October 2011

Inside the Cloud

Grazed from SDB.  Author:  Cary McGovern

You could call me an observer of technology more than an expert. I have been involved in computing since 1967 and have seen a variety of techniques and ideas come and go. The cloud is the "next big thing," though it has been around for a long time...

Is "the Cloud" overrated?

Grazed from WebProNews.  Author:  Abby Johnson.

With so much hype around how great cloud computing is, it’s hard to imagine it any way other than good. The news is full of stories about what the cloud can do, the increased adoption rate of the cloud, and how more and more businesses are developing cloud applications. As a result, it would be really easy for businesses that are not on board with cloud computing to think that they’re way behind the times...

Cashing in on the cloud

Grazed from Dynamic Business.  Author: Clive Gold.

Cloud computing is catching on more and more in the small business world as people increasingly get a better understanding of what it is. The benefits for those that embrace it are potentially enormous, with the opportunities to be exploited by harnessing cloud technology not reserved for larger businesses only, as once thought. What needs to be understood is that the cloud can add a lot of value to small businesses due to its simplicity, accessibility and flexibility – as long as you are able to stay clear of some mistakes that businesses commonly make during their journey to the cloud...

Blah Blah Blah Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Roger Strukhoff.

There are many reasons to move toward cloud computing in one of its forms. In fact, with so many current forms, it's difficult not to move toward cloud computing in some manner.

It's easy enough to become cynical about, and even resistant to, all cloud computing pitches and conversations, now that all vendors are defining the cloud on their own terms...

Top Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011

Grazed fromSys Con Media.  Author: Ray DePena.

Are you wondering who is gaining mind share in the 3rd quarter of 2011?  Well wonder no more. Lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Up and Coming Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). As you know, Cloud computing has gone mainstream, and large enterprise information technology companies must continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand model enhancing their portfolios largely through acquisitions. So lets see how they’re doing...

The Cloud Imperative

Grazed from MIT Technical Review.  Author: Simson L. Garfinkel.

Before Facebook and Google—even before the Internet—scientists at MIT had a radical vision they called the computer utility.

"Computing may someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility," Professor John McCarthy said at MIT's centennial celebration in 1961. "Each subscriber needs to pay only for the capacity he actually uses, but he has access to all programming languages characteristic of a very large system ... Certain subscribers might offer service to other subscribers ... The computer utility could become the basis of a new and important industry."...

Cloud Computing's Hidden 'Green' Benefits

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Joe McKEndrick.

Cloud computing energy consumption is a source of much debate. On one side, some see a massive new form of industrialization gobbling up resources; with large cloud and social networking sites consuming megawatts of power to feed insatiable computing needs.

Greenpeace called attention to the growing, power-hungry data center footprint, citing estimates that cloud computer sites could consume up to 622.6 billion kWh (kilowatts per hour) of power.  Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D., consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, estimates that the cloud is already responsible for 1-2% of the world’s electricity use...

Release of the Third Generation of the OpenNebula Cloud Manager

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

OpenNebula 3.0 features the latest innovations in cloud computing for the deployment of cutting-edge enterprise-ready on-premise IaaS clouds.

The OpenNebula Project is proud to announce the third major release of its widely deployed OpenNebula Toolkit, a fully open-source enterprise-grade cloud computing tool for the complete and comprehensive management of clouds and virtualized data centers. OpenNebula 3.0 delivers availability, reliability, scalability, security and efficiency with a focus on allowing data centers to provide cloud services by leveraging their existing IT assets, instead of building a new system from the ground up, thus protecting existing investments and avoiding vendor lock-in...

Cloud Computing's Greatest Danger--and Richest Opportunity

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Bob Evans.

For several years now, the technology industry has been engaged in the noble pursuit of delivering more power and speed and elegance into the hands of users, and the results are clear in every facet of our lives—from political revolutions fanned by social media, to vast improvements in mobile commerce, to the emergence of a truly interconnected lifestyle.

Without question, cloud computing has been a huge contributor to this movement as corporate computing—both applications and devices—was exposed as woefully unable to deliver the type of rich and expansive online experiences to which we had all become accustomed in our personal lives thanks to cloud-based applications...

Opscode Releases New Chef Software to Rapidly Deploy and Automate OpenStack Clouds

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Opscode, Inc., the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced at the OpenStack(TM) Design Summit in Boston the release of new Opscode Chef(TM) Cookbooks for rapidly deploying and automating core components of the newly released version of OpenStack, codenamed 'Diablo.'

OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing an open source cloud computing platform for both public and private clouds. The latest version of OpenStack provides significant enhancements, standards, and common ground for cloud providers and customers...

Cloud Communications Company 8x8 Wins New Patent for Cloud Computing Solution

Grazed from TMC Net.  Author: Rajani Baburajan.

8x8 (News - Alert), a provider of cloud communications and computing solutions, has been granted a United States Patent number for its new cloud computing VoIP feature, "Virtual Telephone Extension."

The patent number 8,027,332 relates  to call routing to user communication devices. The technology uses a call-routing switch arrangement that uses data in a programmable database to associate or match incoming calls with destination user-communication devices for users employing two or more user identifiers...

Cisco’s Considerations for Cloud Computing

Grazed from MyBroadBand.  Author: Editorial Staff.

It is imperative that organisations understand the base requirements behind cloud-based services before taking the leap towards the next evolution of the online environment.

The existence and effect of cloud computing on both the enterprise-based and private online environments has been more profoundly felt in 2011 than ever before...

Concern moves its humanitarian workers to the cloud

Grazed from SiliconRepublic.  Author:  Laura O'Brien.

Concern Worldwide has signed a cloud computing deal with EMC that will allow its humanitarian staff and volunteers to access data remotely across the world.

Concern will use a private cloud model to migrate servers from the organisation’s operations centre in Dublin to a virtual environment. The operations centres is a hub for more than 2,000 Concern workers worldwide...

Cloud Adoption Uneven Across Countries in Europe

Grazed from FormTek.  Author:  Dick Weisinger.

Last week Friday we looked at two surveys about the scope of cloud acceptance — a survey by CA Associates that found that 93 percent of companies are using the cloud, and another one by SWC Technology Partners that concluded that less than 4 percent of companies are using applications hosted in the cloud.  The conclusion was that there is currently a huge split between what different segments of  companies are doing. segments.  It’s not clear exactly what the parameters are that make up the profile of a cloud-adopter company versus the cloud-abstainer ones, but  both the location and size of company seem to play a significant factor...

Savvis Launches Cloud-Based Database Platform

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Savvis, a CenturyLink company /quotes/zigman/203112/quotes/nls/ctl CTL -2.11% , today announced the launch of Savvis Symphony Database, a cloud-based database platform. Symphony Database, which was unveiled at Oracle Open World 2011 in San Francisco, brings the advantages of cloud computing to Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server environments...

Asure Software Acquires ADI Time

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Asure Software, Inc. (nasdaq-cm:ASUR), a leading provider of workforce management software solutions, today announced that it has acquired ADI Time(R), a Warwick, R.I.-based leading vendor of cloud computing time and attendance software and labor management services...

Is a Cloud Computing World Flatter, Faster, and More Fun?

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Adam Ludwig.

What’s so compelling about cloud technology?

When I was a kid, my first computer was an Apple I. Every application ran locally. Now, with broadband, you can deliver exponentially more computing power and run exponentially more apps. The scale of the capabilities is what makes cloud computing compelling...

Amazon Reportedly Negotiating for webOS

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Amazon is in serious talks with HP about buying webOS according to VentureBeat, which claims to know from a well-placed source at HP, known for leaking like a sieve.

HP got the mobile operating system as part of its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm last year, stuck it in a TouchPad tablet, tried selling the thing for six weeks, abandoned it in mid-August, and now reportedly wants to dump Palm ASAP. HP initially suggested it would sell or license the platform...

Cloud comparison: Apple iCloud vs. Google vs. Windows Live

Grazed from InfoMobile.  Author: Marin Perez.

“The cloud” has long been a buzzword in the tech scene but it has become an ever-important part of our daily computing lives and Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango all have deep integration with the cloud, but use it in slightly different ways. Let’s take a look at how each of the major operating systems bring the cloud into your lives...

Node4 brings total flexibility to businesses with new cloud computing service offering

Grazed from TechZone360.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Data centre and communications firm Node4 will broaden its range of services by launching nCloud - a brand new cloud-based infrastructure. nCloud is a high quality, high specification infrastructure that offers organisations ultimate IT flexibility by allowing them to build a bespoke solution that works hand in glove with business requirements.