September 2011

CampusIT Serves More Than 400,000 Students in the Cloud

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

CampusIT simplifies student interaction helping universities deliver a better and faster service

CampusIT ( www.campusit.net ), the education management systems provider, today announced that it is now serving the needs of more than 400,000 higher education students around Europe on its cloud computing model...

Security the key issue in cloud computing

Grazed from TechCentral.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Concerns over information security are the biggest barrier to businesses moving to online cloud-based computing services, says Kgomotso Kganyago, chief security advisor at Microsoft SA.

As companies move to seamless computing and as more international cables land on the shores of the African continent, companies need to realise that security attacks will rise and secure their systems appropriately, he says...

Red Moon Solutions Introduces "Audit in a Box" - Newest Cloud Computing AuditRoom!

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Red Moon Solutions, a premier provider of specialty tax software solutions, is proud to introduce an all new AuditRoom™ for corporations.  The newest release of this powerful, yet affordable Software as a Service (SaaS) tool manages the audit process, data, and documents, efficiently and effectively while also managing tax risk and improving internal controls...

Actuate and CoreMatrix Deliver Business Intelligence in Cloud

Grazed  from Financial Tech Spotlight.  Author:  Carolyn J Dawson.

A strategic alliance with CoreMatrix Systems has been announced by Actuate (News - Alert) Corporation. Business Intelligence, or BI, will be delivered to the cloud through this alliance. The top open source BI vendor, Actuate Corporation is responsible for development of BIRT. CoreMatrix Systems is the top cloud computing consulting company. The organization is also a premier implementation partner of Salesforce.com (News - Alert)...

 

Cisco VXLAN ushers in cloud LAN era

Grazed from Fierce Enterprise Communications.  Author: PR Announcement.

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), one of many companies announcing new cloud-related efforts at VMworld in San Francisco this week. One of the company's new projects was hailed as a "LAN for the clouds," a virtual LAN (VLAN) aimed at cloud computing environments and based on the Virtual Extensible LAN standard (VXLAN)...

VMware's Carl Eschenbach on the scope and depth of cloud computing and how CIOs will have to adapt

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Dana Gardner.

The move to cloud is far more than an IT delivery model adjustment. It really presents a unique opportunity to get IT — and the business of IT — right at the highest levels.

On the main stage at VMworld 2011 this week, VMware Co-President Carl Eschenbach demonstrated that impact through testimonials on how cloud computing and virtualization infrastructure are advancing the business goals of three major corporations, Revlon, NYSE Euronext, and Southwest Airlines...

Cloud Computing Code of Practice coming

Grazed from Computer World.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

New Zealand is to get its own Cloud Computing Code of Practice, following discussions between several providers of cloud-based software.

The initative is similar in nature to a Cloud Computing Code of Practice that has been developed in the UK.  The early development of the Code will be facilitated by the New Zealand Computer Society...

Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies : Part 3 - Cloud Transition Lessons Learned

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Kevin L. Jackson.

While the benefits and value of the federal cloud computing policy can be debated, the world’s transition to cloud computing as an integral component of any IT infrastructure cannot be denied. The prudent government executive should, therefore, heed the lessons learned from the many private industry corporations that already have miles behind them on this journey.

When identifying a potential cloud computing project, one should always count on a multi-year transition. Organizations should always use a consistent cloud opportunity identification process to reduce the risk of project failure by leveraging data from successful cloud implementations. Clients need to determine set metrics (economic, operational and service) with direct linkage to specific mission requirement(s). Use of a gate-driven cloud adoption process designed to terminate failed projects early in the project lifecycle and deliver measurable capabilities within a quick timeframe (weeks—not years) is highly recommended...

Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies: Part 4 - Cloud Computing for Defense and Intelligence

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Kevin L. Jackson.

The defense and intelligence communities are not immune to cloud computing. Arguably more than any other government agencies, their missions require a fabric of utility computing that scales on demand and enables self discovery and self-service access to secure, timely and relevant information in support of mission: individual or shared. The traditional IT model requires system engineering that binds most software to the hardware and does not provide an enterprise suite of functionality or allow for increased flexibility and a governed lifecycle of services. Designing software independence from the hardware allows an operating system, applications and data to “live” across the enterprise and is fundamental to the transformation of compute, storage and network functionality...

Cloud Security Is Looking Overcast

Grazed from Bloomberg Businessweek.  Author: Aaron Ricadela.

Eran Feigenbaum knows a thing or two about risk. He moonlights as the TV and stage magician “Eran Raven,” known for stunts involving snakes, scorpions, and razor blades. He once played Russian roulette with nail guns on the NBC show Phenomenon, and in August he did a five-day run at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. That pedigree serves him well in his day job as director of security for Google’s (GOOG) business applications, where he’s responsible for convincing corporate risk managers of the safety of cloud computing. Working in computer security requires “a hyperawareness” of risk, he says, “the same as when you’re on stage performing with nail guns.”...

Puppet, Chef Ease Transition to Cloud Computing

Grazed from Bloomberg Businessweek.  Author:  Olga Kharif and Ashlee Vance.

