stacks to get you started quickly with a cloud computing solution.
Sign up for your free mCloud On-Demand account today
Get On the Cloud Today
Since our mCloud On-Demand solution is a cloud services platform sits on top of the Amazon EC2 infrastructure, you do not need any infrastructure or IT resources to get started. You simply sign up for mCloud On-Demand, provide your Amazon EC2 information and you will begin you experiencing mCloud technology within minutes.
Experience All of mCloud On-Demand Features
From a feature standpoint, mCloud On-Demand has the key components that define a true cloud computing solution including:
- Self-service — web-based self-service for provisioning virtual machines (VMs)
- Windows or CentOS – you can launch VMs with either a Windows or CentOS operating system
- Bundled Flex Images – ability to save and re-use server configurations
- Measured service — built-in metering of usage by VM hour and user
- Billing – capabilities for internal or external chargebacks or show-backs
- Administration — robust administration features for adding and monitoring users
Watch Our mCloud On-Demand Overview Demo
This short demo video provides you with an overview of what you can expect with mCloud On-Demand:
We also recorded four other videos that you can access from our Morphlabs YouTube Page or from the Morphlabs Facebook Fanpage:
- Signup for an mCloud On-Demand Account
- Create a new cloud with mCloud On-Demand
- Connect to an mCloud On-Demand cloud using SSH
- Connect to an mCloud On-Demand Windows cloud
What Can You Do With mCloud On-Demand?
With mCloud On-Demand, users can:
- Create CentOS or Windows VMs using our Cloud Builder – all sizes from Amazon EC2 are supported
- Connect to the servers via SSH or Remote Desktop and configure the servers however you want to with development environments, applications and packages
- Bundle configured servers to reduce system admin time and share with others
- Launch bundled servers to rapidly deploy standardized images
- Manage users and permissions to fine tune management and control
- Explore the power of mCloud technology today with no upfront investment in hardware
System Admins Get More Efficient with mCloud On-Demand - System admins can use mCloud On-Demand to simplify the process for provisioning and setting up virtual servers. In addition, self-service enables users to rapidly increase and decrease capacity as needed with minimal upfront costs.
Software Developers Get More Productive with the mCloud On-Demand - Software developers gain the ability to rapidly provision and set up environments that they can use for development, testing and deployment. By spending less time on system admin tasks, developers can quickly respond to market needs and drive more innovation into their products.
Business Users Gain Access to Cloud Ready Applications with mCloud On-Demand - Business users can also benefit from mCloud On-Demand through pre-configured and supported access to software that they need to run their businesses. We are already including Bundled Computes and will be building more App Stacks in the future that can be installed from within mCloud On-Demand to deliver cloud-ready applications. Plus, we will also have plans for mCloud Elastic Apps (eApps) that will be scalable, elastic and fault-tolerant versions of cloud-ready applications.
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Posted by Tom Humbarger on November 4, 2010
This is a big week for me as I have been busy working on a simultaneous product and community launch for Morphlabs. On Wednesday, I wrote a post about mCloud On-Demand and briefly mentioned the new community. Today, I want to provide some additional background on the actual community.
The community is called the mCloud On-Demand Community and it’s primary purpose is to support our new mCloud On-Demand product. The community is also serving as network for cloud computing professionals and as an aggregator of cloud computing news and information.
I used Ning Professional to create the community and so far I am really pleased with how easy it was to set up and customize the look-and-feel. And for less than $500 per year, the cost is more than a real bargin. Plus, I was able to set up and customize my community in just a couple of days. This experience was totally different from the first community I built almost 4 years ago. I now have more community functionality and control at a price that is more than 20x cheaper per month than the cost of my first community. I highly recommend Ning Professional to anyone who is interested in created a community site.
mCloud On-Demand Community Homepage
The other big difference in my latest community experience is that I will have help in adding content and responding to member questions in the forum. Since the primary goal of the community is to support the mCloud On-Demand product, there is 24×7 team to handle the bulk of the work while I can focus on pure community management.
I can’t wait to see how my latest community adventure unfolds. You can check out the mCloud On-Demand Community at community.mor.ph.
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Posted by Tom Humbarger on November 3, 2010
I have not written many blog posts recently as I’ve been spending my time in the clouds. Cloud computing to be specific. Since June, I have been working at Morphlabs and leading the product marketing efforts to launch a product called mCloud On-Demand. Yesterday was our big launch day as we announced the availability of mCloud On-Demand at the Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, California. By the way you can signup for a free mCloud On-Demand account here.
The rest of this blog post is excerpted from a post I wrote for the Morphlabs website yesterday.
What is mCloud On-Demand? mCloud On-Demand is an operational management platform that works with Amazon’s EC2 service to provide an integrated cloud computing stack for deploying, managing and monitoring enterprise class applications. mCloud On-Demand uses same mCloud technology and interface as mCloud Controller that is used by enterprises to build private clouds and by service providers who are offering cloud services to their customers.
And during the initial beta period, mCloud On-Demand is totally free including access to our user support community and 24×7 technical support.
As mentioned in the blog post title, our goal is to make public clouds more reliable and secure by extending Amazon’s rich capabilities to give users more control over their public cloud infrastructure.
mCloud On-Demand - Cloud Builder
With mCloud On-Demand, we are targeting anyone who is currently using or planning on using Amazon Web Services (AWS). In addition, mCloud On-Demand lets anyone experience mCloud technology firsthand quickly and with minimal outlay.
Why did we launch mCloud On-Demand? The storyline for mCloud On-Demand can be summed up as follows:
- Public cloud computing and adoption is exploding
- AWS is the leading provider of public clouds
- Morphlabs has more than 3 years experience in working with AWS and we are an AWS Solutions Partner
- mCloud On-Demand will make it easier to deploy, manage and monitor applications over the public cloud
Public Clouds Are Getting “Hot”- Research firm IDC released a report in June 2010 that public cloud IT services will grow at a rate that is 5 times more than the rate of traditional IT products. According to IDC Chief Analyst Frank Gens, “Our forecast shows that public IT cloud services are currently ‘crossing the chasm,’ with modest revenue but very fast growth.” Cloud computing pundit David Linthicum wrote an interesting blog post titled “The Stealthy Rise of the Public Cloud” in which he discussed how public clouds are ‘sneaking’ into enterprises because they are easy to procure without any upfront investment – “you can allocate the servers and tools you need with a credit card, only getting billed for the time you use.”
AWS is the 900-lb Gorilla in Public Cloud Computing - Almost everyone outside the cloud computing ecosystem are surprised to learn that Amazon is a leader in cloud computing, but they are the leader by a large amount. It is difficult to get exact numbers on the size of Amazon’s cloud computing business because they are not broken out separately in their financial statements, but almost everyone acknowledges that they are the leading provider of public clouds. Some analysts have tried to estimate Amazon’s cloud computing revenue including UBS Investment Research which pegs AWS revenue at $500 million while Citibank investment bankers estimate AWS will have $650 million in revenues in 2010.
How Can I Get Started With mCloud On-Demand? The best news is that mCloud On-Demand is available now and it is free to use during our initial beta period. It only takes a minute or two to sign up for a free account:
- Give us your email address and confirm your password
- Provide your Amazon EC2 account and keys
The second step is optional during the signup process and you can add the Amazon keys later from our Account tab. You can experience most of the functionality of mCloud On-Demand without adding your Amazon keys including the cloud creator and review the system admin information.
mCloud On-Demand Signup Page
mCloud On-Demand Links and Resources:
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