Capitalizing on the Cloud – a case for Capital Markets

The Clouds usually make for turbulent flights and hamper perspective overall, but in many applications they can provide clarity, ease of operations and a platform for enhanced customer focus and responsiveness. Despite the issues of privacy and data sensitivity the first reports of effectiveness of Cloud networks for Capital Markets are in – and they seem very positive.

Recent events in the capital markets reflect the continued fragility of a long promised recovery. The crisis in the financial markets...

By Sujit Janardanan, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Industry.

Hey Webster! Adopt My Definition of the Cloud

I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the obstacles of Cloud adoption is the term Cloud itself.  What does it truly mean?  Is it a thing, a place, a methodology or a philosophy?  Is it singular, plural or a collection of many different things?  Capitalized or lower case? Can it be defined in such a traditional way?  

If you think logically, the term “Cloud” is generally accepted to have come from the depiction of the internet we all have used for years in...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

Planning for Cloud Infrastructures: Build It and They Will…Not Pay For It?

Some of the biggest complaints I’ve heard (mostly from the SMB crowd) around the idea of the “build it and they will come” methodology of planning for cloud infrastructures, is that no matter how great the actual business value might be:  

A) It is simply too expensive upfront (i.e. the capital expense or CAPEX required)

B) They are mistrustful about being able to recoup their CAPEX costs by charging for utilization

C) With no clear asset owner (more on this later), they doubt...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise.

Developing Clouds in the Forecast

These days it seems like everyone has their head in the cloud. At least from an interest level that is. When it comes to actually using the cloud, they’re not necessarily ready for a real cloud deployment. The conversation usually goes something like this:

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“Do you support...

By Arthur Hicken, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Private, VMware.

Five CIO cloud computing trends

CIOs and CTOs are becoming ‘comfortable’ with the idea of the cloud, according to a California-based cloud solutions provider, Enteracloud.

“The cloud has become an expectation rather than a novelty in IT today,” says Tim Doscher, CTO of Enteracloud. “So it’s not surprising that discussions among top IT pros are taking a new turn, focusing on the type of cloud solution that can be of most benefit to a company, the best ways to deploy a cloud strategy...

By Matt Henkes, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, PaaS, Private, SaaS .

Often Missed Considerations when Moving Apps into a Virtual Environment

Moving apps into a virtual environment is a good way to reduce their dependency on the underlying hardware, increasing functionality and portability. In addition, cloud computing can improve your company’s bottom line, enhancing customer service while enabling reduction of costs. These are some of the obvious benefits of virtualization, as is the scalability that allows your workload to grow with grace. However, moving into a virtual environment has other benefits that...

By NEI, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Migration.

Architecting Beyond Cloud Computing’s Horseless Carriage

Today is a wonderful time for anyone interested in Cloud Computing to be working with the US government. On the one hand, the government considers Cloud to be strategically important, and they already have a track record as an early adopter of Cloud Computing on a grand scale. On the other hand, the government is also in the unique position of being able to drive standards for the approach—and in fact, they are even responsible for establishing the most widely adopted definition of Cloud Computing.

The federal agency...

By ZapThink, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, PublicSector.

How does assumptive reality effect IT descision-making?

Driving home the other night I heard a story about a Mexican soccer team who replaced the names on their jerseys with their twitter handles.  According to this article, the club gave a statement that said:  “in football as in life, 140 characters are enough to decide what side you are on”.   

Scary statement, and even scarier if you think about how we make real life...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise.

Cloud Computing could cut IT C02 emissions by half

Large companies that move their data storage into the cloud could slash their carbon emissions by up to 50%, according to a new European study.

The London based Carbon Disclosure Project focussed on large firms un the UK and France and found that these companies could achieve significant cost savings by 2020 if they moved their IT systems onto shared networks.

The report said that a company which adopts cloud computing can reduce its energy...

By Matt Henkes, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise.

Three Infographics to boost your cloud computing IQ

We have mentioned it enough times: By 2020 just about all IT resources consumed by people and enterprises will take place in a remote cloud, probably through a smartphone device.

This has a number of implications for how data is stored, optimized and accessed. It also has long term implications for reducing carbon emissions.

Here are three infographics which visually help you get up to speed and suggest insights into how you...

By VI, 06 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infographic.

GreenPages’ Own Journey to the Cloud – Why We Did It

In my last post I told you that “The Vision Is Complete” – we’ve completed our move to “The Cloud.”   Today, I’m going to roll back to the beginning and discuss the vision itself (i.e. the “WHY”).

The Vision

The ultimate goal of any I.T. infrastructure is to provide consistent, reliable access to end users.  However, this goal...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise.

Strange Cloud Adoption

Cloud computing adoption is following a different path from what has been observed in the past. The adoption pattern, that is the organizations taking up this approach are doing so in a different order than the past and for different reasons. This strange adoption cycle has driven the comments we...

By Zenoss, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Interdepartmental spat highlights US G-Cloud complexities

A substantial incidence of inter-departmental friction within the US government this week has served to demonstrate the complexities surrounding the implementation of the administration’s G-Cloud project to migrate US government departments over to Cloud systems, one by one.

The US General Services Administration (GSA) agreement with a number of cloud vendors to provide cloud services including messaging and productivity solutions found itself at the centre of the argument after complaints were levelled...

By Matt Henkes, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, PublicSector.

When It Comes to Cloud, Which IT Executive Are You? Part 1: “Huh?”

A Special 4 Part Blog by Trevor Williamson

As I spoke last time about my experiences talking to senior management at some of the largest financial, insurance and banking companies about cloud infrastructures and what they thought about the whole space, I broke down my experiences into 4 simple categories:  

  • Huh?
  • Been there, done that
  • I want dessert before dinner, and,
  • Where do I start first?

In this installment, let me talk about the experiences I’ve had...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Monitoring.

Lack of service transparency hurting Cloud adoption, says survey

The adoption of Cloud systems among contact centre businesses is being hampered by a perception that vendors are simply not playing straight with them, rather than concerns over security, a new study has found.

Global contact centre specialist NewVoiceMedia found that firms are getting cold feet about transferring their operations to the Cloud because they fear that service providers are not being open with them.

Despite recognised Cloud benefits like lower costs and improved contact centre customer service,...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, SaaS , SLA.

GreenPages’ Journey to the Cloud – The Vision Is Complete

Imagine taking the entire core infrastructure of a $100 Million company, loading it into a couple of trucks, and driving it 60 miles down the road to a colocation facility.  Add to that the challenge of making sure a 24x7x365 Managed Services organization stays running, even while some of their key systems are bouncing down the highway in the aforementioned convoy.  And, for the icing on the cake—throw in the pressure of knowing that, if you screw it all up, odds are you’ll be looking for...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Migration, SaaS .