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:

  • Is public cloud mature enough for enterprise adoption?
  • Should public cloud be a part of every...
  • By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public, Security, Virtualisation.

    Does mobility and the cloud equal total compatibility?

    Over the last fifteen or so years, we have seen computing make the transition from the fixed and immovable desktops and servers, through to chunky underpowered laptops, through to less chunky but more powerful laptops using Wi-Fi connectivity, through...

    By VI, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobility, Public.

    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...

    By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private, Public, Research.

    Public cloud services will gain new momentum in 2013

    As 2012 draws to a close, a growing number of savvy enterprise CIOs -- and perhaps even more Line of Business leaders -- are joining the momentum towards an increase in the mainstream adoption of managed cloud services. Furthermore, the near-term market outlook for 2013 is particularly bright and the long-term expectations are equally promising -- due mostly to the reported positive experience and results from the early adopters of cloud services across the globe. Peer recommendations are clearly driving this change in the marketplace. Worldwide spending on...

    By David H Deans, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Public, Trends.

    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...

    By Paul Moxon, 16 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Security, SLA.

    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,...

    By Ian Moyse, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    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...

    By Ian Moyse, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    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!

    By Dome9, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infographic, Public.

    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...

    By James Bourne, 09 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, VMware.

    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,...

    By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, SLA, Storage.

    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...

    By James Bourne, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Forecasts, Public.

    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...

    By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public, Trends.

    Is Google about to launch a new IaaS service?

    With Google’s developer conference due to kick off this week, rumours are afoot that the internet giant is preparing to announce the launch of an expanded batch of cloud services.

    Google I/O opens on Wednesday in San Francisco, and a number of leading industry commentators have reported that the company will announce a new IaaS offering, in addition to its existing App Engine and Google Cloud Storage facilities.

    On Friday

    By Matt Henkes, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Public, Vendors, Virtualisation.

    The private cloud strikes back

    Having read JP Rangaswami’s argument against private clouds (and the obvious promoting of his version of cloud) I have only to say that he’s looking for oranges in an apple tree. His entire premise is based on the idea that enterprises are wholly concerned with cost and sharing risk when that can’t be farther from the truth. 

    Yes, cost is indeed a factor, as is...

    By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Private, Public, Trends.

    Dell enterprise cloud to hit Europe by end of August

    The specifics of Dell’s major cloud expansion have been revealed, with their infrastructure as a service (IaaS) enterprise cloud to arrive in Europe by August 31.

    The platform is currently undergoing a trial in the US and Canada, with Dell Cloud aligning to VMWare’s vCloud Datacenter Service for the platform.

    As reported by CloudTech last year, the service will help provide hosted infrastructure and

    By James Bourne, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, IaaS, Public.

    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 .

    Samsung unveils cloud gaming service

    Samsung have revealed that they will be offering a cloud-based gaming service which they will build into their flagship 7000 series HDTVs.

    This is a big step forward for an idea that has been around for quite a while now. The back-end infrastructure is to be performed by...

    By VI, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Public, Trends.

    2012: the year of the cloud

    2012. This is the year of the cloud. This is the year that business is realising it needs the cloud. But why?

    Efficiencies is the answer.

    If surviving the GFC taught us one thing, it’s how to be lean. If business, and especially small business is to survive and even thrive post-GFC, it must learn to operate on a strict diet.

    To be lean and mean. This means not just micro-managing your...

    By Nathan Elcoate, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Public, Security.