Amazon Web Services’ OpsWorks is a positive move

Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Software – IT SolutionsIn February 2013, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the beta version of AWS OpsWorks, a configuration and deployment service for AWS public cloud-based applications and their related resources. While AWS usually creates its services from scratch, OpsWorks is based on third-party technology, namely the open source Chef-based SaaS offering, Scalarium, developed by Peritor, a small Germany-based IT service provider that AWS acquired in 2012.

OpsWorks reflects the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, PaaS, Public.

Cloud and CRM influencing 2013 enterprise software spend, says Gartner

For enterprises, customer relationship management (CRM) is moving ahead of enterprise resource planning (ERP) as the main priority for application software investment.

That was just one of the takeaways from Gartner’s latest report, “User Survey Analysis: Cloud and CRM Nexus Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014”, published last month.

Other key factors emerging from the report include the clear differences between emerging and emergent markets in terms of cloud...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Private, Public, Research.

Is cloud computing ready for prime time?

By John Dixon, Senior Solutions Architect

A few weeks ago, I took part in another engaging tweetchat on cloud computing. The topic: is cloud computing ready for enterprise adoption? You can find the transcript here.

As usual with tweetchats hosted by CloudCommons, five questions are presented a few days in advance of the event. This time around, the questions were:

  • Is public cloud mature enough for enterprise adoption?
  • Should public cloud be a part of every...
  • By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public, Security, Virtualisation.

    Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility?

    Over the last fifteen or so years, we have seen computing make the transition from the fixed and immovable desktops and servers, through to chunky underpowered laptops, through to less chunky but more powerful laptops using Wi-Fi connectivity, through...

    By VI, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Public.

    Is there a widening skills gap in the cloud industry?

    A recent whitepaper from IDC sponsored by Microsoft has suggested a widening skills gap for cloud computing, and the trend will continue further through 2013.

    In particular the research, of over 600 organisations, showed that as the cloud evolves, cloud-specific skills will grow at six times the rate of overall IT skills, noting that cloud-related skills “represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide”.

    According to the paper, worldwide IT jobs will hit just under 30m by the...

    By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private, Public, Research.

    Public cloud services will gain new momentum in 2013

    As 2012 draws to a close, a growing number of savvy enterprise CIOs -- and perhaps even more Line of Business leaders -- are joining the momentum towards an increase in the mainstream adoption of managed cloud services. Furthermore, the near-term market outlook for 2013 is particularly bright and the long-term expectations are equally promising -- due mostly to the reported positive experience and results from the early adopters of cloud services across the globe. Peer recommendations are clearly driving this change in the marketplace. Worldwide spending on public IT cloud...

    By David H Deans, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Trends.

    How businesses can engage the hybrid cloud

    What is a "hybrid cloud"?

    Is it 1) an environment where applications and processes exist both in the public and private cloud and on premise? Or is it 2) a combination public/private cloud without an on-premise component?

    For the sake of this discussion, we’ll concede definition 1.

    Clarifying this concept is important because the vast majority of cloud-adopting organisations - which is to say the vast majority of organisations, period - are about to become hybrid-cloud-adopting organisations, and for...

    By Paul Moxon, 16 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Security, SLA.

    Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part two)

    Part one can be found here. Part two examines the 'safe harbour' approach to cloud data, and answers the question: who's ultimately responsible for data in the cloud?

    In 2000, the US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbour framework to ensure organisations put appropriate controls in place for the protection of data when handling European and UK companies’ data that may be stored in the USA (for example an American company who may have regional offices in the UK,...

    By Ian Moyse, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part one)

    When considering cloud, the inevitable security questions arise: where are your data centres? What happens to my data? How can I ensure the decision I am making does not expose us to risk?

    Blatantly ignoring cloud in today’s competitive environment is not a viable option and nor should it be. 

    There are a multitude of security areas that encroach on cloud solutions, varying based on whether you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud approach and whether you use SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS...

    By Ian Moyse, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    Demystifying Amazon Web Services [infographic]

    Our friends at Newvem are at it again. They’ve just released an incredible infographic on Demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new infographic demonstrates the size of Amazon’s cloud and reveals usage analysis including a deep dive on reserve instances.

    And, since this comes from Newvem – the experts in usage analytics – it also provides recommendations for how to reduce costs and make your AWS cloud more efficient!

    By Dome9, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infographic, Public.