November 2012

Study Shows IT and Business Professionals Are Finding Business Advantages in Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Grazed from VMware.  Author: PR Announcement

VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced new research findings that demonstrate public cloud adoption has moved beyond test and development in many companies. The study, commissioned by VMware and conducted by analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), found 67 percent of the mid-market and enterprise companies surveyed are running what they view as mission-critical workloads on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

"The study demonstrates that IaaS from cloud service providers is seeing broad adoption by mainstream business for business-critical applications and data, moving beyond test and development," said Mathew Lodge, vice president, cloud services, VMware. "As IaaS adoption grows, so does the importance of strong customer service and support as well as the quality of the underlying technology. Compatibility with existing virtualized datacenters and private clouds was also key."


Unlocking Huge Value From Cloud Computing With 2 Stocks

Grazed from Trefis. Author: Morgan Smith.

Over the past several years, technology has taken some giant leaps forward in terms of allowing businesses to better engage with their employees, customers, and competitors – and one of the biggest keys in providing companies with the means to do so is cloud computing. The term cloud computing – a concept that was unknown to the majority of the planet until just a few short years ago – has today become almost a household name.

In this article, I will discuss how the current and future need by large and small companies, as well as by individuals, has helped in transforming the businesses that both provide cloud computing and allow for the usage of cloud computing capabilities – and in turn may lead to a great opportunity for investors...

Will Sandy's winds blow more agencies to the cloud?

Grazed from Author: Matthew Weigelt.

A blustery lady named Sandy may be the motivation some agencies need to finally jump aboard the cloud. The full effect of Sandy -- the “frankenstorm” that started as a tropical system, grew into a hurricane, then collided with two other systems to become a different kind of devastating event -- is yet unknown. But as one former federal CIO said Oct. 31 agencies often have the newer systems and data centers because of their recent transition to the cloud. And those newer data centers, which are designed to handle natural disasters, likely rode out the storm without significant disruption.

“If they have sort of a weaker infrastructure, I would think [Sandy] would be a motivating factor. If they have a very solid infrastructure already established, I’m not sure it would make any difference,” said Gregg “Skip” Bailey, director at Deloitte Consulting LLP and the federal cloud computing lead at the firm. He was formerly CIO at the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...

Patent Issued for System and Method for Personal Cloud Computing

Grazed from Adobe. Author: PR Announcement.

A patent by the inventors Peercy, Mark S. (Cupertino, CA); Loh, Danny D. (Menlo Park, CA), filed on May 29, 2009, was cleared and issued on October 23, 2012, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents. Patent number 8296763 is assigned to Adobe Systems Incorporated (San Jose, CA). The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Description of the Related Art":

"The computing, information, and communication industries are undergoing a massive transition with the rise of low-cost, high-performance devices, high-bandwidth communication infrastructure, and the Internet. The personal computer (PC), once a stalwart of information technology, is in rapid retreat, its value being drained away by innumerable large and small players offering solutions to problems that overlap the offerings of the PC and often extend well beyond them. Unfortunately, although users have been offered a dramatically wider array of options than before, it has come at a very real cost: data and applications are fragmented across heterogeneous and often incompatible devices and the Internet, device management has become extraordinarily complicated, and devices and Internet services come and go at an astonishing rate. Chores that were complicated for some users, even when they had just one PC to manage, have become significantly more difficult...

The Holy Grail: How to develop seamlessly in the cloud

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Jay Simons.

In the wild kingdom of cloud computing, there are still a few mountains to summit. Development in the cloud is a big one. Software is truly eating the world, and today code and the teams writing it are the crown jewel of almost any business. Software is increasingly the way most businesses will differentiate from one another, leapfrogging each other’s product or service, accelerating how quickly they onboard new employees or improve logistics.

All that code — the characters on a keyboard strung together harmonically and the teams that weave it together — means a lot to the bottom line. So creating ways for teams to churn it out even faster is a huge opportunity. That’s where the cloud comes in...

IBM Introduces New Security Solutions for Big Data, Mobility and Cloud

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Saroj Kar.

IBM announced a wide range of security software solutions to help organizations protect their information and identities within and outside the company in massive data environments such as Big Data, mobile and cloud computing.

Specifically, IBM presented ten products and improvements for organizations to deal with new security threats and challenges arising as a result of the increased use of these emerging technologies. In fact, according to the IBM 2012 Global Reputational Risk and IT study, a major cause of concern of executives worldwide is how to ensure the security of their data in real time outside the traditional security perimeter of the company. The new capabilities of IBM software to help customers better manage the security of mobile devices, mitigate threats and reduce internal and external security risks in cloud environments, enhance security of the databases in real-time such as data security solutions for Hadoop and other big data environments, and automate compliance and security management information...

Cloud Computing Useful for Disaster Preparedness

Grazed from MidSize Insider. Author: Sharon Hurley Hall.

