Cloud Readiness

EMC, NetApp, Nimble to Benefit Despite Cloud Threat, Says Piper

Grazed from Barrons.  Author: Tiernan Ray.

Piper Jaffray hardware analyst Andrew Nowinski today offered his thoughts coming out of the Global Tech Distributor Conference held in New York, where Ingram Micro (IM), Tech Data (TECD), Anvet (AVT) and others spoke about their experiences selling cloud computing wares.

His conclusion from the talks by distributors is that public cloud computing services such as those offered by Amazon.com (AMZN), are “not having as much of an impact on enterprise storage revenue growth as the valuations seem to imply,” and that spending is improving for traditional tech products, and so he’s still bullish on EMC (EMC), NetApp (NTAP), and also on shares of challenger Nimble Storage (NMBL), all of whose shares he rates Overweight...

Cloud Computing: Looking back to move forward

Grazed from FCW. Author: Alistair Mitchell.

Three years ago Vivek Kundra unveiled the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. The strategy set out to transform the government's existing IT environment, which was "characterized by low asset utilization, a fragmented demand for resources, duplicative systems, environments which are difficult to manage and long procurement lead times." Cloud computing would be the change agent and transform federal IT for the better.

With Kundra estimating 25 percent of the government's $80 billion annual IT spend could be migrated to cloud computing services, it would only be a matter of time before agencies could reap the rewards of the cloud's key benefits: efficiency, agility and innovation. To accelerate cloud computing adoption, the cloud-first policy was instituted to ensure cloud services were evaluated prior to any new IT investments being made...

CloudNOW Announces Top 10 Women in Cloud, 2014

Grazed from Intercooler. Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudNOW, the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies, today announced the winners of their Top 10 Women in Cloud. All winners will be invited to compete in a pitch-style event June 17th in San Francisco to vie for the #1 ranking of Top Woman in Cloud Innovation. For more information visit CloudNOW.

“CloudNOW is paying tribute to ten outstanding women in cloud computing for their contributions, accomplishments and thought leadership in our dynamic industry,” said Jocelyn DeGance Graham, founder of CloudNOW. “We are excited this year to be adding the element of a pitch competition, and having each of these leaders present the projects that garnered them their spot on our Top 10 list.”...

Cloud Computing: Chicken or Egg - Abstraction and Automation

Grazed from CloudComputineExpo. Author: Michael Bushong.

Grazed from For many SDN and DevOps enthusiasts, the natural outcome of this wave of technological change is a highly-automated network that is well-orchestrated with surrounding systems and applications. One of the prevailing thoughts is that this level of automation is a well-formed abstraction layer. With the abstractions in place, the army of network engineers will be unencumbered by device configuration, and automation will ensure. Or will it?

First off, let me say that abstraction is absolutely necessary. There is no doubt that networking will only advance if we can both remove unnecessary elements and simplify those that remain. We have to accomplish this in a way that is vendor (and ideally technology) agnostic. Abstraction is clearly the path forward...

Cloud Computing and the OpenStack Advantage

Grazed from Brandeis.edu. Author: Nagendra Nyamgondalu.

It was only a few years back that most IT managers I spoke to would smirk when they heard the term “cloud” in a conversation. They either didn’t believe that cloud cloud-iaas computing would be viable for their businesses’ IT needs or were skeptical about the maturity of the technology. And rightly so. But, a lot has changed since then. The technology, tools and services available for businesses considering adoption of a public cloud, setting up their own private cloud or treading the middle path of a hybrid one, has made rapid strides. Now, the same IT managers are very focused on deploying workloads and applications on the cloud for cost reduction and improved efficiency.

Businesses today have the choice of consuming Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS). As you can imagine, these models map directly to the building blocks of a typical data center. Servers, storage and networks form the infrastructure on top of which, the required platforms are built such as databases, application servers or web servers and tools for design and development...

Are Consumers Better Off Putting Everything in the Cloud?

Grazed from Wall Street Journal.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud offers people the chance to unload their data-storage and computing chores onto somebody else's machines.  But is doing all of that unloading a good idea?  In recent years, more people have been taking advantage of systems that let them store and share files online, or run common software applications over the Web instead of on their local computer.

For an idea of the size of the cloud market, and how much it has expanded over the past few years, consider some numbers from a recent survey by comScore Inc...

Shifting shape of the cloud benefits users

Grazed from BDLive.  Author: Arthur Goldstuck.

NEXT year it will be 50 years since the Rolling Stones told the world: Hey, you, get off of my cloud. That protest against society being overly ordered would not be out of place today, except it would refer to cloud computing and the privacy challenge it poses to personal data.

The bad news is that we cannot escape the cloud — any time we connect to the internet, make a credit card transaction or use our phones, we are adding to the vast volume of activity-based information being collected and collated somewhere. The concept is generally referred to as “big data”, a buzz phrase that really means we have more data floating about than we had ever imagined possible...

Cloud Safety Tip: Know Your Network - 4 Questions to Ask Your Provider

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Marc Shaw.

One of the most impressive current IT trends is the rise of cloud computing, with an estimated 17.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), per IDC (2014). Service providers like Amazon, MS Azure, and Rackspace are offering public cloud hosting at rapidly decreasing prices, while bandwidth capacities are increasing exponentially.

But if you have any experience in IT whatsoever, you know the danger of computing outages, even in the cloud! In such an event, businesses lose access to data, resources, and suffer downtime, greatly impacting revenue. One way to stay safe is by knowing your own network, especially if you’ve outsourced your IT. Cloud hosting providers who offer a service layer should provide a comprehensive IT map of your network, usage, and future needs...

Cloud computing sparks "Warranty on Demand"

Grazed from CIOL. Author: Vibhor Mishra.

The cloud technology has been around for some time now, yet it seems that its true potential is yet to be harnessed. Cloud has changed the ownership model, providing flexibility to manage, host and execute. Over the years we have seen several industries adopt cloud to leverage its benefits. Be it cost reduction, hassle-free maintenance, unlimited storage capacity (literally), automatic software integration, flexibility, quick deployment, etc. or the fact that the entire world is embracing it, cloud is unquestionably the way forward.

On-premises solutions come with challenges such as higher cost, maintenance hassles, trained staff, licensing and upgrades. These challenges have been successfully addressed by adopting cloud computing. Companies have been adopting various services offered on cloud ranging from CRM to ERP services...

Corporate Cloud Computing: Crucial Questions Businesses Must Address

Grazed from DaytonaNetworks.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Some say putting your business data in the cloud is no riskier than putting your money in a bank.  At first sight, there are similarities, but a closer look reveals significant differences. You are not  particularly concerned that your money will be lost if the bank is robbed or destroyed by fire  because the bank and the government guarantee your money.

It doesn’t matter if the very same cash you lodged in the bank yesterday is stolen today since one dollar bill is much the same as another. Your cloud data is not like money for two important reasons: First, most of the data is unique and irreplaceable – one piece of data is not the same as another; second, much of your data is confidential – customer records, financial information, new product development plans, etc. – and its value depends on it being kept strictly private...