The power of on-demand, and the reason cloud providers don't like it
Inside cloud providers' data centers and offices lies a fundamental business risk brought about by on-demand flexibility, a risk which providers are more than keen to place back in the hands of its customers.
How do you put a price tag on the cloud?
A recent CIO Zone article stated “cloud computing is increasingly becoming the rule and not the exception.” With cloud computing becoming so pervasive and commonplace in our day-to-day lives and businesses, everyone has differing opinions on how to quantify the true value of the cloud.
Salesforce CEO Benioff unleashes Salesforce1, cites ‘internet of customers’ future
Cloud giant Salesforce has unveiled its new shiny cloud platform Salesforce1 at Dreamforce in San Francisco, with CEO Marc Benioff stressing the ‘internet of customers’ – the importance of the consumer in a cloud, social and mobile world. “I’ve never been more excited to be part of Salesforce.com,” Benioff bellowed to the audience of customers, partners and non-profits. “In the world of the Internet of Things, it’s really a world of Internet of Customers. “We need to reassess how we connect with customers in a whole new way,” he added.
What you might have missed: 5 recent developments in cloud computing
The cloud continues to expand and develop at a phenomenal rate. Here’s a roundup of five recent developments in the field and what they mean for business. There is a consensus that the cloud and cloud software is now unavoidable. Little surprise then, that vendors and technologists alike are constantly pushing the boundaries to create new products and services.
Rackspace gets back into bed with VMware for hybrid offering
Rackspace Hosting has announced a new offering for its Managed Virtualisation Service hosting a VMware environment, entitled ‘Dedicated VMware vCenter Server’. This is an interesting change, given how Rackspace’s most recent focus has been on OpenStack technologies instead of VMware.
Cloud computing in Australia: Pros, cons and questions to ask
The International Data Center (IDC) researchers have this week put into writing what many will already suspect: cloud computing continues to grow in Australia. But does this all fit in with recent coverage?
Why trade finance is moving to the cloud
The development of cloud technology is opening the door for companies in the trade finance sector to move away from the inherent constraints of paper-based processes.
Amazon's AutoRip helps ease consumer transition to the Cloud
Admit it, we all thought the CD was on its way out, and it probably is. Yet if any company wishes to hold on to sales a little bit longer, it’s Amazon. Today the firm has announced ‘AutoRip’ which offers any physical media you’ve (ever) bought to stream for free from the Cloud.
Bookkeeping in the Cloud
Just like web mail or consumer-oriented sites, online accounting software is fast, simple and user-oriented, especially when compared with traditional, desktop accounts software.
‘MegaWiped’ – Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload data cleared
The Megaupload case has taken a new turn as his old Dutch hosting provider LeaseWeb has wiped 600 servers containing “petabytes” of his company’s data; including legal evidence.