IBM launches “cloud of clouds” offering, aims to stop vendor lock-in

IBM has developed technology which will allow clients to move data between clouds and backed up whilst avoiding the dreaded vendor lock-in, it has been claimed.

A press release on the IBM website explains how the Armonk firm’s patent pending invention enables a “cloud of clouds” theory – the idea that a series of clouds can offer greater protection against outages and data loss than any single cloud.

This is alongside a software...

By James Bourne, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

With Salesforce SuperPods public cloud can be private - but should it?

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology

Salesforce announced a private SuperPod hosting of the Salesforce offering for HP at Dreamforce. This announcement appears to open the door to a more nuanced hybrid delivery model where the distinction between public and private cloud services is becoming a matter of customer choice.

The SuperPod may provide a bridge that enables some customers to access the benefits of SaaS while keeping data in dedicated infrastructure. Enterprises, however,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Salesforce.

Can the enterprise afford to pass up PaaS?

With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firmly built into how enterprise IT operates, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems a distant third for how big businesses are accessing cloud.

But should that be the case?

When we think of PaaS, you typically think of smaller companies starting up applications in the cloud. However, PaaS has a role to play in companies at scale.

According to Joe...

By Logicworks, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

The reality of data security in the cloud

Data in the cloud is increasingly viewed as the reality of IT infrastructure management.

With such ubiquitous data storage on cloud-based, cloud-based is at odds with the naysayers who continue to cite security concerns as a reason not to move data to the cloud.

So we have a discrepancy – cloud data storage is widely used, yet there are concerns about the security (compliance and privacy also) of the data itself.

What gives?

The rapid rate of cloud adoption has given rise to the natural necessity to...

By Logicworks, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Infrastructure, Security.

5 ways cloud computing is changing product management

Cloud computing has become a major part of how IT organizations are approaching infrastructure requirements. To better support critical applications, networks, and websites, cloud infrastructure through CSPs, managed, and self-service models have become the go-to resource for a range of associated benefits.

However, given the ease with which it can be utilized, cloud infrastructure has appeal beyond the IT department. In fact, many other organizations within businesses readily jump into cloud usage to support...

By Logicworks, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Why SoftLayer believes in a “really good” future with IBM #AppsWorld

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer has been making all the right noises since its acquisition by IBM back in July.

Earlier this month CloudTech reported on the health of the IBM-SoftLayer relationship, with many IBM divisions reputed to be actively collaborating with the SoftLayer team to migrate existing apps and develop new ones.

And for Jonathan Wisler, EMEA general manager, speaking at

By James Bourne, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Interview.

How to balance cloud security with agility in the healthcare vertical

Back in July, a study released from the Ponemon Institute cited cloud-based storage and mobile applications as the typical sources for cloud security concerns within many healthcare organizations.  However, it was not understood if this worry was around just the concept of cloud computing and mobile computing, or if these organizations are dealing with true issues.  I suspect it was the...

By Logicworks, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Economy, Infrastructure, Security.

Obamacare goes live: Healthcare cloud computing in action

Today marks the opening of the online enrollment of government-approved health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

As we previously explored, though the law has been a lightning rod for partisan controversy and bickering, one undeniably positive impact of the law has been its emphasis on utilizing burgeoning IT approaches for healthcare, including cloud computing, to enable more people to access insurance coverage.

As

By Logicworks, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Couchbase CEO: Let Oracle, SAP, IBM play in the “old” database market

The database wars are about to kick off in spectacular style. Not just Oracle vs SAP – as Big Red announced its new in-memory database at the start of this week – but relational vs NoSQL.

Oracle and SAP have been making plenty of noise about their in-memory capability; SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott once claimed that its HANA technology was “the fastest growing...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Interview, Mobility.

Oracle insists data will move at “ungodly speeds” with in-memory database

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s keynote speech at the Oracle OpenWorld event this year had heavy billing.

And rightly so; the software giant was going to announce its in-memory database, and we were going to be told just how far ahead of the competition it was.

Oracle announced two primary products; the in-memory Oracle 12c database, and a new server, the M6-32 Big Memory Machine, which includes 32 TB of memory. Ellison said that, with the new database, data will fly around at “ungodly...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, IaaS, Infrastructure, SAP.

NYSE’s “Tick as a Service” shows cloud use is growing in the capital markets

Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology

NYSE Technologies, the technology products and services arm of the New York Stock Exchange, is teaming with UK software developer First Derivatives to launch “Tick As A Service,” an offering that will enable firms carrying out backtesting on algorithms and compliance checking to access large volumes of historical tick data directly from its facilities. Payment is currently by monthly subscription rather than on a pay-per-use basis, and the data is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.

Is hosted private cloud the future of cloud infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned.

When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds.

A recent Business Technology Roundtable

By Logicworks, 09 September 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Private.

Cloud - it's not rocket science

We have all heard of cloud computing and we all know what it does. It’s undeniable, the cloud has revolutionised IT and will ultimately replace a significant portion of today’s IT services. Yes, it’s here to stay.

With such a saturated and competitive market, vendors are offering an array of cloud models and services, which are relatively easy to acquire. Whether it is public, private or hybrid, enterprises’ choices in the cloud are endless.

Nowadays, they can even choose to adopt a...

By Lee Fisher, 09 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Trends.

What are the best practices for cloud governance within healthcare?

When you think of cloud computing in the healthcare vertical, you also have to think of security and governance.  Indeed, the need to control and secure healthcare data in the cloud is a big issue, and thus cloud governance is critical.

On the whole, cloud computing needs governance to succeed.  If you think about it, at the end state of the cloud computing implementation, we’ll have thousands of services and data elements under management.  To control how they are accessed, added,...

By Logicworks, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

How big data improves - and complicates - predictive analytics

By Andy Flint, FICO

Analytics depends on data — the more, the merrier. If we’re trying to model, say, the behaviour of customers responding to marketing offers or clicking through a website, we can build a far stronger model with 10,000 samples than with 100.

You would think, then, that the rise of Big Data and its seemingly inexhaustible supply of data would be every analyst’s dream. But Big Data poses its own challenges for modelling. Much of Big Data isn’t what we have historically...

By Andy Flint, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Eliminating single points of failure from your private cloud

Eliminating Single Points of Failure From Your Private Cloud

– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –

When an organisation deploys a private cloud, that private cloud quickly becomes an indispensable, mission critical infrastructure component. That being the case, it is important to construct the private cloud in a way that avoids the potential for a single point of failure. Although it is impossible to delve into a comprehensive discussion...

By 2X Software, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Private, Scalability.