5 Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy

Over the last 18 months, the media, technologists, analysts, CIOs and CEOs have all been talking about the cloud. Now, most organizations are embarking on some form of cloud computing, but as always, technology is the relatively easy part. For those of you wanting to keep your feet firmly on the ground, and looking to set your direction and strategy, here are some simple guidelines to help you along the way.

By Gregor Petri, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Compliance, Enterprise, SaaS , Security, 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.

Perception Differences between Adopters and Non-Adopters of Cloud

What makes some enterprises adopt cloud computing while others, despite being well informed, decline the opportunity? IaaS providers tout lower cloud computing cost, boast easy scalability, and assure security; but these marketing messages have enticed only 10% of U.S. firms to adopt cloud deployments thus far and another 10% plan to do so within the next 2 years. Are some identifiable cloud computing problems preventing the other...

By NEI, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Enterprise, Scalability, Security, Virtualisation.

Preparing for Your Cloud Migration

So let's say you've read our blog about the wonders of cloud computing and you've taken our advice - you're moving to Office 365. What do you do to prepare?
The good news is that you'll probably have an expert, or a Microsoft partner like us at Shaping Cloud, guiding you through the migration. Your IT consultant will handle most of the complicated bits and pieces, but there are still some key things that you can do to prepare for the move.

By Shaping Cloud, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Big Data, SaaS .

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 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.

China Telecom: cloud strategy set for 2012

China Telecom is the latest enterprise to announce its cloud strategy for 2012 with plans to launch esurfing cloud devices and storage products next year.

The telecom operator first established a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi and has a data centre as the core for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a project to promote the access of optical fiber network...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Kundra to advise EU cloud strategy

The European Union has said it is preparing to embrace the cloud fully in 2012 when it begins to roll out its cloud strategy, according to vice president for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and the plans will be overseen by former US chief information officer, Vivek Kundra.

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Kroes said: "We are hoping to publish Europe's strategy on cloud computing next year and I have asked Vivek to be my advisor on this; he has said yes," adding: "My day has been made."

Vivek Kundra, also in...

By Verity Gough, 04 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.

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!

Public cloud remains unappealing, warns report

Companies are increasingly migrating to the private cloud but are less enamoured with the prospect of public cloud services, a report has revealed.

A survey of IT managers by IT solutions company, Precise has found that businesses seems to be switching onto the benefits of virtual computing with 37 percent saying they will migrate 61 percent or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology remains the next Big Thing in IT, only six percent of companies are...

By Verity Gough, 01 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Enterprise, Security.

Which IaaS Cloud Service today enables Seamless (Virtual) Colocation of Servers?

Today, the Cloud computing model and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds provide an very interesting and important value proposition for companies seeking to co-locate their servers virtually or to upgrade the existing colocated servers at a lower cost with better services.

For many years now, small to mid size businesses including ISVs have been running colocated servers with the ISPs and hosting vendors. The cloud computing/IaaS model gives them new opportunities and possibilities to enable the...

Infographic of Cloud Computing Outlook 2011

Today Cloud.com, Zenoss and BitNami released the results of a recent survey to determine the key IT objectives and obstacles to cloud adoption.  The survey respondent base consisted of the development communities from BitNami, CloudStack and Zenoss Core, all open source projects, and included more than 500 IT professionals.  For an analysis of the results see Cloud Computing Survey Finds...

By Louis Columbus, 25 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, PaaS, SaaS .

Cloud could cut staff sickies

Companies who move into the Cloud could see a reduction in the number of sickies their workers take, according to an industry expert.

Figures released by the TUC suggest there are now 3.7 million home workers in the UK and InTechnology, a cloud-based managed services provider, believes this number will continue to grow as more organisations sign up to the Cloud.With significant investment being poured into the UK's digital infrastructure over the last decade, coupled with the fact that many parts of the UK now boast high-speed broadband connectivity...

By Verity Gough, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Trends.

New focus on security and data portability as Cloud gets overcrowded

As the meteoric rise of the cloud continues, IT leaders are pushing for better standards to address key issues such as security and data portability in the cloud. Only last month another organisation joined the demand for standards. IBM-backed Cloud Standards Customer Council, www.cloud-council.org, announced its committee members which include Citigroup, Costco Wholesale and Deere & Co as well as launching its working groups covering such topics as: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS);...

By Verity Gough, 23 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Compliance, Industry, Security.