Organizations as diverse as Northrop Grumman (NOC), Harvard University, Zynga, and the New York Stock Exchange (NYX) have filled job websites with requests for talented puppeteers and master chefs. A quick dig into the job listings reveals that these positions have nothing to do with office entertainment or gourmet meals. Instead, the companies want people who have mastered Puppet or Chef, competing software tools that sit at the heart of the cloud computing revolution...

Virtualisation is not cloud computing

Grazed from CloudPro.  Author:  Jennifer Scott.

Virtualisation is not the key to cloud, according to one of the industry's most well-known chief executives (CEOs).

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, listed the merits of the technology and admitted to using VMware in his own corporate data centres, but, during a Q&A session at Dreamforce 2011, he said it wasn't cloud computing.

First off, the CEO claimed those who used it as a migration tool to the cloud had the wrong end of the stick...

Google's Schmidt's cloud computing triple thread

Grazed from Technology Spectator.   Author: Charis Palmer.

Taking to the stage to deliver the closing keynote of Salesfore.com's Dreamforce conference, Schmidt said the tech leaders of the future will embrace the three key trends of mobile, local and social, with the top programmers today building mobile applications. 

"The best vendors will offer mobile services and the next generation of startups will be based on that," Schmidt told the audience.

With the phones of the future able to tell where you've been, what you did and the people you met (with your permission, Schmidt hastened to add), it's only a matter of time before they will be suggesting places to go, and people to meet...

 

Baidu sees possible acquisitions in mobile, cloud

Grazed from International Business Times.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

China's top search engine Baidu Inc is on the lookout for potential acquisitions and investment opportunities in the mobile and cloud computing spaces, its chief financial officer said on Friday.

"We constantly assess our business needs and are on the lookout in the industry space for what will be a good fit for us," Jennifer Li also told Reuters in an interview...

Cloud ATM demo'd by Diebold

Grazed from The Register.  Author: John Leyden.

Diebold has taken the wraps off a prototype for a bank ATM that uses virtualisation technology.

Relying on remote servers instead of in-built computing resources reduces complexity while offering greater reliability and security. Diebold described the prototype as a "game changer" and part of its roadmap to make greater use of cloud-based technologies in cash machines and self-service kiosks...

Amazon Pushes Harder To Win Government Cloud Market

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: J. Nicholas Hoover.

Amazon Web Services is a market leader in cloud computing, but it's been a latecomer to the federal cloud market. The company is now pushing hard into the government market, releasing a government-focused cloud earlier this month and continuing to increase the size of its public sector group.

While Amazon has had government customers since the early days of its S3 storage service and EC2 infrastructure service (NASA was a launch partner for S3), the company didn't begin to build its government-focused business until 2009, and didn't have a formalized public sector business unit until late 2010, when it brought in former Microsoft federal sector VP Teresa Carlson...

Is Cloud Computing The Victim Or The Suspect?

Grazed from Host Review.  Author: Dave Davies.

When cloud computing arrived at center stage back in the late 1990's, it was the future.  It was the invention of the microchip all over again.  IT departments and CFO's everywhere were breathing a sigh of relief.  They saw the cloud as a means to ending budget overages, pesky support tickets and reducing hardware costs.  As soon as the media got wind of this nifty cloud thingy, well, the cloud metaphors were more prolific than Captain America cosplayers at a Comic-on.  In fact, one could even say the media was largely responsible for the cloud's success.  After all, we know the media is built on driving the rise of a trend and then greedily exposing its crash and burn.  That begs the question, is cloud computing really as fabulous as we think it is?  Is the cloud a victim of commercialism or a suspect in the breakdown of data security?...

Salesforce Continues Its Push to the Cloud

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Leonard Klie.

Salesforce.com and its leader, chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, have both staked their reputations on cloud computing, so it comes as no surprise that Benioff is a big proponent of software-as-a-service.

"The idea of applications and platforms as separate entities is antiquated," he said during a press conference on the final day of this year's Salesforce.com user conference. "We can't think of applications and platforms as separate any more. We need one integrated offering."...

Cloud Security Alliance crosses the Pond

Grazed from The Register.  Author:   Lucy Sherriff.

“The cloud agenda has to move beyond the security field and into business,” says Jacqui Taylor, freshly minted director of communications for the UK and Ireland wing of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

“There is an education process that has to be done, and it needs an independent voice. That is where we come in.”

A not-for-profit organisation, the CSA was set up in the US to establish and promote best practice for IT security in cloud computing...

Cloud Expected to Keep Rising

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Brittany Farb.

The cloud just got hotter. According to a forecast by Gartner, worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue will reach $12.1 billion by the end of the year—a 20.7 percent increase from 2010 revenue of $10 billion—and $21.3 billion by 2015.

“After more than a decade of use, adoption of SaaS continues to grow and evolve within the enterprise application markets,” explained Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner, in a report.  “This is occurring as tighter capital budgets demand leaner alternatives, popularity and familiarity with the model increases, and interest in platform as a service and cloud computing grows.”...