Technology Adoption

Cisco’s CloudWatch 2012 report shows increased confidence in cloud computing

Grazed from SiliconRepublic. Author: Elaine Burke.

Cloud has become more than just a buzzword, as more companies now see it as an integral part of their IT strategy, independent research commissioned by Cisco for its annual CloudWatch report shows.

CloudWatch 2012 surveyed IT decision makers across a range of vertical sectors in Ireland – including retail, finance, healthcare, the public sector and service providers – to examine changing attitudes to cloud computing. Of these, 90pc said cloud is on their agenda – a huge increase from just 52pc in 2011 – and 31pc of those consider it critical to their organisation's activity...


'Shadow IT' Illuminates New Cloud Computing Opportunities: Survey

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Today’s “shadow IT” – in which business users acquire and run their own IT resources as a way to circumvent their IT departments – may eventually become part of tomorrow’s corporate IT portfolios. However CIOs and IT managers need to be proactive in broadening their resource base to include new platforms and devices. And, while until recently cloud providers attempted to mimic corporate data centers, now corporate IT seeks to mimic cloud service providers.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with John Engates, chief technology officer at RackSpace, about the new role IT leaders need to play in the new world of cloud computing. He discussed some of the surprises that emerged from RackSpace’s latest survey of 500 IT decision makers, particularly the fact that “shadow” or “rogue” IT is now prevalent across many enterprises, large and small...

Cloud Computing: Red Hat Moving to Commercialize OpenShift PaaS

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

Red Hat is planning to commercialize its 13-month-old OpenShift PaaS later this year when it splits the widgetry into two initial tiers: FreeShift and MegaShift. Until then it'll be available as a developer preview.

FreeShift will offer three small gears, the ability to auto-scale and access to the languages, frameworks and data stores developers like to use. It will leverage community-provided support. Developers using the OpenShift PaaS now will be able to automatically migrate to FreeShift.

MegaShift, the initial paid tier, will offer up to 16 gears, and the ability to add storage past the 1GB-per-gear limit in FreeShift. MegaShift users will get support from Red Hat. The platform fee is supposed to be $42 a month with a per-gear-an-hour fee for gears past the first three. However, Red Hat says the pricing is provisional and subject to change...

EasyCloud and the Revolutionary IPSaaS Technology

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Infrastructure + Platform + Software as a Service. IPSaaS is finally here. This is the first of its kind solution that ultimately brings the cloud to the masses. Combining award winning Infrastructure and “Fanatical Support” from Rackspace with the power of Openstack and virtually unlimited amounts of Software choices, EasyCloud makes using the cloud, easy. Where other Service providers focus on a single aspects of cloud computing, EasyCloud is the only “one stop shop” on the block that gets it right. This new technology allows EasyCloud to compete across multiple horizontal markets while reducing complexity for end users and avoiding proprietary lock in.

EasyCloud IPSaaS technology allows consumers to focus on using the software they choose while eliminating the complex back-end of cloud technology. Since it is interactive with the Openstack Platform it is fully dynamic and scalable with the user’s needs. Including multiple built-in features, like “white label” in-app chat support and hundreds of other API plug-ins. Compared to custom cloud deployments, the $20 starting cost really changes the game...

Eucalyptus Launches Authorized Education and Consulting Partner Programs

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Eucalyptus Systems, creator of the most widely deployed on-premise cloud computing platform, today launched the Eucalyptus Authorized Education Partner (EAEP) and Authorized Consulting Partner (EACP) Programs. The EAEP Program enables Eucalyptus partners to deliver Eucalyptus authorized training courses using Eucalyptus Certified Instructors (ECI), while the EACP Program recognizes Eucalyptus partners who have developed a high level of competency in designing and implementing Eucalyptus cloud solutions.

