March 2013

FMX 2013 to Showcase Pixar, Cloud Computing & More

Grazed from AWN. Author: Editorial Staff.

Two months before FMX opens its doors, Europe's most influential Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia is pleased to announce that two Pixar films are part of the FMX Conference program. Firstly, the Director and Scriptwriter Saschka Unseld presents his latest work, the Pixar animated short The Blue Umbrella, in Stuttgart. Furthermore, newly-awarded Oscar winner Brave has been confirmed for a presentation.

In April 2013, the technical focus at FMX includes a series on "Cloud Gaming" and "Cloud Computing" opened by keynote speaker Jon Peddie (JPR). What's more, Austria, Toronto and Turkey count among this year's "Innovative Places." In addition, market leaders such as Adobe and Autodesk invite attendees to take part in exciting Workshops, while the premiere of the "Fast Forward Education" seeks to build bridges between academia and industry...

Are you on the right cloud computing career path?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: David Linthicum.

While the rise of cloud computing frightens some in IT, many see the technology as an opportunity to accelerate their careers and their bank accounts. And IT pros have good reason to be optimistic. In a 2012 survey conducted within a 90-day period by Wanted Analytics, more than 2,400 companies said they are seeking candidates with cloud computing skills. Moreover, hiring demand increased by 61% from 2011 to 2012 for IT people with cloud knowledge. Analyst firm IDC also released a report last year that indicated public and private spending in cloud computing will increase exponentially over the next few years, resulting in an available jobs boost of nearly 14 million positions worldwide.

There is an explosion in both the use of cloud computing and the demand for people to assist in the mass migration to cloud. Indeed, there are about 50 to 70 jobs chasing truly qualified candidates at this point in time, according to technical recruiters. And there are two categories of cloud computing careers that seem to be emerging in the space: positions seeking IT pros with specific cloud skills and positions looking for IT admins with cloud architecture know-how...

The Disaster Mitigation And Recovery Power Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Abdul Salam.

In a world where digital connectivity and online presence are a significant part of life and businesses alike, a disaster that disables online services is undoubtedly going to ruin some people’s day, to say the least. Hurricane Katrina and others like it around the world have proven that no data center or server facility is safe from natural disasters and other freak accidents. The effects of such events can at least be mitigated with cloud computing services and technology, making disaster mitigation and recovery easier.

Imagine if a bank losses all its customer’s data including all digital backups because of some calamity, it certainly is a disaster for everyone, the bank most especially. However, not to worry for there are backups in the form of paper, age old reliable paper; well, one can just imagine the banks clerks trudging through tons of paper and slaving in front of computers as they quickly try to get everything into electronic form while their cheeks slowly turn gaunt and their eyes white. It is a highly unlikely event with today’s standards for backing up data, but still a possible worst case scenario...

What's driving corporate cloud use? Home cloud use?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

A new study sponsored by CDW shows what may seem obvious: Home users of cloud-based services are more likely to promote work use of cloud computing. The interesting part is that these self-motivated customers have done a better job of selling cloud computing than the marketing departments with their billions of dollars.

CDW's "2013 State of the Cloud" report surveyed 1,242 tech professionals and concluded that the personal use of cloud services is a big factor in corporate cloud adoption. In the report, 73 percent of respondents claimed that, in their company, employees' use of personal cloud services has "significantly influenced" the decision to move aspects of enterprise IT to the public cloud. The survey included employees who worked within as well as outside of IT...

The Growing Importance of SaaS as an Application Deployment Platform

Grazed from CloudCow - Contributed.   Author: Dick Csaplar, Senior Research Analyst, Aberdeen Group.

In January 2013, Aberdeen surveyed 123 organizations to learn how they use the Public Cloud as part of their IT infrastructure as well as the use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This Blog will focus on Software-as-a-Service as a platform for enterprise applications and the growing importance it plays as an application deployment method. Companies now have an alternative to purchasing a software license when they decide to use a commercially available application. Aberdeen research shows wide use of Cloud-based SaaS applications in many different parts of today’s enterprises. The full report can be found here.

Cloud SaaS Offerings

Most software vendors now offer a SaaS deployment of their application. Users are likely familiar with SalesForce.com, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office 365 as the most widely used of these applications, however there are now SaaS offerings for almost every aspect of business management. The technology can be used for departmental apps (such as customer relationship management (CRM), product lifecycle management (PLM), and business intelligence (BI) or by function (email, database, and ecommerce)...

Silver Peak Cuts Amazon Cloud Data Movement Costs

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babcock.

By compressing data and eliminating duplicate copies, an Amazon Web Services customer can decrease by as much as 50% the cost of moving data out of the cloud, say spokesmen for Silver Peak Systems, which on Thursday started offering a virtual appliance to do just that.

It can be critical for some public cloud users to reduce the amount of data exported from the cloud. Several vendors, including Amazon, charge nothing for the bandwidth to upload data. But they charge by the GB when it comes to downloading. AWS, for example, charges $0.12 per GB after the first free GB to move data out of S3 to a destination on the Internet, a charge that can quickly mount up. Ten terabytes would lead to a charge of $1,200, and truly big data would rack up multiples of that figure. That gives many cloud users second thoughts as they contemplate the cost of moving data out of the cloud, a possibly intended consequence of that pricing approach...

Top Cloud Computing Concerns and How to Deal with Them

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Lindsey Nelson.

Now quite often you hear me ranting about the benefits of cloud computing, and although I’m still a firm believer it will continue to transform the way business is done, I know something that sounds too good to be true typically is.   I did a little research, and I found a couple common cloud computing concerns and a way to talk you out of your doubt.

Sensitive Data and Security

Much to your dismay, there’s a security benefit to putting your information in the cloud. The traditional security hole fixes take weeks, with costly downtime and more often than not issues just start to pile up. Especially if you’re a global company, you’ve probably got more than one to fix. However, with the cloud you it’s one band-aid for everybody...

Cloud and Tax: What CIOs Need to Know Before Making the Move

Grazed from Wired.  Author: Channing Flynn.

Cloud computing is a technology megatrend that increasingly affects all industries, from technology companies such as cloud service and infrastructure providers, to brick-and-mortar companies using the cloud to reduce information technology (IT) and infrastructure costs.

However, many CEOs and CIOs have not grasped the full impact on their organizations of this technology megatrend as they increasingly look to adapt it to their businesses to meet new challenges. One important area of oversight is the potential impact on the global tax position of the company. This brief article summarizes the key issues and the questions to ask in assessing the implementation of a cloud strategy...

Literature and Cloud Computing – How the Cloud Affects Authors

Grazed from CloudTimes.  Author: Xath Cruz.

Authors everywhere should be paying homage to Gutenberg, the man who created the printing press late in the mid 15th century. Without him and his invention, books would be non-existent and there would be no “authors” in the true sense of the word; no Stephen King, Ayn Rand or Isaac Aasimov churning out page upon page of stories.

Maybe this is putting a little bit too much emphasis on the author. While they do take care of the conception of the material, it is the publishers and the publishing companies that are tasked with manufacturing, reproducing and ultimately selling their works...

Cloud Expo New York: Managing Legal Risks in Cloud Computing

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Liz McMillan.

Saas, IaaS, PaaS. Cloud computing is growing at a breathtaking speed and is the fastest-growing means by which technology companies offer their products today. Regardless of the industry, cloud computing is revolutionizing the way companies manage their applications and data processing, while simultaneously being one of the least understood. However, before companies go flying in the clouds, they need to be aware of the significant legal risks and implications associated with cloud computing.

In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, Dan Pepper, managing member of Pepper Law Group, examines how cloud computing can be adopted and the dangers avoided on a practical level...

Huawei launches OpenStack-powered cloud aimed service providers

Grazed from NetworkWorld.  Author: Brandon Bulter.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei today announced FusionCloud, an OpenStack-powered cloud aimed mostly at carrier providers.  Huawei joined OpenStack in October with subdued fanfare compared to other companies that have joined the open source cloud computing project. OpenStack was started by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 and has since grown to include dozens of major vendors, including IBM, Dell, HP, VMware and others, but Huawei is by far OpenStack's largest teclo-focused company.

Huawei's FusionCloud, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, has a variety of components including FusionSphere, an operating system for running cloud deployments, as well as FusionCable, a complementary converged infrastructure component that incorporates compute, storage and networking...

The Open Source Cloud

Grazed from CloudComputing Journal.  Author: Elizabeth White.

An exclusive Q&A with Bennett Bauer, Director of Cloud Marketing at DreamHost

"Open source cloud is enabling a vast developer community that is today building applications to solve the points of integration in this growing area," stated Bennett Bauer, Director of Cloud Marketing at DreamHost, in the exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "Pure, built-in-the-cloud applications that resolve the social, mobile, analytics lifecycle through the cloud," Bauer continued, "and applications that are not hamstrung by trying to integrate traditional corporate data and custom functionality are proliferating."

Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. - Agree or disagree?...

Cloud computing presents big savings opportunities

Grazed from Federal Times.  Author: Aileen Black.

With some kind of major budget cutting around the corner, no matter what happens with sequestration, government organizations need to lower their information technology costs. One option that works: Leverage cloud technology. And don’t stop with “routine” IT processes — the impressive savings come when you leverage cloud to truly support your mission.

