Forget about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS - it's all about the platform

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The cloud computing market is typically broken into three buckets: IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) represents on-demand compute and storage; Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors host applications in the cloud; and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud-based application development platform.

But a recent Forrester’s Wave report throws those buckets out the window. “The popular wisdom that cloud computing comes in three flavors — SaaS, IaaS and PaaS — no longer describes reality,” say some of Forrester’s top cloud analysts, including John Rymer and James Staten (Staten now works at Microsoft)...

ProfitBricks Announces Access Management and IT Governance Features for Its IaaS Cloud

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud computing IaaS, today announced Multi-User Access Management for its IaaS cloud. This group policy-based user permissions management enables users to provide additional governance to their cloud infrastructure, something especially important for IT operations professionals and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who administer multiple cloud environments across several departments or customers.

With this new IT governance feature, account owners have the ability to themselves define which resources (e.g. users, virtual data center resources, snapshots, images, and IP blocks) should be assigned to which definable groups with which permissions. The number of groups and users is unlimited...

MSPs and IaaS: What will you do in 2015?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Rhonda Sherwood.

There’s no denying it: the cloud industry has reached maturity. And businesses are lining up to make a move to the cloud. According to Gartner, organizations will store 36% of their content in the cloud by 2016, a big jump from the meagre 7% they stored in 2011. Managed service providers (MSPs) who want to tap into this growing market will have to decide how to approach the cloud. They’ll have to assess their customers’ needs, what kind of offering they can deliver and what kind of strategy will ensure their success. What kind of MSP are you? Here are three common profiles.

The Risk-Taker

This type of MSP likes to be in control. To make sure he has complete ownership of the infrastructure, he won’t go with any public cloud provider. He’ll build his own cloud. The biggest benefit? 100% control. Guaranteed. From the infrastructure’s components to updates and maintenance, everything will be in the hands of the service provider...

Read more from the source @ http://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2015/jan/19/msps-and-iaas-what-to-do-in-2015/

IBM SoftLayer IaaS stands up to AWS with free support, networking

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Beth Pariseau.

Amid reports that IBM will restructure to refocus its cloud computing strategy, it's worth taking a close look at how its current cloud offerings stack up against its biggest competitor -- AWS.  IBM finds itself among large technology companies that struggle to revamp themselves for the cloud era, according to David Linthicum, senior vice president for cloud consultancy Cloud Technology Partners, based in Boston, Mass.

"The biggest hindrance to IBM is who they are -- they sell hardware and software," Linthicum said. "And so every cloud service that they sell is going to, in essence, cannibalize their existing base."...

Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform Explained - Part 1

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft launched its cloud platform, Azure, in 2010. Since the launch, the service has posted triple digit growth, and last year generated over $1 billion in revenue, according to reports. Considering the latest quarterly results, in which the company claimed that its cloud revenue grew a 128% year over year, we estimate that the annual revenue run rate for Azure can be close to $2.3 billion.

Azure, currently, is the only major cloud platform that is consistently ranked as a leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). While Microsoft continues to use the same platform that is used in Azure for some of its offerings such as X-box live, Bing, Office 365, SQL etc., it is extensively marketing its cloud offering to enterprises to roll out their apps on its platform...

Open-source IaaS: OwnCloud 7 Enterprise Edition arrives

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

If your office is like mine, you already have a lot of storage. Over the years, it's probably become quite a mix of storage-area networks (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), and servers. More recently, your staff has started to use tablets, smartphones, and Chromebooks instead of PCs for work. A cloud would make sharing your files with your mobile staff much easier So, what's a CIO to do?

Dump all your old gear and move to a new cloud-based storage system? I don't think so!  One possible good alternative to making the most of your existing storage infrastructure while providing a cloud-friendly, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach is the new ownCloud 7 Enterprise Edition...

10 Tips for Protecting Data When Using IaaS Solutions

Grazed from Virtacore.  Author: Editorial Staff.

An Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) plan can give organizations access to holistic infrastructure resources to meet their diverse operational needs. A good cloud infrastructure strategy will alleviate your day-to-day management burden. But you also need to keep your data safe. Here are 10 tips to help you protect data when subscribing to IaaS plans:

1. Know what you control
IaaS plans give vendors a great deal of responsibility, but you still have plenty to control. Knowing the nuances of your service plan, the infrastructure configuration and how users will access various resources plays a key role in figuring out how you can protect data...

Cloud Computing: A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS

Grazed from EnterpriseTech.  Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

The idea behind cloud computing, as pioneer Amazon Web Services believed when it launched its first utility compute and storage products eight years ago, is to abstract away the underlying hardware and provide raw resources to programmers for applications to run on. This hardware is a competitive advantage for AWS, as it has been for its parent online retailer, and that is why AWS very rarely talks about its datacenters and systems. But with Google, Microsoft, and IBM all talking up their investments in cloud and the innovations they have come up with, Amazon has to lift the veil a bit.

The reason is simple. The Amazon online retail business may be a $70 billion behemoth, but it does not throw off a lot of cash. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is not interested in profits as much as he is about transforming the world around him, but the cloud computing business is one of the most capital intensive businesses there are in the world...

Peak Raises $9M in Funding for Cloud-based IaaS Platform

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Peak on Wednesday said it has raised $9 million in funding to assist channel partners with leveraging cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The Denver-based company enables resellers and agents to white-label Peak's cloud services as their own. It delivers on-demand computing, network and storage resources to customers offering services.

The company said it expects to leverage the additional funds to accelerate demand for its cloud computing platform, and fuel product development and innovation. Existing investing partners Meritage Funds and Sweetwater Capital led the Series A round, with participation from new investor Ares Capital. Peak has raised a total of $16 million in financing since December 2013...

Read more from the source @ http://talkincloud.com/cloud-computing-funding-and-finance/111214/peak-raises-9m-funding-cloud-based-iaas-platform

The Private Cloud Has a Silver Lining, and It's Called SDN

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Howard Baldwin.

For some CIOs, the idea of being able to offload their computer processing needs to third-party providers like Microsoft and Amazon and Google is heavenly. Their IT departments don’t have to procure, manage, or upgrade hardware. It’s all done magically in the cloud.

For other CIOs, the idea of sending mission-critical data off beyond the boundaries of their data center is like bungee-jumping for the perpetually queasy – something that makes their stomach do flip-flops just at the thought of it. So how can CIOs get that infrastructure-as-a-service agility without an IaaS vendor?...