"These new programs enable our partners to provide value-added consulting and training services for Eucalyptus," said Andy Knosp, vice president of professional services at Eucalyptus Systems. "Customers are rapidly embracing Eucalyptus' open approach to cloud computing as demonstrated by our enablement of 25,000 cloud starts annually. Eucalyptus partners can leverage these new partner programs to expand their portfolio of offerings and drive incremental revenue opportunities."...

Are scare tactics deterring you from putting data in the cloud?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Michelle Boisvert.

Let’s face it: When you commit to a public cloud provider, your data is out there. Somewhere. This basic fact of life has cloud adopters, as well as the cloud curious, grappling to understand exactly who can access their data. Is it safer to store data with cloud providers in certain geographic locations rather than in other areas? Is Big Brother really watching?
Christopher Wolf, co-director of Privacy and Information Management at Hogan Lovells

In a recent study by Hogan Lovells, a global legal practice for corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities, Christopher Wolf, co-director Privacy and Information Management, examined the extent to which governments in various jurisdictions can access data in the cloud -- regardless of where the cloud provider is located. “A Global Reality: Governmental Access to Data in the Cloud” details the truths, user misconceptions and some downright dirty advertising tricks of some cloud services providers.

Does the Patriot Act really give the government the right to tap into your cloud data? Or are cloud providers outside the U.S. misleading customers for their own gain? sat down with Christopher Wolf to find out...

Cloud Computing Set to Transform Russian Business This Decade

Grazed from The Moscow Times. Author: Val Draggeim.

Internet technology has helped to create new business models since the late 90s that have reshaped how companies do business today. Now, the adoption of cloud computing is producing a new range of business services that are much more comprehensive and efficient, and they will undoubtedly define the next decade of business. The qualities that define cloud computing include on-demand service, elastic capacity, and variable consumption; these qualities offer a powerful new way to deliver new business services and business models.

Prospects of Cloud Computing in Russia

Worldwide spending on cloud computing is forecast to exceed $150 billion by 2013, with Russian spending likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Since IT use in Russian companies is less developed than in the United States and Western Europe, proportionately fewer organizations in Russia have significant data center infrastructures and fully automated, core business processes. For many companies, the main question is what path to take when building IT structures for the future, and the choice of computing infrastructures and business applications potential offers unlimited opportunities...

Is There Any Choice in the Cloud?

Grazed from Wired. Author: Lee Moorman.

Here’s a question. What if your computing needs outgrow the horsepower and features of your current stable of PCs and servers? Simple. You go buy better ones. Maybe try a different brand. And if you hate the new ones? No problem. Simply try another option. Or go back to the original. You always have a choice with hardware.

That, however, was yesterday. Today, companies of all sizes are getting themselves out of the hardware business and instead are buying their computing as a service, in the cloud. Trouble is, the freedom of choice and portability that you’ve enjoyed when purchasing computer hardware has been largely absent when you’re buying cloud services.

To see what I mean, consider movie rentals: a business revolutionized by cloud computing. Remember just a few years ago when you had to drive to Blockbuster and hope the movie you wanted wasn’t already checked out? Now, the cloud has enabled a growing list of services like Netflix, which allow us to stream any movie onto any device with the click of a button. Today’s cloud gives movie buffs unlimited choice and freedom. But is it giving businesses that same kind of choice and freedom?...

Cloud computing embodies the essence of India

Grazed from Hindi Business Line.  Author: Neeraj Athalye.

Technology adoption is not an absolute. It takes on a different shape, size and scope in different geographical and industrial segments. There are a few things that differentiate Indian adoption of technology from the rest of the world and the most prominent of all characteristics is “Best Affordable Innovation”. In a country where diversity is ingrained in all aspects of economy, this is one characteristic that stands out. Cloud computing is one of such technologies that fit into the pulse of the Indian culture.

In India, cricket is more popular than golf, the consumption of tea is higher than that of wine, the number of 2-wheelers surpasses the number of 4-wheelers on most roads and the list can go on. The bottom-line here is that value for money is a key driver in this country. However, value for money is not equal to cheap...