How cloud computing is rethinking control of IT
By Jason BloombergIn my role as a globetrotting cloud consultant, I continue to be amazed at how many executives, both in IT and in the lines of business, still favour private clouds over public. These managers are perfectly happy to pour money into newfangled data centers (sorry, “private clouds”), even though Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its brethren are reinventing the entire world of IT. Their reason? Sometimes they believe private clouds will save them money over the public cloud option. No such luck: private clouds are dreadfully expensive to build,...
Amazon announces S3 cloud storing two trillion objects
What’s the best way to put the kibosh on your competitor’s latest key cloud release?
Make a statement loaded with braggadocio yourself, as Amazon has done by announcing that two trillion (2 x 10¹²) objects are now stored on its S3 cloud – a turnaround of 1.1m requests per second.
Microsoft, of course, launched Windows Azure Infrastructure Services earlier this week, and knocked off the price of compute, storage and bandwidth between 21% and 33% in a bid for direct competition with...
Latest US research shows proliferation of hybrid clouds
A survey of over 800 US-based IT decision makers from Virtustream in conjunction with independent cloud research firm Neovise has revealed that over half of US enterprise are using cloud computing in one form or another.
54% of those surveyed said they were in the cloud, which certainly indicates an uptake in US adoption. Of that number, three quarters said they used public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds, with 70% using private on-premise IaaS and 65% using private off-premise IaaS clouds.
Amazon Web Services’ OpsWorks is a positive move
OpsWorks reflects the...
Cloud and CRM influencing 2013 enterprise software spend, says Gartner
For enterprises, customer relationship management (CRM) is moving ahead of enterprise resource planning (ERP) as the main priority for application software investment.
That was just one of the takeaways from Gartner’s latest report, “User Survey Analysis: Cloud and CRM Nexus Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014”, published last month.
Other key factors emerging from the report include the clear differences between emerging and emergent markets in terms of cloud...
Is cloud computing ready for prime time?
By John Dixon, Senior Solutions Architect
A few weeks ago, I took part in another engaging tweetchat on cloud computing. The topic: is cloud computing ready for enterprise adoption? You can find the transcript here.
As usual with tweetchats hosted by CloudCommons, five questions are presented a few days in advance of the event. This time around, the questions were:
Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility?
Is there a widening skills gap in the cloud industry?
A recent whitepaper from IDC sponsored by Microsoft has suggested a widening skills gap for cloud computing, and the trend will continue further through 2013.
In particular the research, of over 600 organisations, showed that as the cloud evolves, cloud-specific skills will grow at six times the rate of overall IT skills, noting that cloud-related skills “represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide”.
According to the paper, worldwide IT jobs will hit just under 30m by the...
Public cloud services will gain new momentum in 2013
How businesses can engage the hybrid cloud
What is a "hybrid cloud"?
Is it 1) an environment where applications and processes exist both in the public and private cloud and on premise? Or is it 2) a combination public/private cloud without an on-premise component?
For the sake of this discussion, we’ll concede definition 1.
Clarifying this concept is important because the vast majority of cloud-adopting organisations - which is to say the vast majority of organisations, period - are about to become hybrid-cloud-adopting organisations, and for...
Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part two)
Part one can be found here. Part two examines the 'safe harbour' approach to cloud data, and answers the question: who's ultimately responsible for data in the cloud?
In 2000, the US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbour framework to ensure organisations put appropriate controls in place for the protection of data when handling European and UK companies’ data that may be stored in the USA (for example an American company who may have regional offices in the UK,...
Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part one)
When considering cloud, the inevitable security questions arise: where are your data centres? What happens to my data? How can I ensure the decision I am making does not expose us to risk?
Blatantly ignoring cloud in today’s competitive environment is not a viable option and nor should it be.
There are a multitude of security areas that encroach on cloud solutions, varying based on whether you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud approach and whether you use SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS...
Demystifying Amazon Web Services [infographic]
Our friends at Newvem are at it again. They’ve just released an incredible infographic on Demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new infographic demonstrates the size of Amazon’s cloud and reveals usage analysis including a deep dive on reserve instances.
And, since this comes from Newvem – the experts in usage analytics – it also provides recommendations for how to reduce costs and make your AWS cloud more efficient!
Rackspace looks further to the cloud after strong results
Rackspace has announced that they are incorporating their commitment to open source cloud into their official company branding.
The hosting provider is using the tagline “the open cloud company” as part of its logo, reaffirming their belief in the cloud.
This comes after their strong second quarter results for 2012, which included a yearly increase of 29% on net revenue, up to $319 million (£204.1m), up 5.9% from the previous quarter.
Rackspace’s net income grew 43% year on year to...
HP's Cloud Object SLA: 99.95% uptime or your money back
The cloud uptime debate rumbles on with Hewlett Packard promising their Cloud Object storage service will have at least 99.95% availability, with customers receiving service credits if it’s down.
The credits, as one would expect, increase the longer the cloud is down.
Customers who experience between 99.95% and 99.9% uptime get 5% of their bill credited; anything above 99.5% gets one tenth credited; while 99.0% gets one fifth of their bill back and if the Object Cloud is down more than 1% of the time,...
Gartner research: Enterprise cloud vital to IT spend
Recent research from analyst house Gartner has forecast a slight increase in global IT spend from 2011, with public cloud services and telecoms leading the way.
Telecoms continues to have the largest numbers in terms of IT spend, with nearly half of the overall spend ($1.7tn) accounted for in that sector, put down to net connections in emerging markets and multiple connected devices in more mature markets.
The cloud highlights of the research were:
- Overall IT spend is predicted to go up to $3.6tn this...
Public cloud on increase in India – in line with wider trends?
The past few days have seen a variety of cloud-oriented news come from the Indian market and reveal some intriguing trends. What are the highlights?
- The cloud market in India is on the verge of being worth $1bn, according to consultants Zinnov
- Public cloud – a hitherto nascent market in India – has increased significantly and should only go higher
- Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) “have started taking advantage of the cloud” in terms of economic benefit yet exercises caution overall
The report from Zinnov, entitled...