cloud technology

How Cloud Can Transform an Industry

Grazed from SFGate. Author: Editorial Staff.

Although it seems to encompass about as many definitions as potential ways to help businesses run in a more efficient manner while trimming costs in the process, cloud computing is in the midst of transforming how information is accessed and monetized — and even how entire industries are evolving.

Cloud computing becomes more crystallized when you consider what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities as needed without investing in new, expensive infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT's existing capabilities...

Scientists show what 100M computing hours on Google's cloud can do

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

In the latest case of researchers using the cloud for good, Google is highlighting the six projects to which it awarded grants via its Exacycle for Visiting Faculty program. Ranging from genomic research to astronomy, the researchers received 100 million computing hours apiece.

Deep in the bowels of Google’s offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Seattle, a group of researchers has been consuming an incredible amount of computing resources trying to make scientific discoveries that they hope will help change the world...

Intelligence Agencies Move Towards Single Super-Cloud

Grazed from AOL. Author: Charles Allen.

The intelligence community is developing a single cloud computing network to allow all its analysts to access and rapidly sift through massive volumes of data. When fully complete, this effort will create a pan-agency cloud, with organizations sharing many of the same computing resources and information. More importantly, the hope is the system will break down existing boundaries between agencies and change their insular cultures.

As in the rest of the federal government, lower costs and higher efficiency are the primary reasons for the intelligence world's shift to cloud computing, said Charles Allen, formerly Under Secretary of Homeland Security for intelligence and analysis, currently a principal with the Chertoff Group, in an interview with AOL Defense. Now in its eighth month, the goal of the effort is to connect the CIA's existing cloud to a new cloud run by the National Security Agency. This NSA-run network consists of five other intelligence agencies and the FBI. Both of these clouds can interoperate, but the CIA has its own unique needs because it must work with human intelligence, which necessitates keeping its cloud slightly separate, he said...

Cloud Computing: Akamai returns to roots, taps founder as new CEO

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Akamai’s 8-month search for a new CEO didn’t take it too far: It tapped co-founder and chief scientist Tom Leighton to succeed Paul Sagan, who announced his intention to leave last April. Now Sagan will cede the CEO slot on January 1. Eight months after launching an executive search for a successor to Akamai CEO Paul Sagan, the company tapped its c0-founder Tom Leighton for that role.

Leighton, who is also chief scientist for the Cambridge, Mass. content delivery network (CDN) provider, will start his new gig January 1, 2013. Last spring, Sagan announced his plans to step down as CEO at the end of 2013. Both Leighton and Sagan will remain on the board and Sagan will stay on as a senior strategy advisor, the company said...

How Cloud Computing Is Shaping Your Business, How Business Is Shaping The Cloud

Grazed from CMSWire.  Author: David Roe.

There have been numerous reports over the years on how cloud computing has developed, how businesses are taking to it, and how it is being used in the home. However, little enough research has been done to assess what vendors think about it. A new report aims to remedy that.  Produced by IT Channel Insight, The Cloud Leaders’ Report 2012 pulls together the results of a number of interviews done with some of the players that are currently shaping the cloud computing industry.

Those that were consulted for this report include: Asigra, Axcient, CA Technologies, Citrix, Dell, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Rackspace, Red Hat, Salesforce, Shoretel, StorageCraft, Symantec and VMware.In fact, just about anyone who is anyone in a computing space that Gartner estimates will be worth US$ 206 billion in spending in 2016, up 41% from current levels...

Technology investors betting big on cloud computing startups on hope of strong returns

Grazed from Economic Times.  Author: Peerzada Abrar.

Technology investors are raising the tempo of investments in cloud computing startups buoyed by strong returns and growing customer demand for software as a service.  This week, venture funds closed two more deals in the sector with Norwest Venture Partners putting in $6 million (about Rs 32.6 crore) in first-round funding for Attune Technologies. The Chennai-based startup uses cloud technology for scheduling, billing and management of patient data with a base of 2 million patient records.

Angel investment network Mumbai Angels has made a seed investment of under Rs 5 crore in Pune-based startup MaxiMojo, which provides cloud-based distribution and revenue management solutions for hotels...


Is Cloud Computing Killing Open Source Software

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Luchi Gabriel Manescu.

The best thing about open source software systems has always been the fact that it is freely available and any programmer or company can use it to develop its own version of that software. For the longest time they have been the best solution for people willing to go outside the box in order to get the best results in their respective IT departments. Of course these systems have never been without profit and it came from two sources that are now getting to be absolute because of the emergence of cloud computing and the level of affordability most of its components come from.

The way open source software systems have worked so far has been through selling license agreements. Any company could take a software system like MySQL incorporate it in their own product and then they would either have the choice of getting an open source license or buy a commercial license from MySQL, in this case. However because of the cloud is not actually selling software systems but only time on those systems companies like Amazon, who has developed their Amazon RDS based on MySQL do not have to pay them any licensee fee. The end users get exactly what they needed and are willing to pay for it and cloud service providers like Amazon do not need to pay any fee in licensing...

DOE, National Labs Reveal Sweeping Cloud Strategy

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: J. Nicholas Hoover.

The Department of Energy and its national laboratories released a wide-ranging cloud computing strategy and overview that for the first time pulls together the disparate cloud computing efforts of the agency's 22 national laboratories. The strategy largely leaves in place the agency's hands-off approach to information technology at the national labs in what it calls a "cloud of clouds approach": A small set of centralized Department of Energy initiatives will guide the numerous cloud computing efforts at the independently-operated national labs.

Thus far, that hands-off approach has led to significant innovation at the labs. The strategy highlights a number of cloud computing initiatives and efforts at the national labs that range widely from the basic to the innovative, from infrastructure-as-a-service to Google Apps to virtual desktop infrastructures. Among them:...

The Tech World Discovers New Species: The Cloud Architect

Grazed from Wired. Author: Cade Metz.

“I’m a cloud architect,” says Carl Perry, and there’s not even a hint of irony. His business card says the same thing. Perry works for a Los Angeles outfit called DreamHost. The company began life in 1997 as a four-person operation that would set up and host websites for anybody who needed one, but like many web hosts, it has evolved into something a bit different. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, it’s now offering what are commonly known as cloud services — internet services that give you instant access to computing power.

With these services — named after Amazon’s seminal Elastic Compute Cloud — you can set up and host a website all on your own. Or fire up any other software application. Or store virtually unlimited amounts of data...

What does a cloud IT career really mean?

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Rich Hein.

The push is on to put more infrastructure and services in the cloud, but what does that mean for the cloud technology job market? The term cloud computing has become part of the vernacular in companies of all industries and sizes. Over the past few years, more and more companies are moving to the cloud to save money, scale more easily and achieve faster times to production.

If you frequent job boards or listen to chatter about cloud jobs, there is an explosion of career opportunities, but according to David Foote of Foote Partners, a Florida-based analyst firm that specialises in IT analysis and forecasting, cloud roles have yet to be clearly defined. "We're in a period of transition where we're moving to the next level of what cloud means," Foote says. The challenge many companies face, Foote says, is that we have yet to define the skills necessary for leveraging all the cloud has to offer, and as a result there's a lot of confusion over what a cloud role really is...