Technology Adoption

IBM Expands PureSystems Line, Announces Cloud Partnership

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Cynthia Harvey.

On Tuesday, IBM made two announcements related to its enterprise products and services. First, the company has expanded its PureSystems line with solutions for big data, transactions and operational analytics. Second, Big Blue will team with AT&T to enable more secure cloud computing.

IBM's new PureSystems offerings are called PureData System for Transactions, PureData System for Analytics and the PureData System for Operational Analytics. Writing for Forbes, Tom Groenfeldt explained, "IBM calls PureSystems expert integrated systems; other companies refer to similar systems as engineered. In any event, the concept seems relatively simple and overdue — the company manufactures the system and delivers specific types of computing power rather than leaving a client to buy the pieces for do-it-yourself assembly. It’s the difference between buying a car and having UPS deliver a series of crates with parts from a variety of suppliers. It’s an update of that adage about what clients want — they don’t want a server or a SAN, they want answers."...

How Will Mainframes Survive In The Cloud Era?

Grazed from LifeHacker. Author: Angus Kidman.

Cloud computing promises us flexible and reliable service delivery based on charging for what we use, but that’s a model which mainframe computing has been using for decades. How will the use of mainframes evolve in the future? The comparison between clouds and mainframes isn’t a new one. Sendmail inventor Eric Allman made the point at Linux.conf.au 2011: “Cloud computing is a return to centralised administration. You are handing the keys back to people in those glass rooms.” But not all the people in glass rooms ever left.

BMC Software’s recent global survey of mainframe users emphasises two key points: mainframes aren’t going anywhere soon, but they’re not generally being used for new tasks. Within ANZ, growing use of mainframes is largely driven by existing applications; 91 per cent of regional respondents to the survey said that this was the main reason for the growth in MIPS (millions of instructions per second, the standard measure of mainframe performance). Key priorities for change include reducing costs and improving disaster recovery. We already know that reducing costs on mainframes is a priority. Beyond that, the big switch has been that the data produced from mainframes is often used to deliver information to consumers accessing (for example) bank accounts via smart phones, rather than simply feeding into corporate systems...

Cloud computing: next best use of internet?

Grazed from MyDigitalFC. Author: Varun Dutt.

Cloud computing has had a sweeping affect across the IT realm in recent years but there has been hardly any clarity on what it actually is. According to Jonathan Stri­ckland of How Stuff Works? Cloud computing is the use of computing resources that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the internet). End users access cloud-based applications through a web browser or a desktop or mobile app while the business software and user’s data are stored on servers at a remote location. It allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to rapidly adjust res­ources to meet uncertain business demand.

Strickland argues that buying computers for everyone in an organisation can be costly in terms of both the hardware and software but cloud computing provides an impressive alternative: Instead of installing a suite of software for each computer, one just needs to load one application which would allow workers to log into a web-based service hosting all the programs...

So Far, So Good: Fortune 500 CIOs Seem Happy With Cloud Computing

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Many organizations are still in the early stages of their cloud computing journeys, and the reports are: so far, so good. No major flaws or “gotchas” have emerged in nascent cloud engagements, and CIOs are saying full steam ahead. Still needed, however, are more security assurances, and more vendor flexibility.

That’s the key takeaway from a new report just published by Navint Partners, LLC, which finds large companies are seeing mainly positive results from their cloud computing efforts. The consulting company convened a roundtable with 20 CIOs from Fortune 500 companies to discuss their progress and concerns about cloud computing. Nine out of 10 respondents, for example, say they have received 100% of the savings they expected from their cloud computing projects. In addition, four out of five say their cloud efforts have helped their organizations achieve some sort of competitive advantage, and two-thirds say cloud has helped their organization’s efficiency and effectiveness...

Federal Agencies Build A Business Case For The Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Stephen Delahunty.

The Office of Management and Budget introduced the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy in February 2011, putting federal agencies at the beginning of the cloud adoption curve. Since then, federal IT teams have been evaluating, planning, and implementing cloud services, an exercise that by every indication will be an essential part of the IT planning process for years to come. This article analyzes the state of cloud computing in federal government with new, exclusive data collected by InformationWeek Government. Our third annual Federal Cloud Computing Survey, conducted in September, was completed by 103 federal IT pros.

The question isn't so much whether there's been progress, but how much. Are government organizations moving past early-bird projects and turning to the cloud as their first choice when looking to meet new IT requirements? Which issues stand in the way of cloud deployment? Do agencies want private or public clouds? Our survey shows that a sizable majority of respondents have work under way or plans to advance their agencies' cloud strategies. More than half of these agencies have identified use cases for cloud services, and 46% have evaluated cloud products and services. Fifty percent of all respondents say their agencies are moving ahead with cloud adoption or are in the early stages of doing so; last year that percentage was 40%...

David vs Goliath: is cloud computing the new slingshot?

Grazed from The Guardian. Author: Editorial Staff.

That software is everywhere is so commonly accepted that it hardly needs repeating. Take, for example, Getaround. To consumers it's a marketplace where the car-having and car-needing come together to work out short-term rentals mano a mano. But the people at Getaround aren't running a car rental company – they're running a software company. And a small one, at that. They, along with lots of other small firms and start-ups, are competing against giants in their fields: established, mature, enterprise-type companies that not only have market share, but the capital and cash resources that come with it. We'll call them Goliath.

So what's a young David-like up-start to do, armed only with a brilliant idea, raw talent and a willingness to put in long hours? How do they deliver quickly, and on a shoe-string budget? They reach for the slingshot in their back pocket: cloud computing...

IDC Survey finds that U.S. Corporations Aim to Tackle IT Challenges with Cloud Computing

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Forty-four percent of U.S. executives aim to tackle current IT challenges through leveraging cloud solutions, and they are planning to invest more in cloud computing in the future. That is the finding of an IDC survey commissioned by T-Systems. Corporations expect cloud computing to deliver lower IT costs (26 percent) and to enable them to replace legacy systems (21 percent) and adopt new applications more flexibly (14 percent).

"As the U.S. cloud services market continues to mature, enterprises find that overall business impact and productivity gains from the cloud are as significant as achieving cost reductions," said David Tapper, IDC VP Outsourcing and Offshore Services Market Research. Cloud computing is seen as most likely to deliver solutions for Customer Relationship Management (31 percent), productivity tools like email, collaboration or Office packages (28 percent), online stores, and Enterprise Relationship Management (26 percent each)...

Clueless about Cloud? Why it Doesn't Matter

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Matt Bulter.

Incredibly, only 16% of people can explain what cloud computing is, a recent survey said. Most believed it was about drugs, pillows, the weather, or toilet paper. (No, I’m not making this up.) But just because people don’t understand the cloud, it doesn’t mean they aren’t using it. The fact is that many use cloud computing without knowing.

In other words, that lack of knowledge isn’t as big a problem as it might seem. Of the more than 1,000 Americans surveyed, more than half initially reported that they’d never used it. However, further questioning revealed that 95% of those surveyed do actually use popular cloud services like Gmail, iTunes, or Amazon...

Medical Researchers Tap Cloud Computing for Analyzing Information

Grazed from iHealthBeat. Author: Editorial Staff.

Researchers are beginning to leverage cloud computing to advance health care research, NPR's "All Tech Considered" reports. Through cloud computing, analyzing data that used to take years and tens of millions of dollars now can be done much faster and for less money. Organizations can rent massive computer resources on an hourly basis at a relatively low cost.

Using the Cloud for Patient Data Analysis

Michael Cunningham -- medical director of Seattle Children's Hospital's Craniofacial Center -- treats young patients whose skulls have fused prematurely. He said that researchers have been able to identify such patients whose cells looked similar by using cloud computing to analyze vast amounts of data...

Why CIOs have problems with cloud computing: Sunk costs in legacy IT

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Jessica Scarpati.

Are customers scared of cloud security breaches? Absolutely. Are they uncomfortable with their lack of control over cloud providers' infrastructure? You bet. But do businesses see these two issues as their biggest problems with cloud computing? Not exactly, according to a new TechTarget survey.

More enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) say they are delaying public cloud adoption because they've sunk too much money into legacy IT, according to TechTarget's recent Cloud Pulse survey, which polled 1,497 IT professionals about their use of and attitudes toward cloud services...