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...

Steve Jobs steps down as Apple boss after announcing iCloud

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has resigned from his post with his last announcement being the launch of the iCloud.

On Friday, Jobs resigned in a letter to employees despite hopes that he would resume his post full time following appearances at the launch of the iPad 2 and more recently, the unveiling of the iCloud. However having been on sick leave since January and undergoing a liver transplant he conceded that it was time to take a rest.

In his letter, Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I...

By Verity Gough, 28 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, 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...

Infographic of Cloud Computing Outlook 2011

Today Cloud.com, Zenoss and BitNami released the results of a recent survey to determine the key IT objectives and obstacles to cloud adoption.  The survey respondent base consisted of the development communities from BitNami, CloudStack and Zenoss Core, all open source projects, and included more than 500 IT professionals.  For an analysis of the results see Cloud Computing Survey Finds...

By Louis Columbus, 25 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .

Resellers being ousted from cloud, warns report

End users are missing out the middleman and heading straight to the vendors for advice on cloud adoption, according to a report published today.The survey, carried out by channel-only hosted IT services provider Rise, polled 100 SMB prospects of one of Rise's clients and found that just eight per cent of IT decision makers are engaging with resellers over cloud computing while 77 per cent said they would consult IT vendors and 15 per cent admitted they sought advice on cloud from the internet.The poll also found that almost 70 per cent...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Security.

New focus on security and data portability as Cloud gets overcrowded

As the meteoric rise of the cloud continues, IT leaders are pushing for better standards to address key issues such as security and data portability in the cloud. Only last month another organisation joined the demand for standards. IBM-backed Cloud Standards Customer Council, www.cloud-council.org, announced its committee members which include Citigroup, Costco Wholesale and Deere & Co as well as launching its working groups covering such topics as: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS);...

By Verity Gough, 23 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Industry, Security.

HP plumps for Cloud in £7bn deal

Hewlett Packard has shunned hardware in favour of the cloud after it acquired UK-based software company, Autonomy, in a deal that sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash.The Cambridge-based company, which launched in 1996, has become a global leader in infrastructure software with a customer base of more than 25,000 global companies, law firms and public sector agencies. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Trends.