Is BYOD the cloud evangelist’s worst nightmare?

For three in four IT security professionals, bring your own device (BYOD) is one of the “greatest inhibitors to effective cloud security”.

That’s the result from a new report by AccelOps. Talking to 176 IT security personnel, the results put BYOD ahead of data control and data loss – traditional topics for cloud security worriers – as the main security threat.

Other cloud security pain points according to the research included enforcing security policies, compliance reporting and employee...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Security.

Dear apps industry, why can we all not just get along?

Ecosystem could be "the word" of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and other technology conglomerates stop acting in a “This Town ain’t big enough for the both of us“ way. As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my view can only be described as turf wars between various...

By Gregor Petri, 28 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry.

Will Audiogalaxy buyout move Dropbox into a cloud music service?

There have been intriguing developments in terms of utilising the cloud as an entertainment vehicle during the past 24 hours, with Dropbox acquiring personal music streaming service Audiogalaxy and Amazon’s Cloud Player arriving on Samsung Smart TVs.

The acquisition of Audiogalaxy by cloud storage expert Dropbox may be a sign of things to come. Dropbox already allows limited music streaming as part of its cloud storage solution, and with Audiogalaxy’s expertise in that area, it seems like a match...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage.

One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud, says survey

Research from identity management provider SailPoint has revealed that US and UK based IT leaders see one in three mission critical apps as currently in the cloud, with that figure rising sharply by 2015.

The Market Pulse Survey of 400 IT and business leaders, which defined ‘mission critical’ as apps mainly focused on storage, file-sharing and communications, forecast that the number is expected to grow to one in two in three years.

The figures differed slightly dependent on which side of the...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Research, Security.

IT leaders prepare for the arrival of the federated cloud

The future of the cloud is federated, and when you look at the broad categories of apps moving to the cloud, the truth of this statement begins to become clear.”  ~ Ditlev Bredhal, CEO, OnApp

And the federated cloud will be coming to a city near you, allowing your team to take advantage of a globally scattered array of datacentre infrastructure that will power the next generation of gaming apps, social media, e-commerce and online publishing applications.

While

By VI, 25 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Government.

New tipping point: Chinese mobile cloud Vs Google Android

Smartphones are generating new battlefields between those who want to service applications through the cloud and those that wish to distribute them through tightly controlled App marketplaces.

Ironically, it is the Chinese who believe their new mobile OS called Aliyun, built on Linux open source, is the true flag bearer for a new generation of cloud computing applications and websites which will run remotely in Alibaba’s cloud and mainly appeal to a Chinese audience (shortly set to overtake...

By VI, 20 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility, Trends.

Why Windows Phone 8 breaks the backwards compatibility tradition

Microsoft had always maintained backwards compatibility with most of their products. Compatibility has been one of the main reasons Windows has seen such great success, specifically backwards compatibility to systems such as MS-DOS. Even today you can get to a DOS prompt (command prompt) from Windows 7, this hasn’t changed for years and from a functionality point of view this is a bonus.

The announcement of the new Windows Phone 8 (and previously Windows RT on which Windows Phone 8 is based) flew in the...

By Nick Bowyer, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.

Changing World of End User Devices

Let me start out by saying that I am not an Apple fan boy. I am not a Microsoft zealot or a Linux aficionado. I use them all daily; it is all about usability to me.

I wanted to talk about the shift I have seen in technology that we use in business every day. This transformation has been just as large and disruptive as virtualization. 10 years ago, the end user hardware and software was set and had very little diversity or customization. It was Win/Tel (Windows running on Intel processors) all the way with...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Trends.

Terrafugia flying car not the only car in the cloud

Terrafugia, the $279,000 airplane that drives and parks like a car, was the toast of the recent New York Auto Show. But that is quite the overhead and a long future before mass acceptance. Today we have a new reality in cloud innovation that pertains to safe driving, Japanese governance, and time-stamping data.

We’re talking about a black box for cars.  

When an aircraft crashes, investigators are able to retrieve useful information from the flight data recorder, more commonly known as the black...

