How Amazon WorkSpaces will influence the future of IaaS

As the cloud industry matures, AWS (among other major companies) is quickly becoming part of what many pundits are pointing to when they reference infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). With its scale and wide spread use, one could argue that AWS is the definitional IaaS platform.

While not rare by any measure, pure IaaS consumption is not the sole method for infrastructure delivery. Managed hosting, colocation, and internal data centers are all part of a fully considered approach to IaaS.

With so much variation...

By Logicworks, 17 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS.

Informatica unveils broad data integration strategy with Cloud Winter 2014

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Data integration continues to loom over organizations looking to move their applications and data into the cloud. With the announcement of the latest platform iteration of the cloud strategy it embarked on several years ago, Informatica continues to address the challenges facing these organizations.

Informatica Cloud Winter 2014, unveiled earlier this month and now generally available, is a major step forwards that (rightly) recognizes that...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data.

Google seriously joins the IaaS party as Compute Engine goes live

Google has announced general availability of its Compute Engine IaaS platform, with the search giant aiming to play alongside the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in infrastructure as a service.

The service was available to developers and as a preview for companies to sign up back in May. Now, it’s been fully launched – and the Mountain View giant hasn’t set the bar too high with a 99.95% SLA.

CloudTech readers will know full well the issues with

By James Bourne, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS.

Amazon continues to “dwarf all competition” in IaaS and PaaS, analyst claims

The latest report from Synergy Research has claimed that Amazon Web Services’ quarterly revenues continue to be greater than its biggest rivals combined in IaaS and PaaS.

Amazon grew by 55% between Q212 and Q213 to over $700m of revenue in the quarter, with Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM and Google combined making over just $600m.

John Dinsdale, of the Synergy Research Group, noted that the battle for second place will be of more interest to analysts.

“We’ve been analysing the IaaS/PaaS markets...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, PaaS, Research, SaaS .

CipherCloud: NSA PRISM scandal helped company grow “tremendously”

When the NSA PRISM revelations hit back in June, it initially spelled bad news for many cloud industry players, especially in the US. With analysts speculating that the damage to the US cloud computing industry could go as high as $35bn, it was a fractured period of time.

For San Jose-based cloud information protector CipherCloud, however, it was a different story.

CEO and founder Pravin Kothari and senior vice president Paige Leidig were both at a...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Interview, Security.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, VDI, Vendors, Virtualisation.

Cloud allows companies to double revenue, claims IBM study

The latest cloud study, this time from IBM, has revealed that companies who use cloud computing as a competitive advantage can expect to have their revenue margins doubled compared to those who don’t have high adoption.

In the global survey of over 800 business decision makers and users, IBM found that leading organisations are moving to the cloud to move away from their competitors in a crowded space.

The report puts companies into three categories: pacesetters, who are “deploying cloud on a...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, Research.

Three main barriers between AWS and businesses

Recently Gathering Clouds’ friend and cloud computing expert David Linthicum dug into a few ways in which AWS continues to create gaps between its offering and businesses.

While Linthicum focused on cost, contract, and utility-based computing issues, we thought we would explore a few other obstacles that still keep AWS from full enterprise adoption.

While we are sure AWS will eventually...

By Logicworks, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Enterprise, PaaS.

Amazon v IBM CIA cloud contract: Judge rules in favour of AWS...for now

Updated Oct 10: IBM’s bid to derail Amazon’s awarding of a lucrative $600m CIA cloud computing contract has been rebuffed after a federal judge ruled in favour of Amazon - but the Armonk company says it is planning to appeal the decision.

The ruling from Judge Thomas Wheeler, which was posted on PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) earlier this week, puts to an end – in theory anyway, IBM can of course still appeal – a saga which has been played out in courtrooms and behind...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Government.

How do Amazon, Google and Microsoft shape up in developer cloud usage?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads the way in terms of developers using cloud compute and storage services, with AWS on an equal footing with Microsoft as the product of choice for devs’ relational database management system (RDBMS) services.

That’s the big takeaway from the latest developer survey by Forrester Research, which certainly sheds light on preferences between the big three providers in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market.

Regarding compute services, AWS has a clear advantage on...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, IaaS, Microsoft, Research, Storage, Trends.

5 ways CIOs should measure the cloud

The choice to move to cloud is becoming clearer every day. But the choices within that decision are becoming more fraught as the marketplace develops and a wider selection of delivery models and platforms.

The onus is also increasingly falling on CIOs to be the chief decision makers with regards to how cloud should fit within the organization.

Here are a few measures for how to best determine what cloud will be best for your business.

The technology

The component pieces of the cloud provider’s technology need...

By Logicworks, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, VMware.

Amazon cloud “in league of its own” – and why it may never change

Two separate pieces of research released this week have found its way to CloudTech HQ, and both have come to the same conclusion: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is miles ahead of the competition in terms of providing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) services.

This isn’t surprising in itself, but let’s not forget these companies Amazon is skinning are among the biggest on the planet.

Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant, on IaaS, unsurprisingly put Amazon in its...

By Cloud Tech, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, IaaS, Microsoft, SLA.

IBM vs AWS federal cloud war steps up a notch with Amazon lawsuit

It’s been one of the biggest stories of the summer. The battle for a lucrative CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) cloud computing contract between IBM and Amazon has featured attack, counter-attack, and all manner of legalistic name-calling as the two giants battle out for federal cloud supremacy.

While most of the talk has been in the sanctity of legal offices, a lawsuit from Amazon against the Federal Government, made public this week, reveals the true extent of the imbroglio.

The story so far: the CIA initially...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Private.

A guide to successful cloud adoption: The market for IT services

Last week, I met with a number of our top clients near the GreenPages HQ in Portsmouth, NH at our annual Summit event to talk about successful adoption of cloud technologies. In this post, I’ll give a summary of my cloud adoption advice, and cover some of the feedback that I heard from customers during my discussions. Here we go…

The Market for IT Services

I see compute infrastructure looking more and more like a commodity, and that there is intense competition in the market for IT services,...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, IaaS, Private.

IBM and Cloud Foundry: A match made in heaven?

IBM’s partnership with Cloud Foundry will certainly go down as one of the bigger announcements in the cloud computing space this year. But what will it mean on a wider scale?

IBM and Pivotal have announced collaboration on the open platform as a service (PaaS) Cloud Foundry, pushing forward to establish open governance in the PaaS community – in other words, allowing companies total freedom to write software applications running in the cloud.

“Cloud Foundry’s potential to transform...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, IaaS, PaaS.