America’s defence department moves towards cloud computing
IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds continue to evolve
By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software
Cloud computing is an increasingly multi-faceted phenomenon. It continues to quickly evolve not just at private and public cloud levels (and increasingly in the continuum between these two extremes) but also at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) levels.
In the Ovum report, 2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds, Ovum advises that cloud service providers and consumers need to take into account...
5 issues to consider before taking on cloud storage
By Brad Robertson CEO, CX
While ‘cloud storage’ is one of the hottest tech buzz terms floating around now, there are still many questions people have about the benefits of having their own online storage accounts.
The more educated you are on your cloud storage provider, the more you’ll feel at ease with storing your files with them.
Here are five things to consider before taking on cloud storage to ensure your service is the most beneficial for you.
Did cloud computing help Obama win the #Election2012?
A new post from Amazon Web Services’ Jeff Barr has detailed how President Barack Obama’s campaign team utilised the AWS cloud to their advantage.
“The words ‘mission critical’ definitely apply here,” wrote Barr, adding: “With the opportunity to lead the United States as the prize, the stakes were high.”
But how did cloud computing influence the outcome of the election?
The use of technology to influence the presidential campaign has been widely reported,...
Trending attitudes in cloud computing [infographic]
What are IT professionals valuing, using and potentially considering? This infographic from Insight Cloud Computing Solutions tries to shed some light on the issue, including the differences between private, hybrid and public clouds:
How to mitigate loss of control when moving to the cloud
It is a common misconception that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. Generally speaking, many companies fail to take the time to fully understand cloud computing and in this vein, feel reluctant to outsource business-critical data to the cloud.
The question most organisations should be truthfully asking themselves however is whether they are actually in control of their data when it is held on-premise. For example, what accreditations do they hold to ensure their...
Oracle Exalogic 2.0 adds cloud management feature
By Tony Baer, Prinicpal Analyst, Ovum Enterprise Solutions
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 (“Exalogic”) adds features that will make the system better suited for its role as a cloud deployment target. It adds server virtualisation capabilities that accelerate provisioning and deliver the expected elasticity.
A new lightweight virtualisation engine optimised for Oracle workloads improves application performance. This comes atop incremental enhancements to existing features such as Oracle...
Five tips for CIOs moving to the cloud
CIOs making strategic moves to the cloud that involve core infrastructure such as productivity tools, enterprise applications or collaboration capabilities need to be prepared for a new way of thinking and operating.
Moving to the cloud isn’t - and shouldn’t be - business as usual. It’s a switch that demands fresh attitudes to procurement, accounting, project management and, more than anything, ways of working.
This is the biggest shift in computing architecture since client/server and inevitably there will be surprises along the way but best practices and case studies are emerging. Based on over a decade of operating with companies moving to...
Moving to the cloud makes great financial sense, says IDC
A detailed study from the International Data Center (IDC) has shown that companies who use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud make substantial savings over time.
The report, titled ‘Business Value of Amazon Web Services Accelerates Over Time’ and commissioned by AWS, saw the research house interview representatives from 11 organisations which had deployed AWS onto their services.
According to IDC, after three years enterprises should expect to see three and a half times their investment in AWS;...