Author: Hoofer

December 13, 2010 Off

Lenovo: Convergence through cloud as future of IT

By Hoofer
Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

In an interview with ZDNet Asia during his recent trip to Singapore, Rory Read, president and chief operating officer of Lenovo, said the convergence technology, which allows seamless movement of data from one device to another, will be the next wave of innovation for the next three to five years.

Users will not want to move their data from their smartphone to other devices manually, said Read, noting that this will need to be done seamlessly. "Think about it. You will take a picture with your smartphone or smart camera. It’s going to automatically, [via] 3G, link up and distribute that information to your laptop," he illustrated.

December 13, 2010 Off

Amazon announces storage cloud for 5TB objects

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Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jack Clark.

For Amazon Web Services (AWS), an object is a piece of data, file or group of files. AWS assigns an identification key to the object, which is stored across a number of datacentres in AWS’s S3 storage cloud.

On Thursday, AWS announced in a blog post that it had boosted the potential size of objects.

December 12, 2010 Off

Cisco: ‘World head over heels for convergence’

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Grazed from The Register.  Author:  Timothy Prickett Morgan.

Cisco Systems didn’t necessarily want to be in the server racket. But a few years back, when the networking giant realized that converging server and storage networks would cut into its revenue streams. Therefore, to remain relevant – by which I mean to make money – Cisco could create converged infrastructure, including servers and networking together and partner for storage and hypervisors.

December 11, 2010 Off

Microsoft dives into cloud as resellers ask: ‘What’s in it for me?’

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Grazed from The Register.  Author: Tim Anderson.

Analysis “We’re rebooting, re-pivoting, re-transitioning the whole company around betting big on cloud services,” said Microsoft CFO Kevin Turner at the company’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year.

Turner was talking about hosted services – based mainly on Exchange and SharePoint – along with the Azure application and storage platform. Customers for Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) include Royal Mail, American Express, and the State of California.

December 11, 2010 Off

Cloud Storage Appropriate Data

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Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: George Crump.

As vendors continue to mature the cloud storage on-ramps we discussed previously, the use case for cloud storage is becoming more wide spread. What was once primarily backup and archive storage destination is now quickly becoming an option for primary data storage. As a result the data that you are going to involve in a cloud storage solution may be different than it was only a year ago.As we discussed in our recent webinar "What’s Your Cloud Strategy, Answering The Top Ten Questions", cloud storage, at least in the public sense, still has a bottleneck in the connection from your data center to the WAN. When using cloud for primary storage, we are looking for use cases where only a small percentage of the data set is active at any point in time. That active data set would be cached in some manor locally…

December 10, 2010 Off

SAP: Cloud makes Oracle strategy obsolete

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Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jeff Jedras.

SAP has claimed that the cloud will render Oracle‘s stratgey of owning the entire hardware and software stack irrelevant.

Speaking to press and analysts gathered for SAP’s Influencer Summit via satellite from Dresden, German, SAP co-CEO Jim Hagermann-Snabe said cloud computing isn’t good news for Oracle, or for its own the stack mantra.

December 10, 2010 Off

Oracle targets IBM and HP with SPARC Supercluster

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Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: James Niccolai.

Oracle has stepped up its efforts to rebuild Sun‘s hardware business, announcing a high performance clustered database system that could turn up the competitive pressure on rivals IBM and HP.

Called the Sparc Supercluster, the system can include dozens of rack mount servers based on Oracle’s recently released 16-core Sparc T3 processor, linked in a cluster with high-performance InfiniBand connections, Oracle’s Real Application Clusters software and Sun’s FlashFire solid state storage acceleration technology.