Could cloud computing help midsize businesses avert the worst effects of disaster? Hurricane Sandy is only the latest in a long list of storms destined to wreak havoc on the U.S., and it raises an issue that businesses should be aware of: the need for a disaster recovery plan. Perhaps that plan should include moving some functions to the cloud.

Disasters: A Big Business Problem

Hurricanes and other big storms are not just an inconvenience; they are a major problem for businesses affected by the loss of power and other utilities. What's even worse, as an article in Talkin' Cloud points out, is that businesses may lose access to their business data. That includes businesses who are outside the direct path of the storm. We are used to a world where business is going on 24 hours a day, but that only works if the networks and computers that support that business stay online. Many businesses' buildings are not designed to withstand the high winds of hurricanes and the delicate electronic equipment they contain can easily be damaged by sudden power outages and floods. That could mean data loss, which is bad news for any business. One potential answer suggested by the Talkin' Cloud article is wider use of the cloud...

Top Myths About Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Rick Blaisdell.

Cloud computing has been a hot topic during the last few years for technology specialists all over the world. Cloud computing has been adopted by many enterprises, but still challenges continue to rise. With all the articles and documentation on this subject, there are many myths that have developed over time. So here are the most common myths regarding cloud computing: security, data loss and performance.

Security is compromised in the cloud

Without a doubt, this is the most talked about point. In order to be a successful service provider, cloud providers have to assure the customers or prospects that their data is secure. The security risks that exist in the cloud are no different than the ones that exist in-house. The greatest advantage when outsourcing to cloud is that providers are permanently focused on improving controls and procedures so that the data is always secure, while enterprises might neglect this focus from time to time. So one could argue that a risk could be to remain in a physical environment. Most cloud computing providers also offer the customer different levels of security protection, which allows for more enhanced security...

WSO2 VP of Technology Evangelism to Speak on Private Cloud Adoption at Cloud Computing West 2012

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Seeking new revenue streams and operational efficiencies, many businesses are re-tooling their infrastructure, development and operations to deploy applications into private clouds. However, the challenges of legacy architecture, up-front investment requirements, and team skills have been obstacles to wider acceptance of cloud initiatives. WSO2 Vice President of Technology Evangelism Chris Haddad will explore how early private cloud adopters are realizing a multitude of benefits at Cloud Computing West 2012. The conference runs November 8-9, 2012 at the DoubleTree Suites in Santa Monica, CA.

In his presentation, “Investing in Cloud Initiatives,” Chris will examine how early private cloud adopters are successfully adapting their IT business models, vendor-provided infrastructure, and practices to gain cloud benefits. Additionally, Chris will outline:...

Mobile and cloud create new paradigms, data governance best practices

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Ben Cole.

Cloud computing and mobile-device use are changing the way companies produce information -- and in doing so, they're creating new challenges for organizations looking to develop data governance best practices. But could this trend toward data governance actually help organizations struggling with information management?

Certainly, cloud and mobile are radically changing the way businesses think about data and access: Recent statistics released by Forrester Research Inc. show that by 2016, the number of smartphones in the U.S. alone is expected to grow to 257 million. Forrester also predicts that by 2016, iPads and other tablets will be users' primary computing devices...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Corporation Takes Office 365 into New Worlds

Grazed from InsiderMonkey. Author: David Woodburn.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been getting some momentum for its Office 365 platform and its cloud computing services, including Azure. a couple of recent announcements have just solidified that growing momentum, as Microsoft (MSFT) has moved itself into a branch of the federal government and into China in separate deals that will feature Office 365.

These two deals my bode well for the firm as the cloud-computing universe continues to expand, and certainly investors in Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock like billionaire fund manager Seth Klarman of Baupost Group, may be optimistic...

Megaupload takedown demonstrates the danger of storing data anywhere in the cloud

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned about US government claims that a Megaupload user lost his property rights by using cloud storage has implications for all data stored by any user or company with any cloud provider, including Amazon’s S3, Google Apps or Apple iCloud.

When the FBI took down Megaupload at the end of last year, it also seized the servers and all of the files they contained. But Megaupload had many legitimate users who used the service to store their own proprietary files. Kyle Goodwin is one such user, and with the help of EFF he has been seeking the return of his property...

Microsoft picks city for cloud computing

Grazed from EastDay. Author: PR Announcement.

MICROSOFT Corp has chosen Shanghai as the first city in China for commercial and public cloud computing services, Microsoft and the Shanghai government said yesterday. "It's a milestone agreement to show Microsoft's commitment to China," said Ralph Haupter, chairman and CEO of Microsoft China. "Microsoft will continue to expand and accelerate investment in China, driving the next era of innovation and opportunity."

The cloud agreement enables customers in China to access Microsoft's Office 365 and Windows Azure services operated by 21Vianet in China, the world's biggest personal computer and Internet market...

Public Cloud Services: A Jekyll and Hyde Impact on IT Spend

Grazed from ChannelPartners. Author: Editorial Staff.