By Victor Cruz, 26 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry.

Why don't employees embrace enterprise mobility projects?

Workforce engagement with enterprise mobility solutions is critical if the projects are to deliver the efficiency and productivity intended, but new research suggests many companies are failing to consider the factors that affect employee buy-in when implementing these systems.

Research firm Vanson Bourne discovered and alarming trend when it polled 1000 IT and business decision makers on their mobilisation strategies. It found that while 42% of businesses claimed to be actively developing a mobile app for...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Mobility.

Five Megatrends Driving the Personal Cloud Era

If you believe that you've had to learn more about the safe online operation and ongoing management of your PC than you ever wanted to know, then you'll be pleased to discover that there's relief on the horizon. According to the latest market study by Gartner, the reign of the personal computer is coming to an apparent close. By 2014, the personal cloud will replace the personal computer -- and this transition will likely include greater use of media tablets, chromebooks or other similar devices. Gartner analysts said the personal cloud will become the foundation for a new era that will provide users with an increased level of flexibility with the devices...

By David H Deans, 17 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Forecasts, Trends.

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.

Apple devices seeping into Corporate IT networks

Apple has quietly been releasing information on now to integrate its growing list of Smart devices with Enterprise IT.

While currently synonymous with consumers or perhaps less kindly termed "masses", the evidence is clear that Macs, iPads and iPhones are infiltrating corporate environments either knowingly or unknowingly.

The recent emergence of Apple’s iCloud via the Lion OS upgrades also allows consumers to synch their personal data including apps, music, videos and e-books to Apple's remote Datacentres.   ...

By VI, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry, Security.

How consumerisation is driving cloud acceptance

There has been a thunderstorm of growing noise surrounding Cloud Computing in the past 24 months. Vendors, analysts, journalists and membership groups have all rushed to cover the Cloud medium - although everyone seems to have their own opinion and differing definition of cloud computing. According to the most common definition, it is Internet-based computing where shared resources, software and information are supplied to users on demand, rather like a utility company would supply electricity, water or...

By Ian Moyse, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Security.

Do we need a standard user interface for cloud applications?

These days, the number of Cloud applications on the market is rapidly expanding as businesses warm up to the Cloud delivery model. While the proliferation of Cloud options on the market is great for spurring competition and innovation in the Cloud, it has resulted in a diverse array of user interfaces (UIs). For users that interact with multiple Cloud apps on a given day, it can be disorienting to switch in between disconnected UIs.    With all the rapid development going on in the Cloud, I think it's time that we start considering what a standard Cloud-based application should look and feel like. In short, we need...

By Derek Singleton, 23 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise.

Wyse reveals new mobile cloud apps for Japanese enterprises

New mobile cloud apps and services have been announced to help businesses manage and deliver content from the cloud.

Cloud client computing giant Wyse Technology has joined forces with Japanese telecoms provider Softbank Mobile to bring clients remote desktop access and multi-device content management from its enterprise apps.

The collaboration will allow users to create personal clouds in order to access data from various devices...

By Dani Millward, 23 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise.

Antenna unveils new SaaS for enterprise app development

A new SaaS offering has been released in order to help businesses develop their own enterprise apps or consumer apps.

Antenna Software has revealed its new service, AMPchroma, as a means to create and deploy applications from one console, including native web-apps, hybrid web-apps, mobile websites and entire corporate app stores.

The solution also enables IT departments to oversee app development and unify strategies, alongside keeping...

By Dani Millward, 22 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

qTrace: A Love Letter to Testers of Cloud apps

As a software QA tester, how do you work? Your mission is to find bugs. That’s when the drudgery starts. Most likely your day looks like this: you start by retracing steps, you grab screen captures, you take notes, open a defect tracking tool, and then finally submit a ticket.

Most likely you missed a few things. Same old story.

The good news is that someone loves you; or rather, someone loves the problem you’re facing enough to develop a work-around.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day,...

By Victor Cruz, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Monitoring.