IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

Grazed from MBTMag. Author: Adam Stern.

As adoption of cloud computing gains momentum within the manufacturing sector, there’s a corresponding growth in infrastructure-related services, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — a way to provide access to compute resources in a cloud-based environment. What sets IaaS apart is that the resources consist of virtualized hardware — infrastructure that is virtual as well as physical. IaaS offerings range from virtual servers to network connections to load balancers.

The major appeal of cloud server hosting is that the software (and with IaaS, the hardware), is virtualized. The hardware resources that support IaaS are pulled from multiple servers and networks, located across multiple off-site data center and maintained independently of the manufacturer using the service. The company pays a monthly fee to access these resources as needed. It’s the responsibility of the cloud service provider (CSP) to ensure ongoing maintenance of the hardware and virtualized services. And now that enterprise ERP solutions can live and prosper in the cloud — and that CSPs can install, manage, update, protect and support ERP software for a low monthly fee — the question has shifted from “to migrate or not to migrate?” to “which cloud environment suits us best?...

Infographic - Opsview Cloud, IaaS & Virtualization Survey

Grazed from OpsView.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Conducted in Q2 of 2013, Opsview's Cloud, IaaS and Virtualization survey explored implementation plans for more than 12 technologies, drivers of cloud adoption and provider-selection criteria. With contributions from over 420 respondents, we targeted IT decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in North America and Europe...

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IaaS experiments lead to cloud confusion as companies search for their perfect vendor

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Colin Barker.

If your company is struggling to find the right cloud solution for your business, you are not alone - it appears an awful lot of companies are in exactly the same position. That was one of the principle conclusions from some new research by the cloud computing company iland, in conjunction with VMware, which found that the average company is using not one but at least three Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) companies for their cloud development. According to the research there are a number of reasons why organisations are casting around trying to find a cloud solution including:

  • An ongoing effort to find the 'right' solution.
  • A fragmentation of requirements at the departmental level.
  • An unwillingness by IT to standardise on one vendor.
  • A requirement for diverse suppliers because, amongst other reasons, of liability issues.
  • A general urge by cloud providers to continually try new ideas that might meet their needs...

OpenStack: What It Is, What It Does

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: David Darrough.

Anyone paying attention to all the cloud technologies discussions over the last 12 to 18 month has heard of OpenStack. Companies that are looking to reap the rewards of cloud computing often will hear things such as open source, avoiding vendor lock-in, IaaS, time-to-market, flexibility, capex vs. opex and control. So where does OpenStack fit into the conversation?

OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage and networking resources throughout a data center, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface...

Not all clouds are born equal: IaaS vs. SaaS vs. Paas

Grazed from OnBase. Author: David Jones.

I like to compare the different enterprise content management (ECM) cloud deployment types to my children playing with Legos. We have a large box of Lego pieces that my children can use to build anything. My eldest daughter loves this ground-up style of playing and can make some fascinating creations – simply by combining raw bricks and her imagination.

This compares to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in that all of the raw components to host a cloud solution are provided – servers, virtual machines, load balancers and so on. What is required is the guile and skill to combine these components (Lego bricks) with the required software tools (imagination) to create the desired effect...

Virtustream Included in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Grazed from BusinessWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

 Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced it has been included by Gartner, Inc. in the “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)” for the third consecutive year. The report evaluates cloud IaaS providers, listing the top 15 leading vendors worldwide.

According to Gartner, the IaaS market is the fastest growing area of public cloud computing that the firm tracks, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 41.3 percent through 2016. To rank in the highly competitive Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS report, vendors must offer high-quality service, with excellent availability, performance, security and customer support...

The Basic Service And Deployment Models Of Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Mojgan Afshari.

Nowadays, access to reliable high-performance hardware and software resources without large capital outlays, easier access to applications and services, capability of handling large amounts of information have encouraged managers of companies to migrate to cloud computing.

Cloud computing is a service-oriented technology that use both hardware and software to provide services through a network regardless of time and location. Cloud computing consists of three different service models and a company should cover all three distinctive service models in order to adopt cloud computing. These three cloud service models are: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service ( SaaS). (Infographic Source: Horn Group)...

Read more from the source @ http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/05/basic-service-deployment-models-cloud-computing/

Best Cloud Infrastructure and Best Cloud Management Solution; ProfitBricks Wins Two SIIA Software CODiE Awards

Grazed from ProfitBricks. Author: PR Announcement.

ProfitBricks, the price/performance leader in Cloud Computing - IaaS, is pleased to announce that we have won two 2014 SIIA CODiE awards for Best Cloud Infrastructure and Best Cloud Management Solution. Winners of these prestigious awards represent the software industry's best products, technologies and services.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. A SIIA CODiE Award win for Best Cloud Infrastructure and Best Cloud Management Solution is an especially prestigious honor as each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts, whose evaluations determined 125 finalists. SIIA members reviewed the finalists and voted to select this year's CODiE Awards Winners...

IBM Named Top IaaS Provider

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

IBM, HP, Cisco, and AT&T are the preferred infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, topping the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, or Rackspace, according to a new IDC report on enterprise cloud computing. In a key finding, the report says, "buyers selected IBM as their overall top preference among providers they believe can most effectively provision IaaS, whether private or public. Following IBM in the top spots were Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google."

The report, "U.S. Buyers Rank IBM, Cisco, HP, AT&T, and Google as Likely Most Effective Top 5 Providers in Delivering IaaS," is IDC's first Public Cloud Tracker report. It was authored by IDC analyst David Tapper. Tapper defined infrastructure-as-a-service as either shared, multi-tenant servers in the cloud (public IaaS) or dedicated servers in the cloud (private IaaS)...

FiberLight Launches IaaS in Partnership with Cirracore

Grazed fro TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

High-performance fiber optic network solutions provider FiberLight is getting into the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) business through a partnership with Cirracore, a provider of VMware (VMW)-based cloud IaaS solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity.

The public cloud and hybrid cloud IaaS offering is intended to provide customers with a viable business continuity and disaster recovery solution for data transport, processing, storage and distribution. According to the companies, the new IaaS product enables customers to easily scale out infrastructure while reducing their technology spending by taking advantage of the scale of cloud computing...