Companies gaining more trust in the cloud, says survey

The annual North Bridge Venture Partners survey into cloud computing trends has revealed that more and more companies are starting to get their heads around cloud as a concept, among other findings.

The survey, entitled ‘2012 Future of Cloud Computing’, utilised supporting evidence from major players such as VMWare and Microsoft and is in collaboration with the 451 Group.

Now in its second year, the survey also noted that whilst software-as-a-service (SaaS) is still the leading service used,

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Forecasts, SaaS , Scalability.

Oracle Cloud is finally brought out but is the criticism fair?

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been on the warpath for most of this week after announcing the data giant’s move to the cloud, in what was modestly described in the press releases as “the most comprehensive cloud on the planet Earth”.

Oracle Cloud had according to Ellison been seven years in the making, which perhaps explains its comprehensive nature, but the credentials sound pretty good at face...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, PaaS, Public, SaaS .

Avoiding Unexpected Cloud Economics Pitfalls

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Anybody who is considering a move to the Cloud knows that the greatest economic motivation for Cloud Computing is the pay-as-you-go, pay-for-what-you-need utility computing benefit, right? Deal with spikes in demand much more cost-effectively, the public Cloud service providers gush, since we can spread the load over many customers and...

By ZapThink, 25 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, PaaS, SaaS , Virtualisation.

How cloud is rewriting IT market channels

The big C when it comes to Cloud for the Channel is Conflict. I have been presenting and visiting partners around Europe for the past several years and listening to the opinions and input from vendors, Vars, Resellers, MSP’s, ISP’s and a variety of channels by varying name definitions and one things for sure, the Cloud has certainly stimulated debate. 

Whether it be concern, nervousness, confusion or mistrust, a lot of negative feelings have been generated in the channel by the C word. And...

By Ian Moyse, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Vendors.

Antenna unveils new SaaS for enterprise app development

A new SaaS offering has been released in order to help businesses develop their own enterprise apps or consumer apps.

Antenna Software has revealed its new service, AMPchroma, as a means to create and deploy applications from one console, including native web-apps, hybrid web-apps, mobile websites and entire corporate app stores.

The solution also enables IT departments to oversee app development and unify strategies, alongside keeping...

By Dani Millward, 22 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

Rethinking Cloud Service Level Agreements

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It’s so easy these days to purchase Cloud-based services. Go online, click a few times, enter your credit card info, and presto! You’re in the Clouds. There’s no question the novelty really hasn’t worn off yet. Have you ever wondered, however, what you’re really paying for? Sure, you have some expectation that the service...

By ZapThink, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, SaaS , SLA.

UK government opens CloudStore procurement system

Small technology suppliers are among 258 firms included in the UK government’s new CloudStore, a system designed to make the process of selecting software services simpler and, crucially cheaper for public sector procurement officers.

 The online catalogue of services represents the first wave of the UK’s £60m ‘G-Cloud’ framework, and allows public sector IT departments to choose from around 1700 online ‘pay-as-you-go’ services.

For smaller providers, the system...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS, Industry, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .

Cloud Life Cycle Management: How Do I Patch It?

The complexity associated with patching, service packs, hotfixes, upgrades and firmware updates, defined as general life cycle activities, are nothing new to IT professionals. This has been an ongoing effort for many years now, and we have all come to expect that vendors will provide regular updates that include bug fixes, security patches and feature enhancements. 

We have all experienced that common call to technical support to be greeted by the phrase: “are you running the most recent...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SaaS , Virtualisation.

Electronic Design heads to the Cloud

Cloud computing is in the middle of one of the biggest build up cycles since the dot com days, and there has even been a recent flurry of interest in cloud computing for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Is this just propaganda, or is there really something of compelling value that cloud can offer for electronic designers?

First, we should distinguish between “EDA” and electronic design. Rather than viewing the situation from a...

By Sujit Janardanan, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS .

The Cloud & Big Data Collide

Analysts in the cloud sphere think that the next few years will see an explosion of Big Data enterprise services. Due to intense competition, Hadoop development has accelerated to the point that Apache recently gave it the “enterprise ready” stamp – though it has been in production with some of the world’s largest companies for years. Combined with high market interest (a influx of new capital), many analysts expect to see a start-up Big Data explosion.

By Anthony De Monroy, 25 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS .

Cisco CloudVerse: a Comprehensive Cloud Framework

Multinational company CEOs are one of the most vocal advocates of the managed cloud services phenomenon. Many have been through the painful process of watching helplessly as their CIO championed the deployment of monolithic ERP and CRM systems -- only to discover that these huge enterprise software projects failed to live up to their promise. Meanwhile, purposeful line-of-business executives have successfully utilized software-as-a-service (SaaS), with their CEO's support, to break free from the legacy IT platforms and thereby give their employees the business technology (BT) productivity tools that they had hoped for -- or that the power-users demanded. Forward-looking vendors and prescient BT service providers are now leading the transition to the next wave of...

By David H Deans, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Private, Public, SaaS .

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 .

Private cloud service is a last resort

Enterprise should leave private cloud services as a last resort, says Gartner, beginning their journey to cloud computing with simple apps running in the public cloud, though only after thorough analysis.

During the IT Symposium on Tuesday, Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer advised how, if you do plan on using the cloud, you should start with common apps, like email, social, productivity and Web, then work your way through to the advanced apps.

This...

By Dani Millward, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Private, Public, SaaS , Security.

Is the Cloud the Next Iteration of Data Security?

Sitting in a meeting with a partner of ours, who provides cloud-based desktop and application services, I was struck by a statement by one of the company founders.  He said “Yes, we provide customers with an efficient way to access their corporate data, consume application resources in the cloud, and drive down costs.  But I’ve always maintained that our number one value to our customers is that we protect and secure their data.”

An interesting take, considering that the #1 concern...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, SaaS , Security.