IT: A Blocker or Enabler?

At the recent Interop New York business technology conference, I was interested to see the progression our tech world is taking; discussions around cloud computing, virtualization, networking, mobility, security and data centers buzzed throughout the conference center.

What I want to specifically highlight is a comment made during the keynote given by Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon Web Services. Vogels discussed the transition from IT as the blocker to IT as the Enabler.

Transforming the corporate perception of the IT department has been an ongoing battle within the...

By Bluewolf, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

My Favourite Open Source Software

I have a love-frustration relationship with open-source software. I could never say I hate it, because I don’t. I am however painfully aware of not only how many bad open-projects are out there, but how many almost-great ones there are that come tantalizingly close to making the grade.

We still haven’t reached the point, for example, where you can put a Linux desktop in the hands of the average consumer without good Sysadmin backup. Contrast that with the millions upon millions of windows systems...

By Arthur Hicken, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Developers, Industry, OpenSource, Trends.

Will Humanoids manage the Cloud?

I came across an interesting news article about a company called IPSoft and would like to share it to the readers.

The crux of the article is about  IPSoft’s software based heavily on expert systems that mimic the human brain. They are capable of self-healing, self-learning and autonomously solving a majority of the problems that arise on computer networks.

And IPSoft’s correlation engines do what the human brain just cannot: pick trends by analysing hundreds of...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, Monitoring, SaaS , Trends.

What Do You know? Our Survey Results

Earlier this month we harnessed the power of social media by running a short survey on Twitter to find out what our followers think about cloud computing.
The results are a snapshot of what a selection of our Twitter followers know and their opinions about cloud computing. Around 100 people from all over the world completed the survey did find out some interesting things that we’d like to share with you.

By Shaping Cloud, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, Research, Trends.

vSphere 5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

One of the questions I have been answering lately for our clients is, “Do I upgrade to the new version of VMware (vSphere 5) or wait?”  This is not always a cut and dry decision for many of us and depends a great deal on your individual situation and aversion to risk. As a refresher, this VMware PDF outlines the different licensing options for vSphere 5, and  here is my previous Journey to the Cloud post discussing

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Trends, Vendors.

A marketing revolution: Social Media and the Cloud

Cloud services have played a key part in marketing for a lot longer than you might think; with services like Gmail and Hotmail being cloud-based even established practices like direct email marketing are reliant on cloud offerings.

Recently though, the way cloud computing has revolutionised the way services are offered online has particularly helped marketing departments. To find out how, we have to go back a few years and consider the importance of the rise of social media.

Twitter, Facebook and Photobucket...

By Shaping Cloud, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Trends.

Mobile consumer cloud market will be worth £4 bn by 2016

High-profile launches from players such as Amazon, Google and Apple are expected to galvanize the growing market for consumer cloud mobility services, generating revenues reaching almost £4 billion ($6.5 billion) a year by 2016, a new report has found.

According to the study by Juniper Research, while initial consumer deployments in the cloud were focused primarily on the social networking space, music and video storage/acquisition services such as Amazon's Cloud Drive and the forthcoming Apple iCloud are expected to...

By Verity Gough, 10 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Forecasts, Research, Trends.

HP announces tentative private cloud service

HP has finally announced its long awaited cloud services offering with the launch of Cloud Compute and will be in direct competition with Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace.

The new beta IaaS offering will provide storage for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms and a limited number of clients will be able to use the beta. It will allow users to deploy compute instances on-demand as well as customising them to handle clients’ unique workloads and offering scalability options.

HP Cloud Object Storage...

By Verity Gough, 08 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS, Storage, Trends.