Microsoft’s Big Easy: An Easy Way to Earn Some Extra Money

Just as apple picking, raking leaves, and football are reminders of fall, Microsoft’s end-of-year Big Easy Promotion is a reminder about how to obtain some extra subsidy dollars to put aside for future purchases.   Yes that’s correct, the Big Easy is back for another go round, and I know you’re excited.  

You may be asking, what are you talking about?  Did you say Microsoft and promotion?  That’s like saying oil and vinegar, Athens and Sparta, Sox and...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure, M&A, Vendors.

If my Computing is Unified, why can’t I Determine my System's Health?

Unified Computing is an attempt to recreate what was desireable about mainframes using industry standard systems, read X86-based, off-the-shelf memory, storage and networking equipment. The goal was to recentralize all of the components of modern computing systems into one package.Recently Cisco joined the ranks of those offering unified systems, which included eGenera, IBM, HP, Dell and others, in offering unified computing systems. Ciscso, by the way, cleverly named their products Unified Computing Systems or...

By Zenoss, 20 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Enterprise, ERP, Monitoring, PaaS, SaaS .

Perception Differences between Adopters and Non-Adopters of Cloud

What makes some enterprises adopt cloud computing while others, despite being well informed, decline the opportunity? IaaS providers tout lower cloud computing cost, boast easy scalability, and assure security; but these marketing messages have enticed only 10% of U.S. firms to adopt cloud deployments thus far and another 10% plan to do so within the next 2 years. Are some identifiable cloud computing problems preventing the other...

By NEI, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Scalability, Security, Virtualisation.

Of these 10 most hated jobs, how many did you have?

Earlier this week Yahoo Finance ran an article on the 10 most hated jobs (based on a survey asking hundreds of thousands of employees at a major career site). What amazed me most - apart from the large number of IT jobs, including the top one,  making the list – was that I personally was employed in no less than five of these . Now you may think: “What a miserable career that must have been!”, but to be honest, it never felt like that.  Sure I can relate to some of dissatisfiers that people listed, such as a lack of direction from upper management (actually described for one of these jobs - guess which one - as “employers are unable to communicate...

By Gregor Petri, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, PaaS, SaaS .

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.

UK IT still worried about cloud, says report

Adoption of the cloud is surprisingly low despite the much-hyped benefits, a survey has revealed.

According to Cisco's CloudWatch 2011 report, only seven percent of UK IT applications are actually in the cloud and only 23 percent intend to increase this within the next two years.

The report polled 250 IT decision makers in large UK enterprises across five sectors asking their views on the cloud. Unsurprisingly, security and privacy remained the number one concern with 76 percent of respondents citing it as a...

By Verity Gough, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Forecasts, Research.

Cloud Monitoring Throughout the Application Lifecycle

Cloud services performance monitoring should take place continuously, throughout all stages of an application’s lifecycle; during initial bring-up, working through scalability and availability, during the initial optimization phase and of course throughout the production lifespan.  The ability to acquire, store , visualize and analyze detailed performance metrics from all deployed instances, in real-time (seconds, not minutes), regardless of cloud services vendor or geographic location can mean the...

By CopperEgg, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Monitoring.

It’s Not a Disaster Recovery Plan If You Don’t Test It

There’s a fine story by Jacob Gsoedl over at SearchDisasterRecovery.com called, “Disaster recovery in the cloud explained” that makes for good reading.

Gsoedl provides a good overview of matters. I would like amplify one topic that I think deserves more emphasis than Gsoedl provides – testing.

As one of our customers recently put it to me, “You don’t actually have a DR plan if you...

By nScaled, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS , Security.

Cloud computing and the 4th Dimension

It’s time to think about time.

According to Wikipedia, in physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that combines space and time into a single continuum. In cosmology, the concept of spacetime combines space and time to a single abstract universe. But you know we’re not here to talk about physics, cosmology, or the universe, as interesting as they may be.

For this moment in time, I want you to think of Cloud computing along the lines of space and time, because too many businesses shifting to the Cloud are...

By Ray DePena, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Big Data, Enterprise, Industry, PaaS, Private, Virtualisation.

China Telecom: cloud strategy set for 2012

China Telecom is the latest enterprise to announce its cloud strategy for 2012 with plans to launch esurfing cloud devices and storage products next year.

The telecom operator first established a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi and has a data centre as the core for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a project to promote the access of optical fiber network...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

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.

Public cloud remains unappealing, warns report

Companies are increasingly migrating to the private cloud but are less enamoured with the prospect of public cloud services, a report has revealed.

A survey of IT managers by IT solutions company, Precise has found that businesses seems to be switching onto the benefits of virtual computing with 37 percent saying they will migrate 61 percent or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology remains the next Big Thing in IT, only six percent of companies are...

By Verity Gough, 01 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Enterprise, Security.

SQL Injection – When Will We Learn?

Once again a major web site has been hacked using good old-fashioned SQL injection. Over the weekend Nokia’s developer forum was hacked, resulting in a Homer Simpson face being put up on their web (funny) and the loss of names, email, and other personal for many developers (not funny). This is but the latest in a now very long string of SQL injection attacks, and personally I don’t see much excuse on the part of those attacked.

It might have been possible...

By Arthur Hicken, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Economy, Enterprise, Hacking, Industry, Infrastructure, Private, Security.

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.

American Idol, Blockbuster, and Microsoft 365: Innovate or Die

I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference last month in Los Angeles, CA, and there were two major topics during the week.  The first was the recent release of Office 365 which is the epicenter of Microsoft’s cloud computing vision.  The second was which Hollywood stars we would see, obviously.   

However, the only star I saw was an Allison Iraheta performance that Microsoft sponsored at the Staples Center.  (Allison, if you were unaware, came in...

Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition

Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.

The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.

Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud...

By Verity Gough, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, M&A.