Cloud Computing

Gartner: The six elements of cloud analytics and SaaS BI

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Jeff Kelly.

You may think you know what business intelligence (BI) or data analytics in the cloud means, but think again.

Analytics in the cloud doesn’t refer to just a SaaS-based BI application or a hosted data warehouse (although it does include these things) but to any one of six critical elements, according to a new report by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.

Failure to understand the details of cloud analytics could mean disaster for future projects, said Gartner analyst Bill Gassman, co-author of the report.

TCO Tool Compares Cloud Versus In-house Development Costs

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: John Storts.

The potential for increased agility and speedier deployment is what should drive an initiative to shift software development into the cloud, rather than strictly basing a decision on cost savings, according to Info-Tech Research Group. But, cost is a huge factor in this decision. Improvements to agility and deployment won't mean quite as much if the expense of the move (or projected expense increases) outweighs them.

Market Leaders: Small-Business Suite CRM

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Juan Martinez.

The Market

Using CMDBs and service catalogs to build private clouds

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author:  Bill Claybrook.

With a few exceptions, discussions around private clouds do not include IT Infrastructure Libraries (ITILs), configuration management databases (CMDBs) and service catalogs, but that is quickly changing. Steve Todd, in particular, has noted that when designing the software architecture for a private cloud implementation, one architectural component becomes central: the CMDB.

PaaS Assessment Tool: Can Your App Development Be Done in the Cloud?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: John Storts.

Thinking of moving your application development platform offsite and into the cloud? Before making that decision, you'll want to determine if such a move is right for the your organization's business needs. You'll need to know if your development team is ready and if the applications being produced are appropriate for the cloud.


Survey: Infrastructure-as-a-Service Adoption on the Rise

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

According to a new report from the Yankee Group, enterprise adoption of infrastructure as a service is growing rapidly.

Australian etailers looking for technology change

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author:  Stephen Withers.

New research from Forrester shows that 50% of Australian online retailers are planning to change their eCommerce platforms within two years. But mobile access is not a priority for most of the companies responding to the survey.

The main problem cited by Forrester is that retailers have tended to choose an eCommerce platform without realising how much sales growth would occur, and they are now running into the limitations of the originally selected software.

Top 10 Cloud Computing Complaints

Grazed from Wall Street & Technology.  Author: Ivan Schneider.

As the popularity of cloud computing is taking off, so have questions and complaints from IT professionals who are using -- or considering moving to -- the cloud. Industry leaders answer some of the main concerns that they hear from IT staff about the cloud.

Gripe #1: "Wait, this isn't really infinite, is it?"


One of the big draws of cloud computing is the ability to start small and then go big at a moment's notice. But this elasticity should not be mistaken for infinity.

Hewlett Packard trumps Dell with $1.6bn bid for 3PAR

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Computer maker Hewlett Packard (HP) has launched a $1.6bn (£1bn) bid for data storage firm 3PAR, trumping a $1.2bn offer made by rival Dell last week.

Along with IBM, the two firms are looking into more profitable business areas outside of making computers.

The bids come as part of a glut of merger and acquisitions activity in the technology sector, including last week's $7.8bn bid for McAfee by Intel.

The HP bid pushed Wall Street higher in early trade, before shares lost ground.

Deconstructing Virtualization and the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Arthur Cole.

It's been nearly two years since the term "cloud computing" leaked into the IT lexicon and still many leading experts in the field are struggling to come up with a definition.

That has to be a testament to either the cloud's broad impact on all manner of enterprise functions or the fact that it is a nebulous term signifying everything, or nothing at all.

Either way, the hunt is still on for an exact, or at least a satisfactory, definition of what the cloud is and what it isn't.