Dating site dumps Amazon EC2: “100% uptime a required SLA”

The storm which accounted for Amazon’s cloud outage over the weekend has resulted in one company ditching the AWS system over fears of further unavailability.

From 2300 EST on June 30 users of several high profile sites such as Pinterest, Netflix and Instagram were unable to access content, with AWS “investigating connectivity issues”. The issue was resolved by 0054 EST on June 31 but updates on power restoration appeared...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Industry, Migration, SLA.

Cloud downtime cost £45m over five years, IWGCR claims

This is a potentially alarming finding from the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR): a combined 568 hours of downtime at 13 major cloud providers has cost £45.8 million (or $71.7 million) in business since 2007.

In the report, entitled “Downtime statistics of current cloud solutions”, IWGCR analysed the 13 providers, including Amazon, Microsoft and PayPal among others, and worked out that on average, cloud services were unavailable for 7.5 hours per...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Industry, Research, SLA.

2012: the year of the cloud

2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?

Efficiencies is the answer.

If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.

To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your...

By Nathan Elcoate, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Public, Security.

You Say You Want a Revolution: Are we in one?

post thumbnail

Remember the heady dot.com days circa 1999? We thought we were reinventing business, forming a New Economy, revolutionizing the essential nature of commerce. In our dreams! By late 2001 the bubble had burst, and what we thought was a new paradigm for business—the World Wide Web—turned out to be little more than a new marketing...

By ZapThink, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Cloud investment will create 14 million jobs worldwide

Spending on public and private cloud services is predicted to generate almost 14 million jobs worldwide between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report from IDC.

The study, carried out in association with Microsoft, predicted that around half of these new positions would be created in China and India.

More than one-third of cloud-enabled jobs will occur in the communications and media, banking, and discrete manufacturing...

By Matt Henkes, 06 March 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Trends.

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.