cloud technology

Cloud Computing: Amazon enjoys big "etail" lead as Cyber Monday hits

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

New Deepfield analysis out just after Black Friday and in time for Cyber Monday shows (spoiler alert!) Amazon is by far the most popular online retail site. But there are some surprises as well. Just in time for Cyber Monday, Deepfield released new numbers ranking online retail sites based on their traffic. Some of the results are surprising (Shopify, which offers an ecommerce platform for e-commerce sites, shows pretty good numbers); some less so (Amazon remains by far the largest and busiest site).

Deepfield, which offers services to build, manage and optimize network infrastructure, studied online shopping infrastructure by sampling internet backbone traffic across a “large cross section of North America and multiple collaborating infrastructure and internet providers.” The goal: To estimate how many users hit these sites daily and determine market share of the sites based on those numbers...

Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Boats and Cloud Computing

Grazed from TelecomReseller. Author: Jeff Owen.

I’m a member of several online discussion groups so get regular updates on a variety of topics. One conversation that has been going on for awhile was started with this question, “I hear a lot about the cloud and cloud computing. Can someone explain to me what that is?” This came from a telecommunications professional within a discussion group for same. It got me thinking that some of our readers may be asking the same question, and we should provide an answer.

This is a natural question coming from someone either new to the profession or unfamiliar with data communications and nuances of emerging technologies. As a telephony professional or vendor, you may be asking why this is important to you. My answer is simple. The day of separate telecommunications or network disciplines is rapidly disappearing...

Eucalyptus update makes its techie cloud easier to use

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

With this update to its open-source cloud, Eucalyptus focuses on better usability, a web-based user console, better reporting tools and key bug fixes to harden the cloud foundation for production use, says CEO Marten Mickos.

With its third major update in 12 months, open source cloud-software company Eucalyptus has added a graphical user interface and better reporting tools to its open-source cloud, and has hardened the underlying engine to make it more robust for production use. A pioneer in the private-cloud arena, Eucalyptus now finds itself competing other open source projects such as CloudStack and OpenStack, as well as with VMware’s vCloud Director...

Irish Govt injects €5m into IC4 cloud computing research centre at DCU

Grazed from SiliconRepublic. Author: John Kennedy.

With the intention of turning ideas into new start-ups and jobs, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, has unveiled the new €5m Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) at DCU. The purpose of the new centre is to accelerate the development and adoption of cloud computing in Ireland.

The IC4 operation is jointly supported by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and is the 11th Government-funded technology centre to be established in Ireland. The centre is also guided by an industry panel including Fujitsu, Intel, IBM and Microsoft. It will be based at DCU but will be supported with additional research capabilities from UCC and Athlone Institute of Technology...

10 Cloud Computing Pioneers

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

It's hard to write history when you're still in the thick of recording it. However, in cloud computing we've amassed just enough background to name some of the early pioneers who've helped establish the relatively new computing paradigm.

The list is neither exhaustive nor all inclusive. And, undoubtedly, there will be other lists, highlighting other quiet innovators whose names we're just beginning to hear, and whose accomplishments will be well-known in the coming years. But for IT managers in the midst of considering or adopting cloud computing, this list offers a commentary on where we have so recently come from, and where we may be going in the near future...

Cloud Computing Gets Complicated

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Shaun Drew.

It's hard to find any modern technology news that doesn't, in some way, touch upon the cloud. This pervasive new way of thinking about business technology is understandable, but some new thoughts on the matter suggest that jumping in feet first may not be the best option, regardless of the obvious benefits. To further complicate matters, new research shows that many businesses are entering the cloud without IT's knowledge or approval, which can be a dangerous situation.

A Cautious Approach

These days, there's no doubting the benefits of cloud computing. It greatly enhances the chances of meaningful collaboration, reduces IT infrastructure costs, and makes it easier to initiate changes within an IT organization. These realities are bringing more and more businesses into the cloud with each passing day, including a large number of small and midsize businesses that aren't naturally technology companies. This is all in spite of the well-documented issues that the cloud can bring...

Study shows differences between cloud users and non-users

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

A cornerstone study into cloud computing in the UK has revealed the key difference in opinion between cloud users and non-cloud users. The study, from Raconteur Media and written by Mike O’Driscoll entitled ‘Navigating the Cloud’, had a relatively small survey base – just under 250 completed at least part of the survey – but of that number, there was a lot of clout – 84% saw themselves as the key IT decision maker.

Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the most mature cloud market. 81% of respondents currently use SaaS, compared to 45% for information as a service (IaaS) and 38% for platform as a service (38%). Crucially, only 5% of respondents had no plans to use SaaS in their company. This correlates with research from Symform which showed that SaaS “continued to be the entryway” for cloud platforms...

GreenButton Uses Multiple Clouds for Big Compute

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

The inspiration for GreenButton was the devilishly complicated battle scene in the 2003 movie "The Lord of the Rings" that its founder Scott Houston pulled together in two weeks for director Peter Jackson against all odds. It was accomplished in record time with thousands of servers and little sleep.

Fade to today. The GreenButton start-up claims its newfangled Cloud Fabric is the first server solution to let users - both the enterprise and service providers - deploy, manage and run compute-intensive applications in either private or public clouds or, for that matter, in multiple multi-tenant clouds...

Study Hints at the Future of Cloud Computing

Grazed from BostInno. Author: Howard Davidson.

A recent study by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) revealed that changing government regulations, plausible exit strategies, and international data privacy are the most pressing concerns of business enterprises about to the viability of Cloud Computing adoption. The study, published as “Cloud Market Maturity,” draws on responses from 250 cloud users in 50 countries, provides unique insight into the future of en-mass cloud adoption by contemporary global business enterprises.

Other points of contention about the cloud include questions of legality, contract solvency, fundamental data ownership, stability of providers, cloud integration with local systems, provider’s credibility, and industry testing and assurance policies...

Mobile cloud trends: Apps let enterprises handle the risks of cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Bill Claybrook.

The overwhelming need to provide centralized management and security for multiple types of mobile devices is driving the increased adoption of mobile cloud computing and mobile cloud applications. This is especially true for organizations adopting a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy. Over time, mobile devices will be able to access many of the traditional mission-critical business applications.

The growing acceptance of the mobile cloud has led to several notable trends in IT. Here's a rundown of those trends, the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing and some thoughts on how they might affect organizations going forward:...