June 2012

Are Cloud Reliability, Security Still ‘Open Issues’?

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Mike Barton.

In a new report, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) notes 23 “open issues” regarding the cloud computing, including computing performance, cloud reliability, economic goals, compliance and information security.

reports that issues highlighted in NIST Special Publication 800-146 (PDF) “are traditional distributed computing topics that have remained open for decades” but have become more relevant since the emergence of cloud computing. “Other issues appear to be unique to cloud computing,” says the document...

ISC Cloud’12 Focuses on Use of Clouds for HPC and Big Data

Grazed from Scientific Computing.  Author: PR Announcement.

On September 24 to 25, 2012, cloud computing experts from around the world will gather in Mannheim, Germany, bringing a range of experience and perspectives on how to reduce the complexity of high-performance computing and the barrier for research and development by switching to cloud computing. This year’s conference also will address the topic of Big Data.

“HPC utilization is becoming increasingly complex and a new trend emerges almost every year. There’s multicore and manycore, scaling up and out, big data, digital manufacturing and the missing middle, green computing, and HPC in the Cloud,” said ISC Cloud General Chair Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch, an international expert in HPC and Grids who now brings his expertise to the clouds. “What the end-user is really looking for is research flexibility, easy access to HPC, reduced management overhead, and possibilities to extend the existing and limited HPC infrastructure.”...


Microsoft in talks about "Humanitarian Cloud" project

Grazed from The Seattle Times.  Author:  Janet Tu.

A number of tech companies including F5 Networks, Hewlett-Packard and VMWare are participating in a pilot project launching today called the "Humanitarian Cloud."


The project, being presented today at the Social Innovation Summit at the United Nations Plaza in New York City, is designed to give nonprofit organizations the ability to share applications, services and IT support using cloud computing technologies. The idea is that nonprofits who participate may be able to save money on capital, hardware, software and IT support costs and allow them to access cloud apps from a variety of devices, according to the initiative's website...

Cloud Adoption in APAC is Gaining Momentum – IDC Report

Grazed from Cloud Times.  Author: Saroj Kar.

Asia Pacific region including the world’s two upcoming superpower China and India are slow in adopting some form of cloud computing services despite increase in resource allocation by IT vendors to scale-up their offerings.

According to the results of IDC’s latest cloud survey, Cloud Adoption in the Asia Pacific – Retail Industry, only 19 percent of APAC retailers have started looking to adopt some practice of cloud computing services.

However, the cloud deployment is slowly gaining momentum; 32 percent of respondents say that they are evaluating cloud implementation in the next two to five years...

'Europe two years late' to the US cloud party - privacy, security and economic meltdown blamed

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Paul Kunert.

Cloud adoption in Europe will lag the US by a minimum of two years due to concerns over data privacy, security and regulations.

Or so says abacus-stroker Gartner, which reckons that the eurozone's economic meltdown won't help either.

"The opportunities for cloud computing value are valid all over the world, and the same is true for some of the risks and costs," said Paolo Malinverno, a veep at Gartner.

"However, some of cloud computing's potential risks and costs - namely security, transparency and integration - which are generally applicable worldwide, take on a different meaning in Europe," he added...

Cloud Computing & Big Data Future Prospects Reviewed in New Report Published at MarketPublishers.com

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud computing has been generating considerable hype these days. Every participant in the data centre and IT ecosystem has been rolling out ‘cloud’ initiatives and strategies from hardware vendors, ISVs, SaaS providers, and Web 2.0 companies – start-ups and incumbents are equally active.

Cloud computing promises to transform IT infrastructure and deliver scalability, flexibility, and efficiency, as well as new services and applications that were previously unthinkable. Despite all of this activity, cloud computing remains as amorphous today as its name suggests. However, one critical trend shines through the cloud – Big Data. Indeed, it is the core driver in cloud computing, expected to define the future of IT...

Cloud computing's sad state: Innovation is in scarce supply

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

There are two prominent cloud technology strategies these days. First: Let's copy everything Amazon Web Services (AWS) is doing. (You know who you are!) Second: Let's rebrand our old technology as a private cloud.

The lack of innovation and creativity in cloud computing is beginning to bug me, and it should bug those of you in enterprise IT. Here's how to spot technology providers that are, er, innovation-challenged.

What's lacking is new ideas: specifically, ideas that bring different approaches to familiar problems. Ideas that should lead to new technology and service categories, as well as bring much more value to the enterprise. However, most of the bigger cloud computing providers seem to consider innovation and creativity as high-risk concepts. Instead, they focus on replicating products and services that already work in the market...

