January 2012

Up in a cloud for processing computer data

Grazed from JPost.  Author: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich.

A declining amount of computing is conducted today on desktop computers; instead, cloud computing – in which operations are carried out on a network of shared, remote servers – is expected to rise as the demand for computing power increases. This raises some crucial questions about security: For instance, can we perform computations on data stored in the “cloud” without letting anyone else see our information? Research carried out at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is moving us closer to the ability to work on data while it is still encrypted, giving an encrypted result that can later be securely deciphered...

Defining, differentiating and debunking common assumptions when making cloud computing decisions

Grazed from Smart Business.  Author: Christian Teeft.

Distinguishing cloud computing reality from cloud hype can be a daunting task. Smart Business met with Christian Teeft, vice president of Engineering at Latisys, to examine some of the key assumptions, myths and drivers that decision makers face as they build their cloud IT infrastructure strategy.

Defined: cloud computing

Cloud computing is IT infrastructure that is delivered as a service, is elastic (users consume as much or as little of a service as they want at any time), is sold on-demand and is fully managed by the provider. In short, cloud computing makes it possible to increase capacity and add capabilities as needed — without the user having to invest in new infrastructure, train new personnel or license new software. Some say the cloud is ‘[anything] as a service’ (XaaS)...

10 cloud startups to watch in 2012

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

The past few years have been nothing if not a boon for entrepreneurs looking to cash in on venture capitalists’ lust for all things cloud.  All the activity has been great, and we’ve seen some exciting new companies emerge and prosper — companies such as Heroku, RightScale and New Relic — but it also means there’s precious little room on the playing field for newcomers. Startups that want to get noticed, get funded, and ultimately have a winning exit must either find their own unique niche or stake out ground on a different field altogether.

Here are 10 cloud computing startups that launched in 2011 and that have a chance to make it big in 2012...

Intel Sales Jacked Up – Thanks to Cloud Computing

Grazed from Retirement Planning.  Author: Jon Ray Moll.

The world’s largest semiconductor company seems to be steadfast for 20 consecutive years. In 1999, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) attained dominance was eroded because of the surge of rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). As of this year, its market share is back on top.

Apparently, Intel is strengthening its grip on the microprocessor market and is shown in the new figures given by IHS iSuppli. The market research firm results indicate that Intel has increased its market share by 83.7 percent. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on the other hand has dropped its share by 10.2 percent.

The thing that led Intel plunge in sales was the boom in media tablet. As consumers embraced new devices like tablets and disregard netbooks, Intel microprocessors is powering the netbook market. On the third quarter, the Atom microprocessor and chipset revenue has dropped by 32% compared to last year’s third quarter...

Cloud computing. Ultrabooks. 4G-enabled tablets.

Grazed from New Straits Times.  Author:  Siti Syameen.

DO more with less, that’s the gist of today’s technology. Here are five technology trends likely to change the way we work, play and connect this year

1. More tablets and smartphones

With Windows Phone models, including two Nokia Lumia models and the Android Ice Cream Sandwich-based Samsung Galaxy Nexus to hit Malaysia within the first half of the year, the platform war within the smartphone category will likely heat up. Even with the recent release of iPhone 4S, many users are still anticipating the announcement of iPhone 5...

Cloud Computing – The Best Virus Removal Tools for Corporate Users

Grazed from Caribbean Travel Blog.  Editorial Staff.

Whether you are in a corporate field or personal business, you have to be protected and free from the interferences of the hackers or viruses. It is essential to have safe and secured data with the help of virus removal tools while working online. It is the utmost requirement for many professional and corporate users.

Cloud computing proved to be the best way to introduce into your computer for excellent PC virus protection. Through cloud solutions, multiple business users have found ways for:

- Reducing costs...

Tech sector's future hinges on cloud computing

Grazed from Focus Taiwan.  Author:  Jeffrey Wu.

Mobile devices with cloud computing capabilities will drive the technology industry in the future and will enhance business productivity, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang said Monday.

In an interview with the Economic Daily News, Chang said Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad have drawn business from the PC market, leading to a slowdown of sales in the PC sector that had been driving the fast growth of the semiconductor industry over the past 30 years...

