January 2011

Flash video gets a cloud option through Amazon

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Stephen Shankland.

Flash Media Server 4 lets customers send streaming video across the Net. By using it hosted on AWS' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service, customers don't have to worry so much about installation and configuration details.

9 Companies That Drove Cloud Computing in ’10

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

IT Profession: Peril or Opportunity for African Americans?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Don Tennant

I’ve written fairly extensively about African Americans in IT over the years, not because I claim to have any brilliant insights about the challenges faced by African Americans in this industry, but because I feel strongly that the topic warrants a lot more attention than it tends to get. So when I came across a blog post that lambasted “racism, prejudice and oppression” not just in IT, but specifically in social networking and cloud computing, my interest was piqued.


Help Desk Hooks Into the Social Media Cloud

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Many companies have embraced social media marketing as a way to get their messages to customers. So why do they still make their customers send email?

As The New York Times reported recently, email use is in decline as people -- especially younger people -- turn increasingly to social media and text messages to communicate. And people are more apt to express frustration with their customer experiences in social media like Twitter.

Does Skytap’s $10M Signal a Strong Year for IaaS Clouds?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

For Facebook, Now Is the Time for Infrastructure Spending

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

More Yum Plugins: Security and Package Priority

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Joe Brockmeier.

Last week we looked at Yum Plugins and how to extend Yum's functionality. This week, I'll look at a few of Yum's plugins, in particular the security plugin and the priorities plugin.

As I mentioned last week, I'm using Fedora 14 in these examples. If you're on another system using Yum, like CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or Yellow Dog (the original distro to ship Yum, by the way), the plugin behavior might be slightly different -- or the plugin may not be available at all.

The Benefits of the Private Cloud

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Alfred Goxhaj.

The ever-increasing demand on insurance technology systems from multiple sales channels and processing operations makes the leveraging of cloud computing a logical choice for carriers. Businesses need to respond quickly to market demands and to scale resources up or down on demand, while providing customer access to those resources from anywhere at any time -- all while reducing costs. In such a high-pressure, competitive marketplace, building availability, flexibility and agility into the IT infrastructure is key.

Cloudera Puts Its Money Where Its Tech Is

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Gartner Gets It Wrong With Cloud Quadrant

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Taxpayers Demand CRM

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Since slashes to funding, governments big and small have been concentrating on making their citizens (or customers) more self-reliant. Without the resources to efficiently tackle every taxpayer dispute, government has concentrated on beefing up self-service options.

Does CPTN Spell the End for Open Source Software?

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Paul Rubens.

It's not often that the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and EMC jump in to bed together, so when they do, you have to ask yourself what on earth they are up to.

Late last year Attachmate announced its plans to acquire Novell and that as part of the deal it will sell a whole bucket-load of patents (882, to be precise) to a mysterious outfit called CPTN Holdings for around $450 million. All that was known at the time was that Microsoft was behind CPTN, and Novell would continue to own the rights to UNIX.

Cisco, Cloud Computing and Open Source Software

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Five tips for finding a cloud solution that's ready for your users

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Sundar Raghavan.

Cloud computing is here to stay. It has quickly earned a reputation as a powerful business enabler, based on benefits such as scalability, availability, on-demand access, rapid deployment, and low cost. IT-savvy users in development and test functions have adopted the cloud model to accelerate application lifecycles. And with recent innovations in self-service access, users in consulting, training, and sales demo areas are also becoming the direct consumers of cloud services.

Will Streaming Content Drive Scale-out Storage?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Is your IT job safe in the cloud?

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Kier Thomas.

Cisco is the latest company to release customer research into cloud computing trends, and only an average of 18 percent of respondents worldwide said they are using the cloud in any capacity.

However, the outlook is better, as 88 percent said they planned to take up the cloud in some capacity within three years.

The Cloud CIO and the Internet of Things

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Bernard Golden.

Forbes this week published an interesting article written by Ed Sperling titled "CIOs: Be Careful What You Wish For". In it, Sperling posits that virtualisation will cause a shift for IT leadership from technology to data. He writes:

"The virtualisation being implemented everywhere will give way to cloud computing, and cloud computing will unclutter technology to the point where the focus will migrate from technology to data."

He goes on to say:

Masters of the Cloud Computing Universe

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to cloud computing, whomever controls the actual application is going to be king.

That’s the advice that Jason Liu, CEO of UC4 Software, a provider of IT automation tools, has for IT organizations trying to navigate the nuances of cloud computing.

How to enhance your career with cloud computing

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Many practitioners in IT are ill-prepared for the continued emergence of cloud computing. Although this ignorance was almost cute in 2010, it will be career-limiting this year.

At its core, cloud computing, despite being hyped to death in 2010, has been largely misunderstood in terms of it true value to the enterprise and how IT needs to approach it. This needs to change. I have a few suggestions on how you can use cloud computing to enhance your career.

Salesforce.com Completes Acquisition of Heroku

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Salesforce.com completed its acquisition of Heroku, the privately held cloud platform that writes Ruby-based applications, earlier this week. The acquisition suggests that salesforce.com will take a greater share of the public cloud services market, projected by IDC to reach $55.5 billion in 2014.

Salesforce.com cloud platform will now support Java and Ruby, the major Cloud 2 languages, with this acquisition.