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!

Don’t Forget Your Developers!

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In our collective desire to equip our organizations or clients with the tools and technologies required to support the realization of SOA strategy and enablement, the focus of selection processes tends, understandably, to be centered on enterprise-centric concerns. Interoperability, standards compliance, reuse, etc., tend...

By ZapThink, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Compliance, CRM, Developers, Industry, Infrastructure, SaaS , Storage, Trends.

New home cloud TV software launches

Set-top manufacturer Pace has announced the launch of Elements, a cloud-based software platform designed to let operators deliver multi-platform personalised content.

The Elements software provides a user interface hosted in the cloud, to allow users to connect to a TV service from multiple devices within the home as well as enabling users to connect to social networks in order to recommend content to friends, personalise their viewing experience and access different types of content across multiple sources...

By Verity Gough, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, Trends.

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...

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...

By Verity Gough, 27 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Trends.

Shared Service Cloud Centres: Canada’s Campaign to Cut Waste

The Canadian Federal Government recently announced plans to create a single IT department ‘Shared Services’ that will save $100-200m a year through consolidation-driven efficiencies. As highlighted in this fact sheet there is lots of ‘low hanging fruit’ for cost savings due to a...

Resellers being ousted from cloud, warns report

End users are missing out the middleman and heading straight to the vendors for advice on cloud adoption, according to a report published today.The survey, carried out by channel-only hosted IT services provider Rise, polled 100 SMB prospects of one of Rise's clients and found that just eight per cent of IT decision makers are engaging with resellers over cloud computing while 77 per cent said they would consult IT vendors and 15 per cent admitted they sought advice on cloud from the internet.The poll also found that almost 70 per cent...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Industry, Security.

First ever Cloud certification course launches at university

Those interested in learning more about the SaaS, PaaS and LaaS are now able to take a certified university course after the first ever cloud computing course was launched at the University of Washington, last week.Dr. Erik Bansleben, program development director, Academic Programs at the University of Washington, revealed the outline of a new certificate program offered by the university in cloud computing. Topics covered include cloud computing models: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a...

By Verity Gough, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, PaaS, SaaS , Trends.

Transforming unstructured content workflow

A particularly powerful area to apply Cloud computing is the automation of “unstructured content workflows” – Those business processes conducted manually via Word documents sent via email, conference calls and other multimedia that sits outside of enterprise applications.

Applications like CRM tackle a particular sub-set of processes relevant to customer information, and can often implement workflows like ‘Sales Quote’ for example. However this is just a record for reporting...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CRM, Enterprise.

Study finds firms are ill-prepared for move to the Cloud

Large numbers of companies are switching to the Cloud with the belief that they are reducing costs yet many organsiations are ill-prepared for the move, according to a new report.The study by data centre analytics provider, CirBA, found that of the 94 executives responsible for virtual and cloud infrastructure decisions at organisations with more than 25,000 employees, 77 percent plan to use cloud-vendor supplied tools or spreadsheets to prepare the migration of workloads to the cloud and only 48 percent plan to implement new solutions to manage cloud...

By Verity Gough, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Migration, Virtualisation.

iCloud pricing model announced

Apple has announced the pricing structure for its latest innovation, iCloud which allows customers to share music, books and photos between multiple computers and mobile devices, including an iPhone and desktop computer.Customers are to be given an initial five gigabytes of free space and those needing more will be able to purchase additional storage in annual chunks. For example, 10GB of additional space will cost £14 ($20) a year, 20GB will cost £28 ($40) and 50GB will cost £70 ($100).However, most customers...

By Verity Gough, 03 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Private, Storage.

Monster.com launches Cloud-based semantic search and analytics platform

Recruitment giant, Monster.com has announced the launch of ‘SeeMore’ its latest innovation to help aid businesses in the search for their dream employee.

Touted as the world's first Cloud-based semantic search and analytics platform for managing companies' own resume databases, the service, which is integrated with Monster’s custom designed business analytics, will be placed on a Cloud network enabling organisations to sift through their entire cache of resumes via a shared server and apply...

By Verity Gough, 02 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Private.