Thinking SaaS? Considering the Cloud? Here’s What You Should Know

Grazed from ere.net.  Author: John Zappe.

Thinking of heading to the cloud in 2012? Everyone seems to be, including some of the biggest HR vendors in the world.

Just a few weeks ago, when SAP snapped up SuccessFactors, the buzz was all about the cloud. A similar buzz ensued when Oracle bought RightNow Technologies.

Even though Wall Street reacted to the SAP/SuccessFactors deal as if the cloud had just been discovered, the reality is cloud computing has been around almost as long as the Internet itself. What the excitement is about is how HR software services are delivered, and the big deal is that increasingly, companies aren’t buying systems, they’re licensing seats...

Book: Cloud Computing - Automating the Virtualized Data Center

Grazed from Help Net Security.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Cloud computing will revolutionize the way IT resources are deployed, configured, and managed for years to come. Service providers and customers each stand to realize tremendous value from this paradigm shift—if they can take advantage of it.

Cloud Computing brings together the realistic, start-to-finish guidance they need to plan, implement, and manage cloud solution architectures for tomorrow’s virtualized data centers...

Racemi has the key to unlocking server migration

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Dan Kusnetzsky.

Summary: Cloud computing has been frightening to some. They see it as a way to get locked in. Racemi gives organizations the key and makes server migration easy.

One of the issues constantly raised during discussions of cloud computing is the fear that the organization will be locked into one service provider and not be able to achieve their overall goals of flexibility, reliability and, of course, cost reduction. This concern gives me an opportunity to speak about a number of suppliers offering products and services making it possible to migrate industry standard server workloads including:..

Is Microsoft Reaching Out to Linux with Windows Azure?

Grazed from OStatic.  Author: Sam Dean.

As Linux becomes more firmly entrenched in businesses, and as cloud computing advances in general, Linux and the cloud are set to converge faster than ever. In fact, some are looking at 2012 as the year that Linux begins to dominate in the cloud. That's why a new post out from Mary Jo Foley is significant. Foley reports (based on input from contacts who ask not to be identified) that "Microsoft is preparing to launch a new persistent virtual machine feature on its Azure cloud platform, enabling customers to host Linux, SharePoint and SQL Server there."...

Up in the Cloud

Grazed from Di9it.  Author: Prakash Advani.

Cloud computing is the new buzz and everyone is talking about it. Is this for real or just another technology fad that will soon fade away? Well cloud computing is for real, it has been around for a while and is here to stay. We've been using cloud computing since the early days of the Internet, however now it has been given a formal name. What's changing rapidly now is that more and more applications, softwares and services are being made available on the cloud.

Cloud computing simply means the applications that you use are now stored in and served from the cloud; that means,instead of them running on your computer they are running on a computer (or server) on the Internet. You access these applications using your browser. Simple examples of this are Web based email, online office such as Google Docs and cloud storage services such as Ubuntu One...

Cloud Identity and VDC services

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Cloud Ventures.

Cloud Computing is now a maturing field with a number of sub-topics that make up its structure, and smart Cloud Providers can use these as building blocks for their service offerings, combining them through consultative selling techniques to deliver the ideal client solutions.

For example the core building blocks include ‘Cloud Identity’ as well as virtualization, and an excellent description of how they can be combined is this case study from BT of Norfolk County Council...

OW2 to Showcase Open Source Cloud Broker and Cloud PaaS Collaborative Projects at Cloud Expo 2012 in London

Grazed from Digital Journal.  Author:  PR Announcement.

OW2, the global open source community for open source middleware and generic applications today announces its presence at the Cloud Expo Europe in London, January 25-26. OW2 and the Open Source Cloudware Initiative (OSCi) will introduce two major cloud computing projects: CompatibleOne, a cloud interoperability platform based on a cloud broker, and CloudForce, a project dedicated to developing a cloud application life-cycle management environment.

Attendees at Cloud Expo are welcome to visit the OW2 booth and attend presentations illustrating the organization's involvement in leading open source cloud computing collaborative projects...

Can cloud computing help develop the business skills of the future?

Grazed from Cloud Pro.  Author: Julian Box.

As IT takes ever bigger strides towards a software centric world whether application or infrastructure based, I couldn’t help but notice the ever increasing lack of young people within the software arena of IT, both here where I live in Jersey and the UK generally.  