Cloud Computing: HP Names Veghte COO; Imports New Software Savior

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

HP Wednesday named Bill Veghte chief operating officer, a newly created position that relieves the former Windows executive of running the company's poorly functioning software operation two years and three CEOs after he got the job.

Veghte is keeping the corporate strategy charter he was given a few months ago as well as responsibility for Autonomy, HP's great problematic British acquisition that he was given last week when Autonomy founder Mike Lynch was fired.

HP doesn't have much of a strategy, at least nothing that doesn't resemble what everybody else is doing and that - as of last week - is to focus on Big Data, cloud and security - all of which depend on software...

Cloud Computing: Dell’s Testing ARM Servers

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

Not waiting for Calexda, Dell is developing its own low-power ARM-based microservers.

The dense, cheap widgets aren't generally available. They aren't ready for prime time yet.

Instead Dell's got a seed program happening called Copper that won't brighten Intel's mood any since Dell is the second-largest maker of x86 servers behind HP, and HP is also skipping down the ARM path. What's more, Dell, at least, is ultimately contemplating the enterprise mainstream despite the risk of cannibalization.

It said Tuesday morning that it's shipped ARM-based clusters to a few "hyperscale" customers for evaluation and it's putting demonstration clusters at Dell Solution Centers worldwide - as well as at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the supercomputing center at the University of Texas in Austin - where they can be remotely accessed by ISVs so they can develop the nascent ARM server ecosystem...

Storm Cloud: The Disruptive Force of Cloud Computing

Grazed from TriplePundit.  Author: Sharon Florentine.

‘Disruptive’ is a word tossed around a lot in technology circles to describe new innovations and their transformative effects on the industry. But is this disruption a good thing? Or a bad thing?

That depends on who you ask.

Phil Wainewright, writing for his SaaS blog at ZDNet, believes cloud computing technology is both inherently good and inherently bad.

“There’s a reason we call [game-changing technologies] disruptive. They displace established industries and bring misfortune to those on the receiving end,” he said. Adoption of cloud computing tech in the enterprise is disruptive in a bad way for existing IT hierarchies and in a good way for business and existing revenue models, he explained...

Are your applications ready to live in the cloud?

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Danny Bradbury.

So, you are ready for a journey to the cloud. You have evaluated the benefits and you think you are ready to migrate your applications to a castle in the sky.

But the road to cloudy happiness is a long and winding one. Getting your applications into the cloud takes preparation.

Why move?

The first step is to nail down the motivation for the move. Cost reduction is usually a key motivator, as companies pool resources by virtualising their hardware.

Agility is another. Putting applications in the cloud makes it possible to provision computing power and storage faster and more flexibly than running them on dedicated tin. Cloud computing also helps regulate volatile demand...

Why You Really, Truly Don’t Want a Private Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Jason Bloomberg.

The more you focus on the business benefits of Cloud, the more likely you'll be leaning toward public over private deployment models. Furthermore, this mind shift isn't all about security risks. Once you work through the issues, you'll likely come to the same conclusion: there's generally little or no solid business reason to build a private Cloud.

I had the pleasure of speaking at two quite different Cloud Computing conferences last week: Opal’s Business of Cloud Computing in Dallas and UBM’s CloudConnect in Bangalore. As the conference names and locations might suggest, the former was the more business-oriented while the latter was chock full of techies. What I didn’t expect, however, was that the business Cloud crowd had a more mature, advanced conception of Cloud than the technical audience. While the techies were still struggling with essential characteristics like elasticity, trying to free themselves from the vendor nonsense that drives such conferences, the business folks generally had a well-developed understanding of what Cloud is really all about, and as a result, focused their discussions on how best to leverage the approach to meet both tactical and strategic business goals...

Work in the Cloud With Google Chromebox

Grazed from The Gadgeteer.  Author: Ian Lim.

The Google Chromebox is a partnership between Google and Samsung that brings Cloud Computing to the desktop.  Mainly aimed at businesses, the unit can also bring benefits and advantages to the consumer.  It runs an Intel Celeron and has a 16GB SDD, built-in WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, 6 USB 2.0 ports, 2 X Display Ports and Bluetooth; the box runs Google’s latest Chrome OS version 19. Made to allow you to work entirely from the Web (surprisingly generally with Google products), Google has alluded to off-line Google Docs support in the near future.

The Chromebox will be available from Best Buy in the US in the next few weeks for $320, and for business, can be purchased with management and support packages direct from Google for an additional $150.

SHMsoft Tests Open Source E-Discovery App in Cloud

Grazed from Law.com.  Author: Evan Koblentz.

SHMsoft, which makes the FreeEed open-source e-discovery application, is expanding its product lineup into cloud computing and growing its staff.

