Service Providers

Did Amazon Already Win Cloud Computing?

Grazed from WallStreetCheatSheet. Author: Eric Schaal.

How far can Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) go in the cloud computing game? Though Amazon Web Services is already believed to be clocking around $2 billion a year, a report indicates that number could grow to an imposing $24 billion in the next decade, which would make Amazon a terror to all competitors and possibly give the tech giant a monopoly in the industry.

A report by Morgan Stanley analysts sees Amazon in the top five and gaining fast in cloud computing, which they believe will have a TAM of $152 billion ten years from now. As for the inevitability of a world turning entirely to cloud services by 2022, that’s considered a given, and bad news for companies like NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) and EMC (NYSE:EMC). Of course, someone will need to be the host, so the market for servers won’t entirely disappear, Morgan Stanley’s analysts noted...

Gartner’s BYOD, Cloud Highlights Critical Role Of Service Providers

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Elliot Markowitz.

Mobile device adoption and cloud computing go hand in hand. The more business professionals use their smart phones, tablets and mini-tablets to access and create new data, the more organizations are embracing a cloud computing environment to dramatically increase their network capacity, storage and back-up capabilities. These movements highlight the critical role of solution providers and continue to drive their business models for the foreseeable future.

Nearly 40 percent of enterprise organizations said they expect to stop providing mobile devices to their employees by 2016 supporting bring your own device programs (BYOD) instead, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner. I’ve said it before in this space. The BYOD revolution cannot be stopped. Once you’ve empowered employees and supported their work style preferences, taking away those privileges is a step backwards. By the way, that is also why I believe Yahoo’s headline grabbing CEO Marissa Mayer is making a big mistake to eliminate remote workers. If you treat your employees like 9-to-5 employees, guess what, you get 9-5 employees...

Cloud Computing: Big Service Providers Embrace CA Technologies, Nimsoft

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Joe Panettieri.

Logicalis, Rackspace and Savvis were among the big MSPs and cloud services providers (CSPs) on hand at CA World last week in Las Vegas. Each of those companies said CA Technologies plays a critical role in their revenue-generating platforms. So what will it take for CA Technologies to thrive against potential rivals like VMware, SolarWinds and OpenStack? Here are some educated guesses.

First the good news: CA World attracted roughly 5,000 partners and customers. That's a solid showing, especially since CA Technologies has been in transition mode over the past few years. Still best-known for its enterprise IT management tools, the company:...

Secure-24 Launches Backup as a Service at EMC World 2013

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Secure-24, a leading provider of cloud computing, application outsourcing and enterprise hosting services, now offers a new Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution for enterprises that need reliable, secure ITIL based data protection processes for their environments.

A team of experts will present Secure-24’s backup-as-a-service in booth 759 during EMC World 2013 on May 6-9 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Secure-24’s Storage and Backup Services Manager Keith Bankston will be available to answer questions. Bankston will also be speaking in the Partner Buzz Theater on May 8th at 2:00 for a session titled: Leveraging Backup-as-a-Service for Your Business: How to Avoid Costly Information Loss...

How Do Local Cloud Computing and Web Hosts Compete With Amazon?

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Ryan Turner.

Based on information provided by Amazon, you can see they revolutionized EC2 cloud computing. Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) “is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.” While Amazon may be one of the most well known companies competing in this marketplace, host to major clients like Instagram, there are other small-scale companies that offer bigger benefits. For one, smaller companies can customize their cloud computing and web hosting to each client, tailoring their services to the needs of the client.

Second, Small-scale companies offer service oriented details and telephone support around the clock to help expert web developers overcome issues, as well as assisting novice web developers to achieve completion and finish projects in a timely manner. Third, The cloud computing and web hosting services offered by Amazon are stable, but have had the tendency for down-time. This typically doesn’t happen with locally-based, service-oriented companies like Cervalis, who hasn’t experienced down-time or outages in their 12 years of servicing customers in this capacity...

Amazon Tool Helps Shape Your Cloud Workload

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

Amazon Web Services launched a beta service called Trusted Advisor to help customers configure their workloads during its Re:Invent Show last November. This week the company made it available for a 30-day free trial.