I decided to dig deeper into the Channel Islands and UK education systems to see what, if anything, cloud computing could do to help encourage young people into the world of IT and, specifically, software development. 

As we move ever closer to a true on-demand computing environment, delivering both consumer and business based technology services through the cloud, I realised that education establishments were not changing accordingly and the education sysem was still stuck in the past. It strikes me as ironic that the very place where we need to encourage and nurture innovation, currently offers its students little and, in most cases, no access to the very technology used to deliver these services.  Therefore, they have a very poor understanding of its potential, which is very disappointing...

Cloud Computing And Social Media Wish List For 2012

Grazed from Business Computing World.  Author: Kevin Tea.

Is that’s time of year for making seasonal wish lists, new year’s resolutions so I thought I’d chip in with a few of my own personal choices.

In the two or so years that I’ve been blogging about cloud computing I have seen a plethora of services that have been great, average or downright bloody awful. Wading through all of these I have got a rough idea of my perfect cloud and social media mix so here is my slightly tongue in cheek breakdown.

Wish List #1

Please, please, please will Box open up desktop syncing to non enterprise users. This is holding back what is a great service and could be truly phenomenal. Looking back through the Box forums it seems that us pond life users have been promised this for more than a year so quite why the delay I have no idea. I really don’t want to have to give up on Box but manual synchronisation is so last century...

Mobility, cloud, analytics to reshape IT in 2012

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Ann Bednarz.

Despite some hopeful fits and starts, the U.S. economy didn't escape the doldrums in 2011. Unemployment remained stubbornly high, the U.S. debt-ceiling crisis and budget scuffles spurred more economic uncertainty, and Europe's ongoing financial problems threatened global markets. If there's an upside, at least it's familiar territory.

"Back in 2008, nobody knew what was going to happen as a result of the global financial crisis and IT spending almost stopped overnight," says Richard Gordon, a research vice president at Gartner. "We're not in that kind of situation now. The solutions to the problems [in the U.S. and Europe] are understood and known. The question is now, is there a political way to execute and make them happen?"...

Survey Finds That Cloud Computing Buyers Demand More

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babcock.

Use of cloud computing services continues to creep upward among those responding to the second InformationWeek Reports State of Cloud Computing Survey. But in the data we can see what will be the dominating cloud trend in 2012: IT teams looking to run more sophisticated services on top of basic x86 infrastructure.

One data point to look at is projected new uses of the different types of cloud computing. We see fewer new adopters of infrastructure as a service over the next 12 months. However, new users of platform as a service, software as a service, and the cloud computing services provided by virtualization vendors all show continued high or increasing percentages...

10 Things to Remember When Reaching for the Cloud

Grazed from eCommerce Times.  Author: Richard Taggart.

Cloud computing represents a powerful shift in how your company deploys applications, stores data, implements security and adheres to industry regulations. Cloud architectures can give your company the flexibility to scale resources as the business requires. And you can do so without incurring unnecessary capital expenses.

Whether your organization is actively looking at cloud computing options or just thinking about it, there are some important business, legal and security issues to consider about cloud computing before taking the plunge. Weighing these issues at the onset will help you avoid potential problems once you select a vendor and begin deployment.

You should also bring some key stakeholders into the conversion to ensure you're looking at the benefits and potential risks from every possible angle...

2012: The Year of Cloud Consumption?

Grazed from Minyanville.com.  Author:  Conor Sen.

Many years ago, Sun Microsystems coined the phrase “the network is the computer.” Sun was way ahead of its time in making this call, and despite being right in its vision didn't survive to be a part of what we now know as cloud computing. Increasingly, it appears that we're transitioning to a world where, to use a somewhat clumsy analogy, the network is the consumer.

A couple of pieces served as inspiration for this. First, Leigh Drogen had a post a year ago titled Social Capital and Collaborative Consumption with which I generally agree. But it was this New Year's resolution from Leah Culver to “live in the cloud” that made the connection for me. Because while cloud computing companies like Salesforce.com (CRM), VMware (VMW), and Citrix Systems (CTXS) are changing the lives of IT professionals and systems administrators everywhere, cloud consumption has the potential to change the lives of everyone...