December 2012

Researchers find new way to perform computing tasks with cloud browsing

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud based browser could allow mobile devices like smartphones with limited computing power to perform large scale computing tasks. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have found a new way of performing large scale computing tasks through cloud based browsers.

The researchers claimed that the cloud based browser could allow mobile devices like smartphones with limited computing power to perform large scale computing tasks. Cloud browser can create a web interface in cloud though which computing tasks can be performed in the cloud instead of performing it on the devices...

Cloud Technology Gets Cheaper, but at What Cost?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Bob Prince Alo.

Amazon has dropped prices on its popular cloud database servers and added a range of rentable hardware that customers can use to host cloud technology and related platforms. The cloud computing juggernaut lost some popularity in the wake of power outages that received its fair share of media coverage earlier this year. Amazon hopes to regain its market share by reducing prices and expanding product lines.

Amazon's price cuts comes amid a backdrop of increasingly steep competition from other cloud vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. Lower prices and diversified cloud products attract many small and midsize firms to cloud solutions...

Cloud atlas: A weather forecast on the Chinese cloud industry

Grazed from TheNextWeb. Author: Josh Ong.

We’ve already talked at length about the division between the Chinese Internet and the rest of the world. It’s a schism that has broad-reaching effects on censorship and culture, and it also has a heavy impact on the development of the Chinese cloud industry.

That industry, like its nebulous namesake, is itself vague and undefined. These days it has become such a buzzword that almost anything related to the Internet will have the label slapped onto it. As such, in our survey of the Chinese cloud industry, we’re going to look at several different cross-sections, from back-end computing infrastructure to personal storage...

Breaking Through Cloud Addiction

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Alexander Haislip.

 Cloud computing has become a lot like the Hotel California: Once you pick a provider you can check out anytime you want – but you can never leave.

You’ve no doubt heard of “cloud lock-in,” the concept that once you architect and optimize your systems on a single infrastructure seller you’re effectively stuck with the choice. It’s an unattractive idea, especially in an industry moving as quickly as cloud computing is.

And the companies paying real money for cloud computing – signing eight- and nine-figure annual contracts – they’re the ones looking for alternatives. They know they’re going to get discounts now that HP, Microsoft, Google and Dell are all in the cloud game...

Proformative Announces Top 5 Benefits of Cloud Computing and Launches Cloud Computing Survey and Giveaway

Grazed from PRWeb.  Author: PR Announcement.

 Proformative, the largest and fastest-growing online community and resource for senior level corporate finance, accounting, treasury and related professionals today seeks feedback from its constituency with its second annual Cloud Computing Survey tied with a ‘cloud’ giveaway.

Cloud computing and cloud services have become so prevalent and integral to organizations of all sizes that Proformative is hosting another Cloud Computing Survey to gain even more insight into the topic.

Cloud Computing is very easily applied to the accounting and finance departments. Traditional on-premise software used to record, process and report on company business can all be taken to the cloud where it can go beyond the debits and credits to managing people, payroll, commerce, treasury, BI and a whole host of formerly difficult-to-acquire and integrate technologies...

Cloud computing: Data protection issues

Grazed from Schoosmiths.co.uk.  Author: Aisling Duffy.

 Alongside the benefit of cloud computing, however, lies a lack of transparency for cloud customers, causing legitimate concerns about how they can comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

Thrown into this mix, of course, is the latest attempt by the European Commission (EC) to protect privacy rights and provide a uniform approach to data protection with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Although the EC is not looking to implement the Draft Regulation until 2014, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has released Guidance on the use of cloud computing, in an attempt to address some of these concerns and hopefully shed light on the best approach for cloud customers to take....

Netflix CEO likens cloud computing to early coding era

Grazed from MacWorld. Author: Rohan Pearce.

CEO of US video streaming company Netflix, Reed Hastings, says that the current state of cloud computing is akin to the era before compilers took some of the heavy lifting away from coding. Netflix started its move to Amazon’s cloud in late 2009, and according to Hastings, who addressed the recent AWS re:Invent customer conference in Las Vegas, 95 percent of the company’s computation and storage is provided by Amazon Web Services.

“We’ve got some remaining low value systems that we haven’t yet converted but we hope by the end of next year to be the largest business in the world that’s 100 percent on AWS outside Amazon retail,” Hastings said...

Legal concerns curb corporate cloud adoption

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Howard Baldwin.

