Open source cloud: Exploring the commercial applications

During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress - with the help of their partners - towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives.

We've also learned how these progressive technology users are pioneering changes in their own organisations - enabling them to become more competitive in the Global Networked Economy.

The OpenStack Summit 2014 opened with a...

By David H Deans, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Virtualization.

HP: Trying to stand out from the crowd in the DRaaS space

Back in September, Nirvanix announced to its customers that they had two weeks to move its data before the company went down the plughole.

As the enterprise cloud storage provider waved the white flag, Gartner research director Kyle Hilgendorf noted in a blog post that the analyst house’s paper on cloud exit strategies was one of the least popular in the collection.

“I suspect it is because cloud exits are not nearly as sexy as...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: DisasterRec, Enterprise, IaaS, Virtualization.

Why virtualisation isn't enough in cloud computing

While it is generally recognised that virtualisation is an important step in the move to cloud computing, as it enables efficient use of the underlying hardware and allows for true scalability,  for virtualisation in order to be truly valuable it really needs to understand the workloads that run on it and offer clear visibility of both the virtual and physical worlds.

On its own, virtualisation does not lend itself to creating sufficient visibility about the multiple applications and services running at...

By Graham Jarvis, 12 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Feature, Storage, Virtualization.

The future of virtualisation: Automation, orchestration and even more on demand

It's official: virtualisation has made it. On the Gartner Hype Cycle for Cloud Services, it has scaled the “peak of inflated expectations”, traversed the “trough of disillusionment” and is inches from the much coveted “plateau of productivity”.

For now, it remains on the “slope of enlightenment” -- but it’s a technology right on the cusp of an evolution that will expand...

By Len Padilla, 09 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Forecasts, Virtualization.

3 reasons to love the bare metal cloud

When infrastructure-as-a-service is referenced, we are generally discussing virtual server offerings. Bare metal challenges that assumption, having become a major part of how hybrid clouds blend public, dedicated, and private virtual infrastructure.

Gathering Clouds’ contributor and cloud computing expert David Linthicum notes:...

By LogicWorks, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security, Virtualization.

IBM’s data discovery initiatives culminate in Project Neo

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management

At its recent Software Analyst Insights summit in Stamford, Connecticut, IBM gave analysts an in-depth look at the products and underlying strategy of its extensive business analytics (BA) portfolio. A product that caught Ovum’s eye is IBM’s recently announced visual data discovery tool, codenamed “Project Neo.” The solution is the result of IBM Labs coalescing some of the company’s latest in-memory database,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, Virtualization.

AWS’s elastic database cloud thickens

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a series of updates to its expanding database services portfolio at its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, reinforcing its ability to run multiple database workloads with elastic scale in the AWS cloud. While AWS offers a comprehensive menu of best-of-breed cloud services, Ovum would like to see a more integrated platform approach. AWS has disrupted the price barriers for large-scale data processing in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Enterprise, Public, Virtualization.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, Vendors, Virtualization.

Why you need standardisation of SLAs in a multi-cloud environment

Many technical experts believe that cloud computing is capable of reshaping the entire ICT industry in a revolutionary manner. With the introduction and development of cloud computing, the two business entities that emerged include – Cloud Service Providers and Cloud consumers.

Although the consumers of cloud services do not possess much control over the primary computing resources, but it is quite essential for the cloud consumers to obtain necessary guarantees in terms of service delivery...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, SLA, Strategy, Vendors, Virtualization.

SDN and going “beyond the cloud” top digital trends for 2013, says Accenture

Software defined networking (SDN), as well as moving “beyond the cloud”, are two of the seven technology trends which will change the game for enterprise, according to the latest industry report.

For companies looking to take the next step and move ahead of the competition, establishing a sophisticated digital strategy is paramount. This much we already know of course, but IT consultancy firm Accenture has gone a step further and noted the trends underpinning it – with SDN featuring...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Analytics, Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Virtualization.