Cloud Adoption

Public vs. private cloud computing: Which fits your enterprise needs?

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Laura Smith.

Enterprises are using public cloud services and starting to experiment with private cloud computing to capitalize on time-to-market and efficiency gains. This development has prompted IT executives to focus on investments and strategy around two service delivery approaches.

By now, most enterprises have begun to use some form of Software as a Service, such as email or customer relationship management, according to Drue Reeves, a vice president and research director at Burton Group in Midvale, Utah.

"They're already doing that, and are rapidly interested in Infrastructure as a Service, which is the fastest-growing segment of the market," Reeves said.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' No Way to Approach Cloud Computing

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Ann All.

I'm not a fan of "don't ask, don't tell" policies, in the military or anywhere else. Which is why I was so disturbed to see one particular response from some 50 CIOs and IT leaders participating in a Diamond Management & Technology Consultants survey on cloud computing.

 

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:

Paying the Cloud Computing Tab

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

As we move toward this whole notion of paying for IT as a service, one of the things that most IT organizations are overlooking is exactly how the billing process will be handled.


Many IT service providers have cobbled together their own billing applications and there is no real visibility into how billing is managed.

Qwest brings cloud-based application recovery to SMBs

Grazed from FierceTelecom.  Author:  Sean Buckley.

With the launch of its Real-Time Application Recovery service, Qwest (NYSE: Q) wants to give SMBs the same access to its cloud computing capabilities that are currently offered to its large business customers.

MYOB cloud/desktop model will provide opportunities for developers

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

One of the biggest problems with the hybrid desktop/cloud model being adopted by MYOB is dealing with any conflicts that arise when at least one user is working in offline mode. For some aspects of the software, the issue is no big deal, but for others it is a crucial consideration.

For example, it is easy to reconcile a situation where two people have created a contact record for the same new customer. But how can you tell if a disconnected user has just paid a particular invoice? And how can you ensure that invoices are issued with strictly sequential numbers?

CSC Pushes Cisco Cloud Agenda

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

CSC today announced an extended alliance with Cisco and EMC under which the IT services firm will be touting the Cisco Unified Computing System and VBlocks as the ideal “purpose-built” platform for cloud computing.

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.

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.