The first time a client brought intellectual property lawyer Janine Anthony Bowen a cloud computing contract to look over, her reaction was, essentially, "These people must be nuts." "I read the clause saying the service provider would bear no liability for anything that went wrong with its service, and even if something did go wrong, my client would still be responsible," recounts Bowen, lead partner at Jack Attorneys & Advisors in Atlanta.

To recover any losses, her client would have had to bring suit, and the maximum recovery amount equaled no more than the fees paid for 12 months of service. That amount wouldn't even begin to come close to the value of a data loss. Bowen's assessment of the contract was blunt: "The terms were offensive," she says...

How IT will be blown to bits

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

The season of predictions is upon us, with market intelligence firm IDC last week releasing its report "IDC Predictions 2013: Competing on the 3rd Platform." What exactly is the "3rd platform"? It's an IDC amalgam of mobile computing, cloud services, social networking, and big data analytics technologies -- which tend to be procured outside the usual enterprise IT channels. According to the report, these technologies will together drive approximately 90 percent of the growth in IT spending from 2013 through 2020.

A fascinating aspect of this prediction crystalized for me during a conversation with IDC Senior Vice President Frank Gens, who described how cloud services are starting to dig deep into vertical industry areas -- an accelerating trend that portends dramatic fragmentation of IT...

Cyber criminals can hack on the cheap thanks to Google

Grazed from CloudPro.co.uk. Author: Davey Winder.

A new research paper has described how hackers can benefit from Google for cheap cloud computing - will this open the floodgates? Because I spend the most of my working day writing about the IT security space, you might think I get to read an awful lot of research papers concerning proof of concept threats and potential exploits.

And you would be right. On the whole, while these are interesting enough to someone such as myself, when it comes to the actual real-world risk posed to your average enterprise by such research that is best summed up in the title of a recent blog of mine: Cryptography attack: side-channel cloud threat is all nerd and no knickers. I concluded that particular piece by saying that "If you are a business with real data out there in the real cloud, and assuming you've followed basic security best-practice strategies, including the rather obvious non-use of public clouds for highly sensitive data storage, you can move on: nothing to see here..."...

Why VMware is spinning off Cloud Foundry and SpringSource

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

The decision by VMware and parent EMC to spin out VMware’s “tier 2″ technologies into a separate subsidiary shows that they’re under pressure to compete with massive cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft in the enterprise.

To say VMware and EMC are desperately seeking enterprise cloud credibility with the proposed spinoff of Cloud Foundry and SpringSource along with key EMC technologies into a separate subsidiary might be overstating the case. But not by much. The move shows that EMC and VMware must strengthen their hand in enterprise software and cloud computing. The EMC subsidiary, expected to be announced this week,  will focus resources — and about 1,000 former VMware employees — on this key segment where VMware’s buyout of SpringSource in 2009 and other acquisitions failed to gain traction...

What Bilbo Baggins Teaches Us About Cloud Computing

Grazed from WindowsITPro.  Author: B. K. Winstead.

Cloud computing and the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins? What might they have in common? On the surface, you'd have to say nothing. But I've been thinking about The Hobbit lately, with the much-anticipated Peter Jackson epic set to debut in theaters soon. Although I'm sure J. R. R. Tolkien had no notion of cloud computing, or computers for that matter, Bilbo's story can still be read as an allegory for the journey that many IT pros take when they move to the cloud -- with many of the same lessons to be learned.

At the start, Bilbo is quite content in his little hobbit hole, Bag End, in the Shire. Think of that as IT pros in the traditional mode of on-premises deployments. Had he been left to himself, that's exactly where Bilbo would have stayed. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), Gandalf chose Bilbo to accompany the dwarves on their quest across the wilds to the Lonely Mountain. We can say Gandalf is like a CIO or CEO or some conglomeration of super powerful execs. And the dwarves? We'll call them end users that Bilbo has to successfully move along to the cloud...

Amazon and NetApp: Linking Public and Private Cloud Storage

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Joe Panetierri.

NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services -- a new offering -- is a sign of things to come for VARs, MSPs and cloud integrators that want to connect the dots between public and private cloud services. Plus, the Amazon-NetApp relationship could signal Avnet Technology Solutions' growing influence as a bridge between the traditional IT channel and the cloud services market.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced the private storage solution during the AWS re:Invent conference last week. The offering leverages AWS Direct Connect, giving customers the ability to link existing on-premises storage infrastructure to Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) public cloud storage.  Over the next six to 12 months, I suspect most major on-premises storage companies will offer some sort of bursting option that allows customers and partners to extend into Amazon's cloud...