Given the complexity of the Amazon services and server instances, Trusted Advisor is sorely needed to help customers, especially newcomers, navigate through the tangle of details. Several other vendors also provide a service similar to Trusted Advisor, and some, such as Cloudyn, CloudCheckr, Uptime Software and Cloud Cruiser, offer more features. But since AWS remains the fountainhead of best practices information, Trusted Advisor is likely to gain authority...

Building trust between cloud providers and consumers

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach. In a recent report, analyst Ray Wang proposes a cloud consumer 'bill of rights.' Wang's proposal is important because it highlights significant aspects of the client/vendor relationship in the cloud computing space. This relationship is unique because of the level of both trust and communication that must exist between client and vendor in order for cloud deployments to be successful.

Enterprises that have, or are considering, the move to cloud computing should understand that they are not simply purchasing a specific product or service. Rather, they are entering into a partnership with their cloud provider. An enterprise's cloud provider becomes an extension of the enterprise IT department. As a result, the vendor should be considered a trusted partner. In order for this to happen, both client and vendor must commit to communication and transparency that is generally foreign to the purchase of on-premise IT solutions...

SoftLayer's cloud is fast and flexible

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Peter Wayner.

The cloud has a way of hiding much of what we used to fret about. Servers are boxes, and boxes are meant to be interchangeable. You push the button and you log in. It's just a box, and there's no need to spend much time thinking about it because it's a commodity. SoftLayer is one of the companies fighting the commodification of the servers, at least a bit. SoftLayer is still selling servers by the hour and offering a cloud of machines that starts up on demand, but it's also making the server purchase more like it used to be. You have plenty of options, some of which include getting a raw machine that's yours, all yours.

Amazon and Google, for instance, started selling a few basic models. Although they've expanded the selection over the years by adding higher-powered CPUs or more RAM, the menu of choices is still pretty simple. If you get a small machine, you get a small CPU with a smaller amount of RAM and a smaller bundle of everything else. If you want more, you buy more of everything. SoftLayer lets you shop for servers the old way. You choose how many cores you want, then choose the RAM independently. You can build a machine with 16 2GHz cores and 1GB of RAM, one core and 16GB of RAM, or any integer in between -- say, 13 cores and 7GB of RAM. The prices slide up and down, and the two parts are priced independently. Sixteen cores will cost 75 cents per hour, while only one core will cost 7 cents per hour. There are price breaks along the list and it's not exactly linear...

9 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Cloud Computing Contract

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Cloud computing may be highly virtualized and digitized, but its is still based on a relationship between two parties consisting of human beings. And since it is still the new kid on the block, both providers and users still trying to get their footing — and best advantage — in this new evolving type of relationship.

A few months back, researchers affiliated with the QMUL Cloud Legal Project at the University of London spoke to cloud providers and consumers, identifying the major points of discussion — or disagreement — that have been coming up in their negotiations for cloud engagements. The researchers, W. Kuan Hon, Christopher Millard and Ian Walden, documented their findings in a recent issue Stanford Technology Law Review. They found that some things are negotiable in a cloud computing engagement, other things are not. Here are the top nine points of contention that have been arising:...

Red Hat Pitches Open Hybrid Cloud to Partners

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panettieri.

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) will update its open hybrid cloud strategy during a North America partner conference, scheduled for Jan. 14-16 in San Diego. North America Channel Chief Roger Egan, in an interview with The VAR Guy, said telcos, cloud services providers (CSPs), VARs and other types of partners are opening their arms to Red Hat's CloudForms (IaaS) and OpenShift (PaaS) strategies. But can Red Hat really muscle aside VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) as partners seek the building blocks for public and private clouds?

In many ways, Red Hat has successfully diversified beyond its Linux heritage. Moves into the virtualization, storage and middleware markets seem to be taking hold. Roughly 500 people, including roughly 175 partners, will listen to Red Hat's updated vision during the North America partner conference, which is one of The VAR Guy's Top 100 Channel Partner Conferences for 2013...