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...
VMworld 2011 Parting Shots
As VMworld 2011 comes to a close, I’ve formulated a few thoughts and observations on a interesting week in Las Vegas. In the end, it was great to catch up with partners, competitors, new and old...
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...
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...
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...
The Cloud Computing Stratosphere [Infographic]
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...
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...
The Risk of Cloud Lock ins
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...
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...
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...
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...
Gartner Releases Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2011
Acer launches Cloud Competency Centre
A new cloud hub for businesses called the Acer Cloud Competency Centre has launched this week.
Computer supremo, Acer announced its new centre based in Taoyuan in Taiwan, the company's data centre. It aims to be the new cloud destination designed to run cloud solutions for enterprises in addition to high performance computing tasks.
The primary focus of the new centre will be cluster computing solutions as Acer has already forged a partnership with Intel to provide Cluster Ready for HPC and...
Which IaaS Cloud Service today enables Seamless (Virtual) Colocation of Servers?
Today, the Cloud computing model and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds provide an very interesting and important value proposition for companies seeking to co-locate their servers virtually or to upgrade the existing colocated servers at a lower cost with better services.
For many years now, small to mid size businesses including ISVs have been running colocated servers with the ISPs and hosting vendors. The cloud computing/IaaS model gives them new opportunities and possibilities to enable the...