Cloud Computing

Building a Cloud out of Smart Phones

Grazed form MIT Technology Review.  Author:  Christopher Mims.

Turning an entire paradigm on its head, an international group of researchers has figured out how to implement cloud computing's most widely-used algorithm, one that's usually deployed in giant, hugely-powerful server farms, on a couple of dozen cell phones.

On the Scene: Sage Insights ’10 -- Sage Succumbs to Cloud Computing

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Watch out all you cloud-based CRM vendors, there’s a new—well, an old new—guy in town. Sage, a longtime provider of on-premises CRM solutions (Act! by Sage, Sage CRM, and Sage SalesLogix), made its move to the cloud at this year’s Insights partner conference, unveiling SalesLogix Cloud. Denis Pombriant, founder and principal of CRM consultancy Beagle Research Group, says this was “the announcement Sage needed to make,” a sign that cloud computing has evolved to the point where every CRM vendor needs an on-demand offering.

JoliCloud Finally Launches

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Whatever the Numbers, Cloud Growth is Skyrocketing

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

UBS research report sparked a lot of discussion this week with its estimate that Amazon Web Services’ total revenue will top $500 million this year and $1.1 billion by 2014. Analyzing the numbers is fine, but, as I discuss in my weekly column at GigaOM Pro, I think it’s most telling to look at the growth curve when assessing the promise of cloud computing.

When to Use Open Source in a Cloudy World

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

In a rapidly-changing development environment in which more and more companies are developing platform as a service (PaaS) offerings, is the allure of using open source to to build custom applications diminishing? After all, PaaS providers are looking to make customization easier for end users to achieve without having to delve into the source code.

team Engine cranks up on-demand high performance computing

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Steam Engine, a new division of systems integrator FrontlineSystems, provides high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for as little as one month at a time.

The service is particularly aimed at the visual effects, geo-science, mining, biomedical and financial industries.

"These businesses are exemplified by extreme peaks and troughs in data and infrastructure demand, which makes operating and managing in-house date centre facilities a financially unsound proposition," said Steam's chief commercial officer Stefan Gillard.

Where will cloud computing take us in five-years time?

Grazed from CWDN.  Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Cloud computing has a problem. The problem is that people, companies, programmers and (god forbid) bloggers and technology journalists all talk about it an awful lot. With issues such as security and migration challenges to discuss, we pretty much have an endless stream of material to debate over.

The View from the CRM C-Suite

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

Where do you see the market going over the next few years?

Cisco Debuts FabricPath

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Cameron Sturdevant.

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: John Moore.

It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

5 agency-tested desktop fixes

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing