IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds continue to evolve

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Cloud computing is an increasingly multi-faceted phenomenon. It continues to quickly evolve not just at private and public cloud levels (and increasingly in the continuum between these two extremes) but also at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) levels.

In the Ovum report, 2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds, Ovum advises that cloud service providers and consumers need to take into account...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

5 issues to consider before taking on cloud storage

By Brad Robertson CEO, CX

While ‘cloud storage’ is one of the hottest tech buzz terms floating around now, there are still many questions people have about the benefits of having their own online storage accounts.

The more educated you are on your cloud storage provider, the more you’ll feel at ease with storing your files with them.

Here are five things to consider before taking on cloud storage to ensure your service is the most beneficial for you.

  • Make sure your data is secure There are two primary areas of security to inquire and demand are...
  • By Brad Robertson, 16 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Infrastructure, Storage.

    Did cloud computing help Obama win the #Election2012?

    A new post from Amazon Web Services’ Jeff Barr has detailed how President Barack Obama’s campaign team utilised the AWS cloud to their advantage.

    “The words ‘mission critical’ definitely apply here,” wrote Barr, adding: “With the opportunity to lead the United States as the prize, the stakes were high.”

    But how did cloud computing influence the outcome of the election?

    The use of technology to influence the presidential campaign has been widely reported,...

    By James Bourne, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

    How to mitigate loss of control when moving to the cloud

    It is a common misconception that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. Generally speaking, many companies fail to take the time to fully understand cloud computing and in this vein, feel reluctant to outsource business-critical data to the cloud.

    The question most organisations should be truthfully asking themselves however is whether they are actually in control of their data when it is held on-premise. For example, what accreditations do they hold to ensure their...

    By Keith Bates, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

    Oracle Exalogic 2.0 adds cloud management feature

    By Tony Baer, Prinicpal Analyst, Ovum Enterprise Solutions

    Summary

    Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 (“Exalogic”) adds features that will make the system better suited for its role as a cloud deployment target. It adds server virtualisation capabilities that accelerate provisioning and deliver the expected elasticity.

    A new lightweight virtualisation engine optimised for Oracle workloads improves application performance. This comes atop incremental enhancements to existing features such as Oracle...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Virtualisation.

    Five tips for CIOs moving to the cloud

    CIOs making strategic moves to the cloud that involve core infrastructure such as productivity tools, enterprise applications or collaboration capabilities need to be prepared for a new way of thinking and operating.

    Moving to the cloud isn’t - and shouldn’t be - business as usual. It’s a switch that demands fresh attitudes to procurement, accounting, project management and, more than anything, ways of working.

    This is the biggest shift in computing architecture since client/server and inevitably there will be surprises along the way but best practices and case studies are emerging. Based on over a decade of operating with companies moving to...

    By Bluewolf, 07 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

    Moving to the cloud makes great financial sense, says IDC

    A detailed study from the International Data Center (IDC) has shown that companies who use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud make substantial savings over time.

    The report, titled ‘Business Value of Amazon Web Services Accelerates Over Time’ and commissioned by AWS, saw the research house interview representatives from 11 organisations which had deployed AWS onto their services.

    According to IDC, after three years enterprises should expect to see three and a half times their investment in AWS;...

    By James Bourne, 26 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

    What are the 7 challenges facing federal cloud computing?

    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that, while the US ‘Cloud First’ enterprise project is making tangible progress, there are seven cloud lessons for the public sector.

    The report, subtitled “progress made but future cloud computing efforts should be better planned”, charts the progress of Cloud First – a federal policy which exhorts agencies to find a cloud-based IT solution whenever logistically possible.

    Things appear to have moved forward since...

    By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

    What considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud?

    We have to face facts: cloud uptake is on the rise.

    Indeed, deployments are set to double by 2015, and up to 200,000 UK jobs will be created by cloud computing technologies between 2011 and 2015.

    CIOs therefore have to accept that cloud is here, and here to stay. So what considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud, even if he is entirely unwilling to do so?!

    Below, I have outlined some tips for any CIO who is either looking to move to the cloud, or indeed, is being pushed into making the move by...

    By Keith Bates, 12 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

    Google bigs the green cloud up, but is it attainable?

    A recent post on the Google Green Blog has revealed that the US General Services Administration saved $285,000 in energy consumption after switching to cloud based apps.

    Even though most IT decision makers would freely want to admit they’re doing their bit for the environment by migrating to the cloud, the most prominent reason companies migrate would be convenience and, above all, money.

    But Google claims the cloud is more energy efficient...

    By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.

    The boss called, “What’s our PUE?”

    Do you know your PUE?

    PUE stands for Power Usage Effectiveness and it is rapidly becoming the number to know. In the past, datacenter managers were simply asked to provide enough space, power and cooling to support the IT equipment. Now, the same managers are being asked to do it efficiently. PUE can be a helpful benchmark.

    Introduced by the Green Grid, PUE is a measure of efficiency. It is defined as: the total facility power consumed divided by the total IT equipment power consumed. The total facility power is measured...

    By Sujit Janardanan, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Hardware, Infrastructure.

    Cloud-Oriented Architecture and the Internet of Things

    Quick quiz for all you Cloud aficionados out there: what’s missing from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing? To make this challenge easy for you, here’s the definition: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...

    By ZapThink, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Scalability, Storage.

    How WAN optimisation can improve your network stability

    As data volumes continue to swell, organisations are continuously faced with the challenge of optimising their underlying network infrastructure in order to support the increasing flow of traffic.  Virtualisation, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) deliver enormous management and costs savings, however, these benefits can easily be lost if application performance hampers end user productivity or backend processes, as often happens when applica­tions are delivered...

    By Jeff Aaron, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

    Hypothermic Cloud Infrastructure: Maintaining the Blood Flow to Tier 1 & 2 Apps

    A particular sore spot since the beginning of the rise of cloud infrastructures, even the advent of utility computing is this: how do you forecast and pay for resources and justify costs for problems you don’t have yet? After all, the entire premise behind funding the acquisition of compute resources is that you are solving an already identified need (problem) which you then attach a cost and an ROIto in order to convince...

    By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 26 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, SLA.

    Using a cloud service to collect information on European cloud infrastructure services

    The public cloud infrastructure as a service market is developing quickly, also in Europe. Over the past months we saw the number of international IaaS providers setting up shop in Europe increase, while also several European based providers launched new or upgraded offerings. To keep a finger on the pulse of developments we, started as part of the European Cloud IaaS coverage at Gartner surveying pan-European providers of Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service . We are now extending the invite to participate in...

    By Gregor Petri, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, PublicSector.