Amazon's AutoRip helps ease consumer transition to the Cloud

Admit it, we all thought the CD was on its way out, and it probably is. Yet if any company wishes to hold on to sales a little bit longer, it’s Amazon.

Today the firm has announced ‘AutoRip’ which offers any physical media you’ve (ever) bought to stream for free from the Cloud.

 

Whilst many music-lovers have already subscribed to one of the extensive-list of new generation streaming services; such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Rdio, Pandora, Xbox Music, or Deezer. Many still...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Industry, Public, SaaS .

Splunk’s “Hunk” makes dealing with Hadoop big data easy

Earlier this week we got to speak with Sanjay Mehta, VP of Product Marketing, and Clint Sharp, Senior Product Manager, Big Data; concerning the (beta) launch of a new product, “Hunk”, making exploring data stored in Hadoop easy.

In fact, one of the taglines randomly generated on the company’s website is “taking the ‘sh’ out of IT”, solutions which work for clients in the real-world is a clear priority.

Sanjay gives an interview of the company’s background:...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, SaaS , Storage.

Bookkeeping in the Cloud

Online accounts technology is putting real-time financial controls and visibility within reach of small and microbusinesses, says Xero UK managing director Gary Turner

Just like web mail or consumer-oriented sites, online accounting software is fast, simple and user-oriented, especially when compared with traditional, desktop accounts software.

Whether a small business is just starting out or enjoying rapid growth, the easy-to-use, affordable technology brings a welcome opportunity to cut down on...

By , 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise.

Identity as a service (IDaaS) is more important than ever

Conspiracy theorists and other concerned citizens will insist the government is watching every keystroke, keeping a record of every website, transaction, text and email. Shades of 1984’s Big Brother, right? These last few weeks, the news has been brimming with revelations of data surveillance and monitoring by the government (not to mention data harvesting corporations like Google, Yahoo, Facebook etc…). Everyone is sensitive as to what is being looked at, stored, and analyzed for hazily defined purposes. Privacy is no longer as private as you...

By Cloud Security, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, ERP, Security.

LogMeIn’s PaaS solution Xively ready to connect Internet of Things

LogMeIn’s Xively is ready to connect “The Internet of Things” as a brand new PaaS (platform as a service) offering APIs for interacting with real world objects, along with real-time messaging thrown into the mix for good measure.

The cloud-based service originates from Cosm, the IoT (Internet of Things) platform by Pachube, which LogMeIn purchased back in July 2011.

LogMeIn secured another huge partner for this venture, ARM, whose technology forms the basis of many popular devices including...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Hardware, Infrastructure, OpenSource, PaaS, Scalability.

Oracle puts applications in the Fast Data lane

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, IT – Enterprise SolutionsWith the X3 generation of the Oracle Exadata and Exalogic engineered-systems platforms significantly upping the amount of Flash (SSD) and memory (DRAM), Oracle is now cranking up the speed on its applications portfolio. With Flash and DRAM prices plummeting, it is now cost-effective to persist, rather than temporarily cache, data. Oracle claims that much of its existing application portfolio can run up to 16x faster, unmodified, on the X3-2 Oracle Exadata and Exalogic...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CRM, Enterprise, Storage.

Is Adobe embracing the cloud a sign of the times?

Recent headlines are full of companies moving towards SaaS (software as a service) models.

Many of these are perky start-ups utilising new opportunities, whilst others are high-profile players like Adobe, which has announced going forward that its “Creative Suite” products will exist solely in the cloud.

 

Adobe, at the annual “MAX” event, has completely re-branded the companies most well-known Creative products which consists of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Industry, SaaS .

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.