The government’s Cloud First strategy requires agencies to evaluate secure cloud computing options before making new investments in IT. The strategy identified $20 billion in potential savings from cloud computing; this represents 25 percent of the total IT budget. For agencies to tap into this cost savings opportunity, they must leverage the cloud for mission efficiency and IT efficiency...

IBM’s Software For Innovation Market Strategy: Hybrid Cloud Computing Is One Of The Major Focuses

Grazed from Daily Markets. Author: Editorial Staff.

Software for innovation markets at $73.4 billion in 2012 are anticipated to reach $196.4 billion by 2019. Growth is a result of enterprise need to innovate to grow. It is not enough to maintain a static position in a market, nimble competitors steal market share away if innovation is not pursued. Innovation provides competitive advantage and protection of market position.

IBM concentrates on building end to end systems that are able to adapt of market changes. While this may make the IBM product set seem overly heavy in the short run, in the long run, this is of enormous value to clients as proved by the company market leading position in innovation software...

Building trust between cloud providers and consumers

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach. In a recent report, analyst Ray Wang proposes a cloud consumer 'bill of rights.' Wang's proposal is important because it highlights significant aspects of the client/vendor relationship in the cloud computing space. This relationship is unique because of the level of both trust and communication that must exist between client and vendor in order for cloud deployments to be successful.

Enterprises that have, or are considering, the move to cloud computing should understand that they are not simply purchasing a specific product or service. Rather, they are entering into a partnership with their cloud provider. An enterprise's cloud provider becomes an extension of the enterprise IT department. As a result, the vendor should be considered a trusted partner. In order for this to happen, both client and vendor must commit to communication and transparency that is generally foreign to the purchase of on-premise IT solutions...

ServiceMesh Cloud Tools Get Cozier With DevOps

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

ServiceMesh has pushed into a more distinct DevOps space with the release of Version 9.0 of its Agility cloud management platform. Agility can now release a new application into production from development, configure it in real time and manage it, regardless of its cloud destination.

Cloud computing may take on greater appeal if it can regularly incorporate these application-centric -- as opposed to virtual machine-centric -- attributes. DevOps requires a focus on the application lifecycle and its continuous updates, without infighting between development teams and operations...

CDW Survey: Mobile Applications and Devices Promote Adoption of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTimes. Author: Florence de Borja.

In the “2013 State of the Cloud Report”, CDW found out that about 75% of its respondents have this notion that the personal use of mobile devices and applications by employees influence how businesses take advantage of cloud computing. 68% of the respondents said that organizations have decided to adopt cloud computing because of requests from their employees. Also, cloud adoption savings have increased by as much as 3% from the 10% savings in 2011. CDW surveyed a total of 1,242 IT practitioners.

In the same survey, some 39% of the respondents said that their organizations are currently implementing cloud solutions, an increase of 11% from the 2011 figures. Some 60% of the IT respondents believe that their use of cloud services in their non-work related endeavors have greatly influenced their recommendations to adopt cloud computing at their workplace...

Energy industry: Who will win in the cloud?

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Editorial Stafff.

Most oil and gas companies are already evaluating the risks and benefits of the cloud, and some have taken major steps towards virtualising their internal infrastructures. But the majority have yet to implement the full-scale automation or self-service provisioning that can help to harness the full benefits of the cloud.

As this trend gains momentum and scale, Accenture believes that cloud computing will combine with mobile technology and powerful analytics to change the game in the energy industry across five key dimensions...

Cloud Computing Project Wins First-of-its-Kind Google Award

Grazed from UTD. Author: Editorial Staff.

Dr. Lawrence Chung, associate professor of computer science at UT Dallas, could not predict with 100 percent certainty that his cloud computing project would be recipient of a-first-of-its-kind award from Google, but he kept his hopes high. “Our research at UT Dallas is world-class,” he said. “We do cutting-edge research.”

Indeed, his SilverLining team of researchers and students from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science was one of seven worldwide recipients of the first-ever Google App Engine Research Award for innovative academic and scientific research expected to benefit society. “We are proud of this achievement by Dr. Chung’s team,” said Dr. Gopal Gupta, head of the Department of Computer Science and holder of the Erik Jonsson Chair...

IBM To Make Its Cloud Services and Software Based on Open Standards

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that its cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture. This move will ensure innovation in cloud computing is not hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of unsecured and difficult-to-manage offerings. Without industry-wide open standards for cloud computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and big data.

As the first step, the company today unveiled a new cloud offering based on open cloud standards, including OpenStack, that significantly speeds and simplifies managing an enterprise-grade cloud. For the first time, businesses have a core set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments...