December 7, 2010 Off

Red Hat’s PaaS Play & the Future of Cloud

By David
Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Last week, Red Hat Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT) announced that it had acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) software company Makara and was rolling it into its own PaaS offering. The deal is just the latest step by Red Hat in creating an open-source software stack for cloud computing.

December 7, 2010 Off

Software-as-a-service market ‘set to grow at impressive rate’

By David
Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The global market for software-as-a-service products is expected to grow at a rapid rate over the course of the next few years.

In an article published on IT Web, it was explained that while several areas of the IT sector have experienced a downturn as a result of the current economic climate, software-as-a-service solutions have bucked this trend to a significant degree.

"According to international research group IDC, the prediction is that software-as-a-service uptake will show 30 per cent compound annual growth rate for the next five years," the report said.

December 6, 2010 Off

Managing risk in the world of Cloud computing

By David
Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Kevin T. McDonald.

In embarking on a Cloud Computing project, it is important to assess the risks, come up with strategies to mitigate the risks and communicate any that aren’t sufficiently covered.

In practical terms this involves a mix of project management and business continuity best practices to arrive at a) the overall risk of the project, and b) what can be done to mitigate or lower the risk to acceptable levels.

Risk assessments take into account fire, flood and other intentional and unintentional disruptions caused by people. These are multiple pathways that can disrupt the people, processes and technology that drive an organisation’s effectiveness.

December 6, 2010 Off

Cisco, BMC forge cloud infrastructure partnership

By David
Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Larry Dignan.

Cisco and BMC Software on Monday said they are expanding their partnership to enable telecommunications companies to offer multi-tenant cloud computing services.

Under the terms of the alliance, BMC and Cisco will synch product development roadmaps and architecture to deliver a suite to automate cloud computing delivery. The platform, dubbed the Cloud Delivery Platform, is designed for service providers at first, but will expand to enterprises that have large private cloud operations.

The joint effort will allow for the automation and linking of various cloud computing components so telecom giants can provision services quickly.

December 4, 2010 Off

From Moore’s Law to the Law of Diminishing Returns

By David
Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It looks like the good times are over and we all need to get used to a new reality of diminished expectations and slow, or even stagnant, growth.

You might think I’m talking about the economy, but I’m actually referring to processor technology.

December 4, 2010 Off

Cloud computing market ‘set to mature in 2011’

By David
Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

The cloud computing market will mature during next year, becoming integrated with other emerging technologies such as social networking and smartphones.

This is according to a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), which forecasts cloud services will make the move from early-adopter status to mainstream adoption over the course of the year.

December 3, 2010 Off

Microsoft gains cloud security certification, follows Google lead

By David
Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jon Brodkin.

Microsoft has received FISMA certification for its cloud computing data centres, a key step toward gaining customers in the federal government market that has been infiltrated by rival Google. However, Microsoft’s hosted Exchange and Online services have not yet been awarded FISMA approval.

December 3, 2010 Off

Did Amazon Just Move Supercomputing to the Cloud?

By David
Grazed from MIT Tehcnology Review.  Author:  Christopher Mims.

Perhaps it was inevitable: the cloud is already parsing enormous quantities of information at a high speed for the world’s webmasters; why not diversify its processor types and apply that power to problems that previously required in-house supercomputing resources?