cloud technology

AWS cloud growing three times as fast as dot-comming Amazon

Grazed from The Register. Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

Retailing giant Amazon runs AWS as a subsidiary at arm's length and in a somewhat stealthy manner at that. Having AWS be a little removed from Amazon is necessary because Amazon often competes with some of the companies that want to host applications on its cloud, and the stealth is just a way for AWS to preserve some mystique in terms of just how large the cloud computing unit is and how pervasive its use is.

As the first mover and undisputed leader in cloud computing, what we want to know is exactly the kind of data that Rackspace Hosting provides in its quarterly reports: server count, customer count, employee count, revenue per customer, and revenue by category for the collection of infrastructure and platform services that are known as the AWS cloud...

Nasa Jet Propulsion Lab bets big on cloud computing

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Shaun Nichols.

Administrators with Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are looking to cloud computing platforms to power the administration's next generation of projects. Speaking at the 2012 re:Invent conference, Nasa IT CTO Tom Soderstrom and software engineer Khawaja Shams said that the JPL staff are using cloud platforms to power, among other things, the Mars Curiosity rover mission.

The rover, which has already made a number of historical discoveries on the red planet, uses a number of computing and storage platforms from Amazon in order to communicate with the rover and process data gathered in the mission...

Cloud’s Cruddy Deals Teach a Lesson in IPO Patience

Grazed from InvestorPlace. Author: Tom Taulli.

Cloud computing might be one of the most-hyped technologies in 2012, and that’s been reflected a bit in the IPO market, where shares of Workday (NYSE:WDAY) are up 85%, and ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) has posted a gain of 69% since coming public.

However, a swath of companies haven’t been able to push the needle since their deals — and that provides us a quick lesson about the IPO market.

A look at some of the most notable cloud flops so far this year:..

Demand for Cloud Skills Doesn't Stop at the Data Center Door

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

The market for cloud-related jobs for technology professionals keeps expanding, with tens of thousands of job openings. But cloud computing skills may be providing non-tech professionals and managers an edge in the job market as well.

Wanted Analytics recently reported that within a given month, more than 10,000 US-based jobs were advertised online for technology positions that need experience and knowledge of cloud computing. The number of job ads increased rapidly in 2012, reaching new highs in demand each month and is up 80% from a year ago. Essentially, demand for cloud jobs maps closely to IT overall, led by such positions as software engineer, Java developer, systems engineer and enterprise architect...

Will Cloud Computing Become a Regulated Industry?

Grazed from BackupTechnology. Author: Editorial Staff.

The use of cloud services is becoming more and more common in businesses of all types and sizes. However, there are still many businesses who are reluctant to commit to cloud computing because of concerns, primarily over reliability and security. For many businesses, trusting a cloud provider with something essential to everyday business processes, such as a hosted exchange server or backup of essential data, is often the most difficult step to take. From this point of view, having a set of industry standards that can help to guide buyers is potentially very positive for customers and providers alike.

As the cloud computing industry picks up more momentum, some, like the Open Data Center Alliance, are promoting the idea that it should become a regulated industry. This would standardise services offered by cloud providers and would ensure customers could trust they were buying from a reputable company in what is a new and extremely fast growing sector of the IT industry...

Cloud Technology Overturns IT Assumptions

Grazed from HealthLeaders. Author: Scott Mace.

I'm here to say that healthcare should be thankful it has come late to part of the technology party. Why? Because healthcare doesn't have to play by the so-called rules that existed a few years ago. Healthcare can challenge the assumptions that drove decisions a short while ago and take advantage of cloud computing technology that overturns the conventional wisdom—and price structure—of IT services.

Want an example? Recently, I spoke to Qualsight, a healthcare provider you probably haven't heard of, even though it serves more than 75 million health plan members. Chicago-based Qualsight launched eight years ago to connect independent ophthalmologists to healthcare plan sponsors to provide their members laser vision correction services. Today, the ophthalmologists operating out of 800 locations let Qualsight boast of being the nation's largest Lasik services manager...

Datacentrix introduces new cloud computing offering

Grazed from DataCentrix. Author: PR Announcement.

Datacentrix Holdings, a provider of ICT solutions, has introduced its cloud computing offering, aimed at assisting enterprise-level customers in meeting its off-premise outsourcing needs.

The tangible and measurable benefits of Datacentrix's cloud service offering include a structured costing model, which allows different service types to be billed out on a 'pay as you use' type basis; the stringent monitoring of all cloud services to allow for reporting on utilization, availability, performance, capacity and demand; Simpler strategic planning through detailed analyses of current and future requirements; customized service level agreements (SLAs), which are managed in accordance with service catalogues, service levels and performance indicators; and an advanced service delivery framework that provides for end-to-end support, including a contact center, mature service desk, advanced IT service management system, monitoring tools, certified and experienced skills and proven processes...

Intel Hybrid Cloud: Go Big or Go Home

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panetierri.

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is at a crossroads. CEO Paul Otellini is preparing to retire; the tablet and smartphone markets remain difficult to crack; and new platforms like ultrabooks running Windows 8 or Windows 7 have yet to ignite major PC upgrade cycles. But there could be a silver lining in all this. It's call Intel Hybrid Cloud. The big question: Will Intel put serius marketing muscle behind this potential channel partner opportunity, especially as partners seek alternatives to Microsoft's discontinued Windows Small Business Server (SBS).

Intel Hybrid Cloud essentially is an on-premises small business server that can link to a range of managed and cloud services. Special offers include a BDR (backup and disaster recovery) appliance running StorageCraft, and Level Platforms software that allows MSPs (managed services providers) to remotely manage and troubleshoot customer systems...

Will PaaS die? No, but neither will the PaaS model dominate

Grazed from ComputerWorldUK. Author: Forrester.

James Staten and I wrote this vision of the future of cloud computing. The full report is available to Forrester clients at this link. The research is part of Forrester’s playbook to advise CIOs on productive use of cloud computing and is relevant to application development and delivery leaders as well.

This research charts the shifts taking place in the market as indicated by the most advanced cloud developers and consumers. In the future, look for the popular software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) models to become much more flexible by allowing greater customisation and integration...

HP Cloud Services: Can Singh Rally Partners?

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panetierri.

What's next for the HP Public Cloud? Senior VP Zorawar 'Biri' Singh will deliver the answers during HP Discover 2012 (Dec. 4-6, Franfurt, Germany). Sure, CEO Meg Whitman will assure customers and partners that HP is on the mend following a brutal write-down tied to the 2011 Autonomy acquisition. But for established and emerging cloud partners, Singh's words will matter most.

As senior VP and general manager, HP Cloud Services, Singh has been working to effectively position his company against entrenched rivals (Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud, etc.) and old foes that are moving into cloud computing (Dell, IBM, Oracle). He explained the strategy -- including channel partner considerations -- to Talkin' Cloud during the OpenStack conference in April 2012...