Software-as-a-service solutions 'to become standard'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

Enterprise architects and IT managers will see software-as-a-service solutions become more popular over the next few years, it has been said.

Gene Leganza from Forrester spoke to ZDNet to suggest that software-as-a-service is one platform for data management that will be a standard in the industry in the near future, with rapid deployment a good idea for many businesses.

Looking Ahead to the On-Demand Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

One of the chief advantages that cloud computing brings to the IT table is the concept of on-demand applications and resources. Say goodbye to the complicated provisioning and allocation of enterprise capabilities. Simply scroll through the offerings on the cloud, boot them up and get to work.

Of course, setting up a cloud does not automatically produce such a robust environment. It can still be a rather tricky dance to ensure all the links between application, data and end user are in sync and that any and all business policies and practices are being adhered to.

Is EMC the Next Step in Oracle’s Journey to $100B?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

Book: Behind the Cloud

Grazed from MIT Technical Review.  Author: Brad Feld.

Now that Do More Faster is out and I appreciate how hard it is to write and publish a book, I read every book through a different (more appreciative) lens.  This morning, I spent three hours on the coach and plowed through Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry.  It was excellent.

Why Intel's Bullish on Virtualization

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: David Needle.

Virtualization has proven to be a key asset to IT departments faced with shrinking technology budgets and demands to do more with less. Enterprises dealing with so-called server sprawl, the ready addition of new server hardware to meet increased demand for IT services, have been turning to virtualization as a way to consolidate those physical machines to save both money and space.

How VMware Plans to Control the Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Gary Orenstein.

One area where VMware did not disappoint this week is breadth of vision. In just a handful of years, the company has gone from the defacto hypervisor provider to an all-encompassing software infrastructure vendor for virtualization and cloud computing. Even for someone watching the industry, the volume of announcements can be overwhelming.

VMware breaks down the product set into three layers: infrastructure, application platforms and end-user computing. With an eye on understanding specific products, here’s what I saw this week:

What We’re Reading About the Cloud on Sept. 1

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

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.

Startups Aim to Chip Away at the Microsoft Office Empire

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Ben Kepes.

How To Find a Customer in a Divided IT Universe

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Alex Benik.