Cloud Readiness

Cloud computing and beyond

Grazed from CIO. Author: Chris Doig.

For the past six years, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) San Diego chapter has hosted the annual one-day Cloud Computing Conference in San Diego. This year is no exception, and the seventh conference is being held on Oct. 29 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. This time around the conference has expanded beyond its cloud computing roots to include big data, Internet of Things (IoT), innovative technology and hands-on cloud coding labs.

From my perspective, it has always been interesting to hear speakers like Peter Coffee, VP and Head of Platform Research at Salesforce. Peter has been the opening speaker for the past few years and, as a senior executive of a major Silicon Valley company, he brings a very interesting perspective on the leading edge of innovation. To quote Matt Stamper, VP of Services at redIT: “Peter is an amazing speaker and technical evangelist. His insight into the industry and how computing services continue to evolve is thought provoking. I've had the opportunity to hear Peter speak on cloud (networked) computing and have benefited from each discussion.”...

Cloud Computing: If Hardware is Commodity... Why Are We Still Spending so Much Time on It?

Grazed from SysConMedia.  Author: Don MacVittie.

bWe really are moving in the direction of truly commoditized hardware. Some uses will always have specific requirements that are not mainstream and thus will require specialized builds; this is true in every industry. But increasingly, who made your hardware and where they got their parts from is a secondary issue.

Which makes one consider what really sells hardware these days. Years ago when I was working for Network Computing, I reviewed a low-end blade server company capable of cranking up blades at a fraction of the cost of most vendors. They (like far too many good companies) ran out of money before they could grab market traction, but they did show that it could be done at a price even small enterprises could afford...

Cloud adoption is up, costs are down, real savings can be had by smart negotiators

Grazed from FierceCIO. Author: David Weldon.

Cloud computing adoption continues to rise, cloud costs continue to fall, and cloud savings continue to be available for those organizations that negotiate right. Those are the conclusions of three new cloud computing studies from 451 Research, Cloud Cruiser and International Data Corp.

Perhaps the best news for IT leaders is that the cost of cloud computing investments is dropping, even if only slightly. But the savings can be substantial for those organizations that "negotiate and commit," according to 451 Research. While the price of on-demand cloud services has fallen by a slight 2.25 percent since October, smart negotiators have seen price reductions of 12 percent, the research firm reveals...

Cloud Computing Is Popular, But Not Ready For Prime Time, Survey Finds

Grazed from Forbes.   Author: Joe McKendrick.

I’ve never liked the term “As a Service,” not only because it sounds awkward when associated with various offerings (Software as a Service, Database as a Service, Business Processes as s Service, and so on), but also because it attempts to pigeonhole discrete functions that often overlap or are fuzzily defined.
Monikers aside, it appears most organizations have only been plodding along on the road to the “As-a-Service” wonderland anyway. Sure, there are some highly visible business success stories in the market — Amazon Web Services for servers and storage, Salesforce for customer relationship management, NetSuite for enterprise resource planning, Google for email and collaboration, Microsoft 365 for office productivity applications, and so forth...

2015 is the Year of the Cloud, ProfitBricks executive says

Grazed from BizJournals. Author: Editorial Staff.

ProfitBricks opened an office in San Antonio last year expecting big things in the cloud computing industry. So far this year it has not been disappointed. “2015 is proving to be the year where cloud computing becomes the norm,” said William Toll, vice president of marketing for Boston-based ProfitBricks.

The company, which also has an office in Berlin, Germany, provides its clients with access to cloud servers, storage and networks using its own platform. The company uses a drag-and-drop data center design and management tool giving customers the ability to customize their cloud environment...

Cloud Computing: Blueprint - The Evolution of the Network

Grazed from ConvergeDigest. Author: Leon Adato.

Learn from the past, live in the present and prepare for the future. While this may sound like it belongs hanging on a high school guidance counselor’s wall, they are words to live by, especially in IT. They apply perhaps to no other infrastructure element better than the network. After all, the network has long been a foundational building block of IT, it’s even more important today than it was in the days of SAGE and ARPANET, and its importance will only continue to grow in the future while simultaneously becoming more complex.

For those of us charged with maintaining the network, it’s valuable to take a step back and examine the evolution of the network. Doing so helps us take an inventory of lessons learned—or the lessons we should have learned; determine what today’s essentials of monitoring and managing networks are; and finally, turn an eye to the future to begin preparing now for what’s on the horizon...

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Can Microsoft convince IT pros to make the tricky transition to the cloud?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

Given the hype, you might think that all applications and data in the universe are now sitting in someone’s cloud. But you would be wrong. The corporate world is at the beginning of the cloud computing era and tons of applications—especially those at the largest businesses—still run in server rooms or data centers operated by the companies in question.

And, that fact, along with pre-existing relationships with information technology (IT) pros who manage all of it, give Microsoft MSFT -0.08% a big advantage over born-in-the-cloud providers, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Thousands of companies run Microsoft SQL Server databases, SharePoint file sharing, Exchange email, System Center management, and other services on their premises...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on IT transformation, Amazon, and being a 'Windows company'

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Barb Darrow.

We live in strange times. Companies are increasingly running applications on computers owned and operated by another company. Employees tend to look upon their colleagues in information technology as more of a nuisance than an asset. Satya Nadella thinks his company can help make sense of it all.

On Monday, at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Chicago, the chief executive will directly address those tech professionals who make sure email gets where it needs to go and that corporate databases keep chugging along. To them Nadella will issue a reminder that even though many dollars budgeted for technology are now flowing to marketing or other corporate departments, that doesn’t mean IT spending is down overall or that the need for tech specialists has evaporated. Quite the contrary...

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MSP Consortium Forms as ‘Cloud Changes Everything’

Grazed from ChannelPartners.  Author: Edward Gately.

The rapidly growing “cloud tsunami" is forcing the MSP industry to completely transform itself, embracing consumption economics, and focusing on sales, marketing and training.  The new MSP Consortium aims to bring together the industry to address challenges and ensure members not only survive, but thrive in this rapidly changing environment. Membership is free.

Amy Rutt, consortium board president and CEO of Ciracom, tells Channel Partners the consortium is moving ahead “with an enormous sense of urgency" and is quickly gaining members...

MSP Guide: How to Grow Top Line in The Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Brock Spradling.

The cloud is here to stay. Enterprises both small and large are moving to cloud-based services en masse. This migration to the public cloud has created additional revenue pressures on Managed Service Providers (MSPs) as they look for new ways to add value on top of commoditized infrastructure. To add this value, MSPs must differentiate their offerings by providing additional services, including the assessment, design, automation and optimization of their clients’ applications and services.

Consuming IT infrastructure as software has never been easier. The hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) marketplace has become crowded and confusing, with many new entrants and services during the last few years, offering a dizzying array of new choices for customers...