Public cloud services are creating a strange dichotomy, having both a positive and negative impact on IT services spending. That's according to a new report from Gartner, the tech researcher, which says public cloud services are simultaneously cannibalizing and stimulating demand for external IT services. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) adoption – the most basic and fundamental form of cloud computing service – has expanded beyond development and test use cases.

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating and public cloud services do, and will, cannibalize IT services spending in the coming years, most notably in the data center," said Bryan Britz, research director at Gartner. "At the same time, public cloud adoption offers service providers the opportunity to accelerate externalization of spending for the non-public cloud workloads and IT operations and service management responsibilities in tandem with clients pursuing a public cloud initiative."...

Microsoft needs to step up its cloud game

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

As InfoWorld's Ted Samson pointed out this week, Microsoft is intertwining Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Windows Azure to help developers build multiplatform, cloud-friendly apps. And it announced a batch of new services and functionality for its cloud platform, including the extension of Windows Azure Mobile Services to support for Windows Phone 8. The move should provide easy cloud-based mobile application development for those loyal to Microsoft platforms. Microsoft even provides a store to sell these Azure-built applications. But something's still missing from Microsoft's cloud picture.

The core issue is that a company the size of Microsoft should be doing more leading and less following. All the technologies and services Microsoft annonuced this week for its cloud ecosystem were born, proven, and executed by other companies, such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft is looking much less innovative than these competitors, and so it's much less likely to capture and hold the emerging $50 billion cloud computing market...

Cloud Computing: Amazon speeds up EBS storage input-output - again

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Another busy week for Amazon Web Services which added new compute instance types, cut prices on others, and upped the limit on provisioned IOPS for EBS volumes. Amazon is getting busier as more public cloud options come on line.

Some computing and storage tasks require faster data input/output than others. That’s why in August, Amazon Web Services said customers could, for an additional fee, allocate up to 1,000 Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS) per EBS storage volume. On Thursday, the company doubled the limit to 2,000 IOPS per EBS volume according to a post on the very busy AWS blog. Faster storage input/output is important in database and transaction processing applications...

Attunity CloudBeam Launches on Amazon with Cloud Services

Grazed from Talkin Cloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Attunity is bringing its CloudBeam managed SaaS platform for Amazon Web Services (AWS) out of the private beta phase and into public beta. It’s not quite ready for official launch, but now that the company has launched the public beta, it is bringing out two high-performance data movement services — upload to cloud and replication between cloud regions. “Attunity CloudBeam helps users realize the promise of cloud computing by alleviating the Big Data bottleneck and infrastructure maintenance challenges,” said Matt Benati, vice president of Global Marketing, in a prepared statement.

Attunity first announced CloudBeam back in July when it brought the private beta to customers for testing. CloudBeam was designed to be simple cloud service providing high-performance solutions for moving Big Data in, out and across AWS cloud data centers as quickly and easily as possible...

Cloud computing in 2013: a conversation with Appcore's CEO

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Dan Kusnetzky.

Brian Patrick Donaghy, CEO of Appcore, reached out to me to discuss the five things he expected to see in the cloud computing market in 2013. Since his company is in the business of providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) tools, it appeared to be an excellent opportunity to discuss what Appcore has learned from its customers' experiences using cloud computing. In the end, the conversation turned into a rambling discussion of the history of computing, how technology is adopted around the world, and was great fun. Thanks Brian!

Five cloud computing trends for 2013

Here's what Brian Donaghy had to say about what we're going to see in 2013...

How To Build A Cloud Strategy In 10 Steps

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Michael Brenner.

Is your business ready for cloud computing? We know there are cost-saving reasons to run your business in the cloud, but before signing with a vendor, there are some other things to consider. Processes, goals, and technology are just a few.

ViaWest’s white paper entitled How to Execute a Successful Cloud Strategy succinctly outlines 10 “cloud tenets” that are perfect for helping you develop a cloud strategy specific to your business. When evaluating a cloud vendor, the white paper recommends:

  • Analyze your long-term business needs – Cloud computing vendors aren’t “one size fits all.” Consider your organization’s present and future needs and match them to a cloud vendor that has a choice of technology...

Cisco Boosts Cloud Automation, Management Capabilities For Large-Scale UCS Deployments

Grazed from CRN. Author: Chad Berndtson.

Cisco this week made substantial updates to its Unified Computing System (UCS) and cloud automation portfolios, including a centralized management tool for large-scale UCS deployments and the extension of certain connectivity tools to support rack-mount server versions of UCS in addition to blade server versions.

New to the UCS platform is UCS Central, what Brian Schwarz, director, UCS product management, described as a "big brother" to Cisco's UCS Manager software. UCS Central creates a single management dashboard for large-scale UCS deployments and the many UCS Managers needed to control distributed server environments across large enterprises. Whereas an instance of UCS Manager covers up to 160 or up to 320 computing nodes, depending on a customer's configuration, UCS Central can oversee as many as 10,000 physical servers. It's based on the same data model and API structure as UCS Manager so IT managers used to the UCS Manager interface won't find anything too new, according to Cisco...