How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption

During the last few weeks of completing a research project on buyer personas, a key finding of of just how quickly enterprises are switching out legacy reporting apps for SaaS-based analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) is emerging.

I’ve been interviewing sales VPs, sales operations...

By Louis Columbus, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, SaaS , Security.

Will Humanoids manage the Cloud?

I came across an interesting news article about a company called IPSoft and would like to share it to the readers.

The crux of the article is about  IPSoft’s software based heavily on expert systems that mimic the human brain. They are capable of self-healing, self-learning and autonomously solving a majority of the problems that arise on computer networks.

And IPSoft’s correlation engines do what the human brain just cannot: pick trends by analysing hundreds of...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, Monitoring, SaaS , Trends.

UK users now spend 300 billion hours online. Are you ready?

It's official: The UK is spending most of their time online, over 3 billion hours, with social media taking up the bulk of their attention. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, (all driven by cloud computing platforms) are sucking up 800 million hours of your time.

If you are left-brainer who exhibits a natural skepticism towards statistics such as those quoted above, you may be interested to know that Hitwise compiled these stats from anonymous ISP data logs, not user surveys.

About 9% of user time...

By VI, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Virtualisation.

What Do You know? Our Survey Results

Earlier this month we harnessed the power of social media by running a short survey on Twitter to find out what our followers think about cloud computing.
The results are a snapshot of what a selection of our Twitter followers know and their opinions about cloud computing. Around 100 people from all over the world completed the survey did find out some interesting things that we’d like to share with you.

By Shaping Cloud, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, Research, Trends.

The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy

Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!

Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...

By Arthur Hicken, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Consumer, Developers, Enterprise, Hardware, M&A.

Live Video streaming from the Cloud

Live video streaming from the Cloud is an interesting area. Cloud’s elastic infrastructure provides new ways of delivering rich media content (video and audio) . One can run their own rich media infrastructure ,flexibly and effectively at low cost with out depending on third-party hosts. This includes delivering Ondemand video and Live video streaming.

Wowza media on Amazon EC2 cloud provides such an opportunity. However, with wowza’s low...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Enterprise.

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 .

VMware publishes vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center

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VMware has released nine plug-ins for vCenter Orchestrator this year (and there is more than a quarter left !) and decided that it would be best for customers to have all of the docs gathered in one place in a more user friendly and searchable format.

vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center allows from one single page to browse the different plug-ins documentation.

By vCO Team, 17 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Vendors, VMware.

vSphere 5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

One of the questions I have been answering lately for our clients is, “Do I upgrade to the new version of VMware (vSphere 5) or wait?”  This is not always a cut and dry decision for many of us and depends a great deal on your individual situation and aversion to risk. As a refresher, this VMware PDF outlines the different licensing options for vSphere 5, and  here is my previous Journey to the Cloud post discussing

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Trends, Vendors.

Dome9 launches new cloud firewall service

A new product aimed at creating a firewall for public and private clouds has launched.Dome9, a Tel Aviv based software company which founded last year, is just one of several cloud security companies to crowd an increasingly busy market sector. Its new offering is software as a service as well as an API that allows customers to let legitimate users access the ports for cloud-based servers. When deployed as an agent, the software works on any number of public and private clouds, such as Amazon, GoGrid and others...

By Verity Gough, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, SaaS , Security, Vendors.

Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users

Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.

Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.

In addition to Hotmail, the outage...

By Verity Gough, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Security.

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.

Cloud won't replace IT workers, says expert

Concerns that staff will be replaced by increasingly technical IT solutions are unfounded, says Microsoft Cloud expert, Simon May.

Companies considering moving to the cloud will always need experts to help with the migration, said May and while companies may not require staff to monitor their server racks any more, they will certainly require IT specialists to guide them in the "technological jungle" and act as a "guide or a gatekeeper," he said.May made his comments at a webinar on the future of cloud computing last month...

By Verity Gough, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications.

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.

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.

Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #25 – VMworld, Telstra, Cloud Security, Hybrid Cloud

Zenny, Zenoss, ZebraEvery Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, DevOps, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are some great articles from the week of August 29th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!