SHMsoft released FreeEed 1.0 in June 2011 as a text-based processing tool. In January the company launched version 3.5, which sports a Windows interface and a search function for early case assessment. The newest edition is called SHMcloud that lets users process and store their e-discovery data on Amazon.com's public cloud or in a private network.

SHMcloud is commercial software and closed-source, meaning that unlike FreeEed, it is not free and its code is not open for modification. It will cost $10 per hour when users process their own data, and $25 per hour if SHMsoft processes the data, explains Mark Kerzner, CEO of SHMsoft. Its companion SHMcloud Player is a desktop application that is free, but closed-source -- both programs should exit their beta stages later this summer, he says...

Cloud could force shake-up of channel

Grazed from CloudPro.  Author:  James Stirling.

CompTIA research shows that cloud computing is pressuring resellers to look again at channel programmes.

Cloud computing could force a transformation in channel programmes, a study by CompTIA has revealed.

The survey of 400 channel heads found that cloud, the consumerisation of IT and other trends would produce upheaval in the channel.

In its Second Annual State of IT Channel Programmes, the organisation said that 63 per cent of IT companies would shift from on-premise to cloud delivery models over the next 12 months. Cloud would exist alongside on-premise business for the channel, it suggested...

enStratus Stresses Logging in the Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Roger Strukhoff.

Management and governance seem to be emerging topics in the cloud-computing world, as companies who've now committed themselves to the cloud focus on traditional enterprise IT headaches, er, issues.

Enterprise cloud computing has its roots in web services (the hot topic of 2004) and services-oriented architecture (SOA, the hot topic of 2007), and nothing was more prominent or less understood than issues involving governance back in those "early days."

enStratus, which provides cloud infrastructure management services, has redoubled its efforts in explaining some of these issues, as many enterprise IT managers prepare themselves for Cloud Expo in New York...

Infosys opens development centre to train employees in cloud tech

Grazed from Business Line.  Author: Venkatesh Ganesh.

Infosys has started a development centre within the company to train its current and prospective employees on cloud computing technologies.

This line of business started last fiscal, currently trains 3,000 of its employees who work on cloud computing-related technologies. It has the capacity to train 5,000 employees in a year.

Employees will be trained on technologies such as big data, virtualisation and new ways of coding for companies wanting to shift from mainframe systems to the cloud. Infosys is looking to train system architects and software engineers in Java and Hadoop technologies...

Cloud Computing: HP and Oracle Go to Court

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

HP's attempt to get a court to order Oracle to continue to develop software for HP's mission-critical Itanium-based Integrity boxes began Thursday with jury selection, a selection that could be harder, the Recorder says, because of HP's announcement last week that it's going to lay off 27,000 people.

Oracle claims the Itanium is at end-of-life, that the only reason Intel hasn't pulled the plug on the chip is because HP is paying Intel hundred of millions of dollars to keep it on life support and stopped writing new software for the "dying platform" 14 months ago, ending a disintegrating 10-year relationship with HP.

HP, which makes a packet on the system - or did before all this started - claims Oracle is in breach of contract - an unconventional agreement it claims was forged to overcome its objections to its former CEO Mark Hurd going to work at Oracle as co-president....

Keeping Your Cloud Collaboration Services Options Open

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

There’s lots of pressure on IT folks these days to address three issues at the same time: mobile, cloud computing and social networking. That’s a lot for even the largest of organizations to take on simultaneously. But business users are being relentless in their demands that IT organizations be proactive about delivering these capabilities to the organizations starting preferably tomorrow.

The interesting thing about these three trends is that in many ways they are really just natural extensions of each other, which is the thinking that went into the development of a new Bitrix cloud computing service that was launched today...

According to Stephen Ankenman, senior technology consultant for Bitrix, the Bitrix24 creates a social intranet workspace in the cloud that combines 30 content, project, collaboration, communication, reporting and management tools under a common social media-style interface. That interface makes the environment simple to use in a way that can easily be extended out to mobile computing devices using both HTML5 and native interfaces.

Cloud Computing: Elliott Management Turns Screw on BMC to Sell

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

Elliott Management, the $20 billion hedge fund that now owns 6.5% of BMC and wants it to sell out to anybody that'll better its $6.8 billion market cap, filed a 36-page PowerPoint presentation with the SEC Thursday laying out its case.

Elliott helped push Novell into the arms of Attachmate and thinks that BMC could be fodder for Oracle, HP, Cisco, CA, Dell, EMC, Symantec, IBM or, for that matter, a technology-focused private equity firm such as KKR, TPG, THL, Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, Apax Partners, Silver Lake and Golden Gate Capital.

BMC's software manages distributed server networks and mainframes. Wall Street has previously offered those names but figures BMC would probably have to be split up to get a sale done...