Cloud-Oriented Architecture and the Internet of Things

Quick quiz for all you Cloud aficionados out there: what’s missing from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing? To make this challenge easy for you, here’s the definition: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...

By ZapThink, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Scalability, Storage.

IT Chasms, Gaps, and A New World Order

I went to dinner last night with my pal, EMC big wig Rich Napolitano, and a startup he knows called Plexxi.  I’ve known Rich for many years since his startup Pirus (acquired by Sun for way too much money, god bless them).

Now Plexxi is still in stealth mode so I won’t unwrap them yet, but suffice to say they are entering the world that I love – an enormously disruptive ($$) market ripe for inevitable change (the networking space) because of powerful, long-term secular trends (that they...

By Steve Duplessie, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

Why choose Colocation over Managed Hosting?

Colocation is a web hosting solution often suited to businesses that want to maintain their own hardware but cut back on the costs associated with on-premise datacentres including utility bills and physical space. Colocation generally appeals to businesses that host their own customers and want to maintain their own preferred hardware specifications and platform.

With Colocation, you are able to place your server(s) in a datacentre, owned by a datacentre provider, to take advantage of their connectivity and...

By VI, 15 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Storage.

The Cloud (Storage) War

By now you’ve probably heard the term, “Cloud Wars”, though with so many fronts sometimes it’s difficult to ascertain which Cloud battles are being referenced. In The Battle for the Enterprise the reference is to cloud computing leaders making their way into the enterprise segment taking market share from the legacy IT providers. Others may be referring to the Oracle and SAP acquisition shootout or the

By Ray DePena, 27 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Storage, Trends, Vendors.

Why Public Clouds are More Secure than Private Clouds

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Conventional wisdom would have you believe that Public Clouds are inherently insecure, and that the only way to meet your organization’s stringent security requirements in the Cloud is to implement your own Private Cloud. Conventional wisdom, you say? Unfortunately, there is precious little wisdom available of any kind when it...

By ZapThink, 08 February 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Public, Security, Storage.

Should cloud storage firms be sweating over Megaupload?

With Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload website still languishing in custody in New Zealand after his bail hearing was postponed, the plight of the group detained over the US government indictment of the site raises uncomfortable questions for cloud storage service providers everywhere.  

Seven men have been arrested, while a further three are still being sought by authorities in connection with the site, which is alleged to have generated over $175m in a few years through copying and distributing...

By Matt Henkes, 23 January 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Regulation, Storage.

Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic

Microsoft has made its Office 365 cloud-based service more attractive to US and European customers concerned with legal issues around data sovereignty.

The company has added support for the European Commission’s “Model Clauses”, which regulate how personal data is stored even when the physical location of the data storage lays beyond the borders of the European Economic Area.

Model clauses, introduced in 2010, assure customers that appropriate steps have been taken to help safeguard personal...

By Matt Henkes, 15 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Regulation, Security, Storage.

Aftershock: An online movie giant rides a “cloud” tremor

On April 21, 2011 a digital earthquake hit the United States and reverberated around the world. Online businesses rattled and hummed as they coped with a massive vibration that shook their faith in the biggest IT revolution since the Internet: Cloud Computing.

Some businesses shared the same cloud skyscrapers and all went down at once. And, there were some big names in this skyscraper including Netflix, Quora and FourSquare -- the very poster-childs for the cloud revolution.

The result is something IT...

By VI, 29 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security, Storage.

Storage issues hamper virtualisation strategy

Storage limitations are getting in the way of increased virtualisation strategies for many organisations, according to a new report.

While many organisations are reaping the benefit of smart virtualisation programmes, server consolidation, improved resource utilisation, faster application deployment and general overall flexibility, the cost and performance of storage is becoming a significant barrier to running greater virtual environments.

Tintri, the California-based VM storage appliance manufacturer, found...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Storage, Virtualisation.

Cloud becomes a serious contender for email services

The cloud is becoming increasingly used in place of traditional email platforms, an expert has said.A new report published by Gartner has revealed that Google Gmail service is the new rival to Microsoft mail platforms and SaaS and cloud applications are fast becoming the email route of choice in companies with more than 5,000 seats.In particular, the report revealed that Google's Gmail service now hosts nearly half the market for enterprise cloud email services. Matthew Cain, research vice president at Gartner pointed out that this...

By Verity Gough, 20 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS , Storage.

Get practical: Email optimisation and archiving strategies

Email is a popular tool for messaging, calendaring, and managing contacts along with attachments in most organizations.

Given the popularity of email and diverse ways that it is used for managing various forms of unstructured data attachments including photos, video, audio, spreadsheets, presentations and other document objects, there are corresponding back end challenges. Those back end challenges including managing the data storage repositories (e.g. file systems and storage systems) that are used for...

By Greg Schulz, 17 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Storage.

How long should you keep cloud data for?

One of the most frustrating issues for IT staff (an issue that continues to drive sales of storage [disk or tape]), is how long data has to be kept around. Anyone who has ever moved has been faced with closets, attics and basements full of stuff that they have paid to be moved or stored, that they have not looked at or used in years! No one is making us keep this stuff, and yet we do.

We also do not have to keep most of those backups and emails either. The only reason we do is for the same reason that we keep the stuff...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 15 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Scalability, Storage.

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.

Is Encryption the Solution to Cloud Security and Privacy?

By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in patent law

Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer.  Managing local computers is hard: there are security issues, computer lifecycle issues, accessibility issues.  Cloud computing, ideally, is easy: set it and forget it,...

By CloudSwitch, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Consumer, Hacking, SaaS , Security, Storage.

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.

Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

The prescient quote by William Gibson aptly describes the worldwide Software as a Service (SaaS) market today, especially in the enterprise.

Global adoption and growth of SaaS within enterprises is unevenly distributed yet growing rapidly.  One...

VMworld and The Toughest Cloud Management Question

Last week at VMworld we asked a secret shopper to visit all the major cloud management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, IBM, and CA Nimsoft) and ask the Toughest Cloud Management Question.

VMworld is a great place to do this. Because the attendees are very smart and experienced and the people working the vendor demonstration stations know their products very well.