AWS Marketplace Announces Support for Software Running on Microsoft Windows

Grazed from Amazon.  Author: PR Announcement
 

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that the AWS Marketplace now supports Windows-based software and other new software categories including Big Data solutions. AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare, and immediately start using the software they need to build products and run their businesses. Customers can now quickly discover and 1-Click deploy software products running on Windows Server to the AWS Cloud, including well-known business intelligence, database, and hosting solutions. As with all products in the AWS Marketplace, customers pay only for what they use and can scale their software up or down as needed. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running Windows Server, include 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 editions, and as with all Amazon EC2 Windows instances, customers have the option of enterprise-class support and updates, while taking advantage of the security, scalability, and pay-as-you-go pricing of AWS. To learn more about the AWS Marketplace, visit http://aws.amazon.com/marketplace.

 

Games developers look to the cloud

Grazed from SMH. Author: Brad Howarth.

While many businesses are still weighing up the benefits and risks of cloud computing, the cloud saved the skin of Australian games developer Halfbrick when dealing with the explosive popularity of its Fruit Ninja games.

Halfbrick's executive producer Dale Freya said the launch of Fruit Ninja Frenzy on Facebook resulted in user numbers rocketing from hundreds of thousands to millions.
“At one point Facebook did a promotion on the game, and we weren't even aware of it,” Freya said. “The game went from one million active monthly users to about 9 million in the course of a couple of months.”...

Cloud Computing: VMware Launches Software-Defined Data Center

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

VMware announced Monday that it has integrated its virtualized environment software with its cloud management products, putting into one box the software that generates virtual machines, applies cloud management, and introduces performance and capacity management to the resulting environment.

Dubbed VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, it combines the latest version of three previously separate products: vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.6 for virtual systems management; vFabric Application Director 5.0 for deploying applications in a virtual environment; and vCloud Suite 5.1 for managing pooled resources as a cloud operation...

Cloud Computing: Prism Skylabs Launches Partner Program

Grazed from Security Info Watch. Author: Deborah O'Mara.

Prism Skylabs, based in San Francisco, recently unveiled a new partner program for systems integrators. The Silicon Valley company, a cloud-based service that is changing the way video is accessed, stored and analyzed, recently launched the program designed specifically for installation companies who understand the importance of bringing a differentiated product to market.

With little or no barrier to entry and the ability to offer the service to current customers with smaller IP/IT footprints consisting of off-the-shelf hardware, the program gives participants an easy way to leverage the existing video infrastructure, add value and increase their recurring monthly revenue...

How banks can select a reliable cloud computing provider

Grazed from The Houson Business Journal. Author: Lisa Chason.

Businesses all over the world are making the leap to the cloud as a cost-effective way to store and protect vast amounts of transactional data and information. Financial institutions are no different. However, given the sensitive nature of the data that banks handle with every transaction, it is crucial to understand how to design and deploy the right cloud solution to ensure security of customers’ information.

In recent years, security breaches impacting financial institutions and their customers have been widely reported, so banks are continuously updating their security platforms — and may be hesitant to transition to the cloud, which is sometimes perceived as less secure...

On the Horizon for Cloud Computing in 2013? Greater Openness and Control at the User Level

Grazed from Business Wire. Author: PR Announcement.

The forecast for cloud computing in 2013? A veritable downpour of innovation: the first touch-based operating system. Greater emphasis on the “open cloud.” Apple’s new virtual server. VMWare’s new “self-service” virtualization product. And that’s just for starters. “With openness comes questions of security and data and application interoperability, among other issues.”

For an IT environment defined by seemingly non-stop evolution, cloud computing will welcome a host of groundbreaking technologies in 2013, according to Infinitely Virtual CEO Adam Stern. “In looking at innovations shaping the cloud hosting and computing environment for next year, I believe this will be the most exciting time in the history of the cloud model,” Stern says. “Whether you’re a medium-size business or an early stage startup, in 2013 you will be able to take advantage of new technology that gives you both greater control over your virtual environment, and also more flexibility.”...

Avnet Technology Solutions Introduces Cloud Computing Offerings Powered by Amazon Web Services

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Avnet Technology Solutions, a global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today unveiled four off-premise cloud computing solutions powered by Amazon Web Services® (AWS). These initial offerings provide managed service provider (MSP), value-added reseller (VAR), and independent software vendor (ISV) partners with integrated, packaged solutions that span the AWS portfolio.

“Avnet’s new solutions built on AWS complement our partners’ portfolios. We specifically designed these solutions to align with how end customers want to purchase cloud computing offerings, which will ensure that our partners can quickly, easily and cost effectively take these solutions to market.”...