Costs Hiding Behind the Cloud

When Cloud computing first moved on to the IT horizon, many of the headlines focused on how this future hosting option would save businesses money. Experts and vendors alike touted the potential savings that cloud solutions could offer to companies.

However, as with most things in IT, the picture became less clear the closer you got to it. In fact, as many businesses have since discovered there can potentially be a number of hidden costs to cloud computing that may lead to an overall increase in...

By Dave Paulding, 07 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Trends, Vendors.

A new gold standard in domain names or something else?

The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. This seems to be the common feeling on “Main Street” the world over as both first and third world economies attempt to dig them out of the recent financial meltdown.

But, even some of the most cash-strapped small businesses could always count on one thing to help them get their business online: Cheap domain names.

Depending on the registrar, new domains could be purchased for as little as $8-35 for a year or more. Purchasing a domain name...

By VI, 04 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Economy, Trends.

Capitalizing on the Cloud – a case for Capital Markets

The Clouds usually make for turbulent flights and hamper perspective overall, but in many applications they can provide clarity, ease of operations and a platform for enhanced customer focus and responsiveness. Despite the issues of privacy and data sensitivity the first reports of effectiveness of Cloud networks for Capital Markets are in – and they seem very positive.

Recent events in the capital markets reflect the continued fragility of a long promised recovery. The crisis in the financial markets...

By Sujit Janardanan, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Industry.

Cloud Computing could cut IT C02 emissions by half

Large companies that move their data storage into the cloud could slash their carbon emissions by up to 50%, according to a new European study.

The London based Carbon Disclosure Project focussed on large firms un the UK and France and found that these companies could achieve significant cost savings by 2020 if they moved their IT systems onto shared networks.

The report said that a company which adopts cloud computing can reduce its energy...

By Matt Henkes, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise.

Hardware manufacturers struggle in cloud-friendly market

Cloud computing related businesses are performing strongly while hardware manufacturers are struggling as businesses increasingly spend their money on Cloud-based platforms rather than PC systems, analysts have said.

When the latest financial reporting season kicks off next week, Cloud-based businesses, including Intel Corp and EMC, are expected to report a boost to in revenue, as people choose remote data storage and create their own servers with the help of businesses like VMware.

However, computer...

By Dani Millward, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Hardware.

MaaS – Municipality-as-a-Service

As I have been learning about the government sector, for purposes of developing new Cloud solutions for this market, I realized that actually the most interesting dimension to it is not the technology, but rather the potential it offers for economic development.

Certainly of course the technology is great and offers real benefits like reducing...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Government.

Top Cloud Computing Enablers Gaining Mind Share in 3Q 2011

Are you wondering who is gaining mind share in the 3rd quarter of 2011?  Well wonder no more. Lets take a look at the Top Cloud Enablers Gaining Mind Share, and The Leaderboard (Up and Coming Cloud Innovators, Movers and Shakers). As you know, Cloud computing has gone mainstream, and large enterprise information technology companies must continue their rapid restructuring to an on-demand model enhancing their portfolios largely through acquisitions. So lets see how they’re doing.

Here are the most recent changes this quarter, and a quick look at the 2011 acquisitions (2010 activity can be found here).

2011 Acquisitions:

By Ray DePena, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Economy, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Vendors.