Technology Adoption

Cloud Computing: Diablo gets $28M to marry memory and the processor

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Diablo Technologies is an Ottawa-based startup that has brought flash memory even closer to the processor — making applications run even faster. It has built chip technology as well as software and has raised $28 million to bring the technology to market.

Diablo Technologies, a Canadian company that is building a custom chip that will improve flash memory performance in the data center, has raised $28 million in a recapitalization round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with Celtic House Venture Partners, BDC Venture Capital, and Hasso Plattner Ventures participating. The company plans to use the money to embark on a new strategy that involves building software and systems expertise in addition to semiconductor IP...

Cloud Computing: Telstra International faces competition from US giant Verizon

Grazed from Washington Today. Author: Lucy Battersby.

America's largest telco, Verizon, is making a stronger push for corporate customers in the Asia-Pacific region in a move that will see it competing head-to-head with Telstra International. Verizon has "significant plans" for its secure internet and cloud computing products around the region following a company restructure earlier this year.

While it is not targeting Australia specifically, Verizon wants more business here as part of a global marketing drive. The maturity and growth of Australia's services sector makes Australian companies a target, Verizon Enterprise Solutions chief marketing officer John Harrobin said on Wednesday...

Cloud storage to enable massive cancer cell database

Grazed from FierceHealth IT. Author: Susan D. Hall.

Johns Hopkins researchers are relying on cloud storage of thousands of cell samples to discern the most effective treatment for cancer patients. Supported by a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, the project aims to help physicians better predict how cancer will behave, since it can spread rapidly in one patient and glacially in another.

The team of experts in cancer and engineering are creating a database of samples collected through a process called high-throughput cell phenotyping, according to an announcement. The data is stored on computers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory...

Singapore claims highest understanding of cloud in APAC

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jamie Yap.

Companies in Singapore are the most confident of their knowledge about cloud computing across the Asia-Pacific region, thanks to the strong push and lead by the government for enterprise cloud adoption and national efforts to attract service providers to make datacenter investments in the country. According to the VMware Cloud Index 2012 report, 82 percent of Singapore respondents said they believed they had a strong understanding of cloud computing, higher than the regional average of 75 percent, said Michael Barnes, vice president and research director of Forrester Research, which conducted the study.

Respondents who believe they strongly understand cloud
1. Singapore: 82%
2. Korea: 80%
3. India: 79%
4. Australia: 72%
5. Hong Kong: 74%
6. Taiwan: 72%
7. China: 72%
8. Thailand: 70%
9. Indonesia: 70%
10. Malaysia: 66%

Source: VMware Cloud Index 2012...

Adopting Cloud Computing is Not Enough

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Shawn Drew.

The cloud is often touted as the solution to so many IT problems, or if nothing else, the future of IT. While these statements may only be slightly exaggeratory, more and more companies are getting disillusioned by their cloud experiences. New research is beginning to find reasons why many company's ROI isn't what it should be and finds that how IT thinks about the cloud plays a powerful role.

Cloud Management

It is entirely the fate of IT managers these days to be forced into adopting solutions that they may only slightly understand. Such is the case with many IT departments and cloud computing, a technology so hot right now that failing to enter into the cloud is likely to put a company at a disadvantage...

Real Business Value in 30 Days With Cloud Consulting

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Matthew Ramsey.

Cloud computing has created new opportunities to improve business processes through the use of technology. From freeing up resources, to letting employees use their preferred personal devices for work, to lowering your technology operating costs, operating from the cloud lets you remain focused on your core business objectives.

There are many ways cloud computing can drive business value. A respected cloud consultant can help you implement best practices for utilizing the cloud for your specific needs, your customers, and your overall operational structure.

So how can cloud computing create real business value?...

Public Cloud Services: A Jekyll and Hyde Impact on IT Spend

Grazed from ChannelPartners. Author: Editorial Staff.

Public cloud services are creating a strange dichotomy, having both a positive and negative impact on IT services spending. That's according to a new report from Gartner, the tech researcher, which says public cloud services are simultaneously cannibalizing and stimulating demand for external IT services. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) adoption – the most basic and fundamental form of cloud computing service – has expanded beyond development and test use cases.

"Public cloud adoption is accelerating and public cloud services do, and will, cannibalize IT services spending in the coming years, most notably in the data center," said Bryan Britz, research director at Gartner. "At the same time, public cloud adoption offers service providers the opportunity to accelerate externalization of spending for the non-public cloud workloads and IT operations and service management responsibilities in tandem with clients pursuing a public cloud initiative."...

WSO2 VP of Technology Evangelism to Speak on Private Cloud Adoption at Cloud Computing West 2012

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Seeking new revenue streams and operational efficiencies, many businesses are re-tooling their infrastructure, development and operations to deploy applications into private clouds. However, the challenges of legacy architecture, up-front investment requirements, and team skills have been obstacles to wider acceptance of cloud initiatives. WSO2 Vice President of Technology Evangelism Chris Haddad will explore how early private cloud adopters are realizing a multitude of benefits at Cloud Computing West 2012. The conference runs November 8-9, 2012 at the DoubleTree Suites in Santa Monica, CA.

In his presentation, “Investing in Cloud Initiatives,” Chris will examine how early private cloud adopters are successfully adapting their IT business models, vendor-provided infrastructure, and practices to gain cloud benefits. Additionally, Chris will outline:...

The Holy Grail: How to develop seamlessly in the cloud

Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Jay Simons.

In the wild kingdom of cloud computing, there are still a few mountains to summit. Development in the cloud is a big one. Software is truly eating the world, and today code and the teams writing it are the crown jewel of almost any business. Software is increasingly the way most businesses will differentiate from one another, leapfrogging each other’s product or service, accelerating how quickly they onboard new employees or improve logistics.

All that code — the characters on a keyboard strung together harmonically and the teams that weave it together — means a lot to the bottom line. So creating ways for teams to churn it out even faster is a huge opportunity. That’s where the cloud comes in...

Will Sandy's winds blow more agencies to the cloud?

Grazed from Author: Matthew Weigelt.

A blustery lady named Sandy may be the motivation some agencies need to finally jump aboard the cloud. The full effect of Sandy -- the “frankenstorm” that started as a tropical system, grew into a hurricane, then collided with two other systems to become a different kind of devastating event -- is yet unknown. But as one former federal CIO said Oct. 31 agencies often have the newer systems and data centers because of their recent transition to the cloud. And those newer data centers, which are designed to handle natural disasters, likely rode out the storm without significant disruption.

“If they have sort of a weaker infrastructure, I would think [Sandy] would be a motivating factor. If they have a very solid infrastructure already established, I’m not sure it would make any difference,” said Gregg “Skip” Bailey, director at Deloitte Consulting LLP and the federal cloud computing lead at the firm. He was formerly CIO at the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...