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.

Caching in on the Cloud with the Power of More Cores

Cache is a word you hear every day when you when you work for a silicon vendor. For CPUs, cache plays the very important role of reducing memory access by buffering frequently used data. But caching goes way beyond the CPU and there are many different methods to cache data – all with the common goal of increasing application performance.

The world of Cloud Computing is filled with dynamic Web applications that have many small transactions, such as page clicks and search query strings,  that are better off cached...

By Margaret Lewis, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Research, Storage, Trends, Virtualisation.

Don’t Forget Your Developers!

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In our collective desire to equip our organizations or clients with the tools and technologies required to support the realization of SOA strategy and enablement, the focus of selection processes tends, understandably, to be centered on enterprise-centric concerns. Interoperability, standards compliance, reuse, etc., tend...

By ZapThink, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Compliance, CRM, Developers, Industry, Infrastructure, SaaS , Storage, Trends.

New home cloud TV software launches

Set-top manufacturer Pace has announced the launch of Elements, a cloud-based software platform designed to let operators deliver multi-platform personalised content.

The Elements software provides a user interface hosted in the cloud, to allow users to connect to a TV service from multiple devices within the home as well as enabling users to connect to social networks in order to recommend content to friends, personalise their viewing experience and access different types of content across multiple sources...

By Verity Gough, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Trends.

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.