Learning the Ropes: Cloud Computing Services IaaS and PaaS

Grazed from BusinessBee.  Author: Alexia Chianis.

Cloud computing is no longer reserved for Fortune 500 companies. Its popularity has skyrocketed in among small business owners who are reaching to the Cloud to boost productivity, support their emerging virtual workplace and gain access to the latest computing technology. As a bonus, Cloud services deliver the scalability the small business IT guru craves, and a flexible pay-as-you-go pricing structure that will please number crunchers.

There are many benefits of moving to the Cloud, but if you’re just getting started with Cloud computing you may find the slew of terms that accompany it make your head dizzy. If you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur who wants to sort out what Cloud computing terms are all about, you’ve come to the right place...

IaaS Tops ODCA Member Cloud Usage Models

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

A survey of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) membership found that the most popular usage model for members is infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which was noted by 86 percent of the respondents. It far outweighs any other category, including service orchestration (49 percent), virtual machine interoperability (48 percent), service catalog (39 percent) and scale-out storage (39 percent).

According to the ODCA, the survey highlights the continued growth in cloud computing adoption by the organization's members—not a far stretch considering part of the purpose of the ODCA is to push adoption of cloud computing models. But the ODCA goes even further, noting its members are ahead of broad market trends...

ODCA Delivers 2.0 Usage Models For Service Orchestration And Compute IaaS

Grazed from ODCA. Author: PR Announcement.

Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced it has published 2.0 versions of cloud deployment usage models in the areas of service orchestration and Compute Infrastructure as a Service (CIaaS). The alliance has also updated its conceptual model document map, which provides an overview of the organization's usage models, particularly how they fit into a larger cloud computing and next generation data center context.

The documents that have been updated include:

* Open Data Center Alliance Master Usage Model: Service Orchestration Rev. 2.0-describes the processes, interfaces and aspects to be considered when deploying services on cloud platforms. This usage model includes 19 usage scenarios of a cloud service engagement as well as the foundation for the next phase of usage development including bursting between clouds and other areas that include Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). The Service Orchestration Rev. 2.0 usage model is available for free download on the ODCA website...

Why IaaS Won't Happen At Most Enterprises

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Jonathan Feldman.

After speaking last week on a webinar about government cloud computing and doing some thinking-out-loud with colleagues, I've come to the conclusion that infrastructure-as-a-service will get bypassed by platform-as-a-service at most enterprises -- because infrastructure folks will continue to act as an impediment to progress.

The benefits of cloud computing are clear: Improved agility and efficiency through dynamic provisioning; and lower labor costs and more fault tolerance through automation. The private versus public cloud debate has been over for some time. There are use cases for each. But getting IaaS into your enterprise probably won't happen soon...

Cloud Computing: Windows Azure Tackles Credit Card Security

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Pedro Hernandez.

In oddly fitting timing, Microsoft announced on Jan. 16 that its Windows Azure cloud platform has been validated to conform to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS 2.0), credit card industry policies and requirements that govern how merchant IT systems handle sensitive payment information.

"The PCI DSS is the global standard that any organization of any size must adhere to in order to accept payment cards, and to store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data," wrote Windows Azure General Manager Steven Martin in a company blog post. He added that his company's cloud "delivers a compliant framework" that enables customers to run their "own secure and compliant applications."...

IaaS, SaaS markets will dominate in the cloud

Grazed from FierceCIO. Author: David Weldon.

By all accounts, activity in the cloud will continue at a thunderous pace in 2014, and the SaaS and IaaS markets are expected to be especially strong. A recent study by GigaOM Research finds that the cloud computing market is on pace to grow by 126 percent in 2014, Business 2 Community has reported. That includes a growth in the software-as-a-services market of 119 percent, and growth in the infrastructure-as-a-service market of 122 percent.

The news isn't all good in the IaaS space for vendors, however, as Gartner recently predicted that one-in-four IaaS vendors will disappear by the end of the year, due to feverish competition. Another major trend: "as the cloud matures, larger established businesses and enterprises have started to get on board public and private cloud platforms," the article notes...

SaaS, PaaS and IaaS: which cloud service model is for you?

Grazed from TechRadar. Author: Désiré Athow.

The cloud has had a transformational impact on businesses of all sizes - from small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises - and it's showing no signs of slowing down. According to analyst house Gartner, the use of cloud computing is still growing and will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016, a year that the company predicts will see hybrid cloud overtake private cloud, with nearly half of large enterprises having deployments by the end of 2017.

Despite its high uptake, the most suitable route into the cloud is not always so clear cut for many organisations moving on from the tried and tested client-server model. To shed light on the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing's three main service delivery models - software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) - we spoke to Mike Kavis, VP and Principal Architect for Cloud Technology Partners and author of 'Architecting the cloud'...

Oracle To Launch Cloud IaaS In 2014

Grazed from CRN. Author: Kevin McLaughlin.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says his company intends to be price competitive with established cloud infrastructure-as-a-service players like Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace. While Oracle's cloud portfolio to date is focused on its own products, it's planning to roll out a cloud IaaS service in the first half of next year that's aimed at Amazon Web Services, IBM and other cloud providers. "We intend to compete aggressively in the commodity infrastructure as a service marketplace," Ellison said during Oracle's second-quarter earnings call.

The Oracle empire was built on high-margin products, which is why this was a surprising comment. It's hard to imagine Oracle engaging in a price war in the cloud IaaS trenches with Amazon Web Services, which is constantly slashing pricing for its cloud services, and Microsoft, which has vowed match Amazon's price cuts with Windows Azure IaaS...

Cloud Computing Leader Is IaaS

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Marissa Tejada.

Cloud computing is gaining acceptance among firms today, and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is one segment that is gaining significant traction in the market. According to a new study featured in Gigaom Research, IaaS is pushing growth in the worldwide cloud market, beating out software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Ahead of the Pack

According to Gigaom's research report, cloud services are on the upswing and are expected to grow throughout the world at a rate of 126 percent. The findings revealed a 119 percent growth in SaaS and a 122 percent growth in IaaS. Also referred to as "hardware-as-a-service," IaaS is a main cloud service through which a firm can outsource storage and hardware to support IT operations. Service providers house, run and maintain everything, charging the firm on a per-use basis...

Why Software as a Service benefits trump IaaS

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

The next big wave of cloud computing may favor Software as a Service benefits over basic cloud infrastructure, at least if one professional staffing services firm has its way. Sean Perry, chief information officer for Menlo Park, Calif.-based Robert Half International Inc., a heavy user of Amazon Web Services for cloud infrastructure, is looking to deploy more Software as a Service (SaaS) products. SearchCloudComputing caught up with him to reflect on 2013 and hear his cloud computing predictions for 2014. What cloud computing projects did you work on this year? What were the benefits of those projects?

Sean Perry: There were three types of projects that we executed in 2013 related to the cloud.

The first type was projects that positioned systems for easier migration to the cloud in the future. These were very pragmatic projects where some type of upgrade or other work was already planned, and we took advantage of the opportunity to change the underlying technology infrastructure to support future migration to the cloud. This had incremental benefits, in that the newer technologies performed much better. [It also gave] us the opportunity to move [development and test] environments to the cloud and out of our data center...