The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy

Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Consumer, Developers, Enterprise, Hardware, M&A.

Live Video streaming from the Cloud

Live video streaming from the Cloud is an interesting area. Cloud’s elastic infrastructure provides new ways of delivering rich media content (video and audio) . One can run their own rich media infrastructure ,flexibly and effectively at low cost with out depending on third-party hosts. This includes delivering Ondemand video and Live video streaming.

Wowza media on Amazon EC2 cloud provides such an opportunity. However, with wowza’s low...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Enterprise.

A Flash in the Page

For those of you who haven’t been following it (IE people without a smartphone), there has been a little tiff between Apple and Adobe for the last couple of years regarding Flash. I’ll discuss it more in detail shortly, but in brief, Apple decided not to include or even allow Flash to run on it’s IOS devices such as iPad and iPhone, based on their assertion of problems with CPU usage, battery life, security, and general UI issues...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Developers, Forecasts, Industry.

Mobile consumer cloud market will be worth £4 bn by 2016

High-profile launches from players such as Amazon, Google and Apple are expected to galvanize the growing market for consumer cloud mobility services, generating revenues reaching almost £4 billion ($6.5 billion) a year by 2016, a new report has found.

According to the study by Juniper Research, while initial consumer deployments in the cloud were focused primarily on the social networking space, music and video storage/acquisition services such as Amazon's Cloud Drive and the forthcoming Apple iCloud are expected to...

By Verity Gough, 10 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, Research, Trends.

Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users

Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.

Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.

In addition to Hotmail, the outage...

By Verity Gough, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Security.

Is Encryption the Solution to Cloud Security and Privacy?

By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in patent law

Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer.  Managing local computers is hard: there are security issues, computer lifecycle issues, accessibility issues.  Cloud computing, ideally, is easy: set it and forget it,...

By CloudSwitch, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Consumer, Hacking, SaaS , Security, Storage.

VMworld and The Toughest Cloud Management Question

Last week at VMworld we asked a secret shopper to visit all the major cloud management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, IBM, and CA Nimsoft) and ask the Toughest Cloud Management Question.

VMworld is a great place to do this. Because the attendees are very smart and experienced and the people working the vendor demonstration stations know their products very well.

New home cloud TV software launches

Set-top manufacturer Pace has announced the launch of Elements, a cloud-based software platform designed to let operators deliver multi-platform personalised content.

The Elements software provides a user interface hosted in the cloud, to allow users to connect to a TV service from multiple devices within the home as well as enabling users to connect to social networks in order to recommend content to friends, personalise their viewing experience and access different types of content across multiple sources...

By Verity Gough, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Trends.

Dell jumps onto the cloud bandwagon with VMware

Dell is the latest organisation to take the plunge into the cloud after announcing its new data-storage rental service, due to be rolled out later this year.

After months of rumours circulating about when Dell would be cloud-bound, the announcement came during the VMworld virtualization and cloud conference in Las Vegas this week where Dell said that it was finally taking the plunge.

The new product, unsurprisingly named, Dell Cloud, will be available outside of the US next year and uses VMware's...

By Verity Gough, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, M&A, Trends.