• The Server Labs is now an "AWS Advanced Partner"

    That way our customers can benefit from our access to AWS Private Betas, upfront insight into AWS Product Roadmap etc...

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  • The Server Labs supports the Helix Nebula Marketplace

    The Helix Nebula Marketplace offers a European Cloud Marketplace service that is compliant with EU regulations and legislation through collaboration between commercial providers and public e-Infrastructures.

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  • National award for BBVA’s new global corporate security platform Faro

    BBVA’s corporate security application which has been developed by a consortium formed by The Server Labs and GMV has been awarded as the best installed and operative security system in Spain during Seguritecnia’s XXVII Edition ...

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  • Gaia has been launched into space 

    The Server Labs are very happy to have been able to contribute to the successful launch of the Gaia mission. We have been working with ESA (European Space Agency) already for a number of years on various IT projects around the Gaia mission...

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  • The Server Labs is now a G-Cloud supplier 

    The Server Labs has been selected as services supplier to the UK Government’s G-Cloud ii CloudStore. Currently The Server Labs offers nine different Cloud services through the CloudStore including ... Click here to read the full article.
  • The Server Labs reviews the IT architecture of BBVA’s “tugestionline” 

    We have carried out a technical audit for BBVA’s online platform “tugestionline” to evaluate its performance, highlight possible areas of improvement and requirements for further scalability of the system, bringing in an external view.

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  • The Server Labs boosts the performance of Metro de Madrid’s driver support system

    The Server Labs is leading the improvement of ARCO, Metro de Madrid’s real-time information system for its train drivers, expected to reduce CPU usage.

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  • The Server Labs is taking e-encuesta.com to the Amazon Cloud

    The Server Labs has taken the popular online survey application from a traditional server-based environment to the Cloud. The Server Labs Rapid Cloud Transition was the key in the smooth migration.

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  • Big science teams up with big business to kick-start European cloud computing

    Geneva, 1 March 2012. Today a consortium of leading IT providers, including The Server Labs, and three of Europe’s biggest research centres (CERN1, EMBL2 and ESA3) announced a partnership to launch a European cloud computing platform.

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  • The Server Labs will reform the architecture of BBVA’s corporate security application

    The Server Labs has been chosen by BBVA to develop a completely revised version of its corporate security application Faro in order to unify and streamline the application throughout all countries in which BBVA operates. Click here.

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Cloud Architectures

“The Gaia AGIS Cloud experiment has been very successful for us. It indicates that bringing the data processing to The Cloud can provide us with savings of up 50% compared to using in house hardware. An additional advantage is that it gives us the ability to scale to far more processors that we could have in house which means essentially that we can finish the job sooner”

William O’Mullane, Gaia Science Operations Development Manager, European Space Agency
Cloud Architectures refers to the design and development of software architectures that make effective use of the cloud services. Applications that are built on Cloud Architectures are those that:

  • Optimally perform the tasks to fulfill the business need.
  • Only use the underlying computing infrastructure when needed.
  • Scale based on current demands, assigning and provisioning/de-provisioning servers and storage as needed.

 

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Cloud Architectures can be private (hosted within an organization’s firewall) or public (hosted on the Internet such as Amazon EC2/S3). These characteristics lead to a set of core value benefits:

  • Scalability on Demand: All organizations have to deal with changes in their IT environments. The ability of  Cloud Computing solutions to scale up and down is a major benefit (hundreds of images running in minutes).  Organizations have periods of time in which their computing resource needs are much higher or lower than normal, cloud technologies (both private and public) can deal with those changes. This is the elasticity of Cloud Computing.
  • Streamlining the Data Center: Organizations of any size will have a substantial investment in their data centers. This includes buying and maintaining the hardware and software, providing the facilities in which the hardware is housed and hiring the personnel who keep the data center running. Organizations can streamline its data center by taking advantage of cloud technologies internally or by offloading workload into the public Clouds.
  • Improving Business Processes: Organizations and their suppliers and partners can share data and applications in the cloud, allowing everyone involved to focus on the business process instead of the infrastructure that hosts it.
  • Minimizing Start-up Costs: For companies that are just starting out, organizations in emerging markets, or even “Skunk Works” groups in larger organizations, Cloud Computing greatly reduces start-up costs. The new organization starts with an infrastructure already in place, so the time and other resources that would be spent on building a data center are borne by the cloud provider, whether the cloud is private or public.
  • Potential for shrinking the processing time: Depending of the scenario, parallelization can be optimally used and be cost-effective in compute-intensive or data-intensive jobs in order to drastically reduce the amount of time used to execute it.