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.

American Idol, Blockbuster, and Microsoft 365: Innovate or Die

I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference last month in Los Angeles, CA, and there were two major topics during the week.  The first was the recent release of Office 365 which is the epicenter of Microsoft’s cloud computing vision.  The second was which Hollywood stars we would see, obviously.   

However, the only star I saw was an Allison Iraheta performance that Microsoft sponsored at the Staples Center.  (Allison, if you were unaware, came in...

Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition

Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.

The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.

Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud...

By Verity Gough, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, M&A.

Acer launches Cloud Competency Centre

A new cloud hub for businesses called the Acer Cloud Competency Centre has launched this week.

Computer supremo, Acer announced its new centre based in Taoyuan in Taiwan, the company's data centre. It aims to be the new cloud destination designed to run cloud solutions for enterprises in addition to high performance computing tasks.

The primary focus of the new centre will be cluster computing solutions as Acer has already forged a partnership with Intel to provide Cluster Ready for HPC and...

By Verity Gough, 27 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Trends.

Which IaaS Cloud Service today enables Seamless (Virtual) Colocation of Servers?

Today, the Cloud computing model and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds provide an very interesting and important value proposition for companies seeking to co-locate their servers virtually or to upgrade the existing colocated servers at a lower cost with better services.

For many years now, small to mid size businesses including ISVs have been running colocated servers with the ISPs and hosting vendors. The cloud computing/IaaS model gives them new opportunities and possibilities to enable the...

Shared Service Cloud Centres: Canada’s Campaign to Cut Waste

The Canadian Federal Government recently announced plans to create a single IT department ‘Shared Services’ that will save $100-200m a year through consolidation-driven efficiencies. As highlighted in this fact sheet there is lots of ‘low hanging fruit’ for cost savings due to a...

NEBS Compliance: Top 3 Misconceptions of NEBS Standards

 

Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) provides a set of technical requirements with the goal of making network telecom equipment completely fail-safe. Telecom carriers purchasing NEBS compliant equipment can have confidence their telecom platform deployment meets standards for continuing operation despite unfavorable environmental conditions. Yet...

By NEI, 26 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Regulation, Security, UnifiedComms.

Viewpoint on ‘ERP as a Service’

Recently Sandhill has published an article called  ERP as a Service: A Discussion of Cloud-Based ERP Considerations by Martin Browne from Skyline Consulting. Primarily, the article mentions about the various factors to consider to enable ERP as a service and consume it in an ondemand model.

While this is an interesting article, I think there is more to getting ERP as a Service practically. I would like to add some of my...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.